(San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Beaumont, Corpus Christi, Victoria, McAllen)
Attention Corvette Enthusiasts:
Get ready for the 2019 caravan!! If you did not go to the 20th National Corvette Museum Anniversary in 2014, please don’t miss the 25th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum in 2019. This will be a milestone event in National Corvette Museum’s history.
Mark your calendars for August 26 – September 1, 2019.
Hello, I’m Rick Creekmore and I’ll be heading up the August 2019 National Corvette Museum (NCM) Southern Texas Corvette Caravan! Here’s your chance to join other Corvette enthusiasts from Southern Texas for the 25th Anniversary of the NCM by participating in the 2019 Corvette Caravan. We will have exciting events planned along the way!
My wife, Cheri, and I went to the 20th Anniversary NCM caravan and had a super time. We also led a group of Texas Corvette Association members from the San Antonio area back to the NCM in 2015 for another fun filled road trip. I’m a retired Air Force Colonel who just loves to be with other corvette people. We have a 1964 silver corvette convertible, which we drove 1,000 miles on the 2014 trip to the NCM, and a 2011 black corvette convertible.
Captain Rick Creekmore and wife Cheri
Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2019southerntexascaptain/
Tentative schedule of events for the 25th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum
Day 1 – Monday, August 26th
The initial plan is to form two caravans, one near San Antonio and the other near Houston. The San Antonio area caravan will leave Monday morning, August 26, 2019, from the Walmart in Spring Branch on Hwy 281 and travel to Ft. Worth where we will stay the evening at the Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle. The Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) is right next door and tours have been set up to drive our corvettes to pit road, victory lane etc. Track Vans will drive our group 2.5 laps around the NASCAR track – cost is $10 ($9 if 65 and older), mail your checks, payable to Rick Creekmore, to 141 Persia Dr. Universal City, TX 78148.
Day 2 – Tuesday, August 27th
The Houston area caravan will depart from the Harley-Davidson of Kingwood, north of Houston. The San Antonio area and Dallas Lone Star Corvette Club (LSCC) caravan will leave from the Texas Motor Speedway (we will do a parade lap around the track with our cars) and travel just past Texarkana where we will meet up with the Houston area caravan. The combined caravan will travel on to Little Rock, AR. We have 170 rooms booked for our San Antonio and Houston groups at Four Points by Sheraton near I-630 in Little Rock. The Dallas LSCC has 60 rooms reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Southern Texas Caravan, and several other Corvette Caravans from across the country, will have an early evening event with food and beverages at Bales Chevrolet, very close to the hotels, then the Southern Texas caravan goes back to the Sheraton for a social with door prizes etc. beginning at 8:00PM. Please all wear your Southern Texas Caravan Polo or T-shirts!
Day 3 – August 28th
The San Antonio and Houston legs of our caravan will depart, with a police escort, from the Four Points Hotel. The Dallas, LSCC, leg will depart from Bales. We will merge at our Lunch stop in East Memphis at Wolfchase Galleria. Three other caravans will also have lunch at Wolfchase and around 1:00PM over 400 corvettes will depart from the Galleria to Bowling Green.
Day 4-7 – August 29-September 1
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 Assembly Plant (hopefully the plant will be open by August 2019) right across the street as well as hot laps and touring laps on the motorsports park.
One event already planned is a Friday, August 30, 2019 Southern Texas mini caravan and buffet dinner. We will leave from the NCM Motorsports Park around 4:30 PM and drive the back roads to the Barren River Lake Resort, a 50 minute drive. Tour the park grounds, lodge and lake and have a buffet dinner with all the trimming in the Highland room. We will have an open cash bar, door prizes and just some fun things planned. The room holds 200 people and there is plenty of parking for our corvettes. The cost for the buffet, booking the room, bar tender, tax and tips included will be $32/person. Please all wear your Southern Texas Caravan Polo or T-shirts! Caravan and Dinner are full, please contact Maureen Pisano at Mpisano2@sbcglobal.net to get on the waiting list.
We will have other exciting and fun events during our four days at the NCM and Bowling Green.
Note: for the trip home, everyone is on their own but if someone would like to set up a tour back please let me know – we will advertise these tours to the Southern Texas members.
The Southern Texas Team
Several volunteers will be working with us to make this a fun and memorable trip. From the Houston, Beaumont-Port Arthur Area, your Co-captain is Suzanne Ansley. Suzanne will be coordinating events and is heading up the Houston area Day 1 caravan.
From the Dallas area and the Lone Star Corvette Club your Leaders are Sharon and Curtis Troster. Curt will be coordinating events at the Texas Motor Speedway and is heading up the Dallas part of the Southern Texas caravan.
Sharon and Curt Troster
Gary Blum is our sponsor chair (we need to raise a few thousand dollars – business card ads in the route book etc. to help defray the cost for the book and the other trip items).
Terri Butler will be our lead in preparing the route book, Flyers, etc.
Maureen Pisano is our Social Director – you have to have fun on a road trip! She will do a great job.
Lyn Blum is our recording secretary insuring records are kept to monitor our progress
Cheri Creekmore is our hotel manager
My wife, Cheri, booked a block of rooms reserved for Southern Texas Caravan for Monday, August 26, 2019 at the Marriott Hotel and Golf Club; however, these are sold out. There are still rooms available but at the standard rate. Cheri also booked 170 rooms in Little Rock AR for Tuesday August 27 as earlier described. Rooms available until May 31, 2019. And booked another 170 rooms at four hotels in or near Bowling Green, KY for Wednesday, August 28 – Saturday, August 31, 2019.
50 rooms are in Bowling Green at the Clarion Hotel which is seven miles from the NCM. SOLD OUT
50 rooms are in Glasgow, KY, 29 miles from the NCM. 25 at the Quality Inn and 25 at Days Inn. SOLD OUT
70 rooms at the Barren River Lake Resort in Lucas, KY which is 28 miles or 40 minutes, from the NCM – Breakfast is not included; however there is a restaurant at the Lodge. These rooms include 51 rooms at their Lodge, SOLD OUT. 10 standard cottages (2 bedrooms with 4 beds and full kitchen) and 9 deluxe cottages (2 bedrooms with 4 queen size beds, full kitchen, living and dining area, 2 bathrooms). Still cottages available. For details go to:
Lone Star Corvette Club has booked 60 rooms at the Hilton Garden Inns in Little Rock and in Bowling Green.
Details on how you book your rooms will be provided when you sign up for the Southern Texas Caravan at your local club or by emailing Rick, if you will be joining the San Antonio area caravan or Suzanne, for the Houston areas caravan.
We will be compiling all this and much more into a Route Book that will be available to registered participants in the spring of 2019.
If you would like to volunteer to help me in this venture, contact me as soon as possible. We will also be looking for sponsors to help defray some of the costs.
Registration for NCM 25th Anniversary opened September 12, 2018. To register online, please go to: https://www.corvettecaravan.com and click the word “Register” at the top of the page.
The cost to register for the caravan is $30 for life members; $40 NCM members and $65 non-members — cost is per person. And when you register at the NCM the cost will be $5 more. Please insure you select Southern Texas Caravan (S-TX) FOR EACH PERSON IN THE CAR. Included is a commemorative event program. Lapel pin, dash plaque, participant window cling and custom hard card credentials with a lanyard. The Credentials are being sent to your Captain, Rick Creekmore who will insure you receive these before you arrive at the NCM.
Sign Up: If you are interested in joining our caravan please sign up at your local Corvette Club (sign up sheets will be available soon). You can also email Rick Creekmore if you live near the San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Victoria and McAllen area; or email Suzanne Ansley if you reside near the Houston, Beaumont-Port Arthur area.
Super news!! Eckler’s Corvette Auto Parts based in Florida has agreed to be our primary sponsor. Eckler’s has helped purchase our T-Shirts (ladies and men’s) and Polo Shirts for our caravan members. These shirts were designed by your Southern Texas caravan committee. Committee members, Maureen and Lou Pisano are wearing the Polo shirts. Please contact your Southern Texas Corvette club for details on how to order these designed shirts. You can also order by emailing Rick Creekmore at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be joining the San Antonio caravan group, or Suzanne Ansley at: email@example.com if you will be joining the Houston caravan group – T-shirts (limit 2/person) are $15 and Polo shirts (limit one/person) are $25 – please add $5/shirt if we need to mail. Please let us know your shirt size and if men or women shirt.
We are raffling off a 185 LBS (empty) Corvette Racing Tool box from Sonic. Tickets are $10 each, or 3 tickets for $25. You do not need to be present to win and the drawing is Aug 31, 2019 at the NCM. Free shipping to the winner’s home. Tickets are available from your local corvette club or send a check (payable to Gary Blum) to Rick Creekmore, address below. I will send you your tickets, just sign full name and phone number and send me back the stub. Go to below site for details:
NCM 25th Anniversary Flags and Clings are now in stock and are available for purchase.
Make check payable to Gary Blum
Send check to: Rick Creekmore
141 Persia Dr.
Universal City, TX 78148
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 vinyl with brass grommets for displaying. They can be printed with the business or club logo and signed by participants. Contact Gary Blum for information on pricing.
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 their businesses in our Corvette Caravan Route Book, or on this website, please email Gary Blum. 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. Personal sponsorships are also very much welcomed and appreciated.
Thanks to several companies who donated items for our goodie bags. These include: SAS shoes; HEB; Eckler’s auto parts and Liberty Mutual Insurance – call Nancy Hiera for a quote.
George Strait on the left and Stuart Cavender on the right