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Sunday Cruise & Picnic to Hamlin Student Center Lawn, Wilson, NC April 3, 2022

April 3, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Due to a recent change in the visitation policy at Barton College I’ve had to make a slight change in our primary destination for the cruise this Sunday, April 3rd. Instead of Barton College being our destination, we’re going to make the Whirligig Park in Wilson our primary destination. It has picnic tables, a shelter and bathrooms on site, so this should work just fine. I’ve made some edit’s to the instructions below.

The address of the Whirligig Park is  301 Goldsboro Street South, Wilson. If you’ve never seen this park, you’ll probably be very impressed. Check it out on their Website. https://www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org/

Everyone is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, a picnic lunch and non-alcoholic drinks for yourself.

To accommodate everyone we’ll have three options for staging up. Choose the one that makes the most sense for you and let me know which you choose so you don’t get left behind.

Staging-Up Options:

Option 1:

  • Those of you who want to “stage-up” in Wake Forest can meet us in front of Tracie’s Boots & Buckles, located at  11804 Galaxy Dr, Wake Forest.  (This is the previous location of the Verizon Store, just north of Lowes Home Improvement on Galaxy Dr.) This portion of Galaxy Dr. is not heavily traveled so it will allow us to turn around and get lined up safely. This will also give us easy access to head east from Wake Forest on Rt 98 towards our destination.
  • Departure time: 1:30.
  • It will take about 50 minutes to get to the next Staging location where we’ll meet up with those coming from the Raleigh area (the Elementary School in Bailey, NC).

Option 2:

  • Or you can meet us at the Elementary School in Bailey, NC: 6288 Pine St. This is where the folks from Option 1 and Option 2 will come together, and from there go on to Wilson.
  • Departure time: 2:40.
  • Once we all leave the elementary school we’ll get on 264 East and head to Wilson. This should take about 20 minutes.

Option 3:

  • If you want to just meet us at the Whirligig Park about 3:00, that would also be fine. We’ll be parking on the east side of the park on South Douglas Street.

No matter what option you choose, please let me know what you’re going to do so we don’t leave you behind.

To top everything off, those of you who want to end the cruise with ice cream can follow us to The Creamery Family Restaurant located at 1616 Goldsboro St S SW, Wilson.

You can sign up for this Cruise by using Corvettes International SignUp Form. It’s a great tool and simple to use. I need you to either use SignUp Form or let me know via email if you (and your spouse/friend, child, etc.) will be joining us. To use the SignUp Form go to https://www.corvettesinternational.com/signups/sunday-afternoon-cruise-april-3-2022/

Feel free to forward this email on to others whom you think might be interested.

This cruise route will include driving on Rt 264 with a speed limit of 70, but if we have older Vettes with “low” rear axle ratios we will limit our speed to 60 or so in consideration of those engine and drivers.  😊

Caravan Driving TIPs:

  1. Your job is to keep track of the car directly behind you. If that driver slows down, you slow down. Or if that driver has to stop, you pull over to wait for them as soon as possible. If everyone does this, it will cause a reverse domino effect. The leader will then only have to pay attention to the car directly behind him/her rather than trying to keep track of everyone, and it will keep all cars in closer proximity.
  2. When approaching an intersection with a Green Light, get through the intersection as quickly as possible. If you lolly-gag, the chances of you and the cars behind you catching a Red Light greatly increases. So stay “as tight as is safe” when you see a light ahead of us.
  3. If we have to stop for a Red Light, and there are multiple turn lanes, break out of line so we can occupy all turn lanes. Then once we get through the light you can get back into single file.
  4. NEW: If we are traveling on a multi-lane road and you are the last car in line and you are able to anticipate when the leader is going to make a lane change, go ahead and make the lane change ASAP. This will then tie up both lanes, allowing all cars in between the leader and you, the tail car, to change lanes with minimal distractions.


April 3, 2022
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Steve Blakeman