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TDIFest 2013 Discussion about TDIFest 2013 on the Labour Day weekend (August 30th to September 1st, 2013) in Sunday River, near Bethel, Maine. Latest information in the TDIFest wiki.

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 05:55   #16
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I went up the road around Memorial Day... first gear is ridiculous unless you have some massive turbo lag. I did it in 2nd and 3rd going up, and 1st and 2nd coming down (DSG with the small Passat turbo). But I digress - it's an awesome road and the 1st gear recommendation is good, especially when multiple people are going up the road together... don't want anyone getting too carried away.

The idea here would be to make special arrangements with them to stay open after their normal hours so that we have the place to ourselves. They offer group discounts... more info to follow.

http://mtwashingtonautoroad.com/file...lubs13web1.pdf
Wish I could make it but committed to a family trip to Maine this year and couldn't get my sister's schedule to match TDIFest. Was going to try the drive but we won't be in Maine until around Oct 20 which is the tentative close date for the road.

The neat thing is if you plan on a group they even have group catering available. So you can have a dinner (several menus available) and drive the road as well.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 06:02   #17
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Had anyone called the Mt Washington auto road to ask about arrangements? If not I can give them a call today.

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 08:54   #18
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N1DAS, I've driven it once, and that was in a 1978 Renault I bought for $500. You (the auto road owners) make it sound tough, it isn't.
I've driven the Mt. Washington Auto Road many times and I agree, it isn't tough. It can be a bit nerve racking for some if they have never done it before. I have smelled hot brakes on the way down from many drivers who did not heed the warnings about how to drive on the Auto Road. It wasn't a big deal for me but my g/f Lisa was nervous and freaking out along the way the first time she rode with me there. She loves it now.

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n1Das, thank you for the good useful info. I agree, you do make it sound like quite the task but everything you said sounds spot on. As you said, I am confident our little TDIs will make it up just fine. This type of drive is where an EGT gauge comes in handy.
TDIs were born for driving up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. I've done it in an 02 Golf, 05 PD JWagen, and 2010 JSW, all with manual transmissions.
I'm looking forward to it.
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 09:31   #19
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Had anyone called the Mt Washington auto road to ask about arrangements? If not I can give them a call today.

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 10:10   #20
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You guys all have fun. I must be a "faint of heart" person, because I've done it once and don't want to again. The car loved it, handled the steepness and terrain just fine, but I thought I was going to throw up by the time I got to the top, seriously thought about having someone else drive my car down (and I am always very reluctant to let anyone else drive my car). To top it off the top of the mountain was completely encase in clouds and we didn't get to see anything. That's my 2 cents warning to anyone else who has issues with narrow roads and steep drop-offs with no guard rails. I'll find some fun roads that are less petrifying for anyone who isn't up to the Auto Road venture.
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Aww come on Cindy, it's great fun- I went this past June 23rd on a vintage Honda 3-wheeler. It's not THAT bad....and I made it down too
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Old August 2nd, 2013, 13:08   #22
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I am handling that this afternoon.
Great, I'm sure you know more about the scheduling of events for the show than I do so hopefully we can pick a day when we get the most people to show up.

So looks like we definitely have some interest in making the trip so I may call my local vinyl shop to see what it would cost to get some stickers made up specific to our TDIs going up said mountain. If anyone wants one let me know, I will only charge you what it costs me to get them made, but you wont receive them till your car makes it to the top . I wanna do custom ones because I'm not a fan of the big bumper stickers that they give out on the mountain and it would be also cool to have ones that mention TDIs.

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Old August 2nd, 2013, 14:58   #23
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Something using the Auto Road logo and TDIFest 2013 below it would be cool.
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Something using the Auto Road logo and TDIFest 2013 below it would be cool.
I was already thinking it saying TDIfest but the auto road logo is an even better idea.

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C'mon guys by car it has to be easy!!! I did the hike up and back it only took 8 hours!! LOL I even got a shirt that says "this body climbed Mt. Washington" (just ask me how walking the next 2 days was haha)
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I've climbed it a bunch of times on foot but never had the pleasure of a drive up and down. Count me IN!
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Yea a friend of mine was mentioning the hike and the variety of easier-hard trails they have available. I go up to NH often for snowboarding, as my girlfriends grandfather owns the house in Lancaster were staying at, but this is my first time going up when its warm. I saw that TDIfest was about an hour away and there's an excuse for taking a vacation. I don't think I'll hike up this year but that is certainly on my to do list.

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I've climbed it a bunch of times on foot but never had the pleasure of a drive up and down. Count me IN!
I'm pretty surprised by that, actually. I figured you would have been all over that road!

I've sent an email and left a voicemail for the Auto Road group sales lady - hoping to hear back from her on Monday regarding a sunset group drive and foot at the top of the mountain.
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Will be working on the sticker design this week and meeting with ghd vinyl place on Friday. I'll post up some examples as soon as I can.

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