Updated 8/11/14

Gulf States Region

Southeast Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & Northwest Florida

Welcome:
Welcome to the 2014 Gulf States Caravan. My name is Glenn Johnson. My wife, Andrea, and I live in Port Neches, Texas and are thrilled that we have been asked to serve as Captains of the 2014 Gulf States Region Caravan. We look forward to working with each and every Corvette Club and Corvette enthusiast in Southeast Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Northwest Florida.

Talladega Superspeedway Track Activities have been finalized
Mail-in registrations will close Friday, August 1st.
All registrations must be received by Aug. 1st.
You may register, during check-in, at the GS Region Headquarters Hotel on Monday ONLY.

Plans are now finalized for the Talladega Superspeedway track activities. A day at the Talladega Superspeedway will include 3 track laps, admission to the Talladega Superspeedway Museum, admission to the Talladega Track Tour and shopping in the Talladega Superspeedway Gift Shop. The cost will be $75 per Corvette, which covers track laps, museum and track tour admission.

To participate, in this event, you must:

  1. Be a registered participant of the 2014 Gulf States Region Caravan.
  2. Complete the Gulf States Region Talladega Superspeedway Event registration form.
    CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION FORM & TRACK REGULATIONS

Changes in Mailing Address or Email Address
If your mailing address or your email address has changed, since registering for the caravan, please provide those changes to the Gulf States Region Captain. This will ensure that you do not miss any information or updates. Send your changes to the Gulf States Region Caravan Captain at gjohnson@gt.rr.com

2014 Gulf States Region Regional Major Sponsor

Cowboy Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac has agreed to partner with us by being the 2014 Gulf States Regional Major Sponsor of the 2014 Gulf States Region Caravan. This is a huge financial commitment, for Cowboy, and we are so appreciative of their support. Please help us give back, to Cowboy, by giving them an opportunity to earn your business.


Silsbee, Texas
800-259-5221 or 409-385-5221

Shop 24/7 at
www.cowboyautoplex.com

 

2014 NCM 20th Anniversary Celebration and Gulf States Region Caravan Registration Process

There are two registrations that you need to complete.

1. Register for the 2014 20th Anniversary Celebration

  • Early-registration closes at 8am CT Monday, July 21, 2014
    Only On-site registration is available after online closes
    On-site registration opens at 8:00am on Wednesday, August 27th
  • Register with the NCM for the 20th Anniversary Celebration and designate that you will be caravanning with the Gulf States Region.
  • There is one (1) registration for EACH Caravan participant. Register for yourself and your spouse/guest.
  • You must select that you are caravanning with the Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan as you register EACH participant. Example: You register yourself and select Gulf States Region. Then, you register your spouse/guest and select Gulf States Region for them.
  • Lastly, do not register for the NCM Ambassador luncheon UNLESS you are an NCM Ambassador for your club or organization.

Follow this link to registration:
www.corvettemuseum.org/registration/celebration/20info.shtml

2. Register with the 2014 Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan

  • Online-registration closes Friday, August 1, 2014.
  • Only On-site registration is available after online closes.
  • On-site registration opens at 1:00 pm on Monday, August 25th and will continue at 8:00 am on Tuesday, August 26that the GS Region Headquarter Hotel.
  • Register (registering is simply emailing the requested information to the Gulf States Region Caravan Captain at gjohnson@gt.rr.com) with the 2014 Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan, which is a separate registration - There is NO registration fee for the Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan.
  • Registration with the Gulf States Region is strictly to help us in our planning and fund raising activities. We appreciate your understanding and your helpful information. Thank you!
  • Monitor the 2014 Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan webpage for all updates and details of the Gulf States Region Caravan:
    http://www.corvettecaravan.com/tx-la-ms-al/

Information Needed for the 2014 Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan:
This information is for planning and fundraising purposes ONLY. There is no registration fee.

  1. Register via email. Send the requested information to the 2014 Gulf States Region Caravan Captain, Glenn Johnson at gjohnson@gt.rr.com
  2. Please provide the following information:
    1. Driver
      1. Name
      2. Driver address
      3. Driver email address
      4. Driver t-shirt size*
    2. Spouse/Guest
      1. Name
      2. Spouse/Guest address (if different from Driver)
      3. Spouse/Guest email address
      4. Spouse/Guest t-shirt size*
    3. Will you be staying with us in New Orleans, Saturday August 23rd? Y/N
    4. Will you be staying with us in Dothan, AL, Sunday, August 24th? Y/N
    5. Will you be staying with us in Birmingham, AL, Monday, August 25th & Tuesday, August 26th? Y/N
    6. Corvette Club affiliation (if any)

*Each participant, who registers with the Gulf States Region and who provides t-shirt sizes during registration, will be given a FREE t-shirt upon arrival at the 2014 Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan Headquarters in Birmingham, AL.

These are standard t-shirts, with the 2014 Gulf States Region Caravan logo, true to size. All t-shirts are Men's sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL or XXXL.

T-Shirt sizes ordered can not be changed at check-in so please order the appropriate size.

If you have any questions please contact Gulf States Region Captain, Glenn Johnson at gjohnson@gt.rr.com

Gulf States Corvette Caravan Information:

Day 1:
Saturday, August 23
The Gulf States Region Caravan will leave Houston, TX and travel Interstate-10 to New Orleans, LA where it will stay overnight.


Houston, TX
Meeting Location:

I-10 E, Exit 791
Gas available
San Jacinto Mall Shopping Center
Meet in mall parking lot behind Tortuga Mexican Restaurant
Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. (promptly)

Beaumont, TX
Meeting Location:


I-10 E, Exit 848
Gas and Restrooms available
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites - Beaumont Plaza (I-10 & Walden)
3950 I-10 South & Walden Rd.
Beaumont, TX
409-842-5995

Meet in the hotel parking lot

Jennings, LA
Meet/Lunch Location:


I-10 E & LA 26, Exit 64
Lunch, Gas and Restrooms available
Joel Oustalet and the Team at Bubba Oustalet Chevrolet-Cadillac have volunteered
to host the Gulf States Region Caravan, for lunch, at the dealership in Jennings, LA.
Bubba Oustalet Chevrolet Cadillac
819 N. Main St.
Jennings, LA 70546
800-738-2215

Lobdell, LA
Meeting Location:


I-10 E & LA 415, Exit 151
Gas and Restrooms available
Stage in the parking lot of the old Shoney's Restaurant

New Orleans, LA
Saturday Destination:


Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
855-639-6756

  Overnight in New Orleans, LA

  • The Hilton New Orleans Riverside will serve as the New Orleans Host Hotel.
  • Reservation cut-off date was Monday, July 28, 2014
    • The Hilton New Orleans Riverside overlooks the Mississippi River and downtown New Orleans - a prime location to experience the best New Orleans restaurants, nightlife and attractions.
    • The hotel is located a short four block walk to the city's colorful French Quarter and across the street from Harrah's Casino.

Day 2:
Sunday, August 24
The Gulf States Region Caravan will resume and follow Interstate-10 to Hwy 231 and turn north to Dothan, AL where it will stay overnight.


New Orleans, LA
Meeting Location:


The Caravan will stage in the designated parking area, of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, and resume the Caravan from there.
Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. (promptly)

Pearlington, MS
Meeting Location:


I-10 E, Exit 2
Restrooms available
Mississippi Welcome Center
I-10 and Hwy 607
Pearlington, MS 39572
228-533-5554

Mobile/Spanish Fort, AL
Meet/Lunch Location: I-10 E, Exit 38
Lunch, Gas and Restrooms available
Eastern Shore Centre
I-10 and Hwy 181
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
251-625-0060

Meet in mall parking lot in front of Dillard's Department Store

Crestview, FL
Meeting Location:


I-10 E, Mile Marker 60
Restrooms available
Florida Rest Stop

Cottondale, FL
Meeting Location:


I-10 E, Exit 130
The Caravan will not stop
Those meeting the Caravan will meet at the Chevron station and be ready to join the Caravan as it passes.

Dothan, AL
Sunday Destination:


Dothan Civic Center
126 N. Saint Andrews Street
Dothan, AL 36303

Overnight in Dothan, AL

George Heneveld and the Circle City Corvette Club will serve as the host Corvette Club. George Heneveld, Alabama & NW Florida Regional Leader, has planned a spectacular evening for all the Gulf States Region Caravan participants in Dothan, AL. You will not want to miss this evening social! Socializing, dinner and entertainment will make for an incredible evening. In addition to a fabulous dinner, George has contracted with the following acts to provide professional entertainment for all of the Gulf States Region participants.

  • The Legends, with Ronnie "The Hat" Robinson as their front man and lead vocalist, has performed with acts such as Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, The Temptations, The Drifters and many more.
  • John Yates, his ventriloquism began when he was eight years old and he has performed at concerts, banquets and other venues ever since.
  • J.J. Justice, mind reading, comedy and mystery entertainment for all.

Providing this kind of evening is expensive and we will ask that you help us defray some of the cost. We will be asking for a $10 per person contribution, which will be collected at the door. This is a small contribution for such a wonderful evening and it is much less expensive than going out to dinner on your own. This is going to be an evening to remember!

If you are not registered for the Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan, there will be a $25 per person charge to attend the social. You may pay at the door.

There will be shuttles from each of official Gulf States Region Caravan Dothan hotels to the Dothan Civic Center or you may drive you own Corvette.

  • The Holiday Inn Express will serve as the Dothan Host Hotel.
    Holiday Inn and Sleep Inn will serve as back-up hotels.
    Tell them you are with the Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan.

    Hotel #1:
    Holiday Inn Express at the Dothan Convention Center
    4090 Ross Clark Circle
    Dothan, AL 36303
    To make your reservations call: 334-699-6868
    Room Rate: $97 plus applicable taxes and fees


    Holiday Inn Express at the Dothan Convention Center

    Hotel #2:
    Holiday Inn
    (Shuttle service to the Dothan Convention Center available)
    2740 Ross Clark Circle
    Dothan, AL 36303
    To make your reservations call: 334-699-1400
    Room Rate: $99 plus applicable taxes and fees

    Hotel #3:
    Sleep Inn
    (Shuttle service to the Dothan Convention Center available)
    4654 Montgomery Hwy
    Dothan, AL 36303
    To make your reservations call: 334-671-2086
    Room Rate: $79 plus applicable taxes and fees

Day 3:
Monday, August 25
The Gulf States Region Caravan will travel from Dothan, AL, to the Gulf States Region Headquarters, in Birmingham, AL.


Dothan, AL
Meeting Location:


The Caravan will stage in the parking lot of the Wiregrass Commons Mall, 900 Commons Dr., Dothan, AL. (Corner of Ross Clark Circle and Hwy. 231) and resume the Caravan from there.
Departure Time: 9:00 a.m. (promptly)

Montgomery, AL
Meet/Lunch Location:


Lunch, Gas and Restrooms available
The Shoppes at Eastchase
7274 Eastchase Parkway
Montgomery, AL 36117
334-279-6046

Hotel Available:

For Gulf States Region Participants coming to Montgomery, AL, to meet the caravan, hotel accommodations are available at the:
Staybridge Suites, Montgomery-Eastchase
7800 Eastchase Parkway
Montgomery, AL, 36117
334-277-9383

Tell them you are with the Gulf States Region Caravan.

Birmingham, AL
Final Destination:


2014 Gulf States Region Caravan Headquarters
Birmingham Marriott
3590 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35243
888-236-2427

  • Gulf States Region Headquarter Hotel:
    • Team Corvette of Birmingham will serve as the host Corvette Club.
    • The Birmingham Marriott will serve as the Gulf States Region Headquarter Hotel.

Birmingham Marriott
Birmingham Marriott

Central Mississippi Gulf States Region Caravan
to the Gulf States Region Headquarters

Monday, August 25
The Central Mississippi Gulf States Region Caravan will caravan, Monday, August 25, from Jackson, MS to the Gulf States Region Headquarters in Birmingham, AL.

Jackson, MS
Meeting Location:


Trustmark Park (Jackson, MS minor-league baseball stadium)
1 Braves Way
Pearl, MS

  • Trustmark Park parking lot will serve as the Caravan staging area.
  • The Caravan will depart Jackson, MS and travel to the GS Region Headquarters in Birmingham, AL.
  • Contact Jackson, MS Local Leader Tom Gerity, tcgerity@comcast.net for more information.
Departure Time: 8:00 a.m. (promptly)

Birmingham, AL
Final Destination:


2014 Gulf States Region Caravan Headquarters
Birmingham Marroitt
3590 Grandview Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35243
888-236-2427

Day 4:
Tuesday, August 26

  • Individual participants continue to arrive at the GS Region Headquarters.
  • Registration continues from 9-12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m.
  • GS Region participants take advantage of various activities throughout the day.
  • An evening social will be held at the Birmingham Marriott for all registered Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan participants. An evening of food and socializing, for all participants, getting ready for the Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan to the National Corvette Museum.
    • If you are not registered for the Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan, there will be a $25 per person charge to attend the social. You may pay at the door.

Day 5:
2014 Gulf States Region Caravan Route from Birmingham to Bowling Green

Wednesday August 27
The Gulf States Region Caravan will travel I-459 to I-65 N from the Gulf States Region Headquarters to the National Corvette Museum, Bowling Green, KY.


Birmingham, AL
Meeting Location:


The Caravan will stage in the parking lot of the Birmingham Marriott.
Departure Time: 9:00 a.m. (promptly)

Athens, AL
Meeting Location:


I-65 N, Exit 351
Lunch, Gas & Restrooms available
Rudy Tuesday Restaurant Parking Lot
21366 Athens-Limestone Blvd.
Athens, AL

Franklin, KY
Staging Location:


Exit TN-52 E, Exit 117, toward Portland
Food & Restrooms available
Kentucky Downs
5629 Nashville Rd.
Franklin, KY 42135
270-586-7778

We will be escorted from Kentucky Downs to the NCM for our arrival parade at the Museum.


2014 Gulf States Region Caravan Headquarters
Birmingham, AL
Agenda

Monday, August 25, 2014

  • Gulf States Region Caravans & individual participants arrive at the headquarters hotel.
  • Registration will be open from 1-5 p.m.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

  • Individual participants continue to arrive.
  • Registration continues from 9-12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m.
  • Dennis Hopkins, and Team Corvette of Birmingham, will serve as the host club.
    • A visit to Barbers Motorsports Museum
    • o Birmingham "On Your Own" Tours
  • Jeff Williams, Executive Director of Vettes-4-Vets,will host the Talladega Superspeedway event.
  • Following the day's activities, a social will be held at the Birmingham Marriott.
    • If you are not registered for the Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan, there will be a $25 per person charge to attend the social. You may pay at the door.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  • Gulf States Region Corvette Caravan travels to the NCM. (See Day 5, above)

2014 NCM Caravan Flag & Rear Window Static Clings available for order
Flags & Static Clings can ONLY be ordered from the Caravan Captain

Mail-in orders close Friday, August 1st. All orders must be receive by Aug. 1st.

  1. Click and print the 2014 Caravan Flag & Rear Window Static Cling Order Form.
    CLICK HERE FOR ORDER FORM
  2. Complete the order form and mail it to the address shown at the bottom of the form.
  3. Your order will be filled and mailed to you upon receipt.

2014 Caravan Flag
Caravan Flag
Available for $15.00 each.

2014 Static Cling
Rear Window Static Cling
Available for $10.00 each.

2014 NCM Caravan Participants Merchandise available from the NCM Store
Caravan merchandise available.
2014 Caravan Participant Merchandise 2014 Caravan Participant Merchandise 2014 Caravan Participant Merchandise
http://store.corvettemuseum.com/SearchResult.aspx?CategoryID=201

These Sponsors, Hosts, Donors and Advertisers are responsible
for the success of our 2014 Gulf States Region Caravan.
We thank them and we encourage you to support them by
giving them an opportunity to earn your business.

2014 Gulf States Region Sponsors

Gulf States Region Regional Sponsor


Silsbee, Texas
800-259-5221 or 409-385-5221

Shop 24/7 at
www.cowboyautoplex.com

 

Platinum Level Sponsors:

Ross Downing Chevrolet
Hammond, LA
888-221-8185
www.rossdowningchevrolet.com
         Solomon Chevrolet Cadillac
Dothan, AL
877-746-4804

www.solomoncadillac.com

Gold Level Sponsors:

Enterprise Chevrolet>
1001 Rucker Blvd.
Enterprise, AL
877-787-7694

www.enterprisechevy.com
         Bubba Oustalet Chevrolet-Cadillac
818 N. Main St.
Jennings, LA
337-246-5041

www.bubbaoustalet.com
Surplus Sales, Inc.
3369 N. Hwy. 1223
Corbin, KY

www.surplussalesinc.com
         Talladega Superspeedway
Speedway Blvd.
Talladega, AL

www.talladegasuperspeedway.com

We are also grateful for these Gulf States Region Sponsors:
Tri-City Corvette Club (Southeast Texas)
Banner Chevrolet, New Orleans, LA
Crescent City Corvette Club, New Orleans, LA
Baton Rouge Corvette Club, Baton Rouge, LA
Circle City Corvette Club, Dothan, AL
Capitol City Corvette Club, Montgomery, AL
Contraband Corvette Club, Lake Charles, LA
FivePoint Credit Union, Nederland, TX
Team Corvette of Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Print Dynasty, Winnie, TX
Preston Hood Chevrolet, Biloxi, MS

2014 Gulf States Region Volunteers

2014 Gulf States Region Captain:
Glenn and Andrea Johnson
Tri-City Corvette Club (Texas), Port Neches, TX
gjohnson@gt.rr.com
409-719-8680

2014 Gulf States Regional Leaders

  • Southeast Texas Regional Leader:
    Ken & Marilyn Bakenhus
    San Jacinto Corvette Club, Houston, TX
    kbakenhus@att.net
    713-545-8049

  • Louisiana Regional Leader:
    Jacqueline Goldberg
    Crescent City Corvette Club, New Orleans, LA
    RedNFast01@aol.com
    504-813-5073

  • Mississippi Regional Leader:
    Tom & Pam Gerity
    Mississippi Corvette Club
    tcgerity@comcast.net
    601-668-0533

  • Alabama/Northwest Florida Regional Leader:
    George & Peggy Heneveld
    Circle City Corvette Club, Enterprise, AL
    heneveld43@roadrunner.com
    334-300-9535

Route Book Editer/Publisher
          Andrea Johnson
          Tri-City Corvette Club (Southeast Texas)
          aljohnson@gt.rr.com
          409-626-1402

Advertising/Sponsorship Sales Director
          Brad Metz
          Tri-City Corvette Club (Southeast Texas)
          bmetz@gt.rr.com
          409-718-6074

Talladega Superspeedway Activities Coordinator
          Jeff Williams
          Capitol City Corvette Club, Montgomery, AL
          jawilliams@trane.com
          205-492-2515

Gulf States Region Security & Escort Coordinator
          Bonnie McLaughlin
          Tri-City Corvette Club (Southeast Texas)

Gulf States Region Assistant Security & Escort Coordinator
          Mike Whitehouse
          Tri-City Corvette Club (Southeast Texas)

Gulf States Region Official Photographer
          Ronnie Jones
          Tri-City Corvette Club (SE Texas)
          rjones@architect-aia.com

2014 Gulf States Local Leaders

  • Texas Local Leaders:
    Beaumont, TX
    Mike & Willa White
    Tri-City Corvette Club (Southeast Texas)
    candybluevette_67@hotmail.com
    409-284-3351

  • Louisiana Local Leaders:
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Bob & Virginia Huffman
    Baton Rouge Corvette Club
    huffmanb@aol.com
    504-722-8521

  • Mississippi Local Leaders:
    Jackson, MS
    Tom & Pam Gerity
    Mississippi Corvette Club
    tcgerity@comcast.net
    601-668-0533

    Gulfport, MS
    Mike & Sonia Smith
    Mississippi Gulf Coast Corvette Club
    smitty4373@msn.com
    228-547-2276

  • Alabama Local Leaders:
    Birmingham, AL
    Dennis Hopkins
    Team Corvette of Birmingham
    teamcorvettebham@aol.com
    205-970-0309

    Team Corvette of Birmingham Gulf States Headquarters Host Committee
    Dennis Hopkins - Gulf States Region Caravan, Birmingham, AL Local Leader
    Doyal Marks, TCoB - NCM Ambassador
    Merrill Malone, TCoB - Secretary
    Pam Booton, TCoB - Social Administrator
    David Leonard, Corvette Racing
    Tom Fisher, TCoB - Lead Sponsor
    Steve Morgan, TCoB - Advertising
    www.teamcorvetteofbirmingham.com

    Montgomery, AL
    Roger & Vickie Lavender
    Capitol City Corvette Club
    roger_lavender@bellsouth.net
    334-271-1319

    Mobile, AL
    Rob & Cheryl Schaffer
    Port City Corvettes
    worknfires@aol.com
    251-423-0961

If you have any questions, about the 2014 Gulf States Region Caravan, please email me at gjohnson@gt.rr.com or contact one of the Regional or Local Leaders.

Glenn and Andrea Johnson
Captain - Gulf States Region
SE Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama & NW Florida


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