2013 W-O-K-R International Meet

Waynesboro, VA

July 15-18, 2013

(See Virginia pre-meet tour July 12-14)

The 2013 WOKR International Meet will visit Virginia's famed Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains, an area rich in history and offering awesome scenery. It will be the first WOKR International Meet in Virginia. The meet will be centered in Waynesboro, a relatively small town that dates from colonial times. It is away from the more congested and expensive areas such as the Washington, DC suburbs, Williamsburg and the Chesapeake/Virginia Beach area, yet easily accessible by Interstate highways (on I-64 just off I-81). It is only a few miles from the Blue Ridge, with some of the prettiest sights in the country. Waynesboro is a popular venue for antique car meets and the residents are pleased to extend their small-town southern hospitality to old car clubs. The WOKR meet is designed to be an inexpensive, no-stress family-style gathering of people sharing a common interest in W-O-K vehicles. Every day will include some driving, an ample helping of history, great scenery, a lot of talking and looking at the cars of course, and just plain fun. There is no judging of cars or their owners. Both are welcome, regardless of condition. If you have never attended a WOKR International Meet, you owe it to yourself to make this one. If you are not already a WOKR member, you will be able to join at the meet.

"See Virginia" pre-meet Tour July 12-14 (Friday--Sunday)

Activities begin with the See Virginia pre-meet tour July 12-14. This 3-day circle tour, conducted by the Dixie Chapter, is open to all WOKR members. It is OPTIONAL and not part of the International Meet itself. The tour will visit some attractions that are in the area but just a little too far from Waynesboro to be included in the regular meet tours. It will start and end in Waynesboro with two nights on the road (Luray and Lexington). Trailers and tow vehicles will be left in Waynesboro during the tour. The tour is designed for antique cars of proven reliability. It is a little over 300 miles total, of which very little is either straight or level. Most of the roads have very little traffic. A little less than half of the tour is mountain driving, but it's a piece of cake compared to the Santa Fe meet. Modern or non-WOKR vehicles may follow along behind if desired. If you have never been to Virginia, this is a good opportunity to get a taste of what this beautiful state is like. Tour highlights include Skyline Drive, Luray Caverns, Virginia Museum of the Civil War, America on Parade (a museum of parade floats), Natural Chimneys, Goshen Pass, Natural Bridge and the Blue Ridge Parkway. For more information contact Ed Hanish at 256-722-7957 or erhanish@knology.net.

Meet Activities

The International Meet officially begins on Monday, July 15. You may pick up your registration materials either Sunday evening or any time on Monday. The Board of Directors will meet on Monday morning. There will also be an introductory class on navigating. In the afternoon there will be a short tour on part of the Blue Ridge Parkway and introduction to the town of Waynesboro, followed by a Welcome barbeque in the evening.

On Tuesday, July 16, we will tour all day, traveling east over the Blue Ridge to the Charlottesville area. We will visit Monticello (the home of Thomas Jefferson) and Ash Lawn Highlands (the home of President James Monroe). Lunch will be at Michie Tavern, which dates from colonial times and was a favorite meeting spot for Jefferson, Monroe, Patrick Henry and other early patriots. Total mileage for Tuesday will be a little over 100 miles, which includes some mountain driving. Tuesday evening will be dinner on your own, followed by the annual General Membership meeting in the ballroom of the Best Western.

Wednesday's tour will be shorter and flatter. We will go west into the Shenandoah Valley. First stop will be the Frontier Culture Museum, an outdoor museum of life in the Valley highlighting all of the different ethnic groups who settled there when it was "the frontier". From there we will drive into historic Staunton, where we will see the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum and his Pierce-Arrow, a Shakespeare theater and other attractions. Wednesday evening will be the annual auction of items donated to raise money for the club. Be sure to bring something to donate.

Thursday, July 18, is the last day of the meet, and the day's activities will be at or near the headquarters hotel. The day starts with a flea market of W-O-K parts and literature in the parking lot behind the antique cars. In late morning we will have car games in front of the hotel. In the afternoon there will be a short Ladies Tour, where ladies are encouraged to drive the antique cars. The tour will visit the P Buckley Moss art gallery and Andre Viette's nursery, famous for their daylilies. The meet will conclude Thursday evening with the annual banquet and awards ceremony. Period dress is encouraged for the banquet but not required.

Meet hotels

Meet Headquarters is the Best Western Waynesboro Inn, at the intersection of I-64 and US 340. The headquarters hotel is already fully booked. Because we have booked the entire hotel, we have unlimited use of the conference center and meeting rooms as well as the ability to configure the parking lot however we want it. The hotel owners are a local couple who are very friendly and anxious to make us happy. They have experience hosting antique car meets. We are also using the Days Inn, at the same interchange but across US 340. Both hotels have the same ownership and the special WOKR room rate at either hotel is $74.99 plus tax, including breakfast. The Days Inn has a large outdoor pool (good for kids). Our welcome barbeque on Monday night will be on the grass next to the pool. Meet registration, trailer parking and assigned antique car parking will be at the Best Western regardless of which hotel you are in. For room reservations call the Days Inn directly at 540-943-1101. Rooms are held under the name WOKR. Give your WOKR membership number when reserving to get the special group rate. Rooms are being held until June 10, 2013. After that date the WOKR block will be released and room availability and rates are not guaranteed.

Meet Registration

Registration for the meet and pre-meet tour is open to WOKR members and their guests only, and you must be a WOKR member to obtain a room in the WOKR block at the hotel during the meet (the block includes the entire hotel). Non-members must first join the WOKR to register. Advance registration is necessary because the club needs to have a head count for admission to most attractions and the closing banquet and pay ahead of time. A meet registration form will be included with the January WOKR newsletter and is also available on this website. Please send it in promptly.

Air Transportation

The closest commercial airport to the meet is the Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD), about 25 miles away. They have a SHD shuttle that offers door-to-door ground transportation to the hotel in Waynesboro for $30 one way or $50 round trip. Charlottesville (CHO) is also close, about 35 miles away. For International flights or better connections, your best bet may be Washington Dulles (IAD), about 150 miles away by Interstate. Other possibilities to check are Washington Reagan (DCA - 165 miles) or Richmond (RIC - 105 miles). The hotel does not have an airport shuttle.

Accomodations for Handicapped

The Best Western has rooms for the handicapped. Ask when making room reservations. Most of the attractions are handicap accessible. Luray Caverns has a stair chair to take you into the cave, but once there walking is required. Natural Bridge has a bus to take you close to the bridge, but the last part is stairs.

Camping

There is room behind the hotel for a few motor homes or campers (no hookups). If you want one of these spaces, please specify so when you register for the meet. They will be assigned on a first registered, first served basis, as space allows. For complete camping accommodations, contact one of these nearby campgrounds:

Campgrounds in this area are very busy in the summer, so reserve early.

Watch this website for periodic updates. If you still have questions regarding the meet contact Duane or Rebecca Perrin at 703-506-0909 or WOKR@duaneperrin.com.

To register for the 2013 International meet, download this Registration Form (right-click to save) and return it to the address on the form.