Haven't signed up for the M3 Board so will put this here:
This sounds like a great idea and I hope wherever it ends up, I get the chance to attend. I was looking tonight and couldn't find where the thread was about making it a KC or a St. Louis road trip since in the middle of the country (never mind, found it). A lot of people were complaining about boring so I guess the destination shifted even though these are very central locations.
Now I am obviously biased but there are a ton of great roads in NW Arkansas. We have the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains in our back yard and while not the Rockies, there are still some great roads with amazing scenery. We are also very close to the Geographic center of the US (that is why we have so many trucking firms around like JB Hunt). From a realistic standpoint, the biggest problem I see is where to put up a crowd of this proportion. It can be done, it just won't be easy.
Other problems - sorry, driving in from the west, no matter the state, there will be a minimum of 12 to 15 hours of plains. As many have said, boring. Can't argue at all. I have driven to Colorado several times and have learned to hate Kansas (the people are nice though). Oklahoma and Texas are the same. Once here though, I think everyone would love the roads, scenery and people.
Timing is also everything. You don't want to come here from cooler climes in July/August. The heat and humidity can be brutal. Late April and early May can be adventurous as far as weather but temps are mild. If it were up to me, mid/late September is an awesome time to be in this part of the country.
Finally, there is a fun, technical track 1 1/2 hours away from NW Arkansas (Hallet Raceway, just out of Tulsa, OK) where some serious driving could be done for those interested.
If you want to, share this info with the M3 Board. I would be more than happy to talk to anyone with questions.
Just so you know