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  1. rob lay

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    #2 rob lay, Sep 7, 2011
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    Wednesday 9/7/11 - Report #1
    Location: Southlake, Texas
    Miles Driven (since last report): 0
    Miles Driven (total): 0
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    Left Southlake at 9am after Mia started school at 8am. Only other DFW car going this year is John, so we're just running up to Eureka solo. In past we always left on Wednesday morning to stay in Mena, Arkansas Wednesday night, but since Crescent starts a day early we're just skipping that. Yee haw!
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    #3 rob lay, Sep 7, 2011
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    McAlster, Oklahoma's finest! tickets hardly ever tick me off, but this one was just wrong. In a pack of 5 cars, I guess mine was the only one with Texas plates and an Italian on top of it. He was also about 10 mph off on the speed, but I've never figured out how you can argue that. You just have to take it and get out of town. I did pierce his ear pulling away with the sweet symphony of 7,500 Italians rotating a minute.
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    having late lunch in Fayetteville and giving controls over to Jennie. we caught up with John on I-40 and kept with him until Fayetteville. he brought the 10 cylinder R8!
     
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    Rob; at anytime are you going to have all the cars availible for the general public viewing, downtown or somewhere, if so when might that be...I am in Fayetteville
    and I would like to drive over.
    Terry
     
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    Terry, I suggest you tour the Crescent Hotel parking lot any evening after 6pm or so. We should be back from the daily rallies by then. Today we should all be back to hotel parking lot by 4pm at latest.
     
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    #7 rob lay, Sep 8, 2011
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    Wednesday 9/7/11 - Report #2
    Location: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Miles Driven (since last report): 404
    Miles Driven (total): 404
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    The drive up was easy, nice cool clear weather. Checked into the haunted hotel and then wandered the parking lot full of eye candy until the Ferrari of Denver reception started. Thanks for the open bar and food, Ferrari of Denver. Tom Hnatiw from Dream Car Garage fame and Alain deCadenet were hanging out.
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    cool, looks like a great event as usual! I still can't believe I never made it down when I lived there :(

    who brought the Spyker?
     
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    Ferrari of Denver, car is available.
     
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    All cars are at the Queen Anne Mansion until about 4 and then back to hotel.
     
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    makes sense-I thought I saw a similar car in their showroom last month. didn't know if someone bought it, or if FoD decided to play show & tell.
     
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    #13 rob lay, Sep 8, 2011
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    Thursday 9/8/11 - Report #3
    Location: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Miles Driven (since last report): 6
    Miles Driven (total): 410
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    The first concours in Crescent history was awesome. John and Alicia Barnes from Cavallino Magazine ran the concours at the Queen Anne Mansion. Awesome grounds for a concours and the recently restored mansion is beyond description except amazing. We spent a couple hours downtown this afternoon and then reception and fine meal tonight with great stories told by Alain deCadenet.

    The hard driving will be on next two days!
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    Can someone tell me the schedule for Saterday, I would like to drive over and see the cars and meet the people.
    Thanks,
    Eric
     
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    Eric where are you coming from...I was going to drive over early and try to meet up with them at war eagle about 9;30, I think for the most part Sat is going to busy going from 1 spot to another eating and taking off again...if you want pm me and we might go over together, I know another guy who might like to travel in his 308
     
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    they switched Friday and Saturday plans, today we did the FerrariChat rally to War Eagle and then to Jasper. Tomorrow is the Northern Missouri route. Cars are all in parking lot this evening as we take a bus to dinner. Will be back tomorrow by 4pm or so too.
     
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    Friday 9/9/11 - Report #4
    Location: War Eagle, Arkansas
    Miles Driven (since last report): 28
    Miles Driven (total): 438
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    Jennie and I led out the FerrariChat Rally to War Eagle. Police escort through downtown and to city line, then the cars got hot. Nice pack behind with vette and bmw and Alain was right with us in a California he had never driven before. We were hitting it hard too, that guy can drive!
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    Friday 9/9/11 - Report #5
    Location: Jasper, Arkansas
    Miles Driven (since last report): 143
    Miles Driven (total): 581
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    Another great visit to Jasper, Arkansas. Down 23 to 16 and then highlight is last little "Lombard Street" type section before Jasper. The joke is some of the switchbacks you have to back up to make around the corner. :D Nice lunch in Jasper Ozark Cafe.

    No pics of this rally or lunch, but I had my in-car video going and hopefully it comes out for nice video next week.
     
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    Friday 9/9/11 - Report #6
    Location: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Miles Driven (since last report): 75
    Miles Driven (total): 656
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    Epic 250 miles today of technical-beautiful-fast driving. I loved it. Hmm, back to the hotel parking ending the rally. Maserati took the constructors championship with all these other fine cars around. :D;):D
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    Thanks for the heads up, Rob. We will try to catch you tomorrow afternoon in town or at the hotel. Sounds like great weather for a drive.
    Thanks,
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    #21 rob lay, Sep 10, 2011
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    Friday 9/9/11 - Report #7
    Location: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Miles Driven (since last report): 0
    Miles Driven (total): 656
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    We had busses take us over to the castle for our "Blazing Saddles" party. Had a new burlesque troop from Eureka there to entertain. I thought they were great, especially for a new group and I heard only one of the girls had prior experience. Really disappointed a single person restricted the groups full performance, not allowing them to display tassels. They basically would just take a jacket off and leave shirt on. Same person had them end show early because they were "bored". Jennie and I have attended several professional burlesque shows in Dallas area and it is a very fun and beautiful art form and the performers are artists. To have one person ruin the show for everyone else and be disrespectful is a travesty. I made sure to communicate almost everyone else appreciated their performance. It was very clear what the show was about on the Crescent website, Crescent emails, and in our booklet when we arrived.

    We ended on a good note dancing until the last bus arrived. We then hit downtown Eureka Springs sharing drinks and stories with Alain until bars closed at 2 AM.
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    Saturday 9/10/11 - Report #8
    Location: Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Miles Driven (since last report): 146
    Miles Driven (total): 802
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    Another hard rallying day. A new route up through southern Missouri and back down stopping at Green Forest, Arkansas for lunch. Chris said today was less technical and more of a touring day. I actually found sections of today more challenging in a good way. More remote narrow roads with no warning signs which way the road was turning and suggested speed (always add 30 ;)). Going over blind hills or blind corners always had to be a little more conservative and 99 out of 100 you would have been OK, but there were those 1 in 100 spots that you were glad you slowed down as turn tighter or even some sharp turns other side of a straight hill. Very fun driving day! Thanks for all the hard work on the great routes Thomas, Chris, Scott, and Doug.
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    It was good to see everyone again this year. I didn't learn of the switch in plans until I showed up at War Eagle Saturday morning. The staff at the mill said we missed you by a day, but we still had time to get to Eureka later that afternoon. Hope everyone is having a safe drive home as I write.
     
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    #24 rob lay, Sep 12, 2011
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    Sunday 9/11/11 - Report #9
    Location: Southlake, TX
    Miles Driven (since last report): 402
    Miles Driven (total): 1204
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    Another great Crescent! Enjoyed the relaxed day and first concours, what a great location. Rallies were epic as usual. Alain had great stories and the best was how he hung out with us late at night.

    Saturday evening we had the DataSource sponsored cookout by the pool. Sunday morning the live F1 watching sponsored by Ferrari Market Letter.

    Nice drive home, not too hot and no hurricanes!
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