In order to accommodate everyone interested in driving up together Sat. morning, the route has been finalized. The show opens at 10:00am and my goal is to get us there by 9:00am so that we have time to clean off the cars a bit. We will be stopped at each location to allow people to arrive and to refuel as needed. For the most part, this is a moving train so if you miss us at one location it will be on you (although obviously we’ll try to accommodate). PM me if you want my cell number.
In addition, I will be leading the caravan, but if at any point you want to pass me you should feel free. Everyone will know where we’re going and when (roughly) we’re going to get there, so we can just catch up with you there. In general, I will cruise at 10 miles over the posted speed limit (unless the limit is ridiculous). Again, we’ll be stopping almost every 45 mins. for water, food, fuel, etc. so that shouldn’t be a big problem.
A. TYSONS CORNER, VA [arrive whenever – leave by 5:10am] (gasp): The Northern VA people should meet at the Starbucks in Tysons Corner, VA. (8520 Suite D, Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA, 22103,[masked]). This should be a familiar location to many and it’s close to the beltway. We are leaving VERY early and will be on a tight timeline, but there is just no way to hit all of our check points without doing so. I HIGHLY suggest getting here early if you are coming from further South so that we don’t leave you behind. I’ll try to get there by 4:40am.
[30 min drive to College Park, MD]
B. COLLEGE PARK, MD [arrive 5:40am – leave by 6:00am]: We will be meeting a group of MD folks at the IKEA parking lot in College Park (10100 Baltimore Ave., College Park, MD 20740). Again, this should be a familiar location to people. We won’t be stopping for long, but it should give us enough of a window to connect.
[45 min drive to Baltimore, MD]
C. BALTIMORE, MD [arrive 6:45am – leave by 7:10am]: We will combine forces with a large group here at the Bob Evans (400 W. Padonia Rd., Luthersville-Timonium, MD 21093). Again, short window for everyone arriving, but we should have just enough time to get a quick break for fuel.
[45 min drive to York, PA]
D. YORK, PA [arrive 7:55am – leave 8:15am]: We can make a short stop at the McDonald’s in York, PA for anyone else in the area who wants to join us (1500 North George Street, York, PA,[masked]). We know for sure that some more GTRs will be joining. I chose a location close to the highway and am told that it’s in a shopping center so it should be a good location.
[45 min drive to Hershey, PA]
E. HERSHEY, PA [arrive at 9:00am]: I’m assuming that we’ll see signs for the entrance to the show should the landscape be a bit confusing. We should also have enough flexibility in the schedule to account for some unexpected delays and still get there on time to clean the cars a little (Antique Auto Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA 17033,[masked]).
In general, I hope these locations and times make sense, but again, let me know if you have any question. I’ll reiterate; we will be playing a game on the way up. The game is called “Make it There,” and the rules are simple…..if you make it there in one piece then you win….if you do something stupid and crash…then you lose.
Please also remember that there are two big events going on Sunday in VA. (1) We have the Deutche Marque Concourse in Vienna, VA and (2) the 2011 University of Maryland Spring Meet for Charity in College Park, MD. So again, I’m not sure how many people are planning on staying Sat. night, but given the Sunday events, I’m driving back that evening. I’m imagining that everyone will be a little spent by the end of the day, so the cruise back will likely be broken up into smaller groups (depending on when people want to leave). Obviously, we’ll see how it goes.
I was contacted by Mary Sherrick the executive director of a non-profit in Hersey Pennsylvania who is hosting an exotic car show at the Antique Auto Museum (http://www.aacamuseum.... I assured her that I would do my best to round-up some "exotic" cars and I need your help. The event is expected to have at least 400 attendees, participant prizes, and local media coverage, but this is the first year so they’re hoping for a particularly strong turnout.
The non-profit is called Castaway Critters and they help find placements for homeless animals. Here is a link to the organization and the event: http://www.castawaycr....
Now, I just want to say that I am in no way affiliated with Castaway Critters, other than the fact that I was contacted about getting some cars together. However, I am uniquely involved with similar animal-related non-profits in Fairfax, so I wanted to help her out.
Anyways, it should be a great time to spend the day at the museum and the Hersey, PA area. This meetup will be for "participating" cars....i.e....cars that have registered to be shown in the event and for any guest cars that want to join. My plan is to organize a cruise for the people who want to drive up from Northern VA and Maryland area. This will include non-NOVA SCC members as well (I'm posting this event in an appropriate regional thread on all of the major exotic cars forums...), so it should be a good turn out.
Anyways, if you are interested in participating in the show, then please submit your registration form directly to Mary (see link below). The cost for each participate car is $20, which is a joke frankly. Again, here is the link to the participation form: http://www.castawaycr....
At this point, I don’t think Mary is worried about getting too many of one type of car….I think she just wants a lot of cool cars….so here is some basic information she provided about what they are looking for…
1st Annual Castaway Critters
“Cool Cars for Cats and Canines”
April 30, 2011 (10:00am-2:00pm)
Antique Auto Museum, Hershey
We are looking for owners of exotic cars to participate in our first Annual Exotic Car Show. Participants have the chance to showcase their cars, meet with other car enthusiasts, and compete for crowd voted favorites and win prizes. What is an “exotic” car by our definition? Most simply stated it is a car that has limited production, scarcity or has been personalized/created in an unusual way. It is generally not intended for a large market audience of buyers. If you see it on the road regularly, in parking lots, or a traffic jam, it is not an exotic car. Some examples of exotic cars are marques such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Bentley, Lotus, Bugatti, McLaren, Maserati, etc. Time-honored supercars, such as Porsches and Corvettes, among others, are also welcome. We want YOU and your special car. Come join us for a day of car fun and you’ll be helping homeless animals in need.
Your $20 donation will include the following:
One car entry into the show
Entry into the “Owners Tent” (complimentary breakfast/lunch)
One entrance ticket to the Antique Auto Museum
Registrations will be accepted until April 10th, 2011.
Please Return Registration Form, along with your $20 donation to:
c/o Mary Sherrick
410 Market St
New Cumberland, PA 17070
For more info, see our website at www.castawaycritters.org
Again, I’m bringing my 2008 Viper and I think it’s a great excuse to get a bunch of sports car owners together from around the mid-atlantic and northeast area. It should be a great event and I’ve heard awesome things about the museum. Honestly, I think the guests will have just as much fun as the participants, so you'll likely want to RSVP for this one. It will be an early start and a long day, so think about that when you are making your plans. Please, please, please pass the information along to anyone you know who might be interested.
I'll be updating the event listing once I have the cruise up organized.
Lastly, the participant application is still old school, which means that you’ll have to print it, sign it and mail it in, so if you’re interested, please do so promptly.