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Old 05-15-2010, 02:41 PM   #29
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The more I think about it, the more I like the regional idea, not every month and maybe not every 4 regions, but once a year on the west coast and east coast. There were over 500 cars there in GA this year, you know how many will be there next year? With the success of this year's fest, the popularity of the cars, the 2011's coming out, I'm sure it would be in the 1,000's. the organization and implementation of a police escorted cruise b/w 500 and 1,000 cars or more would be a monumental task and nearly impossible. (only had 319 cars in the cruise this year?). It's also going to be alot more difficult to find a track to hold everyone and a host hotel. It will be much harder for people to get to race (drag or autocross) due to large amount of cars. It took an hour or two just to get into the track this year, it could take all morning to get in to the next one.

I believe that one Camaro5fest per year may be way too big for people to organize and drivers and spectators to enjoy, especially if it's only racing on a Saturday.

I think alot of people have a limit on how far they are going to drive to an event and lots of people would miss out each year if it's the opposite coastline or even central. A day's travel is probably most people's limit. Heck, I call a 10 hour drive in the Camaro an 'epic' caravan! (my trip to GA). I think 500 to 1,000 miles is pretty epic!

i think it would be alot more feasible, simpler to organize and manage, and much more enjoyable if the events are spread out by region ( 2 or 4 regions) once per year. but that's just my two beers worth
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Old 05-23-2010, 04:05 AM   #30
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1 epic fest is better than a few smaller fests. Just rotate locations to keep it fair
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There's also the cost of attending multiple fests. Had I gone to Valdosta it would have cost me about $2,000 round trip including gas, lodging and food. Not being independently wealthy I can't afford to make a career out of attending fests. It takes planning to attend which includes being able to get the time off from work.

Having multiple fests would probably not be any different than the regular local events the various regions do now. They'd be okay but not the same as a national fest. Sponsors and vendors have to be able to make money so the costs of attending versus the possible sales to be expected weigh heavily in their decisions. They just won't show up if the costs are too many and not enough potential sales.

Time of year and weather also play a factor for large areas of the country and Canada too. If people want a regional meet with their local chapter (like they do now) that's fine but it shouldn't be called a "fest" in my opinion. That label should be reserved for the national meet.

The people doing the planning and organizing are basically going to be working on this all year in order to get all the pieces in place, reservations made, commitments from vendors, special guests, etc. Asking them to do that multiple times for multiple locations is just too much; especially since all their time is all volunteer.

It's also easier for everyone to plan for, save up for, request time off for; one epic event. More people will be there, it will have more going on, and it will feel special because this only happens once a year. If you do something that initially feels special too often, it loses it's excitement and doesn't feel special anymore.

I vote for one epic event each year.
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