Rally North America Presents: Drives Route 11

24 September 2017 – 27 September 2017
Winchester | Staunton | Pulaski | Alton

Please Note: Registration price includes double occupancy lodging and meals for two people and track time for one vehicle

Paul Newman ran several of his early races there in a Bob Sharp-prepared Datsun 510 sedan. He wished to be just another “racer” and did not want to be recognized at racing events as a “superstar”, so he and wife Joanne Woodward kept to themselves and eschewed signing autographs. Few realized they were racing in the company of famous actors. The only outward clue was the plate on his 510’s front bumper… “PLN”.

Over time the track was host to a number of professional races sanctioned by IMSA and the SCCA Trans-Am Series through the late 1980s.

Rally North America Drive Series participants will take to the track for two series of professionally lead 4 lap sessions,one series for each participant. We will discuss the agenda for the week and answer any question participants may have heading into the week.

Then it’s off to a reception dinner at the George’s Food & spirits the restaurant housed within the evening’s lodging The George Washington Hotel, A Wyndham Gran Hotel. This four-star property was built in 1924 by The American Hotel Corporation, as part of their “Colonial Chain” of hotels. Like many hotels of the era, the property was built in close proximity of a B&O Train Station and was constructed to provide lodging to railroad passengers. The property contains all the amenities of today, while capturing the historical elements which make it so unique.

  

Once there, participants will dine on their choice of MenuEntrées “Sunday Pot Roast” (which is Braised Beef Short Ribs slow cooked for 18 hours and served with a demi-glace); or Grilled Chicken with a wild mushroom sauce;Iced Tea, Ice Water, Starbucks Coffee, Hot Tea, Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls with Butter, Garden Salad, Entrée with mashed potatoes and chef’s choice of vegetable, and dessert.  Arrangements can be made for “special dietary requests and food allergies” including vegetarians and gluten-free requests. After the meal, the evening is yours to enjoy as you see fit, but please make sure you are up in time for breakfast as it will be served starting at 6:30 AM in the properties restaurant.  Your entry price covers the cost of both meals, taxes, and all gratuities associated with all meals.

We will be leaving from the hotel at the assigned time provided to you of either 8:30 or 8:45 AM.Your time will remain the consistent throughout the Drives event. The first leg of the driving tour will be on scenic Route 11 and Skyline Drive.

Route 11

A drive along Route 11 takes you back to an earlier, more innocent time when a long trip meant driving through small towns and cities right down “Main Street” in what used to be the business section. You can be assured mile after mile of dramatic and panoramic countryside views are still unspoiled. You will be driving along what used to be dirt roads that were used by horse and carriage. The dirt roads have been converted to pavement during early to middle 1900’s and then almost forgotten when Interstate 81 was built. Many of the structures you will pass by are some of the oldest in country. Route 11 and the roads that connect Skyline Drive to it offer the driving enthusiast wide lanes, banked curves, and elevation changes that will help keep your attention on the route during the trip.

 Skyline Drive

Skyline Drive is a road that runs the entire length of the National Park Service’s Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, generally along the ridge of the mountains. Skyline Drive is a two-lane road that has 75 breathtaking scenic overlooks providing views of the Shenandoah Valley to the west and the Piedmont to the east. The scenic drive is particularly popular in the fall for leaf peeping when the leaves are changing colors. Skyline Drive is designated a National Scenic Byway and a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Plans for the road date back to 1924 when a national park was planned in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and the main feature was to be a “sky-line drive” providing views of the surrounding land. The Civilian Conservation Corps played a large part in constructing Skyline Drive. Skyline Drive was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997, became a National Scenic Byway in 2005, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2008.

* Please note Drives is not responsible for any admission fees unless it is covered in this Itinerary
Those wanting to test their machine get their first chance with hot laps at Shenandoah Speedway! All that will limit you here is the mechanical limits of your car and common sense.  This half mile banked oval will leave even the most talented drivers wondering what happened to their brakes after roughly 5 laps so we ask that you limit your sessions to exactly 5 laps.You will be able to return for another lapping session on the track once everyone in your group has had a chance to take their lap session. If you still haven’t had enough you are welcome to return to the track again and again. Please consider that we still have places to see and your car will need to take you there.

After adrenaline filled laps we will proceed onto the scenic drive portion of our drive eventually arriving in Staunton VA at the historic Stonewall Jackson Hotel. The Hotel was designed by H.L. Stevens and it is considered an excellent example of the architect’s work in the Colonial Revival style. A working 1924 Wurlitzer organ, believed to be the only one of its kind, is in the mezzanine of the hotel. The organ has been precisely restored to its original condition and tone. The hotel’s neon sign was erected about 1950, and “has become a major downtown landmark”. The hotel completed a major restoration in 2005 and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Historic Hotels of America.

 

There we will have an arrival dinner consisting of your choice of either: London Broil Marinated Flank Steak, Grilled and thinly sliced Accented with Cabernet Mushroom Demi-glaceserved with Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes OR Chicken Breast Roma Seared Boneless Chicken Breast topped with Roma Tomato Relish, Provolone Cheese and Sweet Basil Cream Served over Herbed Buttered Fettuccini.  All selections include Stonewall Jackson Garden Salad or Caesar Salad, Seasonal Fresh Vegetables, Warm Rolls with Butter, Freshly Brewed Coffee Service and Iced Tea and a dessert to be served to all guests.

Breakfast will once again begin to be served in the restaurant at 6:30 AM. We will be departing the property for the scenic drive along Blue Ridge Parkway and continuing onto Route 11.

Blue Ridge Parkway 

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a National Parkway and All-American Road in the United States, noted for its scenic beauty. The parkway, which is America’s longest linear park, runs for 469 miles through Virginia and North Carolina counties, mostly along the Blue Ridge, a major mountain chain that is part of the Appalachian Mountains. Its southern terminus is on the boundary between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Cherokee Indian Reservation in North Carolina, from which it travels north to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and offers access to the Skyline Drive. While the two roads join end-to-end, they are separate and distinct entities, built as two different projects and managed by two different National Park Service units. The Blue Ridge Parkway was built to connect Shenandoah National Park to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

The parkway, while not a National Park, has been the most visited unit of the National Park System every year since 1946 except two (1949, 2013).

The group will eventually be making our way to Motor Mile Speedway’s 1/8-mile dragstrip. There you will be able to make as multiple passes as down the drag strip once again considering that your car still has places to take you. Grudge matches are encouraged so find someone to line up against let one of the organizers know your intentions and we can make that happen for you.

We then proceed to Al’s On First an acclaimed restaurant located in The Jackson Park Inn. Al’s On First is the #1 rated restaurants in Pulaski VA per Tripadvisor.com. Participant entrée choices for this evening are as follows: Sweet Tea Brined Pork Chop Plump and juicy premium bone-in pork chop brined overnight in sweet tea and spices, then grilled and glazed to perfection, topped with a hot corn relish and served with a side of creamy mashed potatoes Grilled Salmon Fresh salmon filet char-grilled and topped with a refreshing citrus butter sauce, grilled vegetable and garden rice pilaf or Shrimp & Grits Juicy jumbo shrimp glazed in our own Parkway Brewery Blonde BBQ sauce, over the creamiest smoked white cheddar grits, bacon & mushrooms and finished off with a citrus butter sauce and grilled scallions. All Entrees Served with a Choice of Caesar, House, or Wedge Salad.

Our lodging accommodations for the evening are located at The Jackson Park Inn.This is a truly unique hotel, converted in 2015 from a 1920’s grocery warehouse. As a historic preservation project, the renovation respected many of the building’s original features. Aged brick, exposed post and beam timbers, and wide plank wood floors are showcased throughout the hotel’s three floors.  Modern features and finishes added in the renovation only serve to highlight the building’s timeless structure.
 

Hot breakfast is served starting at 6:30 AM and at 8:30 AM it is go time once again.

On the third and final day, we depart from Route 11 and take a journey into Burkes Garden.

Burkes Garden

Known as “Vanderbilt’s First Choice,” “God’s Thumbprint,” and the “Garden Spot of the World,” beautiful Burke’s Garden is Virginia’s highest valley and Virginia’s largest rural historic district.  This bowl-shaped valley carved out of the top of a mountain offers the most breathtaking scenery this side of New Zealand, with verdant farmland, abundant wildlife, and rare bird watching, on the Appalachian Trail. There is only one way in and one way out so please stay with the group.

We then make our way unto the famed Route 16 or The Back of the Dragon from Tazewell into Marion.

Back of the Dragon

Thirty-two miles and over three hundred curves, the Back of the Dragon is one of the premier driving roads in the nation.This road offers some of the most spectacular views you can find in the Appalachians. Crossing three mountains during its course from Marion to Tazewell, Virginia, the “Back of the Dragon” offers up curves, switchbacks, limited access, and elevation changes that any driving enthusiast will appreciate for year to come.

From there it’s onto Route 58, into Martinsville VA and finally finishing at

Virginia International Raceway our final destination for the drive.

Once there we will immediately begin a 15-minute series of paced laps for all the cars on the 3.27 Mile Full Course. Those who wish to take 3 hot laps or at speed laps may do so at the completion of the paced lap session. These 3 laps will severely test your cars brakes so please allow for a cooling down on the last section of the track prior to pulling into the pits. We have the track for an hour and we should have more than enough time to get the entire group on the track for both paced and hot laps.

Afterwards is the final reception meal of event which takes place in the Pagoda at VIR. Entrees choices are as follows Blackened Salmon with Mango Chutney, Pecan Crusted Chicken Breast, or Pan-Seared Pork Loin with Dijon Glaze. This meal is a last time to share stories and contact information with the group and we suggest that participants take advantage of it.

 

VIR has offered to allow participants of our Drives Series events the opportunity to stay in the lodge an extra day at a reduced Rally North America only rate.Those that choose to do this can unwind at the Oak Tree Spa or if you still feel the need to drive at speed can take advantage of the VIR cart track.

The Oak Tree Spa is the perfect place to relax after a long day of play at VIR! Located at our luxury Villas at South Bend, our restorative spa offers facials, masques, peels, body scrubs, back treatments, wraps, stone treatments and a variety of massages. For more information or to make an appointment, call (434) 822-9714.

The VIR Kart Track is a state-of the-art 5/8 mile, 24-foot-wide paved circuit. Our karts run ungoverned Honda GX 270cc motors capable of speeds more than 50 mph, the fastest speeds you’ll find for go-karts anywhere.

The VIR Kart Track is open to the public from Noon to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. The track is also available by appointment in the evenings and on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information or to make an appointment outside of normal track operating hours contact the VIR Kart Track at (434) 822-7700 ext. 350 or karttrack@virnow.com.

The VIR Kart Track Driver Requirements

Must be 12 years of age or older

Must wear: Pants and long sleeve shirts are recommended but not required, a closed-faced helmet,

Safety neck collar, Closed-toed shoes, Neck collar, head sock and helmets may be borrowed from the VIR Kart Track at no additional cost.


Drives Registration is Easy! There are two payment options!

We are offering a 10% Discount until sold out.

Payment options:

1. Pay the full amount of $2290.00 (2061.00 with the 10% discount)

Please note: Registration price includes double occupancy lodging and meals for two people and track time for one vehicle

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