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Contact Information
Email (Preferred Option) manxinthemiddle@gmail.com
Tim & Barb Byrnes 618-304-8869
Rebecca Powers 585-749-8916
Tim Hillier 330-351-3499
Updated June 20, 2017 (Sat schedule has been modified)
Manx In The Middle
Collinsville, IL / St. Louis, MO
June 22 - 25, 2017

2017 Manx in the Middle on Facebook

March 4, 2017
- main artwork added to website
March 31, 2017 - tentative schedule, sponsors added
April 20, 2017 - confirmed schedule, Hot Wheels rules added
April 26, 2017 - sponsor added
April 30, 2017 - event flyer added, sponsor added
May 1, 2017 - PDF registration form added
May 5, 2017 - online registration form added
May 12, 2017 - forum link; WC to MITM
May 15, 2017 - sponsors added
June 5, 2017 - sponsors added, disclaimer added
June 12, 2017 - event schedule for Saturday modified/updated
June 15, 2017 - sponsor added
June 20, 2017 - sponsor added
Event Schedule (please check back for any needed updates)
All times are Central Daylight Time (CDT)
Thursday night (June 22, 2017):
     6:00pm - 9:00pm - Meet and Greet - Registration (DoubleTree Hotel/St.Clair Room)

Friday (June 23, 2017):
     9:00am - Driver's Meeting & Daily Raffle (DoubleTree Hotel/parking lot)
     10:00am - Cruise to Malcolm Martin Memorial Park for Arch photos and Gateway Guyser   
     3:00pm - Manx Club Official Meeting with Board of Directors (DoubleTree Hotel/St. Clair Room)
     6:00pm - Diecast Racing (DoubleTree Hotel/St. Clair Room)
     8:00pm -  "Light the Night" Evening Cruise - Illuminate your colored lights for a
          cruise to Bobby's Custard & Ice Cream Shop

Saturday (June 24, 2017):
     8:00am - All Day and into the Evening

Cruise starts towards Alton, Illinois, turning up picturesque IL-100 towards Grafton, IL. This particular part of the cruise follows directly along the banks of the Mighty Mississippi affording unparalleled vistas of the river and the bluffs that frame it. It is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable rides not only because of the views, but it is also a well maintained, 4-lane road, which allows the group to keep together and proceed at a leisurely pace.

Once we arrive in Grafton, which is the main winter nesting grounds for bald eagles, we will continue to follow IL 100 towards Pere Marquette State Park.  The group will then take in the wonderful flora and fauna that is the trademark of Pere Marquette State Park on a driving tour along the scenic drive where members will be able to get a "birds eye view" of the Mississippi from the top of the bluffs.

The Show N Shine will begin at Pere Marquette with the buggies on the lawn in front of the lodge (weather permitting). The public is encouraged to come and look at the buggies and talk with the members. Judging in different categories will also be done at this time by the membership on individual ballots.

Pere Marquette Lodge, located just north of Grafton, IL, will be our lunch destination. MITM has conscripted with the Lodge to provide members a sumptuous lunch with a great view of the grounds, the river, and the many varied buggies in attendance.

After the Show and Shine and lunch, we will cruise to the Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge. Members will be able to take pictures of their buggies with this historic Rt 66 icon but they will also be able to cross over the bridge, which has not seen public traffic for many years since it was turned into a National Monument. MITM has been able to secure safe passage across this historic bridge, making this a rare opportunity for all attending MITM! After the bridge event, we will make our way back to the host hotel (DoubleTree Hotel) via part of historic Rt 66!

Later that evening (6:30 pm estimated start time) we will wrap things up with an Awards Ceremony (DoubleTree Hotel/Clinton Room)where Bruce Meyers always regails us with many of his wonderful stories and a silent auction where members can bid on many wonderful treasures that have been donated by sponsors and individuals.

Sunday morning (June 25, 2017):
     6:00am - Group heading to Moab leaves  
     All Morning - Goodbye Breakfast (your choice of locations)
DoubleTree Hotel Collinsville/St Louis - Host Hotel
1000 Eastport Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234
Rate - $99.00 (plus tax)
Reservations by phone: 866-235-4657 (Reference "Manx Club")
Reservations must be made by June 2, 2017
Host Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton
Collinsville, Illinois
Event - Related Documents for Download:
(Registration Forms must be mailed by June 5, 2017)
Hot Wheels
Racing Rules
Schedule (updated)
See above link for the Hot Wheels Racing Rules
The diecast racing is like you did as a kid, with a Hot Wheels track.  We have a digital finish line and plenty of track.  Link to a pdf file of the Hot Wheels Racing Rules can be found above.

As a bonus, Bruce & Winnie Meyers have said that they will be attending.  What a great honor to have the Father of the Dune Buggy at our event!  We are truly happy to invite them both and look forward to their stories.

There is so much to see and do in St Louis, we just hope that everyone will mark their calendars and plan on attending.  There is going to be at least one group cruise headed this way, so there may be opportunities for
Long Haul Awards!

Also, we will need donations for raffle items, silent auction items and gift bags.  We will also need volunteers for raffle tickets, signups, etc.  If you would like to donate, have contacts that might like to donate, or would like to volunteer, feel free to email us at manxinthemiddle@gmail.com.

Important: This is a Manx Club event , so one will need to be a Manx Club member to attend.  Membership is only $30.00 per year and you get 4 great full color quarterly newsletters, a laminated membership card and discounts on parts and stuff from the Meyer Manx website.  One does NOT have to own a Meyers Manx buggy to be a member.  Not only all of that, but you can hang out and meet other crazy buggy people from all over the world.  To join and be a part of the fun, go to www.manxclub.com for the details and keep coming back here for more updates on Manx In The Middle!

For membership information, go here: http://www.manxclub.com/membership.htm

We all look forward to meeting everyone; see you in St Louie!!
Event Flyer
Special Guests Include:

Bruce & Winnie Meyers from Meyers Manx
Dean Kirsten from Dune Buggies and Hot VWs Magazine
Form - PDF
West Coast to Manx in the Middle (Dune Buggy Caravan)
Details on the Manx Club Forum
Disclaimer: “Manx Club members that attend Manx Club sponsored events are covered by the event insurance policy while they participate in specific planned and advertised event activities. If event attendees choose to go off on their own, either individually or in a group, and participate in an activity that is not part of the sanctioned event, they and the organizer(s) of that activity, do so at their own risk and assume full liability.”