Updated 8/20/14

Florida

Welcome to the Florida State Caravan Page!!!!

For your caravan support donation of $58.00 you will receive a free, high quality knitted stadium blanket, made in America by Jennick® Custom Knits, a licensed Corvette vendor (www.jennickknits.com). This blanket is uniquely made with the logo knitted into it making it one integral piece.

The knitting yarn used is made of high bulk acrylic which renders it highly resistant to pilling, fading and abrasion. The blanket is thick (7 gauge knit), measures approx. 48"x60" is soft and warm, very functional for outdoor use, and it’s machine washable.

Corvette owners have proudly used Jennick® Blankets for man cave decorations, wall hangings, fender covers and trunk liners

This caravan is an event you will want to remember for a long time and you couldn’t find a better value for a unique commemorative gift than our custom made caravan blanket. Phone your orders into Jennick" Knits at 973-728-9468. Credit Cards accepted.

If you order before August 12th, 2014 you will receive the blanket in time to take it on the caravan. Order deadline is 12/31/2014.

I am excited to inform everyone I got approved for the $5,000,000 Liability Insurance needed for our track day. For me that means the hard part is over and now I can concentrate on the schedule and activities that are taking place all on one day. I've heard from several people that you all are as excited as I am about this event. For a lot of the participants this will be their first time ever on a race track with their car. It is for that reason alone I am conducting this event in the most controlled manner possible, while still allowing the participants to get to experience the awesomeness of our vehicles in a safe environment.

My personal message...

You've got your packing list done. If the Corvette isn't your daily driver she is probably already pack full and ready to go. Great! =0)

I will be arriving at Chateau Elan on Monday afternoon, August 25th, 2014. I have reservations for dinner at 4:30pm. After dinner I will be set up in the lobby passing out NCM Participant Window Clings, Goodie Bags, and the Florida Driver Handbook to registered participants.

Registration and Tech will open at 7am on Tuesday Monday. Everyone coming into the track shall go to the 3rd floor of the Chevrolet Tower and check-in to get a yellow wristband after you sign my waiver.

Please review the Track Session Schedule and arrive early enough to get signed in and able to attend your (1) mandatory classroom session to earn your red wristband. Every race track driver has to have a red wristband to be allowed on track.

The Andy Pilgrim Rides are Sold Out. Thank you...I'm really pushing the limit on the ones I did schedule. I hope Andy is still my friend after this. LOL =0)

As you arrive to the first location we are together come find me to get your NCM Participant Window Clings, Goodie Bags, and the Florida Driver Handbook to registered participants as the supplies last.

When we stop in Lake City, Florida at exit 427 off I-75 I will be at Ole Times Country Buffet (2469 W US Hwy 90 Lake City, Florida 32025) having a snack before I head over to the staging area. I will be staging up at the vacant mall located on SW Commerce Drive on the Southeast Side of I-75. I will ask for police assistance to get us onto the highway, otherwise we will lead the caravan slow enough for all to get on the highway as a group before we head on our way.

When we stop in Cordele, Georgia at exit 101 off I-75 I will be at Golden Corral (2110 E. 16th Ave. Cordele, Georgia 31015) having a quick bite. The Manager asked me to advise everyone he is opening up the Banquet Area for us to sit and take care of things. The over 60 years old group will get their meal and drink for $7.99, while the rest of us young folks will get our drinks discounted to $1.99 with a meal at $8.59. I will meet everyone at the Rest Area down the road at Mile Marker 108 to depart as a group at 3:25pm.

When we arrive into Acworth, Georgia I will be found at the Fusco's Via Roma Italian Trattoria (4815 S Main St. Acworth, Georgia 30101) having dinner, enjoying the jazz, and the 50% off most Bottled Wine. Management has also extended a courtesy to us by allowing a Free Appetizer per 2 purchased Entrees. Please come see me to get your NCM Participant Window Clings, Goodie Bags, and the Florida Driver Handbook to registered participants as the supplies last.

If you have any further questions or concerns feel free to contact me at cdcat6@aol.com / 954-260-8598

My personal message about our guests...

"I was allowed the pleasure to be an Instructor at Sebring Int'l Raceway on April 14th & 15th, 2014 for the NCM HPDE. I got to see firsthand Terry Earwood at work as a Lead Instructor. I now understand fully why men of his caliber get paid thousands of dollars to share their knowledge and be a speaker at events. We have been given a very rare treat and I hope everyone coming to my track day takes an opportunity to go to one of the Classroom Sessions to experience this very talented and gifted speaker in action.

I have been developing my own Driving Skillset since 2010. On April 15th, 2014 at Sebring Int'l Raceway Andy Pilgrim gave me a ride in "Goldielocks"; my 2002 millennium yellow C-5 coupe with 260,000 miles on the original engine. I thought Andy would tell me the car needs to be put down, but instead I was completely floored when Andy said it handled better now than when it was new. Andy has given me 3 Smokin Rides in the car; first with a few thousand miles, second with 145,000 miles, and this last one at 260,000 miles. He only suggested some toe & camber for the rear wheels and informed me he felt the car was a little steering sensitive and to be careful.

I watched Andy push my car to the limit of adhesion and found myself laughing at what my car could do and how much, much further my skillset needs to extend before Andy will ever see me in his rear view; but I will keep trying... "always". =0)

"And on that note I'm going to lower the price for Andy Pilgrim to give you a ride. The original price was $175, but I want everyone to experience a true gift and I'm lowering the price to $75. For those who already paid the previous price I'll be sending you a check to refund the $100."

Things are really starting to spool up and I'm getting a little busier every day. That means the National Corvette Museum is too. On that note may I please address this issue? If you have ANY questions about the 2014 National Corvette Caravan, please run them through me or Paul Mariano, Caravan Chairman, before contacting the museum.

On this web page I ask for a copy of your National Corvette Caravan registration to ensure you are registered before I allow any track day event sessions to be purchased. If you accidentally delete the email confirmation you get from the museum you can look for the email in your email trash bin or log back onto the museum website, go under Member Services, log in and it will have a list of Events Already Registered For. I appreciate you all very much for doing this extra step for me to help make my end a little less hectic.

The museum has posted the list of activities for the party on their website. Go to www.corvettemuseum.org and under the pull down labeled "Events" click on "20th Anniversary and Corvette Caravan". There you will find links to all the events during the celebration. Also, at the present time, those links are also listed immediately on the opening page. There are links to "motorsports park schedule", "events schedule", "road tours", etc. On Thursday, there will be Hot Laps with a celebrity driver most of the day. On Friday and Saturday there are parade laps and hot laps practically all day long. As stated on all these sites, registration is on site and first come, first served. By down loading the event agenda, you can always have a reference document showing all the activities and times.

What was updated in this edition...
I have been asked to make it easier to find the updated material since this page has so much information to keep up with. I will use this paragraph to briefly highlight the subjects that have been updated or revised on this page.

  • If you didn't have a chance to register for this event, No Worries; You can still join in! Read Kick-Off Party, August 26th, 2014 section.
  • I've been asked to explain in more detail "What is a track day?" section updated.
  • Corvette America Contest section added. Flyers & Stickers for contest are in the goodie bags.
  • Notice: I am out of the NCM Caravan Flags. If you want one please order them from another Captain or get them at the museum.
  • Classroom sessions (8am, 10am & 1pm) due to insurance reasons are mandatory for everyone to do at least 1 class, except Solo Autocrossers
  • Big "Thank You" to Mobil1 for the 500 Backpack Drawstring Cooler Bags for the first 500 participants to get them from me at the track/banquet/enroute to Bowling Green, Ky.
  • YEAH!!! more Raffle Items, please review the listing.
  • Track Day Participant Session Schedule: section updated.
  • I have several people that have registered for the caravan that can only make my party. For those people I have agreed to take your names and retrieve your registration package's from the NCM when I arrive on Thursday 8/28/2014. Just email me at cdcat6@aol.com your name and I will add you to my list. I will distribute the collected registration packages at car shows I attend after I get home or via other arrangements.
  • Here is the NEW mapquest location for the Staging Area for the morning of August 28th.
    The Dallas Landing Park
    5120 Allatoona Drive
    Acworth, GA 30101-4803
  • We will NOT have helmets to rent. Please bring your own or plan to share!!!
  • Garage spaces for sale. $25.00; First come first serve. I will notify you of your assigned space and when I am sold out here on this page.
  • Please be prepared at Sebring if you want to wait until then to purchase track time sessions/banquet tickets. I will be accepting ONLY check or cash. NO Credit Cards for Florida Caravan Items. Cash only for 50/50 raffle tickets; $1 each.

$2,500.00 Corvette America Gift Certificate Contest information...
(You will find the contest flyer and sticker in your goodie bag.)

Photographer at the Track...

I am pleased to announce we will have Juha Lievonen as our Event Photographer. He will have a table at the event to take orders and to help with any request you have. He will be taking pictures all day; making a record of the track sessions, classroom sessions, along with banquet memories. While you are at the track remember to stop by and submit your orders. Juha will be accepting credit cards. 561-329-0514 / juhalievonen@mac.com.

I have been asked to post the Registered Participant Numbers;
There are several Floridians that are not registered with the Florida Caravan because they are not doing our events or caravan.

  • The Total Participants are 7687
  • The Total Florida Participants are 536

Kick-Off Party, August 26th, 2014
I am happy to announce that Sebring International Raceway has us on the schedule for Tuesday, August 26, 2014. We have the Full 12-Hour course reserved for our Kick-Off Party followed by a Hospitality Dinner at our host hotel "Chateau Elan" next door. Yes, we get to take our Corvettes on the race track in groups to enjoy what our Corvettes were built to do!!! (This includes Convertibles too!!!)

Kick-Off Day Events for August 26th, 2014

Sebring Track Access will be $5.00 per car prior to order deadline (7/31/2014) and $20:00 on Track Day

I have to obtain Insurance for the Track Day Event and will be charging per car entering Sebring International Raceway, even if you do not go on track. You will be receiving a 2 1/2" round Florida Caravan Commemorative window cling to put on the inside lower driver-side of your windshield for each car entry fee paid to expedite entry onto the track property for orders received prior to 7/31/2014. If you wait until the day of the event to pay to enter the track, window clings are not guaranteed. If you wait until the day of the event to pay to enter the track the price will be $20.

If you were unable to register in time with the museum for the caravan I will still allow you to participate at the Kick-Off Party Events for a $50 Non-Registration Fee in addition to the cost of event sessions.

The track gates will open at 6:00am and close at 8:00pm.

Registration for the 2014 National Corvette Caravan is separate from our events and everyone will have to show proof of Caravan registration when ordering and at the track gate and Banquet the day of the Kick-Off Party, August 26th, 2014. Please keep a copy of your email confirmation when you register with the museum.

The Museum will be sending me the window sticker you will need from Aug 26th-30th, 2014. I will be handing them out to the registered participants during the event. If you wait too long to register you will need to show your email confirmation documentation at the track. So; do not wait to get registered and end up having to wait in line more than you have to. =0)

Once you get through the gate after signing the Sebring's Track Liability Waiver, please find a shady place to park. I will be using the first few garage spaces for Tech, but the remaining spaces will be first come first serve availability for $25.00 for the whole day. Mail me a check for $25.00. I will notify you of your assigned space and I will notify everyone here when I am sold out. On the Kick-Off Day Event Order Form hand write in that you want a Garage Space and add the $25 to the total. You can make 1 check for all orders mailed in 1 envelope.

Make out check and mail to:
Carrie Sue DeLeon
1820 Waterford Drive #2
Vero Beach, Florida 32966

Some people are using the garage spaces as sitting areas to be out of the sun along with keeping their cars out of the sun all day instead of baking in the hotel parking lot.

Click to download the Kick-Off Day Event Order Form

Then you will all need to proceed to the 3rd floor Media Room in the Chevrolet Tower to check in at Registration for your appropriate track wristbands and to sign my event liability waivers. If you have pre-paid for track sessions you will receive your window sticker annotating the sessions you are running in, then let the fun begin. =0)

I am also obtaining the Club Level Suit Area for your comfort while you wait for your session time or just want to watch the day's activities in the comfort of some a/c.

I am happy to announce that Art's Mobile Car Wash (863-382-9703) will be at the track all day Tuesday, 8/26/2014, to make sure our cars are pretty for the caravan to Atlanta the next day.
Art's Mobile Car Wash

Track Day Slots:
Track time will start at 9am; finishing at 5pm. Then we'll go next door to Chateau Elan for our Banquet (6:30pm-11pm). Advanced ordering is closed. There are limited slots available. Andy Pilgrim Rides are Sold Out. Thank you! There are several open slots for Parade and Hot Laps. See you at the track.

Track Day Participant Session Schedule:
Tuesday Schedule

Track Day Rules and Tech Sheets:
Caravan Sebring Supplement

Please print a copy of this Pre-Event Technical Inspection form. Take it to a trusted mechanic or fill it out and sign it yourself; then please bring it to Tech at Sebring on August 26, 2014.
Tech Sheet Pre-Event

The following attached files are the National Corvette Museum's "An Introduction to High Performance Driving" and the Tech Sheet that will be filled out at Tech Inspection on Tuesday by my staff. The introduction booklet is for your information and is what the classroom instruction will be based on. We will have copies of the Tech Sheet at Tech, so no need to print out unless you want a copy for yourself.

The Introduction is for a FULL High Performance Track Event. It is for your reading to familiarize yourself with what you can expect at a NCM HPDE even though we will be operating under a more controlled environment with Pace Cars leading every session. This is for you and your car's safety. We are all hoping you have such a great time with this tamer version of a HPDE that you'll think about doing a NCM HPDE in the future. =0

NCM Introduction to High Performance Driving
Tech Sheet

Schedule permitting, Andy Pilgrim will be joining us as our Grand Marshall. In the past Andy has entertained us with his graceful skillset at driving these beautiful machines. If Andy is able to make it we will allow him to drive you in your car for 3 Hot Laps during the Hot Lap Sessions for $75.00.

If you are arriving well after the track gates open and want to have your track session scheduled for later in the day; please note that on the order form when you mail in your payment. First come first serve, but as long as I know ahead of time it should not be a problem. Hot Laps will have mandatory classroom time in the morning and after lunch, so plan your arrival accordingly please.

Grand Marshall Andy Pilgrim
Andy Pilgrim

  • Andy Pilgrim was born in the UK and came to the US in the early 1980's. He became a US citizen in 1998.
  • Andy has been a professional race driver for 30 years and is currently a Pro driver for GM Racing's Team Cadillac. Andy has won 5 Championships and 64 races so far in his professional racing career. Andy has won 7 "Major" races including The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, 3 times, the 12 hours of Sebring, 2 times and Petit Le Mans, 2 times. In 2001, Andy raced with his good friends Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelly Collins in the 2001 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and has done NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide road races as recently as 2011.
  • In 1989, Andy started and still owns, Electronic Computer Services Inc. a computer consulting company that is based in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The company currently has about 70 employees.
  • Andy started speaking to high school students about 20 years ago about the dangers of distracted driving as a give back project, after witnessing needless reckless and distracted driving issues in his every day driving.
  • In 2008, he started the Andy Pilgrim Foundation, with the goal to raise awareness of the deadly problems associated with distracted driving and unsafe driving behavior and to educate new drivers and adults; to enable them to make safer choices while driving.
  • For additional information, please visit:
    www.andypilgrim.com
    www.theparentdrivingzone.com
    www.andypilgrimfoundation.org

Instructors:
There will be 3 Driver Instruction Classroom Sessions; one at 8am, one at 10am, and one at 1pm. It will be mandatory for everyone doing Parade Laps and Hot Laps.

The Volunteer Instructors will be available to ride along for one lap to further show you the correct line so you may thoroughly enjoy your track time. This instructional lap will not count against the 5 Hot Laps you already paid for, but be in addition to as a bonus. My instructors are limited, so this bonus will be on a first come first serve bases; but well worth the wait if I have several requests.

As I get this portion more organized I will keep you all updated. Got a suggestion or want to be a Driving Coach Volunteer…contact me cdcat6@aol.com / 954-260-8598.

I would consider myself an Educated Adventurist. If you are the same here are a few links to review to familiarize yourself with Sebring Raceway:
http://www.trackpedia.com/wiki/Turn_by_turn_guide_to_the_Sebring_International_Raceway_track
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36mt7NmsHD8
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtPlikw0N8MqNzDHeXzYmGOTB1sfGRDu4

It is not intended for you to memorize this information like I did, but to familiarize yourself with the characteristics of the racetrack so that when you get on the track you'll be more comfortable than just going out blind and un-schooled. Most "Fear" is lack of education about a subject you are entering into and I want everyone to have the best time ever!!!!

Lead Instructor:
Terry Earwood
Terry Earwood

  • Chief Instructor Road Atlanta 1978-1984.
  • Lead, and the Chief Instructor, Skip Barber Racing School 1984-2009.
  • Authored Skip Barber Driving School curriculums.
  • 1996 IMSA National Touring Endurance Class Champion.
  • Winningest Driver IMSA Firehawk Street Stock (now Continental Tire Challenge).
  • 1996 Inducted Southeastern NHRA Hall of Fame, Don Garlits Museum.
  • 2002 Inducted East Coast Drag Times Hall of Fame.
  • 2009 Named BFGoodrich Man of The Year.
  • Currently competing SCCA enduro Spec Miata, and NHRA Super Stock Camaro.
  • 2013 SCCA Pro Racing Cup MX5 Chief Steward.
  • 2011-13 NARRA Chief Steward.
  • Owns C1 and C6 Corvette.
  • BFGoodrich Team Driver 2013 Baja 1000
    ...in a nutshell we won the Baja Challenge class fr BFGoodrich. 3 pairs of drivers, or 6 of us on the team, each pair in the car about 8 hours. Sadly, the crew I handed the car to at nite got stuck and even hit, in the silt beds and their 8 hour stint lasted 12 hours! Thankfully, they weren't hurt when a Trophy truck hit them, but the truck had to be euthanized!

Pace Car Drivers and Instructors:

Michael DeFontes
Michael DeFontes
Professional sportscar racing driver with 20+ years of experience. Factory supported driver for Nissan, GM, Ford, and Saleen. Goal is to get back full time in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a top team and promote companies' products and services, or to teach/demo new cars at arrive and drives.

Volunteer Instructor:
Robert Callery, DDS
Robert Callery DDS

  • 2005 Private Instruction with Paul Mazzacane in race prepped C5-Rs with Rathmann Racing at Sebring.
  • Highlights include an invitation to "Race Against the Editors" for the Car and Driver 50th Anniversary in Indianpolis.
  • Charity event driving open wheeled Indy Cars (speed limited to 150mph) and achieving the top speed award of 149.9mph at Las Vegas Motorspeedway.
  • 2012 took the year off cars and raced offshore boats in the P1 Professional Series, taking a 3rd place podium finish at the prestigious Detroit Gold Cup.
  • 2008-present Instructing for the SCCA/ Tire Rack Street Survival schools.
  • Currently instructing for the National Corvette Museum HPDE's Sebring and VIR.
  • SCCA PDX Instructor Sebring.

Al Wicht
Al Whicht
Championships:

  • SCCA FL 1968 AS
  • SCCA FL 1978 DP
  • SCCA FL 1981 DP
  • NASA FL 2005 E1
  • NASA FL 2006 AIX
  • SCCA FL 2007 BP
  • SCCA CFR 2007 BP
  • SCCA FL 2008 BP
  • SCCA CFR 2009 ITO
  • SCCA CFR 2010 ITO

Brian Beasley
Brian Beasley

  • Started racing in 1991 at Sebring with the SCCA.
  • I have raced in ITC, ITB, ITS, GT4, Vintage Formula Vee, Spec Miata, and most recently, F Production.
  • I was the Central Florida Region champion in F Prod in 2011.
  • I am doing driver instruction with the NCM HPDE; and NASA for the last few years as well.

Rollie Walriven
Rollie Walrivent

  • With 1957 Corvette B Production Race Car received Regional Competition License in 1964.
  • For 2 years National competition with a '65 Vette racing against some of the best "shoes" at Indianapolis Raceway Park, Road America, Mid Ohio, Nelson Ledges, Huntsville Alabama, and others. Qualified as Runner Up (SCCA run offs) in B production, finishing sixth in Central Division.
  • IMSA 1974 pro series. IMSA race in '76 (Mid-Ohio) to shake Camaro down for Sebring 12 Hour in 1977.
  • Received FIA license in 1976. I started race and drove first 3 hours, moving up 20 positions. Converted car to Late Model Stock Car and raced round track for 2 years before building new Late Model car which we campaigned until my retirement in 1985.
  • I am proud owner of a 1963 SPLIT WINDOW I bought NEW in Nov.1962, and a 2006 Z06, both of which I enjoy driving immensely

Linda Hall Stewart
Linda Hall Stewart

  • Linda Hall (Stewart as of Jun 1)
  • Porsche Club of America National Instructor, PBOC
  • Hooked on Driving
  • NASA
  • ERME
  • Performance Driving Group instructor.
  • Club racing at SCCA and NASA Florida clubs in Spec Miata class with 3rd place finish in Tropical Endurance Series in 2012 / 4th place finish in the series in 2013
  • Graduate of Skip Barber
  • Started track days in 2009. I just love sports cars, driving fast, going to the track and sharing great days with other car enthusiasts.

John Callahan
John Callahan

  • Motorcycle Racing in the 60"s
  • In the 70"s & 80"s I worked as crew for road race teams
  • In 1987 received SCCA National Competition License
  • My current race car is a 1966 Lotus Elan in the SCCA Vintage Series

DJ Stewart
DJ Stewart

  • Crewman on championship power boats
  • 20 years drag racing
  • Drove dirt and asphalt stock cars, and sprint cars
  • 2008 SCCA Formula 500 Florida Region Champion

 

Gulf Coast AutocrossersSolo Autocross:
I am very happy to announce The Gulf Coast Autocrossers ( http://gulfcoastautocrossers.com/ ) will come and orchestrate the solo autocross event at Sebring. The runs will be $10 per run or 6 runs for $50. I will need a printed copy of your NCM Caravan Registration when ordering track day events and banquet tickets.

The autocross personal will gladly ride along to show you the course before you do your first paid run free of charge. Any additional ride-alongs will count as a run and will be charged for.

There will be awards given out at the banquet for fastest runs. Number of awards to be determined.

Click to download the Kick-Off Day Event Order Form

Make out check and mail to:
Carrie Sue DeLeon
1820 Waterford Drive #2
Vero Beach, Florida 32966
(...and yes you can submit one check for everything you order on the different forms.)

Banquet:
The Banquet will begin at 6:30pm August 26th, 2014 and run until 11pm. The price will be $40.00 per person prior to order deadline (7/31/2014) and $60.00 per person the night of the Banquet or any order postmarked after 7/31/2014.

I have selected the following as our menu…

Menu
Entrees;
Sliced Prime Rib au jus
Chicken Picatta
Poached Salmon

Salads;
Pasta Salad
Strawberry Delight

Sides;
Roasted Seasonal Vegetable
Oven Roasted Red Skin Potatoes
Macaroni & Cheese

Chateau Elan will have a cash bar available during the Banquet.

Entertainment
I have booked 2 comedians for the time frame of 7:00pm til 8:30pm; Brian Thomas and Jeff Zenisek from Jacksonville, Florida. These men will bring in a local comedian to Host their act. It will be a fun night!!!


Brian Thomas
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aw_uBzjOOeQ


Jeff Zenisek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91cQxi2p5oA

Before and after the comedy act we will have Bobbi and Donald from http://www.singitkaraoke.net/. There will be a little DJ'ing and a little karaoke and a fun time had by all.

You will be receiving a wristband for each Banquet fee paid to expedite entry for orders received prior to 7/31/2014.

Kick-Off Party, August 26th, 2014, Order Form:
Click to download the Kick-Off Day Event Order Form

Kindly fill out the Order Form above: then please send the completed form and a check payable to:

Make sure to include a copy of your 2014 National Corvette Caravan Registration Confirmation with Order Form.

Carrie Sue DeLeon
1820 Waterford Drive #2
Vero Beach, Fl. 32966

After you enter the track and find some shady place to park, everyone needs to report to registration to check-in for your track day events and receive instructions along with wristbands.

Vendors
Click to download the Vendor Order/Waiver Form
Vendor Spots are being sold at $20.00 per vendor. Spaces will be first come first serve. Fill out the order form/waiver above, make check payable to: Carrie Sue DeLeon, and mail to my address on the form. The Sebring Track Gate will open at 6am for those that want to be the early bird and everyone has to be off track property by 7pm and gate will lock at 8pm.

Make out check and mail to:
Carrie Sue DeLeon
1820 Waterford Drive #2
Vero Beach, Florida 32966

As we get closer to the event I will contact each vendor to get a list of vehicles and helpers that will need entry credentials on the day of the event.

Current Vendors coming to the track...

  • The Green Bar...(Green Smoothies & Flavored Lemonades)
  • Eckler's Corvette
  • 1st Choice Auto Paint & Supply LLC
  • Paws for Friendship Therapy Dog

RECOGNITION TO THE MOST RECENT DONATION TO THE CARAVAN FUND GOES TO...


The Corvette Cruisers Highlands County Florida Club donation for a half page ad in the Driver's Handbook.
The first Corvette Club to buy an Ad...Awesome!!! many "Thank you's" from me =0)

Lifestyle Fitness 24/7
6194 20th St.
Vero Beach, FL, United States 32966-1023
772-770-9639

Fitness Trainer
Aaron Wingate
Vibrant energy, weight loss and core nutrition
http://www.teamchampionfitness.com
https://www.advocare.com/11048960/default.aspx

Thank you!!!

Florida Caravan Sponsorship Donations of product/gift certificates for the raffle-50/50 were made by the following...

  • 500 Mobil 1 Backpack drawstring cooler bags / ALL Track Day & Banquet Participants will receive 1 until they are gone. "Thank You Mobile 1" =0)
  • "Michelin goodie pack".
  • Mid America Motorworks for the "Car Care Products pack". www.mamotorworks.com
  • South Florida Tax Preparation / (2) 50% Off gift certificates "Registered Tax Return Preparer as designated by the Internal Revenue Service" Scott E. Itkin 954-458-2000
  • Pine Moutain Club Chalets Resort / 2 nights in 3 bedroom Chalet; amenities included 12 acre lake for fishing/canoeing, tennis courts, swimming pool, miniature golf, basketball, playground, and more. / pmccresort.com
  • Chris Cruz Artistry / 10% off Custom Paint-Graphic's OR Pin-Stripping up to $500 Value
  • Eckler's Corvette / 2 - $50 off Merchandise Gift Certificate
  • Dr. ColorChip / 2 - No Charge Dr. ColorChip Road Rash paint chip repair kit with free shipping
  • Provident Jewelry (331 Clematis St., WPB, Fl. 33401) $500 Gift Certificate
  • Hooked on Driving Florida Region Gift Certificate good for 1 Event Day
  • Carbotech Performance Brakes Gift Certificate
  • The Corvette Club of the Palm Beaches donated: C-5 New ladies watch, $50 Visa gift card, $25 Amazon Kindle gift card, $25 Brio Tuscan Grille gift card, & $25 Home Depot gift card, $25 Dunkin Donuts gift card, $25 Olive Garden gift card, $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card, XL ZR-1 Corvette t-shirt, & Dee Ocleppo Designer Handbag
  • Karen Koestner Barrow, Barrow ART, www.BarrowART.com, Karen@BarrowART.com Gift certificate to be used for a commissioned original painting of the driver's car, 24" x 24" valued at $1840
  • Corvette America / 30th of 950 signed print of the original Dave Snyder painting "Delivery Day...The 53's"
  • Corvette Upgrade / Pyrotect Helmet Carrying Bag
  • Wine Country Motorsports / Sparco Hat
  • SCCA / Starting Line School including Helmet
  • Stoner Invisible Glass / Stoner Car Care Kit-includes everything you need to Clean, Shine, and Protect your vehicles.
  • West Coast Corvettes $50 gift certificate, www.westcoastcorvette.com
  • Bach Jewelers, bachjewelers@bellsouth.net
  • B&M Performance, www.bmracing.com, 50% off B&M purchase, 50% off Hurst purchase, 50% off Flowmaster purchase
  • Photosbyjuha.com / juhalievonen@mac.com Gift Certificate for (1) 2014 Florida Corvette Caravan Event CD (Valued $65)
  • Rock Auto Parts: www.RockAuto.com 1-866-ROCKAUTO; $25 Gift Certificate
  • Corvette Central / www.corvettecentral.com $50 Gift Certificate
  • Zip / www.zip-corvette.com Zip Key Chains & 4 Closable Car Travel Cups
  • Bob Bonderant High Performance Driving School / www.bondurant.com $500 towards any Multi-Day Course
  • Jennick C-6 Throw Blanket / www.jennickknits.com
  • www.mothers.com / 6 bottles of California Gold Showtime Instant Detailer & 500 goodie bags w/brochures
  • "1" C-6 Rear eXtreme Corvette Custom Spoiler / www.extreme-corvette.com

Thank you!!!

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Tentative schedule of events leading up to Bowling Green's arrival:

I'm attaching a pdf copy of the Florida Corvette Caravan Driver Handbook while it is in-progress of being completed. I'm doing this so that everyone has time to review it thoroughly and get any pertinent information from it that will help in advance to prepare for the event. I will make a note here when it is the final cut. If you have any suggestions about the book please send them to me; cdcat6@aol.com.
Driver's Handbook

8/25/2014:

    

Several people have reserved rooms at Chateau Elan for Monday night. We made arrangements with Chateau Elan to hold a "Welcome Party". The Chateau Elan will offer a 15% discount in Esperante Restaurant on 8/25/2014 with Reservations (863-655-7200) and Happy Hour Special in Hairpin Lounge from 5:00pm - 9:00pm on House Drinks (Beer, Wine & Cocktails).

8/26/2014:

    

All day activities at Sebring International Raceway (6am-5pm), that evenings Banquet at Chateau Elan (6:30pm-11pm).

50/50-Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day. The prizes will be awarded by randomly drawn 50/50-Raffle tickets during the banquet. All prize tickets will be saved and will be part of the 50/50 drawing once all prizes are given out. You will have to be present to win prizes and 50/50.

8/27/2014:

    

Leave around 7am from Sebring, Florida. We will caravan North on US-27 to the Turnpike to join I-75 North to Atlanta, Georgia. Click the link to download a copy of the UPDATED route. Florida Corvette Caravan Route for August 27, 2014

At the Okahumpka Service Plaza they will have a Dunkin Donuts.

At the Lake City, Florida exit I have been given this information for your restaurant choices;
Ruby Tuesday ( http://www.rubytuesday.com/ ) Says go to their web page and sign up for "So Connected" to get coupons to use towards your bill.
Olive Garden ( http://www.olivegarden.com/ ) They give a 25% discount for AAA members.
LongHorn Steakhouse ( http://www.longhornsteakhouse.com/ ) James will give you 10% off your bill.

If you are unable to start with us you can email me your cell phone number with the mile marker location you will be waiting for us to pass by so that you may blend in and join the caravan or be waiting for us at one of our stops. Along the route I will have contacted the local police departments and Chevrolet Dealerships asking for them to provide priority service to any Caravaneer that needs assistance during the caravan. We will also be using hand held Walkie Talkies to communicate and make announcements while enroute. The Florida Caravan will use Channel 7, and interference eliminator code "0". The brand of radio I have is the Motorola Series T5000/T5500.

8/28/2014:

    

We will be staging with the Atlanta group off Exit 278, I-75 at 7 a.m. and plan to leave around 8 a.m. We will take a break at South Pittsburg, Tenn., about two hours later. ( Georgia's Driver Handbook )

Here is the mapquest location for the Staging Area for the morning of August 28th.
The Dallas Landing Park
5120 Allatoona Drive
Acworth, GA 30101-4803

Just wanted to make you aware of a sudden change we have had to make in our staging location. After sitting vacant for nearly 10 years, the shopping center we were going to use suddenly was fenced off last week and won't be available for us to use.

Fortunately, there is good news!
The good folks at the Acworth Chamber of Commerce (Kim Watt and friends) and Acworth Police Department (Lt. Curtis Endicott) helped us find an even better scenic location - the Dallas Landing Park OFF THE SAME EXIT OF I-75, with beautiful Lake Allatoona in the background. Normally, there is a fee to use the park, but the Acworth Chamber of Commerce manages the park and will let us meet there for free! There will be no one else there that morning (maybe a few walkers), so we will have plenty of room.

The park has an oval road that runs next to Lake Allatoona. Because we will be the only ones using the park at this early hour, we will be able to use the entire road so we won't have to pull into parking spots. We will just get in rows and wind our way around the road, lining up in rows like a parade. There is room for at least two rows of cars and in some places three rows, so that way we won't have to worry about backing out of parking spots. When you arrive, you'll be given your car sticker to go on your windshield and then you can proceed to line up. That way, we'll already be in rows headed in the right direction and will just have to follow the police car to I-75. Because the intersections will be blocked off by police along the way, we won't have to worry about being separated on our way to I-75.
07:00 – 08:00 – Staging of Caravan group
08:00 – We will leave the park with police escort.

HERE ARE DIRECTIONS TO THE NEW SITE, 5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth: There are two ways in, but we recommend using this one (though MapQuest goes another way).

From Atlanta:
1. Take I-75 North to Exit 278, Glade Road, Acworth.

2. At end of ramp, turn left and go back under the interstate.

3. Stay in right lane and then turn right at the Racetrac gas station onto West Highway 92 (also called Lake Acworth Drive).

4. Just after you pass over the Mary McCall Memorial Overpass (a bridge), you'll see a turn lane that will take you onto a very short piece of Main Street. You'll go just a few hundred feet and the road deadends.

5. You'll see a sign (shown in right photo) right in front of you that says Acworth Historic Downtown, Lake Acworth Sports Facilities, with an arrow pointing left towards Dallas Landing Beach. Turn left onto this road (also called Main Street). Be careful turning because traffic will be coming from the right, sometimes pretty fast.

6. Just a few hundred feet down the road, you'll take the second left onto Lakewood Drive.

7. Follow Lakewood Drive until you come to a stop sign. Be carefuil here. There are several roads that meet at this intersection. You will bear slightly to the right onto Allatoona Drive, which takes you straight into the park, 5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth. (Don't take an extreme right or you'll go past a cemetery!)

We really believe this will be a better place for us than a boring shopping center. Hate to spring this on you at this late date but I don't guess we can expect the world to stop completely for Corvette owners (even though they should - LOL). Please let your participants know about this. I don't think it will really affect any of their hotel plans since the new site is at the same exit.

Our planned arrival to the Museum will be approximately 1pm. Here is the Georgia Captains web page address http://www.corvettecaravan.com/ga/; please review it for his current information for the Georgia Area Events.

August 29th thru 30th, 2014: Party at the National Corvette Museum !!!

NCM 20th Annual Anniversary Celebration

  • Thursday, August 28 thru Saturday, August 30 2014.
    • Assembly Plant Tours
      • Plant tours during Caravan times usually were continuous tours, guides were stationed along the line instead of taking groups in 2009. There has been no word to this happening for this event. The Plant opened registration for Plant Tours and were booked full in just the first days.
      • Visit the Corvette Assembly Plant www.bowlinggreenassemblyplant.com website often to stay abreast of their plans for us.
      • Please be understanding that the NCM and assembly plant are independent of each other. Once a plan has been approved for the plant tours an announcement will be posted..

Florida State Route Book
I'm attaching a pdf copy of the Florida Corvette Caravan Driver Handbook while it is in-progress of being completed. I'm doing this so that everyone has time to review it thoroughly and get any pertinent information from it that will help in advance to prepare for the event. I will make a note here when it is the final cut. If you have any suggestions about the book please send them to me; cdcat6@aol.com.
Driver's Handbook

  • We are selling ads in our route book, which will fund the Route Book publication.
  • We encourage ALL Florida State Corvette Clubs to purchase an ad. For more information, please contact me at cdcat6@aol.com / 954-260-8598.
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Caravan Sponsors are Needed

If you know of an individual or business that may be interested in becoming a Sponsor, please contact me at 954-260-8598. Sponsorships in the Driver's Handbook to decals on our state shirt along with the recognition on the Captain's Page will start at $25.00. If you have an idea, I'll listen.

If any Florida Corvette Club would like to make a donation from proceeds from a show, as always the Museum is a Not-For-Profit Organization and all work and donations to help with this event are tax deductible.

I am accepting sponsorship donations of products/gift certificates to raffle off during the Kick-Off Party. If you want to donate to the Raffle Fund please contact me cdcat6@aol.com / 954-260-8598.

Download the SPONSORSHIP ORDER FORM

Florida State Caravan Shirt
Here is the shirt design...the last order for the Florida shirt has been submitted. I will have a few at the track for last minute sales of inventory. Thank you to everyone who purchased a shirt to help me raise funds for this awesome event.


Front Crest


Back

NOTE: I have chosen to have the yellowish ink color on the black shirts and tops to be printed with "Glow in the Dark" Ink. This is not an option; it is standard OEM for the black shirts. The white and yellowish color writing for the white shirts and tops will of course be in black (Not "Glow in the Dark" Ink).

Below are the styles of tops I have arranged for purchase to allow you all to show your Corvette Pride. Anyone can order Caravan Swag, you do not have to be a participant.


The Woman's Dri-Fit Shirts (LST650) run up to 2 sizes smaller than normal.

Florida Caravan Tops and Shirts Style # Price Available Sizes
White T-shirt 5000 $15.00 S-5XL
Black T-shirt 5000 $15.00 S-5XL
Men's Polo - White 8800 $20.00 S-5XL
Men's Polo - Black 8800 $20.00 S-5XL
Men's Black Dri-Fit Polo ST650 $25.00 XS-4XL
Ladies Black Dri-Fit Polo LST650 $25.00 XS-4XL
Men's White Dri-Fit Polo ST650 $25.00 XS-4XL
Ladies White Dri-Fit Polo LST650 $25.00 XS-4XL
XXL - add $1.50   XXXL & up - add $2.50

How to order a Shirt or Top

Kindly fill out the Shirt/Top Order Form: The 2014 Florida State Caravan Shirt Official Order Form, then please send the completed form and a check for the price of the shirt plus $5.00 for Shipping & Handling per shirt to:

Carrie Sue DeLeon
1820 Waterford Drive #2
Vero Beach, Fl. 32966

*Please be advised I have to have a minimum order of 35 shirts to get more shirts made. If I do not have your size and type/color in stock, it will be sent as soon as I can get an order in. Please have patience and order early to ensure you have a shirt for the caravan.

2014 NCM Caravan Flag & Rear Window Static Clings available for order:

2014 Caravan Flag
Caravan Flag
Sold Out

2014 Static Cling
Rear Window Static Cling
Available for $10.00 each.
Note: Actual lettering is white.

To place your order:

  • Click and print the 2014 Caravan Flag & Rear Window Static Cling Order Form.
    Flag & Static Cling Order Form
  • Complete the order form and follow payment method on the form.
  • Your order will be filled and mailed to you upon receipt.

Make out check and mail to:
Carrie Sue DeLeon
1820 Waterford Drive #2
Vero Beach, Florida 32966

I've been asked to explain in more detail "What is a track day?"

To start with, we have the Sebring International Raceway to ourselves on 8/26/2014. You must have registered for the caravan to enter the gate or be an invited guest/vendor. Helmets will be required for Hot Lap Sessions, and optional for the Solo Autocross Sessions and Parade Laps.

I would like to have vendors for the participants to engage with; if you know anyone that would prosper from the exposure please put them in contact with me. cdcat6@aol.com / 954-260-8598. Vendors spots are $20.00.

I have worked up a schedule for "on track" time. For those that have never done a track day with their cars I recommend the Parade Laps to get your feet wet with. They will be done at a pace similar to driving your car around the neighborhood with a Pace Car. At no time should you feel nervous, exactly the opposite will happen, and you'll leave the track with a smile on your face wishing for more. This will be a 20 minute timed session. At this time you'll want to purchase a Hot Lap session and push just a little bit harder and smile a whole lot more. Convertibles are welcome!

The next level will be Hot Laps. You'll be able to put your cars in Competition Mode for 5 awesome laps. =0) There will be a Pace Car driving the Race Line that will not exceed 80mph on the straights and obviously slower in the corners. Also keep in mind you do not have to keep up with the Pace Car and there will be a lot fewer cars on track for this type session. My goal is to have several of the very talented race car drivers that live here locally in Florida be on hand at the track. My goal is to have the Instructors at the Mandatory Classroom for the Parade/Hot Lappers. The classroom session is open to everyone. When it is your turn for Hot Laps report to Pit Lane a little early. You'll have the opportunity to have one of the Instructors ride with you for one lap to go over what we showed you in class. Bring in the Instructor after 1 lap, pick up your +1 and go out for your 5 Hot Laps.

Andy Pilgrim will be available for the opportunity during the Hot Lap sessions to take you for a ride in your own car to show you what your Corvette is capable of. It won't be at full racing speed of course, but Andy will suit it to your wishes I'm sure. It will be 3 laps for $75.

The track will have their concessions open from 6:30am - 2pm, or you may bring your own picnic. If that does not suit your taste you have the hotel and the local restaurants to choose from.

You are not obligated to caravan with us or even go to Bowling Green, Ky. for the whole weekend, but it will be a requirement to be registered for the caravan to enter the Track and the Hospitality Banquet on August 26, 2014. If you were unable to register for the NCM Caravan you may still attend the Kick-Off Party for a $50 Non-Registration Fee in addition to the activity cost.

As in the past, schedule permitting, Andy Pilgrim has been our Honorary Grand Marshall. He has been very generous in the past, entertaining us with his exceptional skill at car control. Email Andy at andy@andypilgrim.com to let him know how much you look forward to having him with us as you "Congratulate" him on his induction to the National Corvette Museum's Hall of Fame. Also, let's try to get Johnny O'Connell too, he is also being inducted into the NCM Hall of Fame. Way to go!!!

Feel free to contact me at cdcat6@aol.com for anything you need to make this the most enjoyable caravan ever!!

Hotels

The Chateau Elan and La Quinta Inn & Suites will have a carefree Luggage tag system available so that you may drop your bags off at the hotel before you check-in so that you'll have one less thing to worry about getting out of the car before you go on track.

The Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center is very excited that you have chosen us as your host hotel for your stay in Sebring. We have set aside a block of rooms for your group under "National Corvette Caravan". To make a reservation, please call our front desk at 863-655-7200 and ask for a room under that block.

The rates for rooms start at $79.00 a night for a traditional double or king. For a little higher rate, you can have a room with a balcony or a refrigerator.

Located on the Sebring International Raceway, we are only minutes away from dining and entertainment in downtown Sebring. We boast that we are "The Place to Meet & Play in Sebring".

  • 123 deluxe guestrooms, suites and Jacuzzi suites with high speed internet.
  • Large Suites that can be converted to hospitality rooms or conference rooms.
  • Over 7,800 square feet of meeting space, serving groups from 4 to 400. The LeMans Ballroom, Salons A & B and the Panoz Boardroom. There is also an Outdoor Observation Deck and Terrace. Our state of the art conference facilities will provide an exceptional environment for your meetings and relaxation.
  • Our Esperante Restaurant and Hairpin Lounge are a full service restaurant and bar serving both American and Continental Cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • We also have a Full-Service European Spa and On-Site Fitness Center.

Overflow Hotel
The La Quinta Inn & Suites Sebring is proud to serve as the overflow hotel for the Chateau Elan during the 2014 Corvette Caravan! For reservations, please call our Front Desk at 863-386-1000 and any of our Team Members will be happy to help you. Just let us know that you need the "Corvette Caravan" rate and we'll put you in.

Our standard rooms with either one king or two queens will be made available to you at the special rate of $79 per night, while our Executive Kings will be $89 (slightly larger room, one king and a sofa) and our Suites will be $99 (living room with separate bedroom, one king bed in bedroom and sofa in living room). We are only a short drive from the Sebring International Raceway (8.2 miles) with chain and local restaurants anywhere from right across the street to only a few minutes away, so you can look forward to a comfortable stay with amenities such as:

  • BrightSide Breakfast every morning, with hot items including scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and make-your-own Belgian waffles
  • Pool and Hot Tub outside behind the hotel
  • Free High Speed Wireless Internet throughout the hotel, including in your guest room
  • Laundry Facilities, Fitness Center, and Business Center, all accessible 24 hours a day on the 1st floor

Volunteers
The Sebring Event is going to be a great day, but it will be even more successful with the help of volunteers. I will need help with Registration, Car Tech, and Check-in for the Track and Banquet. The more volunteers, the better the experience for everyone. =0) Kindly e-mail me at cdcat6@aol.com to step-up to help make this the best caravan ever!!!

Who's In Charge?
That would be me...Carrie Sue DeLeon...I will take the blame for anything that goes wrong...please be kind...=0) I am on my 3rd Corvette, a 2012 Supersonic Blue Metallic Grand Sport Coupe. Her name is Samantha. The 2002 Millennium Yellow Coupe (Goldielocks) is now a full time track car. I predict she'll have a roll cage in 3 years!!! lol

My Local Leader for Tampa and the West side of Florida is Tommy Farruggio. My East Coast Local Leaders are Sue Militello and Annette Santiago, whom have really been great help.

Caravan from South Florida to Sebring:
Local Leader Sue Mititello will lead a caravan from the South Florida Area to Sebring on Monday afternoon, August 25th, 2014. She will stage up at the Palm Beach Turnpike Plaza (Mile Marker 94) at 3pm on Monday and depart at 3:30pm. If you want to ask her any questions about this portion of this event her email address is suegail58@yahoo.com.

The route from Palm Beach Plaza on turnpike to Chateau Elan Hotel - I will be at the palm beach plaza MM 94 at 3:00pm Monday Aug 25th departing at 3:30pm. We will head North to MM 107/FL-710/Beeline Hwy (Sunpass Only) from that exit we will head North on the Beeline to State Rd 70 - if someone wants to join us after we get onto Beeline there are intersections at PGA Blvd and Indiantown Road and State Road 70.

I will make announcements on channel 7 on two-way radio about 2 miles from each intersection along beeline for anyone wanting to join in. We will proceed North to US Hwy 98N/US 98 W/FL-700. We will proceed to US Hwy27/US 98W (same road) into Sebring to hotel. I will make announcements along entire route 2 miles out from each intersection we are coming to, in case there are corvette people waiting...if anyone has questions they can email me at suegail58@yahoo.com; it takes 2 hours from Palm Beach Plaza to Sebring.

I will do my best to keep you all updated as quickly as possible, but please do not hesitate to contact me at cdcat6@aol.com for anything!!!!

Sincerely,

Carrie Sue DeLeon
Florida Captain


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