Greensboro, NC August 27-30, 2020
In March 1781, during the American Revolution, General Nathaniel Greene led the Continental Army against the British at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, which is located within the limits of current day Greensboro. The British defeated the Americans but it was a pyrrhic victory, as the large number of British casualties forced General Cornwallis to withdraw the British Army from the Carolinas, setting the stage for the Battle of Yorktown several months later.
In 2020 the British will return to Greensboro…at least some of their cars will. It is my pleasure to officially announce that United 39 will be held in Greensboro, NC, August 27-30, 2020.
Host Hotel: Grandover Resort
Easily accessible off I-85, it offers luxurious accommodations, multiple dining options ranging from formal to casual to eat on the run. There are two beautiful lounges for socializing. It also sports two championship golf courses and a world class spa.
Get all the info about our stay at the hotel here.
As soon as all the details are worked out, registration will be on the website. (We’ll let you know when that happens.)
The early registration fee (good until July 31) is $175.00/single and $325/couple (two adults.)
On August 1 those rates will increase to $200/$375. Children 12 years old or younger are free.
What’s on the schedule?
We will, of course, have our parts room and it will be as large as I can remember, more than enough space to accommodate a huge array of those hard to find parts.
Our hospitality suite will be located in a private luxury suite located on the 11th floor of the hotel; similar to the set up last year in La Crosse, although the suite is larger.
As for our planned activities, final arrangements are still pending, but right now here is the anticipated schedule of events.
Check-in. Hospitality and Parts Room open at 3:00 PM.
A drive along the back roads culminating in a tour of the Richard Petty Racing Museum, home of “The King.” (Admission included in registration fee.)
After the museum we will take a short drive up into Greensboro for lunch at Mac’s Speed Shop (Cost included in registration fee.) Known for its Carolina BBQ, this auto-themed restaurant and sports bar is popular with local car clubs.
After lunch, those not involved in the Judges meeting or Board of Directors meeting might wish to visit the nearby Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. Only minutes from our lunch spot, the park has a visitor’s center that offers a movie and interactive map of this pivotal Revolutionary War battle. Visitors can take a short drive through the heavily wooded battlefield and can stop at stations along the way, including the final station where the statute of General Nathaniel Greene (check our United logo) is located. Access to the park and visitors center is free.
Concours will be held on the front lawn of the hotel (Area 3.) The lawn area does not have any shade so bring your umbrellas and small canopies. We will have a washing station available to help you get those cars ready (Area 4.) After the concours, we will move into the air-conditioned banquet room where we will enjoy our “cookout” and conduct our General Membership meeting.
We’re working on a special activity for Saturday evening. Details coming.
Attendees have a choice for their Sunday activity. Unfortunately, you can only do one. .
Planned Group Activities:
Autocross: This year we will piggyback on a Porsche Club of America (PCA) event, scheduled to be held at the Greensboro Coliseum. The bad news: PCA charges $70 for non-members and $60 for members, although lunch (usually pizza) is included. You can find more about the PCA-Carolinas Autocross program at their website: http://bit.ly/36fheAv
North Carolina Transportation Museum Tour: For those not wanting to autocross or watch it, we will travel about 40 minutes to the North Carolina Transport Museum. (Cost of admission is $6.00) The museum tour includes displays of trains, automobiles and aircraft.
Optional Individual Activities:
For those not interested in following the group, you can make the 40-minute drive to Old Salem which offers tours of historic buildings and shopping. Sunday hours are 12-5:00 PM. You can find more information about Old Salem at their website https://www.oldsalem.org/
Go Kart Racing:
Those wanting to make the 45-minute drive on their own can race on the 0.7-mile, 11-turn track modeled after the famous and historic Kartdromo Parma circuit in Italy. GoPro Motorplex’s fleet of 25 Rental Karts provide an adrenaline rush like no other, reaching speeds up to 55 mph! The karts feature cutting-edge technology to offer both a fast and safe racing experience. The GoPro Motorplex facility opens on Sundays from 12-5:00 PM. See their website for prices and more information.
(If we get twenty or more to sign up early enough, we might be able to secure a group rate.)
Annual Awards Banquet
We anticipate starting the banquet a little later this year because the locations for some of the Sunday activities do not open until 12 noon. A later start for the banquet will allow a bit more time for people to enjoy the day and then get back to freshen up before the evening’s festivities.
So please register and book your hotel early. This is important so you are assured a room and we can determine requirements for shirts, meals and awards.
See you all in Greensboro.