GT37: Everything You Need to Know to Have a Blast in Dayton!

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After reading the GT-37 article in the last issue of MGA!, you may have found yourself Googling “Dayton, Ohio.” You made certain your calendar was clear for July 9-13, 2012.

After some research, you may have called and made reservations at the Dayton Marriott. Possibly you have even registered for the GT by mail or online. You’re currently making repairs, polishing your MGA or variant, and planning your drive to Dayton. You are looking forward to the GT when suddenly it hits you: “What am I going to do while I’m there?”

We’ve tried to plan a little something for every taste. In addition to all of the planned GT-37 activities such as the car show, funkhana, banquet, ladies’ tea, MG Olympics, and tech sessions, we’ve been busy planning a variety of self guided drives and have been looking for unique sightseeing options to recommend.

After Rally Master, Ron Parks, mapped out one of the covered bridge tours last spring, the MGCC Southwestern Ohio Centre decided to give it a try just to make sure that none of you will get lost in the process. Having driven this tour myself, I promise that you’ll have a blast. Six historic covered bridges are connected by scenic country roads, all located within neighboring Greene County. A few other highlights on this tour include historic Yellow Springs, home to Antioch University, an ice cream stop at Young’s Jersey Dairy, and a visit to the historic 1802 Clifton Mill. The second covered bridge tour features an unbelievable nine bridges. Seven are located in Preble County, five of which are still in daily use. For comparison, there are six covered bridges in the famed Madison County, Iowa and only one of those bridges is open to traffic! The most unique bridge on the Preble County tour is the Roberts Bridge, one of six remaining two-lane, double barreled bridges in the US.

A self-guided city sightseeing tour features National Aviation Heritage Area locations. The National Park Service operates many sites associated with Dayton’s aviation history. We created an informative, entertaining driving tour connecting the sites, including the Wright Cycle Company complex, the Huffman Prairie Flying Field, the Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, Hawthorn Hill, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Most of these sites offer free admission.

As you are probably aware, Dayton is the hometown of Orville and Wilbur Wright, the pioneers of powered flight. Their stately 1915 home, Hawthorne Hill, is listed on the Register of National Historic Landmarks. Many of the Wrights’ early wind and glider experiments were conducted locally at Huffman Prairie, an area within the boundaries of Wright-Patterson AFB.

The must-see site in Dayton is the National Museum of the Air Force located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum. The galleries are organized chronologically beginning with Early Flight and progressing through the WW II, Cold War, Post Cold War and Missile and Space eras. The museum also operates an IMAX theater with daily screenings of two exciting films. Free scooters are available for visitors with mobility issues that would limit their exploration of the seventeen acres of exhibits.

The Westcott House is approximately 30 miles from the Marriott in Springfield. This Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style house recently underwent a $5.3 million restoration. It is one of eleven Frank Lloyd Wright homes in Ohio and the only Prairie Style example. Tours are offered Wednesday through Saturday.

The Dayton Art Institute is housed in an Italian Renaissance-style building on a hillside overlooking the Great Miami River just north of downtown. It boasts a collection including works by notable masters such as Rubens, Degas, and Monet. The museum’s Oceanic, Asian, African, and American collections span 5,000 years of art history.

Outdoor sightseeing attractions include SunWatch Indian Village and Archaeological Park, a recreated Fort Ancient Native American Village located on the original site on the banks of the Great Miami River. Ancient Indian mounds and earthworks from the Ft. Ancient, Adena, and Hopewell Native American cultures are in abundance throughout the area.

The Lebanon Mason and Monroe Railroad operate scenic train rides through Warren County. The train departs from historic Lebanon, the site of Ohio’s oldest inn, The Golden Lamb, and a number of antique shops.

Five River Metroparks is the Dayton region’s public parks system, which operates nineteen facilities. The Second Street Market is housed in a renovated B&O Railroad Warehouse near downtown. Local produce, baked goods, lunches, and good people- watching are available at the market. A few blocks north from the market is Deeds Point, another Five Rivers park, offering a scenic view of the downtown skyline and a dazzling view of the Five Rivers Fountain. One of the largest fountains in the world, 2,500 gallons of water per minute sprays into the river with the central geyser reaching heights of 200 feet. Cox Arboretum is a 189-acre horticulture park located about seven miles from the hotel with woodland trails, several specialty gardens, and a native Ohio butterfly house. Eleven miles north of downtown is Five River’s Aullwood Gardens, a nationally recognized estate garden, set on a forested hillside overlooking the Stillwater River. Fast food outlets, fine dining, gas, Laundromats, and shopping are conveniently located near the host hotel.

Members of the Southwestern Ohio Centre MG Car Club have been working hard to prepare for GT-37. We hope that you are planning to join us in Dayton this July. Check the GT website for the most up to date information.  Click here to download the GT-37 Registration Form.

GT-37 Tentative Schedule of Events

Sunday, July 8

  • Early arrivals can attend the Dayton Air Show
  • Registration open Sunday afternoon for early arrivals

Monday, July 9

  • Registration, Vendors and Car Wash Open
  • Self-guided drives, tours and local sightseeing available
  • First Timer’s Reception
  • GT Orientation

Tuesday, July 10

  • Registration, Vendors and Car Wash Open
  • Self-guided drives, tours and local sightseeing
  • Ladies Victorian Afternoon Tea
  • Funkhana
  • Tech Sessions
  • Big Band Legends Concert and Swing Dancing

Wednesday, July 11

  • Car Show
  • Vendors and Car Wash Open
  • Tech Sessions
  • D&D Classic Restoration
  • Shop Tour
  • MG Olympics and BBQ Dinner

Thursday, July 12

  • Miami Vallye Rallye
  • Vendors and Car Wash Open
  • Chapter & Interest Group Contacts Meeting
  • Tech Sessions
  • Euroclcassics Car Collection Tour
  • Happy Hour, Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Friday, July 13

  • Farewells, Coffee and Danish
  • USAF Museum Restoration Shop Guided Tour

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Reader Comments (1)

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David Dawdy (Rolla, MO)
on July 9, 2012 5:14pm
My wife is working in Dayton and staying at the Dayton Marriott. We love your wonderful old cars! We are both very English, so even though I own a couple old Corvettes the MGA's are priceless. It looks like you have a great organization. The Museum of Transport in St Louis supports an annual English Auto gathering.

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