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  The Nova List Gatherings exist for members and families of the Nova Listserv, information about which can be found here. Please refrain from spreading the word about the Gatherings to non-members. This isn't a car show for the general public, it's just a way to get members together once per year to hang out and chat and have fun for a weekend. Thank you.

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When:  July 10-13, 2003.

Where: Joplin, MO.

Why:  If you need to ask, you DEFINITELY need to be there! And besides, there will be trophies!

Who:  Everyone on the Nova listserv is invited, as are their close friends and families.  There will be no "entry fees" or anything, as this is a time for people to hang out together and everyone can come and go as they please. Please go to the G03 Attendees Form and enter your data if you haven't already. To see who's coming, go to the G03 Attendees Page.

The Reason:  This has become a fun way to bring many of the Nova List members together once per year to put faces to screen names and to back up (or totally deny) the trash-talking that's been going on since the last Gathering.

The Schedule:  
People will be arriving Wednesday night and all day on Thursday, so we'll "offically" begin the event at noon on Thursday. We'll recover from our travels, unpack, hang out, relax, and then get together for a cruise-in at Sonic for dinner. After that, we'll drive through Joplin on Route 66 and make a few laps where the locals cruise.

On Friday morning everyone is on their own for breakfast, then we'll clean up the cars and try to get some pictures taken. We hope to have something special to do midday on Friday, but we have to keep that under wraps for now in case things don't work out. At about 3pm we'll make last minute preparations for the picnic and then head to Schifferdecker Park at about 5pm for food and group photos. Friday night will probably end with more cruising, maybe going for ice cream, and BSing.

Saturday: We've got Mo-Kan Dragway reserved from 10am to 4pm! Therefore we'll be pretty occupied with racing from about 8am to 5pm. We'll do Top Eliminator brackets, heads-up racing, test-n-tune, carb wars, rip on Aren, etc. After that, we'll head back to the motel, get cleaned up, and head out to a restaurant, followed by some cruising and maybe go for an ice cream.

Sunday will revolve around brunch, picture-taking, the awards ceremony, and saying good-bye.

Motel Reservations:  We've got 40 rooms blocked off at Motel 6 in Joplin.   The address is 3031 South Range Line Road, Joplin, MO 64804. To make reservations, call 417-781-6400 and tell them you're with the Nova Group. Each room has a door that opens to the outside (rather than an interior hallway), they've got a pool, a large parking lot that appears to be quite secure and should accomodate trailers without difficulty, and the motel should be easy to find, being just north of I-44, right on U.S. Highway 71. Rates range from $35-$50/night depending on the day of the week and how many people will be in your room.

Directions:   Joplin is in the southwest corner of Missouri, near where Interstate 44 and U.S. Highway 71 intersect. Unclench your wallet and buy yourself a map and you'll have your directions. Or go to or

Maps and Itinerary:   Click here for a general map of the area including MoKan Dragway, and click here for a zoomed-in map of Joplin with the motel, parts store, car wash, and restaurants highlighted. We'll be adding one more restaurant to the mix in the next couple days. We'll have a few copies available at G03 if you need one, but we'd rather you printed your own copy if you can. We're not going to have enough for everyone.

E-mail Bruce or Craig if you have any questions.

Copyright 2003 Bruce Johnson and Craig Watson