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I would love to have another event in Colorado. You can hardly go anywhere without running into a twistie in the mountains. :-)

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If we consider US population (not geography) the center is closer to St. Louis, Louisville KY, Nashville, Cincinnati. Understandably even this area isn't going to make everyone happy if you live on the extremes of the US but for attendance this may be the best location. I've lived in Louisville and Nashville and there is plenty to do between the bourbon trail/ Jack Daniels, car museums (Indianapolis,Bowling Green), Music, great country roads, Natchez Trace, etc. Does it make any sense to consider having two events - west coast and east coast/central? By using the internet and contacting local organizations that want to promote tourism we may be able to organize an event with a minimum of local Solstice/Sky owners. Just points for discussion.
I'd like to see the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Also, they have a new racetrack there. Maybe they would let us use it?

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The Corvette Museum is repaired. There are tours of the Corvette plant. It is my understanding that the track (motorsportspark.org) can be rented out.
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The Corvette Museum is repaired. There are tours of the Corvette plant. It is my understanding that the track (motorsportspark.org) can be rented out.
Not sure what the future holds for the track posted 9/10/15:
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I have been involved with the FJ National event for many years. Ouray, Colorado offers a great little town, and some spectacular drives near it. I vote Rob Host it there! You could do it the 2nd week of July and I could just stay over for the off road event!
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I have been involved with the FJ National event for many years. Ouray, Colorado offers a great little town, and some spectacular drives near it. I vote Rob Host it there! You could do it the 2nd week of July and I could just stay over for the off road event!
Where do you find hotels? Last time I checked there werre only a couple there

But I agree its beautiful

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The Corvette guys do their events in Kentucky, Louisville is a large enough town to have adequate hotels at fairly reasonable prices (plus, it's in 'flyover' country which is low cost compared to the coasts). There are a lot of good roads, beautiful countryside in the thoroughbred horse breeding sections around Lexington - and the Bourbon Tour is really something to see. There should be enough Indiana, Southern Ohio, Northern Tennessee and Kentucky guys/gals to staff an event - and it is almost exactly in the middle of the country.

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We get 350 trucks every year. Actually there are about 8 in town, then you have several RV camping sites in town and a KOA just north of town. Some stay in Montrose, 30 minutes north.

The city endorses our event, we donate to mountain rescue and two scholarships of a 1000 dollars every year. We have had all 9 Nationals there.

Some of the most beautiful off road trails in the United States. And one of the most scenic/dangerous highways in the world between Ouray and Silverton. The triangle of Durango, Ouray and Telluride is as near paradise as you can get, although Telluride is very expensive. Many high mountain passes and twisties on both sides down to Durango. I believe a regional was held in the Durango area. The area is known as the Alps or Switzerland of the Americas. The San Juans are not like any other mountain range in the continental US (supposedly) Similar to ranges in British Columbia.

Moab, Utah seems to be within the run length of the Arkansas National, so does Glenwood Springs.

If there is interest in that area I would help. I agree with the premise it should be somewhat centrally located. Not sure Ouray fits that mold.

I could get you in touch with the people that organize our event for phone numbers and help setting it up.

No I do not work for the tourism council of Ouray, but I sure could. I love the place.

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I've been to the Durango area several times. The missus has a sister who lives near there. We usually stay in Farmington NM because Durango hotels are so expensive. Beautiful area, though.


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Durango is the lowest altitude of the triangle, near Mesa Verde and Farmington. As you go north you hit the 14K foot mountain ranges. Numerous 9, 10 K passes. It is a 75 mile drive to Ouray, listed time by triple A I think is 4 hours. Some really tight twisties, with straight down cliffs and no guard rails. But the views are spectacular.

I lived in Pagosa Springs, east of Durango about 50 miles.

And yes Durango is expensive, actually all of the area is. But anyone that owns a Kappa should drive the million dollar highway at least once. It is quite an experience. I thought I was going to get to this summer, but decided not to tow the car there. Glad I didn't as it rained every single day we were there, every morning. Actually snowed on us on top of Imogene Pass on the 23rd of July.

But I also think it is going to be hard to find anything as centrally located as the Arkansas National. They have found a real gem with this one, no question.
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So I appreciate your comments about Ouray but based on my experience driving all over Colorado and eastern Utah for the past 20 years, I think the best place to hold a nationals would be in Moab.

They have a ton of things to do and some great and I mean GREAT roads to run. Desert twisties where we have gone well into tripple digits and down to 15 MPH on tight corners - all on the same trip.

Dead Horse Point and Punker Pass Road

Arches National Park

Gateway / Nucla highway. The resort and car museum are great to visit

The run up the colorado river road has to be seen to be believed. and you can visit

Highway 24 to Capital Reef. They have home made pie and icecream at the park entrance. Lots of twisties and elevation changes on that road. Some of the most beautiful terrain for pictures.

Run to Fruita and the Feed Lot for really great prime rib. Then on to Palisade for the wineries

The Colorado Monument is a fantastic set of twisties along a mini grand canyon.

The cruise up and over Grand Mesa is fantastic. Great high altitude pictures there.

In Moab they also have:
Dinner and river cruise with light show
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Hot air balooning
Hiking
Jeep rentals
Lots of fun brew pubs

Im guessing that you could attract numbers similar to the Denver nationals in 09 which was if I recall correctly about 125 cars and ~230 people.

Moab can support that size group.

Could be doable with some help if there is enough interest
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So I appreciate your comments about Ouray but based on my experience driving all over Colorado and eastern Utah for the past 20 years, I think the best place to hold a nationals would be in Moab.

They have a ton of things to do and some great and I mean GREAT roads to run. Desert twisties where we have gone well into tripple digits and down to 15 MPH on tight corners - all on the same trip.

Dead Horse Point and Punker Pass Road

Arches National Park

Gateway / Nucla highway. The resort and car museum are great to visit

The run up the colorado river road has to be seen to be believed. and you can visit

Highway 24 to Capital Reef. They have home made pie and icecream at the park entrance. Lots of twisties and elevation changes on that road. Some of the most beautiful terrain for pictures.

Run to Fruita and the Feed Lot for really great prime rib. Then on to Palisade for the wineries

The Colorado Monument is a fantastic set of twisties along a mini grand canyon.

The cruise up and over Grand Mesa is fantastic. Great high altitude pictures there.

In Moab they also have:
Dinner and river cruise with light show
Ziplines
Hot air balooning
Hiking
Jeep rentals
Lots of fun brew pubs

Im guessing that you could attract numbers similar to the Denver nationals in 09 which was if I recall correctly about 125 cars and ~230 people.

Moab can support that size group.

Could be doable with some help if there is enough interest
With all You are saying about everybody ideas and the great Ideas you have, I realy think you should organised the 2017 National.

For Moab Utah. I would do the drive from Montreal QC for this. It would worth it for sure. Never been there.

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Moab weather in June: https://weatherspark.com/averages/29...-United-States

I thought that it would be much hotter during the daytime.

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Moab is a location we visit twice a year with the club. Its great in the spring and fall because while its still cold and cloudy in Colorado, its warm and sunny without being hot yet.
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