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Hey everyone, I'm starting this thread to give everyone a heads up that we are organizing another St.Louis caravan to the Denver Nationals. I am currently waiting on some important information and waiting to hear back from Jamie Winston who is the GM at the Creve Coeur Smart center to see if they're going to get involved at all and if they can do anything for us this year.

To be honest, with the Nationals being farther west this year in Denver, I am not going to expect the same turnout we had last time which should be a little easier for us to manage. I will of course throw out the invitation to all those up north, down south, and east of St.Louis that want to join in, you are all welcome.

I have already procured us a group rate at the La Quinta where most of us stayed last time for the caravan to Kansas City and I have just received the details and I have posted it below for everyone so they can reserve your room ahead of time. There are only 30 rooms being held at a rate of $59.00 +tax and will be good for the night of the 8th of July (when probably most us will be coming in) and also the 9th for those wanting to drive out early on the 10th. The rate is guaranteed until June 17th, 21 days before the 8th of July. After June 17th, La Quinta will release any remaining rooms in our group block and return those unreserved rooms back to hotel inventory for sale to the general public, so call early if you know for sure you're coming in. Remember, we are close to the 4th of July, so plan ahead!!!

It is obliviously not required for anyone to stay at the La Quinta as you can freely choose to stay wherever you desire if you have some other personal preference in hotels. I chose the La Quinta because it is clean and quiet with easy highway access and right down the road from the smart center in Creve Coeur (plus they allow pets). There is a grocery store, car wash, numerous restaurants, a pharmacy, tire center (hopefully no one will need this), casinos and entertainment, and more within a 5-10 minute drive. I am currently looking into contacting several local restaurants to see if they have any group discounts or at least be able to accommodate a larger group. If not, there's the always reliable Denny's, which is right across the street from the hotel, that we can walk to for breakfast if everyone is interested. The general manager, Dan, has already told me there is no issue with accommodating our group, thanks Dan :bigthumbup:.

The tentative plan is for us to leave out on the 9th of July by noon. This way we can be in KC before rush hour to stop for those who want to top off their car and stretch their legs, and then head out for a few more hours to Salina, Kansas for an overnight stay. At this time, those who wish to continue straight through to Denver may do so if they desire (I personally hate driving more than 8 hours in a day). In the morning, we all can grab some breakfast and leave about 10 am and make the final drive to Denver which is roughly about 6-6.5 hours. I am looking in to group rates in Salina as we speak and I will update you when I hear something back.

Again, this just a tentative and and may have minor changes as we get closer to the event. I am open to any suggestions or any ideas that may make this run smoother, so don't hesitate to step up and speak your mind.

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Hey everyone, if you are going to travel with the caravan, please provide me:


  1. Names of who's attending
  2. Contact numbers
  3. E-mail Address
  4. Which hotels you are staying at (St.Louis, Salina, or both)
  5. Year and model (Pure, Passion, Brabus, etc...) of your car

I have started the list of attendees, so keep me updated on your reservations. I will also post a link to this thread over on smart USA insider for those who do not visit SCOA.


***UPDATE***

St.Louis, MO.

La Quinta Inns and Suites
12330 Dorsett Rd.
Maryland Heights, MO. 63043
(314)-878-1212


  • Each guest will be responsible for making their own reservations. Please direct call 1-866-527-1498 no later than 6/17/2013. Please use the group confirmation code of 4001GRECLT
  • After 6/17/2013, La Quinta will release any remaining rooms in our group block and return those unreserved rooms back to hotel inventory for sale to the general public.
  • Each individual guest will be responsible for all charges incurred, including room rate, taxes, and any incidental charges incurred
24 of 30 rooms available

Salina, KS.

Days Inn
407 West Diamond Dr.
Salina,. KS. 67401
785-823-9791


  • Each guest will be responsible for making their own reservations. Please direct call 785-823-9791 no later than 7/1/2013 by 4:00 pm. Just mention the group name Smart Car Nationals.
  • After 7/1/2013, Days Inn will release any remaining rooms in our group block and return those unreserved rooms back to hotel inventory for sale to the general public.
  • Each individual guest will be responsible for all charges incurred, including room rate, taxes, and any incidental charges incurred
23 of 29 rooms available.

Confirmed Hotel Reservations:


1. Scott Merritt/Patty Meeks (mer071898/sharkdog1986)-St.Louis/Salina
2. Ken Storms (CVA59)-Salina
3. John Sheehan (jwight)-St.Louis/Salina
4. Barry and Linda Prosser (bpsmart)-St.Louis/Salina
5. Steve and Cindy Kueker (chumly)-Salina
6. Nancy Paul (outaboutsc)


Caravan


1. Scott Merritt/Patty Meeks (mer071898/sharkdog1986)
2. Ken Storms (CVA59)
3. John Sheehan (jwight)
4. Barry and Linda Prosser (bpsmart)
5. Steve and Cindy Kueker (chumly)
6. Nancy Paul (outaboutsc)
7. Mike Keenoy (DrKillerBee)


Keep those names coming!!!!

 

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Its none of my business. Just a suggestion. Why are you staying so far south in Lenexa. That 20-25 minutes south, of I-70, west. There are plenty of hotels, along I-70, and I-435 at The Legends. Its 10 hours from KC to Denver. Everyone stayed, at the Crowne Plaza. for the last National event. Not the La Quinta, in Lenexa.
 

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Its none of my business. Just a suggestion. Why are you staying so far south in Lenexa. That 20-25 minutes south, of I-70, west. There are plenty of hotels, along I-70, and I-435 at The Legends. Its 10 hours from KC to Denver. Everyone stayed, at the Crowne Plaza. for the last National event. Not the La Quinta, in Lenexa.
I don't know where you got Lenexa, I mentioned Salina, which is right on I-70, 6-6.5 hours away from Denver and you don't have to fight any KC traffic in the morning. A 10 hour drive is a lot for most people. I'm trying to make the two drives about the same time in length. The La Quinta is where we are staying in St.Louis the night before the caravan, not in KC.
 

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...oh please ...post them here....so people can see that it does not have an eraser on the other end....

jetfuel....:D
 

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Stopping in Salina is a good idea - KC to Denver is too long a drive for one go, IMHO. :)

PS - good to see you are able to make it to the Nationals after all - is sharkdog coming along?
Yes, both of us are coming. We're only bringing the one car though.

My mistake, sorry. Have naked photos of Jetfuel. Gets me confused, looking at them.
Man I would be confused too...and blind...and deaf...and lose my will to eat regular food.

Jet, are you and Barney going to swing down and drive with us?
 

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Yeah, I remember. I think jetfuel might have to bow out on this one, especially if "Frankensmart" makes his appearance.
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....I don't worry about Frankie...I'll pull ahead while he's pumping baby formula for him to drink...about every 90 miles...

Jetfuel...he's a thirsty little monster...
 

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....I don't worry about Frankie...I'll pull ahead while he's pumping baby formula for him to drink...about every 90 miles...

Jetfuel...he's a thirsty little monster...
You'll just have to be our designated spotters for traffic updates and maneuver us around that wonderful never ending KC construction :D.
 

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Days Inn in Salina will give us $63.71 +tax for the night of the 9th. Decent reviews, looks like a clean place, indoor pool and hot tub :rofl:, internet, and more. Being so close to the 4th of July, this is the only hotel I found that has close to enough rooms (29) to block out that won't cost us an arm and a leg.

I have added the hotel info on post #1. The good news is you'll have until July 1st til 4:00 pm to reserve a room. Again, please e-mail me once you know you are joining us in St.Louis, if you have made your reservations, and where you are staying.
 

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Thanks for getting all this organized - it's gonna be fun! See you in Denver! :)
No problem, trying to help out as much as possible to make this a fun trip. ColoradoWiki is also going to email all the registered participants east of Kansas for me so they are aware of the caravan, thanks go out to him because I know he is busy.
 

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Hey everyone, if you are going to travel with the caravan, please provide me:


  1. Names of who's attending
  2. Contact numbers
  3. E-mail Address
  4. Which hotels you are staying at (St.Louis, Salina, or both)
  5. Year and model (Pure, Passion, Brabus, etc...) of your car
 

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No. 2 added, thanks Ken! Come on everyone, I know there are more people than this that already know they're hitching a ride with the caravan? Jetfuel? Barney O? .......???
 
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