Gran Turismo 1000km Fun Run

    July 19, 2014 – July 20, 2014 all-day
    Pennsylvania & New York
    Jason Figueiredo

    Saturday July 19-20, 2014 ….. EVENT IS FULL!!!!

    Gran Turismo Fun Run

    Taking inspiration from road races such as the historic Mille Miglia, The Targa Florio and La Carrera Panamericana, this tour was created to reflect the spirit of those races and the essence of GT driving.  This GT tour has a combination of challenging roads, some with elevation changes of up to 2175 feet and marvelous scenery. GT1000 poster 3


    Welcome to the Gran Turismo 1000.

    Giorno Uno (Day one):

    The GT 1000 departs from Niagara Falls, Ontario, at 5:30 a.m. Our first stop will be for breakfast in scenic Ellicottville, the primary tourist destination of Cattaraugus County, New York; known for outdoor recreation and numerous festivals, including taste of Ellicottville – a sampling of the village’s finest restaurants.

    From Ellicottville, we drive into the “Wilds of Pennsylvania”. Drivers, Day 1 will provide the most challenging and intense driving, touring the Longhouse Scenic Byway and along other roads that will have your right hand and left foot dancing (…or your fingers for those with PDK).

    We’ll make another stop for lunch before arriving at our final destination at Williamsport, PA., where we check in at the Hampton Inn & Suites.  Upon our arrival participants will be at their leisure before we rejoin for dinner at The Peter Herdic House, an elegant restaurant specializing in serving sustainable, locally sourced ingredients housed in two restored Victorian mansions on historic Williamsport’s Millionaire’s Row.  After dinner (and for those inclined) we will adjourn to the Bull Frog Brewery a local hotspot for live music and, of course, varieties of beer. The Peter Herdic House and The Bull Frog Brewery area is a five minute walk from our hotel. So once we arrive in town we can let the cars rest for the night.

    Giorno Due (Day two):

    Today we head back to New York State. Breakfast will be at the hotel and today’s departure time is at 8:00 a.m.  We head north east to drive twisty roads through World’s End State Park en route to the town of Watkins Glen. Our lunch location will be at the Blue Pointe Grill located within the Four Diamond Watkins Glen Harbour Hotel.  Back behind the windshield we’re off to Letchworth State Park for a rest stop at The Glenn Iris Inn, located within Letchworth State Park.  There is a beautiful waterfall across from the Inn and we’ll take some time to enjoy the surroundings. Departing The Glen Iris Inn, we take the scenic drive through the park heading back to Canada where we’ll end the tour with a celebratory dinner at the Watermark Restaurant on the 33rd floor of the Hilton Hotel in Niagara Falls.

    Tour registration opens on: Tuesday, May 20, 2014:

    The first 6 participants to register their rooms with the Hampton Inn on the registration date (or there after) and email me their reservation confirmation will be booked on the tour.

    Accommodations:  Hampton Inn, Williamsport, PA. (570) 323-6190.  A block of rooms have been reserved for the Porsche Club of Upper Canada at a rate of $142.  Rooms will be released on the registration date of Tuesday, May 20.  Full breakfast is included with room rate.

    Tour limited to 6 vehicles.

    Please note, a valid Passport is required to enter the U.S.A.

    Tour will start from Niagara Falls, ON departing on Saturday, July 19 at 5:30 A.M. sharp.  Registrants will be notified of the staging area.

    Although the route is not expected to travel along toll roads, in the event of an unforeseen detour, please have extra cash/change available.

    $3.25 re-entry fee into Canada at the Peace Bridge, Fort Erie.

    There is a vehicle entrance fee of $8 for Letchworth State Park.

    Cancellations:  Please provide adequate notice so that those on the waiting list will have the opportunity to join the tour.

    Lastly: Hope for sunshine!

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