We used the Clock Tower when we organized the 1990 Healey Challenge. We
could combine it with the race at Blackhawk... most likely Father's Day
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On Behalf Of Ron Soave
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 9:07 PM
To: Frank Clarici; Spridgets
Subject: Re: Sprite 50th Anniversery
--- Frank Clarici <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> MG pubbys, etc.
> I am sure the east coast Oshit team can organize
> this event but we
> really do need to have it more centrally located so
> more people attend.
> What do you folks think?
> Any volunteers from the mid america region?
Well....there is a large hotel in Rockford, IL, (USA
central) the Clocktower (PLEASE remember the "L") that
housed the Mini event and Triumph VTR deal the last 2
years. They have a huge parking lot where car shows
an vendors were housed, 5 or so restaurants, etc.
There used to be a huge clock museum that was very
cool, some remnants of it remain. Across the street
is a bank of modern personality-free hotels like the
Hampton, Courtyard, Residence, Holiday, Red Roof, etc.
It is charming and a few years past its prime, like a
lot of us and our cars. I can check into that, we get
a deal from work around $59 per night. A nice country
drive away, maybe 15 miles, is Blackhawk Farms raceway
(www.blackhawkfarms.com) where we can do autocross on
the track, or some wheel-to-wheel action. Boackhawk
has got to be one of the best tracks in the US for
Sprite-sized racing, and it isn't especially
technical. As far as weather is concerned, the
midwest's Annual Nice Day usually occurs in late May
or June, so we could schedule it around then. I'm in
for some organizing if there is interest. There is
also a place in western Iowa, Mid America Motorsports
complex, ain't been there, but I'm told it's pretty