Tulips and Other Spring Flowers Road Rally Saturday April 18

April 2, 2015

Tulips & Other Spring Flowers (click on link for flyer)

General Instructions (“the generals” – a provisional copy)

Tulips Sample Route Instructions

Tulips & Other Spring Flowers—an April RoadRally to Pere Marquette State Park

Still got cabin fever, the winter blahs?

The St. Louis Region, SCCA, has a great antidote for you.

Join us April 18 for Tulips & Other Spring Flowers, a springtime RoadRally/tour from historic Smartt Field near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers in St. Charles County, Mo., to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton, Ill.—by way of Alton, Ill., the Great River Road, historic Elsah, Ill., and the country roads that surround Pere Marquette State Park.

Tulips & Other Spring Flowers is a casual, non-timed event you may complete at you own leisure. It employs tulip diagrams for route instructions and is designed as an enjoyable excursion of about 70 miles. When you arrive at the end, you’ll be at Pere Marquette’s imposing lodge overlooking the Illinois River.

The basic information for the event appears below. For more information, click on the PDFs that accompany this invitation.

For teams interested in national points, Tulips & Other Spring Flowers is sanctioned as a Regional GTA.

Finally, we have been invited to conduct registration in the airport terminal. So when you arrive, look for the big blue building.

Start:
St. Charles County Airport (Historic Smartt Field)
6390 Grafton Ferry Road
Portage Des Sioux, MO 63373
N 38°55.641 / W 90°26.047

Registration:               1200 – 1245 Hrs (Noon – 12:45 p.m.)
Drivers Meeting:        1245 Hrs (12:45 p.m.)
First Car Departs:       1301 Hrs (1:01 p.m.)
Entry Fee:                    $20.00 (cash or check)
What You Need:         a Driver, a Navigator, and a Car
Information:                stlscca.org or 314.922.6120

About St. Charles County Airport/Smartt Field. Established by the U.S. Navy as a training school for pilots in 1941, just before the our country’s entry into World War II, “Smartt Field” was named in honor of Ensign Joseph Gillespie Smartt, of Robertson, Mo. Ensign Smartt was killed in the Japanese Imperial Navy’s attack on our Naval Air Station at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, on Dec. 7, 1941, and was the first St. Charles County serviceman to lose his life in the war. (Smartt was one of 18 service members and two civilian contractors killed in the attack. In addition to Smartt Field, the Navy named a destroyer escort, DE-257, in honor of Smartt.) In 1957, the Federal government deeded the airport to the City of St. Charles and St. Charles County, with the city relinquishing its interest in the airport in 1976. Today, Smartt Field is classified as a reliever airport by the FAA. In addition to general aviation, the airport serves as the home of the Missouri Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, the Spirit of St. Louis EAA chapter, and the Silver Swallows, an Ozark Airlines alumni association. For the St. Louis Region, April 18 will be our first visit to Smartt Field since we raced there in the 1950s. (Yes, we did! And we have the programs to prove it.)

About Pere Marquette State Park. Famous for its exceptional beauty, this 8,000-acre park in Jersey County offers spectacular views of the Illinois River and its backwaters from several points atop the park’s bluffs. Visitors to the park can take advantage of a variety of year-round recreational opportunities, including horseback riding, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and boating. The park’s massive lodge, built by the CCC during the Depression, also serves as a conference center and vacation destination. The park’s visitor center provides a three-dimensional map of the park and a wealth of other displays and exhibits concerning the Illinois River, wildlife habitat, local history, and geology. The park is named for Father (Pere) Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary, who with explorer and cartographer Louis Joliet, paddled down the Mississippi in 1673 in search of a passage to the Pacific Ocean. The last time the St. Louis Region visited Pere Marquette State Park was in 2001, when the region hosted the SCCA’s United States RoadRally Challenge. The lodge at Pere Marquette served as rally headquarters.

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