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7/20/07 9:21am - Original Message: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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I am not sure if this was a good move or not, but I just registered for the National Corvette Museum Caravan for September 1 through 4, 2009.
 
Anyone else thinking of doing this?
 
Have any of you done this before?
 
What is it like trying to keep 100 Corvettes together?
 
Will we have escorts from state to state?
 
 


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7/20/07 9:34am - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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We did it in '99...had a friggin BLAST! Took both 'Vettes. It's a bit hard to keep all of the cars together, especially the later cars...they all want to run 100mph most of the time.
We had no escorts, except in Little Rock, where the Police stopped traffic long enough for all of the cars to leave out at the same time. Then, in Nashville, they also helped with traffic control to allow all of us to head out to the NCM at the same time....over 5000 Vettes just from there. Then they had the other caravan coming in from Louie-ville, at the same time, all converging at the NCM pretty much at the same time. It took several HOURS for all of the cars to arrive!
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7/20/07 12:12pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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OMG, didn't realize it was that HUGE.
I better book my tent site at the KOA tonight!


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7/20/07 1:00pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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I did the '03 caravan.  Started with the Minnesota group which merged with the Wisconsin group at a couple of stops in the "Dairy State".  Then we merged with the Iowa group in Bloomington, IL.  All of this on day 1 of the caravan.
 
Day 2 had us merging with the Illinois and Indiana groups on the infield of the "Brickyard".  After everyone was there (~850 cars) each state group got to do a parade lap and then exited for BG.  35 mph on the track and pedal to the floor to keep pace out on the interstate.
 
Traffic control was non-existant at the stops in Wisconsin and Illinois but the kids at Indy had their act together.  They got us out onto the freeway without any problems or jam-ups.
 
For me day 1 was more fun because the smaller group was better at staying together.  After the stop at Indy you were pretty much on your own.
 
There was no formal return caravan but lots of folks formed groups of their own.  I ended up being a caravan of 1 heading home and once out of Kentucky I didn't see another Vette on the road until I got within a few miles of my house.
 


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7/20/07 2:48pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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I haven't registered yet but my wife and I intend to go.  We'll take both the 78 and her 92.  We went on the 5th and 50th caravans.  Both time were a blast.  Usually keeping 10 cars together is not a problem since most of the driving is on the highways.  Usually we have 4 or 5 cars from our club going and we can always stick together but you need to plan stops and overnights ahead of time.  On the 50th we left the New York overnight stop with 150 Vettes and the police stopped traffic on I 84 so we could all get on in a group.  Nothing like topping a hill on the road and seeing nothing but Corvettes as far as you can look in front and behind you.  Leaving the Louisville KY fairgrounds on the 5th with 2000 Vettes was a trip.  You'll have great fun.  Count the days.Smile

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7/20/07 4:28pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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What kind of activities did they have once everyone got to the Museum?
I can't imagine doing anything as a group with that many cars.
Even a group picture of the members would be a monumental undertaking.


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7/21/07 1:07am - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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Terry we should look into this?

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7/21/07 9:30am - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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I'm debating doing this. But ... I've heard from some NCM folks that their "goal" is at least 10,000 cars - and hoping for 15,000. OMG - that means we'll end up staying a "fur piece" from the action if we don't get reservations ASAP!



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7/21/07 12:06pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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1BadLT1...I'm game, gives us lots of time to get ready..Lets do it..Thousands of Corvettes..Yea

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7/21/07 2:39pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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[QUOTE=spielman5]1BadLT1...I'm game, gives us lots of time to get ready..Lets do it..Thousands of Corvettes..Yea[/QUOTE]
You guys are freakin crazy, but if ya'll are game, maybe I sjould join yas Thumbs%20Up


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7/23/07 10:36am - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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The meuseum runs tours, the plant runs tours, vendors set up at the meuseum, there is usually music behind the meuseum.  The real fun is just the drive there.  Usually each caravan stops at a race track for laps during the trip.

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7/23/07 12:32pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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Maybe this will be part of C3VR Gathering 2009.
 
We could exit the Museum and go do our thing somewhere on the east coast.
 
Is this what you call extreme planning???Confused


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7/23/07 7:01pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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Were in..Clap..Lets see, retire from work and draw Social Security in July 2009, get my Corvette ready and spend one night at every C3VR member's house  looking for retirement location to park her corvette..LOLThumbs%20Up..

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7/23/07 8:06pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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Well terry my boy, lookin' like we have got to do some serious planning I only get 3 weeks vacation a year, the stumbling block for me is the amount of time needed of and the fact that it is over a major holiday for the type of business I am in.  What a week before the event, a week there, and a week getting home?   Don't know if Dee-Dee could spend that much time with me all at once, should also purchase open dated one way airline ticket in case I get tried, I mean if she gets tried of me, I can ship her home, I mean then she could board a comfortable flight into the seattle area and enoy the comforts of our home.  Terry when ya get the info fill me in.
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7/24/07 12:09pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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4 days to get there, 3-4 days in KY, 4 days to get back.
 
Can be done in two weeks, if you want.


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7/24/07 10:22pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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Wow...that sounds like FUN!!!  2009, huh?????

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7/24/07 10:50pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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You can go to the NCM website and get on the Caravan listserver to stay up to date.

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7/25/07 3:48pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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Hmmmmm,...10,000+ vettes, I wonder what they'll charge for parking ?....Ya think they'll have a parking girl to control traffic just for them like we had in Virginia City ?

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7/25/07 5:01pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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Darn My original reply disappeared so I will do it again.....

I was the Maryland Co-Captain of the 99 National Caravan..  and we also did the 03 Caravan BUT we left every stop 30 minutes behind the last car at every stop ..did not do the I gota keep in thsi line of Corvettes thing.

The 99 drive as a nightmare..
We started with about 30 cars in Gaithersburg Maryland and by the time we hit Richmond the total was just over 300 .. and the total kept getting larger and larger as we approached Bowling Green...   My wife kept remarking that I was breathing hard as I drove kept insisting that I may have another Heart attract... Drive down 81 dodging all the Tractor Trailer drivers and trying to keep 3-4 or 500 Corvettes in line was NOT  easy...
sometime I was on the brakes sometimes I was on the brakes HARD sometimes I was doing 80 MPH and still accelerating to catch up... in short not a real pleasant drive.... BTW..we did have a Chevy Suburban leading the "pack" and he drove the speed limit but the accordion effect that occurred every hour on the hour was maddening to say the least...

We Drove the 72 Convertible in 99... car worked fine..BUT I like the top down the wife likes it down... we had to settle for it down in the morning Up in the afternoon...and still my wife complained every night about being hot and exhausted and windblown ...  (she discovered that sitting in the hotels Hot Tub was a great cure for this BTW..)   She was also not happy that I had to carry all my detailing stuff in the car (used it every morning and evening too) and I had her limited to the shoes she was wearing and one spare pair... (that was a Battle)...

When we returned she had a hot tub sitting next to the pool in a week or so...AND she stated that she would absolutely never do that drive again..
UNLESS I got a newer, more comfortable  Corvette  ..yea you got that right I was TOLD to buy newer Corvette by my wife)...(picked up a nice 95 6 sp coupe within a month...that paid her back for writing the check for the hot tub  ..LOL

In 2003 like I said we did do the Caravan but drove about a half hour behind the main group of cars.. Much much more relaxing.. we had the route and where and when the scheduled stops for the day were so we really did not miss anything evening were spend with the main group and we had a ball...

WE are planning on doing the next Caravan BUT I plan on being a 1/2 hour behind everyone again...

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7/25/07 5:55pm - Reply: '2009 National Corvette Caravan'
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Great insite bob, thanks if sharing..Terry

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