GT-37 NAMGAR Takes Flight in Dayton - Register Now!!!

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The holidays are behind us and winter’s grip has taken hold here in Southwest Ohio, so it seems to be the “Wright” time to begin making plans for a mid-summer trip to Dayton, Ohio, the birthplace of aviation. A complement of GT activities are planned with additional unique events for those who choose to arrive early or stay late.

Register now for GT-37 July 9-13 - click here to download the Registration Form.  Full details of the event are provided in this article.

Dayton lies at the heart of the Miami Valley region of Ohio at the confluence of the Great Miami, Stillwater and Mad Rivers, near the junction of interstate highways I-75 and I-70. Dayton’s early growth resulted from the easy access by river, canals, railroads, and its proximity to the National Road. Easy transport of products to market prompted Dayton’s development as a manufacturing center. Products from the early days of manufacturing have both well known and long forgotten names – National Cash Register, Stoddard and Speedwell automobiles, Delco

Products, Huffy bicycles, and Frigidaire appliances. Prominent Daytonians include Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of powered flight; Charles Kettering, the inventor of the automobile self starter and high energy auto ignition system; and Ermal Fraze, the inventor of the pull-tab beverage can.

The host hotel is the Marriott of Dayton, located about one mile south of downtown Dayton near the University of Dayton campus. Amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool, fitness facilities, spacious parking, and numerous nearby dining options. The group rate is $119/night, king or two double beds. Make your reservation with the hotel directly either by calling 1-800-228- 9290 and give reservation code MGAN, or online using the group code MGAMGAA.

Before the GT begins on Monday, you have the opportunity to attend the Dayton Air Show, one of the premier air shows in the country. In addition to top national aerobatic performers, the United States Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration team will be the featured act. There will also be large static displays of Military and civilian aircraft. Aviation buffs should consider an early arrival to partake in aviation themed events surrounding air show weekend.

A limited number of rooms are available at the NAMGAR group rate for both Saturday and Sunday nights. Reserve early, as area hotels are sold out for air show weekend months in advance.

GT activities will officially kick off on Monday with the opening of registration and vendor displays. First time GT attendees should plan to attend the First Timer’s Reception Monday afternoon for an informal meet and greet with the NAMGAR Board and Staff. The GT Orientation will follow with a preview of GT events and sightseeing opportunities while enjoying our local award winning Milano’s pizza. The Hospitality Suite will close each evening in the Marriott’s spacious, balconied Paul Laurence Dunbar Suite. The Dunbar Suite will also be the location of the Thursday’s Chapter Contacts Meeting and Friday’s Farewell.

The Tuesday morning ‘Ladies Progressive Victorian Tea’ will feature courses at three of Dayton’s significant historic sites by costumed interpreters. Space on this special shuttle tour tea is extremely limited. So if this is your cup of tea, ensure your spot by registering early. For competitive participants, an aviation themed Funkhana is planned for Tuesday afternoon. A performance by the Tom Daugherty Orchestra will end the first full day with the original music of the big band legends and the chance to show off your jitterbug and lindy hop steps.

Wednesday’s car show will be held at Carillon Historical Park, possibly the most unique GT car show venue to date. Located just south of the host hotel, the park features 65 acres of buildings and exhibits showcasing Dayton’s transportation, manufacturing, and aviation history. Displays include items such as Stoddard Dayton, Speedwell and Maxwell automobiles, the original 1905 Wright Flyer III, automotive inventions of Daytonian, Charles

Kettering, and a vintage Sunoco gas station. Other artifacts tracing Dayton’s transportation history include bridges, a complete Miami- Erie canal lock, and opulent hand-crafted Dayton-built railcars. The signature landmark of the park is the 151 foot, 57 bell Deeds Carillon. Admission to the park the day of the car show is included in the GT registration fee. On the grounds of the park is Culp’s Café, which will have a la carte breakfast and lunch items available during the car show.

Wednesday afternoon, D&D Classic Automobile Restorations in Covington, Ohio, has extended an invitation for a small group to visit its shop. D&D has prepared several cars for the Pebble Beach Concours and other prestigious national level shows. They have offered to give us a first-hand look at how they do their magic. D&D’s Roger James will be the speaker at one of the week’s seven tech sessions, which include a Dayton Wire Wheel factory presentation on wire wheel construction and care, and ending with the incomparable John Twist on hand to present his educational Rolling Tech Session, Wednesday evening. In a nod to the 2012 London Olympics, we have created the 2012 MG Olympics featuring non-strenuous, but competitive team events. This will be followed by an award winning barbeque dinner served at the region’s most unique automotive venue, the Taj Ma Garaj. Thursday morning, Magnette owners are encouraged to attend the Magnette Enthusiasts Breakfast for an informative presentation and discussion session. The Miami Valley Rallye is scheduled following the breakfast. Rallye Master, Ron Parks, has assured us of a challenging and scenic drive through parts of southwest Ohio, although he will not disclose further details. Later that afternoon, we have planned a casual group tour to Euro Classics, a private exotic European auto collection, located three miles south of the hotel.

Happy Hour will precede the Thursday evening awards banquet in the Dayton Marriott ballroom. Menu choices include top sirloin with peppercorn demi-glaze, chicken breast with tarragon port wine sauce, sautéed tilapia with citrus butter sauce, and penne pasta veggie entrée with basil cream sauce.

The National Museum of the Air Force offers a Restoration Shop tour each Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. Online reservations open about three months prior to the date of the tour. Indicate interest when registering, and we will notify you when online reservations are available. U. S. citizens will need a photo ID. Foreign nationals will need a passport. Aircraft currently under restoration include two B-17s, the Memphis Belle, the Swoose, and the only XC-99 transport plane. A limited number of places on the tour are available for walk-ups the day of the tour.

Throughout the week, there are a myriad of do-it-yourself activities and on-your-own drives and tours for those wishing to explore the Dayton area. On-your-own driving tours include: two covered bridge tours, Greene County to the east of the city, and Preble County in the western part of the Miami Valley. An aviation trail driving tour has been created to connect the five National Park Service National Aviation Heritage Historical Park sites. For more information, go to the official GT website (link) attractions page for descriptions and links to over two dozen local activities and points of interest.

Dayton’s major point of national interest is the National Museum of the United States Air Force located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The world’s largest military aviation museum houses more than 400 historically significant aircraft and spacecraft on 17 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibition space. Displays include the Boeing 707 Air Force One that flew President Kennedy home from Dallas, the only surviving XB-70 supersonic bomber, and a Lockheed F-117A Nighthawk, better known as “The Stealth Fighter.” Admission to the museum is FREE and operates daily from nine to five. During your visit you can compete in our “GT-37 Air Force Museum Walking Rallye.”

America’s Packard Museum is dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, its products, and philosophies. It is housed in a restored downtown Packard Dealership located a few minutes from the host hotel. Also in the Dayton area is the British Museum of Transportation, an educational institution established to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of British built transportation vehicles utilized in the United States. The museum’s mission includes the collection and preservation of vehicles, parts, photographs, memorabilia, books, and articles that illustrate British modes of transportation.

Make your plans to join us in Dayton this July. The members of the Southwestern Ohio MGCC encourage you to regularly check the GT website for the most up to date information.

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Reader Comments (4)

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Allen H Bachelder (North Street, MI)
on February 26, 2012 6:18pm
I registered yesterday but made a mistake and cannot access my completed registration form to make corrections. How do I do this?

Many thanks!
Allen Bachelder
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Gerald T Foster (Owego, NY)
on March 16, 2012 7:50am
Just an FYI, I downloaded the registration form, but it took 5 or 6 attempts. The download kept stopping about halfway thru. It's not a very big file and I don't normally have this type of problem. Still, successful in the end!
Regards,
Gerry
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Gregory H Poffenbarger (Azle, TX)
on May 1, 2012 1:04pm
I'm a new Texan, moved here in February this year from upstate New York and I’m looking to caravan with fellow MGA enthusiasts that are driving their A's from Texas to the GT-37 NAMGAR in Dayton, Ohio this July. If it would be OK to tag along please send me an email. My email address is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thank you
Greg Poffenbarger
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Peter & Anne Tilbury (Surrey, BC Canada)
on May 1, 2012 4:02pm
Greg,
We would suggest that you join the NAMGAR Face Book Group - just click on the pale blue button on the right hand side of the NAMGAR home page, and post a request to join a Texan convoy on the NAMGAR Face Book page.
You will get a lot of responses then.
Thanks for visiting the NAMGAR web site, and we look forward to meeting you in Dayton.
Peter and Anne.

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