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2020 Desert Stars M-B.E.A.T

Saturday, April 18, 2020 - 8:30am to Sunday, April 19, 2020 - 12:00pm
Bob Yoder

2020 M-B.E.A.T.

The days are getting longer, and with the amount of rain we’ve had, we will definitely start seeing flowers blooming in the desert on the back way through Wickenburg to Prescott, Jerome, Sedona and Flagstaff!!  It will shortly be time to get your British or German automobile out of the garage to prepare it for spring and summer driving around Arizona!!  We have the perfect opportunity for you to consider:  the M-B.E.A.T. Run which is coming up on Saturday/Sunday April 18/19, 2020.

This year, we will begin the Run with breakfast at Denny’s Restaurant located behind the Chevron Gas Station at the Northeast corner of Carefree Highway and Interstate 17.  Those drivers, navigators and back seat riders arriving by 6:30am will receive FREE breakfast courtesy of Host Desert Stars Member Bob Yoder, who will then lead us on our back roads adventure to Flagstaff.

After breakfast, the Run will begin with a driver’s meeting around 8:30 when each driving team will receive their Goody Bag and the driving instruction handout.  Although still in the planning stages so that we can make sure the proposed roads are open, we are likely to follow last yea’s route with a mid-morning break in Skull Valley, and then continue on toward Prescott.  On arrival around 11:30am, we will break for lunch (on participants dime) at The Palace Restaurant & Saloon on Whiskey Row.  After lunch you will have time to roam the quaint stores and Courthouse Square in downtown Prescott.

Between 1:00-1:30pm we will take off heading for Jerome, where again you will have time to wander the streets or to stop at a winery tasting room or visit the unique Gold King Mine & Ghost Town where you can view a number of Studebaker vehicles including an operable 1902 Electric.  From there, we will head to Clarkdale (you may want to visit the very interesting and historic Copper Art Museum in the old High School building on Main Street) and Old Town Cottonwood for ice cream and more shopping.

Our next town on the route is Sedona which is always a pleasure to visit and browse.  If you want to shop the downtown area, you will be lucky if you find a parking place on the main drag, but there is always limited parking on the back streets west of the business district.  You should be on your way north by 4:00pm so that you can arrive at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff by 5:00pm.  After registration, your first stop is to have your picture taken in the back area of the parking lot along with your vehicle.

Information on hotel rooms, costs and the reservation telephone number will be communicated in an email blast as soon as arrangements have been completed.

The first drink at Happy Hour in the bar is again being picked up by your Host Desert Stars Member Bob Yoder, so do try to be there by at least 5:30pm.  Dinner is on your own at any of the excellent restaurants in Flagstaff (be sure to make your reservations well in advance of the RUN), although many of us will remain at the hotel and eat in the main dining room.

The cost for registration for this event is $15 per car to cover miscellaneous costs; see the registration form in the Star Dust newsletter.  Registration deadline is April 10, 2020.

If you have any questions on the 2020 M-B.E.A.T., please call Bob Yoder at 480-510-8210.

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