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RIGP & Clone Class

Postby Yaani-Mai Gaddy » Thu May 20, 2010 1:15 pm

I received a RIGP newsletter & thought I would share it with you and have pasted it below. Note the reference to the 4-cycle Clone class!

It seems this class is very popular nationally. Don't be surprised when you hear of a Clone Nationals, or Clone Super Nationals! :lol:


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Entries have begun to roll in for this year’s Rock Island Grand Prix kart races and there is an interesting dynamic developing. So far, approximately half of the entries received have been for the 4-cycle International (clone) class which we have announced as a trophy-only class this year.

Competitors in the 12 other senior classes will compete for a total purse of approximately $25,000 – one of the largest in the sport. In its history, “The Rock” has paid out well over a half-million dollars in checks to competitors. Classes of more than 20 drivers pay back 9 places.

We knew there would be interest among the clones, but since the racing season opened we have heard that there are about 40 competing just at tracks in the Quad- Cities region, not to mention entries we have already received from the rest of the country.

Under our published rules, this class would cap at 55 entries and a waiting list started. However if the waiting list is substantial, at some time later this summer our organization may have to decide between offering other, under-subscribed classes or expanding and splitting the clone program.

Currently the only other classes with significant numbers of pre-entries are King of the Streets and TAG Senior. We would encourage others who plan to compete at Rock Island to register at your earliest convenience so that we have sound data when we sit down to discuss any schedule adjustments. Clone drivers should register soon in case the cap is enforced and no class lineup changes made.

SPONSORSHIP: There are still some sponsorship opportunities available for this year’s Rock Island Grand Prix. Packages range from $350 to $10,000 or more and we are happy to customize a package to meet your individual marketing and exposure needs. Ninety percent of our sponsors renew with us – a good indication that they think we are delivering a good exposure value. Call or email if your company is interested in the benefits of motor sports marketing at a reasonable cost – not to mention supporting a great karting event. We expect to wrap up all sponsor contacts by July 1, so call or email us today.

BECOME A FAN: If you are not already a friend of the Rock Island Grand Prix on Myspace or Facebook, please join us today. We have a Facebook Fan page that we encourage you to “like.” We also have a personal Facebook page at RockIsland GrandPrix and we have a page on Myspace. These provide us with an opportunity to provide quick updates as well as keep in touch with our racing friends around the world.

CHANGE OF PLANS: The planned movement of vendors and creation of an Arts & Crafts Fair outlined in our April newsletter has been revised. We have decided to keep most of the vendors grouped together in the infield as in the past. The Arts & Crafts area will be moved to 18th Street (north of Turn 5) in the area where we have hosted car shows in previous years. Live entertainment and more family-oriented activities are also being planned for our Ultimate Tail Gate Party, to enhance the spectator experience and hopefully entice even more spectators to come downtown and experience the thrill of one of the world’s great racing events.

NEW FRIDAY NIGHT GATHERING: Skellington Manor, located at the back end of the pre-grid by the Pit Entrance, has previously hosted Saturday and Sunday morning all-you-can-eat pancake breakfasts. This year they have added a Friday night WELCOME KARTERS PARTY – open to both race teams and the public.

Both the front door and the back (which opens into the Argus pits) will be open and they will be serving a barbeque dinner and drinks. Pulled pork sandwiches, chips and cookie will be available for just $6 and can be served to-go or there will be seating in the banquet hall. Pop, water and coffee will be available and the cash bar will be open, although alcohol will not be allowed to leave the building. We believe this will be a nice, economically-priced convenience for those working to get things set up in the pits. Other favorite downtown locations will also be welcoming race teams and fans.

Skellington Manor will also serve their Pancake Breakfast again, both Saturday and Sunday mornings from 6 to 10 a.m. Sausage, eggs, coffee, orange juice and all you can eat pancakes for $6.

Skellington Manor will also be the new home of the Sunday night John Deere Awards Ceremony. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with festivities probably starting around 8 p.m. They will be serving a Taco Buffet for $7 with a cash bar. Race teams are encouraged to plan to stay for this impressive and fun event.

FUN IN THE DISTRICT: For those of you who are in the Midwest, Rock Island has several other festival events upcoming that you should plan to check out. Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, will see the 45th running of the Modern Woodmen Bank Quad-Cities Criterium bicycle races. These races are also held through the downtown streets on an hour glass-shaped course and feature a variety of levels of racing, including some of the top racers in the country.

That will be followed by Gumbo Ya Ya, Rock Island’s own Mardi Gras Festival on June 11 and 12. There will be two stages of entertainment featuring Cajun, zydeco, jazz and blues, lots of beads, food vendors, cold beverages, lots and lots of beads, vendor marketplace, crawfish-eating contest, trip giveaway, street performers and lots and lots and lots of beads. Bands include Roddie Romero and the Hub City Allstars, Gumbohead, Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe, Stacy Mitchhart, Funky Butt Brass Band, Hurricane Gumbo, River City Six and the Steady Rollin’ Blues Band. More information on both events is available at

Don’t forget to get those Rock Island Grand Prix entries in today!! We look forward to seeing you all again this year, Sept. 3-5.
Yaani-Mai Gaddy
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