2019 Route 66 Mother Road Fest, Springfield IL. Sept. 27-29
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    2019 Route 66 Mother Road Fest, Springfield IL. Sept. 27-29

    Time to start a thread on the 2019 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival.

    Where : Springfield IL, Downtown

    When : September 27- 29 2019

    Club Hotel : Route 66 Hotel & Convention Center
    625 E. Saint Joseph St.
    Springfield, IL. 62703
    Phone # 217-529-6626

    Room Rate : $75.00 Plus Tax U.S.D.
    Request room rate for Opel Motor Club....
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    Early Bird Registration

    Also be advised Early Bird registration for the event thru Family Events is $35.00 until January 31 2019. Regular price is & 45.00 preregister and $60.00 at the event.

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    All registered and ready

    It is actually $38.50 w/ the $3.50 processing fee.

    But, that is way better than $63.50 for on site registration.
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    registerd for springfield 2019

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawdust View Post
    waiting on hotel information
    Scroll up about 12 inches ...

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    Not showing up in forums

    Not sure what's up, this thread not showing up in the forums.

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    Now that most of the spring shows are behind us it is time to start thinking about the fall shows. Of course the "Nationals" will be in Charlotte this year and I would encourage folks to make it to that event if they can. The Route 66 Mother Road Fest is not on the same weekend this year, so maybe some of you can make it to both. In any case it is time to start making your plans and reservations. I will be stopping by the Route 66 Hotel soon to remind them of our room blockout. I am also going to ask for some feedback on what folks want to do about dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings. Also we need to have an idea about how many of you, if any, want to do the Friday evening "Cruise To Downtown". I am looking into wearable's from Greco Graphics if there is any real interest.

    Just a few things to think about and comment on.

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    Went by the Hotel Tuesday to check on things. As of that point in time we had two reservations listed to our block. One from near St. Louis and the second was just a name. If you have reserved a room and you are not sure if you are in our block check back with them.

    Also I would ask that someone who is active with the Opel Facebook groups pass along info posted here.

    Right now I am looking at having dinner Friday evening at a place called Motorheads a little south of the Hotel. Some of you were there last year, let's hear what you think of it.

    Saturday evening I am leaning toward a place called The Dew Pub & Grill. They have three locations in town and I am thinking about the one on Dirksen Parkway near the staging area for the Cruise Downtown.

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    I'm a notorious late register-er, but I plan to be there FRI & SAT (leaving SUN morning) for all activities (cruise, dinner(s)).
    The atmosphere at Motorheads is great.

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    Today is the 4th of July, I don't know about the rest of you but for me summer seems to fly by after this. Thought this would be a good time to remind folks to think about your Fall plans.
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    Been by Greco Graphics a few times in the last few weeks about shirts and such for this year. I am still looking at embroidered polo's. The guys have just finished up digitizing a 50th Anniversary Manta design much like what we did for the GT last year. It is a little early for the Manta but I wanted to get it set up. Dave has been trying to finish digitizing a design for the back of a coat and is almost there. The Question now is, does anybody want this stuff. Long term we may do a printed shirt in 2022 like we have done in the past.

    And as always I encourage anyone who plans to make the event to get registered and book your room, it is almost August.

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    Could one of the Moderators check to see why this event is not showing in the Upcoming events?

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    John.... Just checked and it's now showing up in the "upcoming events" section, at least on my computer!
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    Looking forward to the event John! Will bring the Silver Opel and the VW chase bus as usual! Haven't contacted the hotel yet but plan to hopefully this week. Also interested in the shirts again.
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    Glad to hear you can make it. You need to get those brothers of yours to put an Opel on the road. Did I see something on here about you working on a Manta?

    The shirts are very close. We changed the GT shirt some what, it will now have the build dates and GT above the Car and the words " Classic Opels " and the Blitz below. I am working to have the GT, Manta, and Kadett all done the same way. The Manta shirt will Have the dates 1970 and 2020 above with 50th anniversary below for now. The Coat back embroidery will feature all three and the words " Classic Opel Community ". Looking at a light weight coat with built in hood. Also plan to offer a Hat with Opel Blitz and the words " Classic Opels ". I am purposely trying to do Generic Designs so they will work for any event. I do plan to offer a sleeve design like last year for the Mother Road Event. To do this right will make for a complex web store from Greco. I am trying to get time with Mike at Greco to set this up soon enough to get product out prior to the fall events. Long term after this is all set up it can be offered anytime over the next few years. I hope there is enough interest to make this all worth the effort. The problem is Greco is telling me they may give up on the online store idea. That will make ordering a bit tougher to say the least.

    For those who would like a printed shirt like we used to do, I am kind of holding off on that until maybe 2022. That should be our turn to host the National's and the 20th Anniversary of our participation in the event.

    As before, I suggest if you can make the event, reserve your room and get pre-registered. Time is moving along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opeljohn View Post
    Scott
    Glad to hear you can make it. You need to get those brothers of yours to put an Opel on the road. Did I see something on here about you working on a Manta?
    Could be! Bought a Luxus. Have done a small amount of work on it to make it road worthy , brakes, Master cylinder, Fuel tank cleaning and coating, etc. Need to get exhaust on. It won't make it to the show this year. Too much to do. I need to patch the frame rail on the driver's side. Also, we bought a 1964 VW Single Cab truck that has been keeping me busy!



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    As before, I suggest if you can make the event, reserve your room and get pre-registered. Time is moving along.
    Room Reserved and we pre-registered in January!
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    It looks like you picked up a nice Manta. Guess you will have to get a Manta shirt now. We are not worried about overall condition here. Get it good enough to make the trip and put one of the Brothers in it.
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    Reserve motel room - check.
    Register car - check.
    Purchase beer - check.

    Looks like we're good to go!
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    I registered the GT for the show and plan to reserve a room tomorrow.

    My younger son lives in Madison WI now so he may drive down and join me. I'm sure we'll both join the group for dinner Sat. Fri. is TBD depending what time he arrives, but I'll probably have dinner with the group.

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    Nice to hear you and son can make it down. Not sure of your route, but you guys may be able to catch Mel on the way. Would be a good chance to check out some of the attractions on old RT. 66.

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