"Look, Chadwick, a rally for us."
Are you ready to go back to school?
"Non Illigitimi Carborundum."
Seriously, was the Second Annual 'Rally Around The Ivy League 2016' a success? Um, hell yah. For us, anyway: we went out there and conquered our fears, the road and the communists, and had an absolute blast! Mille Miglia, Schmille Schmiglia. Just kidding, about the communists, I mean.
The Third Annual Old's Cool Tour is scheduled for September 7th-10th, 2017, and will be a GTA (Game-Tour-Adventure) event. There will also be at least one timed stage, and an autocross. Participation is limited to 50 cars; driver and navigator only, but family and friends are welcome. The only specific Old's Cool Rule is that the automobile must be at least as old as your graduation year, or pre-1992 if you didn't get diploma'ed before then. Keep in mind this is not in any way, shape or form a "race" – obey speed limits and all local laws – and the whole point is just to have fun. No diploma required. Originality and creativity encouraged. Life's short.
What's actually on the menu?
Delicious, top-drawer fun. The OCT will be a 4-day event, starting this year at Old's Cool Tour Headquarters in Weston, CT. Each day will be divided into stages, roughly as follows, subject to change.
Wednesday, September 6th, 2017. Arrival and Welcome BBQ. We have booked rooms at the Hotel Zero Degrees in Norwalk, about a 15-minute drive away. Cars and support vehicles will be parked at OCT HQ for the duration of the rally. Welcome BBQ will be from 5-9 pm at OCT HQ. We will have tech inspection for all cars and any last-minute adjustments made on the spot. We'll invite some of the local collectors to bring their vehicles for an impromptu car show, and we'll also have a band filling the summer air with good vibrations. Shuttle bus to the hotel will be provided.
Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Pre-rally breakfast at OCT HQ. Driver's/safety meeting at 7 am. Start time is 7:22, in honor of Sir Stirling Moss's start time/famous Mille Miglia Mercedes number.
Day 1, Stage 1. OCT HQ - Yale, approximately 1 hour. Checkpoint at Yale is United Church on the Green. Old's Cool Sock Drive. Stage 2. Yale - Brown, approximately 2 hours. Lunch at The Hope Club. Stage 3. Brown - Harvard, approximately 1 hour. Checkpoint is Harvard Yard (of 'pahk the cah in' fame). Stage 4. Harvard - Dartmouth, approximately 3 hours. Finish of Day 1 is on The Green at Dartmouth. We will have dinner and a gathering for area auto enthusiasts at The Hanover Inn.
Friday, September 8th, 2017. Breakfast at The Hanover Inn. Day 2, Stage 1: Canaan Raceway for a couple of timed laps, and a mini autocross. Stage 2: Canaan - Mt. Equinox (for a hillclimb and lunch with a view), approximately 3 hours. Stage 3: Mt. Equinox - Hemmings, approximately 1 hour. Pit stop and museum tour. Stage 4: Hemmings – Cornell, approximately 4 hours. Finish of Day 2 is at Cornell. Dinner and second overnight stop at The Stadtler Hotel.
Saturday, September 9th, 2017. Breakfast, Stadtler Hotel. Day 3, Stage 1: Cornell - Watkins Glen Vintage Car Grand Prix, approximately 30 minutes. Stage 2: Watkins Glenn - U. Penn, approximately 4 hours, lunch en route. Dinner and black-tie gala at Radnor Hunt Club. Third overnight stop at The Inn at Penn Hotel.
Sunday, September 10th, 2017. Breakfast at The Inn at Penn Hotel. Day 4, Stage 1: U. Penn – Radnor Hunt, approximately 30 minutes. Stage 2: Radnor Concours D'Elegance - Princeton, approximately 2 hours. Lunch at The Cannon Club. Stage 3: Princeton - Columbia, approximately 2 1/2 hours. Checkpoint at Columbia is Daniel Chester French sculpture at The Low Library. Stage 4: Columbia - OCT HQ, approximately 1 1/2 hours. OCT HQ: Awards ceremony and farewell. Overnight at Hotel Zero Degrees for any hangers-on.
How much does it cost?
Unforgettably charming and authentic road trip with a posse of interesting fellow enthusiasts on the most beautiful roads in this part of the world? Priceless. Poetry and Visa commercial satire aside, the early-bird discount price is $4495, if completed entry and full payment is received before June 1, 2017. After that, the regular entry fee is $4995 (per team, double occupancy), and the closing date for all entries is August 1, 2017. Payment must be made in full, either by credit card, PayPal, or by check at the time of submission.
Any questions, or to reserve your spot, give Johnny a ring on 203.451.5127.
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