This is a revised post to the home page for the Northern California – Northern Nevada – Utah section of the 2014 National Corvette Caravan. I am Don Herzer, Publications Director for the Western States Corvette Council (WSCC). I served as Captain of the NorCal section of the 2014 Caravan. Since we had a great time for the most part, they asked me to return as Captain for 2019.
I have elected to give our section a nickname – Pacific Central Corvette Caravan – which is easily further shortened to Pacific Central and PCCC. This is much less cumbersome than listing the whole three states. Also, if I shorten it to NorCal (as I did in 2014), then N. Nevada and Utah feel left out.
Please note that even if you are not going all the way to Bowling Green, you are welcome to join in the Caravan out of CA as far as you like, or just join us at the launch site at Abel Chevrolet, as many have done in the past.
Our Route: Contrary to my initial posting, I have decided against replicating the 2014 itinerary. Instead we will take a new route favoring scenic less travelled roads, with fun activities and visits to unique places along the way. I am still ironing out the details, but here is a rough outline:
To forestall phone calls and emails, here’s an important update:
I apologize, but as it stands now, I do not have any blocks of rooms in the Bowling Green area for Pacific Central. I will keep trying, but given the circumstances, I am not optimistic of being able to secure a large block of rooms, other than in Nashville. If you like the idea of staying in Nashville (approx. 1hr drive to/from the NCM) for the exciting night life and other attractions, please contact me. Otherwise, individuals are on their own to find accommodations for the four nights in Bowling Green. The NCM maintains a list of available rooms at: https://www.corvettecaravan.com/lodging also you can try hotel planner: https://www.hotelplanner.com/zip/Bowling-Green-KY-hotels-in-42101#dir-bar
|Day 0 – Wednesday evening, Aug, 21st||Prelauncy party (TBA)|
|Day 1 – Thurs. Aug 22nd||Launch – Abel Chevrolet in Rio Vista. On road by 9:30am
Special Lunch in Carson City
Visit to Fallon NAS; Optional dinner at Officer’s Club
Overnight in Fallon, NV
|Day 2 – Friday, Aug. 23rd||Cross Nevada on "Nation’s Loneliest Highway"
Optional fun activities
Overnight in Richfield, UT
|Day 3 – Saturday, Aug. 24th||Cross Utah into Colorado
Optional visits to Moab/Arches National Park
Overnight in Silverthorne, CO
|Day 4 – Sunday, Aug. 25th||Activities in CO
Drive through Rocky Mountain National Park
Optional visits to Coors / Railway Museum
Overnight in Limon, CO
|Day 5 – Monday, Aug. 26th||Out of CO into MO
Optional museum visits
Overnight Kansas City, MO
|Day 6 – Tuesday, Aug. 27th||Cross MO
Optional museum visits
Link up with So. CA group in Cape Girardeau, MO
Overnight in Cape Girardeau, MO
|Day 7 – Wednesday, Aug. 28th||Into Bowling Green, KY
Stage for group parade entrance to NCM
|Aug. 28 – 31||Activities at NCM / Bowling Green Area
Optional seminars, road trips
Possible Corvette Factory Tours
|Sept. 1 – ???||Return Home (on your own)
There may be some return routes/groups set up
Registration for both the Caravan and the festivities is now open on the NCM website. Note that the 2019 Corvette Caravan and the NCM 25th Anniversary are combined into one registration, contrary to previous Caravans. If you want to travel with the No. CA/No. NV/Utah group, be sure to select Pacific Central in the section pulldown.
I have established blocks of rooms at hotels along the Pacific Central route, except at Bowling Green itself as I explained above. If you are serious about going on this section of the Caravan, please send me an email so I can keep you informed about lodging and optional activities that we may set up. Or, if you have recently registered and don’t want to wait until I get the next updated registration list at the beginning of the month, then contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be compiling all this and much more into a Route Book that will be available to registered participants Spring 2019.
If you have no idea what going on the Caravan would be like, here is a link to a writeup that I did about the experiences we had on the 2014 Caravan: 2014 Caravan Experience
You can help promote the Caravan by decorating your car with a window sticker, flag(s), and/or a rear window “Follow Me To Bowling Green” decal. Also, I have raffle tickets for reserve parking at the NCM and for a Corvette Racing Sonic Toolbox – all available from me: https://www.signmeup.com/PCCaravanMerchandise
If you would like to volunteer to help me in this venture, I would welcome that. I will also be looking for sponsors to help defray some of the costs. Keep in mind that any donations are tax deductable. You may reach me via:
Pacific Central Captain