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Smile “Give Back Tour” - FL Keys 1/25-27, 2013


As a followup to the "teaser" at OTD . . .

“Give Back Tour”
small car Enthusiast Cruise from Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa, FL
to Old 7-Mile Bridge in Knight’s Key, FL
during the 101st Year Celebration!

Share this with a Friend. Spread the word now on your social media channels! Anyone who owns a small car (smart, Mini Cooper, Fiat or iQ) is invited to join us on our Weekend Parade from Bridge to Bridge—or join us along the way—as we drive together into a magnificent sunset in the Keys for a worthy cause!

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Friday, January 25, 2013 our “Give Back Tour” will begin its rally in Tampa, FL to support one of the most recognizable and worth charities in the Florida Keys, “Friends of Old Seven,” a 501(c) 3 non-profit volunteer grass roots organization responsible for the ongoing maintenance and restoration of the Old Seven Mile Bridge.

Sunset on Saturday, January 26th, the caravan of smarts will conclude its rally at Knight’s Key, joining Friends of Old Seven during their 101 Year Celebration of the Old Seven Mile Bridge. Five Mercedes-Benz dealerships have agreed to participate and engage with the small car enthusiasts along the route: Tampa, Clearwater, Sarasota, Naples and Cutler Bay. Each participant, vendor and potential sponsor involved with our Tour will be encouraged to donate to Friends of Old Seven: https://friendsofoldseven.org/

"Give Back Tour" for Friends of the Old Seven, The Video
http://bbemaildelivery.com/bbext/?p=...40660A31134C83

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https://www.facebook.com/groups/GiveBackTour/

Note; this is a work in progress with organizers hard at work on the schedule and supporting events.

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This sounds like fun.

And it's on my birthday.

Has anyone contacted Amtrak about a discount for smarts on their Autotrain (DC - Orlando) both in general and specifically for this event?
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That sounds like fun! I wonder if I can make it? Seems like it's a little out of my way though.
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Has anyone contacted Amtrak about a discount for smarts on their Autotrain (DC - Orlando) both in general and specifically for this event?
AMTRAKs Auto Train service makes the 900 mile trip from Lorton, VA (Washington, DC) to Sanford, FL (Orlando) in about 17.5 hours.

The trip for a party of 2 will cost you $489 OW including meals and Reserved Coach seating. While there are three categories of vehicles, there is no smart sized category discount. Discounts are available only to large groups who pay as one group.

Auto Train linky: http://www.amtrak.com/auto-train

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That sounds like fun! I wonder if I can make it? Seems like it's a little out of my way though.
Krusty - Better pack a lunch.

I really hope we can make it.
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AMTRAKs Auto Train service makes the 900 mile trip from Lorton, VA (Washington, DC) to Sanford, FL (Orlando) in about 17.5 hours.

The trip for a party of 2 will cost you $489 OW including meals and Reserved Coach seating. While there are three categories of vehicles, there is no smart sized category discount. Discounts are available only to large groups who pay as one group.
WHAT??? No half price for half a a car??:eek:
It does sound like a fun trip, id go in half with someone on the train to take up this one.
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Preliminary events schedule
  • Friday, January 25, 2013 3pm: Give Back Tour departs from Tampa’s Sunshine Skyway Bridge, caravans south to Mercedes-Benz and smart Center of Naples.
  • Participants stay at local hotel(s) – TBD at discounted rates.
  • Saturday morning, January 26, 2013 9am: Tour departs Naples, cruises east across Alligator Alley to MB Cutler Bay, where lunch and entertainment will be served.
  • Saturday at 2pm, Tour departs MB Cutler Bay, caravans south to Knight’s Key and stages at the base of Seven Mile Bridge.
  • Sunset aerial video and photos of cars on Seven Mile Bridge, Saturday night.
  • Tour concludes at the Old Seven Mile Bridge.
  • Participants will be offered discounted hotel rooms in or near Knight’s Key.
  • Friends of Old Seven is planning a special event to celebrate their 101 Year Anniversary on Saturday and Sunday, January 26 and 27, 2013.
  • More details to follow!

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I called Amtrak and got the following info.

NO - smart sized option
NO - discounts for smart cars
NO - you can't take 2 smart cars for the price of a full size
NO - they don't do group discounts on the Auto Train (only on regular passenger trains)

So, it looks like I am going to be driving down for this event
(although now that it is open to mini, IQ, and others not sure if I want to associate with them?)
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Why wouldn't you want to "associate" with them? Why not show them how much better our cars are, and how much more of a community we are then Mini, Fiat, IQ owners etc...
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NEW stuff . . .


New promo video:

GBT website: Give Back Tour 2013

Additional "stuff":

The Give Back Tour, a charity drive, is now open to any small car... smart, Mini Cooper, Fiat and iQ.

Registration cost to defray event cost (includes event sticker) is $10 and payable by PayPal.

As the focus of this event is to preserve and "support" Old Seven, participants are being encouraged to donate 10 cents a mile for the 357 event or $36 (or for the "bean counters" out there - $35.70).

Friday night hotels will be the Fairfield Inn & Suites, Naples, FL (239) 530-3355 or Spring Hill Suites, Naples, FL (239) 352-2234. Group Rate Code for either hotel: Give Back Tour.

Saturday night hotels in Marathon, FL remain a work in progress.

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