FUTURE TDIFESTs

40X40

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Assuming that Tdifest is too far east for many in the west to attend....

How about 2 NEW locations for alternating fests..

One in the east and one on the west...

How about Kentucky, Tennesee, or Ohio for the east side.

And West Texas, Colorado, or New Mexico for the west side.

Alternate locations every other year.

I think attendance would rise considerably by each location being

able to pull from 2/3 of the country each year.

What do you think?

Don't panic, Just brainstorming! Let us all know what you think,

is there a need for a TDIFEST west? Would the folks from the

midwest and west areas travel if it wern't so far??

Thanks!!

Bill
 

tomo366

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There is a set way to bid on a fest!! This process will start again soon.....
There were many people here fron the midwest and the west and northwest
NO ONE FROM the west has stepped up to the plate yet (lots of Lip service though!!)and it takes a team with a tremendous amount of commitment to pull this off......There were over 200 registrations this year the largest fest ever!!
 

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Hey Tomo missed another one, location is not what keeps me from coming, just could not make this one, and then I have a CRD and need to get another TDI, but would come anyway with the diesel that I have. Plan it, be accepted and we will come no matter where it is.
 

tomo366

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Brian,
You know you will always be welcome!! There was a TDI Toureg this year and an Experimental car with a TDI engine and and electric motor built by High School students! even with the rain on Saturday it was a great time!!
 

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Karjar said:
I like Washington, Oregon or Montana for the west :D
I do to. Wel, maybe not Montana since there doesn't seem to be much activity there. I thought of Spokane Wa. but they have the same problem.

Portland or Seattle would be great. Anywhere in California would work though.
 

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I was joshing with Fred and suggested that he plan a fest in Vancouver (or Richmond) in his spare time. He seems to have a lot of that as he's always goofing around here on the pages.
Besides, He's been a member longer than anyone. It's about time he did something for the club.

No, My suggestion of Vancouver and my nomination (and seconding) of Fred as committee chairman was completely in jest.
However, if there is a group in BC that is interested in hosting, I'm so up for the trip.
 

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Karjar said:
I like Washington, Oregon or Montana for the west :D
My car would look great in Washington, Oregon, or Montana!! :)

LugNut said:
However, if there is a group in BC that is interested in hosting, I'm so up for the trip.
You'd better leave now:D :D !!
 
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long range planning of TDIFESTS

I had in mind a state NOT on either coast. The reason for that is
so that attendees would drive in from ALL directions not just 2 or 3.

If it was in S. Florida we could only drive in from the north!! (sorta)
If in S. California, then from the east and north.

If we come inward 2 states or so then we can attract attendees from
all 4 directions.

If held in alternate years 1/3 of the way in from each coastline, then we
can make it attractive to the greatest # of enthusiasts. (Potentially
and looking at the long run.)

Also, If the date, location, and time are set 2+ years in advance then
a greater # of people can schedule a vacation from work in order to
attend. The Experimental Aircraft Assn. sets the date for their
big fly-in 5 years in advance. http://www.airventure.org/

Las Vegas NV. would be nice, lots to do and the winter isn't bad?
Dayton, OH. has the Air Force Museum and is sorta central east.
Albuqueque NM. is a possiblility for central west.
Somewhere along RT. 66 (Chicago to LA) is sorta historical for cars...
Lots of other places to do it too! I didn't want to get right in the
middle of the country, but if we did, Branson MO. fits quite nicely.
Lots of family things to do there!

Just brainstorming Guys, No criticism here.....

Wish I could have been there this year!!
Woulda' been a 16 hour drive!:eek:

Bill
 

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40x40: Fred will be accepting submissions of 2007 Fest proposals immediately. Some of the locations you mentioned sound great, and I am sure a number of people who are committed to the site will make the drive no matter where it is. Find yourself 5+ fellow local enthusiasts and get submitting! ...And good luck!!
 

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tomo366 said:
...There was a TDI Toureg this year ...
And I got to ride in it!!! Thanks Rick! Awesome ride and tanks for the company & good conversation during dinner/lunch!
 

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I would imagine it's hard to find a location that's suitable for everyone. Maybe what Fred should do is analyze the locations of the members and try to determine where the largest concentrations are. Then pick a location that's within a 1 - 1 1/2 day drive of those members and not totally out of reach of the others. For example, if the East Coast is saturated with members then a location like Missouri might bring in a lot more people than someplace like Florida or Boston. Just a thought.
 

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Sorry!

tomo366 said:
The Fest is held on the Labor Day Weekend for a reason.......

40x40 said:
Also, If the date, location, and time are set 2+ years in advance then
a greater # of people can schedule a vacation from work in order to
attend. The Experimental Aircraft Assn. sets the date for their
big fly-in 5 years in advance. http://www.airventure.org/
Yes, I know OUR date doesn't change..... but the location does.

Sorry, I thought that was obvious!:eek:

The EAA never changes the location, but the date floats a few days
each year. You should see the infrastructure they have built over the
years! They have about 700,000 people attend over 7 or 8 days annually.
4,000 volunteers man the place. It started in 1953 with 100 people
registered as attendees.
I think I heard a figure of 3-5,000 tent campers are not unusual.

We could learn a lot from those guys....Boy, could we! WOW!

Bill
 

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a good idea, but... the Fest is organized by volunteers who commit a great deal of effort to putting the weekend together. You need to be 1) willing 2) organized and 3) local to do this with the most success. As a member of the 2004 (Boston) team, I would encourage a Mid-West/West team to submit a proposal. They have good beer there and carrying a load of beer home on the plane is a pain... Krappy (wagon) can handle so much more than I can check!! And as I have said before, our cars will look really good with a mountain range as a backdrop!
 

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I'm just throwing some info out there. I think the CO. rockies would
be great! I don't have a problem with a 10 hour drive... 16 is just too
much for me.
Again, if it were in the west one year and the east the next....
Maybe if it were some touristy place like Vegas the airfares would be cheaper...?

I am not wanting to host one.
I think MO. is too central, but 10 hours east or west of MO would attract a lot of folks.....

Dayton and Denver are both 10 hours from KCMO, FYI.

Good dialog, Guys!

Bill
 

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Jetter_Sprinta said:
a good idea, but... the Fest is organized by volunteers who commit a great deal of effort to putting the weekend together. You need to be 1) willing 2) organized and 3) local to do this with the most success. As a member of the 2004 (Boston) team, I would encourage a Mid-West/West team to submit a proposal. They have good beer there and carrying a load of beer home on the plane is a pain... Krappy (wagon) can handle so much more than I can check!! And as I have said before, our cars will look really good with a mountain range as a backdrop!


OK, the Mountains there only go up to 9000 feet or so, but they are pretty.
 

dieselrox

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There's another possibility: if we want to make a big statement, we might want to consider the Washington, DC area for a future Fest. We could have a caravan around the mall, generate some national news, and maybe get the attention of some of the blubberheads in Congress.
 

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Leadville, CO. Lots of friends there. 10,000+ft too! AWESOME drive up to there from Denver through the ski havens. I think it's limited in big function space, never checked that out actually.
 

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jasonTDI said:
Leadville, CO. Lots of friends there. 10,000+ft too! AWESOME drive up to there from Denver through the ski havens. I think it's limited in big function space, never checked that out actually.
Leadville Starts higher than the mountains I posted.:eek:

It would be cool to do some high altitude testing of things...

Not really sure what things, but just things...
 

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I'd like to see a TDIfest closer to me around here. Within 10 hours either direction would be nice.
 

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Cincinnati. Cinti puts on the largest fireworks show in the country every year on the day before Labor Day. Once you see 6 barges worth of fireworks go off in 30 minutes, you'll understand! It's a nice city, centrally located and there's lots to do.
 

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NOLA would be a sweet locale, but you need to be ever mindful of the hurricane situation.
No Ark. is a beautiful area..........great trout fishing as well.
CO. is just so right.......if we could get a group able enough from the rockies, I'd be willing to make a family vacation out of it.
Austin TX or DFW have alot to offer, but it's still fairly warm here in late Aug-early Sept. (upper 90's) I think most of you guys would melt. :D
Santa Fe NM, is a cool town.

Hell, it takes 10-12 just to get across Texas..........so anything under 16 would be nice. That would include......LA, AR, OK, NE, NM. CO would be worth a few extra hours.
 

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It's nice to dream, isn't it, Guys?
I want to climb Pikes Peak in my TDI.. with a chip!

Cripple Creek, CO. was a hoot, as was the train trip through Royal Gorge.
Golden, CO has COORS BEER, and about a mile or two from the beer
plant is a world class Train Museum, 10 miles away is the grave of
Buffalo Bill.

Ah yes, it is nice to dream... about driving my TDI!!

Bill
 

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tomo366 said:
The Fest is held on the Labor Day Weekend for a reason.......
and that's the reason I can never attend a TDI fest.... I spend my holidays driving to visit family.

Other non-TDI events don't need a holiday.... on the east coast, you have things like Waterfest, H20, etc.
 

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Bill, the problem is the Tdi club member distribution. 75% of us are on the east coast and 20% on the West coast and maybe 5% in all the other spaces. That's why it's usually held nearer to the East coast. (I'm including Canada in this comment.)

To be reachable in ten hours and still have a place with requisite ammenities, acessibility, hotel rooms, camping sites, etcetera......cuts out a lot of places.

Best locations for west coast are PDX or SF/Oakland, maybe Fresno...best locations for East coast are the ones that are usually selected. Putting the fest nearer to the middle to satisfy the 5% just doesn't make sense...the other 95% just have to drive much more and attendance would suffer.

Now one thing that would be cool I think is to have an "all camping" Fest somewhere in a beautiful location (within 2 hour drive of shops, city, etcetera though) for instance: somewhere in the Allegenies for East coast, and somewhere like Arches national park or the Indian Peublas of NM...but of course there would have to be a large parking lot and the park rangers permission for such a large gathering...dunno, but it sounds fun to me.
 
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Tomo,
I still don't understand why the event is on Labor Day. Besides Columbus Day/Thanksgiving it's probably the time of the highest traffic on the roads in the U.S. I do realize it's a holiday for both citizens of the U.S. and Canada. Like Pete was saying for many of us it's time for family affairs. Just because something has always been on a particular date doesn't mean we can't change it.

I like the idea of the mid-U.S./Canada area. Toronto is a great city as well as Montreal. Frankly my buck will go further in Canada, I like the food, and the people along with the highways. So there's my vote. maybe I can make it next year.
 
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