Welcome to the Southwest Caravan

The Southwest Section of the National Corvette Caravan traces its ancestry back to the first National Caravan in 1994. It draws caravaners from southern California, southern Nevada, northwestern Arizona, southwestern Utah, parts of Colorado, and Hawaii. And, yes, Southwest has had Hawaiian Corvetters ship their cars to L.A. harbor on a RO/RO ship, then fly in, pick up their cars, and join the Caravan.

The “Southwest Caravan Organizing Team,” in existence since late 2002, is responsible for planning, organizing, and leading 200-250 cars on the Southwest Section’s fifth trip to the National Corvette Museum.

Southwest Section Caravaners come from portions of four states in the southwestern U.S. Two of America’s largest Corvette markets are served by the Southwest Section. Image: Google Maps and Southwest Caravan Organizing Team.

The Team

The 2024 Southwest Organizing Team is headed by Section Captain Bill Herold who was a participant and sponsor of the 2019 Caravan. Bill and his wife, Viola, reside in Thousand Oaks, California. They own a 2023 Z06 Hard Top Convertible and are members of Red Line Corvettes in Thousand Oaks and Ventura County Corvette Club in Ventura. Capt. Herold works in the electronic parts sales business.

11AUG2022. Section Captain Bill Herold and his wife, Viola, in Arches Park, Utah during PreRun 3. Image: Southwest eNews staff.

17JUL2021 Discussing plans for 2024 at Cars-and-Coffee in Thousand Oaks, left-to-right, are: Capt. Herold, Cmdr. Megowan and Cmdr. Halverson. Image: Carl Sheffer.

Other 2024 Organizing Team Members are:

Commander Hib Halverson, Section XO (’19 XO, ’14, ’09, ’03 Captain)
Commander Tony Megowan, Route Book Project Director, (’19 Captain, ’14, ’09 Team Member)
Commander Paula Megowan, Section CFO (CFO ’19, ’14, ’09)
Commander Doug Campbell
Commander Loretta Campbell
Commander Lawrence Pittman

Feeder Caravans

Several Feeder Caravans of 10 to 40 cars are will be organized in areas of Southern California.
They will travel to Pasadena, California for Caravan Kick-Off Night at the Westin Hotel in Pasadena.
Organizing these Feeders are:
Lieutenant Janet Cherry, Orange County Local Leader
Lieutenant Alex Best, San Diego Local leader
Additional Feeder Caravans may be announced in the future.

The Trip

For 2024 the Southwest Caravan Organizing Team will use an improved version of the route used in 2019.

21 August 2024
Feeder Caravans leave the San Diego area, Orange County, and other locations headed for Kick-Off Night at the Westin Pasadena. This will be an after-dinner event with desserts, prizes, and remarks by Organizing Team members.

22AUG2019. The Southwest Corvette Caravan on Angeles Crest Highway. Image: Sandy Halverson.

22 August 2024
After a morning departure from the Pasadena Elks Lodge, we’ll head into the San Gabriel Mountains north of L.A. to drive CA State Route 2, the famed “Angeles Crest Highway.” Known as “ACH” to locals, it winds eastbound through the scenic Angeles National Forest. In ’19, we ran a short section, however, the ’24 Caravan will drive all of ACH, from its junction with I-210 in La Cañada to its terminus in Phelan, southwest of Victorville. From there, Southwest will continue to the “The M Resort, Casino and Spa”. At the junction of I-15 and NV State Route 164 in Henderson, the M will be the Caravan’s first overnight stop.

One of the three Best Western hotels that make up the Ruby’s Inn complex. Image: Ruby’s Inn

23 August 2024
After departing the “M”, the Southwest Section will stop at the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch to visit the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School known for its Corvette performance driving classes. Then, the Caravan will continue north on I-15 and then east, via state highways, to Bryce Canyon City, Utah. With a population of only 291, most of the town is taken up by famed “Ruby’s Inn,” a 2300-acre resort complex that will be the Southwest Caravan’s second overnight stop. Located at 7600-ft., the cooler climate will be a welcome change after two days of desert driving.

24 August 2024
Southwest will depart Ruby’s Inn, drive north on state highways then turn east on I-70. The high point of Day Three will be the 107-mile stretch of I-70 through the Fishlake National Forest, over 7900-ft Emigrant Pass, and across the high desert of the San Rafael Swell. It’s the most desolate and scenic drive of the Interstate system. It is the longest section of Interstate without services–no gas stations, no convenience stores, and no fast food. It’s 107 miles of a few ranch exits and several scenic overlooks with incredible views. The Caravan’s third overnight will be at Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The town is famous for hot springs, is rich in old west history, is a haven for outdoor sports enthusiasts, and is the gateway to spectacular Glenwood Canyon.

I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. Image: Colorado DOT.

25 August 2024
Caravaners will see more magnificent scenery as they tour I-70 through Glenwood Canyon and then cross the highest parts of the Rockies. We’ll drive over 10,662-ft Vail Pass and, 25 miles later, go through the Eisenhower-Johnson Tunnel. Running under the Continental Divide, it is the longest mountain tunnel (1.7 miles) and the highest point (11,158 feet) on the Interstate Highway System. Caravaners will continue on I-70, down the slopes of the Front Range, through Denver to an overnight in Colby, Kansas.

26 August 2024
The Southwest Section will leave Colby headed for Kansas City Missouri. Day Five will end on the west side of “KC” near the junction of I-70 and I-435. The “Legends Area” is an entertainment complex anchored by “Legends Outlets Kansas City.” Besides the Outlets, the area includes Kansas Speedway, a 1.5-mile oval home of NASCAR Cup races, Children’s Mercy Park, home of major league soccer team “Sporting Kansas City”, Legends Field, home of the “Kansas City Monarchs” minor league baseball team, the Hollywood Casino and a plethora of restaurants and hotels. After we check into our rooms, Caravaners will meet in the Budweiser Brew House on the east corner of Children’s Mercy Park. There will be a no-host bar and a casual buffet dinner will be served. Steve Garrett, host of the Corvette Today podcast and President of the Corvette Club of Kansas City will anchor our after-dinner program.

27AUG2019 The best part of Corvettes in Cape is the massive Corvette “Shine-and-Show”. The City of Cape Girardeau closes Main Street in its river-front downtown area. In 2019, nearly 800 Corvettes, were parked on both sides of the street. Image: Sandy Halverson.

27 August 2024
The Southwest Corvette Caravan will visit Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the “Corvettes in Cape”
event staged by the city’s Visitor’s Bureau and the Corvette Club of Southeastern Missouri. In 2014
and 2019, “Corvettes in Cape” drew the SW Section, three other Sections, and local Corvette enthusiasts
from the surrounding area. In ’19 there were just under 800 Corvettes at “Cape G” and, in
2024, four Caravan Sections, Arizona/New Mexico, Kansas/Missouri, Oklahoma/Texas Panhandle,
and Southwest are all expected in Cape G.

28 August 2024
Southwest will depart a Cape Girardeau shopping mall then roll through the southeast corner of
Missouri, extreme southern Illinois, and then into Kentucky. The Southwest Section of the 2024 National
Corvette Caravan will arrive at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green later that afternoon.

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PreRuns: Six So Far

“PreRun” trips are a key part of how the Southwest Caravan Organizing Team ensures a safe and pleasing experience for all Caravaners. PreRuns for the 2024 Caravan began in February 2022 when Section Captain Bill Herold dispatched XO Halverson on a two-day recon into southern Nevada. PreRun1 inspected streets and parking lots at The M Resort, both of which will be used by Southwest Caravaners when they arrive at the end of the first day and depart on day two.

19FEB2022. Four lanes and a 70-MPH limit mean a quicker trip to Spring Mountain. The
2012 ZO6 is XO Halverson’s “Blue Bullet” which also was a pre-run car during 2104 planning, the
Lead Car for the 2014 Caravan, and a prerunner during the run-up to the 2019 Caravan. Image
Southwest eNews Staff.

Additionally, Halverson drove Nevada State Route 160 which runs between Las Vegas and the Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. In mid-2021, it was under construction. There were numerous delays due to trucks pulling two 45-foot dump trailers and making 20 mph at best uphill on a twolane road. Such traffic would make caravanning unpleasant. Fortunately, six-months later, Halverson found the construction complete and reported to Capt. Herold that SR160 is now four lanes with a 70-mph speed limit.

3APR2022, On PreRun2, at a turnout west of the junction of the SR2 and SR138 near Phelan
CA, Bill Herold views a distant part of the highway with binoculars while conferring with Campbell
about a location for a possible Caravan reform. Image Southwest eNews Staff.

The three-day PreRun2 took place in early April 2022. Led by Captain Herold, three Organizing Team’s Corvettes left the departure site in Pasadena, CA, and tested alternate routes for Caravaners who would rather not drive Angeles Crest Highway on Day One of the Caravan. After that, they continued to Las Vegas to try out rooms at the “M”. The next day, Organizing Team members met with the staff at the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School to plan the event at that facility. That afternoon, the group drove the route from Spring Mountain back to I-15.

PreRun3 was a visit to Arches National Park. The Organizing Team’s original Day Three plan was to end with a trip through the Park’s stunning scenery. Unfortunately, the National Park Service was unwilling to have a caravan of 250 cars touring the 36-mile loop through the Arches Park, so that plan was scrapped.

11AUG2022, on PreRun4, XO Halverson’s “Blue Bullet” sits at a Cal Trans maintenance facility
at Dawson Saddle, the highest point on the 62-mile scenic drive through the Angeles National
Forest. Image Southwest eNews Staff.

In mid-July, 2022, PreRun4 surveyed the full length of SR2, Angeles Crest Highway. There had been concern among Organizing Team members about the time it would take to run the full length of ACH at Caravan speed and whether or not the route had adequate restrooms. XO Halverson drove ACH at the 40-mph average appropriate for caravaning on a mountain highway. Halverson reported that the time required to drive the proposed route is not excessive and there are numerous restroom stops. Nevertheless, the Section’s run over SR2 is still tentative. Severe weather in early 2023 damaged SR2 such that it has been closed since the storms, remains closed at the time this article was posted and will remain closed at least until Memorial Day weekend 2024. The Southwest Organizing Team plans an additional PreRun trip in the Spring of 2024 to determine if the highway can still be used as a Caravan route.

PreRun5 was an early May 2023 visit to Glenwood Springs CO. Captain Herold passed on the trip due to family obligations so all six of the Team’s Caravan Commanders visited the town that is famous for hot springs and being the gateway to scenic Glenwood Canyon through which the Caravan will drive on the fourth day of the trip.

6MAY2023 PreRun5 Breakfast meeting at the Glenwood Springs Village Inn. L to R: Cmd.
Pitman, Rosemary Pitman, Cmd. Campbell x2, Tourism Director Linda Langer of “Visit Glenwood
Springs” and XO Halverson. Image: Southwest eNews Staff.

7MAY2023 Weather affected PreRun5 leaving the greater L.A. area and, leaving western
Colorado on the trip home. This image was taken just west of Glenwood Springs on the fourth day
of the trip. Image: Southwest eNews Staff.

Led by Section XO Hib Halverson, Commanders Tony Megowan, Paula Megowan, Doug Campbell, Loretta Campbell, and Lawrence Pittman, met with the Glenwood Springs Police Department and “Visit Glenwood Springs,” the town’s tourism promotional organization. The PreRun5 group visited hotel properties, tried out restaurants, inspected three different locations to use for Caravan departure staging, and visited some of the stores and shops on downtown Glenwood Springs’ famed Grand Avenue. The bottom line is that Glenwood Springs will be a great choice for a Caravan overnight stop. In fact, it’s a cool place to vacay for a long weekend or even a whole week because of the hot springs, a mountain-top amusement park, all the available outdoor activities and old west historic locations. Also, foodies and shopaholics will find lots to do in the town.

25SEP2023 PreRun 6, found this arch over Utah State Route 12 between Cedar City and
Bryce Canyon City. Image: Southwest eNews Staff.

PreRun6 took place in late September 2023. Leading PreRun6 was Section Captain, Bill Herold and his Wife Viola. Also on the trip were Commanders Doug and Loretta Campbell. Section XO Hib Halverson, recovering from bronchitis, sat out PreRun6 in California. A key objective of PreRun6 was to visit Ruby’s Inn for a site inspection. After spending a night there, Captain Bill Herold sent Halverson a short email. “This place rocks!” he said. “It has plenty of parking. It has comfortable rooms in a park-like setting with beautiful views. There are two restaurants on the property and a third restaurant within walking distance. There are several gas stations all within a block or two of the property.” The other important PreRun6 task was to drive the 75 miles from I-15 to Ruby’s Inn which we’ll do at the end of Day Two. The trip also preran the drive from Ruby’s Inn, 108 miles north through the Dixie National Forest to I-70 east which we’ll do in the morning of Day Three.

Southwest Registration

Registration for the Southwest Section is open. Participants should download the fillable PDF at the end of this webpage then: key in their information, print the form, mail it, and a check for the registration fee to the address at the bottom of the form. Once registration is complete, Caravaners will be emailed the Section’s hotel listings.


A Caravan section the size of Southwest depends on supportive sponsors to enable the Organizing Team to stage an event that satisfies its Caravaners. The first sponsor to step up for 2024 was Corvette parts and accessories vendor Zip Products which has supported the Southwest Section for 15 years. For 2024, Ghost Shield Film, a full-service Corvette detailing and paint protection film installation shop in Newberry Park came on board as a SW Section sponsor.

Southwest Caravan Sponsor, Ghost Shield, can make a Caravaner’s Corvette look like a show winner with Xpel Paint Protection Film or a ceramic coating, and…they’ll do it for 20% off! Image: Ghost Shield Firm.

The Southwest Section offers sponsorship opportunities for automotive related businesses. The Southwest Caravan eNews goes out to a list of over 500 Corvette owners in its region every two to three weeks. The Southwest Section is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/919416625640194. Both the eNews and the Facebook Group are available for sponsorship.

In early summer of 2024, the Southwest Section will publish its “Route Book” which is a 75-page book of route instructions, maps, and feature articles. It will be distributed the night before Caravan departure. In the “Route Book,” the Southwest Section will offer advertising space from business card size to full pages. The “Route Book” is an outstanding marketing opportunity for Corvette-related business because 500 Corvette Caravaners will continually read that book for the seven days they are on the Caravan. Lastly, the Southwest Caravan Organizing Team is looking for a presenting sponsor for the Southwest Caravan. For additional information on sponsorship opportunities contact Section Captain Bill Herold at the email address or phone number listed in the “Information” section below.

This is the 2024 Southwest Caravan’s Stadium Blanket. Image: Commander Tony

Finally, the Southwest Organizing Team offers its “Patron” program. Each person who donates $100 or more to the Southwest Caravan becomes a “Patron” and will be listed on the Sponsor’s page of the “Route Book”. Also, as part of Southwest’s “Blankee Benefit,” every Patron will receive one of the Southwest Section’s coveted “stadium blankets” which displays the SW Caravan logo and the names of all the overnight stops. Those interested in becoming a Caravan Patron should contact Section XO Hib Halverson at the email address or phone number listed in the “Information” section below.

More Information

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Finally, you can email or call members of the Southwest Caravan Organizing Team for information.

Information on Feeder Caravans is available via email.

Orange County Feeder Caravan:
Lt. Janet Cherry: [email protected]
San Diego Feeder Caravan
Lt. Alex Best: [email protected]