April 27 was the last Captains Caravan meeting before the big event at the end of August. Museum representatives Bryce Burklow, Maci Hensley and Katie Ellison along with National Chairman Jeff Duda gave an update on the preparations for the 25th Opening of the National Corvette Museum. Registration is currently at 5,687 people so it is on pace with 2014. We currently have 43 people registered and, hopefully, we will get more by that time. Just as a reminder, online registration closes on July 11th.
Here is some of the information passed on to us: There is no new information on plant tours. The plant manager has not committed to saying yes or no. He is currently busy getting ready for the launch of the C8. Speaking of the C8, it made a rather rapid flyby of the NCM (in my own opinion). There is video of it everywhere so it shouldn’t be too hard to find it. Up close, it’s not really any different than all of the spy shots that have been out there for a while now. You really can’t tell much about it, which is what GM wanted. There will be a mobile C8 display at the event for people to look at and as you know, the reveal date is July 18th.
Hotels are still available if you need one. Katie Ellison has been on top of it since this whole thing started so if you need one, it’s there. Some of the captains have been releasing rooms and this information has been become available to everybody. Please check the NCM’s Facebook page for more information.
Credentials will be sent to the captains. The whole idea is to keep the registration lines down at the museum. The credentials will include the hard badge, lanyard, pin and event program. I should get them in early August. I have been instructed not to mail them to you so the only way that you can get them is be at the meeting locations. I will let everyone now when I have received the credentials and I will do a crosscheck on my list.
Parking will be kind of interesting, as the normal parking spots will be reserved for the $500.00 donation to the NCM. This is for lots A and B. Lot C will be reserved for handicapped people. The only other parking will be the grass lot over at Gate D and the Motorsport Park. There will be other parking spots announced as we go along to the kickoff. There will be shuttle buses running continuously through the day starting at 700am to 600pm.
Activities have been added to the schedule to help round out your NCM experience. You can click on the link below to see what options exist. Some of these activities do require advance sign up and payment.
I will be ordering some clings and flags for those that are interested. If you want one or two, please let me know.
As I stated before, I will start from Murfreesboro, TN and work my way up I-24 to North of Nashville on I-65. We will then stop at a church just off exit 92 to pick up some more caravaners and work our way up I-65 to Kentucky and exit 2 where we will wait for the signal to come up to the NCM. On this go round, we will not be using exit 28 but exit 26 and work our way around to 31W to Louisville road to Corvette Drive and drive past the NCM to Porter Pike. I will stop at the NCM and anybody else is welcome to do so long as you bear in mind that the parking lots are restricted.
The 25th Anniversary Celebration will start on the 28th so the vendors will be there but on that day, there will be only touring sessions at the Motorsport Park in the morning and afternoon along with Karting from 1200 noon to 700pm.
As usual, caravan flags and static clings are available for sale. The Caravan flag will be $15.00 and the static cling will be $10.00. Once I have enough orders, I will place an order and either ship them or give them to you when I see you.
That’s about it at this time. I will have updates as they occur.
Roy L. Carman