11th Annual Detroit Auto Show GTG - NAIAS 2018 - January 20 (aka WINTERFEST)

VeeDubTDI

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Happy October, everyone! It's that time of year when I'm happy to announce our 11th annual Detroit Auto Show get-together, aka "Winterfest!" :cool:

WHEN:
This year's GTG date: Saturday, January 20th, 2017 (first public day of the show). You'll note that it's a week later this year than usual, which means no hockey kids at the hotel, yay! :D Unfortunately, it also means that it isn't a three-day weekend, boo. :eek:

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.

This year’s post-show activity will be a visit to The Henry Ford complex for your choice of a tour of the River Rouge Ford factory or The Henry Ford Museum. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, it will not be possible to do both activities.

For those of you who are planning on staying for part of Sunday, we will be making an afternoon trip to JD Karting’s indoor electric go kart racetrack. This will be an arrive-and-drive event with no pre-purchase of tickets. There may be a delay in getting track time if the venue is unusually busy.

LODGING:
Once again, we will be staying 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).

Hotel pricing is $136.00 per night for 7th and 8th floor rooms. We have rooms available on Friday, January 19th and Saturday, January 20th. If you would like to extend your stay beyond these two dates, let me know via PM.
Hotel booking deadline is Tuesday, December 19th, 2016. After this date, any unsold rooms in our block will be released to general sales. If you're interested in attending this event, please book your room before December 19th.


PAST EVENTS:
2017 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=468051
2016 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=449238
2015 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=423489
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
2009 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=236757
2008 - http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=199701

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

Friday, January 19th:
6:00pm - 7:00pm: Meet & Greet @ hotel lobby bar
7:30pm - 10:00pm: Dinner @ Arbor Brewing Company in Ypsilanti
10:30pm - midnight: Hang out at hotel, socialize, sleep, etc.

Saturday, January 20th:
7:00am - 8:00am: Breakfast @ The Bomber
9:00am - 12:30pm: Meet @ Cobo Center lobby & auto show
12:30pm - 12:45pm: Meet @ Joe Louis statue in COBO lobby, prepare to depart
1:15pm - 2:30pm: Lunch at Buddy's Pizza in Dearborn, MI
2:45pm - 5:30pm: The Henry Ford. The two options are The Henry Ford Museum and The River Rouge Ford Factory Tour. Last tour starts at 3:00pm sharp.
6:30pm - midnight: Hang out at hotel, dinner, Cards Against Humanity, whatever!

Sunday, January 21st:
10:00am - 11:00am: Breakfast @ The Bomber (can't get enough!)
12:00pm - 2:00pm: Afternoon elecric go karting at JD Karting in Novi, MI

Detroit Auto Show exhibitor floor plan: https://naias.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Floor-Plan-Public.pdf

Who's in??
  1. VeeDubTDI (VA) ✓
  2. compu_85 (VA) ✓
  3. bhtooefr (OH) ✓
  4. Curtis C. (VA) ✓
  5. GeekDrew (OH) ✓
  6. MonsterTDI09 (VA) ✓
  7. Jetter_Sprinta (just Jetter) (MA) ✓
  8. IndigoBlueWagon (MA) ✓
  9. Sprockette (MI) ✓
  10. PeterV (NH) ✓
  11. tomo366 (MD) ✓
  12. Sprocket (MI) ✓
  13. oilhammer (MO) ✓
  14. BKmetz (IL) ✓
  15. spacemonkeymafia (VA) ✓
  16. jasonTDI (WI) ✓
  17. 251 (IN) ✓
  18. otm646 (MI) ✓
  19. deegingerkid (CA) ✓
  20. MonsterDog (VA) ✓
  21. Airwolf (MI) ✓
  22. Matt-98ahu (CA) ✓
  23. BeetleGo (MA) ✓
  24. Nash_TDI (KY) ✓
  25. psst1997 (KY) ✓
  26. r90sKirk (MI) ✓
  27. Jordan from Kirk’s shop (MI) ✓

Auto show 2018 attendance questionnaire - every attendee needs to fill this out:

LINK TO FORM

Please fill out the above questionnaire if you are attending this GTG. If your name has a check mark (✓) next to it, then you have already done the survey.
 
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IndigoBlueWagon

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I'm in. Peter V. is too. And I bet Jetter will make it.

That 40 minute drive to the COBO center, is that time following Lawson? I think it was a bit quicker last year.
 

VeeDubTDI

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I'm in. Peter V. is too. And I bet Jetter will make it.

That 40 minute drive to the COBO center, is that time following Lawson? I think it was a bit quicker last year.
Yeah it's more like 30 minutes tops. ;)
 

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PeterV

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A pair of Peters and a Jetter. A great mix are IN.
 

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There are just too many to list....
I am going to try. One of the things that made it hard for me to get away these last few years is sadly no longer around, and I could sure use some fun time with my dub peeps.

I will try and firm it up in the coming weeks.
 

VeeDubTDI

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I am going to try. One of the things that made it hard for me to get away these last few years is sadly no longer around, and I could sure use some fun time with my dub peeps.
I will try and firm it up in the coming weeks.
It'll be great if you can make it up this year! :cool:
 

Sprocket

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We are in. It will be great to see everyone again! Brian, I hope you can make it too :)
 

VeeDubTDI

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I've tried, but it says I have too many lines and it won't let me change it :(
You could try consolidating/abbreviating more or perhaps shrinking the text size to 1 instead of 2 so that you can fit more characters per line.
 

VeeDubTDI

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That’s great news.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, I added the hotel reservation link to the first post. It defaults to three nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but you can change it if you want fewer nights.
 

BKmetz

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I'm in. Hotel all booked!

:)
 
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VeeDubTDI

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Great! I'm glad to see that reservations are being made early. This gives me an opportunity to add more rooms to our block if necessary. :cool:
 

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Room Booked .:)
 
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