About this event
Please come and join your fellow RSR members -- and maybe a few other folks -- on our 2022 Fall Color Tour. Here are the basics:
* Date: Sunday October 16th
* Start location: Chelsea Carpool Lot, 1629 S. Main Street, Chelsea, 48118; just north of I-94 at Exit 159
* Times: Gather 10:30am; team meeting 10:45am; first car off 11am
* Length: 62 miles and 75-90 minutes
* Ends at our lunch location, Cherry Creek Cellars, a quaint winery just west of Michigan International Speedway (MIS)
* Cost: FREE! You'll buy your own lunch if you wish to stay, nosh and chat. But, please stay tuned for pre-order process.
Please start with a full tank of fuel -- there's a Shell station (with a Dunkin) next to the lot and a Sunoco across the street. If you're hungry there's a McDonald's a ¼-mile north plus others. PLEASE plan your food and fuel to arrive at the lot ~10:30am.
I've borrowed a route book from one of my OG Team Viper coworkers, we'll call him Ken (because that's his name) and his initials are on the bottom of instruction pages -- credit where credit is due. He's been involved in the Press on Regardless (POR) Rally for 45 years as a driver, navigator and/or organizer, plus a few other Pro rallies like Michigan's Snow*Drift. Because of his ProRally experience y'all will experience a few new things like Tulip diagrams and Delta intersections. Details below and more at the team meeting.
Good news: there are NO dirt roads on this driving tour! There is about 80 feet of gravel to get into Cherry Creek Cellars parking lpt from US-12 -- go slowly. My Viper survived, so your Porsches will be fine!
It is strongly recommended to have two people in the car -- one to drive and one to navigate. No maximum limit so bring your family, friends, pets, et al. If you'll be solo you can always try following someone -- assuming they won't get lost! 'Shouldn't happen, but …. Or yourself a friend, neighbor, coworker or better yet a potential Rally Sport PCA member and bring them along.
What is a Tulip diagram? Borrowing from a UK website: "Tulip, or ball and arrow instructions, are simple diagrams of the route junctions with the ball indicating where you come from and the arrow indicating where you are going to." Here's the website where I plucked that quote:
Tulip diagrams explained
Here's a chunk of our Route Book with a few instructions to talk about:
YOU are the big, black dot at the bottom of each "stick figure," aka Tulip diagram.
* Instruction #9 is just a heads-up to show you'll pass Wildflower Road on your right at 4.54 miles form the start
* Instruction #10 is your first "Delta Tee" where you will bear or sweep to the Right where the roads form into a triangle or Delta.
* Instruction #13 is an early STOP sign where you'll STOP, wait for traffic to clear, and continue straight on Stofer Road (which becomes Hadley)
Got the idea? Note: This is not a TSD rally, so there's no need to worry about time lost crossing the many intersections you'll see along the way.
The end of the route is the Cherry Creek Cellars (CCC), a quaint winery in an old stone schoolhouse on US-12, just west of MIS. It's got inside and outside seating, with tents set up on the lower level next to the bar. What worked well with our Team Viper crew was to pre-order as much food as possible through me -- salads and cold sandwiches are best, but hot sandwiches will give CCC a heads up for what to have on-hand. They're reworking their menu to reflect Fall flavors, so I'll send that out via E-mail Blast to everybody registered when available. Example: I had their chicken salad on greens -- very good -- but also available on croissant or bread. I pre-ordered it with name "Charlie B." and it was waiting for me in the bar's 'frig. Picked that up with a beverage and then paid for it all. They had a good selection of wines, beers and hard ciders, plus soft drinks.
PLEASE hold off ordering anything until I get the fall menu and details from CCC's owner. Just indicate whether you're coming to lunch or not and I'll get details on pre-ordering food and wine/beer with an E-mail blast real soon!!
And to get home jump on US-12 and head east.
Electronic pre-registration through MotorsportReg (MSR) is REQUIRED! Here is a link to detailed instructions for those who are familiar with MSR and especially for those who are not:
Registrar and Tourmeister: Charlie Brown, III, firstname.lastname@example.org, 734.358.2393
If you missed it above electronic pre-registration through MotorsportReg (MSR) is REQUIRED! Here is a link to detailed registration instructions for those who are familiar with MSR and especially for those who are not:
* Color Tour Registration closes Thursday, 10/13 @ 11:59pm