I-70 Convoy Information

Discussion topics related exclusively to our annual gathering in Carlisle PA on June 6-8, 2008.
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I-70 Convoy Information

Post by anglin » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:18 pm

Since Brad is just going to tease with his post on the Carlisle 2008 hotel thread ( http://forum.merkurclub.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10904 ) then I am going to be the first to post actual information.

There will be a party at my place Thursday night before Carlisle. We'll eat dinner and hang out in my front yard. If you want detailed information, join the I-70 Convoy Mailing List on yahoogroups.com (I don't like giving directions to my house on this open forum).

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/i70-convoy/

How about it, Brad? I beat you to the punch with actual information. (Of course, I get to cheat because we do almost exactly the same thing each year.)

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Post by EVIL_XR4 » Mon Jan 07, 2008 7:40 pm

I'm looking into getting time off work to attend...hopefully by then i've got some things sorted out on my car and it'll make the trip.

How many people do you expect to be meeting up? I assume we'll all cruise down together?

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Re: I-70 Convoy Information

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Mon Jan 07, 2008 9:47 pm

anglin wrote:How about it, Brad? I beat you to the punch with actual information.
For this transgression, I'll be required to beat you with a tire iron to get even. It's only fair... :twisted:
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Post by anglin » Tue Jan 08, 2008 10:06 am

EVIL_XR4 wrote:How many people do you expect to be meeting up? I assume we'll all cruise down together?
We typically get about a dozen cars or so at my place. We've had a lot more than that on bigger years, but it's always worth the trip up to my place Thursday night, even if you don't go to Carlisle.

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Post by deathbypsi » Wed Jan 09, 2008 5:53 pm

In Dayton you say? That aint too far from Toledo{which I can smell from my driveway}

Any newbie hazing?
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Wed Jan 09, 2008 9:30 pm

deathbypsi wrote:Any newbie hazing?
Well, it wouldn't really be newbie hazing if you were told in advance. :P
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Post by EVIL_XR4 » Wed Jan 09, 2008 10:04 pm

deathbypsi wrote:In Dayton you say? That aint too far from Toledo{which I can smell from my driveway}

Any newbie hazing?

It's cool....us noobs will band together :thumb

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Post by deathbypsi » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:36 am

Thats cool,but I aint to worried......6ft tall at 260lbs seems to keep most people in line :wink:

I am really lookin forward to this weekend!

Is this convoy a nice layed back group or will it turn into Cannonball 08? :twisted:
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Post by Colin » Thu Jan 10, 2008 11:18 am

My 6'4" 300lb self might have to get involved in your hazing. :lol:

Jerry keeps the convoy moving at a steady 65 mph pace. You can hang out near the back, where the accordion effect makes higher speeds possible. :)

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Post by EVIL_XR4 » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:00 pm

I've never been anywhere through PA, so how far of a drive is it? Are we talking about a straight shot, not stops, one tank of fuel?

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Post by anglin » Thu Jan 10, 2008 4:11 pm

EVIL_XR4 wrote:I've never been anywhere through PA, so how far of a drive is it? Are we talking about a straight shot, not stops, one tank of fuel?
The last leg of the convoy on Friday is about 415 miles. That's a fill up before you hit the road and one other en route unless your Merkur gets about 30 mpg. Of course you will have many opportunities to fill your tank on the way (just do it when you get off at the exit, not when everybody is waiting on you to get back on the highway). I think Jerry plans 3 or 4 fuel stops every year to compensate for knuckleheads who forget to fill up at a stop or those whose Merkurs get substantially-less-than-stock gas mileage.

Regarding the speed on the convoy, we do have CB radios which leads to "safer" areas for speed. On the return trip one year I used the CB radio to make sure I was "safe" to test the maximum speed that my CB antenna magnet would hold the antenna to the car. Most of the time we are doing about the speed limit.

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Post by merkurmaniac » Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:09 am

For this transgression, I'll be required to beat you with a tire iron to get even. It's only fair...
Brad, are we talking one of those stock XR lug wrenches, a cross type lug wrench, or perhaps a big ole' solid iron one from say... an 80's GM product. I am just trying to understand what Chris is in for....

I dare say that the stock XR tire iron ain't so formidable looking.
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:01 pm

merkurmaniac wrote:
For this transgression, I'll be required to beat you with a tire iron to get even. It's only fair...
Brad, are we talking one of those stock XR lug wrenches, a cross type lug wrench, or perhaps a big ole' solid iron one from say... an 80's GM product. I am just trying to understand what Chris is in for....

I dare say that the stock XR tire iron ain't so formidable looking.
Good point. I'd have to go with one of those long ones from a truck - they provide the best leverage. :P
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Post by anglin » Fri Feb 29, 2008 5:54 pm

merkurmaniac wrote:Brad, are we talking one of those stock XR lug wrenches
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I dare say that the stock XR tire iron ain't so formidable looking.
DPDISXR4Ti wrote:Good point. I'd have to go with one of those long ones from a truck - they provide the best leverage.
Thanks Richard.

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Post by topher_csr » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:01 pm

i just requested to join the group. i was really excited when i heard that we were stopping in indy at the track. i have been to the last two US Grand Pix, ( Formula One), and they took the race away this year so i have some extra money to play with that i would have used for the race but now it is for carlisle. i live in St. Louis so i will be able to start the convoy with you guys. is the convoy for just merkurs or could we let a SVO join us, its stock so most of us should be able to take him, if he wants to go, have'nt asked him yet. i am really stoked for the convoy and for carlisle, now when you said a lap around indy, is that in a bus or in our cars, because the day before all of the F1 stuff started in indy you could take your own car on the road course, i did not have my car or else i would have been all over that.
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