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Farewell, my dear friends....
« on: January 07, 2007, 05:12:45 pm »
My Dear Friends,

Just wanted to tell you that the Midwest Expert #47 number plate is available this coming season.  If you'd like it, I'm not reclaiming it.

After 15 years of racing, living with you wonderful people, I'm turning in my wheels and moving on... 

I've decided to officially retire and recreate my world.  As of April 1st, I'll be finished with work, as my company has once again been sold to a larger operation, and I am fortunate enough to accept a retirement opportunity. 

I'll bought a home in Sicily a few months ago in anticipation of this move.  It's located in Castelbuono, Sicily.   I've got family there, and it's a beautiful piece of heaven.  If you'd like to see a little more about where that is, click this link...

http://www.sicilyphotos.com/foto_della_sicil_000001.htm

My new house is located about 1.5 miles from the sea, on the northern coast of Sicily.  Consider my home in Sicily as a vacation getaway for yourselves, complete with wine, great home cooked Italian food, race photos, and lots of racing lies long into the evening. 

I'm excited about my future, but have to admit I already miss you all.  You have been a huge part of my existence and world for so long, and I'll miss it dearly.  When I think about all the wonderful experiences I've had in this sport, one constant remains through them all:  it's the friendships and people that I come back for each season.  The bond we all share is deep, as you all know and feel.  I'll miss that most of all.

I hope to see as many of you folks in the next few months, hopefully at Daytona in March. 

Sincerely, respectfully, and with love and admiration for you all,

Russ Intravartolo
Former Midwest Expert #47.
rintravartolo@yahoo.com

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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007, 05:38:24 pm »
that's awesome.
best wishes.
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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2007, 05:54:33 pm »
Good luck Russ

I cant belive after fighting for the #47 for so many years with you
and even stealing it for 1 year just to have you take it bake the next.

now your just giving it away.

You should keep it and come back and race at least once a year.
There will always be a bike ready for you with YOUR # on it when ever you need it.

Lonny
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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2007, 06:35:03 pm »
Russ? 

Sicily? 

Is intravartolo Italian similarly to Rosno?

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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2007, 06:37:29 pm »
And I'll bring my beanie and swim suit.
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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2007, 06:40:08 pm »
And I'll bring my beanie and swim suit.
  OH NO!  Is it the same one you wore at the Wegman?
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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2007, 07:07:21 pm »
Only Russ knows.
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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2007, 07:47:53 pm »
Lonny, just adjust the seat on that thing so my feet can touch the ground and I'll be there.  I'd love the opportunity to come back and ride.

Dave, the beaches are topless, so just bring the beanie and your all set.  I'm sure you'll be a hit there.   Yes, Intravartolo is Sicilian, my family is there and I met them when I was there a few months ago.  Very cool, they knew my family in the states and followed their lives from afar.  Feels like home to me.

No airfare in the invitation!  You're kidding!  Get ur butt there on your own, and spend nothing more when your there.  It's a beautiful place to see, and you'll be taken care of like royalty when you arrive.

Russ
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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2007, 08:43:30 pm »
Russ, I will be saddended by your departure.  :wah:
 Have fun in Sicily!!!
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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2007, 09:27:37 pm »
Just keep in touch with us on the forum!  Congratulations to you Russ, I hope you enjoy your new adventure and take life easy.  Enjoy the fruits of your labors...  Too few people actually get to do that!

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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2007, 10:08:31 pm »
So how close are you to the nearest GP track?   :biggrin:
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Re: Farewell, my dear friends....
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2007, 09:14:26 am »
So how close are you to the nearest GP track?   :biggrin:

Autodromo Di Pergusa
http://www.autodromopergusa.it/user/index.php?id=2

The track is located about 50 miles from my house, just south of Mt. Enna, called Pergusa.  It's a ring that surrounds the largest natural lake in Sicily.  Lots of Italian riders test there in the winter months since it's cold in most of Italy at that time, and Sicily is warm in the winter.  There's club racing there too, so you know I'll be sniffing around there pretty quickly.
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