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#1 Vicuna

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Posted 11 January 2005 - 04:41

Happy New Year all

I hear that a 40th anniversary reunion will take place at Elkhart Lake in July 2006.

Does anyone have some specific information?

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#2 Vicuna

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 08:53

Any more news??????????

#3 rosemeyer

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Posted 29 May 2005 - 22:52

Don't have dates but I have booked a hotel room for the weekend

#4 JohnS

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 12:49

Originally posted by rosemeyer
Don't have dates but I have booked a hotel room for the weekend


Don't hotels normally ask for dates when you make a reservation? :)

#5 Gary C

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 18:47

nicely deduced, JohnS!!

#6 rosemeyer

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Posted 30 May 2005 - 20:58

Yhis place will adjust the dates when they are confirmed.But you have to book a room for the whole weekend.

#7 Michael Clark

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 05:21

I'm closing in on a decision - anyone, other than Keir, going through similar thoughts?

#8 CJE

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 11:03

July 13-16.

http://www.roadameri.../races_bric.htm

#9 Keir

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 13:34

Now, if only a certain former Ferrari driving Kiwi would make the trip !!

I think many minds would be made up !!

#10 red stick

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 16:33

Any word on who the Grand Marshal is this year?

#11 David M. Kane

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Posted 03 April 2006 - 23:34

The BRIC alternately run HGP and Can-Am as the featured race. This year, obviously, it is Can-Am.
They usually draw a crowd of 60,000. Hotel rooms are very harfd to come by. Last year we rented a house at a very realistic rate through the Chamber of Commerce. We had 7 or 8 people so it worked out the same as the hotel bill the previous year.

#12 WDH74

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 02:54

I understand that HGP will still be making an appearance, or am I misinformed? Still, I hope we get a big Can-Am crowd this year. I remember years ago, during another Can-Am anniversary that there was a simply enormous field of cars for the race, and lots of European based owners and drivers made the trip out. Hope for the same, I guess!

-William

#13 David M. Kane

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 19:42

WHD74:

According to the HGP website, the BRIC is on their schedule, so this is a good year to come as you will as a spectator or competitor get to have both racing at the same meet. Good Stuff!

The rest of the classes will be good too, particularly the large Trans-Am Group...if they can get through the first turn this time!

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Posted 04 April 2006 - 20:17

We will have our '72 Gurney Eagle there for the Concours portion of the event, and there is a chance we may bring a SCCA Spec Miata to run in a production class...it's 17 years old!

Plus it helps that it is the Can-Am reunion, and our Miata is in McLaren colors. It may look like a Mini-Me compared to an M8F, but who's looking? :p

If anyone out there has never been to the event, the only thing missing is the vintage signage, other than that, you forget what period your in at times.

The Elkhart Lake / Plymouth area has numerous great places to eat, and is a wonderful place to be that time of year.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Respectfully,

Jacques N. Dresang
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#15 Michael Clark

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 00:42

Tis making it very hard to resist!

Will John Anderson likely to be there?

#16 David M. Kane

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 11:52

Yes, he looks after Doug Mockett's Penske F1 and his Cooper FJ.

#17 Keir

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 13:17

Will the Ferrari 612 and MARCH 707 be present ???

#18 David M. Kane

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 13:28

Several March 707 have run in the past. Does the Ferrari still run? I've never seen it since in the day at Watkins Glen...

#19 Keir

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 14:10

I know there is a Ferrari 712 out there. ..... and isn't the 612 in the Harrah collection ??

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#20 WDH74

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 19:06

Which one's this:


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Caught it last year down at turn five, but I've seen it other years.

-Wm.

#21 David M. Kane

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 19:37

That would be a 512S.

#22 Macca

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 21:24

That's the 512F for (Filipinetti - sp.?) that Mike Parkes built, using a Porsche 917 windscreen because it was smaller.

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#23 Pedro 917

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 21:55

The 612 & 712 were at the Festival of Speed 2003 :

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#24 Pedro 917

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Posted 05 April 2006 - 22:00

and I saw the 712 at the Nürburgring Old Timer GP in 2005 :

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#25 Michael Clark

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Posted 06 April 2006 - 03:30

Originally posted by Pedro 917
The 612 & 712 were at the Festival of Speed 2003 :

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Right, that did it.

I've just booked. It's a long way from NZ to Wisconsin but I'm already counting down..

#26 Michael Clark

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Posted 26 April 2006 - 21:52

Having made my flight bookings, I'm now struggling to find accommodation.

Does anyone have any brilliant ideas?

I know Keir wants to be there - are there any others?

Would it be worth organising something?

#27 WDH74

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 00:26

At this stage, I doubt you'd find anything right in the area of Elkhart Lake, Plymouth, etc. Rooms get booked well in advance for the race weekends, particularly the BRIC.

Mac (may I call you that?), where are you flying in to? Chicago, I would imagine, with a car rental as well. If you don't mind piling the miles on to a rental car, you could likely find something there (it's about a three hour drive from Chicago to Road America). You could probably find something in Madison or Kenosha, both of which are about a hundred miles from the track-about a two hour drive according to Mapquest (which doesn't always have the straightest route anyway). Failing that, you could always try camping!

Hope this helps at least a little. I always drive up from Chicago with my Dad.

-William

#28 Michael Clark

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 00:31

Thanks William.

A friend from NZ is also travelling and yes, we fly into Chicago and then drive.

I should say we do a fallback position in Sheboygen (sp??) so all is not lost. And on the subject of getting lost, my friend was there for the 30th reunion so at least one of us will have been there before.

#29 WDH74

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 00:39

No problem! Sheboygan is way closer to the track than the places I mentioned, that's for sure!

Like I said, though, if you don't mind piling miles on the rental, you can probably find a place in Kenosha or Madison. Hopefully the standby doesn't fall through!

-William

#30 David M. Kane

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Posted 27 April 2006 - 11:31

Sheboygan is where we usually stay too for this particular race meeting. People tend to roll their romm bookings from year to year, so it's impossible. Last year we rented a house for the same sort of fees. You need to contact the Elkhart Lake Chamber of Commerce via the web, they'll even send you photos of the properties via an email.

While in Sheboygan eating at Trattoria Stefano's and their Pizzeria, Il Ritrovo is a must.

#31 Keir

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 14:27

Anyone with plans can e-mail me at kjdtrk@hotmail.com. I'll be coming form New Jersey via some sort of flying vehicle.

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Posted 01 May 2006 - 22:21

Dont expect the 712 to be there though

Apparently it is in Holland getting a major overhaul

#33 JSF

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 01:31

Originally posted by David M. Kane
Several March 707 have run in the past.


Only 3 exist, two of which race actively in the Orwell Supersports Cup (although one is now in it's 717 configuration) , the remaining car is in a museum in Germany. The ex Kelleners 707 (now used in 717 spec) was at the 30th aniversary.

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 03:42

A great thread that brings back vivid memories. On a cold night in Upstate New York, I snuck into the Kendall Tech Center for a little warmth and maybe a cup of coffee, and I ended up striking up a few conversations with the mechanics who were thrashing about with last minute tweaks for the 1969 Can-Am event at Watkins Glen. I snuck in around 2:00 am, and early in the morning a throughly red Ferrari CanAm car was rolled into the Tech Center, with nary a decal, fresh off the boat. Before my eyes, for the very first time the Ferrari 612 was started on US soil, and I was wide-eyed. The whole garage was pinned to the car at the entrance to the garage, and it was making its warm-up like no other CanAm car sounded. Once a little temperature registered, it was taken through its paces, sonding like no other thing I'd heard before or since. A pretty special moment. 'Course, when you're standing right next to it, I guess it makes an impression; it was so loud that it woke up my friends way down at the end of the back straight.

#35 Keir

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 13:12

Great days at Watkins !! :up:

#36 Tom Glowacki

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 02:18

I live near Madison and go to the BRIC every year. Elkhart Lake is located in a pretty rural area of Wisconsin and is the main tourist draw to the area. Your best bets for places to stay would be Green Bay, Oshkosh, Appleton, Neenah-Menasha, Fond du Lac, and the northern suburbs of Milwaukee. The east side of Madison would not be too bad, but is not as close as the other spots. Main roads would take you from any of those locations to Road America without much difficulty.

Contact me off of the board if you have any questions.

#37 Michael Clark

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 04:08

Fond du Lac is where I'm booked - looks like a straight run due east on 23 until I hit 67..

Thanks to all who have made helpful suggestions and offers

#38 Michael Clark

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 04:08

I leave next Sunday - 12 days in San Francisco then on up to Wisconsin.

Anyone else going, other than David Kane (who I know how to find)?

Also, any tips for motor sport experiences in San Francisco???

#39 theunions

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 08:36

Originally posted by Michael Clark
Also, any tips for motor sport experiences in San Francisco???


The Trackmagic kart factory is there. :up:

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#40 David M. Kane

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 14:58

Sears Point (Infineon Raceway) is nearby...

Anyone who stops by for a visit at the BRIC will be given a cool drink!

#41 Ray Bell

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Posted 25 June 2006 - 22:47

I guess Mike Argetsinger will be there, won't he David?

#42 David M. Kane

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Posted 26 June 2006 - 12:40

Absolutely!

#43 WDH74

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 01:03

Was up at Road America yesterday for the June Sprints. Ugly, cloudy, cold, windy, nasty day. Hopefully the weather's better in a few weeks, although I've had a coupla shockers, with cold snaps the morning of. God willing, and the creek don't rise, I'll be there next month too.

Interestingly, the ticket stub, which is still sitting on the table next to the computer, has a picture of a string of Can-Am cars, including a coupla Ferraris, a Lola, and the Nickey Vinegaroon, just coming out from under the Billy Mitchell Bridge (I think). It's another one to go in the framed collection of RA ticket stubs I have on the bookcase.

Gee, now I can't wait!

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#44 Michael Clark

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 01:36

So I should pack some 'just in case' clothing...

#45 David M. Kane

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 11:31

Michael:

The weather in Wiscosin can get get strange, bring a rain jacket too. Typical July is HOT, bring shorts. If it get really bad you can hide out with us under our 20x20 canopy. It works well!

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 13:34

The mornings may start out rather chilly, perhaps in the high 50 F range, but I would almost bet on mid-90's once the sun lifts itself over the Kettle Moraine tree lines. ;)

If it rains however, you will want that raincoat/sweatshirt/bowl of soup, as a rainy day in July is almost certainly either a quick pass, followed by a blazing hot sun, or an endless Mosport '67 type ordeal, without much chance of sun rays.

A mile away from the Carousel...

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#47 Vicuna

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 17:23

Last time I was there we had a tornado warning.

People not far away were killed.

The police herded us into the tunnel. I thought I was clever taking a 6 pack with me.

It wasn't so clever dying to go to the toilet in a tunnel full of people.

That was the 30th Can Am reunion - also in July as I recall.

#48 David M. Kane

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 18:45

Vicuna:

I once had a brilliant moment in a huge rainstorm in Houston. I and several mates bought several six paks for the ride to the airport. Pretty soon the water line was up to the wheel wells and the traffic was going slower and slower and our bladders were getting fuller and fuller. Pretty soon we pulled behind a gas station with water way above our ankles to "free Willie"...pretty embarassing while one is in a business suit!

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 22:07

Vicuna, I was in the tunnel that day also talking with Alec Greaves. What stuck in my mind was people wanting to go back out and put their race cars back into the trailers!!!

This year I'll be around the McAllister pit with the M8F.or helping Jan with the McLaren display.

#50 Keir

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Posted 28 June 2006 - 13:49

Anyone know how one can get from Milwalkee to Elkart Lake without the use of a car ???