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With a new year, comes a new Manx Club event.........Manx In The Middle, scheduled for September 8 - 11, 2016!  This will be the first time that a Manx Club event has been held in the middle of the U.S., so the name fits!  We are hoping that this will evolve into an annual event and give our nationwide members more access to our great buggy community.

Collinsville, Illinois is only a few miles away from St. Louis, Missouri.  There are many amenities in the area of the host hotel (restaurants, gas stations, shopping, Wal Mart, Home Depot, auto parts, etc), and easy access to the interstate.

The host hotel will be:
DoubleTree Hotel Collinsville/St. LouisClick on this link to make your reservations.  There is ample parking for cars, trucks, buggies and trailers.  This was the hotel that the Shuffle to Buffalo crew used, so ask them about it.  We can tell you that it is a first class facility and we have used it as a base for other events in the past. 
DoubleTree Hotel Collinsville/St Louis
1000 Eastport Plaza Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234
Rate - $109.00 per night (before tax)
Reservations by phone: 866-235-4657 (Reference "Manx Club")
Reservations must be made by August 17th, 2016
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 are going to be a couple of cruises headed this way, so there are 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!!
Information updated August 19, 2016
Tentative Schedule (please check back for updates)
All times are Central Daylight Time (CDT)
Please also check out this year's Manx In The Middle on Facebook
Thursday night (September 8, 2016):
     5:00pm - 10:00pm - Meet and Greet - St Clair Room of the DoubleTree Hotel

Friday (September 9, 2016):
     9:00am - Loud and Quiet Pipe Contest - parking lot at DoubleTree Hotel
     11:00am - Photo opportunity at Malcolm Martin Memorial Park across from the Gateway Arch
     Afternoon will be free to explore the area (Budweiser, Arch, Forest Park, Ted Drewes, etc)
     6:00pm - 9:00pm - Die Cast Racing - VW or buggy 1:64th scale
          St Clair Room of the DoubleTree Hotel
     9:00pm (approximately) "Light the Night" Evening Cruise - Illuminate your colored lights for a
          cruise to Bobby's Custard & Ice Cream Shop

Saturday (September 10, 2016):
     9:00am -11:00am - Show and Shine - DoubleTree Hotel parking lot
     12:00 Noon - 4:00pm - Cruise to Grafton, IL along IL-100 and the Mississippi River
     7:00pm - 11:30pm - Awards, silent auctions, shenanigans, thank yous!
          Madison Ballroom, DoubleTree Hotel

Sunday morning (September 11, 2016):
     Goodbye Breakfast (groups can get together where they desire)
Host Hotel
DoubleTree by Hilton
Collinsville, Illinois
Contact Information
Email (Preferred Option) manxinthemiddle@gmail.com
Tim & Barb Byrnes 618-304-8869
Rebecca Powers 585-749-8916
Discussion on the upcoming 2016 Manx In The Middle can also be found on the Manx Club Forum and on TheSamba.com Kit Car / Fiberglass Buggy Forum
Buggies To The Middle
Check out caravan informatlon from Teays Valley, West Virginia to Collinsville, Illinois,
and back to Teays Valley, West Virginia on the Manx Club Forum

or contact Joe Wheeler at joescoolcustoms@suddenlink.net
West Coast to No Coast, buggy drive to MITM
Check out caravan infomation from California to Collinsville, Illinois,
and back to California on the Manx Club Forum

or contact Mike Dario at manxvair@sbcglobal.net
Feb 24, 2016 - Webpage created for the 2016 Manx In The Middle
February 29, 2016 - updated text, added tentative schedule, added host hotel information
March 5, 2016 - updated text to include Buggies To The Middle caravan information
March 20, 2016 - sponsors added
March 27, 2016 - updated text to include West Coast to No Coast caravan information
July 1, 2016 - links to Registration Form and Posters added, schedule updated, sponsor added
July 5, 2016 - link added to event t-shirt design rendering
July 8, 2016 - sponsors added
July 9, 2016 - Hot Wheels Racing rules added
July 10, 2016 - link added to Google Maps/Directions option for various venues that appear on the schedule
July 13, 2016 - sponsors added
August 19, 2016 - Show 'N  Shine trophy categories posted
See above link for the Hot Wheels Racing Rules
Registration Form and Posters (links below)
(Pre-registration option must by postmarked by August 12, 2016
Registration Form
Poster #1
Poster #2
T-shirt Design
Hot Wheels
Racing Rules
Hot Tip! Save this link to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop for easy access to on-the-go directions to the various venues listed under the Schedule of Events
Show 'N Shine