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View Poll Results: Activities questionnaire - please select one for karting and one for dinner
I would like to go go karting at Kart 2 Kart in Warren 8 50.00%
I would like to go go karting at JD Karting in Novi 5 31.25%
I would like to have Friday dinner at Frenchie's in downtown Ypsi 13 81.25%
I would like to have Friday dinner at another venue 3 18.75%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 16. You may not vote on this poll

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Old September 11th, 2014, 13:57   #1
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Arrow 8th Annual Detroit Auto Show GTG - NAIAS 2015 - January 17 (aka WINTERFEST)

Summer is over and winter is on its way! That can only mean one thing - preparations for our 8th annual Detroit Auto Show get-together (and maybe some snow, of course)!

WHEN:
This year's GTG date: Saturday, January 17th, 2015 (first public day of the show). Due to the large number of out-of-towners who frequent this event, the GTG will start on Friday evening and conclude with breakfast at The Bomber on Sunday morning.

http://naias.com/ for more information on the auto show.

While we have typically done go karting at www.kart2kart.com in Sterling Heights, Michigan, I was thinking of mixing it up a little bit this year and trying a new place that is in the Ann Arbor area.

LODGING:
Once again, we will be shacking up at the Ypsilanti Marriott. It's a 40 minute drive from the COBO Center, it's a great place to stay, and Ypsi is an awesome town with awesome food (and not far from Ann Arbor).

Pricing is the same as last year, at $119/night + tax. We have 10 rooms set aside, so there is guaranteed availability through January 2nd, 2015. After that, no promises.


PAST EVENTS:
2014 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=394477
2013 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=363999
2012 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=337168
2011 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=301041
2010 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=264188
2008 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=199701

WEEKEND ITINERARY:
Times are approximate and may change due to any reason.

Friday, January 16th:
6:00pm - 7:30pm: Meet & Greet @ hotel
8:00pm - 10:00pm: Dinner @ Frenchie's in downtown Ypsilanti
10:30pm - midnight: Hang out at hotel, socialize, sleep, etc.

Saturday, January 17th:
7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast @ The Bomber
9:00am - 1:00pm: Meet @ Cobo Center lobby & auto show
2:00pm - 5:30pm: Go Karting & Pizza @ Kart 2 Kart OR JD Karting - see thread poll
6:30pm - midnight: Hang out at hotel, dinner, Cards Against Humanity, whatever!

Sunday, January 18th:
Brunch @ The Bomber (can't get enough!)
Drive home

Who's in??
  1. VeeDubTDI (VA) ✓
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  3. car54 (VA) ✓
  4. GeekDrew (OH) ✓
  5. TheSpatulaOfLove (MI) ✓
  6. bhtooefr (OH) ✓
  7. tomo366 (MD) ✓
  8. Matt-98AHU (CA) ✓
  9. deegingerkid (CA) ✓
  10. BKmetz (IL) ✓
  11. validius (MI) ✓
  12. IndigoBlueWagon (MA) ✓
  13. PeterV (NH) ✓
  14. MonsterTDI09 (NJ) ✓
  15. MonsterDog (NJ/VA)
  16. higgledy (MD) ✓
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  18. Nash_TDI (KY) ✓
  19. psst1997 (KY) ✓
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  21. hughesjasonk (NY) ✓
  22. Sprocket (MI) ✓
  23. Sprockette (MI) ✓
  24. pparks1 (MI) ✓
  25. Mrs. pparks1 (MI)
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  27. schuman (MI) ✓
  28. Jetter_Sprinta ✓
  29. Chris Brown
  30. kitambi (TX) ✓
  31. PaPaPerk (MI) ✓
  32. JDSwan87 (MI) ✓
  33. Mrs. JDSwan87 (MI) ✓
  34. stinkyfingers (MI) ✓
  35. Whitbread (MI) ✓
  36. otm646 (MI) ✓

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I'll be around at some point, I'm sure. I can't resist the smell of diesel fuel and Cheetos that follows this crew into town.
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Mmmm, Cheetos.
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WOOOOOOO WINTERFEST!

(Put me on the list, thanks.)
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I am so in! Can't wait!
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Got to go. Think Diedre and I were already planning on going to this anyway. Just is an assumption anymore that it'll happen.

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I'm in unless we have a blizzard.

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I'm in unless we have a blizzard.
You need to get snow tires anyway.
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I'm in unless it's unseasonably hot in Detroit in January.
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I would like to go but wifey is wondering if there will be any other ladies there she can hang out with. Essentially she wants to know if its going to be a total sausage fest...
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I would like to go but wifey is wondering if there will be any other ladies there she can hang out with. Essentially she wants to know if its going to be a total sausage fest...
There will be ladies there! I would imagine that Sprockette will be there, along with deegingerkid and perhaps others. Last year Mrs. pparks1 was there for the meet and greet on Friday night.
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I'm in for sure. PeterV may be joining me. And who cares about a blizzard? This is from two years ago.


Detroit in January. What's not to like?
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That isn't too bad. At least it was daylight and you could see something resembling travel lanes.

I added PeterV to the list as tentative... will update later on when he confirms.
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It's only bad when you'd rather be going 80 than 50 and have hundreds of miles to cover.

This was a snow squall at the end of the drive last year (I think you guys were in the same snow) and was a little scarier mostly because it was the tail end of rush hour near Cleveland and people were hurrying.

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