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TDIFest 2009 Discussion about TDIFest 2009 coming to Washington, DC (Dulles)on the Labour Day weekend (September 4-6th, 2009) .

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Old September 13th, 2009, 19:56   #46
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How about Westmoreland, Pa as a fest site?
Or that show-case factory where the Phaetons were built?
Or the factory where the ignition coil packs were manufactured?
Or the BHW balance shaft machine shop?
Or the relay 109 solder assembly line?
Or the B4 ignition switch test station?

These were underutilized in their hey-day and are probably abandoned now. If you wish to reminisce about the good old days, while surrounded by VW fail, any of those venues should do.
LOL... you forgot the 'Waterboxer cooling system long term leak testing facility' that has now been taken over by the 'Cheap Chinese replacement axle consortium'
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Old September 13th, 2009, 20:26   #47
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I just love it.......it never fails every year after the fest is over the armchair quarter backs come out of the Closet........... and start delivering LIP Service about what and where the Fest should be next.........and most or the time thats what it ends up being pure Lip Service..........
If you want it step up to the plate and propose it and plan it!!
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Old September 13th, 2009, 21:38   #48
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Twice in two years this WOULD BE GREAT. My hats off the the organizers you guy put together a great fest. I was honored to help.

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Old September 13th, 2009, 21:41   #49
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Hehe, don't get too excited just yet.
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Old September 13th, 2009, 22:09   #50
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I just love it.......it never fails every year after the fest is over the armchair quarter backs come out of the Closet........... and start delivering LIP Service about what and where the Fest should be next.........and most or the time thats what it ends up being pure Lip Service..........
If you want it step up to the plate and propose it and plan it!!
whooooa....boy. down, tomo, down! annngry tomo.

What i've found is that the lip service is due to lack of knowledge, organization, and gumption. they just need someone with a little gumption to get organized and find the knowledge to make it happen.... and some people would like to see it, but are afraid to be responsible for it. it's really not as intimidating as it seems, especially considering how far the planning process has come on an organizational level itself. things are getting a lot easier to do now that we're not recreating the wheel every year. it'll happen. It's just taken 10 years to build a foundation.

besides if people didn't give lip service every year then others might not have the ideas to make it happen where people want it. demand and supply (in that order).
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Old September 14th, 2009, 05:26   #51
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I wish we had more 'enthusiast' type people in my area, but we really don't. Not like the northeast folks do. Most of the TDI drivers around here just own/drive/maintain them, and have no real hobby-type love for them it seems. Not that they don't love them, they just are not the type to rub on them with a diaper and fuss over trivial things like oil brands or chiptuners.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 06:59   #52
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HEY! I'm pretty sure there are some VW owners here in the northeast US that have lives that don't revolve around VW.
I just don't know any....
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Old September 14th, 2009, 07:05   #53
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LOL.... yeah, maybe I need to move closer to you guys.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 09:19   #54
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How about the vancouver bc area or seattle?

lots of tdi cars up here in canada
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Lots of TDI's but enthusiasts are fewer...and west coasters are lethargic and non-committal. I know, I am one.

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Lots of TDI's but enthusiasts are fewer...and west coasters are lethargic and non-committal. I know, I am one.
And that's exactly the problem that we've had year after year, which is why there hasn't been a West Coast Fest since 2001.
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HEY! I'm pretty sure there are some VW owners here in the northeast US that have lives that don't revolve around VW.
I just don't know any....
LOL...I see them on the highway...and now I work with one...but other than that, I don't know any either.

And Oilhammer, we'd love to have you...
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I just love it.......it never fails every year after the fest is over the armchair quarter backs come out of the Closet...........
Tomo is right though... we do hear this ...every...single...year. I just hope it's not the same people posting it every single year.

I like to think it comes from enthusiastic newbies that want to express their enthusiasm for the Fest. Since enthusiasm is what keeps the Fest going, I've learned not to respond to those empty suggestions and instead now I sit back and see where they go... it's less frustrating that way.

In any case, I'm always here if ANYONE has ANY questions at all about seriously planning/running a Fest. If I don't have the answer, you can bet I know someone who does.
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But going back to the original intent of this thread, I would like to see what people would like added to (or dropped from) the Fest content. The format has essentially been the same now for many years. New ideas keep the Fest fresh!
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I'd like to add another event for Saturday/Sunday... something along the lines of a dyno!

Otherwise, I think the format that we used this year is pretty good... vary a few things depending on the location, but stick with the basic outline of events and times.

One other change, the banquet needs to be moved to 6pm or the raffle needs to be shortened. That was hectic.
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