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Midwest Summer Smart Rally
June 12-14, 2009

For anyone in the Midwest, USA, Canada, or anywhere else is invited to attend the 1st Annual Midwest Smart Car Rally. All ages are welcome, as well as all smart models are welcome! Bring the whole family (Including the smart) for a fun filled weekend at the Wisconsin Dells!

Please print off this guide for the rally:
Midwest Rally "Smart" Guide

Friday June 12th:
Arrive into Wisconsin Dells & Check into Hotel/Motel Room
6:00:
Meet n’ Greet at Timber Falls/Pedro's Mexican Restaurant Parking Lot
7:00pm: Eat at Paul Bunyan's Restaurant

Saturday June 13th:

7-10am: Breakfast Choice* (See Below)
10:30am: Drive to Devils Lake State Park
11:30am: Arrive at White Pine Shelter, have Lunch (Bring your Own), Q&A with Smart USA President Dave Schembri & Prize Giveaway!
2:00pm: Driving Tour around the Dells Region
**3:30pm: On your own. (Water Park, Casino....etc)
***6:30pm: Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater (Movie starts at Dusk)

Sunday June 14th:
Check out of Hotel/Motel
8:00am: Breakfast Choice
10:30am: Depart for Home


*Breakfast Choices:
Howie’s Restaurant, Country Kitchen, Mr. Pancake, Paul Bunyan Restaurant

Driving route from the park back to the dells:
from:S Lake Rd to:State Rd 188/WI-188 to:Water St/WI-78 to:US-12/Wisconsin Dells Pkwy S - Google Maps

**Activities to do @ the Dells:
Attractions, historic sites, parks and recreation, nature centers, festivals and museums in Wisconsin Dells and Sauk County.

***Drive In movie has concessions available. Spaces will be reserved for us.

--Wisconsin Dells Map:
Google Maps


Driving times to Wis. Dells


  • From Minneapolis----3.5 hrs
  • From Milwaukee, WI---2 hrs
  • From Des Moines----5.25 hrs
  • From Indianapolis----6 hrs
  • From Duluth, MN-----5 hrs
  • From Chicago, IL-----3 hrs
  • From Kansas City, MO--8 hrs
  • From Souix Falls-----5 hrs
  • From Colombus, OH---9 hrs
  • From Memphis, TN----10.75 hrs
  • From Atlanta, GA-----14 hrs
  • From Portland, OR ----- 1 day, 4 hours
Activity Fees & Prices

  • Devils Lake State Park: (PER CAR) $10
  • Group Wis. Ducks Tour: $17.25 Adult / $7.50 (6-17yrs)
  • Big Sky Drive In: $8 per person, 5 and under FREE!
  • Casino, Hotels & Restaurants: Variable Prices
Please PM me if your interested in coming!
 

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I arranged a suprise party for the wife's 50th birthday. She was totally unaware until she walked in. Now she doesn't believe me about this Summer rally. She wants to know where, when, how many people are going to be there etc. I told her it looks like about 6-12 cars so far...OK, that didn't help...I find it hilarious that she thinks I'm making this up.

My oldest son (24) wants to go too but.... sorry, no back seat....
 

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I arranged a suprise party for the wife's 50th birthday. She was totally unaware until she walked in. Now she doesn't believe me about this Summer rally. She wants to know where, when, how many people are going to be there etc. I told her it looks like about 6-12 cars so far...OK, that didn't help...I find it hilarious that she thinks I'm making this up.

My oldest son (24) wants to go too but.... sorry, no back seat....
Still time for your Son to get his own Smart:)
 

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I know a couple good places to stay that is pretty scenic. I've been to both places and they're pretty good.

Baker's Sunset Bay. - Went here for Labor Day 08' - personal favorite - http://www.sunsetbayresort.com/

-hotel room or cabin
-nightly bonfires
-on Lake Delton (what's left of it)
-beach (swimming, ball games etc.)
-indoor/outdoor pool
-laundry room
-VERY close to downtown dells.
-GOOD PRICES! Some with amusement park packages!

Wilderness Lodge - Went here 4 years ago - http://www.wildernessresort.com/

-HUGE indoor/outdoor waterparks
-arcades
-hotel room or condo
-Prices vary
-Close to Downtown Dells (almost next to Sunset Bay)
-Golf!
-go to site for more info

A MUST SEE ATTRACTION FOR WAVE POOL LOVERS!!

Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park (used to be called Big Chief)- been here Labor Day 08' http://www.mtolympuspark.com/index.htm

-Poseidon's Rage (THEY SHOOT A 9FT TALL WAVE RIGHT AT YOU!!!:) )
http://www.mtolympuspark.com/outdoor_water/index.htm
-Go-Karts (smaller than your Smart)
-Hades Rollercoaster (Tall, fast, bumpy, fun)
 

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I have added a list of hotels to possible stay at. Sorry for the delay. To find more info and images of them just do a simple google search. :D
 

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Driving times to Wis. Dells

* From Minneapolis----3.5 hrs
* From Des Moines----5.25 hrs
* From Indianapolis----6 hrs
* From Duluth, MN-----5 hrs
* From Chicago, IL-----3 hrs
* From Kansas City, MO--8 hrs
* From Souix Falls-----5 hrs
* From Portland, OR ----- 1 day, 4 hours
Hey, you left the Ohio folks out! Seriously, this is looking good - thanks Jeff. :cool:
 

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Sorry jw, I added an Ohio location, as well a few more locations. As it approaches, I am considering having this be a national event.
 

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I am considering having this be a national event.
If I see convoys of smarts going down the Interstate I'll know where they're headed.

Wisconsin doesn't know what's about to happen, this might make headline news! :)
 

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Hope it does make the news. It's about time they had some good news on there. We should get someone to video/photograph the event. I'd love to have a video of a long line of Smarts going down the main drag and me being in the group!!
 

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Hey, I'm ready to lead the convoy from the north west coast. That's ~2000 miles, plenty of time to pick up more smarts all along the way. My current rough draft plan is to leave Portland on or about June 6th and meander my way east. I don't have a lot of meandering experience, but willing to try! :cool:
 

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Compaird to the # Harleys that come to the state every year it may not phase the cheese heads here. But all the FIB's (Friendly Illinois Buddies:rolleyes:) you will be sharing the road with comming from the south is another thing.

Carefull they don't plow you over on the way. I guess their is safety in Numbers
 

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Looking at room reservations, I'm not too familiar with the area as it has been about 20 years since I've been to the Dells. Is there any plans to stay at or near any place in particular? Bakers Sunset Bay looks nice, Might have to check it out for a future family reunion.
 

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Hey, I'm ready to lead the convoy from the north west coast. That's ~2000 miles, plenty of time to pick up more smarts all along the way. My current rough draft plan is to leave Portland on or about June 6th and meander my way east. I don't have a lot of meandering experience, but willing to try! :cool:

You could borrow Duner's nav unit? :D

Seriously though, the Google times are for Superman driving straight through, or maybe putting the smart on rails so you can cruise on auto-pilot.

Would I love to go? SURE.

Realistically, this would be a minimum of nine days for me. That would require driving 10 hours a day for three days each way including a minimum of pit stops.

Paired with my business calender, this event is unfortunately a no-go. But I'm keeping my eyes open for events that will fit my calendar. :)

:cheers:
Timo
 

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Maybe everyone coming from east of eden err .........I mean Chicago:rolleyes: could make a stop at Old Orchard on 94 and we could all go up at together?
 
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