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|Just wondering---- is there going to be "a gathering of sidecars at Americade this year ?? Really enjoyed it when it was held at that campground,as an informal get together--kick tires- bs. about hacks etc." Us NY. upstate hill Williams "don't get much sidecar events tossed at us. Most "events" seem to be waaaay west- south or on the left coast. It would be real nice to be able to go to something that was within a hundred miles or so. Used to really enjoy Claude"s Ron-de-Voo. That was a nice laid back event. Sorry to see that it came to an end. In our area seeing another sidecar rig is like spotting a do-do bird --ain't likely. Be nice to hobnob with some fellow hackers, just for a change. Guess that's enough p&m ing. Life goes on. HD Hank |
Location: Bethlehem, PA
|Hi Hank, |
Louise and I will not be doing the Informal Gathering of Sidecars at Americade this year and probably not in the future. We really enjoyed doing the event and appreciated everyone’s support, but after twelve years straight we felt it was time to support some other events in the area.
Below is listed some other events in the north east, and these groups would be happy to see you attend if you can work it into your schedule and the travel distance is within your comfort zone.
Thanks again for supporting Louise and I all those years, and I hope to see you at an event soon.
Louise & Bruce Stephens
June 20 – 22, 2014 – 5th Annual Festival of Sidecars at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. Hosted by the Sidecar Racers Association (SRA) in conjunction with the Loudon Classic. LRRS/CSS
Sidecar Racing Team Information:
Teams will be allowed to get into the track Thursday June 19th after 4:00pm. Race entry fees and gate and infield passes are FREE to all Sidecar team drivers and passengers only. Sidecar teams pay $25.00 for weekend infield camping complete with power and water hookups. Sidecar Team "Crew Members" and "Affiliates" pay $10.00 per day or $20.00 for the weekend for infield access and an additional $25.00 for weekend infield camping with water and power hook ups. This is an invitation for all Sidecar teams from any club. If you have a rig, show up and you get 3 days of FREE RACING (team drivers and passengers). We break the Sidecars into 2 classes modern (F-I, F-II, & P-3) and vintage (P-I & P-II) and each class gets a practice and a race on each day (Fri., Sat. & Sun.) Trophies are provided by NHMS for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place champions in both modern and vintage classes on "one" of the three days of racing. (Usually the day of the Loudon Classic). For more information contact www.nhms.com or contact Jim Laura at 603-227-9700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Sidecar Racing Teams, Crew Members and Affiliates must contact Jim Laura 30 days prior to the event to register and be put on the "Gate List" for entry to the event. (Jim Laura 603-496-6021 or email at: email@example.com, please title emails: "2014 Festival of Sidecars."
Spectators pay a $25 “gate fee” for the weekend that gets you into the grandstands. If you would like to get into the infield (pits), there is an additional charge of $25 for a weekend “infield Pass”. Spectators pay $25.00 for weekend camping "outside" of the infield. Street Sidecar club members will be allowed to camp (tent or RV) among the race teams in the infield for $25 per site for the weekend with electric and water, however, you must inform the track which sidecar club you are affiliated with when applying for your camping space. Street Sidecar club members are considered “affiliates” and gate and infield (pits) fees are as stated above for “Affiliates”. If there are any problems with trying to camp among the sidecar race teams, inform the track that this arrangement has been made between James Laura and Tommy Blanchette. There are RV dump facilities available. Bathrooms and showers are close by. There are no restrictions on children attending. Dogs have to be kept on a leash at all times and you have to pick up after them.
There is a café in the infield that has sandwiches, burgers, dogs, ice, etc. There are several good places to eat nearby. There are motel/hotel accommodations on Rt. 106 near the track, but you’re advised to make reservations early. More accommodations are available in Concord, about 20 minutes away, see www.nhms.com for a listing.
A parade lap for spectators with sidecars is scheduled for Saturday at lunch time. A fee of $15 per person will be charged, and you must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this activity.
This race weekend will also feature the U.S. Legend Cars International, which are powered by motorcycle engines, as well as motard (dirt bike) events on both a small mini-oval and the full road course.
The Loudon Classic motorcycle/sidecar races are run in conjunction with the Laconia Motorcycle Week event, so there will be other motorcycle activities in the area as you go north towards the town of Laconia.
August 15 - 17, 2014 Northeast-3-Wheelers Laid Back Vermont Campout. Bald Mountain Campground in Townshend, Vermont. Call Butch Cross at 413-519-0015 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Campground 802-365-7510.
September 26 - 28, 2014 - New England Moto Guzzi Club Rally with guest club The Northeast-3-Wheelers. To be held at Camp Stanica, Rt. 181, Palmer (Bondsville) MA. Pre-registration before Sept. 1st is $45.00, after the 1st, is $50.00. Children ages 6-12, $20.00. Five years and under are free. Rally includes; 2 nights of camping, Friday night stew, Saturday and Sunday morning breakfast, and Saturday night dinner. There is plenty of room for RV's at no additional cost. They must be self -contained. Cabins with bunks are available on a first come basis for an extra charge. Day fees are welcome with an option to purchase meals. The Northeast -3-Wheelers will be hosting a Saturday lunch for its members which will also be available to non-members for a small donation. All motorcycles are welcome. For more information and directions, please call Butch Cross at 413 - 519-0015, Donna Griggs at 860 -749-3393, cell 413-531-1586, or Dale Cochran NE-3-W at 413-596-8295.
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