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  Chicagoland MG Club:Driveline
9th Annual CMGC
Road America Camping Trip

July 16-18, 2004
For the BRIC races - Elkhart Lake, WI

The Brian Redman International Challenge (formerly known as the Chicago Historic Races) at Road America is about two hoursí drive north of Chicago.

Bring your tent and sleeping bags and enjoy a weekend of watching some of the most famous racing cars from the past fifty-odd years! A group of club members reserved eight adjoining campsites less than a mile from the track at Plymouth Rock Camping Resort. These sites each hold 4 adults. As MGs comfortably hold but two persons, there are several vacancies that can be filled by club members.

Check in time is 3 P.M., after which we can set our tents for the weekend. In the past, Friday supper has been 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 event. There is a parade of racing cars that travels from the track to the Friday night concours in Elkhart Lake. This occurs just after the last track event at about 5 P.M. It is a wonderful sight that can be viewed along the road in Elkhart Lake.

Tickets for the Road America track can be purchased at the gates. The admission fees to the track are $15 for Friday, $35 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday. The paddock is an open-air museum, and the ticket price covers it all. This yearís featured marque is historic F1 cars.

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 we go back to Elkhart Lake to view the Concours díElegance, watch (and maybe, buy) cars being sold at Mecumís auction. Elkhart Lake is the home of Siebkenís of Burt Levyís The Last Open Road fame, and it is worth the wait at the bar to have beer or pop in such a place.

Sunday is the final 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 snyder@chicagolandmgclub.com. Prices are about $30 per two persons per night, and we will put you on the list that we give to the campground staff and you will register with them on Friday July 18. For a separate single camping site, you can make a reservation directly with Plymouth Rock Camping Resort, 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

The campground is a family resort area with security, modern bath houses, playgrounds for children, tennis and basket ball courts, swimming pools, a lake front swimming area, a restaurant and store (they sell beer and ice). The weather is always perfect.


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