They come from miles around...lines of colorful Corvettes, all generations represented, traveling from every continental United State and even a few foreign countries to
gather in the Home of the Corvette. 2014 will bring the 5th National Corvette Caravan and will mark the 20th Anniversary of the National Corvette Museum. Leading the
spectacle is Paul Mariano of Huntersville, NC, a 20-year Museum member who is not only a lifetime member of the Museum but also a founding member.
Paul is currently the ambassador to the Museum for the Queen City Corvette Club in Charlotte, NC, and previously was the ambassador for the Corvette Club of Santa
Barbara, CA. He is a member of the NCRS and was a participant of the Southern California caravan in 1999, co-captain of the Southern California caravan in 2003, and
sponsorship/advertising chairman for the 2009 North Carolina / South Carolina /
"When Roc Linkov, NCM Events Manager, asked if I would do it, I did have a little trepidation," said Paul. "But as when I agreed to take the Southern
California caravan at the last minute, I thought if not me then who? I have such a deep love affair with the museum that I want to contribute as much as I can, wherever I
can. Without the great help that my wife Barbara provides, I could not manage to take on any of these caravan tasks. I just hope I can provide the service that everyone
has entrusted to me."
Paul is an avid supporter of the National Corvette Museum, the Corvette Race Team and the Corvette lifestyle. He currently owns a 1967 big block coupe Corvette and a
The 5th National Corvette Caravan will take place the last week of August, 2014. Regional caravans will form and join other caravans as they travel across the
United States to gather in Bowling Green, Kentucky for four days of festivities at the National Corvette Museum. "A national caravan such as this requires years of
planning and coordinating and the Museum is fortunate to have a volunteer like Paul to take on this monumental task," stated National Corvette Museum Executive
Director, Wendell Strode.
We're excited to have Paul leading this event!
2014 Corvette Caravan - Letter from the Chair
The calendar is about to flip over to a new year; the year of the caravan. A year that seemed so far away four years ago, but suddenly, its here. So much has transpired
in those months that I won't attempt to chronicle all the happenings but one point I do want to stress is the work that the captains have put in to make this caravan one
of the biggest and best to date. They have actively pursued sponsors for financial help to meet the expenses of running a caravan and to provide lunches, dinners and
caravan merchandise to the participants. They have contracted with hotels for rooms along the route, blocked as many rooms in Bowling Green as they possibly could,
arranged for track events and enlisted the help of countless Chevrolet dealers along the way for entertaining rest stops. Be sure to look them up and say thank you for a
task they have taken on for the sheer love of our hobby.
By the posts I am reading on the Caravan Chat, e-mail and the caravan facebook page, I can sense the rising excitement among the participants. If you are a veteran of
past caravans, you will now get to renew those friendships made during the hundreds of miles on the Corvette trails. If this is your first caravan, nothing can adequately
prepare you for the adventure, excitement, comradeship and pure joy you will experience during a Corvette Caravan. Remember, this will not be a race but a leisurely stroll
through the scenery of America. Taste it, savor it, and above all, remember it. It won't happen again until another five years pass.
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