American sport car enthusiasts depart from Sandy last week en route to National Corvette Museum celebration

Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON  - The first of the corvettes rolled out in pursuit of Bowling Green, Kentucky where caravan participants celebrated the 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum.

Nearly 100 newly polished Corvettes revved their engines as they took to the streets of Sandy Aug. 22, kicking off the six-day cruise to Kentucky for the fifth National Corvette Caravan.

Close to 10,000 Corvettes traveled from all across the country arriving in Bowling Green, Ky., on Aug. 27 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Corvette Museum.

“It’s a big deal,” said Jeff Baldwin, general manager of Suburban Chevrolet, one of the Northwest departure locations. “These Corvette people are real enthusiasts.”

Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON  - Participants gathered around cars to discuss interior details.

An array of colorful Corvettes from all generations left Suburban Chevrolet en route to Tri-Cities in southeast Washington.

There they stopped for lunch and joined a Seattle Corvette caravan before heading on to Idaho Falls.

They then traveled through Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Missouri and on to Kentucky.

Regional caravans from all corners of the contiguous United States and parts of Canada followed routes, grouping up with other caravans along the way.

Before departing Suburban Chevy, one caravan participant, Doug Slack, a retiree from General Motors, said, “It’s been my livelihood for my entire work career so now it’s my hobby.”

Slack traveled in his ‘96 Corvette in the caravan, but said he would end the trip in Montana.

Victoria Smalley of Leaburg, hit the road with her husband in their week-old C7 blue Corvette, complete with racing stripes.

The Smalleys made time to travel part of the route. “It’s fun,” she said. “We’ve never done it before so it’s a new experience.”

Others are committed to the long haul.

Sporting her Rogue Valley Corvettes T-shirt, Sharon Warren of Grants Pass said she is excited for the tours and parties the caravan will be treated to during the road trip.

Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: LAURA KNUDSON  - John and Sharon Warren stand next to their 2006 C6 Corvette convertible before hitting the road to Kentucky.

Warren will travel alongside her husband, John, in their 2006 C6 Corvette convertible, which was her present on her 65th birthday. She laughed when saying, “We’re going to be in a little tiny capsule for the next eight to nine hours so it’s a great test of the relationship.”

The Warrens will travel to Kentucky where they are excited to tour the Corvette assembly plant.

Four days of festivities await the caravan, which includes seminars, museum tours and the opening of the National Motorsports Park.

While the festivities are enticing, for most it is just the cherry on top of the long anticipated road-trip through the country.

“We love the open road so we’ll put the top down,” Warren said before leaving. “These cars are made to be driven.”

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