Giddy up fast! - MG Round Up in Waco
Git Along, Li’l Roadsters!
Yeehaw! Giddy up fast! Welcome to Waco October 11-14, 2018!
Your hosts, the Rattas and the Greens, are very much looking forward to having you join us for the TMGR Fall GoF in Waco, which has been named the MG Round Up. Situated on the Chisholm Trail, Waco boasts a tradition of the herd gathering here by the river back in the day. So saddle up your roadster, GT, racer or saloon and gallop to the banks of the Brazos to join the party this fall.
The host hotel for the GoF is the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Waco. Not only is the location convenient, the hotel sits on a prime spot overlooking the Brazos River near the historic old iron bridge and the iconic suspension bridge. The hotel has been a gathering spot for other British car enthusiasts before, including a group of MG owners who crossed the country to attend the MGB national convention in San Diego last summer. In addition to a covered outdoor space with comfortable furnishings in the center courtyard, there also is ample room on the grass behind the hotel and the parking lot for those who wish to gather there. There are walkways on either side of the Brazos, but the more adventurous may want to take advantage of the opportunity for kayaking or biking the nearby trails.
For those arriving on Thursday, the Rattas will host an informal gathering of TMGR folks at Cricket’s Grill & Draft House, a downtown establishment not far from the hotel. There you will find pool tables and other games to show your skill while enjoying some hearty pub fare and a choice from dozens of brews. If that’s not your ticket, you might enjoy an evening with the Waco Symphony Orchestra featuring violin soloist Corey Cerovsek at Baylor’s Waco Hall, and wave at your other hosts, the Greens, from across the aisle before they join the crowd at Cricket’s.
On Friday morning we will embark on a long, beautiful drive in the countryside west of Waco, culminating in lunch together at the end of the drive. Later that afternoon there will be an opportunity to tour the Balcones Distillery and sample their products. Balcones has acquired worldwide fame among whisky connoisseurs for their Texas Single Malt Whisky, and recently they were selected as the official whisky for the Texas Live! food and entertainment venue being developed in Arlington. On Saturday morning, we will make our way around the curves and over the hills of the Cameron Park roads to arrive at the Bosque River Stage on the campus of McLennan Community College for the car show. The amphitheater will provide a relaxed comfortable setting for our catered box lunch and for the club business meeting.
Your hosts are still considering some options for Saturday afternoon, but we invite you to explore some of the activities that have catapulted what was our sleepy hometown into the national—and international—limelight. As TripAdvisor’s #2 rising tourist destination, Waco has a range of offerings to interest just about anyone. We will be providing a more thorough list in next month’s Backroads, but here are a few nuggets to think about now. There is the Waco Mammoth Site, which was recently named among the top ten dinosaur destinations by Expedia—even though mammoths were mammals, not lizards. Some of you may have heard of a little HGTV program called Fixer Upper. If shiplap stirs your senses, make your pilgrimage to the Magnolia Market complex to find a souvenir and nosh on a cupcake. Reputed to be one of the finest smaller zoos in the country, the Cameron Park Zoo has gone through a few changes and acquisitions since our last GoF on its premises in 2008. If you can tolerate a sinking feeling, try the Titanic exhibit at the Mayborn Museum on the Baylor campus. It contains reclaimed artifacts from the sunken ship along with recreated first class and steerage cabins and stories of her passengers, both famous and obscure.
The evening schedule will bring us to the Press Room atop McLane Stadium where we will convene for a social hour, the awards banquet and the auction. Our venue affords great views of both the football field and the city of Waco. The Baylor Club will lay out their “On the Brazos Buffet” featuring Dr Pepper Roasted Pork Loin, Hand Breaded Chicken Fried Steak with Cracked Black Pepper Gravy and Smothered Chicken Breast with Grilled Onions, Jalapenos, Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Cheese. There will be a cash bar for those who have worked up a thirst after a long day on the dusty trail. We all can enjoy the company of our fellow MG cowboys and cowgirls while there, and we suspect the party will continue back in the hotel parking lot afterward.
Head ‘em up and move ‘em out to join the MG Round Up in Waco in October! The Courtyard by Marriott is holding a block of rooms until September 11, 2018. To register online follow the link from the TMGR website or call 254.752.8686 ext. 6. Registration for the GoF can be done easily online or via mail. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you.
Heyward, Marsha, Ralph and Fay