We have been working feverishly on our plans to drive in groups down to the Lotus Owner's Gathering 37 in Birmingham, AL. My thanks go to Lee Klauber for doing a lot of the route planning. It's time to commit. Read about trip details below. If you will be joining us, please reply to ME ONLY at (NOT Reply All!!!) with the following info:
Name of everyone in your car.
Model Car driven (A loud Raspberry to those not driving a Lotus!)
Trailer: Yes (BOO!) or No (Yay!)
Cell phone of everyone in the car (in case someone's cell battery dies!!)
Intended Meeting Place (see route descriptions below)
Rendezvous point you prefer
Departure Day from Birmingham. (If you stay on Monday for the track day/skidpad, we will depart Tuesday 5/23, but some folks have needs to leave earlier. We will help coordinate.)
Other comments or needs. (We have one person who is doing a banzai continuous run to B-Ham & Back, I can coordinate if you want to do join him .) =-O
We will be traveling in two groups the first and last days. On Wednesday, 5/17, one group will depart from the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Clinton, NJ (Exit 15 of Interstate 78) at 8:30 AM. They will join others at Funck's Family Restaurant, 1805 Fisher Ave, Annville, PA 17003 around 10:30 AM (near the jct of I-81 and I-78). From there, they will be traveling directly via Interstate 81 to the Comfort Inn in Wytheville, VA
The other group will leave from the NJ side of the I-95 Delaware Bridge at 10:00 AM (the Denny's in the Flying J Travel Plaza, 326 Deep Water Slapes Corner Rd, Carneys Point, NJ 08069). They will take I-95 to I-695 in Baltimore, then I-70 to US 340, then I-81 to Wytheville. There will be a Rendezvous point at the junction of I-70 and US 15/340 in Frederick, MD if needed.
The second day to Birmingham will be a LOT of fun! We will be running the Back of the Dragon, a delightful 90 minute mountain drive, about 30 minutes south of our motel. We have a spot to unload trailers. Then, it's a sedate Interstate cruise to the LOG HQ hotel in Birmingham.
Day One of the return trip will be fun also! Leaving LOG HQ on Tuesday morning 5/23, we intend to drive the Tail of the Dragon on the way North to Wytheville. We have permission to park and unload trailers nearby.
On Day Two the groups will leave Wytheville and go our separate ways en route. You will be arriving home on Wednesday evening.
Overnight lodging, both ways:
2594 E Lee Hwy,
Wytheville, VA 24382
NOTE: this Inn's location is called Max Meadows, VA on some map programs, make sure you book the correct Comfort Inn!
Be sure to tell/forward our plans, to any Lotus friends that may be inclined to join us. Have them contact me via email.
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