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Jim Thorpe Classic Run VIII - 9/21/13 (rain date 9/28/13)

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Jerseygirl Robyn R
Plainsboro, NJ, USA   USA
Mark your calendars. The Jim Thorpe Classic Run is back for its eighth year! The run is open to any car, 25 years or older. NO EXCEPTIONS!

The date: Saturday, September 21, 2013 (rain date: September 28, 2013)

Deadline to register or request refund: September 16, 2013

The meeting place: The Cracker Barrel (21 Industrial Drive in Hamburg, PA - near the intersection of I-78 and Rt. 61)
Departure time: 10:00am (driver's meeting at 9:55am Please arrive by at least 9:45)

Join us for a scenic cruise to the quaint town of Jim Thorpe, PA. We'll enjoy a drive along some back roads in Berks, Schuylkill, and Carbon counties in Pennsylvania. Along the way, we'll have a couple stops for lunch, and a scenic overlook of Jim Thorpe before we roll into town for the climax of the drive. Lunch will be a BBQ at the farm my parents own along the route. It's a great place to stretch our legs and get some group shots of the cars. Lunch will be $7 per person and will include your choice of hamburgers, hot dogs, grilled chicken, chips, soda, water, and some of the best ice cream you've ever had for dessert!

For pictures from previous year's runs and additional Jim Thorpe, click here.

Registration forms can be downloaded here. All registration forms must be received by September 16, 2013. Money is also refundable until September 16, 2013. After that time, I will have already begun spending that money to buy supplies.

If you've never been to Jim Thorpe, you are in for a treat. It is a small town originally built up around the coal industry, and famous for it's gravity railroad that, at one time (way back when), made it the second largest tourist destination in the country, behind Niagara Falls! After a decline, the town has been reborn once again as a tourist destination, offering quaint shops, restaurants, and B&B's. Tour the Packer Mansion - the house that inspired the haunted house in Disney World. Or make a weekend of it and enjoy some of the biking or whitewater rafting that draw thousands to the town each year. Like trains? Take one of the scenic train rides that leave from town at numerous times during the day.

Directions to the Cracker Barrel for those coming via I-78:
- I-78 to exit 29 for Rt. 61 N toward Pottsville
- Right at light onto Jetson Dr
- Bear right after the gas station (on your right) and follow that road to the Cracker Barrel

What you need to bring:
1. Two way radio - to receive instructions/information or ask for help if your car decides to be tempermental!
2. Full tank of gas (you can top off near the starting point)
3. $5 for parking in Jim Thorpe. Sometimes they charge, sometimes they don't, but be prepared.
4. Spare parts, oil, coolant, whatever other fluids may leak out of your car, tools, a sense of humor, and some patience. Hopefully nobody will have any problems but it helps to be prepared.

Long distance travellers:
For those who'd like to drive out the night before, there is a hotel just up the road from the Cracker Barrel:

Microtel Inn & Suites
(610) 562-4234
50 Industrial Dr
Hamburg, PA 19526

I suggest making reservations at least a couple weeks in advance. The Microtel is the ONLY hotel in the area and it fills up with people looking to head across the highway to Cabelas.

If you have any questions, feel free to PM me or post in this thread. Hope to see you in September!

'79 Spitfire "Baldrick"

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frandrum Frank D
Warminster, PA, USA   USA

My son Frank and I would like to join the rally on Saturday but we missed the registration. We did the run with the group about five years ago.

Can we be at Cracker Barrel on Saturday with the registration form and fee? We aren't fussy about the food availability.

Frank Drummond
72 Spit

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Jerseygirl Robyn R
Plainsboro, NJ, USA   USA
I've been watching the weather forecast all week and it seems today, that all the sites are now calling for showers/thunderstorms either in the afternoon or all day now, so I'm going to postpone this run to the rain date on 9/28.

Frank, if you can make it next weekend, please mail in your registration or PM me with what you'd like for lunch. I shop for food based on registrations received. If I start having multiple people show up the day of the run, I may not have enough food for everyone and then it becomes a headache trying to make sure the people who registered in advance get to eat before the people who show up on the day. I keep the cost of this event down by not buying a lot of extra food.

'79 Spitfire "Baldrick"

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frandrum Frank D
Warminster, PA, USA   USA
I'll send in the registration for 9/28. Thanks Robyn.

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Slimbob Bob R
Telford, PA, USA   USA
Hi All,
Now that it's October 22, does anyone from the Jim Thorpe Rally have pictures to post? Maybe the pics are in a different thread.

I'm new to the forum and a wanna be Triumph owner. I live in S.E. Pa.

I'm partial to Spitfires, GT6's and TR6's. Probably can't afford the TR6.

Looking over this winter for a not too crazy project car.

Probably will be picking your brains for things to look for.

Sorry for my ignorance.

Let's see those PA cars!


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