I'm liking this idea as well, except for the timezone issues. this would mean only the mid-American areas would have a decent gathering time. Pacific would be early and Atlantic would be late. Not that we would have to start late on the east coast, just, to make it happen, we would need to stay later.
So far, consensus is for Erie in the East (or North East/mid-west depending on how far this goes). I heard a couple Indianapolis votes, and some Washington/Oregon, A couple Kansas (Center of the USA, kinda cool), an Iowa or two.
I think this is a pretty good layout for a multi-event layout.
Looking at the maps... How's about Spokane, Washington for the North-west coast meet, Sioux Falls, South Dakota for the North-West, Erie, Pennsylvania for the North-Mid-West, and Albany, new York for the North-East. They are all on Interstate 90!!! LOL
In all seriousness, If Erie is a choice, I'll make some calls for places to meet. Presque Isle has Shelters for rent, and beaches for fun. There are a few other places that are good for Car meets depending on the amount of vehicles participating. There is Waldameer Amusement park, the Casino, Penn State, Edinboro (about a half hour south), the docks, downtown, and several other places including schools, and parks.