Awesome! I was not aware of this but I will keep my eyes peeled! East Hampstead is quite close to me!Come to Ho5G (House of 5 Garages) in E. Hempstead NH on New Year's Day. If there isn't a thread up about it yet there will be soon.
As I mentioned above, folks are thinking about hosting this in Ypsilanti, MI, the first weekend of the 2020 Detroit Auto Show, which I believe would be June 13/14. So there's hope.I'm going to see a few people at the West MI GTG this weekend. I'll see if we can brainstorm a few ideas.
Considering the time and work it takes to organize a full on TDIFest, and that the same people who did all the work year after year got burned out, I was thinking on how to avoid that. What I have in mind is a scaled down TDIFest, a TDIFest-light so to speak. This would be more of an informal weekend GTG, with a national invite instead of local. Events would have to be scalable depending on attendance. This means that instead of vendors bringing lots of inventory and have booths, they might just offer fest weekend discount codes and only take online orders. No formal banquet. Car show? Sure, but it would be more of a 'cars & coffee' type event. No formal judging or trophies and expect to put some money in a donation jar.
Because TDIFest is a fundraiser, there would be active solicitations and the expectation that attendees would make donations in some amount. The details of that would have to be worked out. Maybe a simple admission fee would be work.
All input is welcome. I'll have a much better idea of how this 'TDIFest-light' might work after this weekend after I talk to some long time fest organizers.
Pretty much like holiday family get-togethers, seems everybody wants to show up to a party but nobody wants to actually do it.Finding members to make the trip is not the hard part, the hard part is finding members who can and will organize the event. There is a lot to planning a successful event that typically takes several months of planning and coordination.
I actually think the member numbers and activity here is on the rise as people buy the dieselgate cars. And we're seeing significant sales increases on parts for '09 and later TDIs. However, I also think the time for get togethers and TDIFests may have passed: I don't think there's the core of enthusiast owners that there was 10-15 years ago.
VW still has a lot of leftover diesels to sell. I drove by our local storage lot yesterday and it doesn't look significantly different than it did a year ago. I suspect that's true all over the country. VW will continue to feed TDIs to dealers, prices will get more favorable, and these cars will probably stick around as good economical transportation for a lot of people. But when they're gone, who knows.
I was just discussing some old auction items I had won and it brought me back here.Much easier said than done.....NOTHING like being in a full Banquet room and bidding against a bunch of folks......I know I usually dropped 2-300 at the Auction! And there were guys that spent a lot more than me
Owning a TDI, or even any car for that matter, has never been a requirement to hangout at TDIClub. Fred founded precursor to TDIClub in 1996. He didn't buy his first TDI until 2004 or so if I recall.Hi Brian:
I like the idea you have and would support it by attending, even though I don't have a TDI anymore. I still occasionally converse with several members here and would look forward to seeing some of those folks at this kind of Fest. I used to live in Michigan and would like a return trip to go to the Detroit Auto Show. I might even find another TDI to buy again!
Hey Brian,So how do we have a TDIFest, and not go through all this process? Here are my thoughts on this. TDIFest lite (for lack of a better term): It's just a bunch of people showing up somewhere and hang out. No formal banquet, breakfast, car show, vendors, swag, etc. We have had GTGs in this format for years. We've done it for several years in January at the Detroit Auto Show. There is no reason why it can't be scaled up a bit. We already have a good business relationship with a very good hotel in Ypsilanti, MI.https://www.marriott.com/hotels/tra...st/?scid=bb1a189a-fec3-4d19-a255-54ba596febe2
This year, 2020, is the first year Detroit Auto Show will be in June.
So we extend a club-wide invitation and see how many people show up. About the only thing that needs to be done is someone negotiates a room-night rate for attendees. As we would be in Ypsi at a slow time, this should work to our benefit. The only thing against us is we're down to just less than 6 months.
Our format in the past is the early birds show up Friday eve. We hang out in the lobby and have snacks and drinks. Then we go out for dinner. Ann Arbor/Ypsi has a lot of dining options. Saturday morning we meet somewhere for breakfast and then head into Detroit to attend the show.
Most of us have seen everything we wanted to see by mid-afternoon so we head out and meet for pizza somewhere. In the past we have done go-carts and pizza but that's always an option. Saturday eve were back at the hotel bar hanging out. Member parties in their rooms is a common thing. These can get quite silly and are great fun.
Sunday morning is breakfast where ever the groups decides (depends on the size of the group). And if we can get the hotel to section off part of its parking lot, we have an informal 'Cars & Coffee' type meet. totally informal, no judging, no trophies. Just us hanging out visiting, reminiscing, checking out each others cars, and just having fun. Bring your own chairs, food, drinks, and what ever you need to hang out.
For those who don't want to hang out, there is plenty to do in the area. Golfers will love the golf course at the hotel. Ford Lake is beautiful and one can go hiking around parts of it. Ypsi has a lot of quaint shops and firefighter museum.
Since this is a fundraiser for TDIClub, a donation is expected. To attend the car show, a fee would be collected. If someone wanted to take the time, and if any vendor wanted to donate some swag, a raffle could be organized. All proceeds go to TDIClub.
Vendors, if they want to participate, could simply have fest weekend discount codes for online sales. No need for renting tents, tables, and elaborate displays.
Tentative dates are, weekend of June 13th, first day the show is open to the public, or weekend of June 20, the last day of the show. So we have some flexibility.
All input is welcome.
Only because I can't run B100 in the current diesels and the older ones are rusting.Not many folks noticed, but ......they are into EV’s now.....
Count me for One, wherever and whenever..... You need firm minimum numbers for room-nights and food costs.
One down, Nine to go...... I need a pretty good idea of how many people are interested in spending two nights at the hotel. To get a decent group rate, we need 10+ rooms booked for two or more nights.