Willkommen - In German it means Welcome

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GT-40 will be the Michigan Chapter’s fourth time to host a national meet. As a result, many NAMGAR members already know about the state’s wonderful water supply. Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.

It has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska. Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes, more than 36,000 miles of streams, and 116 lighthouses and navigational lights. Those who attended GT-30 are familiar with the Mackinac Bridge, which is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, spanning five miles over the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet. We hope these facts will whet your appetite to enjoy our shoreline on the way to Frankenmuth.

Frankenmuth is in a region of Michigan that your MGAs will love; wide-open spaces. You will be leaving the heavy vehicle traffic, large scary trucks, and overheating issues due to traffic jams behind you. We are planning on comfortable June temperatures to make your top-down travel even more enjoyable. The dates are June 15 – 19, 2015.

Known as "Michigan's Little Bavaria," Frankenmuth is one of Michigan's most popular tourist destinations. The beauty of GT-40 is your host hotel, centered in the middle of a “small town” where there is lots to do and see within walking distance. This small, but bustling town, with wonderful atmosphere, is built almost entirely around a Bavarian theme. Frankenmuth has unique specialty shops, tasty restaurants, numerous festivals, and much more that attracts visitors throughout the year. Frankenmuth is the site of beer festivals, craft beer, cheese, and Bavarian style sweets. And, strange as it seems to mention Christmas in June, Frankenmuth has the world's largest Christmas store. It is the size of one and half football fields and is open year-round. Wait till you see the extravaganza of decorations and lights. Awesome.

Frankenmuth

We think you will truly love this town, from Bronners to Zehnders, and everything in between. Bring your MG and we will have it covered from A to Z. We will have more about the attractions in later issues of MGA!.

Your host hotel is the Bavarian Inn Lodge with German-themed guest rooms and suites. Your standard room rate is $115/night; with tax, plan on $128/night. Suites are $165/night plus tax. Other enticements like massages are available for an additional charge. There is an indoor water park with five swimming pools.

Bavarian Inn Lodge

There are two key auto attractions in the state we can highly recommend you visit on the way to or from Frankenmuth – the Ford/Greenfield museum and the Gilmore museum. Henry Ford / Greenfield Village museum is in Dearborn on the east side of Michigan. You cannot see it all in a day, but you can try. Step into a 200 acre time machine of America’s past. Trains, planes, automobiles,…there is an unparalleled collection of historical vehicles like Roosevelt's and JFK’s Presidential limos. There are authentic historic structures like Noah Webster’s home, where he wrote the first dictionary; Thomas Edison’s laboratory; and the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. You can ride in a genuine Model T or a train with a 19th-century steam engine. Three hundred years of history and 26 million artifacts in an eye-opening and mind-blowing collection started by Henry Ford himself awaits you.

Gilmore Car Museum

The west side of the state has the Gilmore Car Museum near the tiny town of Hickory Corners on a 90-acre site. You can easily spend a day seeing the on-site car museums for the Pierce-Arrow, Franklin, Model A Ford, Lincoln, Cadillac-LaSalle, and more in this amazing collection of over 300 vintage automobiles, motorcycles, and memories. Other auto museums of note in the state are Sloan in Flint, Chrysler in Auburn Hills, Reo in Lansing, Hudson in Ypsilanti, and Motorsports in Novi.

Start making your plans for a great GT. Check out the event website for the latest details.

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Last updated on November 25, 2014.