Camping Trip to the BRIC
July 19-21, 2002
Bring your tent and sleeping bags and enjoy a weekend of watching some of the most famous racing cars from the past fifty years! There will be historic F1 cars, Can-Am cars and representatives of virtually every make ever raced. Including MGs!
The BRIC is the Brian Redman International Challenge held at Road America on the July 19 through 21. And Road America is about two hours drive from Chicago. A group of club members reserved eight adjoining campsites less than a mile from the track at Plymouth Rock Campground, and these sites each hold 4 adults. As MGs comfortably hold but two persons, there are several vacancies that can be filled by club members.
The weekend will begin by setting up your tent on Friday night, usually with more help than you need, unless you get there first. If you get there early enough, you can buy admission to the track to watch practice sessions. A growing tradition for Friday supper is a blue-gill fry at a local restaurant, followed by a walk through Elkhart Lake for an ice-cream cone or just to look at the many vintage cars driven to the weekend.
On Saturday, the first cars are on the track at eight o’clock, and the many food concessions are open for breakfast. One recommendation is the ham-and-egger from St. John the Baptist’s Chuch, just a bit south of the underground passage that connects the parking area to the paddock. This is a very large track, and a good breakfast is necessary to fuel the trek to the best corners. There are practice sessions for all the classes and qualifying for some, so all the cars get a chance on the track, and everyone has their own best place to view them.
Saturday night the campers gather to grill and eat together (bring your own meat to grill if you eat it, and a dish to pass around). Then it is back to Elkhart Lake to view the Concours d’Elegance, watch (and maybe, buy) cars being sold at Mecum’s auction, and, since this may be the only time all year, buy a beer at Siebken’s, the setting for much of B.S. Levy’s The Last Open Road.
Sunday is the real racing day. There are the races for the big car classes and for the small-bore cars, some driven by CMGC members. The cars would be fit for any museum, and to see them driven as their designers planned is a very special sight.
If you want to camp with the group at Plymouth Rock, contact Ann or Jake at 847.295.2753 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If our site fills to capacity, there are single tent spaces available, but the campground does fill rather quickly. For a separate single camping site, you can make a reservation directly with Plymouth Rock Campground, P.O. Box 445, Elkhart Lake, WI 53020, phone 920.892.4252, fax 920.893.8452. Road America tickets are available at 800.365.7223 or www.roadamerica.com. Prices are $70 for a 4-day super ticket, $35 Saturday, $35 Sunday. The weather is always perfect.
See photos from the 2001 event at: www.chicagolandmgclub.com/photos/roadam01