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Old 03-07-2003, 02:05 PM
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Smile 500E/E500 West Coast GTG

Well I know many of us in the Southern half of California have talked about meeting up and comparing notes so now I want to know if maybe we should have a second big 500E GTG that includes California, Arizona, Vegas and all the way up into Canada.

Obviously a cental location would be best and we would need to locate a reasonable Hotel (Group Rate) and places to drive and just park our cars and chat. It would be cool if it could be a 2 Day event (which I know will require some of us to take a day off) to make it worth the trip. I'm thinking we might also consider getting a couple of vendors such as Bergwerks and Rentech West involved so that those interested can talk first hand about performance upgrades.

I can assist with bargaining a hotel group rate if others can suggest where to call in the location we choose. I would hope others can chime in regarding Parks or Parking lots that would accomodate us.

I left the dates open to allow everyone to provide their input so as we can include everyone in this GTG!

Your thoughts and comments are appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2003, 02:46 PM
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Placo: need2speed will be south of the 49th in the vicinity of Utah, Nevada and California in May. Diane and I would be tickled to meet up with others either before May 16th or after May 23, FWIW.

I'll keep watchin this thread.
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Old 03-07-2003, 07:48 PM
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Dean,

Wow, that would be awesome to be able to include you at the GTG. I'm assuming you will be here the weekends before and after the dates mentioned.

Maybe May 24th - 25th, anyone else interested?
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Old 03-10-2003, 12:21 PM
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We'd love to come, but will probably not be able to make anything outside of SoCal given other commitments at home until mid-June.

We'll monitor the thread and see what we can do if a place/date are selected.
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Old 03-10-2003, 01:30 PM
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May 24-25 sounds good.

Where? San Luis Obispo? Santa Barbara? Ventura?

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Old 03-10-2003, 03:26 PM
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May weekends are open on my sched.

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Old 03-10-2003, 05:28 PM
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Question 24th - 25th, Good.....or Bad

I just realized this weekend is Memorial Day weekend.

I personally don't have plans that weekend and I know I have a day off which works out great.

Does everyone else have the Holiday off?

Regarding location, I think it will really depend on how many from Canada, Washington, Nevada and Arizona are interested. If there is interest from all locations then maybe Lake Tahoe or Sacramento would be viable options. If those regions don't take interest maybe SLO would be a prime location. Lets wait and see!

BTW, my goal............beat the East Coast 500E GTG last year!
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Old 03-13-2003, 06:55 PM
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Memorial day? Darn! I'd have to re-schedule!

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Old 03-14-2003, 12:29 AM
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I'd be interested, especially in the SLO area, becaue I have a step-son in college there, but I think Memoriaal Day weekend would be terrible for driving any distances.
Is there another weekend that mifght work, possibly in April?

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Old 03-14-2003, 09:36 AM
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>choose a date, and I'll try my best to attend
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Old 03-14-2003, 11:14 AM
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Sounds like Memorial Day won't work for many and Tom definitely has a point about traffic issues.


How about the weekend of May 10 & 11?

Dean,

Will you be in the area that weekend, or possibly the following weekend?



So far I've only heard from California members, lets hold off on location until we know who can and can't attend.
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Old 03-20-2003, 10:49 PM
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Sorry man, looks like we're out of it this time

We're racing in Nevada on May 18 and mountain biking in Moab the following week...then home, sweet home!
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Old 03-22-2003, 01:14 AM
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So far May 10 & 11 looks good, as long as it isn't too far away from SB since we'll be travelling with our baby.

Dean- I take it you're doing Silver State? If so, what class are you entering in?

BTW: ButtonWillow was a blast this weekend. Even with the 600SL rotors "cryo" treated and Porterfields, I "cooked" the rotors and warped them. I really need to get a brake-duct in there . . .

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Old 03-22-2003, 03:32 PM
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Neil, yes we're doing the May event called the Nevada Open Road Challenge (NORC). Our class is the Grand Sport division and our bracket is 135mph average speed over the 90mile course.
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Old 03-22-2003, 05:20 PM
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GTG

10-11 MAY03 works for me...
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