Archive for June, 2013

Road America joint Rally, Elkhart, WI, Sept.6-8th

Sunday, June 16th, 2013


Seven Northern Illinois couples attended. The Wisconsin Unit had nine couples. The races were good and there were over 100 sports cars participating. Some of the cars included: retired Formula One cars, Indi cars from the 30’s, prewar MG’s, Corvettes, Cobras, Porsches, and many Triumphs. They really raced these cars. Unlike most races, the track and paddock were not crowded, so we got to see things up close and talk to the owners, drivers and mechanics. We did get a little wet while touring the paddock, but the races continued in the rain. The rain caused one minor accident. There were two excellent, well attended, car shows in town with cars and motorcycles from as early as 1910 and late as 2014 models.

Joint Rally with Lincolnland- Pontiac, IL Aug 30 – Sept 2nd

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Four trailers from Lincolnland, one trailer from Iowa, and Bob and Anita Koch, from Northern Illinois, attended the rally.

Monte Barksdale led caravans to: the Kilgas Family farmstead in Fairbury, Bernandis, and Baby Bulls Restaurants in Pontiac. The Eliotts served wonderful Mountain Man/Farmer Breakfasts.

Pontiac has been renovated, with a multitude of beautiful murals painted on the sides of buildings, and is outstandingly clean. There was the typical fair and well-attended parade. Thanks to Monte Barksdale for organizing the rally. Bob & Anita Koch

Starved Rock S. P. Rally – Aug. 16 -18th, Utica, IL

Monday, June 10th, 2013

starved rock

We had excellent weather. Thirteen couples camped for the weekend.  The Baulings drove in for Saturday afternoon.  New members, Peter and Judy Schwarz brought their new 2013 Interstate and the Gardners brought their new 2013  22 ft. Sport.  The Dixons make pancakes and sausage for Saturday breakfast.  Everyone chipped in for the Chuck Wagon pot luck dinner Friday.  Many of us climbed the stairs and hiked the trail up the 125 foot high Starved Rock to view of the Illinois River Valley, created when the last glacier retreated 10,000 years ago.  Saturday, some of us ate at the historic rustic Starved Rock Lodge, built by the CCC in the 30’s, and stayed for the music on the Veranda, overlooking the valley. President MacFarland was unable to attend due to car problems.

NIU Rally July 19 -21 at Goyke’s Farm in Goodland, Indiana

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The rally was hosted by Joan and Ron Goyke at their 3 acre “oasis” in Goodland, Indiana. Six couples attended: Newton County Pun’kin Vine Fair, Newton County Fair, Fair Oaks Dairy Adventure, Railroad Museum, and the Lafayette Zoo. In Lafayette,  Chinese Buffet and an Irish Pub have delicious food.  Dry camping at Goyke’s was free.

Region 5 June 2013 Newsletter now posted at:

International Rally at Huron, SD -June 26 to July 4th

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Four Northern Illinois couples attended. Hal Withey carried the Northern Illinois flag and was our representative at the Delegates’ Meeting. Once again the club members, through their delegates, rejected the IBT proposed  amendment to allow Thor (non-Airstream)  Motorhomes in the club.   The weather cooperated and the entertainment was good.  Total attendance was 384.

Here is the link to the Region 5 May Newsletter