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Old 06-11-2019, 05:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've never been before and am considering going for the first time this year.

Looking for any and all suggestions, comments, excetera excetera.
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Old 06-11-2019, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This year will make 7 years in a row for me. I think its definitely worth going once and is cool to see. Many things going on to see. One thing I will say is the swap isn't something I really enjoy all that much. Its hard to find what your looking for and lots of junk to search through. However, I do enjoy looking at stuff from OEM vendors and they have some good deals to be had on clothing, new parts, etc.
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Old 06-12-2019, 08:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I go every year. The last 2 years I have went and helped a buddy sell race sled parts in the swap. The best thing about this is getting on the grounds on Friday. Wheeling and dealing starts in the line to get in and park. Friday is crazy
If you have not got a room, I looked after Memorial day and it is very slip pickings if anything is to be found. Every year I book my normal room in Lino lakes. It's only up to a measly 2 hundo a night.
I am glad I live mid state so I can go through the UP and Omit anything close to Chicago.

Going to this show reminds me of going west skiing. once you do it, you are ruined for doing it again in Michigan. This show/swap/race is the mother of all....No comparisons even close. If you go to a show in Mi. after this you just have to chuckle that they ask the same entry fee and you get nothing.....It's just money I guess


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-Bring lots of money, cash machines and credit card machines had some issues last year.
-Cell phone service is sketchy due to all of the users
-Park in the west parking lot and get there early.
-Bring comfy shoes.... best tip... I walk 15 miles on Sat. alone
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Our thought at this point in time is to fly in, get a rental car and a room near the airport and drive up from there.

According to maps, the event location is only 60 sum odd miles north of the big city.
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I did that a for a couple of years. I had lots of frequent flyer miles and free rental car coupons. Made it a cheap trip but you were limited as to what you could buy. Hell last year I took out a truckload and hauled back an empty keg is all. Paid for my complete trip with the parts I hauled out. I actually enjoy the trip through the UP and across Wisconsin on hwy 8.
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Made it there every year during it's hEyday thru out the 1990's into early 2000's. I remember catching dirt cheap airfare one year from Chicago (midway) roundtrip for under $80.00
One year I was parked in the pits next to a guy who drove from Bethel, Maine to race Ski-Doos in stock class
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I did that a for a couple of years. I had lots of frequent flyer miles and free rental car coupons. Made it a cheap trip but you were limited as to what you could buy. Hell last year I took out a truckload and hauled back an empty keg is all. Paid for my complete trip with the parts I hauled out. I actually enjoy the trip through the UP and across Wisconsin on hwy 8.

Not looking to sell anything and don't know what all I might buy. But if it came down to it I'm sure I can either have it shipped or find a friend who's coming back my way and throw it in a truck or trailer.

According to Google maps it's approximately 10 1/2 hour trip there and back going through Chicago and it's a 11 1/2 hour trip taking the ferry. That's not counting and stops for fuel or food plus from looking at their website the ferry prices are just crazy expensive. I can actually fly cheaper than I could drive.

And it saves 24 hours driving on the road.
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Might have just sold my Twin Spar so ill be in the market, hay days looks like a blast.
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This is my 21st year going, I don't think I could go as a spectator at this point. My general plan is get there friday setup the swap space walk the swap/shop on friday, sell to the public on saturday, new vendor shop and watch some racing on sunday.

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since you are flying bring an empty back pack (or buy one there). even if you don't buy anything its nice to have your hands free of brochures, water bottles, etc.

comfy shoes are a must

sun screen

a pile of cash (food/drinks are expensive) and I don't think they let you carry in through the spectator gates.

don't be scared to haggle even in the vendor area, what's the worst that can happen they say the price is the price.

get there early the last few years I've seen guys parking as much as 2hrs before the gates open.

Lastly if you see me in the swap come say hi, its nice meeting other HCS members in person, the attached pic is the truck I'll have there.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:56 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Jesus the ferry ride would really throw an expense into it....Frikking pricey. It's an hour to load and a hour to unload the last time I took the ferry. 4 hour trip over (6 total) and you can drive there faster. It was the mid 90s the last time I took it. It went to Kewanee

11 hours for me one way. If they would ever get done with the Cut River bridge it would knock of a good 1/2 hour to 45 min. 3 years now working on that bridge.
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