National Corvette Museum
National Corvette Museum



Thirty-one cars and 62 Lone Star Corvette Club members enjoyed a trip coordinated by Roc Linkov and the National Corvette Museum . We spent two days touring the Museum and the Corvette Assembly Plant (getting a peek at the pre-production ZR-1 on the assembly line was quite a thrill). Some members took advantage of the “Museum Experience” having their Vettes detailed and delivered as if they were just out of the factory. A formal brick presentation was unveiled for several Club members. The visit to the Museum ended with a delicious catered dinner in the Skydome.

On behalf of the Lone Star Corvette Club, Curtis Troster (Recreational Events Coord-inator), Johnny Downs (NCM Liaison), and Judy Garrett (President) presented an $11,000 check to the Museum . These funds were part of the proceeds from the Corvette raffle held in May 2008 at the Lone Star Corvette Classic.

During a tour of the Museum's new expansion wing, LSCC members signed a construction beam—the Lone Star Corvette Club will forever be a part of the NCM!



On the third day, our Vettes were ready to hit the road, and with Rock Linkov as our guide what could be more thrilling than driving The Tail of the Dragon, Deals Gap, TN--318 curves in 11 miles ! As some people say, “if you look in the mirror you'll see yourself coming through the turns!”



The Topoco Lodge was not originally scheduled in the trip but this stop was a great place to get souvenirs and relax.

After spending the night in Cherokee, NC, we left the next day with one goal in mind--ARRIVE IN BOWLING GREEN FOR DINNER. Along the way we had ice cream in Maggie Valley and shopped at the Mast General Store.

Early the next day we were off to tour the Biltmore Estate, a wonderful lunch, and an amazing photo shoot in front of the mansion.

At the luncheon, Johnny Downs presented very special awards to some of the travelers:

  • Standard Time Award ” to Bill Ullom because Bill's time is exactly 15 minutes behind everyone else.
  • Lucky Dog Award ” to Phil and Christina Davies for stopping with a flat tire only to discover a tire repair truck parked 50 feet away.
  • Best Unplanned Stop Award ” to Linda Walker for all but insisting we stop at Topoca Lodge.
  • Week Long Car Show Award ” (judged by Johnny) went to Bryan Pollard who was ALWAYS cleaning his Vette.
  • “Lost Patrol Award ” presented to Group 5 for their move on Wednesday Honoring Captain of The Lost Patrol Roc for his various and sometimes funny moves.
  • Band Aid Award ” to Mike and Pam Dale—YIKES, an “owie” on their new Z06!
  • Weirdest Parking Lot Drink Award ” to Laura Saterfield for some kind of Strawberry Beer (yuck!).
  • Rookie of the Year Award ” went to ALL the road trip rookies; they were all GREAT – no complaints and great driving.
  • Big Thanks Award ” to all the Group Leaders.

Visiting Clubs

Below is a sample list of clubs who have visited the Museum with images and information on what they did during their visit to give you ideas when planning yours!

Lake of the Ozarks

Original Corvette Club of St. Louis

LookingGlass Corvette Club

Myrtle Beach Corvette Club

Lone Star Corvette Club

Corvettes Unlimited Corvette Club

Tri-City Corvette Club

Notorious Vettes Atlanta

Touch of "Glass" Corvette Club