Knapp Vineyards Sporting Roadster Tour

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If you own a roadster and really enjoy driving your car, this tour is for you! Established in 2002 the KNAPP VINEYARDS Sporting Roadster Tour route changes each year as we continue to add new sections as well as re-use some of the really special roads. The tour is designed so that people who enjoy spirited driving will feel right at home, come out and celebrate The Running of the Roadsters.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Final registration on the morning of the event takes place at the International Motor Racing Research Center IMRRC 610 S. Decatur Street, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1613 at about 8:15 a.m. for all cars.

You must drive a convertible, open-top, two-seater sports car. Targa top cars such as Corvette, Elise and 911 are allowed, T-top cars are not. 2-seat convertibles from all vintages are welcomed, old and new.

All participants are divided up into two groups that run essentially the same route at staggered times. The route consists of both scenic and spirited driving roads in the Finger Lakes Region. A morning break, an afternoon break for lunch, and a wine tasting at KNAPP VINEYARDS. The approximately 150-mile route is broken up into several seat-friendly blocks of time on the road.

An effort is made each year to alter the route as much as possible so those returning year after year can expect something new each time. However, certain main features remain constant, lunch and wine tasting at KNAPP VINEYARDS our very generous sponsor, and the two extraordinary parade laps around the original 1948 6.6 mile Watkins Glen road course.

After the parade laps have been completed all participants are provided reserved parking in downtown Watkins Glen allowing them to both display their cars as well as take advantage of the Grand Prix Festival.

$75.00 per roadster. Entry fee includes lunch for driver and navigator, a commemorative bottle of Knapp wine, a commemorative dash plaque, unescorted tour routes with detailed driving instructions, 2 escorted parade laps of the original 1948 6.6 mile race road course and reserved display parking in downtown Watkins Glen for the Grand Prix Festival activities. Participants may also purchase advanced tickets to the Watkins Glen International U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Race, (which includes infield parking).

If you would like to see some pictures from the Fifth Annual Running of the Roadsters Click Here to see pictures of our 2007 tour.

To Enter:
For an entry form call Watkins Glen Promotions at: 607-535-3003, or Click Here to print out a copy. Please note that registration for all events is limited and events fill up fast, so don't delay your registration!

The process:
Registration will remain open until the 130 limit has been met, then a waiting list will be started. The waiting list is used to fill openings as cancellations come up. Confirmation letters will be sent out during the week of 7/21/09 containing a few questions that must be replied to. Then during the weeks of 8/11/09 and 8/18/09 your final tour assignment and schedule details will be sent out. The final packet that includes your tour route will be received at registration 9/11/09.

Sponsored by:
Many thanks to our generous sponsor KNAPP VINEYARDS. Check out their website and get to know just how much they have to offer, and remember they can ship any of their fine wines direct to you, visit their web page at for details.

For more specific information, contact:
Douglas Hood at 585-727-1198 or email