Except it was at the Ren Center in Detroit. It pissed me off because I got the invitation the day before the event and couldn't get there in time to attend. The first 1000 had it's own separate VIN sequence, 6Y000001 through 6Y001000.RedOne07, yes that has been my understanding too, all along, that the first Solstice's were coming out in March 2005. Then it must have been a later decision to do the special 1000 cars, which were in mid-year 2005. Just as you have stated. Sounds to me like they were surprised by the acceptance of the Solstice and had not anticipated such wide popularity. I've watched a video of that event in Kansas City. IIRC it was held in August 2005. A couple took delivery of their Solstice at that event, and that Solstice might have been number 1 of that special 1000 group.
Oh wait, did you mean you were in Kansas City when you saw the video from the Ren Center? If so, I misunderstood. Oops!