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  • 09/22/2022 11:40 AM | Gene Hawks

    We are pleased to announce a new Director for the Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) Chapter...James Willis.

    James Willis is known on instagram as WillisShow.

    He was born and raised in Texas mainly in the Dallas Ft. Worth area although he has lived in both Houston and Colorado. He has two kids, a son whom will be 21 on Halloween this year and also a precious daughter that just turned 8 years old. Both are the love of his life.

    James enjoys spending time with his kids in hunting, fishing, sports, traveling the world, and relaxing at the lake house in East Texas.

    He and his son JD are car and truck enthusiasts in which his son does a new build on a new truck every few years and has won many many trophies. James has been a member of the V Club since June of 2019.  In 2015 he purchased a 2013 CTS-V Coupe Frost limited edition number 67 out of a 100.  He has actively participated in many DFW Chapter local events as well as regional and national events.  He competes in the Cadillac V-Racing Invitational each year at the Texas Motorplex and competed in 2021 North Texas Airstrip Attack event in Abilene, Texas.

    This past August Dedicated Motorsports added some performance improvements and James stated he has only driven it 3 times before dropping it off at the paint and body shop (keeping the same color) and adding some carbon fiber goodies such as steering wheel, shifter, hood, and a lot of other carbon fiber inside and out.  We can't wait to see the latest round of improvements to this already awesome V-Coupe!

  • 08/24/2022 11:20 AM | Gene Hawks

    Hello team, I wanted to take a moment and share some exciting news from Cadillac. For those of us with CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings one thing has been a consistent thread amongst us owners: Why are there no unique badging denoting our vehicles as V-Series Blackwings? 

    Well, Cadillac has heard the feedback and recently announced that 2023 models and beyond will incorporate a new Blackwing badge on the rear of the car. 

    Here is some more exciting news. Today Cadillac has announced that those with 2022 and early 2023's V-Series Blackwings will be provided the new badges free of charge as well!

    Cadillac, being the outstanding supporter of the V-Club they are, will be provide a special incentive to V-Club members too. As members of the Cadillac V-Club we will have our Blackwing logo's shipped to us before non V-Club members! Additionally, the staff at customer care will share a blurb to non V-Club members and direct them to our website to assist in helping us grow the club.

    I am super excited to get our logo's and further denote the special nature of these special Blackwing vehicles.

    Lookout for the email from Cadillac with all the relevant information in the coming days.

    This is super exciting and, yet again, another perk for being a Cadillac V-Club member!

  • 07/15/2022 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    Have you checked out our V-Series Video Gallery?

  • 07/11/2022 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    The Cadillac V-Club is excited to announce that is now live and ready to become to the place for your Cadillac V-Series needs. The V-Series cars represent a unique brand in the marketplace, and we felt there also needed to be a trading post, if you will, for those performance and luxury minded individuals who have a passion for the V-Series name plate.

    The V-Series Marketplace was specially designed with the V-Series in mind but also with easy navigation to make creation of ads simple, easy, and accurate.

    The was designed to allow it's members to:

    • Quickly and easily create ads to sell new and used V-Series vehicles
    • Buy and Sell the used parts that have been collecting dust around your garage
    • List and search for companies that offer additional services specifically for your V-Series vehicle
    • Are you looking for a V-Series vehicle? Create an alert so when one comes available you will receive proactive notification

    Members and Platinum dealers of the Cadillac V-Club have the benefit of never having to pay for any listings.

    For non-V-Club members, beginning October 1, 2022 a nominal fee will be charged for listings and all revenue collected will go back into the V-Club general fund to be used to create more experiences for our members nationally.  For the next 90 days non-V-Club members may use discount coupon code VSM100 to post an unlimited number of listings at no charge.

  • 07/10/2022 7:23 AM | Anonymous

    AUTHOR: Danial Stalcup

    The NorCal Chapter of the Cadillac V-Club rally was a great success!  We had a fabulous time of relaxed driving, intense driving, good food, and socializing!

    The rally began with great doughnuts and coffee from Johnny's Doughnuts.  We drove together to Point Reyes,  Marin French Cheese Company, Bodega Bay for lunch, Healdsburg for gas (and a car wash for Nick), then dinner in St. Helena.  

    For the most part it all went smooth except for my broken splitter and curb rashed wheel, a quart of oil that had to be added to a member's car, and an ATS-V that started to overheat while idling!  It's part of the adventures!

    The rally ended at Brasswood Bar and Kitchen where results of the poker run and raffle were revealed!  Rich Rose was one lucky member!  He not only won a raffle from last weeks event at Walnut Creek Cadillac, but at the rally he also won the poker pot of $140 as well as the raffle from our generous sponsors of the event P&S Detail Supply East Bay.  P&S gave the V-Club a detailing kit worth over $90 to go to a lucky winner. In this case VERY lucky winner - Rich Rose.  In addition, P&S gave every participant a bottle of their Dream Maker Gloss Amplifier spray.  Be sure to visit P&S on the web at or at their Hayward retail location 20943 Cabot Blvd Hayward, CA 9454.

    Thanks to our member Phillip Adams for putting this rally together.  He spent a lot of time on it, including testing the whole route!  His efforts are a perfect example of now individual members can have great contributions to the club.  

    Be on the look out for another rally down towards Monterey in the future, we hope more of you can join.

    Pictures from the event can be found at the dropbox link below:

  • 06/30/2022 12:46 PM | Anonymous

    Cadillac V-Club Exclusive Sneak Peak

    They’re coming - Fast.  The 2023 CT4-V Blackwing Track Editions.

    Announcing the three new 2023 CT4-V Blackwing Track Editions: Watkins Glen IMSA Edition – Road Atlanta IMSA Edition – Sebring IMSA Edition

    Each of these three editions will be limited to only 99 vehicles and ordering will open on August 1st. Formal allocation to be shared in the coming weeks while pricing and order guides will go live on 7/25.

    You can check out the awesome teaser video that was created here:

    Team please do not share this pic or any details online until 4pm EST after the media embargo has been lifted!

  • 05/09/2022 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    In conjunction with today's announcement of the new Cadillac V-Club Officers and Directors, the following Chapter Director appointments are effective immediately.

    DMV Chapter (Washington D.C./Maryland/Virginia) - Christopher (Chris) Marten has been selected and approved by the Officers/Directors of the Cadillac V-Club as the new Chapter Director replacing Ryan Bates. 
    The DMV chapter launched on February 14th, 2022 and quickly amassed 38 active members becoming one of the V-Club fastest growing chapters.  They are hosting their first official event, Cadillacs and Coffee, this upcoming Saturday at Fitzgerald Cadillac in Frederick, Maryland.

    Chris purchased a 2012 V2 coupe in 2017. Requests
    from his wife, Mary, for a more “adult car” led to subsequently purchasing  his current ’17 V3. Chris likes to think that he did as told… (from a certain point of view).

    Chris is a graduate of the University of Florida and has spent his professional career working in/with the petroleum industry. He’s been involved in volunteer leadership roles with the UF Alumni Association, United Way, and Make-A-Wish while living in New Orleans. He’s looking forward to expanding the DMV Chapter’s membership, bringing value to participants by planning exciting official and unofficial events over the next year.

    SEAPORT Chapter (Seattle/Portland) - Robert (Rob) Milligan has been selected and approved by the Officers/Directors of the Cadillac V-Club as the new Chapter Director replacing Gene Hawks.
    Rob resides in Issaquah, Washington just east of Seattle. Rob and wife Nina purchased their 2016 ATS-V 6-speed in 2021 and quickly fell in love with V's and the Cadillac brand. This was after driving the family van for a dozen years, patiently waiting for the kids to move out and begin the search for the right "fun" car. He found it, and the personalized Washington license plate he ordered is "V-FUN".

    Rob has been fascinated with automobiles since youth. This began when he was a hired Porsche chauffeur at 18, then owned a string of BMW's. He was sure he'd be driving a Porsche or Corvette by now and the thought of a comfortable four-door luxury sedan that went 0-60 is 3.8 seconds never crossed his mind. He has enjoyed tracking this ATS-V, which came with mods including RENICK engine air intake and a TRIFECTA tune. While tracking, at the same time he's caring for it like a baby.

    Rob will be planning and scheduling Seattle/Portland events and is looking forward to the continued expansion of the V-Club in the Pacific Northwest Region.

    SOCAL Los Angeles Chapter - Richard (Rich) Cuellar and his 2 sons own and have operated a motorcycle rim manufacturing company in Southern California for the last 30 years. 

    Rich currently resides in Pomona, California and drives a 2014 CTS-V Coupe.  After college Rich held the position of sales Engineer with a company that manufactures aerospace parts.  Previously he was a member of the 163rd fighter squadron, Ontario airport California for 7 years where they flew 106 delta daggers and F4C Phantoms from 1966-1973.

    Rich had the opportunity to race motorcycles, cars and drag boats and he currently owns and races his CTS-V Coupe which he has owned for the past 8 years.  Even with a lot of performance improvements and chasis updates, it remain a very dependable daily driver. His passiion is to drive the canyons, compete in straight line racing events in addition to closed circuit road racing venues.

    With the recent decision of the V-Club board to split the SOCAL membership into two Chapters: San Diego and Los Angeles, Rich is excited about the opportunity to plan and schedule events that will look forward to attending. 

    Watch the Cadillac V-Club official event calendar for an upcoming activity to be published soon for each of these chapters.  Congratulations to each of these V-Club members in their new leadership role!

  • 05/09/2022 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    In February of 2013 the Cadillac V-Club was launched as the Texas V-Club with the support of our single title sponsor, the Sewell Cadillac family of dealerships.  There were 10 charter members in attendance at the initial meeting from which a President, Mike Franks; an Executive Vice President, Jay Lane and a Vice President Secretary/Treasurer, Stephen Hannah were selected and approved during the meeting.  During the first year, the V-Club membership rapidly grew to over 100 members and the growth continued into 2014 & 2015 launching local chapters in Houston, Austin and San Antonio.

    In 2015 with the endorsement of GM/Cadillac, the Texas V-Club re-launched as the national Cadillac V-Club and today membership is nearing 700 members with 12 local chapters spread among 6 national regions.   With the departure of Jay Lane in 2017 who moved over to BMW, Sean O'Rourke was appointed as his replacement.  In the last couple of years, Sean O'Rourke resigned in 2019 after selling his CTS-V and Stephen Hannah resigned this year due to business and family commitments.  Therefore the only remaining founding member and Officer/Director is Mike Franks, who has continued to serve as President voluntarily now for almost a decade.

    During our recent annual board meeting, Mike Franks announced that 2022 will be his final year as a member of our Operational Leadership Team (OLT) in his role as President.  Mike committed to remain as an advisor/consultant to the Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition and to help select new Officers/Directors to perform the roles of President and two Vice Presidents who will serve as Officers and Directors within a newly established 501 (c) (7) corporation.  The selection Committee has identified, nominated and the board has approved the following new Officers/Directors of the Cadillac V-Club.

    Gene Hawks 

     John Charpentier
    Vice President

    Ryan Bates 
    Vice President    

    Gene Hawks is the former Chapter Director of the Seattle/Portland Chapter and resides in Maple Valley, WA.  Outside the Cadillac V-Club, Gene is currently Vice President, and Head of Channels for North America at Alcatel Lucent Enterprises.  Gene and his wife Liz have been married for 26 years and have three teenage children, Johnathan, Alexis and Timothy.  He owns a 2022 CT4-V Blackwing and prior to that has owned numerous sports cars including a ATS-V Coupe, Mustang GT, Infinity G35 and a Mercedes AMG.  Gene enjoys Jiu Jitsu/MMA, participating in road racing track days, drag racing and taking long drives in the mountains with his family in his his V-Series Cadillac.  In addition to his role as President, Gene will serve as the CEO.

    John Charpentier is the former Director of Marketing & Social Media and resides in Kirkland, WA.  John is retired and currently owns both a 2016 CTS-V Sedan and a 2022 CT4-V Blackwing.  In early 2019, John was appointed as the Seattle/Portland Chapter Director and was instrumental in recruiting members in the Pacific Northwest Region which resulted in the charter of the first chapter of the Cadillac V-Club located outside of Texas.  In his role as Vice President, John will oversee operations, member services and perform the duties of Secretary/Treasurer.

    Ryan Bates is the former Chapter Director of the DMV Chapter, which was launched in February of this year.  Ryan has been organizing automotive related events for the past 10 years. He has organized many types of activities including nightly meet 'n greets to road rallies. About 6 years ago, Ryan teamed up with another V-Series owner/enthusiast to create the DMV V-series Owners group in the Washington DC metro area. Since the groups inception, they have organized and hosted numerous events with Cadillac V-series vehicles. Ryan owns a CT4-V Blacking which is his 3rd V-series vehicle.  In his role as Vice President, Ryan will oversee marketing, partner, sponsor and member development through our local chapters and regions.

    These 3 new Officers/Directors are 100% committed to the success of the Cadillac V-Club and will strive to continue the momentum established by Mike.  Mike stated "I have thoroughly enjoyed my term as President since 2013.  I have met many life-long friends and will always continue to serve as a loyal ambassador to the Cadillac brand and certainly plan to continue as an active member of the V-Club.  Back in 2013, I originally committed to serve for no more than 1 year and here we are almost 10 years later.  It is time for me to step down, enjoy my retirement and the benefits of membership in the Cadillac V-Club.  I am confident that Gene, John and Ryan will perform their roles well as the V-Club continues to expand nationally." 

  • 04/29/2022 6:42 AM | Anonymous

    2022 One Lap of America CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwings!!!

    We are beyond excited to inform the V Series community that Cadillac and Michelin have two 2022 V Series Blackwing entries into this years One Lap of America!!

    Each vehicle will be driven by one driver from Michelin and one from Cadillac, in stock form (minus rear seats in order to carry all our gear through the USA).  Mirza Grebovic is one of the GM Engineers that helped develop these amazing vehicles and they are going to do their best to do our teams and the vehicles justice!

    The event kicks off today, Friday, April 29 with registration and Tech and the first driving events are starting Saturday.  Mirza will update the Blackwing Journal page in the members only section of as well as on social media.

    For further details on what the One Lap of America is, click on the link below, but in summary Mirza and his teammate will drive across numerous venues and hit various on-track events, skid pads, autocross and ovals all on the stock tires that can not be changed between events, including all the on road mileage, equaling to more than 3500 miles combined in 8 days!

  • 04/25/2022 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    We are pleased to announce the charter and official launch of the Atlantic Chapter of the Cadillac V-Club.  This new chapter now has 19 members and Heather Swihart has been selected as the Chapter Director.  Heather and her husband Chris both own Cadillac V's, with Heather driving a 2016 ATS-V coupe and Chris driving a 2012 CTS-V sedan.

    Heather and Chris were married in 2013 and have three "children", two French bulldogs, Dexter and Finn, and one boxer mix, Harper.  Heather's 2016 ATS-V runs 9's in the 1/4 mile on stock turbos!  She holds the record for fastest female in the 1/4 mile with an ATS- V. Chris has a manual CTS-V that is "full bolt" on modified and runs strong. Who’s faster? No one will ever know. Heather and Chris are both car enthusiasts and enjoy car shows, cruises, and all types of competitive events.

    Heather will be planning and hosting her first official Cadillac V-Club event in the near future and is looking forward to building a local chapter that continues to grow and help members take their ownership experience to a higher level.

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