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Topic: Idea - AMC Homecoming alternative - RA July 15-18
Posted By: 343sharpstick
Subject: Idea - AMC Homecoming alternative - RA July 15-18
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 1:23pm

I have an idea, I as well as many others am very disappointed that the AMC homecoming from July 27-31 is again canceled. Rather than just be bummed about it, let's get together anyway. There is an event two weeks earlier we could ALL attend!

Would there be interest in getting an event together in conjunction with the Road America Vintage Racing Event on July 15 to 18?

We can commemorate the first win by AMC Javelin in SCCA TransAm which occurred here on July 19, 1970. 51 Years Ago.

We can also commemorate 50 year anniversary of AMC winning the TA Championship. Penske/Donohue won here again on July 17, 1971!

https://www.roadamerica.com/weathertech-international-challenge-brian-redman" rel="nofollow - https://www.roadamerica.com/weathertech-international-challenge-brian-redman

The Historic Trans Am group will be there. Last time that group was at Road America the Penske Javelin was there as well as one of the RWR Javelins.

http://www.historictransam.com/schedule.html" rel="nofollow - http://www.historictransam.com/schedule.html

For those that have not been to Road America, to say the least, they have LOTS OF ROOM, so I’m sure if someone contacted the track they could do a few things to facilitate a gathering.

-        Food, Beverage, and bathrooms are readily available.

-        Luch-time track touring will also be available. Take your car out on the track for a few cold laps.

-        The roads and restaurants around that area of Wisconsin are outstanding to dive, and we could do a poker run, or something similar.

-        Hotels easily available.

-        Recreation. The village of Elkhart Lake is awesome, public beach, hiking trails available in the area.

-        Oh, and by the way, Amazing Vintage Cars on the track to watch and ogle in the paddock. There may even be AMC racing in the event, who knows?

-    On-Site Camping

I live near the track but I don’t have the time to organize the entire event, I could do some work on this however. If others would be willing to assist that would help get this off the ground.

Thoughts?

Michael





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Posted By: amxdreamer
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 2:21pm
This would be awesome, if the border was open and I had holidays at that time... :(

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Tony
Vancouver, BC
1970 AMX
1972 Ambassador
AMO#10333


Posted By: bigbad69
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 2:37pm
I don't see the border opening before the fall.


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1969 BBO Javelin SST 390 T10


Posted By: 343sharpstick
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 2:48pm
Well, it's up to you guys to put together an event up in Canada.

The Penske/Donohue Javelin won there too at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circuit_Mont-Tremblant" rel="nofollow - Circuit Mont-Tremblant , Quebec
Second race win was August 2, 1970.
The team won again the next year, August 1, 1971 the TA Championship season.
Get to work on that Wink


Posted By: bigbad69
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 2:57pm
Tremblant is a great track. One of my friends raced an Alfa there for many years.

I really don't see any big events happening here for some time. It may be a bust for car shows again this summer. Unhappy


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1969 BBO Javelin SST 390 T10


Posted By: Goodtimes
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 6:03pm
I seem to remember a few years back there was a small group of AMC cars near the gate #4 entrance to R.A. off of county highway J. It is on track corner #3. I do not know if another group has laid claim to that area (Corvette club). Might be worth checking out


Posted By: Goodtimes
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 6:20pm
I also remember back in 1971 the Milwaukee and surrounding AMC dealers had a picnic in the parking lot 2 off of the main gate on corner 14 during the Trans Am race.  


Posted By: 6768rogues
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 7:52pm
As much as I want to go to Kenosha, nothing else will be worth going through Chicago.

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Posted By: Roechambeau
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 9:37pm
That would be cool. Planning on being there for the vintage racing already. My favorite spot is between turn 7&8 below the concession stand. 


Posted By: Coloradoamx
Date Posted: Feb/11/2021 at 10:21pm
Hmm..that sounds interesting.   I may have to consider that.  I would love to bring my car to Road America if only just to sit on the property.  I will be in Colorado Springs because it is so close for me, but the idea of meeting at RA is pretty compelling.

https://public.fotki.com/Coloradoamx/ta-javelin-suspension/f938e143-fc7e-47db-.html" rel="nofollow">


Posted By: 343sharpstick
Date Posted: Feb/12/2021 at 8:43am
Wayne, at a minimum you could do Lunch time touring with your car! They say there is a maximum speed, and you can't pass the pace-car. However, if you do the touring on Friday when there are less cars on-track I can tell you the guy driving the Pace Car is having a good time and has no thoughts of whatever that max speed was supposed to be, LOL
Also, I think there is a practice day prior to the event that you could also do. My neighbor has raced in that event many times, I can get more info if you would like.

I'll make some inquiries with Road America and The historic TA group to try and verify if any of the AMC's will be there. Looks like the 71 Championship car is based out of Michigan, so a pretty good chances.
At a minimum I will do a Friday cruise through the local windy roads with Any AMCers that wish to join, concluding with a lap of the original course that was on public roads, and a cookout on Saturday!
I'll get information on what hospitality facilities may be available If I get enough confirmations.


Posted By: 343sharpstick
Date Posted: Feb/15/2021 at 11:26am
Good news, Road America has contacted me to discuss options, stay tuned!



Posted By: amcglass
Date Posted: Feb/15/2021 at 8:37pm
great idea .   will stay tuned 

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Javmanpres

BBG Mark Donohue 401

74 Jav/AMX
71 Matador 2dr sedan delivery wagon
1902 Rambler Runabout     


Posted By: 343sharpstick
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 8:38am
I had a great conversation with the Road America Hospitality Coordinator. Road America is on-board with an event coinciding with the July Brian Redman International Challenge!

We are reviewing options for entry packages including Food vouchers, a show area, a commemorative windshield sticker, and potentially an on-track drive of some kind.

The track hosts all automotive groups from Ferrari owners, to Motorcycle clubs, so options are vast. I think the AMC enthusiasts would enjoy a more simple option like a package including track entry, a meal voucher, and an AMC specific show/parking area at the track. Perhaps a fan favorite show trophy?

There are also air-conditioned hospitality tents and many more options, but those all include a price. I think the AMC group is a burger and a brat sort of crowdWink

The tricky part at this point is estimating the number of cars/participants that will attend. There are a few ways to manage this, but it's outside my area of expertise. PM me if anyone has thoughts or experience with this or is willing to assist.

As we get more detail, I'll need to give this an 'official' name, and start a new thread as well as additional social media exposure.

Event Name idea,Admittedly, it's a bit long:

AMC TA Championship 50th anniversary at Road America

Cheers.


Posted By: mrblatzman
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 8:52am
From reading this post, I gather that the American/Canadian border is closed and none of us can cross it, but 25,000 people from the other direction will be allowed to enter and never return home from places with little to no consideration given to this virus situation.....I'm confused !!!!!


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Posted By: Sonic Silver
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 9:20am
Originally posted by mrblatzman mrblatzman wrote:

From reading this post, I gather that the American/Canadian border is closed and none of us can cross it, but 25,000 people from the other direction will be allowed to enter and never return home from places with little to no consideration given to this virus situation.....I'm confused !!!!!
Never mind.


Posted By: ramblinrev
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 9:49am
"Bordering" on the political here guys...trying to keep this space safe and sane! :)



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74 Hornet Hatchback X twins
62 American Convertible (still worth the $50 I spent in 1973!) AMCRC #513, AMO #384
70 AMX 360 4-speed


Posted By: Mopar_guy
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 9:52am
Originally posted by mrblatzman mrblatzman wrote:

From reading this post, I gather that the American/Canadian border is closed and none of us can cross it, but 25,000 people from the other direction will be allowed to enter and never return home from places with little to no consideration given to this virus situation.....I'm confused !!!!!
Huh? Road America is in Elkhart lake, Wisconsin. What does that have to do with crossing the border? Confused


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Posted By: Sonic Silver
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 10:09am
Originally posted by ramblinrev ramblinrev wrote:

"Bordering" on the political here guys...trying to keep this space safe and sane! :)

I withdraw my previous comment. The border to the North should only be closed to keep Tony and the Canadians out. This would help protect the supply of beer in the states.


Posted By: 343sharpstick
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 10:59am



Posted By: 343sharpstick
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 11:05am
A little incentive from the last time the Historic TA group was at RA...



Posted By: Mopar_guy
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 12:00pm
Depending upon what happens with a couple of events before this , I’d definitely be interested in going to this. I already have all of my vacation scheduled but things can always change which would allow me to come. 

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Posted By: 343sharpstick
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 3:37pm
Update!
I have verification from the Historic TA organization that the following AMC's will be attending the Road America event:
1972 Roy Woods javelin
1968 Ronnie Kaplan Javelin
Likely the 1971 Penske/Donohue Javelin


Posted By: einbier
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 4:11pm
Wow This sounds incredible I would highly think about attending this


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Posted By: ScreamerX
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 5:05pm
Already planning to attend.  The RA Vintage race is a must-see on my calendar every year.  Thanks for reaching out to RA.  They put on a heck of an event, and it would be great of them to support a bunch of AMCers getting together.  If they'd let us park at turn 5, that would be a prime spot for viewing  Not a ton of room there, so if 50 AMCs show up, another spot might be better.  Turn 13?      


Posted By: CamJam
Date Posted: Feb/16/2021 at 8:28pm
I wish Road America was closer.  One of my favorite boyhood memories was watching Donohue and Parnelli Jones battle it out at the 1970 Riverside Trans Am.  My mom bought us two of the best seats in the house at the top of turn six. 

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'72 Baja Bronze Javelin SST
'69 Big Bad Orange AMX (2018 Teague Heritage Award winner) SOLD
'70 Opel GT
'07 BMW 335i
'13 Ford Focus ST


Posted By: Jim Kilbourne
Date Posted: Feb/28/2021 at 4:48pm
official name thought,

incorporate "homecoming" into it somehow..

"AMC Trans-Am Homecoming"...

"AMC Trans-Am Homecoming at Road America"...

or some such, etc.


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Jim Kilbourne
Restoring a 1972 AMX 401.
I have a few extra 71-74 Javelin Parts, Used. Send Email or PM.



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