We started our trip on Friday morning October 28th with a ride to the Chesapeake House Travel Plaza in Maryland. Once everyone arrived we were off to the next stop. We got plenty of attention from the other travelers with the 8 Corvettes in a row. Upon arriving in Harpers Ferry and driving through town we discovered there wasn’t any place to park so we turned around and drove back through town to the highway. After a short distance we got to the next town and stopped for lunch. After lunch we picked up Rt 340 South to Luray Caverns. Some of us took the tour of the cavern and others just hung out, walked around and relaxed for awhile. From there we took a nice winding road across the hills on Rt 211 over to Rt 81 South down to our rooms in Staunton, VA. When all of us got checked in and unpacked our cars we went to dinner at a local restaurant. From there it was time to get a little R&R for the next day.
Saturday morning was warm and sunny for our ride down the Blueridge Parkway. We started at the North end where the Skyline Drive turns into the Blueridge Parkway for a 85 mile cruise South to the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Everyone was on there own to either stay with a group or go on your own to stop or drive as you pleased. Sometime after noon we all got together at the Peaks of Otter lodge for lunch. They were a little surprised when we told them we had 14 people in our group but were able to set up two tables for us. After lunch we walked around and enjoyed the warm weather before getting back on the road. Back on the road we traveled a little farther down the Parkway to Rt 43 to get to the Natural Bridge. The ride on Rt 43 was great it was only a 5 mile distance but it was almost all downhill with hardly any straight sections. The Natural Bridge is a scenic area with a lot of walking. We all walked around and enjoyed the sights and sounds for an hour or two. It was getting into the afternoon hours so it was time to head back to our hotel. A group of people went out to Cracker Barrel for dinner and had a rather extended meal.
Sunday morning we had breakfast, packed up and checked out of the hotel. The weather looked a little gray and cloudy but the sun was trying to break through. The Corvette train was lined up and off we went for the 112 mile run up to Summit Point Motorsports Park in W. Virginia. The route was mostly Rt 81 with a nice ride through the country on a winding two lane road with 55 mph speed limit. We arrived at the track fairly event free, we all signed in and met Chris White the Motorsports Director. Chris went over the rules with us we then followed him to the track we would be on. Chris led us on to the 14 turn 1.7 mile Jefferson Circuit for 4 laps. at the end of the 4 laps we pulled into the paddock area and were allowed to switch drivers if we wanted to for 4 more laps. We were told we would be going at highway speeds while on the track (the highway speed limit in the area is 70 mph) and I know I hit 70 a couple of times. With our laps complete we drove over to the main track and parked in the pit area. There was a place to get something to eat so we ate lunch. We were allowed to walk around and check out the cars that were racing and talk to the racers. I think everyone was getting tired and ready to go home. Leaving the track we all kind of went our own way for the trip home. It was a great trip with a great group of club members.