I hope all of you are staying safe and enjoying your cars whenever you can. If you have not yet heard, Bo made the difficult decision to cancel MidAmerica 02 Fest altogether this year in the interest of keeping everyone safe. With that in mind, I would like to provide a small regional alternative in the form of a one-day drive out of Lawrence, Kansas.
Last year, due to the same circumstances, a small group gathered at my home in Lawrence for a socially distant outdoor meet and greet. We spent some time chatting and making small repairs before driving from Lawrence to Weston Bend State Park in Missouri on a route featuring scenic country roads and a smidge of highway driving, all culminating in a group lunch at the park and an optional drive back to Lawrence the long and curvy way. We could never have imagined the same circumstances would exist a year later, but this year we’re doing it again.
Of course, if we’re going to gather it must be done safely. Masks are required, vaccinations are required, social distancing will be the norm, and group size will be limited. With that said, the entire event will take place outdoors so it should be easy to keep everyone safe.
Here is the schedule:
- September 18, 2021
- 8:30 AM: Coffee and conversation (with drinks, snacks, tools, and a sanitized restroom)
- 10:30 AM: Drive from Lawrence, KS to Weston Bend State Park, MO
- Noon-ish: Brown bag lunch in the park (local carry-out or bring your own food)
- Later: Optional driving (route TBD)
And here are the details:
- Free to attend
- Limited group size
- All BMW models welcome
- Masks, social distancing, and safe protocols observed
TO RSVP: Please contact me directly and I will give you the address for the meet (firstname.lastname@example.org). Let me know if you plan to bring a guest. We need to keep the group size reasonable, and yet we don’t want anyone to miss out, so please only RSVP if you’re reasonably sure you will be there.
This event is organized by the 2002 Forever chapter of the BMW CCA, a model-specific chapter for enthusiastic 1602, 1802, and 2002 owners nationwide. The event will feature all the usual CCA benefits including insurance for the group. Please contact me if you would like to know more about the chapter or would like to get involved.
Stay safe and hope to see you all soon.
– Scott Trettle