Smart Rally At The Glen

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Smart Rally At The Glen

Time: July 14, 2012 at 7am to July 15, 2012 at 11am
Location: Watkins Glen International
City/Town: Watkins Glen, NY
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Event Type: track, meet, wine, festival, weekend
Organized By: SkippyThorson
Latest Activity: Jul 25, 2012

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I've been wondering about how our advanced tickets for $25 were gonna work out. I've finally got the answer... 


We're still gonna meet at Walmart on Saturday morning at 7:30am as planned, but I don't have tickets to pass out. We'll hang out for a little bit, if anyone wants to go into town (or Walmart) for food and meet us a little later in the parking lot (8:00am), that'll be fine too. By 8:30am, we'll be leaving Walmart to go to the track.

Special Group Pricing Extravaganza will be $25 per guest (not per car) at the gate. Mike is waving the track fee, and we're just paying a set price for the Track + Wine Festival.

Here's what I'm thinking, via Google Maps. We can meet in Watkins Glen (the town) right on the lake, less than 15 minutes from the Watkins Glen International track. The Walmart will have a big enough parking lot so that we don't crowd some business unexpectedly. I'll hand out the advance tickets there, so that when we get to the track, we can just drive in. Like I said, folks without advance tickets can just pay at the track.

So, meet at Walmart in Watkins Glen, hand out tickets, and then drive over to the track for our laps! 

The laps will be at 9:00am on Saturday.

We will need to get there at 8:45, and go through Gate 2.
When we get in the gate, take a right, and go behind the grand stand.
There is a crossover gate where you cross the race track.
We will sign waivers that say if we wreck it's on us.
We do our 3 laps around the track.
Then, escorted by Pace Car, we will be led to our parking place.

WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SWITCH DRIVERS. I apologize, because many had asked about that, but Mike said that because we're basically being squeezed in, the track said we would not be allowed to switch drivers. Mike basically said (in a much nicer way) that the higher-ups would like us on the track, but would then like us off it. 

Saturday will be a free-for-all to enjoy the Wine Festival, go back in to town, do whatever you want, and chill.

9:00AM on Sunday, for anyone that wants to stay, we will be going toSavard's Restaurant at 601 North Franklin Street, Watkins Glen, NY. We may have to get creative with parking, but I'm sure we can do it. It's not like we take up that much space. 

Sunday afternoon, after breakfast, I guess we'll be breaking up for the drive home.

Let me know if anyone has any further concerns or questions!

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Comment by SkippyThorson on July 3, 2012 at 12:01pm

Pam, good question. I hadn't considered people without smart phones or laptops being stranded in The 'Glen without contact with this discussion. I have just written up all of the details regarding the event. I have timed meeting places set up over the weekend. I'll have to think of some method of contact beyond these discussions and get back to you - and everyone!

Comment by Pam Majors on July 3, 2012 at 10:48am

Skippy, with the date nearing, how will we communicate when we are there? With all of us scattered to different hotels ... will we meet up somewhere or are you going to give out a cell number so we can all get the latest word?

Comment by SkippyThorson on June 25, 2012 at 1:42pm

Hello hello hello. To everyone, trust me, I haven't forgotten you. It seems that little-ol-me has hit a communication barrier with the people-with-money. I'm trying to get the Watkins Glen team to work as fast as possible on this, but I think we have two different definitions of fast. We're all working on it, and we're very close to getting everything finalized so that we can start spreading the word.

Comment by Adele2cats on April 27, 2012 at 12:13pm

Any particuler motel everyone is staying at??

Comment by SkippyThorson on March 7, 2012 at 9:28pm

Pam and Gregg - thank you, we'll see you there!

Stacy - tickets in to the event can be found on the website, but we're currently working on getting everything settled for Smart owners. We're still hammering out details for tickets and pricing. There will be plenty to go around, don't worry!

Keep an eye out here for updates; I'll keep everyone posted with the specifics. :)

Comment by Gregg Roberts on March 7, 2012 at 12:44pm

Reserved our room this morning at the harbor hotel,looks like a great place to stay overlooking the lake and downtown.


Comment by Stacy C. on March 5, 2012 at 7:16pm

How do I get tickets for the event? I am so excited!!!

Comment by Pam Majors on March 5, 2012 at 9:58am

My husband and I are attending. :)

Comment by SkippyThorson on February 20, 2012 at 4:33pm

Got your email, Dave. Thanks for the inquiry. Hope to see you there!

Comment by dave. on February 16, 2012 at 6:44pm


can I get involved in this too?

dave.  ( '09 Brabus black and yellow (really!))

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