I agree with David, come to Springfield with or without your Manta. Probably give you a chance to talk with others who have more experience with the type. Also put out a call for parts you may need. Not sure how long a drive you are looking at. Try doing a couple of 200mi round trips this summer. If they work out, you may want to give it a try. Also maybe see if someone is close enough to caravan with you. Others have needed a little help before, and this is the kind of group that tends to step up to the plate.