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Americarna USA Tour

The next Americarna USA Tour is scheduled for August 2014.  The dates & pricing have been set and below you will find the itinerary of a life time! 

For pricing or queries, please email Toni at or phone the Americarna office (06) 759 0027.


USA 2014 here we come, for our longest trip to date!

We depart NZ on Sunday 17th August for San Francisco and then coach to our hotel in Pleasanton.

Monday 18th – Thursday 21st August:  We travel daily to visit many custom shops and private car collections.  Always makes for a great four days.

*Ladies - If you’re not wanting to do this every day you can stay back and Toni can arrange a shopping day for you.

Monday night we will book a group dinner at Eddie Papas which is just down the road from the Hotel. This will be at your own expense.

Thursday night is Limo night!  Tonight we head in style into San Francisco for a look at the city by night.

Friday 22nd August:  Day one at the Good-Guys Street Rod Nationals – 3500 cars, vendors, trade displays, swap meet, cars for sale – you won’t be disappointed!

Saturday 23rd August is Good-Guys again for those that haven’t seen enough.

Other Options for Saturday:

  1. For those that want something different today, you can head into San Francisco on the train with Toni.  You can take the opportunity to visit Alcatraz, do a harbor cruise or any number of attractions.
  2. Or if you’re into wine and provided ten people were keen for this option, we can arrange a Napa Valley wine tour.
  3. Saturday night we have a bus booked to travel to Watsonville for sprint car racing.  We have been out to this track twice now and it’s well worth the trip if you enjoy speedway.

Please note:  The Saturday options are all additional costs split between those who want to go.  The more that go to the speedway, the cheaper the bus. 

Sunday 24th August: Time to farewell Pleasanton and head back to San Francisco airport to fly to Charlotte, North Carolina.  The trip will take the full day by the time we reach our hotel in Charlotte.

Monday 25th August:  Today for the first time we get to show you a whole different side of America.  Gone are the Hot Rods, instead it’s NASCARS we are looking at.  Here’s today’s itinerary:

  • First stop is Hendrick Motorsports
  • Sam Bass Gallery
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Lunch at a NASCAR themed café
  • Penske Racing

Tuesday 26th August:

  • Uptown Charlotte Tour
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame including lunch
  • Memory Lane Museum

We can guarantee these two days will be memorable!

Wednesday 27th August:  Sit back and relax as we drive through the Smoky Mountains, stopping at Pigeon Forge for the night.  Tonight we take in some southern culture!  You will find out what we have booked on the night.  Should be fun!

Thursday 28th August:  It’s an early start today as we motor into Indianapolis in time to get to John Forces workshop in Brownsburg.  His shop is open and again well worth the visit.  From here we check into our hotel for a well-earned rest.

Friday 29th August:  Another action packed day with the following itinerary:

  • First stop is Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
  • Lunch at Union Jacks
  • Then on to the Hall of Fame & a tour of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Sprint Car racing at Terre Haute

We will make a quick stop at the hotel before heading to Terre Haute.  You can drop off any purchases and whatever else you need to do.  Then we’re off for a great night of speedway at this famous track!

Saturday 30th August:  Here we go again, more to see and do!

*Ladies - Toni will take you shopping today as most of you will be over cars, I would assume.  We have two great places to take you to.  If you would like to meet up with the guys later for the midget racing we will arrange for you to get there.

*Men - We start today by visiting Tony Stewart’s open wheel shop, where his team manager and friend of mine will show us around.  From here is off to Brickers Pub for lunch, then onto our first taste of NHRA drag racing.  From the drags we will head to the Indianapolis Speedrome for some midget racing on a pavement oval.  I’ve seen this before and it’s very fast and precise driving.  Also on the race schedule is figure 8 racing.  It will be a good show! 

Sunday 31st August & Monday 1st September:  We are at the NHRA top fuel drags.  You can wander the pits watching the teams rebuild engines, check out the trade displays and enjoy the thrill of top fuel nitro cars!  For those who have never been to a nitro drag meet, you’re in for a mind blowing experience – ear plugs are a MUST!

If you would like to return to the Hotel early on either of these days we can arrange a taxi for you.

After the drags on Tuesday we will head back to the hotel and freshen up before heading into downtown Indianapolis to look around and have a final group dinner – there is a possibility that the sheriff sessions from the past couple of weeks could pay for our meals! 

Tuesday 2nd September:  Today some will head off to other parts of the US, some back home to NZ and others to Las Vegas with myself as your ‘minder’ – there is even talk of an Elvis wedding……….. or was he only joking.  Guess we will have to wait and see!

For those returning to NZ via LA; we will arrange a mini tour in LA while you await your flight.  Details and pricing to be advised.

Thursday 4th September:  Those who have stayed in Vegas will fly to San Francisco to catch a flight back to NZ.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either of us.  We look forward to having you join us!


JR & Toni



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