INOA Rip Van Norton Rally

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The ground hog has not seen it's shadow and the weather is all confused. I bet some riders have taken their Nortons out for a quick spin on the few bonus days we've had. Time to think about the bikes, and the places we'll go with them this year. Wrench, polish, ride.

The International Norton Owners Association's Rip Van Norton Rally is being held at the Blackthorne Resort July 13-17, 2020. Rally info and Fee will be posted very soon, as we iron out a few last details.

Rooms, RV and tent sites are all available to rent at the Blackthorne. Make your rental arrangements directly with the Blackthorne.

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We have a special rate at the Blackthorne resort. We are getting each level room for $50 less than is listed on the Blackthorne website. Remember the room rate includes a meal plan that provides 5 Breakfasts and 3 dinners. (The other 2 dinners Wednesday night and the Awards Dinner on Thursday night will provided by the Rally, in the same dinning room).Since the meal plan usually includes 5 dinners, we are getting another $36.00 off the room/meal plan rate.

Our Rates:

A Level Room for 5 nights $405.00 - $36.00 = $369.00 per person
B Level Room for 5 nights $355.00 -$36.00 = $319.00 per person
C Level Room for 5 nights $314.00 -$36.00 = $278.00 per person

BE SURE to tell the person you speak to at the Blackthorne, when you make your reservation that we have this special rate for the Rally.

RV and tent site rentals are as listed on the Blackthorne website.

348 Sunside Road
East Durham, NY 12423
Call: 518-634-2541

https://www.blackthorneresort.com/


Pre-registration is almost ready to go live. We are trying to get some final information from a couple of ride destinations. I will post soon to let everyone know when it goes live.

See you there,
Chuck Contrino
President, Tri-State Norton Riders
2020 Rally Chairman
347.881.6490
 

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GREAT !!! Thanks for posting. I was there in 2011, my first INOA rally. Been to four now ...
 
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Online Registration For the "Rip Van Norton Rally"

I am pleased to announce that Online Registration For the "Rip Van Norton Rally" is up and running, and we already have some people registered for the Rally.
The dates are: JULY 13 -17 (Departure 11 am July 18)
Go to "Nortonrally.com", The link for registering is in blue on the right hand side.
Accommodations: Book your accommodations directly through the Blackthorne Resort (518)634-2541
There are rooms, tent sites and about 100 RV sites, available to rent. Abundant bathrooms & shower facilities, pool & other amenities on site. RV & tent site rates are listed on their website. https://www.blackthorneresort.com/ or call (518)634-2541.


The rates we have for rooms for the Norton Rally at the Blackthorne are as follows:

A Level Room for 5 nights = $369.00 per person
B Level Room for 5 nights = $319.00 per person
C Level Room for 5 nights = $278.00 per person

Though these rates may seem high at first glance, these room rates include a meal plan that provides 5 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners. (and are $50 less than listed on their website)

The other 2 nights (Wednesday and Thursday) the Rally will provide dinner, in the same dining hall, for everyone at the Rally, Tent campers, RV users and Room Renters.

Note: As stated on Blackthorne’s website Room rates are based on 2 or more people to a room.

There is a 25% surcharge for single Occupancy. Save money by rooming with a friend.


The Rally schedule/calendar of events is not complete and will be updated shortly, with new items added as we get confirmation from presenters and destinations. Check back frequently for updates.


Chuck Contrino

President, Tri-State Norton Riders

Rally Chairman 2020
Chucktri@aol.com
 
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The Tri-State Norton Riders meeting of March 21, 2020 was not a happy one. Just a few weeks before we were looking forward to welcoming you to another great Norton rally.


Alas, with a heavy heart I must announce it is not to be. Things change so rapidly.

News about the Corona Virus (CoVid-19) continues to bombard us daily. The projections are dire. We may wish to disbelieve the information we are receiving, but it cannot be disregarded. People are suffering and dying. Though the majority of people infected will only suffer minor symptoms, the projected numbers are staggering. The worst possible projection is that there will be 100 million infected people in the U.S. That’s 1/3 of the population, with 1 million possible deaths. It may not reach those numbers. We certainly hope it does not even get close. But the numbers of cases and fatalities increases dramatically each day. The only way we can help to flatten the curve and reduce the risk to everyone is to take these “social distancing” guide lines seriously. Many of us in the INOA are in the age group that is experiencing the most serious affects of this disease, people over 60. (that’s me).


Everyone that participated in the meeting agreed that we could not, in good conscience go forward with the Rally under these circumstances. I don’t ever recall any other meeting that we were unanimous, except when it was a vote for another round of drinks.


March 20th the governor of Pennsylvania announced the mandatory closure of all not essential businesses. At the meeting of March 21st we wondered why New York State’s Governor Cuomo had not done the same. By the next day Governor Cuomo did just that.


The Blackthorne Resort, the site of the Rally, now shows “no upcoming events” on its website. If you call the phone number you will get a message stating that there is no one in the office due to the quarantine. The last sentence is that when the quarantine is lifted, they will be once again be open for business.


I know this is hard on all of us, in so many ways. No work, or income for most people, kids climbing the walls, mom and dad want a break. No sports! Stay healthy, safe and sane.


The Tri-State Norton Riders would like to ask that we have the honor of hosting in 2022. If possible at the same venue.


I will be working to refund the money that was sent via PayPal ASAP. Right now PayPal has no one in the offices to answer questions, just computerized info. I will get past that. If I cannot refund your money directly through PayPal, I will be sending out checks to everyone that has paid rally and event fees. Everyone that has sent a check will get a check in return. The most recent checks I did not deposit, while I waited to see how things would play out. Those that have not been deposited, will be returned to you.


As I said in Michigan, INOA Rallies always remind me of Sly Stone’s “We Are FAMily”. I can’t wait to see you all again, and to toast this big wonderful family. My, Our, best wishes and hopes for all of you.


Chuck Contrino

President Tri-State Norton Riders

Unhappy Rally Chairman 2020

Chucktri@aol.com

347-881-6490
 

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Thank you Chuck and the TSNR for organizing and for handling this so professionally. This was to be my first rally and I was so looking forward to it. Hopefully everyone will get some good riding on new roads and with old and new friends this summer.
 
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Looking forward to holding a Rally in the same place, but 2021 is booked for British Columbia. We are OK'd for 2022 in New York.
 

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