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post #21 of 62 Old 22nd October 2012, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Yellowstone and Grand Tetons Epic drive and meet 2013

First item: I have gotten some flak from people on the different forms for putting this on as well as asking people to only post if they were going or at least seriously interested. I am not being paid to do this nor am I asking for money. I am doing this because I love to drive and seem to be one of the few people out in the community willing to take on such a headache. All I ask is if you are going to post on this thread, please be serious about attending. Just posting to say "say not for me" or "to far" makes the thread long and does not add value. Thank you.

Second item: There is no way I can please everyone for this event and nor am I trying to do so. I have done my best to make an event that balances the areas I felt were important.
  1. Being able to see the sights you have not seen as well as take your ride on a drive you normally would never do.
  2. Being able to drive the car in a fun manner at some points to “stretch its legs”.
  3. Make a successful event that we can have move across North America to see the sights.


Dates of the event

June 24-28 – for meet and group activities. If you include driving to base camp it would be June 22nd – June 30th possibly depending on location you are starting from.

Base camp will be West Yellowstone. There is plenty of lodging, parking and activities for a hopefully big group. I will be working on group rates at the first of the year for everyone.
  • June 24th, 2013 - Yellowstone park North loop
  • June 25th, 2013 – Yellowstone park South Loop
  • June 26th, 2013 – Beartooth Pass drive. (This will be the drive day and will make for some great roads. This will be a LONG day, as we will cover some miles)
  • June 27th, 2013 – Leave West Yellowstone and travel to Jackson WY
    - Explore Grand Tetons during the day on the way to Jackson WY
  • June 28th, 2013 – Explore Grand Tetons


In an effort to help facilitate getting people in touch with each other to arrange caravans, I have made a form that I will use to populate a Google document. I am the only one who will see this as a FYI.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...eW9RcFlhQUE6MQ

What will we be doing there?

We are in the oldest national park in the world so we will be seeing the sights and doing some walking around. In addition, a few others and I are trying to arrange some group photo shots at the parks attractions. I have included one day for just pure driving for those who are interested.

What will this cost me to go?

You will be responsible for fuel, lodging, food, park fees and anything else you might want to do. The only fee that is 100% for sure is the $25 for a 7 day pass which allows you to see both Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

If I get enough people interested, I could have some removable decals made to be placed on the side of the car to be like we are on a rally event. If you want me to look into these costs, let me know on the form above.

This sounds LAME!

I know some of you have posted you hated Yellowstone and would just do the Grand Teton or you just want to hall *** around all day seeing what your car can do. Sorry this is not the place to do that. The best explanation I can say why this is not lame is because you are going on a ROAD TRIP, which to me has always been a reason to go to places. This also is a continental wide event that hopefully will be the first of many more to come. Therefore, if you still think this is a lame idea then I wish you a safe summer in your adventures.

Currently I have four cars from Sacramento area 100% going. In addition, I know of a few in Montana that will be attending. This means we have about eight cars ranging from BMW, Audi, Ferrari and Lotus already attending.

If you wish to email me directly my email is [email protected]. Please make sure to let me know you are asking about Yellowstone as I organize many drives for the NorCal enthusiasts.

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post #22 of 62 Old 6th November 2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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If you said Yosemite/east side of the Sierra's I'd be in. Have fun!

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If you said Yosemite/east side of the Sierra's I'd be in. Have fun!
Was just there a few weeks ago. What's stopping you from going to Yellowstone?

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So I had a member on one of the forums about this event offer to make decals. Below is a sample of the decals that would be available for the drive.

Not sure if we will do pick your number or assign a number. So far most people seem to want a decal number.

If you plan on attending even please make sure to fill out the Google form so i can start getting a better idea of numbers when i call the hotels towards the beginning of the year.







Please feel free to email you regional Euro car clubs to see if more people would be interested. I plan on inviting the CA Euro car marks that I know of.

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Looks like fun, wish I could go

Unfortunately not an option for me this year. Took the family out there end of August and definately worth the trip if you haven't gone before. Basing out of West Yellowstone is a good idea as you have more lodging options. If you are not a camper your options inside the park are pretty limited and they do tend to fill up quickly so if you are going, start looking at reservations now (if you want a bed inside the park - I believe most are 24-48hr cancelation so doesn't hurt to get rooms now). A couple ideas from my trip you might like:

- Big Sky Resort - about 1 hr from West Yellowstone on Rt 191, which runs from Bozeman down the west side of the park. A number of decent hotel and condo options there. We stayed at the Summit our last night before flying out since we had been camping for 8 days and wanted something nice the last night - would definately stay there again.
- Bucks T-4 restaurant in Big Sky was where we ate last night, red deer and bison filet were both great.
- Potential photo op places: Mt Washburn - both lower & upper parking lots offer pretty good backdrops to line up the cars. The upper lot was pretty cool, but you have 1 mile of gravel road to cross which might not work. Also there are lots of overlooks in the Hayden and Lamar valleys - late afternoon sunlight was just about perfect and you may be lucky enough to see wolves (we didn't see but could hear them one night in Canyon). The lower geyser and norris areas also have a number of places you could line up and get some of the steam in the background. Old Faithful might be cool if they let you line up the cars on the front side (facing the geysers).

Definately agree that Yellowstone isn't exactly the place to exercise the Ms. We found a lot clueless dolts driving rented RVs who would drift over center lines - some poor guy in a newer 750i got t-boned by one of these on top of the continental divide when we were there. Don't get me wrong, still fun roads to drive, just be on your toes and don't push too much. Rt 191 outside the park was pretty fun (granted we were in das boat rented SUV) and Montana posts 70mph on their two lanes so you can definately get some good blasts out of your system.

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Planning to attend. Won't need lodging. Definitely NOT interested in sticking anything like that on the car... maybe a small one (5 0r 6"?) on the back door window
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Here is another possible idea for a decal.



These are to be the friction type decal so you can remove it once done. These are optional if people want to do them. Let me know which one you like.

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