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DRIVES & RALLYES

We have an Excellent Selection of Drives for you to Visit 
Intriguing Destinations

There are many opportunities to enjoy driving your MG and visiting interesting sites in and around Gainesville; more than will fit into one weekend. Select the drives that meet your interests, then fill your GOF-South agenda with your selected destinations. Specific days are suggested for each Rallye or Drive, however, some may be run on any day. Select and schedule them to fit your individual program. All Drives will have detailed Self-drive instructions.

Travel Solo or corral a few of your friends and drive as a small group.

Thursday

Tweed Drive will leave the Best Western for dinner and libations at the Queens Arms pub. Self-guided instructions are provided so that it is not necessary to leave exactly at the proposed 5:30pm start time.  Tweed attire and a jovial spirit are essential. (Distance 7 Miles from the Best Western). There is no Fee for this Tweed Drive, food at the destination is to your personal account.

MGA Meet & Greet Dinner A drive to the a Local pub for MGA Owners and the cars to 'Meet and Greet' each other before GOF-South business commences. Proposed time to leave the Best Western is 5:30pm. Destination is the Queens Arms pub. (Distance 7 Miles from the Best Western).

Friday

Multiple drives are offered on Friday to meet participants’ interests and time frames. All of the Friday drives have opportunities for lunch.

MGA Drive to Fanning Springs - This drive is for the MGA owners and their cars out to the little town of Fanning Springs for lunch at the Lighthouse Restaurant. The drive is approximately 34 miles one way due west of Gainesville. The drive will take route 26, a two lane road avoiding major highways.

Tweed Drive A second opportunity to run a Tweed Drive for people who arrived at the event on Friday Morning. Choose your location: A Short run to the Queens Arms Pub (7 Miles from the Best Western) or a slightly longer drive to the Teatime Tranquility & Treasure Tea Room.(11.5 Miles from the Best Western) We request that you pre-Register for this Tweed Drive so we have an approximate number of people for the two destinations to insure that there will be space at the Pub and Tea Room. There is no Fee for the Tweed Drive, food at the destination is to your personal account.

Florida Museum of Natural History – Located on the campus of the University of Florida, this museum offers everything from fossils to a butterfly garden.

 

Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo and Devil’s Millhopper State Park – Two experiences in one drive. Of course, you may visit only one of the locations if you wish.  

Florida Museum of Natural History – Located on the campus of the University of Florida, this museum offers everything from fossils to a butterfly garden.

Saturday

A choice of two Rallyes are offered on Saturday. One is to a park with a picnic lunch provided, the other to a small town known for antique shops and restaurants.

O’Leno State Park – Participants will leave the Best Western following the Rallye instructions to O’Leno State Park. A picnic lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required for an accurate count and the purchasing of the box lunches.

Antiquing in High Springs – This small town, northwest of Gainesville, is known for its antique shops and many restaurants. Join your fellow MGers for an antique search and lunch

Sunday

There are blueberry farms that can be visited on your way back home. One is located north of the Best Western, towards Jacksonville, a second to the north is near I-75 and Lake City, and the third is south near the town of Williston. Rallye instructions are not provided for these farms, just put the farm name in your GPS/phone. Call before you begin your journey to make sure that weather or other issue has not closed the farm.

 

Red, White, and Blues FarmSouth, near Williston. This is more than a blueberry farm; it is an experience to be remembered. They describe themselves as an Agritourism Destination. Multiple varieties of blueberries are offered in meticulously maintained gardens. Restaurant onsite and live music. If you are not up to picking, they have fresh packaged blueberries you can purchase. 

(855)372-7444   (352)-529-0594

Santa Fe Blueberry Farm North, near Waldo and US 301. Your GPS should give you a back road route to this farm.  When leaving the farm, US 301 and destinations to the northeast are easy. (352) 281-1559

Hipp Farms – North, near I-75 before Lake City. Only a short side trip off I-75 north to this quality u-pick farm. (352) 222-1515

Detailed Drive & Rallye Instructions for each Drive will be available to Download six weeks prior to the Event

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