Updated 12/27/14

Southern California, Southern Nevada & Southwestern Utah

The Southern California/Southern Nevada Caravan Organizing Team, which plans, organizes and operates the Section of the National Corvette Caravan which draws from those locales, has been working on its part of the 2014 National Corvette Caravan since December of 2010.

The SCSN OT's intent is to, once again, begin its cross-country trip to the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Auto Club Speedway at Fontana. Part of the route across Southern California and northwestern Arizona, including 90 miles of Historic 66 northeast of Kingman AZ and the popular "ice cream social" at the famed "Snow Cap Drive-In" at Seligman AZ, will be the same as that of past National Caravans.

The first big change from the '03 and '09 events is the 2014 will be a six-day trip, rather than the five-day event of previous years. We're also going to find new roads. The first day's trip will add 83 miles of Historic 66 in San Bernardino County, California. This stretch of old 66 was run in the 2003 Caravan but was in too poor a condition for the 2009 trip. Good news is the SBCo. repaired the worst parts of the road. In the spring of 2011, Capt. Halverson did PreRun1 over that part of old 66 and decided it was once again acceptable for Caravan use.

Another difference between SCSN in 2014 and past Caravans is that, instead of the first overnight in Flagstaff, Arizona, we'll stop in Williams, about 35 miles west of Flagstaff. Capt. Halverson and his Wife, Sandy, visited Williams in the summer of 2010 on the Corvette'N America Grand Canyon Tour which starts in Williams. The Halversons found Williams more friendly to car events than is Flagstaff. About six months later, after additional research into hotel space, the amount of food service in Williams and a meeting with Williams Mayor, John Moore, and President of the Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce, Gioia Goodrum, Halverson decided on that city as the first night's stop.

In Williams, SCSNS will merge with the western contingent of Capt. Holt Davis' and Capt. Sherry Maples' Arizona/New Mexico Caravan. On Saturday, 23 Aug, the combined SCSNSWUT and AZNM group will drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico where we'll meet the rest of the AZNM folks and stay over night. The next day we'll experience yet another new Caravan feature for 2014: AZ/NM Captain, Holt Davis, running us over the pre-1937 alignment of old Route 66, from Albuquerque, north on I-25 to just south of Las Vegas, NM and then south, on what's now US 84, to exit 256 on I-40. Capt. Halverson tells us that stretch of old 66 was checked-out during PreRun2 and PreRun4 and has the beautiful scenery typical of northern New Mexico.

On the morning of Day Four, at the host hotel in Amarillo will be the starting point for Capt. "Tuna" Dobbins' Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle Section and it will also be where the three Sections combine to form the "Southwest Caravan Group" and continue towards Blowing Green. Capt. Dobbins plans overnights in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Cape Girardeau Missouri. The Southwest Caravan Group will arrive in Bowling Green in the late afternoon of Wednesday, 27 Aug. 2014.

Capt. Halverson tells us there are events plans for most evenings on the road. "Chevrolet Departure Night", presented by the Southern California Chevrolet Dealers and hosted by Inland Empire Corvettes, will kick-off the trip. It will be an after-dinner meet-and-greet with snacks and deserts, door prizes, raffle items, lots of get-acquainted Corvette talk, some 2015 Chevys to look at and other surprises.

The next evening, in Williams AZ, a Corvette display will be staged on old Route 66 in the downtown area. The AZ/NM Caravan Organizing Team will stage a southwestern style dinner prepared by some of Albuquerque's best gourmet food trucks on on Saturday night in Albuquerque. On the third night in Amarillo, the AZ/NM Caravan leadership will host a BBQ catered by the famed Big Texan Steakhouse. The final night on the road, in Cape Girardeau MO will feature a river front Corvette display and a dinner catered by Popeye's Chicken and Biscuits.

The Southern California/Southern Nevada Caravan Organizing Team communicates with its Caravaners primarily through the "SCSN Caravan eNews" which resumed operation in January 2011. Those wanting to subscribe to the Section's electronic newsletter can make that request by emailing captainSCSN@netmotive.net. Back issues of the eNews are available by clicking the links at the right side of this web page.

Who's Running this Gig, Anyway?

"Captain" Hib Halverson
Caravan National Chairman, Paul Mariano, reappointed Hib Halverson as Section Captain for the 2014 Caravan. This will be Halverson's third time serving as Captain for the SCSN Section of the National Corvette Caravan, one of the larger Caravan Sections in the country. Halverson owns a '71 Big-Block Coupe, a '95 ZR-1, an '04 Z06/Z16 and a '12 Z06/Z07. He resides in Goleta, California and is a member of Corvette Club Santa Barbara.

"Commander" Sandy Rubel
Sandy will direct Caravaner registration operations at Ontario CA and Williams AZ. Sandy is also in charge of Route Book distribution. She was a Participant on the 2009 and served on the Organizing Team for the 2003 Caravan. She owns a '04 Z06/Z16 and a '12 Z06/Z07. She is married to Hib Halverson, is a member of Corvette Club Santa Barbara and lives in Goleta.

"Commander" Tony Megowan
Tony directs the single most labor-intensive and expensive project the Organizing Team undertakes, production of the three Caravan Sections' "Route Book". Tony, also, directed the SoCal/SoNev/SWUT Route Book project for the 2009 Caravan. He belongs to Corvette Club Santa Barbara, owns an '03 and lives in Ventura.

"Commander" Paula Megowan
Paula is married to Tony and is the SCSN Organizing Team's Chief Financial Officer. She keeps the rest of the Team on track financially and, as we get closer to the event, will work with Sandy Rubel on Caravan Registration tasks.

"Lieutenant" Fred Smith
Fred is the Local Leader for the San Luis Obispo/Santa Barbara/Ventura Counties NorthFeeder Caravan. Fred will direct the SCSN Section's efforts in the north and west of its area. He will organize a departure event in the Santa Barbara area which will be run from there to our starting point in Ontario California. He'll also lead the SLO/SB/V Feeder to Ontario. Fred owns '93 and '08 Coupes.

"Lieutenant" Lynn Chapman
Lynn is a member of Inland Empire Corvettes, the home club for our Caravan Section's Departure, and is the liaison between the IEC and the SoCal/SoNev Organizing Team. Chapman will plan, organize and run the IEC's Departure activities. Lynn was a member of the Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle Section Organizing Team for the 2009 Caravan where he gained valuable experience working under veteran Section Captain "Tuna" Dobbins. Lynn lives in Calimesa, California and has a 2010 Grand Sport.

The Southern California/Southern Nevada Caravan Organizing Team is grateful for the support of the following sponsors.

SCSN "Blankee Benefactors"

  • Janet Cherry
  • Steve and Linda Lemmon
  • Tony and Paula Megowan
  • Fred and Sharon Smith
  • Sherry Maples
  • Dwight McDonald
  • Barry and Karen Misiuk
  • Jeff Hernandez and Moira Moe
  • Gail Latimer
  • Russ and Lyell Hicka
  • Howard and Nelly Schiller
  • Jerry Sloan
  • Dale and Liz Pitman
  • Cal Calcaaterra
  • Jackie Lyon
  • Ron Bergmann
  • Tom Kelly
  • Johnny Agoot
  • Marylyn Bruce
  • Sonny Lenaers
  • Hib and Sandy Halverson

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