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If I remember correctly some folks from Iowa mentioned hosting the next Midwest Rally when we were in Red Wing last year. Any updates? :)
 

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I'd propose two locations:

• Wisconsin Dells (if it ain't broke, don't fix it).

• Gurnee, IL.*



In regards to Gurnee:

• Six Flags theme park.
• Shopping mall.
• Many hotels.
• Drag racing 15 mins north.
• Stunning Lake Michigan beach 20 mins east in a state park (perfect for a large group). The beach also has its own resort.
• Campgrounds 20 mins both east/west. The east side ones are on Lake Michigan.
• Milwaukee 40 mins north.
• Chicago 40 mins to the south.
• smart center 30 mins to the south.
• Would be a local event for me so I could help plan.

In terms of driving roads, I'd have to do some researching...
 

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It was decided a few years back to move the rally around a bit to make it easier for people to get to. Which is how it got to Red Wing. This year, the rally was skipped as we wanted to promote the National Event in Colorado (same as the Kansas City event years back)

During the Red Wing rally, a few member offered to host the event in Iowa, which I thought was a great idea! I believe they had an area picked out that had a lot of local features similar to the Dells.

Had to search my notes but I found it...
Planning is already underway for the 2014 Midwest Rally at the Amana Colonies in east central Iowa. I will provide more info later.

from GOT_MPG
 

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Iowa has some nice spots, I have hosted a few there before and have a few good areas for places to drive and picnic. If its in the Dells and someone needs help hosting it in wither Iowa/WI let me know as I have some good ideas for Midwest Rally 3.
 

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As you may recall, the first rally spot was decided on by drawing a line across opposite corners of the 'Midwest' region and they crossed close to the Dells.After a few years, the decision was made to move to another location. Since I lived in Red Wing, it was easier for me to set it up here. It was then planned on moving it to Iowa by some of our Iowa members for 2014 (we skipped 2013 so it wouldn't compete with the national event) Hopefully they are working on the event plans soon as it does take time to set everything up.

If we don't hear anything soon, maybe it will be moved to another location?? time will tell. I would be glad to assist in the planning, etc but it is much easier if it is hosted by someone who either knows the area or lives close by. I have not heard anything yet.
 

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As you may recall, the first rally spot was decided on by drawing a line across opposite corners of the 'Midwest' region and they crossed close to the Dells.
Actually, it wasn't that scientific. I had it there because there were lots of cheap and nice hotels (Indian Trails Motel), many things to do...and a drive in movie; all within 10 miles of each other. The Dells is a "Can't Go Wrong" place to host an event.
 

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The map in question....



Not very scientific either, just a couple of arbitrary lines that look about right. Iowa seems to fit the bill.
 

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Yup, now go from the northwest corner to the southeast corner. then from the northeast corner to the southwest corner. It hits right around the west side of Wisconsin. We then figured the Dells had the hotels and other attractions if we had a large turnout (which we did)

Iowa does look good with your lines drawn that way tho...


But like you said, not scientific, just a good guess. Maybe we need a dart board/map
 

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FWIW, (if Iowa doesn't work out) I'd prefer somewhere a little more "mid" in the Midwest - central Illinois, St. Louis as examples. :)
St. Louis is a great place for a car event as we have some great curvy "mountain" type roads. You would think that we would not have that type of roads...but we do! Wineries, recreation, and many attractions... a lot of them are free. I was so impressed with the "pavilion" at the Dragon that I am contacting motels and hotels in the area to see if any of them have something like that.

An inexpensive laid back event with great curvy roads to tour, an easy fun rallye, a small car show, a few car games, and some serious "pavilion time" sounds like a good two or three day event.

What is the best time of the year to avoid conflicts with other smart events like OTD?

Just looking into it...no promises.
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I loivein central Illinois, so here would be great, lol. But I could do pretty much any of the neighboring States. The mountains and the east coast require a lot more planning with my schedule than something in the Midwest, so I'd be up for it anywhere within 3-5 hours drive of me.
 
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