Updated 4/15/14

Wisconsin & Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan

MEET AND GREET JUNE 2014:
We will have a meet and greet at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells during the Corvette Adventures. Put this in your schedule now to meet fellow caravaners and have a great time as well. Check out the link below. Details to follow later in the year.
http://www.corvetteadventures.com/

Announcing - Special Room Package at Chula Vista Resort -

Chula Vista Resort has announced a special price of a room for $169 per couple or $129 for a single for the evening of Monday, August 25. This package would also include free hors d'oeuvres and contails (beer, wine, cocktails) for 2 hours followed with dinner in a private dining room with other Caravan participants.

Make your reservations early by calling Chula Vista Resort at 1-877-540-2670.

Volunteers Needed -
If anyone is interested in volunteering to help from Chula Vista Resort, please contact Ed Saari at 309-530-9235 or edsandbarb@gmail.com. If you are able to help from the Burlington starting point, please contact David Klein at 262-743-1954 or dweklein@gmail.comdweklein@gmail.com

ANNOUNCING - NEW - Main starting point for Wisconsin, the Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan and others from states farther north and west who want to join us.

It will be from:   Chula Vista Resort
2501 N. River Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
866-382-4852

Chula Vista Resort, www.chulavistaresort.com, is one of the Midwest's premier resorts, and an ideal beginning site for most of Wisconsin and others who want to take this route. It is also a great place to spend the day before the official Caravan begins.

On Monday afternoon, August 25, 2014, participants may spend time at the Dells Raceway Track and drive hot laps on the 1/3 Mile paved oval. Or, participate in the many activities at the resort, including the waterpark, golf, swimming or simply relaxing or touring Wisconsin Dells - Hundreds of ways to have fun!

In the evening there will be an informal get together and a banquet with a presentation about the next two days activities and also the activities at the National Corvette Museum once the caravan arrives.

Check-in will begin on Monday, August 25 at noon and staging will begin the next morning at 7:00 am with departure time probably at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, August 26 we will begin the Caravan with a scenic drive through the Wisconsin countryside and then the caravan will travel the interstate system for a trip to Bloomington, Illinois for a catered lunch at Leman's Chevy City, Part of Sam Leman Automotive Group, one of the largest Chevrolet dealers in downstate Illinois. Gas will also be available next door to Leman's Chevy City.

We plan to meet some of the Illinois Caravan at Rockford, Illinois and we anticipate that additional Caravans from Iowa and Illinois will join the Caravan along the I-39 corridor heading towards Bloomington. This will be a fun group!!

After lunch at Leman's Chevy City, the caravan will continue on an eight mile scenic drive through the countryside before joining the interstates and reaching Effingham, Illinois.

After you check in and freshen up a bit, we will head out to the beautiful Tuscan Hills Winery for some wine tasting and a great buffet dinner. The tastings are $5 and are not included with the buffet. The Winery will collect for the tastings. Tastings can start as early as 5:00pm. It is a beautiful place to relax. We will have the Winery all to ourselves from 6-9 PM. for those that sign up. To sign up send me an email with name and how many. edsandbarb@gmail.com

The buffet will be catered by Niemerg's Steakhouse. The cost will be 15.00 per person cash only payable at the door. This is a great value for our caravan. The menu will be Fried Chicken and BBQ Pork Loin. Mashed Potatoes & Brown Gravy, Corn, Green Beans, Noodles, Cole Slaw, 7 Layer Salad, Rolls & Butter. Desert will be an assortment of Niemberg's famous Homemade Pies. Coffee, Ice Tea & Lemonade. Real Plates, Silverware, Cups. A great way to finish the day chatting with like minded people, sharing stories of the road and those Corvettes we all love.

Speaking of LOVE! Everyone loves ELVIS! Yes, Scott Wattles of the Blue Suede Crew will entertain you with a solo performance of the King himself. From Vegas to the Winery you will love this show. No charge to you, thank you PPG and Single Source our Major sponsors. http://www.bluesuedecrew.com/schedule

We will stop for the evening at Effingham where hotels have been reserved. Information on these are posted below.

Hotel Updates as of January 2014:
The Country Inn and Suites in Effingham (217-540-5555) has blocked off 55 rooms. Group rates are: $94.35 w/tax for a standard room and $105.45 w/tax for a suite.

The Holiday Inn in Effingham (Former Hilton Garden Inn) 217-540-7777 has blocked off 74 standard rooms and 38 Suites for us. Group rates are: $109.89 w/tax for a standard room and 143.19 w/tax for a Suite.

The Hampton Inn & Suites (newest hotel in Effingham) 217-540-5050 has blocked off 50 rooms.The group rate is $120.99 w/tax for a standard room.

The caravan participants just need to reference: Corvette Caravan 2014. The rooms will stay blocked until 30 days before the event.

Remember to check the expiration date on the credit card that you use to reserve your room. If it expires before the reservation date, your rooms will probably be automatically cancelled. The hotel doesn't usually notify you of the cancellation either.

Wednesday morning all of the joined caravans will leave the Mid-America lot around 10:00 am and do an Illinois highway run through southern Illinois, catching the Interstate at the Illinois/Indiana border.

There will be a lunch/gas stop before the final KY turnpike run into Bowling Green. At this point we should have hundreds of Corvettes stretched out for miles!

One heads up, the WI/UP Caravan is not reserving hotel rooms in Bowling Green. There are more hotel rooms in Bowling Green than for previous caravans, and the area has always ended up with empty rooms after all the groups that reserved large blocks released the rooms. We will work with the local chamber to keep you informed on room availability and when rooms are released for booking.

Start making your plans now and reserving your dates. You are not going to want to miss this 2014 Caravan/NCM Celebration! Watch this page for additional information.

Also join us at Corvette Adventures, www.CorvetteAdventures.com, June 6 - 9, 2014 at Chula Vista Resort for a Caravan presentation Saturday evening, June 8.

For those participants in the Caravan who live closer to the lake and south of Milwaukee, an alternative starting point will be at:
    Lynch Superstore
    2300 Browns Lake Drive
    Burlington, WI 53105
    800-635-2550

We plan to leave from this location on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am with check-in and staging beginning at 8:00 am. Finalized times will be posted as we get closer to that date and have determined how many we will have. The Lynch dealership will have some kickoff refreshments before we leave.

The plan is to meet the main Wisconsin/Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan Caravan from Chula Vista Resort at Rockford on I-39 and travel to Bloomington, IL for a catered lunch at Leman's Chevy City, Part of Sam Leman Automotive Group, one of the largest Chevrolet dealers in downstate Illinois. We will then travel to Bowling Green on the schedule mentioned above.

Once in Bowling Green the caravan will officially be over and you can enjoy the activities scheduled at the museum.

2014 NCM Celebration/Caravan Registration:
The 2014 NCM Caravan registration is now live. Look under "Events" on the NCM opening page and click on "20th Anniversary Corvette Caravan" to enter the registration process or click the link below:

http://www.corvettemuseum.org/registration/celebration/20info.shtml

The driver needs to register and include the co-pilot. The cost is $5.00 each for the caravan plus $0 for Lifetime member, $15.00 for Member and $25.00 for Non-member. This will be paid at the time of registration. Also any seminars, dinners, road tours are extra. The registration will list every event and their cost at Bowling Green. The dinner Monday night at Chula Vista will be an additional cost to be determined.

Assembly Plant Tours:
Within 1 year of the event, you may register yourselves or groups to tour the assembly plant. Each person wanting to do this activity should register independently from the caravan. You can visit the site at: http://www.bowlinggreenassemblyplant.com/. I highly recommend registering early as registrations will fill up quickly with the anticipation of the C7 being in production and the Caravan drawing many participants nationwide. There are only a few days we are in Bowling Green, and reservations for the Assembly Plant fill up fast.

Sponsorship:
A big key for the success of this Caravan is sponsors. If you are interested in a sponsorship or if you know a Corvette Club, business, or individual, who would like to provide a Sponsorship, please contact me at edsandbarb@gmail.com or call me at 309-530-9235. Sponsors will be acknowledged in the Wisconsin/Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan Handbook.

Please welcome our Major Sponsor:
Single Source and PPG have graciously stepped up in support of the Wisconsin & Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan Caravan. Their generous donation will help us fund our route books and other areas of need to make our trip more pleasant.

We also wish to thank these sponsors:

SAVE THE DATE!
Wisconsin/ Upper Peninsula Michigan/ Illinois/Iowa - Meet and Greet in Wisconsin Dells at Corvette Adventures, June 6-9, 2014 sometime, probably Saturday at the dinner. Look for details to follow later on. Check out the website at: www.CorvetteAdventures.com.

2014 NCM Caravan Flag & Rear Window Static Clings available for order:
The Flags and Static Clings may be ordered from the Wisconsin/Western Upper Peninsula of Michigan Captain Ed Saari.
To place your order:

  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 will be here soon - start planning today and also meet us at Corvette Adventures in the Dells in 2014 for their tours and to meet and greet others who will be joining you on the 2014 Caravan to Bowling Green.

Your feedback is appreciated.

Ed Saari
Wisconsin/UP Captain

    

David Klein
Wisconsin/UP Co-Captain


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