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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 very 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 the picnic 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 grab a bite to eat. At about 6:30pm we'll head up Route 66 to Carthage and the drive-in theater to take in a movie. Or not.

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

Motel Reservations:  We haven't secured a motel for G03 yet, but we're working on it. We'll post the info on the list as soon as we can.

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:   We'll have area and city maps posted well before G03 takes place.

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

Copyright 2002 Bruce Johnson and Craig Watson