It’s time again for the National Corvette Museum Corvette Caravan! Here is your chance to join other Corvette enthusiasts for the 25th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum by participating in the 2019 Corvette Caravan. Registration is now open. Please go to https://2019pnwcaravan.com/ to register.
Mark your calendars for August 22 – September 1, 2019.
Hi everyone, my name is Ken Thomas and my wife Kathi and I will be leading our first caravan! After attending the 2014 caravan, we both agreed this is a great event and wanted to do it again. As you know, we are unable to do this alone and have some individuals that have agreed to assist.
John and Annie Elegant are the co-captains leading the group out of Suburban Chevrolet in Sandy, Or. John can be identified in his “Warp Speed” yellow Z06.
Dennis Millikin from the Corvette Marque Club of Seattle is the local leader for the greater Seattle area. He will be working on the logistics for the departure out of Evergreen Chevrolet in Issaquah, WA. I want to publicly thank both of them for their help puting this together!
Gary Sarzain and Ann Barney, members of Valley Corvette Club of Boise are the Idaho leaders and will be working the logistics for that state.
The Pacific Northwest caravan will depart the morning of August 22nd and plan to join together in Richland, WA for lunch at McCurley Chevrolet.
The Pacific Northwest portion of the caravan will depart from prearranged locations with the main locations being Seattle and Portland areas.
Departure will be the morning of August 22nd and plan to meet with other groups as we head to Bowling Green, arriving August 28th.
Jim and Nancy Garboden are our Sandy Site coordinators.
We will have exciting events planned along the way with some already organized.
Tentative schedule of events for the 25th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum
Day 1 – August 22nd
Leave Seattle/Portland and meet in Tri-Cities for lunch at McCurley Chevrolet. Travel to Lewiston where we will have an evening event hosted by the Valley Corvette Club. Evening Festivities are in work.
Day 2 – August 23rd
Leave Lewiston and travel highway 12 to Lolo. Everyone I have spoken to says the Highway 12 is a great drive, especially in a Corvette! We will travel on I90 through Bozeman to Livingston, MT for our second night stay. Livingston is a town with a population less than 8000 and they are excited to have us stay in their town. We will have a no-host happy hour at the host hotel, Yellowstone Pioneer Lodge and maybe even an impromptu car show on main street.
Day 3 – August 24th
Leave Livingston and travel to Rapid City. This will be our longest driving day of the caravan at 458 miles but with the speed limit, it will go by fast! Right before Rapid City is Sturgis so if you haven’t been, it’s a great place to visit before the final leg into Rapid City. You also have the option to go to Mount Rushmore after getting checked in. The park is about 30 minutes south off the caravan path and has a lighting ceremony at 9:00 each evening or you can see it lit up starting at sunset to 11:00 PM. There is no charge to get into the park but there is a cash or check only fee of $11.00 to park. I have never been there but I bet it is a spectacular sight at night.
Day 4 – August 25th
Leave Rapid City and travel to Sioux Falls. You have the option to drive to Mount Rushmore about 30 minutes south of Rapid City and catch up with the caravan later. We will be heading to Sioux Falls and there are a couple of options. One is to continue on I-90 or the second is to take scenic Highway 44 through Badlands National Park. When we arrive at Sioux Falls, the North Central Focal along with the Sioux Falls Corvette Club will be sponsoring a catered barbeque dinner event at the Falls Park.
Day 5 – August 26th
Leave Sioux Falls and stage up outside of town with the North/South Dakota Group and travel to Wisconsin Dells, WI to meet up with the rest of the North Central caravan at Chula Vista Resort. There are hot laps planned at Dells Raceway or you can participate in the many activities at the resort or just relax. Included in your room rate will be free appetizers and cocktails followed by a sit-down dinner in the evening. This is our most expensive hotel for the evening but it does include cocktails, appetizers and dinner.
Day 6 – August 27th
Leave Wisconsin Dells and take a short scenic drive through the Wisconsin countryside and then travel to Bloomington, Illinois for a catered lunch at Leman’s Chevy City. Then we’re off to Effingham, Illinois for an optional catered sit down dinner at Mid America Motor Works with music and dancing.
Day 7 – August 28th
On Wednesday morning we will meet at Mid America in Effingham and spend some time there browsing around before staging again for the next leg of the caravan which takes us to our destination, the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky.
We will leave Mid America Motorworks in the morning and (I57 and I64) travel to Evansville, IN to the Vanderburgh 4-H Center, 201 E Boonville-New Harmony Road.
The Vanderburgh 4-H Center on 192 acres offers a unique complex of modern facilities that are exceptionally-maintained and managed by professionals. The 4-H Center invites you to experience the charm of its rural setting and the convenience of spacious, accommodating facilities. There is much to discover at the Vanderburgh 4-H Center.
Lunch will be served upon our arrival.
We will leave the Vanderburgh 4-H Center in the early afternoon when we are released by the Museum staff so that we arrive at the museum at our scheduled time. We should have a Kentucky State Trooper lead us in from the Kentucky border. We will have a parade lap around the museum and you are encouraged to stop in and pick up your caravan packet.
A handbook will be generated that contains our routes, stops, hotels etc. and will be emailed out to the caravanners prior to the event.
Day 7+ – August 28th
This will be your opportunity to see the museum, go on daily driving tours to caves, distilleries, and other things the Museum has planned. There will also be tours available at the Corvette factory right across the street as well as hot laps on the motorsports park.
Note: for the trip home, everyone is on their own but if someone would like to set up a tour back via Route 66, please let me know.
Advertising is very important to our Caravan.
Please help us keep costs to a minimum. If you know of a local business in your area that would benefit from advertising in our Corvette Caravan Route Book, on this website, or on a banner, please email me below. Your local Corvette Clubs are also welcomed to advertise or you may also place a personal Ad in our Route Book. What better way for a business to reach this large and passionate group of consumers – The Corvette Enthusiast than by advertising with us?
Banners are popular and a great way for a business or club to show their support for the caravan. Banners are 3′ x 10′ on canvas with brass grommets for displaying. They can be printed with the business or club logo and signed by participants. Contact me for information on pricing.
Thank you to those that have stepped up to volunteer. We are still in need volunteers in each region to make this a successful caravan. Please contact me and let me know how you can help.
and as always… “SAVE THE WAVE!”