2023 Muscle Car Adventures Road Tours
Wisconsin back roads are perfect for driving your Muscle Car the way it was meant to be driven. Our guided tours are designed to give you some of the best of Wisconsin's back roads.
The number of Muscle Cars in each tour will be limited to 15 - 18. In addition, some tours will have required fees for samples and tours as indicated in the tour description. For planning purposes, we have printed all fees at the tour stops. They’ve always been there but now they are indicated up front when you register.
Staging for all Muscle Car Adventure road tours will be in the road adjacent to the registration area 15 minutes before launching. As is our policy, we will launch all tours on time. You will receive a route map of all tours you have signed up for in your welcome packet.
Please also remember that most brewery and winery tours require closed toe shoes. We can’t emphasize this enough. . . every year someone forgets – please don’t be the one. Also, don’t forget to get gas before your tour!!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION – TOUR DESCRIPTIONS
“SCENIC” – This will be a relaxed, leisurely drive through the countryside. Take in the scenery and the beauty of the land and enjoy the sights of the countryside driven in a relaxed manner.
“SPIRITED” – These tours are for drivers (and their co-pilot) who are confident in themselves and their cars and who enjoy driving their Muscle Cars in a more aggressive manner as the opportunity presents itself on a tour. Slower, more cautious drivers should either drive from the back of these tours or limit themselves to “scenic” tours for maximum enjoyment of everyone.
Hot Laps at the Dells Raceway Park will be available from 3:00pm – 5:00pm on Thursday, September 21 and from 8:30am - 10:30am on Friday, September 22. All of the tours scheduled for Friday will stop at the track at the end of their tours except Tour #1 that may not be able to return in time to go to the track. Anyone else who would like to experience hot laps may travel to the Raceway on their own; or, we will lead a group there from the registration area at 2:45pm.
Your guide will schedule a rest stop on all long drives.
Please join us for the Sunday morning brunch and awards presentation. (Brunch is included with your registration). Guided tours will have a maximum number of cars for each tour.
Please call Ed Saari at 309-530-9235 with any questions or arrangements for a separate guided group tour.
Many wine and beer tastings will have a tasting charge.
Thursday, September 21, 2023
By popular request we will again offer two track days at Dells Raceway Park.
The first day will be on Thursday, September 23 and the track will be available for participants in Muscle Car Adventureds from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Friday, September 22, 2023
Dells Raceway Park 8:30am - 10:30am
All Friday tours will travel to Dells Raceway Park at the start of their tours for hot laps on this amazing 1/3 mile paved ashpalt track.
If you are not on a tour, you may obtain directions from the registration area and drive to the track yourself.
No helmets, no tech requirements, just you and your Muscle Car on the track driving however you want. It is you and the track!
Come and enjoy this unique driving experience.
These tours overlap; therefore, you may only choose one tour on Friday
All Friday Tours will go to Dells Raceway Park first
Tour 1 – Scenic - 8:00am - Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center and Restaurant and The Highground Veterans Memorial Park
You will first travel to The Highground, located four miles west of Neillsville, started as the Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project. It has grown to a 155-acre park that includes a museum, a gift shop, picnic areas and four miles of hiking trails. The private facility, which receives no ongoing federal or state funding, is supported by donations and grants. The Park is free to the public and open 24/7/365. The Highground is the nation’s premier Veterans Memorial Park.
Then it is time to discover Wisconsin’s #1 fruit crop, which is cranberry, of course.
The Wisconsin Cranberry Discovery Center is your ultimate guide to cranberries and a must-see destination in the Midwest.
The Museum features information all about the cranberry industry and history of Wisconsin cranberries.
In addition, they will serve lunch with a choice of two sandwiches which will be either a Cranberry Chicken Salad on a Cranberry Rice Bread or a Pulled Pork sandwich with Cranberry Sauce on a croissant.
Both sandwiches will be served with chips, a drink and ice cream for approximately $11 - $12.
Our one-of-a-kind center is located at the historic Union Cranberry Warehouse in Downtown Warrens.
4:46 hrs driving – 234 miles
Tour 2 – Spirited - 8:30am - Led by Rob & Sherri Davis - Anchor Bay Bar & Grill, Stevens Point Brewery, Sunset Point Winery and Wisconsin Dairy Cheese
This tour is for those who want it all, a great riverfront restaurant, a sampling of brews and a taste of wine, followed by some great cheese. This has it ALL!!
Anchor Bay Bar & Grill is located in Wisconsin Rapids and has been serving great food/drinks since 2006. It has a great patio overlooking the Wisconsin River.
At Stevens Point Brewery, fully closed shoes, such as sneakers, are required for the tour. No flip flops, sandals, Crocs, Keens, or other open shoes will be allowed. The cost of the tour and samples is $7 per person and you receive 4 7oz Samples of Choice & Souvenir Pint Glass.
Sunset Point Winery is located in the heart of historic Stevens Point. Sunset Point Winery opened on July 3, 2015. The winery is family owned and operated by Kelly and Don Guay along with Kelly's parents Kathy and Gary Johnson. The name of the winery is a combination of two great locations! Kelly and Don were married in September of 2013 on Sunset Lake in Amherst. They both attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point with Paper Sciences degrees. So the name Sunset Point Winery was born! The sun logo also has special meaning: the Guays are a blended family with five kids and because of this there are seven rays in the setting sun.
On the way back, you will then stop at Wisconsin Dairy Cheese, where for generation after generation they are setting new standards and continue the tradition for high-quality cheeses made in Wisconsin.
The superior milk supplied by their dedicated dairy farm families and our master cheesemakers artistry allow them to produce an excellent and unique cheese product.
3:48 hrs driving – 178 miles
Tour 3 – 9:00am - Spirited - 8:00am – Led by Chris Peters & Abby Sielaff Mystery Tour –?? driving time, ?? miles
We will take you on a fun MYSTERY TOUR. This tour will take you to new stops and cruising some of the best spirited roads ever!
Tour 4 - Spirited - 9:30am - Led by Andy and Jessie Gross - Two wineries and lunch and a short quick trip – Balanced Rock Winery, Baraboo Bluff Winery, and J’s Pub
On this trip you will head south through Baraboo to Balanced Rock Winery.
Balanced Rock Winery is a family owned, boutique winery located on the doorstep of Devils Lake State Park, within the city limits of Baraboo, Wisconsin.
Their focus is to bring awareness to cold hardy grape varietals capable of surviving the Midwest’s frigid winters. Their wines are an expression of the soil, climate, farming and wine making practices that provide a sense of place to each wine. You'll taste our commitment to quality with every sip.
Then it is on to your second winery, Baraboo Bluff Winery. Established in 2015, familyowned, award winning, and pet friendly Baraboo Bluff Winery, is situated high on the northwest range of the Baraboo bluffs. The panoramic views are exceptional and overwhelmingly beautiful!
After the wineries it is time for lunch at one of our favorites, J’s Pub and Grill in Reedsburg. Yes, Jay is the owner, and he will be there to greet you and make sure you have a wonderful lunch.
1:38 hrs driving - 61 miles
Tour 5 – Scenic - 10:00am - Wisconsin Auto Museum and The Mineshaft Restaurant
Wait until you see these gorgeous automobiles. We will travel to Hartford, WI and visit the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. History comes alive at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum. Showcasing transportation history, the museum is Wisconsin’s largest auto museum, featuring an ever-changing display of classic and vintage autos and artifacts plus the largest assembled group of Hartford-built Kissel luxury automobiles.
The museum’s striking art deco interior sets off 110+ vehicles on exhibit, including: Pontiacs, Studebakers, Chevrolets, Kaisers, Fords, and other cars from around the world. The collection is rounded out by displays of automotive artifacts such as gas pumps, signs, license plates, oil cans and other petroliana. An assortment of outboard engines built in Hartford from 1930s – 1990s are also on display.
The high caliber Kissel automobiles were manufactured in Hartford 1906 – 1931, making Kissel the second longest car manufacturer in Wisconsin. Of the 35,000 produced fewer than 200 are known to exist today, with 25 currently exhibited at the museum.
The Nash Car Club of America has space within the museum dedicated to the Wisconsin based vehicles and related memorabilia. Nash began in Kenosha, Wisconsin when the Thomas B. Jeffery Company was purchased by Charles Nash in 1916.
The Hudson Essex Terraplane Historical Society and Southeastern Wisconsin Short Track Hall of Fame also maintain special display areas for their vehicles. The Museum admission is $8.00 per person. After the museum, you will lunch at a local restaurant, The Mineshaft, close by in downtown Harford. At 5,000 square feet, the establishment is so large that it has an elevator! The second floor is a game room filled with pinball and electronic games. In addition to the bar and restaurant, there are private rooms for meetings, parties, or small events.
Just a fun “car” day for “car” people!!
3:28 hrs driving - 168 miles
Saturday, September 23, 2023
Tour 6A - 7:45am - Spirited - Led by Joe Morgan - Join Joe Morgan as he leads a group the Hillsboro Drag-Away for an exciting day at the drags.
Muscle Car Adventures is pleased to announce a great Spirited Tour to the 2023 event. Who doesn't love a day at the drag strip? There has just never been one close enough, but now that has changed. Recently an avid racing group in Hillsboro Wisconsin made arrangements to lease a local airport for use as a 1/8 mile dragstrip. They have professional timing equipment, and run weekly programs throughout the summer. They call it Hillsboro Drag-Away. We will arrive at the track at about 8:45. Cost to race will be $35 for the entire day, and spectators are free. Drivers should have a helmet, long pants, and closed-toe shoes for safety. The track offers food and beverage options. They will be giving us special group sessions throughout the day where we get to make runs against other Muscle Car Adventures drivers. Plan to join this tour for some great straight-line racing! Another new event is planned for Saturday afternoon and this tour will be back in plenty of time to enjoy it - details to follow.
Tour 6 - 8:00am - Cave of the Mounds & Rookies
Your tour leader will take you on a fun scenic tour to Cave of the Mounds, a natural limestone cave located near Blue Mounds, WI. Cave of the Mounds National Natural Landmark is celebrating 77 years since the discovery of the Cave. Since then, Cave of the Mounds has become the premier cave in the upper Midwest and the jewel box of America’s major show caves. Guided tours of this geologic wonder follow paved, lighted walkways and pass a stunning array of colorful crystal formations. Bring a jacket or sweatshirt as it is about 50 degrees inside the cave. You will also enjoy the Gemstone Mine, Fossil Dig, Butterfly Gardens and an amazing rock/gift shop. You don’t want to miss this one. There will be a $21.99 per person admission charge, collected at the entrance to Cave of the Mounds.
Lunch will be at Rookies. Whether you're a sports fan, passionate about top-quality down-home American food, or just in the mood to have a drink with the friendliest restaurant and bar staff in Wisconsin, Rookies has what you're looking for. From your lunch table you can watch the wiffle ball field. This is a beautiful scenic route with a restaurant with a fabulous view as well as great food!!
2:51 hrs driving – 126 miles
Tour 7 – Scenic - 8:30am - A day at the circus, Circus World, Al Ringling Mansion and Restaurant
Your tour will start with a quick trip to Baraboo where you will first stop at the Al Ringling Mansion. This spectacular red stone mansion was built in 1905 as the home of legendary circus showman, Al Ringling. Al was the eldest of the five famous Ringling brothers. The Ringling Bros. Circus was at its peak when the mansion was built. The Al Ringling Mansion is currently undergoing extensive restoration to bring it back to its former opulence. You be taken on a tour by the owner himself, who is a true circus performer and lover of the history of the home and the circus. You will see original furnishings, amazing hand-carved woodwork, leaded glass, ornate murals and hand-decorated ceilings during your tour. Displays about the Mansion and the lives of the Ringling family will also be featured. The tour is $15.00 per person.
Following lunch at the Mansion, you will travel a short way to the Circus.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, the Ringling show always returned to Baraboo after finishing their tour to repair and repaint equipment. The Ringling’s spent the winter designing and fabricating new props and wardrobe, hiring new and returning performers, planning the route the circus would travel, and laying out their new advertising campaign. Of the 25 Ringling structures that once existed, 10 of the winter quarters buildings still exist, having been designated National Historic Landmark Structures.
You will have a number of events to attend while you are at Circus World, including the Double Wheel of Destiny thrill show, a variety show called Nothing But Nonsense, and a music show called Shake, Rattle and Toot featuring sleigh bells, rub chimes, a Theremin, an air calliope, the Una-Fon and other instruments.
Then you will be taken on a guided tour of Circus World’s pride and joy which is the largest collection of authentic circus wagons on earth. This colossal congress contains over 200 wagons and vehicles from large, medium, and small shows as well as carnivals. They were gathered from across the United States and England, some in good shape, some neglected, and still others were basket cases… but each one has a story to tell and they are beautiful. Restored by the talented craftspeople of Circus World, the parade wagons are rolling masterpieces of the woodcarver’s art, and the baggage wagons helped to transport the wonders and innovations gathered from the four corners and the seven seas to another circus stand.
And last but not least will be the Big Top Circus. You will encounter an electrifying juggler, amazing aerialists, enormous elephants, Steve & Ryan, their goofy but lovable clowns, hula hooping artistry, unequaled equilibrium in world class chair balancing all bringing the big top to life with sensational style. Their international cast of circus stars will dazzle and delight. Every seat is 30 feet or closer to the astounding action.
The cost of this wonderful, amazing, spectacular, fascinating, beautiful, sensational, dramatic, stupefying and mystifying afternoon at Circus World is only $9.99 per person and $7.99 for seniors.
1:02 hrs driving – 38.3 miles
Tour 8 - Spirited - 9:00am - Led by Rob & Sherri Davis - Driftless Brewing Company, Ski-Hi Fruit Farm and Richland Family Restaurant
This is going to be a fun, drive south and west of Chula Vista Resort driving in the Driftless area of lower Wisconsin.
You will stop at a great orchard, Ski-Hi Apple Orchard. Then you will travel to the Driftless Brewing Company for samples of its great brews. Finally, lunch will be at an old favorite, Richland Family Restaurant before heading back to the Resort on some great roads.
4:00 hrs driving – 166.1 miles
Tour 9 - Scenic - 9:30am –Mystery Tour – ?? driving time, ?? miles
This is the same MYSTERY TOUR as in Group 1 but driven in a more scenic manner.
Tour 10 - Scenic - 10:00am - Led by Andy and Jessie Gross - Mushrooms, wine and lunch & dessert –Hidden Valley Mushroom Farm, J’s Pub, Narrows Creek Winery. Log Cabin for Pies and Baraboo Candy
Now this is going to be fun low mileage tour. You are going to have mushrooms, a great restaurant, then some wine, travel for PIES, yes, a Pie stop before heading to a candy store. What more do you want?
You will start out at the Hidden Valley Mushroom Farm which is familyowned and operated since 1992. Fresh mushrooms available daily are white button, portobello, crimini, shiitake, oyster and lion's mane. Varieties of value-added items such as dry mushrooms, dry soup mixes and pickled mushrooms are also sold. Spent mushroom compost is also available. This is a special place to visit.
Then you will go to J’s Pub in Reedsburg for lunch followed by a stop at Narrows Creek Winery for some wine tasting. Narrows Creek Winery in Loganville, Wisconsin, produces and bottles a variety of fruit wines and is located on a family farm in picturesque rural Wisconsin. They are primarily focused on fruit wines and all wines are made on location.
Then it is time for PIES!! For the first time in Adventures history, you will be making a pie stop!! The Log Cabin Family Restaurant in Baraboo is famous for its pies so it is a perfect place for a pie stop.
Then for your after pie stop, you will travel on the way back at Baraboo Candy Factory. There Don and his staff will show you their wonderful “sweet” store.
1:49 hrs driving – 69 miles
Tour 11 - Spirited – 10:30am - A great loop south with lunch at Fishy’s Bar & Grill in LaValle and Carr Valley Cheese.
As you head southwest, you will stop at Fishy’s Bar and Grill in LaValle for lunch. Fishy’s is on the banks of the LaValle Mill Pond and a popular bar and grill.
Next you will stop at a favorite cheese factory, Carr Valley, in LaValle before continuing your tour on some wonderful scenic roads.
3hrs – 138 miles
Join us Saturday night as we caravan from Chula Vista Resort to Dells Raceway Park for an eventing of racing. We will have a reserved parking for all the Muscle Cars.
You will see some exciting race in the Midwest Championship Weekend on Friday
Late Models, UMA Asphalt Mods, Sportsman, Bandit, Legends, CWRA-SLM
Sunday, September 24, 2023
Tour 12 - Spirited – 7:30am - For NicKey Cars Only - Going east and North and going fast!!
1:32 driving time –66.2 miles
Tour 13 - Spirited - 7:45am - Led by Abby Sielaff with Chris Peters as Co-Pilot - Ladies driving –A FAST trip east and north – the reverse route of Tour 12.
1:32 driving time –66.2 miles
Tour 14 - Scenic– 8:00am - Led by Joe Morgan - Going east and North and going scenic for fun
1:32 driving time –66.2 miles