Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival 2013-Mini Cooper featured Marque

In 2013 Mini Cooper will be the featured marque at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Festival (http://grandprixfestival.com/index.html) and also at the vintage races at Watkins Glen International (http://www.theglen.com/). We should have some members that will be interested in this, so it is being posted well in advance. If you are interested, you will need to make your room reservations early. Everything within a few miles of town sells out, sort of like at The Dragon. There are three days of vintage races at the famous Watkins Glen track. Please see the information on the Grand Prix Festival website to get an idea of all the great events that take place. Watkins Glen is located in the finger lakes wine country of upstate New York. The scenery is fantastic and the roads are a lot of fun.

There will be special events for all of the MINI/Mini Cooper entries similar to this one http://grandprixfestival.com/marque.html.

Here are some pictures from 2002 when Mini was last featured http://grandprixfestival.com/gallery_marque_2.html

The sign up form for the Tour de Marque is now available for 2013. Here is the link http://grandprixfestival.com/documents/earlyregistration2013.pdf I know this is really early but this event fills up fast. See the event details for what is included in the $140 fee. I think you will agree that is well worth it.

The information will be updated as it becomes available.

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  • Genna

    this reminds me of how much fun Watkins Glen was.... you only need to watch the first 1:15.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hJfBM2sRkQ

    January 9, 2014

  • Rab M.

    Tom you exactly right that's how I hoped it might be but alas!

    September 11, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      That's OK rab, there will be opportunities down the road, to drive your baby fast!! Just remember: Anyone can drive fast, not everyone can drive a fast car!!

      September 11, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      Rab, sorry about the rab!! :~)

      September 11, 2013

  • Tom L.

    And here is how Rab hoped to go around Watkins Glen if he didn't have the classics in front of him.

    https://www.facebook.com/video/embed?video_id=10151678115728790"; width="640" height="360" frameborder="0"

    September 10, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Milliken's Corner on the old course pictures are here:

    http://www.highlanddesignstudio.com/2008/index.php?do=photocart&viewGallery=2156#page=thumbs

    Waiting for the Stone Bridge pictures.

    September 10, 2013

  • Obsessive

    Some of the pictures have been posted!!! The track pics from WGI have been posted-there are two of each car.

    Go to: http://www.mainzerphoto.com/forsale/CAR/SVRA_MINI_TOUR_FRIDAY.html

    Stay tuned for more.

    September 10, 2013

  • James

    Awesome time and will absolutely go again

    September 10, 2013

  • Rab M.

    Well that was just great, thanks to Tom for everything!! If those
    classics just were not in front of me on the track(sorry John &
    James). Have the hots for a track day now!!!!

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      We had a great time as well, the folks in WG were awesome, greta parade and the weather, well it could not have been better, Thank you!! Rab, stay tuned, Don, Randy, Ed and I are planning one or two here soon, we'll keep you posted! John

      September 9, 2013

    • James

      If I was the classic in front you you Rab you would seen my fist shaking at the Countryman in front of me having trouble finding any pedal but the brake. I shoulda just passed the two in front of me and then had a nice hot lap.

      September 10, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Carol and I are glad everyone had such a good time. Having a lot of friends share something we really enjoy made the weekend even more fun than usual. The weather couldn't have been any better for all the festivities on Friday. Sorry we missed the bagpipe/kazoo ensemble. There is always something entertaining going on at the Lodge. We will be back next year as long as my friend continues to race, and maybe even if he doesn't!

    September 9, 2013

  • Heather

    Wait, I want to thank Tom, too! Thanks for bringing the event to our attention, and for all the tips on food, drink, and sights. You guys missed an amazing MINI bagpipe/kazoo ensemble at the Lodge Saturday night. I have already started recommending WG vintage weekend to other car lovers for their future planning...

    September 9, 2013

  • Obsessive

    A BIG thanks to Tom for promoting this and encouraging everyone to make the trek up north. I had a great time, one of the best weekends I have spent with C3M. Great folks, great food, the classic performed well, just a great time all around.

    1 · September 9, 2013

    • Charles and M.

      Amen to that. Besides the organized events, the Seneca Lodge/Bar and Watkins Glen State Park were terrific, just as Tom recommended. We had a great time and will probably repeat next year (even without Mini as featured marque). Looks like 2014 will be an especially busy year for Mini with 55th anniversary being celebrated at SVRA Grand Prix events in Ohio (June) and Pittsburgh (July).

      1 · September 9, 2013

  • Genna

    anyone know when those professional StoneBridge pics will be posted? I am not finding them via the link on that postcard in our swag folder

    September 8, 2013

    • Tom L.

      Give them a day or two. There was also a photographer at the track that took pictures of the parade laps. He doesn't have them up yet either. mainzerphoto.com

      September 8, 2013

  • Tom L.

    For those going to the track, the Mini group runs at 9 am today and Sunday.

    September 7, 2013

  • Heather

    Once more, if any one needs an extra companion ticket for events, I am motoring solo. Send me a message here or at [masked], and we can work it out at registration Friday. Happy motoring~

    September 4, 2013

    • Genna

      I am in the same boat as Heather... my copilot has called in sick -- don't sit out if you need a ticket. there are extras around.

      September 4, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Make that 38 degrees. Watkins Glen weather is holding up to its reputation!

    September 4, 2013

  • Jim & K.

    Karen & I look forward to seeing lots of Mini's and meeting up with fellow Mini drivers! This is our first event with C3M, but not first time to the Glen. ( two in my party )

    1 · September 3, 2013

    • Tom L.

      Welcome to C3M. You picked an awesome event for your first one! Make yourselves known to other C3Mers up there.

      September 4, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Be aware, overnight low of 42 degrees Thursday night.

    Carol and I are meeting Rab Thursday morning around 10:15ish here, Angie's Auto & Truck Plaza, 3157 Susquehanna Trail, Duncannon, PA 17020. We will leave no later than 10:45 and head up 15 to Corning, then up 414 to Watkins Glen. If you are traveling at that time you are welcome to join us. Bring your radios for communication.

    September 3, 2013

    • Katie W.

      I thought Rab was meeting up with the Carlisle folks....

      September 3, 2013

  • Obsessive

    Anyone else leaving early Thursday? James and I will be meeting at the Waffle House in Urbana at 7, eating, topping off the classics and heading up 270 to 15 North which goes almost all the way up. Let me know if you are heading up the same way and we can coordinate. If not, see you all there!

    September 2, 2013

    • James

      bring yo 2-way radios as we may cross paths along the trip north everyone.

      September 3, 2013

  • Heather

    Tom, you didn't post anything about nearest carwash :)

    September 1, 2013

    • Tom L.

      My mistake! Here is one down 4th Street by the WalMart - http://classychassyca...­

      September 1, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      I would have thought Rab would have posted the locations of all car washes very 100 miles or so along the way!!

      1 · September 2, 2013

  • Katie W.

    To avoid confusion, this request is for the event on Friday. We'll already be in WG, having arrived Thursday.

    September 1, 2013

    • Charles and M.

      Katie, not sure how the back seat of a cabrio would work out for you two, esp if bad weather means top up. Drop me a line at [masked] and we'll see if we can work something out. Cheers!

      September 1, 2013

    • Katie W.

      Thanks Charles, email sent.

      September 1, 2013

  • Katie W.

    I'm too late to get into the Tour de marque, but both my husband and I will be there. Would any one be willing to have us as passengers? I'd REALLY appreciate it. We'll even pay our way. We already have admission tickets.

    August 31, 2013

    • James

      Severna Park is not near my route north, plus with the gear I'm bringing, I will only have one seat.

      September 1, 2013

    • Katie W.

      I'm sorry. I didn't make myself clear. I meant for the actual Tour de Marque on Friday. My husband and I will already be up there by Thursday.

      September 1, 2013

  • Tom L.

    For those wanting to do some sightseeing other than at the track, here is a video that gives you an idea of what to expect when you go to the Watkins Glen State Park. As you can see, there are plenty of steps. I recommend that you take the shuttle from downtown to the entrance at the top. The walk DOWN the steps is much easier!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dy3UWWkllA

    August 27, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Just a reminder, everyone who intends to take part in the events needs to complete this form and email it back to the organizers. It covers all of the driving events and says you won't do anything stupid, including exceed the speed limit! Right!!

    http://files.meetup.com/1430295/Rules_Acknowledgement_Form_enabled.pdf

    August 23, 2013

    • James

      NY cops are nothing to be trifled with, even when I answer their "do you know how fast you were going?" with "80 kilometers according to my speedo" *points to KPH speedo*

      August 23, 2013

    • Randy (aka B.

      Believe me when I say, you DON'T want a speeding ticket in NY. They are very expensive

      August 23, 2013

  • Rab M.

    Just received mine also, now let's hope for good weather!

    August 13, 2013

    • Tom L.

      I wasn't going to say anything...

      August 14, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      Appreciate that Tom, but self correction was ingrained in me early, Mom was also a teacher!!

      August 14, 2013

  • Nikki

    So sad. Missing another awesome event. As always, please post pics so I can live vicariously.

    August 14, 2013

  • Heather

    Where are we watching the Ravens game? :)

    August 12, 2013

    • James

      I'm wavering towards a goat cheese and bacon pizza at Rooster fish. Somewhat center of town, not too expensive, and they have some great beer choices so I can be plenty hydrated watching Denver come out on top with no worries. I do want to see the Seneca Lodge bar, hear it's nice.

      August 14, 2013

    • Heather

      All good recommendations! Thanks! I will probably shoot for RoosterFish or Bleachers, and try to check out Seneca Lodge over the course of the weekend...

      August 14, 2013

  • Tom L.

    The "Tour de Marque" is sold out as of 8/5/13. http://www.grandprixfestival.com/participant.html

    August 13, 2013

    • Heather

      Actually looks like age 19&under are free admission to the Grand Prix at the Glen, so only if you have an adult 3rd wheel who can't pass for 19 any more...

      1 · August 13, 2013

    • James

      Sold out means a good showing, gonna be a good weekend.

      August 14, 2013

  • John (aka j.

    Spoken like a true traveler, always prepare for the worst, hope for the best, and deal with whatever happens!!!

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • John (aka j.

    OK, here we go!
    The plan is for CM members traveling to Watkins Glen on Thursday, Sep. 5 to meet here:
    http://goo.gl/maps/BlqLr
    between 12:45 and 1:00. That is a Shell Station, fuel up, body and MINI, check all fluid levels, body and MINI and hit the road as close to 1:15 as possible, that will put us in the Corning/Horseheads area right around 5PM. I will also be posting this on the DC Metro for anyone wanting to caravan/convoy up with us.

    August 13, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      That gas station is a Sunoco, not a Shell shares a building with a Micky-D's

      August 13, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Registration confirmation letter and schedule of events arrived today! Can't wait!!

    August 12, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      10-4 Tom, four of us fro CM got ours today.

      August 13, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      time to get serious about our travel plans!! :-)

      August 13, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Carol and I will be going up Thursday morning. I'll post our schedule when we finalize it. Usually go up 83 to Harrisburg, then up 15 to Corning. Lots of great scenery.

    August 10, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      We'll be going up sometime late morning, early afternoon. Will post times and place when those are finalized as well....

      August 10, 2013

    • James

      Same here, tried looking for a breakfast/early lunch place past Harrisburg on 15 but nothing is shouting back at me.

      August 12, 2013

  • Genna

    I planned on driving up Thursday.
    Caravan would be fun!

    August 9, 2013

  • John (aka j.

    Several of us from Carlisle MINI are motoring up to the Glen that Thursday. If any of you going up that day want to join us for a caravan I will be posting the time and place where we will be congregating....

    August 9, 2013

  • Ray H.

    Bowing out sorry just could not pull all the pieces together

    August 9, 2013

  • Obsessive

    James and I have rooms and have registered for the event!

    1 · July 24, 2013

    • Tom L.

      Fantastic! You won't regret it!

      July 24, 2013

  • Tom L.

    July 22, 2013

  • James

    John is scouring for a room, see what he comes up with.

    July 22, 2013

  • Tom L.

    I just found out that they are building some new cabins at http://www.senecalodge.com/ They should be ready by September. They are probably already reserved but it is worth a shot to call Seneca to see if you can get one. Seneca is the iconic place to be on race weekend. Really cool bar, good food, and all the people from the track pass through there over the weekend. Try dinner on Thursday night or Saturday night. Always an experience. Plus the cars in the parking lot will keep you entertained.

    June 8, 2013

    • Tom L.

      Update: The cabins are replacements for existing cabins so there are no additional cabins available. Sorry about that.

      June 10, 2013

  • Brian N.

    I would love to go but I really can't afford the $190 they want for a decent hotel. If anyone wants to go or is going and wants to share a room, I would be interested.

    May 14, 2013

  • Tom L.

    Here is a video I made of the original road course in 2010.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSQazHF3A3A

    May 8, 2013

  • Heather

    I booked today at Idlwilde Inn in Watkins Glen. I can't believe how many motels and inns don't have websites or online reservations in 2013 :)

    May 8, 2013

    • Tom L.

      The motel we stay in only got WiFi last year, Villager Motel. Most of the motels are maybe 2 star at best. The advantage of staying in Watkins Glen is that it is where all the fun is on Friday night.

      May 8, 2013

  • Stephen P.

    We're booked and ready to go. See ya there Matt and Becky! Thanks for the reminder.

    May 5, 2013

  • Randy (aka B.

    I just spoke with John Merrill who is in charge of the Tour de Marque.

    About two or three weeks prior to this event everyone will be receiving a detailed letter listing the functions, you may also receive an email prior.

    Here's what will take place Friday September 6th:

    The WGI Tour de Marque group (all MINI's) will arrive at the Wings of Eagles Friday morning probably around 0900hrs.

    From there we will travel to WGI and have lunch. Following lunch we will do two laps on the WGI course. Upon the completion of the two WGI laps we will head downtown and do two laps on the Vintage course. Once we finish the two laps on the Vintage course it's off to Lafayette Park where we will park our MINI's and enjoy the remainder of the day.

    There will also be an option to participate in a 90 mile spirited drive around the Watkins Glenn country side.

    Saturday and Sunday we will be parking at WGI in the Mini Corral parking.

    January 21, 2013

    • John (aka j.

      Thanks for the info Randy, now it won't seen so long between OTD events, this will ease the pain/anxiety from waiting! ;)

      January 21, 2013

  • don s.

    registered and ready!

    January 18, 2013

  • Steven M. B.

    We are going and stayin at :
    Candlewood Suites Elmira Horseheads, it was the cheapest of the Holiday In brand properties.

    January 18, 2013

  • Randy (aka B.

    Looking forward to this event...already have our reservations booked and registered for the Tour de Marque

    Let's Motor

    1 · January 17, 2013

    • Genna

      where are you staying? I'm still trying to decide, it would be nice to meet some other C3Ms!

      January 17, 2013

    • Randy (aka B.

      We are staying in Corning

      January 17, 2013

  • don s.

    Usually attend the Historic Festival at Lime Rock Labor Day weekends. Ann and I are looking forward to joining you all at the Glen this year.

    January 16, 2013

  • Andrew D.

    My father and I have been going up for the races for years with his Datsun Roadster buddies. We found that for the same price as a couple of hotel rooms for the weekend you can rent out a lake house. We've been renting houses every september since and it's definitely the way to go.

    1 · November 21, 2012

  • Steven M. B.

    This should be a good weekend!

    September 26, 2012

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