Sunday, October 2, 2011

November Rally at VIR for Historic Races

By Mann Duff

Take a step back in time and watch cars from the 50s, 60s and 70s race on the tracks at VIR.  Join us November 4 - 6 for a Dogwood rally at the Virginia International Raceway in conjunction with the running of the Historic races. VIR is located between South Boston and Danville.

Camping: We will be dry camping on the grassy infield along the track. There are no designated "sites" and the place fills up quickly on a first come basis. The cost is $50 to dry camp for the weekend (Friday - Sunday).

Races run all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting at 8:00 am every morning . Everyone will need a ticket for the race each day you are there since we are camping within the actual raceway. You can set up your lawn chair along the track to view a race. A special 3 day ticket price of $20 has been negotiated. For those who have golf carts, bikes, four wheelers, etc, this may be a good place to use them. The track is over 3 miles around and part of the fun is seeing the activities from various vantage points.

Rally Fees: The rally fee will be determined later after we have a better idea of attendance and the wishes of the group. We may ask attendees to bring a side dish for dinners to simplify meal preparation. In addition to evening meals, we will definitely plan for happy hours and breakfasts.  Depending on attendee preferences, we may make reservations at the Oak Tree Tavern for for one of our evening meals.

To Register for the Rally:
1. Send an eMail ASAP but no later than October 15 with the heading “VIR Historic Races” to to commit to attend. Your pro rata share of costs will be due at the event. Payment by check is preferred.

2. Purchase and print your race tickets directly from
VIR by clicking here. Toward the bottom of the page under best available, enter the number of tickets desired and enter the promo code GCMD11 to receive the discounted price of $20 for the 3 day pass. The promo code is good through October 31. Click on Find Tickets, give them some payment information etc. You know the routine. The weekend camping pass is $50.00 and is payable at the gate.

We will communicate between now and then to work out the details. As things are firmed up, we’ll update this article. Contact Mann or Carolyn Duff (your rally hosts) if you have any questions.

Attendees (as of 10/8):
Mann & Carolyn Duff, Bobby & Barbara Dyke, Butch & Liz Jones, Donald & Carol Warthan

Schedule (as of 10/31):
Friday dinner:  BBQ pork (complements of Misty Mountain rally), everyone bring a side dish
Saturday breakfast provided by the Duffs:  eggs, sausage, biscuits
Saturday dinner:  Oak Tree Tavern
There will be no rally fees collected since everything is provided by attendees.