Web www.M3Forum.net

View Full Version : NOVA Meet: Skyline drive run (Sept 17/18)


Sirius
Tue, Aug-30-2005, 07:03:22 PM
Okay, so it seems the 17th or the 18th are our talked about dates. So, lets make this the offical thread.

Keep in mind, as we get closer to fall and start to have color changes in the trees, the amount of traffic volume will increase dermatticaly up along the skyline drive area. Something to keep in mind.

As for me, the date sounds 'okay', but I can't be 100% sure until we get closer due to school.

impulss
Tue, Aug-30-2005, 07:05:31 PM
Awesome! :beer:

Count me in for the 17th or 18th
Preferrably the 17th!

Poindexter
Tue, Aug-30-2005, 07:11:52 PM
Date doesn't matter to me as long as it isn't the end of the month. Any 5-0 worries on Skyline, or is this simply a sight-seeing cruise? I've been lucky on Skyline, but not the Blueridge.

Sirius
Tue, Aug-30-2005, 11:11:17 PM
Date doesn't matter to me as long as it isn't the end of the month. Any 5-0 worries on Skyline, or is this simply a sight-seeing cruise? I've been lucky on Skyline, but not the Blueridge.

Last time I was on skyline I didn't see any cops, however; the ones that DO post up there are state troopers, which can be nasty.

The speedlimit is only 35 on that road, which actually kills the fun from time to time. Regardless, this is more of a fun road trip that's mainly sightseeing. There's beautiful views and plenty of places for good photo-ops.

This trip is a time consumer though. The last time I went to skyline drive I was gone about five hours, and I only drove 1/2 of the way down the road and back.

Six
Wed, Aug-31-2005, 02:00:20 PM
ur talking about 9/17 right? idk if u know but bimmerfest is on the 17th
http://www.bavarianfest.com/home.html

Sirius
Wed, Aug-31-2005, 05:05:16 PM
Bleh to bimmerfest. Too far away for my tastes. If we need to reschedual then we can.

eya_21
Wed, Aug-31-2005, 06:51:18 PM
where is skyline drive at? how far is it from vienna, VA?

Sirius
Wed, Aug-31-2005, 08:45:52 PM
Skyline drive is about 30-45 mins west of Fairfax if you go down 66. Skyline drive then goes south down through the mountains and ends near the bottom of VA. (The road is about 105 miles long)

(Skyline drive is the red center line in the map going all the way south)
View the map here: http://data2.itc.nps.gov/parks/shen/ppMaps/ACF91F9%2Epdf

datax
Sun, Sep-04-2005, 01:53:45 AM
Are we gonna drive down the entire skyline drive? :clap: :shiftdriv

e46er
Sun, Sep-04-2005, 02:28:29 AM
I am down. How ya been Ken? Sell the R32 yet?

maditalian
Sun, Sep-04-2005, 05:37:08 AM
are we gonna have a grop meet/hang out before the drive or are we just gonna meet and drive :nixweiss:

impulss
Sun, Sep-04-2005, 11:28:11 PM
are we gonna have a grop meet/hang out before the drive or are we just gonna meet and drive :nixweiss:

I think we should meet somewhere first... then drive down together... maybe have lunch together too?

Poindexter
Mon, Sep-05-2005, 01:48:53 PM
I think we should meet somewhere first... then drive down together... maybe have lunch together too?


There are a few places to do this, and fortunately the whole area has already been laid out for us a few times by another group of car enthusiasts - if people decide to go this route.

I have done this type of meet 3 times with the S2000 crowd and everytime we start by meeting at a restraunt because many people drive a few hours to get there ( :wave: ) and they're hungry by then. There is a really fun route up to Skyline that we always take. In fact that route is so much fun we leave Skyline as a caravan road for the end of the day when people are heading out on 64.

Here is one of the meet threads on s2Ki: http://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=180900&hl=afton

impulss
Mon, Sep-05-2005, 04:37:41 PM
There are a few places to do this, and fortunately the whole area has already been laid out for us a few times by another group of car enthusiasts - if people decide to go this route.

Here is one of the meet threads on s2Ki: http://www.s2ki.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=180900&hl=afton

Sounds good to me.. let's start a signup for Sat, 9/17:

1) Sirius? (E36 M3)
2) Impulss (E46 M3)
3) Poindexter (E46 M3)
4) IceVirushttp://www.eastcoastbmw.com/modules/PNphpBB2/images/smiles/shakes.gif (E46 M3)
5) E46er (E46 M3)
6) Budman (E46 M3)
7) Rich (E46 M3)

Maybes:
- MpoweredM
- Turbologist
- Yuanren

Poindexter
Mon, Sep-05-2005, 05:48:34 PM
Add me to the list :wave:

MpoweredM
Tue, Sep-06-2005, 04:32:59 AM
I might be dropping out of the show of Bavfest due to extreme gas prices. And I don't know if it is going to be worth it yet. Can we get a gaurenteed time and date and meeting place? Or did I just not see it. I have never done skyline, but I heard it was nice. I also am in the middle of putting on something new.. shh..
http://x7.putfile.com/9/24721434561.jpg

datax
Tue, Sep-06-2005, 03:30:06 PM
I am down. How ya been Ken? Sell the R32 yet?

Sup, Drew. No, I haven't sold the R yet. Why? Are you interested? I gotta sell that car pretty fast as I'm running out of cash everyday. Hit me up if you are up for a coffee or something.

BTW, I'm out of skyline drive meet guys. :banghead: I have to go to L.A that weekend to help my brother move. :banghead:

Bagher
Wed, Sep-07-2005, 07:13:38 PM
I think I am going up to Bimmerfest that weekend. Let me know if you guys reschedule. Anyone else going to Bimmerfest? Some guys from East Coast Euros (www.eastcoasteuro.net) and Eurowerkz are going up and showing on Friday (16th?). Let me know if you guys are interested so we can caravan up there!

Budman
Wed, Sep-07-2005, 07:48:43 PM
If my schedule is clear, count me in..

///M3Pilot19
Wed, Sep-07-2005, 11:58:03 PM
i wish I could go but supposed to be going to bimmerfest on the 16th... :banghead:

///M3Pilot19
Thu, Sep-08-2005, 12:00:33 AM
I might be dropping out of the show of Bavfest due to extreme gas prices. And I don't know if it is going to be worth it yet. Can we get a gaurenteed time and date and meeting place? Or did I just not see it. I have never done skyline, but I heard it was nice. I also am in the middle of putting on something new.. shh..
http://x7.putfile.com/9/24721434561.jpg

curtis didn't you reserve a hotel room in CT?

Turbologist
Thu, Sep-08-2005, 01:58:36 AM
Sounds like fun... I might be in guys... We'll have to see as we get closer to the date...

zivilyn861
Thu, Sep-08-2005, 12:02:00 PM
Unfortunately I can't make it for Saturday. I may even have my car sold by then. :eek2:

If you guys don't mind a non-M3 running around with you, I may still come around to your meets/drives in whatever I get next. :)

datax
Thu, Sep-08-2005, 01:11:30 PM
Raheel, your car look siiiick!!! :beer:

Mpassioned
Thu, Sep-08-2005, 09:51:39 PM
Hey! Have fun guys, and take lots of pics, I work Saturdays, so that's out for me.
I've done skyline many times on my bikes, so may be in the future for the car.
Been doing some A-X events lately, and may do Summit in the future again if any of you are interested in joining me.
Cheers, hope alls well!
Dave

Sirius
Thu, Sep-08-2005, 10:02:07 PM
Woah?! Did you get purple halos Dave?

impulss
Fri, Sep-09-2005, 01:34:46 AM
Hey! Have fun guys, and take lots of pics, I work Saturdays, so that's out for me.
I've done skyline many times on my bikes, so may be in the future for the car.
Been doing some A-X events lately, and may do Summit in the future again if any of you are interested in joining me.
Cheers, hope alls well!
Dave

Very nice.. ! Did you know your car is featured in the latest Roundel? I recognized your plates ;) (see the letters section).

Mpassioned
Fri, Sep-09-2005, 02:12:45 AM
Woah?! Did you get purple halos Dave?


Actually they are white like Alpine (phosphyre halos)

Mpassioned
Fri, Sep-09-2005, 02:38:02 AM
Very nice.. ! Did you know your car is featured in the latest Roundel? I recognized your plates ;) (see the letters section).


Congrats, you are very observant Peter, the X5 is my Dads, and the 545I is my Step moms, and I got the cheap car, cause i had to buy it! :agree:

Poindexter
Fri, Sep-09-2005, 11:46:33 AM
For those of you wondering what is going on with Jeff from Evolution - he is now selling cars around Chantilly. With a retail schedule he can't do anything on Saturdays, so we'll have to count him out on this drive :(

MpoweredM
Sat, Sep-10-2005, 04:35:50 PM
curtis didn't you reserve a hotel room in CT?
Yes I did. Umm, Kevin, check www.eastcoasteuro.net offtopic :(

Poindexter
Sun, Sep-11-2005, 05:16:16 PM
Sounds good to me.. let's start a signup for Sat, 9/17:

1) Sirius? (E36 M3)
2) Impulss (E46 M3)
3) Poindexter (E46 M3)
4) IceVirushttp://www.eastcoastbmw.com/modules/PNphpBB2/images/smiles/shakes.gif (E46 M3)
5) E46er (E46 M3)
6) Budman (E46 M3)
7) Rich (E46 M3)

Maybes:
- MpoweredM
- Turbologist
- Yuanren


Is this going to be it, and what plans are there?

Budman
Sun, Sep-11-2005, 08:09:34 PM
Where will everyone be meeting up and at what times?

impulss
Sun, Sep-11-2005, 11:26:10 PM
Is this going to be it, and what plans are there?

Umm.. I thought we were going to follow the S2000 route?

I dont' mind meeting up and starting off in the morning at Tysons II Galleria??? The old meeting place for EastcoastBMW was the top floor of the garage, right next to Macy's.

MpoweredM
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 01:05:10 AM
Alright, I am still a maybe pending I can make it to Bavarianfest or not...

But say I can go. It is saturday morning, say 10ish next to Macy's at Tysons II?

maditalian
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 01:08:38 AM
sound like u guys are gonna have fun !!
sorry i cant make it this one time as i ll be doing this instead

http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?t=82443

track time its always a priority for me :shiftdriv
anyway there is a meeting in rockville the weekend after, hope to catch u guys there :beer:

MpoweredM
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 01:14:44 AM
maditalian, you going to our ECE meet? On the 24th?

eya_21
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 01:52:54 AM
im in.. :wave:

maditalian
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 01:56:19 AM
maditalian, you going to our ECE meet? On the 24th?

yeah, u can put me on the list :beer:
its that cici's pizza just behind the plaza where starbucks and timpano is?? what time was the meeting again, 11am??

MpoweredM
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 03:14:21 AM
http://www.eastcoasteuro.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=990

1pm at Cicis.

maditalian
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 04:28:28 AM
http://www.eastcoasteuro.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=990

1pm at Cicis.

hey btw, i know this is totally off topic but, do u know of a good store in the area for corner weigthing the suspension and alignment for the e46 M3. thank u

MpoweredM
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 06:08:36 AM
Ultiment(sp?) Performance..? In Sterling, VA.

maditalian
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 06:39:11 AM
Ultiment(sp?) Performance..? In Sterling, VA.

do they have a web site/phone or some way to contact them and stuff ??
are they more of a "tune up " store or more of a racing store
thanks in advance and sorry for the :offtopic:

Poindexter
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 11:43:35 AM
Umm.. I thought we were going to follow the S2000 route?



Yep, but where are we meeting?

Here's what I propose:

Meet at the Blue Ridge Pig for BBQ. It is right next to a gas station, so we can fuel up before heading out. The BBQ isn't bad either ;)


To get to the Blue Ridge Pig:
2226 Rockfish Valley Hwy
Nellysford, VA 22958


Take I-64 West from Charlottesville to exit 107 (Route 250)
Take 250 West
After about 5 miles, turn left on Route 151 South
After going through town of Nellysford, the Blue Ridge Pig is on the left (approx 12 miles from 250). There is a pig sign out front, it is right next to an "Excel" gas station.
Here is a mapquest link: Nellysford, VA (http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?country=US&addtohistory=&address=2226+Rockfish+Valley+Highway&city=Nellysford&state=VA&zipcode=&homesubmit=Get+Map)


My memory on getting to the drive spots is a little hazy, but I recall it being basically a straight shot up to the mountain, and then some very twisty stuff up to Skyline Dr.

If you all want me to lead, that is fine.....HOWEVER......I have led the crazy-almost-kill-yourself drives before and after seeing/hearing about friends getting into accidents that way I have retired from that kind of driving in groups on public roads. I think we can caravan (still having some fun) up to a few different places and folks can break off on their own to drive like crazy. Then we can all meet back up in a specific spot at a specific time to head down Skyline.

Sirius
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 02:01:35 PM
No crazying driving. This is a public road after all, not our personal race way (would be nice though... ;)).

Just a nice drive with good photo-ops.

impulss
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 02:10:42 PM
I don't think anyone here is into the "drive like crazy kil yourself" style. I think we should all try to keep a caravan and drive responsibly. And stop along the way to take pics.

Poindexter
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 02:40:22 PM
You may be able to add Black Sunshine and DiveXXtreme (however Scott spells it) to the list - I'll PM them now.

impulss
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 03:04:36 PM
In the interest of time.. i don't know if we'll have time to go so far south as Charlottesville..??

I am thinking more of:

- Meet at Tysons II and leave at 10AM
- Caravan to Front Royal and begin Skyline Drive
- Proceed down Skyline drive/stop to take pics
- Meet at Big Meadow visitor center for lunch (12-1PM).

Then whoever wants to continue down south for spirited drives on the Loop http://www.bluewheel.com/maps/klugeloop.htm can proceed..

Others (like me) can start heading back home.

What do you think?

Here is Skyline Drive:
http://members.aol.com/adnascar/MAP1.gif

MpoweredM
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 05:06:06 PM
Looks like I will be showing at Bavarianfest. Take lots of pics! Sorry I can't come!

Sirius
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 07:21:09 PM
In the interest of time.. i don't know if we'll have time to go so far south as Charlottesville..??

I am thinking more of:

- Meet at Tysons II and leave at 10AM
- Caravan to Front Royal and begin Skyline Drive
- Proceed down Skyline drive/stop to take pics
- Meet at Big Meadow visitor center for lunch (12-1PM).

Then whoever wants to continue down south for spirited drives on the Loop http://www.bluewheel.com/maps/klugeloop.htm can proceed..

Others can can start heading back home.

What do you think?

I like that idea, except I can't make the loop due to time constraints and the fact I have to do school work on the weekends. :(

Budman
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 08:16:26 PM
In the interest of time.. i don't know if we'll have time to go so far south as Charlottesville..??

I am thinking more of:

- Meet at Tysons II and leave at 10AM
- Caravan to Front Royal and begin Skyline Drive
- Proceed down Skyline drive/stop to take pics
- Meet at Big Meadow visitor center for lunch (12-1PM).

Then whoever wants to continue down south for spirited drives on the Loop http://www.bluewheel.com/maps/klugeloop.htm can proceed..

Others (like me) can start heading back home.

What do you think?

Here is Skyline Drive:
http://members.aol.com/adnascar/MAP1.gif


WIll you be stopping in front royal? I would rather meet there for myself, instead of going to Tyson's and then coming all the way back own 66.. I could meet ya'll somewhere round there...

impulss
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 08:31:51 PM
WIll you be stopping in front royal? I would rather meet there for myself, instead of going to Tyson's and then coming all the way back own 66.. I could meet ya'll somewhere round there...

Yeah, we can stop and meet in Front Royal.... any suggests on where?

If we leave tysons at 10AM, we should be at Front Royal by 11AM.

http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&1gi=0&un=m&1da=-1.000000&1rc=A5XAX&1n=Fairfax&cl=EN&ct=NA&1si=gaz&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=&1c=Tysons+Corner&1s=VA&1z=&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=route+66+and+340&2c=front+royal&2s=va&2z=

Sirius
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 08:33:44 PM
The plan is to start that the front royal entrance of Skyline drive and go from there. About half way I would say, eat lunch, turn around and head back home.

Last year when I went down to skyline myself, I only went about 1/2 way down the road and turned around and came back home (Fairfax). That took me 5 hours under theses conditions: A couple 120+mph hits on 66, speeding down skyline most of the time (about 50-60mph), stops for breaks and sightseeing.

Since we won't be doing the speeding part, I expect the trip to take a good six hours at least.

impulss
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 08:53:31 PM
The plan is to start that the front royal entrance of Skyline drive and go from there. About half way I would say, eat lunch, turn around and head back home.

Last year when I went down to skyline myself, I only went about 1/2 way down the road and turned around and came back home (Fairfax). That took me 5 hours under theses conditions: A couple 120+mph hits on 66, speeding down skyline most of the time (about 50-60mph), stops for breaks and sightseeing.

Since we won't be doing the speeding part, I expect the trip to take a good six hours at least.

Here's a nice rundown of stuff to see along Skyline Drive
http://www.shenandoah.national-park.com/sights.htm

I think we should at least get to BIG MEADOWS and eat there... I'm guessing that will be at around 1PM.
http://members.aol.com/adnascar/bigmeadows.html

For those who want to call it day, we can head back after lunch and take 211 toward Warrenton (seems like another way back to the 66 without having to go back up Skyline Drive to Front Royal)
http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&1gi=0&un=m&1da=-1.000000&1rc=A5XAX&1n=Fairfax&cl=EN&ct=NA&1si=gaz&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=&1c=big+meadows&1s=VA&1z=&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=&2c=tysons+corner&2s=va&2z=

nuc1
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 09:27:35 PM
Just noticed this thread....don't know how I missed it before. Sounds like fun.

Mike

97alpineM3
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 09:42:21 PM
I'll probably be there... sounds like fun...

No one said what time to meet at the front royal entrance..??

Les

Budman
Mon, Sep-12-2005, 11:03:45 PM
Yeah, we can stop and meet in Front Royal.... any suggests on where?

If we leave tysons at 10AM, we should be at Front Royal by 11AM.


I'm down with this.. There has to be some sort of gas station at the Front Royal exit #6, we could meet around there around 11 and go from there to meet the others coming from the South. ?

impulss
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 12:09:06 AM
I'm down with this.. There has to be some sort of gas station at the Front Royal exit #6, we could meet around there around 11 and go from there to meet the others coming from the South. ?

I found a Texaco right next to the entrance of Skyline drive. MAP (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=sky+mart+texaco,+front+royal,+virginia&ll=38.910671,-78.155365&spn=0.061164,0.118884&num=4&start=0&hl=en)

I usually only put Exxon or Sunoco in my car tho... but according to Google maps, there aren't any in the Front Royal area.

impulss
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 12:39:05 AM
Here's is what I have so far for the people coming from the NORTH - MD/PA/NOVA:


M3 Skyline Drive/Meet

Saturday, Sept 17th

9:45 AM: Meeting 1 - infront of Macy's at Tysons II Galleria (Location (http://home.comcast.net/~peterwang/TysonsIIMeet.JPG))

10:00 AM: Depart Tysons II and follow I-66 to Front Royal (Directions (http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&1gi=0&un=m&1da=-1.000000&1rc=A5XAX&1n=Fairfax&cl=EN&ct=NA&1si=gaz&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=&1c=Tysons+Corner&1s=VA&1z=&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=route+66+and+340&2c=front+royal&2s=va&2z=))

11:00 AM: Meeting 2 - at a gas station in Front Royal (Texaco (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=sky+mart+texaco,+front+royal,+virginia&ll=38.910671,-78.155365&spn=0.059006,0.108773&num=4&start=0&hl=en))

11:15 AM: Start Skyline Drive at Front Royal entrance

12:30-1:00 PM: Stop somewhere for food along Skyline Drive (Big Meadows (http://members.aol.com/adnascar/bigmeadows.html))

2:00 PM: Drive back up Skyline Drive to exit at Route 211 and return to NOVA (Directions (http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&1gi=0&un=m&1da=-1.000000&1rc=A5XAX&1n=Fairfax&cl=EN&ct=NA&1si=gaz&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=&1c=big+meadows&1s=VA&1z=&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=&2c=tysons+corner&2s=va&2z=))

* There is a spirited drive that is South of Big Meadows. Some may want to continue to complete that drive instead of returning home.


Attendees:

1) Sirius (E36 M3)
2) Impulss (E46 M3)
3) Poindexter (E46 M3) * coming from south
4) IceVirushttp://www.eastcoastbmw.com/modules/PNphpBB2/images/smiles/shakes.gif (E46 M3)
5) E46er (E46 M3)
6) Budman (E46 M3) *meeting at Front Royal
7) Rich (E46 M3)
8) eya_21 (E46 M3)
9) nuc1 (E46 M3)
10) 97alpineM3 (E36 M3) *meeting at Front Royal
11) ///MMB (E46 M3)
12) xXVanquishXx (E46 M3)

Maybes:
- Turbologist
- Yuanren
- Bagher


Notes:

- Please be on time at the Meeting points or be left behind :wave:

- Feel free to post any suggestions/updates to this schedule

- Bring your cameras! :dance:

- Bring Walkie-talkies

Budman
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 12:47:26 AM
now that sounds like a plan..

97alpineM3
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 12:51:13 AM
Sounds good... hope to be there.

Les

Poindexter
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 01:37:50 AM
- Bring Walk-talkies


How does channel 13 sound? Or even better is 13.1 if everyone has sub-channels.

I just want to make sure I catch you guys as I will be heading North on Skyline.

Bagher
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 01:45:23 AM
this sounds good, count me in if I don't go to Bimmerfest. I take it the "spirited driving" part is for those with radar detectors? Anyone have a spare walkie talkie?

Six
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 02:12:26 AM
- Meet at Tysons II and leave at 10AM
- Caravan to Front Royal and begin Skyline Drive
- Proceed down Skyline drive/stop to take pics
- Meet at Big Meadow visitor center for lunch (12-1PM).



Cool, Ill come but I may have to leave earily for work. idk much about walk talkies, can I just pick one up or does it have to be something spec?

O and Ill see if I can bring my friend with a Dinan M3.

:peace: :peace:

Sirius
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 02:31:07 AM
The only means of wireless communication I have is my cellphone.. so if you need my number let me know.

Also, care if I bring a friend who doens't have an M3?

impulss
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 02:35:56 AM
The only means of wireless communication I have is my cellphone.. so if you need my number let me know.

Also, care if I bring a friend who doens't have an M3?

I was told that cell phones don't work on skyline drive... at all'

Oh yeah, is your friend going to be able to video tape? :)

eya_21
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 05:12:06 AM
walkie talkie sounds good for communication means.. i have a couple lying around if someone needs one for the drive

Sirius
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 06:12:52 AM
I was told that cell phones don't work on skyline drive... at all'

Oh yeah, is your friend going to be able to video tape? :)

I doubt he will. He has an E46 325xi though.

Oh yeah, it costs something like $5-$10 to get in, so bring some cash.

Poindexter
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 11:12:45 AM
Oh yeah, it costs something like $5-$10 to get in, so bring some cash.


What costs $5-$10?

The Southern folks will be heading up to Skyline through some very twisty roads in Charlottesville - if the Northern folks want to have some fun with this, you all can probably head back to 64 with us later on.

Cell phones may work depending on your provider, but it will be spotty. No civilization in the Mountains = no cell towers.

Budman
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 11:42:27 AM
I like when a plan comes together...

e46er
Tue, Sep-13-2005, 12:39:42 PM
Me too man.

impulss
Wed, Sep-14-2005, 02:00:28 PM
How does channel 13 sound? Or even better is 13.1 if everyone has sub-channels.

I just want to make sure I catch you guys as I will be heading North on Skyline.

I got my motorolla walkie talkies last night (10-mile range)... I'm ready :beer:

Sirius
Wed, Sep-14-2005, 07:40:10 PM
What costs $5-$10?

Entrance fee to the park. Although, the last time I was there it was free. (On a weekend), but just in case.

eya_21
Wed, Sep-14-2005, 08:30:33 PM
how many people are coming so far.. do we have a list?

Poindexter
Wed, Sep-14-2005, 08:42:47 PM
how many people are coming so far.. do we have a list?

Here you go:

Here's is what I have so far for the people coming from the NORTH - MD/PA/NOVA:


M3 Skyline Drive/Meet

Saturday, Sept 17th

9:45 AM: Meeting 1 - infront of Macy's at Tysons II Galleria (Location (http://home.comcast.net/~peterwang/TysonsIIMeet.JPG))

10:00 AM: Depart Tysons II and follow I-66 to Front Royal (Directions (http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&1gi=0&un=m&1da=-1.000000&1rc=A5XAX&1n=Fairfax&cl=EN&ct=NA&1si=gaz&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=&1c=Tysons+Corner&1s=VA&1z=&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=route+66+and+340&2c=front+royal&2s=va&2z=))

11:00 AM: Meeting 2 - at a gas station in Front Royal (Texaco (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=sky+mart+texaco,+front+royal,+virginia&ll=38.910671,-78.155365&spn=0.059006,0.108773&num=4&start=0&hl=en))

11:15 AM: Start Skyline Drive at Front Royal entrance

12:30-1:00 PM: Stop somewhere for food along Skyline Drive (Big Meadows (http://members.aol.com/adnascar/bigmeadows.html))

2:00 PM: Drive back up Skyline Drive to exit at Route 211 and return to NOVA (Directions (http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&1gi=0&un=m&1da=-1.000000&1rc=A5XAX&1n=Fairfax&cl=EN&ct=NA&1si=gaz&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=&1c=big+meadows&1s=VA&1z=&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=&2c=tysons+corner&2s=va&2z=))

* There is a spirited drive that is South of Big Meadows. Some may want to continue to complete that drive instead of returning home.


Attendees:

1) Sirius (E36 M3)
2) Impulss (E46 M3)
3) Poindexter (E46 M3) * coming from south
4) IceVirushttp://www.eastcoastbmw.com/modules/PNphpBB2/images/smiles/shakes.gif (E46 M3)
5) E46er (E46 M3)
6) Budman (E46 M3) *meeting at Front Royal
7) Rich (E46 M3)
8) eya_21 (E46 M3)
9) nuc1 (E46 M3)
10) 97alpineM3 (E36 M3) *meeting at Front Royal
11) ///MMB (E46 M3)
12) xXVanquishXx (E46 M3)

Maybes:
- Turbologist
- Yuanren
- Bagher


Notes:

- Please be on time at the Meeting points or be left behind :wave:

- Feel free to post any suggestions/updates to this schedule

- Bring your cameras! :dance:

- Bring Walkie-talkies

impulss
Wed, Sep-14-2005, 08:53:39 PM
how many people are coming so far.. do we have a list?

hahah poindexter beat me to it... 12, including you!

I've been making my updates on this post on Page 6:
http://www.m3forum.net/m3forum/showthread.php?p=1026202#post1026202

Phat Ham
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 01:40:54 AM
I'm in if I can get my ass up that early on a Saturday. I may continue on to Charlottesville and spend the night with some friends there.

impulss
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 04:49:39 AM
:banghead:

http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/interstate/weather/weekend.html?locid=USVA0298&from=36hr_topnav_driving

If it rains Saturday, would Sunday (9/18) be a good alternative date for everyone? :nixweiss:

eya_21
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 06:15:40 AM
:banghead:

http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/interstate/weather/weekend.html?locid=USVA0298&from=36hr_topnav_driving

If it rains Saturday, would Sunday (9/18) be a good alternative date for everyone? :nixweiss:

sunday is fine by me..

Poindexter
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 11:39:44 AM
Sunday is a much better day :thumbsup: - we may have more people show up too.

Poindexter
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 11:40:39 AM
Peter - why don't you start a new thread with all the details in the first post for Sunday and post the link to it in here......I've got a feeling some people are getting confused by this thread.

Budman
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 11:50:48 AM
Which ever..

e46er
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 12:30:13 PM
30% chance of rain in the morning on Saturday and a 20% chance of rain on Sunday. Either day works for me, although I would prefer sunday.

Phat Ham
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 01:59:46 PM
It would be much easier for me to make Sunday.

impulss
Thu, Sep-15-2005, 02:46:54 PM
Hey everyone...

Since people have already committed to Saturday, we will proceed with Saturday, Sept 17 and hope there is no rain.

**** If it is raining/wet Saturday morning, then the drive will automatically be moved to Sunday, Sept 18.


The schedule will be the same regardless of the day:

M3 Skyline Drive/Meet

Saturday, Sept 17th *Sept 18th (rain date)

9:45 AM: Meeting 1 - infront of Macy's at Tysons II Galleria (Location (http://home.comcast.net/~peterwang/TysonsIIMeet.JPG))

10:00 AM: Depart Tysons II and follow I-66 to Front Royal (Directions (http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&1gi=0&un=m&1da=-1.000000&1rc=A5XAX&1n=Fairfax&cl=EN&ct=NA&1si=gaz&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=&1c=Tysons+Corner&1s=VA&1z=&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=route+66+and+340&2c=front+royal&2s=va&2z=))

11:00 AM: Meeting 2 - at a gas station in Front Royal (Texaco (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=sky+mart+texaco,+front+royal,+virginia&ll=38.910671,-78.155365&spn=0.059006,0.108773&num=4&start=0&hl=en))

11:15 AM: Start Skyline Drive at Front Royal entrance

12:30-1:00 PM: Stop somewhere for food along Skyline Drive (Big Meadows (http://members.aol.com/adnascar/bigmeadows.html))

2:00 PM: Drive back up Skyline Drive to exit at Route 211 and return to NOVA (Directions (http://www.mapquest.com/directions/main.adp?go=1&do=nw&rmm=1&1gi=0&un=m&1da=-1.000000&1rc=A5XAX&1n=Fairfax&cl=EN&ct=NA&1si=gaz&rsres=1&1ahXX=&1y=US&1a=&1c=big+meadows&1s=VA&1z=&2ahXX=&2y=US&2a=&2c=tysons+corner&2s=va&2z=))

* There is a spirited drive that is South of Big Meadows. Some may want to continue to complete that drive instead of returning home.


Attendees:

1) Sirius (E36 M3)
2) Impulss (E46 M3)
3) Poindexter (E46 M3) * coming from south
4) IceVirushttp://www.eastcoastbmw.com/modules/PNphpBB2/images/smiles/shakes.gif (E46 M3)
5) E46er (E46 M3)
6) Budman (E46 M3) *meeting at Front Royal
7) Rich (E46 M3)
8) eya_21 (E46 M3)
9) nuc1 (E46 M3)
10) 97alpineM3 (E36 M3) *meeting at Front Royal
11) ///MMB (E46 M3)
12) xXVanquishXx (E46 M3)

Maybes:
- Turbologist
- Yuanren
- Bagher
- Phat Ham


Notes:

- Please be on time at the Meeting points or be left behind :wave:

- Feel free to post any suggestions/updates to this schedule

- Bring your cameras! :dance:

- Bring Walkie-talkies

eya_21
Fri, Sep-16-2005, 01:00:14 AM
it seems like i cant make it on saturday, gotta take care of some shiate in Philly.. but if you guys decide to change it to sunday ill definitely be there.. my g/f's house is 2 mins away from tysons II. haffun..

impulss
Fri, Sep-16-2005, 11:49:27 AM
it seems like i cant make it on saturday, gotta take care of some shiate in Philly.. but if you guys decide to change it to sunday ill definitely be there.. my g/f's house is 2 mins away from tysons II. haffun..

Sorry to hear... it looks like Saturday will be okay:

http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/interstate/weather/fcst-hrly.html?locid=USVA0298&from=hrly_topnav_driving&begHour=7&begDay=260

GF in tysons? You should just move down to VA haha

Phat Ham
Fri, Sep-16-2005, 07:19:56 PM
Anyone have an extra two-way I can borrow for the drive? There were a couple lying around my house but I don't know where they went.

Bagher
Fri, Sep-16-2005, 11:05:24 PM
I need one too. How are we defining rain tomorrow morning? Any single drop and it is cancelled or like a light drizzle is ok?

Poindexter
Fri, Sep-16-2005, 11:25:23 PM
I really hope it rains tomorrow - just because something came up that is going to kill my morning :(

C'mon Rain :D - Peter......repeat this 3 times: "Meet is on Sunday" then type it back in this thread ;)

Budman
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 01:08:53 AM
Its raining here right now.. but hopefully in the AM it will all clear up.. I wanna do something tommorow, but Sunday is no problem either..

Six
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 03:24:17 AM
its raing here as well

Bagher
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 04:12:39 AM
so is someone going to post here in the AM? I dont want to drive out there and have noone show up

Sirius
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 05:51:27 AM
We have to be concered with the weather 45 miles west of us lol. Not in the actuall NoVA area....

But if the roads are wet tomorrow morning, I suggest calling it.

I am not feeling all to hot tonight, so there may be a chance I won't be going if I don't feel right in the morning.

impulss
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 11:06:11 AM
Yup.. i twas raining last night.

The roads are dry now. I'll be at tysons in a few hours :wave:

Sirius
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 12:24:47 PM
I can't make it guys, not feeling well at all. :(

icevirus
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 12:55:19 PM
sorry guys...i'm not able to make it today...gotta take my van to have it fix and my friend's mom just past away so I gotta help him with some stuff.

Budman
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 12:57:06 PM
I'll be there skys look clear here.. see ya in 2 hours at Front Royal..

Budman
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 09:01:18 PM
http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/111/18el.jpg
http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/9122/21ot.jpg
http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/745/50qh1.jpg
http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/4116/45gq.jpg
http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/8268/62tc.jpg


hmmm
http://img328.imageshack.us/img328/6521/37xx.jpg

Sirius
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 09:29:35 PM
Sorry I couldn't come.. I have been burned out all day with some cold. :(

Did you run into cop troubles?

nuc1
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 10:12:42 PM
CoughcoughSomebodycoughcough was going way too fast through the twisties....followed (VERY) closely by the rest of us. Damn instant-on radar!
At least we got to do about 10-15 minutes of canyon carving before Mr. Piggy and his "hot" :bs: :bs: partner rained on the parade.

That was fast w/ the pictures there Budman. Great time; need to do it again sometime.

Mike

Six
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 10:14:01 PM
sorry i had to leave early. and since I forgot my digi cam here are some phone cam pix:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/nappa6/meets/skyline/09-17-05_1019.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v405/nappa6/meets/skyline/09-17-05_1149.jpg

what happened after I left? lol

Bagher
Sat, Sep-17-2005, 10:41:00 PM
http://community.webshots.com/album/453499052VcQFkL

my album. Fun times, let's do it again, just not there lol

MpoweredM
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 12:54:01 AM
Can we get an explanation on the cooops?

Sirius
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 01:43:53 AM
Lol... wtf did you all do. :haha:

Budman
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 01:45:39 AM
Long story made short...

Speed limit 35

Line of M3's going 70+

Cops=Owned

MpoweredM
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 02:34:38 AM
Any tickets?

Sirius
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 02:57:17 AM
Long story made short...

Speed limit 35

Line of M3's going 70+

Cops=Owned

I told you to be careful lol.

Six
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 03:06:30 AM
Any tickets?


I herd one person got a ticket, and the rest warnings

Poindexter
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 12:38:45 PM
As tempting as it is, you just can't speed too much down Skyline.....or any other federal road :boo:

Looks like you all had a good time though :thumbsup: - wish I could have been there. I'm going to head up to Southern part of Skyline, but mainly for some spirited runs on the roads leading up to Skyline, soon - if you're interested in tagging along PM me.

Budman
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 03:20:24 PM
I told you to be careful lol.


35 is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo slow..

my car didn't like it at all :banghead:

impulss
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 05:15:24 PM
I'm uploading my pics now.

I told you to be careful lol.

Yeah... Trevor, you should haev been there to stop me from taking the lead on going faster than 35mph haha I never been to that place since i was little so i had no clue.

It was all good tho... and whoever said "but it was fun tho" on the radio was right on! :thumbsup:

To top off the rest of the day...

Later that evening, i was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic in Georgetown and a street cop walks up to my car and tells me to pull over. He said I'm pulled you over for not having front plates!! :banghead: I told him the reason was because I was at a car show earlier and that I already received a ticket today. He was mean at first but ended up being nice and just gave me a verbal warning.

Then at night, on way home, i get pulled over for a speeding ticket on 495.

I swear this was a day for the record books!! haha Almost a hattrick!

Poindexter
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 05:44:53 PM
Ouch, little ouch, and ouch - time for a radar detector!

Budman
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 06:35:28 PM
Ouch, little ouch, and ouch - time for a radar detector!


lol.. all this and he has one. :banghead:

impulss
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 07:16:41 PM
Now for some good news... pics look great!! :peace:


http://images14.fotki.com/v222/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5313-vi.jpg

Sorry, my hand was in the way...

http://images14.fotki.com/v220/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5314-vi.jpg

http://images12.fotki.com/v216/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5315-vi.jpg

Gas was cheap!

http://images14.fotki.com/v224/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5318-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v224/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5331-vi.jpg

http://images12.fotki.com/v214/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5337-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v223/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5338-vi.jpg

http://images12.fotki.com/v216/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5346-vi.jpg

http://images12.fotki.com/v211/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5353-vi.jpg

impulss
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 07:17:37 PM
http://images14.fotki.com/v223/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5355-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v223/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5365-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v222/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5362-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v218/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5367-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v222/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5384-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v224/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5374-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v218/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5368-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v222/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5380-vi.jpg

Going home...
http://images14.fotki.com/v223/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5392-vi.jpg

http://images14.fotki.com/v223/photos/4/470319/2657553/IMG_5388-vi.jpg

Budman
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 07:22:23 PM
Great pics Peter... had alot of fun, minus the 45 minute mandatory break

flagger
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 07:35:44 PM
Later that evening, i was stuck in bumper to bumper traffic in Georgetown and a street cop walks up to my car and tells me to pull over. He said I'm pulled you over for not having front plates!!. . .
. . . He was mean at first but ended up being nice and just gave me a verbal warning.



I've been driving cars since '91 with no front plate both here in Northern VA and California. DC is the only place I've ever gotten a ticket for no plate (twice) and then it was by parking enforcement when the car was parked. $50 a crack.

Glad to hear everyone had a nice time. You sure got blessed by the weather gods. It was nice meeting folks at Tysons. Just sorry I couldn't spend the rest of the day with the group.

Six
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 10:32:32 PM
^yhea it was nice meeting u to frank.

I think BJ (Bagher) was the only one ther with a front tag? lol

and peter on my way back to MD I did 95-100 the whole way a back. Only thing was some light traffic around tysons cuz some RX300 hit another toyota.

Sirius
Sun, Sep-18-2005, 11:59:57 PM
35 is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo slow..

my car didn't like it at all :banghead:

Yeah, I know.. 35 on that road is a joke.

Obioban
Mon, Sep-19-2005, 03:30:27 AM
Congrats, you are very observant Peter, the X5 is my Dads, and the 545I is my Step moms, and I got the cheap car, cause i had to buy it! :agree:

ha, i saw that too!

Phat Ham
Mon, Sep-19-2005, 04:33:45 AM
I enjoyed the drive and it was nice meeting people. I drove the entire length of skyline drive after you guys turned off onto 211. Just south of where everyone else left there were some pretty good cambered twisty sections. Only saw one more park ranger the rest of the way. Maybe someone called in and said all the bimmers had left.

Turbologist
Tue, Sep-20-2005, 12:32:56 AM
Damn, I missed it!! Ill have to catch up with you playas some other time... Keep me posted guys..

Mpassioned
Tue, Sep-20-2005, 01:38:38 AM
OH NO, so I see you guys weren't playin nice up on da BRP!! What I wanna know is how many tickets were issued? Did every one get one, or just Peter, the fearless leader? Glad I wasn't thewre to contribute to the dereliction, I'm sure I would have!

Budman
Tue, Sep-20-2005, 01:55:21 AM
Just 1.. Peter was a good sport about it.. and we all enjoyed the hell out of rippin up the skyline while we did

nuc1
Tue, Sep-20-2005, 02:06:39 AM
Yep, nothing like rocks off your hood and FACE while racing through teh canyon.....whatever, it was a good time!

Mike

yuanren
Tue, Sep-20-2005, 03:44:51 PM
sorry i didnt make it guys ... i woke up just a tad bit late ... it looked like fun though! ... next time definitely ill get my lazy ass up, haha

impulss
Thu, Sep-22-2005, 02:47:13 PM
You know i was driving yesterday and realized that i shoudl have turned on my rear camera while driving...

Then I could have taken some pics with M3's displayed on my NAV screen :banghead:

That would have been an awesome shot... remind me to do that next time!

yuanren
Thu, Sep-22-2005, 09:27:36 PM
You know i was driving yesterday and realized that i shoudl have turned on my rear camera while driving...

Then I could have taken some pics with M3's displayed on my NAV screen :banghead:

That would have been an awesome shot... remind me to do that next time!

yea that wouldve been hot ... do u not have a keyhole now in your trunk area? is that where the camera is? ... how much was it cause im really considering it

Bagher
Thu, Sep-22-2005, 10:57:43 PM
^yhea it was nice meeting u to frank.

I think BJ (Bagher) was the only one ther with a front tag? lol

and peter on my way back to MD I did 95-100 the whole way a back. Only thing was some light traffic around tysons cuz some RX300 hit another toyota.


After the meet and seeing your M3's , it came right off :thumbsup:

impulss
Thu, Sep-22-2005, 11:35:47 PM
After the meet and seeing your M3's , it came right off :thumbsup:

Yeah, just don't drive through Georgetown or UMCP cuz you have to avoid cops on the side of the road seeing you and pulling you over for not having it haha

Oh, and if you're parked at a meter in DC, i highly recommend you put your front plate in the windshield. The only no-front plate ticket I've received was when I was parked (from a meter maid)!

impulss
Thu, Sep-22-2005, 11:39:25 PM
yea that wouldve been hot ... do u not have a keyhole now in your trunk area? is that where the camera is? ... how much was it cause im really considering it

Here it is:
http://www.eastcoastbmw.com/index.php?name=PNphpBB2&file=viewtopic&t=6113&highlight=tvonnav&sid=f73f0c66ed3e1f5f0dff9b8797cd16bd

Yeah... it's gonna cost you $1000+ tho. I don't know if TVonNAV is still in business because I think it was just one guy doing it or maybe they switched their name.

NAV-TV is a much bigger company that does it and can probably provide you with the best service.

Phat Ham
Fri, Sep-23-2005, 02:58:02 AM
Yeah, just don't drive through Georgetown or UMCP cuz you have to avoid cops on the side of the road seeing you and pulling you over for not having it haha

Oh, and if you're parked at a meter in DC, i highly recommend you put your front plate in the windshield. The only no-front plate ticket I've received was when I was parked (from a meter maid)! DC meter maids will get you for anything and everything. If your car is sticking 2 inches past a no parking sign they'll write you up for it. There's also the recent law where you get a $300 fine if you don't have proof of insurance on you.

impulss
Fri, Sep-23-2005, 03:49:16 AM
DC meter maids will get you for anything and everything. If your car is sticking 2 inches past a no parking sign they'll write you up for it. There's also the recent law where you get a $300 fine if you don't have proof of insurance on you.

Same with talking on a cell phone while driving in DC... also if you are in a 2hr spot parking spot, they enter your license plate and if you are there for more than 2 hours, they give you a ticket !

yuanren
Fri, Sep-23-2005, 01:39:12 PM
DC's gay and has gay laws

Phat Ham
Tue, Sep-27-2005, 03:54:01 AM
Yeah, just don't drive through Georgetown or UMCP cuz you have to avoid cops on the side of the road seeing you and pulling you over for not having it haha

Oh, and if you're parked at a meter in DC, i highly recommend you put your front plate in the windshield. The only no-front plate ticket I've received was when I was parked (from a meter maid)! Apparently Arlington is being gay about front plates now, too. Went out to my car this morning to find I had gotten 2 parking tickets, one of which was no front plate. Bastids. Nothing like getting 2 tickets in front of your own damn house.

impulss
Wed, Sep-28-2005, 01:59:12 PM
Apparently Arlington is being gay about front plates now, too. Went out to my car this morning to find I had gotten 2 parking tickets, one of which was no front plate. Bastids. Nothing like getting 2 tickets in front of your own damn house.

put the front plate on the dash showing in the front windshield... this might help

impulss
Sat, Dec-10-2005, 01:35:24 AM
I herd one person got a ticket, and the rest warnings

Just 1.. Peter was a good sport about it.. and we all enjoyed the hell out of rippin up the skyline while we did

Court was yesterday.

Verdict: Reduced to speeding 54/35, $100 fine, Reckless charge dropped.

Total cost of ordeal (not including time, loss of work, or insurance hikes): ~$1200!!!

Conclusion: I arrived at court and while waiting to go into the courtroom, the Park Ranger that pulled us over was present and came over to talk to me. He obviously rememebers what happened and wanted to make sure that I was "compliant" in terms of that I will never speed on Skyline again. After going through getting a lawyer and everything, it's safe to say anybody would have learned their lesson this way.

He informed me that on Skyline Drive, people will call it in when people are speeding and they will come out and get you (there's nowhere to run on that road).

If you are doing 30mph over the posted 35mph speed limit, it's an automatic Reckless Driving charge and you will have to go to Charlottesville Federal Court (manditory).

The ranger we had turned out to be VERY nice. First he explained the court process, where we can talk and make a deal before seeing hte judge so everything goes faster. And then he was the one who said was willing to reduce it to simple speeding (his goal was that I don't speed, not stick me with a reckless ticket). I noticed that most of the rangers were pretty cool when guys approached them beforehand to discuss their case and make a deal.

My lawyer was there but didnt' have to do anything besides say, "wow, that's a great deal, you have a very nice ranger". In retrospect, the lawyer money was wasted, but it was necessary in case I didnt get a deal and had to argue my case. That $100 speedometer calibration was definitely pointless in my case.

I'm very glad it's over and I learned a lot, but at a high price.

So if anyone would like to donate ($10, 20, etc) to the M3 Skyline Drive fund (ahem, people that enjoyed the drive), I would greatly appreciate it! My Paypal is impulss@hotmail.com :peace: Rich bought me lunch that day so so far I've raised $7.50.

Mpassioned
Sat, Dec-10-2005, 02:14:31 AM
[QUOTE=impulss]Court was yesterday.

Verdict: Reduced to speeding 54/35, $100 fine, Reckless charge dropped.

Total cost of ordeal (not including time, loss of work, or insurance hikes): ~$1200!!!

Conclusion: I arrived at court and while waiting to go into the courtroom, the Park Ranger that pulled us over was present and came over to talk to me. He obviously rememebers what happened and wanted to make sure that I was "compliant" in terms of that I will never speed on Skyline again. After going through getting a lawyer and everything, it's safe to say anybody would have learned their lesson this way.
[QUOTE=impulss]




I think another lesson for you to learn is that, "when speeding, never lead, always follow! :agree: Unless you're at the track of course. :thumbsup:

Glad to see your charge was reduced, and that the Ranger handled it the way he did.

Poindexter
Sat, Dec-10-2005, 10:37:07 AM
I went through the same thing on the Blueridge Parkway two years ago - 100+ in a 45. The Ranger actually clocked me around 75, but knew we were going faster. What really sucked about it was we had two cars ahead of us with walkie talkies to let us know the ranger was coming, but by that time we were almost caught up and had no time to react. The Ranger there only cared that we slowed down. Because I was nice to him from the get-go he wrote me up for 65/45 and also made it so I could pre-pay the ticket since I live a good 6 hours away from the court I would have been tried in. About 20 days before my court date was scheduled the Ranger called me to remind me to pre-pay the ticket (which I had already done).

Today, I don't speed on Skyline or the Blueridge - I have fun on the roads around them :D

Turbologist
Sat, Dec-10-2005, 05:27:10 PM
Damn, Peter... Im glad it somewhat worked out and you didnt get stck with a d!ck of a pig...