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#51 jonpollak

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Posted 02 January 2020 - 23:09

And near Gatwick airport too. Sounds like a great idea.


I’ll be here for St Pete..... if I can make it back from San Sebastián
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#52 Proto402

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Posted 15 January 2020 - 23:07

I'll be making my first visit to Road America this year!



#53 paulb

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 00:26

List updated.

#54 prommer

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 06:43

Wow, I am a month and a half late to the realization that the Civil War tour is off the table. Oh well! Just last week I told someone not to come to Las Vegas that weekend because I was going to be elsewhere.

 

I do want to make sure I get to at least one race this year (won't be able to make it to the Rolex, despite wanting to every year), so I'd better at least keep my commitment to Long Beach.



#55 djparky

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 06:46

I'll be making my first visit to Road America this year!


It's an awesome track for Indy Car, had a great time there in 2018.

#56 red stick

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 18:38

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Elkhart Lake rules.

 

 

I should confess here that this topic is rated one star because I fat-fingered the ratings button trying to hit "Racing Comments" on my phone.  I can't find a way to correct the error.  Apologies.



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Posted 16 January 2020 - 20:40

Not even mod magic can fix that. But I’ve given it a 5 star to cancel it out.



#58 jonpollak

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 21:23

Ratings are over rated.

I’m working on my RA trip next week.
A few questions
1: Does it make sense to stay in Milwaukee and drive in ?
Or what about Sheboygan is that close enough.

Ross Stonefeld ... please be my travel agent.
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#59 red stick

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 21:43

Sheboygan is ideal.  I've also stayed in Fond du Lac, which isn't too bad a drive and not too crowded besides.  Milwaukee is a bit of a hike, particularly after a long day.



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#60 Afterburner

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 21:46

Ratings are over rated.

I’m working on my RA trip next week.
A few questions
1: Does it make sense to stay in Milwaukee and drive in ?
Or what about Sheboygan is that close enough.

Ross Stonefeld ... please be my travel agent.
Jp

I'm not Ross Stonefeld, but I can recommend the Holiday Inn at 4601 Calumet Ave in Manitowoc, 35 minutes away from the track, decent rates, and usually little traffic headed in and out (actually managed to find my travel notes this time). For places to eat, check out Big Al Capone's in North Fond du Lac for a small pub, and Time Out Sports Bar in Manitowoc. Oh, and the staff at the Perkins by the hotel are great, too; there used to be a waitress there named Kendra who really wanted to go see a race at the track. I wonder if she ever did.

Road America is wonderful and I wish I could go every year.

#61 jonpollak

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 21:51

Cheers guys.
Really appreciate the feedback.
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#62 red stick

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 21:51

I also stayed in Manitowoc one year for the vintage races, and the drives on two lane roads through the countryside (forget I-43) to and from the track were nearly Zen.

 

 

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#63 sblick

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Posted 16 January 2020 - 23:03

Ratings are over rated.

I’m working on my RA trip next week.
A few questions
1: Does it make sense to stay in Milwaukee and drive in ?
Or what about Sheboygan is that close enough.

Ross Stonefeld ... please be my travel agent.
Jp

Sheboygan is plenty close.  I go to RA every year for Classic Racing with my friends old Formula Fords.  I stay in Sheboygan or outskirts.  There is a Holiday Inn Express I stay in across the street from a Harley dealer.  Next to Walmart.  About 20-25 minute drive in with no traffic.



#64 stewie

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 08:27

I may or may not make it to the Indy GP this year.

#65 djparky

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 08:51

Ratings are over rated.

I’m working on my RA trip next week.
A few questions
1: Does it make sense to stay in Milwaukee and drive in ?
Or what about Sheboygan is that close enough.

Ross Stonefeld ... please be my travel agent.
Jp


I flew into chicago, had a couple of nights there and then drove up. I don't remember the road numbers but it's all basically the same road from O Hare to Sheboygan. it took about 2 hours to drive.


I stayed at la quinta inn on the edge of town. it was 20 minutes drive to the track. at the track follow the road to the top of the hill and park there. that's where the pedestrian tunnel is for the infield.

there are many great viewing spots, I watched the race from turn 5 hill

#66 djparky

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 18:09

Should add re Road America there are no direct flights to Milwaukee from the UK.

#67 jonpollak

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Posted 17 January 2020 - 23:04

I’ll be coming from LA.
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#68 Proto402

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 03:59

I'll be driving up from outside of Philly.

 

Actually, I'm already going to be in the Chicago area for about a week for a guitar event before the race weekend, so it just works perfectly that Road America is only about a 3 hr drive from where I'll be :)

 

Afterburner, red stick, sblick, djparky:  Thanks for the suggestions on where to stay, as it will be my first time up there also.



#69 djparky

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 13:13

I’ll be coming from LA.
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In that case I'd probably fly to Milwaukee but stay in the Sheboygan area.

They run a packed schedule at RA, there is on track action from about 8am until about 5pm ish

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 17:28

Newcomer biercemountain posted this at the Grand Prix Travel thread. I figured that the more travel astute among you would be glad to help, since I drive in from home.

https://forums.autos...00-may-24-2020/

#71 jonpollak

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 23:38

We could book him in at PiperPa’s Speedway Legacy if he can afford it.

Rosey called me last week to say... are we coming?
Juan cooks a mean buffet.

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#72 maximilian

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 23:23

OTOH, I will still be attending the Amelia Island Concours in March honoring Roger Penske. Any other takers?

 

red stick, I'll be bringing my buddy along (if you paid attention, we were down at the Roar Befoar the Twentyfoar with paulb just moments ago!  I'm a bit sticker shocked at the admission price and will only be able to go Sunday, so would be great if we can put our heads together - would love some pointers, and to meet you there!  :wave:  :blush:



#73 paulb

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Posted 19 January 2020 - 23:42

I’m a maybe for amelia island. Pending how things go at the homestead.

Whoever goes must take pictures and share here. Si vous plais, of course.

#74 red stick

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Posted Yesterday, 00:30

Cool!

#75 red stick

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Posted Yesterday, 13:05

red stick, I'll be bringing my buddy along (if you paid attention, we were down at the Roar Befoar the Twentyfoar with paulb just moments ago!  I'm a bit sticker shocked at the admission price and will only be able to go Sunday, so would be great if we can put our heads together - would love some pointers, and to meet you there!  :wave:  :blush:

 

Max!  It's not cheap, I'll grant you.  It's a charity event staged on a resort golf course hosted at a Ritz-Carlton.  But it's an amazing collection of whatever they decide to show, which this year includes, but is in no way limited to, cars from Roger Penske's long career,  1930s and 1950s Mercedes race cars, Harley Earl's most famous show cars, and a collection of prototype Corvettes.  MSNBC is airing an show about last year's event January 28 with a preview for this year's.  The trailer shows just part of what goes on.

 

https://myemail.cons...aid=DmoSkJYvM54   

 

 

And I found a few shots from my visit in 2014, where Ghia was the featured designer and Offenhauser-powered cars a featured honoree.

 

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See also:

 

https://www.sportsca...ort-and-photos/


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#76 maximilian

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Posted Yesterday, 14:26

Splendid!  Thanks for that.  Yeah, we are definitely going, cheap or not - it's my xmas treat for my buddy.  I'll send you a PM with my mobile number, and surely we'll have a chance to hang out a bit, if you are there on Sunday.  :up:  :up:



#77 paulb

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Posted Yesterday, 15:43

And I found a few shots from my visit in 2014, where Ghia was the featured designer and Offenhauser-powered cars a featured honoree.

Oh, porn is allowed here. ;)

Simply spectacular, thanks for posting.

#78 red stick

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Posted Yesterday, 15:58

My rationalization regarding the ticket prices is that it's a field of several hundred museum quality cars all in the same place, so if you factor in the costs of travelling to and paying admission at a dozen (or more) auto museums, Amelia Island is a relative bargain.    ;)

 

Your rationalization may vary.   :cool:



#79 biercemountain

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Posted Yesterday, 17:58

I'm going to be attending the Indy 500 with my brother and a friend. Perhaps someone can give me an idea of the quality of my tickets. As a first time buyer it was the best I could get (without using Stubhub or some other resale site). Our Stand is C, Section S18 Seats GG/9-11.

 

Thanks,

 

Paul



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#80 paulb

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Posted Yesterday, 18:05

My rationalization regarding the ticket prices is that it's a field of several hundred museum quality cars all in the same place, so if you factor in the costs of travelling to and paying admission at a dozen (or more) auto museums, Amelia Island is a relative bargain.  ;)

Your rationalization may vary. :cool:

Price also includes a Ritz Carlton lunch and event poster. Those could easily be $50 alone.

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Posted Yesterday, 18:09

I'm also attending the 500. My seat is in the Southwest Vista.



#82 red stick

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Posted Yesterday, 18:16

Price also includes a Ritz Carlton lunch and event poster. Those could easily be $50 alone.


I'm going general admission and spending the difference on seminars. Call me frugal.

#83 jonpollak

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Posted Yesterday, 23:14

I'm going to be attending the Indy 500 with my brother and a friend. Perhaps someone can give me an idea of the quality of my tickets. As a first time buyer it was the best I could get (without using Stubhub or some other resale site). Our Stand is C, Section S18 Seats GG/9-11.

Thanks,

Paul


Is that the Hulman suites ?
Awesome seats if so.
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#84 jonpollak

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Posted Yesterday, 23:26

I'm also attending the 500. My seat is in the Southwest Vista.

Great seats
You’ll be looking at the race like this

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