TALES OF THE MONGREL by Ralph Arata
“Camping At Road America”
I had never done the Road America camping trip before. I had only read the accounts of it in the “Driveline”, the weekend of camping and watching the antique auto racing at the Road America track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Jack Snyder, who coordinates this trip with his wife, Ann, was very convincing so I talked with Susan and we decided to go! The Mongrel didn’t make because our 2 daughters did. We packed up the family station wagon and off we went.
Jake and Ann supplied the directions and information via E-mail. The directions were so good we didn’t even need the map! The drive from Naperville wasn’t that long either, about 3 hours. When we arrived we found the campground to be very clean and kid friendly with pools, volley ball, crafts, etc.... All and all it was a good and inexpensive “family” get-away event.
I also made some “interesting” observations about this Chicagland MG Club event:
Only about half of the participants arrived in their MGs although we DID have a good representation.
Its absolutely amazing how folks can bring all the things they need for a weekend of camping (tent, sleeping bags, food, condiments, clothing, etc...) in an MG!! We had trouble squeezing our “stuff” in a GM wagon with a cap on top????
This is a truly social event where everyone (regardless of how well you may know anyone) gets together around the old campfire at night, at breakfast, etc.... Everyone that participants is included in the meals, the trips to the track, sightseeing, etc..... This is a good way to get to know people.
Saturday night was something special as Elkhart Lake became the auto capital of the world. The concourse car show, the auctions and just all the great cars that spectators arrived in were worth the trip in themselves. It was great weekend. thanks Jake and thanks Ann!!?