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HRPT or American Graffiti??

Discussion in 'Non Mustang General Discussion' started by Kelly_H, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Kelly_H

    Kelly_H Young Grasshopper

    Oh man, this is a doozy of a decision to make. So I'll ask you guys and maybe someone will convince me.

    This year, the HRPT and American Graffiti Festival fall on the same dates. The HRPT is starting in Kentucky and touring through my home state of NC. American Graffiti, of course, is in Modesto.

    I live halfway between both of those.

    So I am trying to figure out which one would be better to go to. I've never been on the HRPT, but I've also never brought Jane to American Graffiti. I know I've got a good crew to hang out with at Graffiti. I don't know anyone on the HRPT, but if I went I could visit home / my parents / my friends so there's that. Oh, did I mention it'll be my birthday? Because it'll be my birthday.

    Anyways, as I see it, given my two weeks of vacation, here are my three options:

    1) Do American Graffiti. Take off June 1st, futz around until I hit Modesto by Friday or so, do Graffiti, leave on Sunday, futz around until I get back to Austin on the 17th. If I did this I would have a few days on either end to devote to seeing cool stuff, since the drive out is around 30 hours (3 solid days driving). The minus side is... 30 hour drive! But I would probably go see a few of the smaller national parks.

    2) Do HRPT. Take off Weds June 6th, drive to Bowling Green, try to convince Holley to put a new fuel injection system on my car, do the HRPT, hang out at home for two days, then leave on the 17th and get back on the 19th. No hiking stops, mostly a lot of driving, but could be cool to go home and maybe I could convince some buddies to go with me on some of the power tour stops.

    3) Insanity option: do both (but only one with Jane). Take off June 1st, futz around until I hit Modesto by Friday or so, do Graffiti, leave Sunday and book it home to get back to Austin late on the 12th. Take a flight out to Raleigh, NC on the 13th, drive whatever I can find on the power tour the 14th and 15th, hang out at with family for the rest of the weekend, fly back to Austin on the 17th. I would get to see a couple cool destinations on the way to Modesto, and then have to hoof it and be really lucky to not miss my flight out of Austin on the 13th. But if I timed it right I could feasibly do both events :p

    Kind of leaning towards either option 1 or 3. While long hauling the HRPT would be a cool experience, I have driven through more than enough of the American South in summer to know that it's just a lot of trees and swamps and humidity.

    Any thoughts?
  2. guruatbol

    guruatbol Always on vacation!

    We'll if you do Graffiti you can swing by my house and check out the GT350.

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  3. 3175375

    3175375 Well-Known Member

    Option 3 of course.

    KBMWRS What did the moron say today?

    There should be a few guys here doing the HRPT. I'm sure you could hang with them.

    You know what you are getting with AG...and who. The HRPT is the new experience.

    I say go with the new experience.
    RapidRabbit likes this.
  5. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    A fourth option: do neither. Continue your studies, take a vacation overseas, get married, run for political office, etc.
  6. kb3

    kb3 Well-Known Member

    I like cake, so I vote for #1 or #3.
  7. JD08

    JD08 Member

    I vote #2. It's only June and you won't be going through the part of the South that's unbearable at that time. Besides, I'm sure your family wants to see you. Do it for them.
    Grabber70Mach likes this.
  8. RapidRabbit

    RapidRabbit Well-Known Member

    I don't know anything about American graffiti.

    But I'd vote for hrpt.

    I did it last year for the first time and it was a blast. Craig was nice enough to let me hang with him and his family, and I made a bunch of new friends running with him. It's like a giant car parade through all the small towns. People line up all over town to watch the cars go by.

    For me driving is the best part of the car experience. Sitting at car shows doesn't do it for me. The ride is what it's all about!

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  9. Grabber70Mach

    Grabber70Mach Well-Known Member

    I vote for #2.

    Never argue with a Moron. They'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.
  10. JeffTepper

    JeffTepper Well-Known Member


    I've selected the cake recipe I plan to use for your birthday cake. Chocolate work for you? :rolleyes:
  11. sgtjunior

    sgtjunior Well-Known Member

    anything Mid suggests
  12. Midlife

    Midlife Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Are you implying I'm suggestible? Hmmmm...
  13. sgtjunior

    sgtjunior Well-Known Member

    I was going more incorrigible
  14. janschutz

    janschutz Corn Hauler

    If the HRPT is in your final plans, there will be plenty of us doing it, so look us up.
  15. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    HRPT is an experience that is hard to describe. As Pat said you meet so many cool people, see things you would never imagine and yeah it's gonna be HOT. But I know Larry and Jerry are going again this year and John too I think and well it doesn't matter, you will find and make so many new friends it will make your head spin! Of course you are welcome to run with us (if I get my car back together that is!)

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