Santa Fe 500
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Santa Fe 500 Road Tour is alive and well, this will be our 5th Annual Road Tour. This announcement on our web site is to inform and open applications for the 2017 Road Tour.
We have included photos from last year's tour, and as well as this year's hotel info, driver waiver signature form, and application information form. We are asking each of you for pertinent information, like driver/co-driver names, swag shirt sizes, type and year car, email addresses/cell phone numbers, all in an effort to make this year's event flow easily and so we all get to know each other.
Applications will be sent to Bob Hall, at 1964 Thomas Avenue, Santa Fe New Mexico, 87505 along with this year's per person fee of $225.00. Checks made out to Bob Hall.
After last year's 3-day tour to Angelfire and Capulin we asked our participants what they liked and disliked about that tour and prior year's events.
We learned that most participants preferred a single hub hotel, so we may stay together as a group, and adequately large venues for various meals. We also understood that most participants would stay on for a third day of touring, so we have added one more (optional) day to our 2017 event. Most participants felt that last year's tour, with about 50 cars, was the best ever, so we are going to limit the tour to about that number.
So, this year, we are planning an extended 4-day x 3-night, all back road tour to the North into Colorado, and we scheduled the event a week earlier hoping that the high mountain passes will still be open so we may enjoy Fall color and clear roads.
We have made reservations at our hub hotel—The Hotel Telluride—and have booked special "Santa Fe 500" rates (with breakfast) for our 3-night stay. The Hotel Telluride has set aside 50 rooms for our group, and is very conveniently located on the beginning of Main St. Telluride Colorado.
Call (800) 916-4339 or link to thehoteltelluride.com. Ask for our Santa Fe 500 group rate when booking.
Spectacular day trips that will average 125 miles each way are planned to the West, and to the North, with arrangements made for a group lunch at both destinations. We plan a return trip Thursday back to Santa Fe on mostly new routes.
This year Bob and I have acquired event insurance that hopefully will protect us all should any of us misbehave with each other or oncoming vehicles. We like to think this is a very social event embracing the rules of the road and the beauty of the selected back roads. Enough said.
This year's event will begin at Santa Fe's Las Campanas Clubhouse, on Monday September 18th, @8:00 AM, where we may all park on the side (race car) lawn. We will enjoy breakfast provided by the Santa Fe 500, pick up and put on all our swag, then have a group photo with our cars. We will proceed North leaving at 9:15 to Colorado on well mapped back roads, carrying box lunches and turn-by-turn instructions.
As always, if you or your co-driver break down, get lost, get ticketed, need a bathroom, need to use your cell phone or get caught or captured, the rest of us will disavow any knowledge of your predicament and drive by and wave.
We have numerous participants signed up already, so please mark your calendars, reserve at the Hotel, send in your applications, waiver, and fees to Bob. Then, go out in the garage, adjust your clutch, check for cracked rims, top off the oil, wax, wax, wax your car, and get ready to start your engines.