Well that makes two of us!!!I'm open to helping you all put something together if you're interested. I'm currently helping some folks with a bid for Colorado in 2014 but I can certainly share the knowledge and support anyone who is interested in planning a TDIFest.
I know, but I also know that there are some members with a lot more disposable TDIFest related income than others. I happen to fall in the low income category and appreciate alternatives when necessary as I'm sure others do as well.While allowing people to stay at off-site hotels is fine, encouraging them to do so can be detrimental to the event negotiations... it's like a balloon - squeeze one side and the other inflates. Many resorts and conference centers will give you free meeting space if you meet a certain number of room nights and catering $$, although getting meeting space through VWoA may relax that a little bit (that's a pretty big if, though).
Just some stuff to keep in mind.
And that's why you still have much to learn. You need to learn that it isn't necessary to settle for one or the other, fuel economy or performance. When you figure it out you get both.This was what I was talking about earlier... put your big boy pants on and enjoy the car and have fun driving it!!! When you are old do you want to tell your grandkids and great grandkids stories of driving 54 MPH to get maximum MPG in a cross country trip??? Or would you rather tell them about the time you loaded up the car and drove to an event and won the Autocross Challenge or cut a perfect light at the drag strip?!?!?! I would prefer the latter over the former for sure!!!
We do get dealership participation (demo cars, parts/swag sales, donations, sponsored events including a pig roast in Lexington) and we had very good participation from VWoA in 2009 when we were down the street from their headquarters in Herndon, VA.With regard to these TDIFEST's I'm at a loss to understand why local VW dealerships don't show up with product and/or VWUSA does not have a presence.
Wow, if you think hotels in Denver, Aspen, Vail or Colorado Springs are dirt cheap we need to trade bank accounts, 'cuz your definition of dirt cheap is WAY different than mine! I did a quick Expedia.com search in Chattanooga, Denver, Colorado Springs, Vail and Aspen for Labor day weekend 2013 Checking in October 29th and Checking out September 2nd.I don't think there would be any problem finding a reasonably priced hotel in the Denver area. Off the top of my head I can think of three Marriotts that have good parking availability and would work well.
There are a number of hotels that have good parking facilities and the Labor Day weekend isn't a big deal there. Better still, it's a quiet period in Vail and environs: it would be great to have a Fest in Vail or Aspen. Hotels in Aspen are dirt cheap (relatively) in Sept/Oct.
Or we could head down to Colorado Springs. Some good places there, too.
We were just in Wallkill dropping off our son the weekend before last... We got stuck in the snow/ice storm Monday night. We went into Pine Bush for dinner at the Chinese food place and it was barely snowing when we went in and there was 3 inches on the ground when we came out. Our little Jetta with its well worn All-Season Goodyear Eagle tires did not like the unplowed roads and we had to stay the night in town. We were not able to get him back to work until Tuesday morning when the roads were plowed. Then we got out of there in the early afternoon between two cells and drove back home. I think we've made the trip up there around 5 or 6 times now. The area is actually very similar to our part of Tennessee but with colder winters and more snow!!!I would keep an open mind to it because I have friends in TN. and VA I could visit on the same trip. I am really stoked about going to Maine as I haven't been there since I left in 07. At the same time as I work contract gigs in preservation carpentry, any trip I make is spontanious.
With regard to these TDIFEST's I'm at a loss to understand why local VW dealerships don't show up with product and/or VWUSA does not have a presence.
Please correct me if my sense of that topic is incorrect. At Bike events big or small the first thing you do is contact the dealerships in the area to show up with product.
Florida NY is less about ten miles from Wallkill. Thanks to my TDI I do plan to do a lot of flyfishing trips because it will be uber economical again. Running up to the Roscoe NY area was killing me in gas ... in a 8cyc Toyota Tundra
Very cool Lug Nut! But I bet you didn't get the 52 MPG while at the track...And that's why you still have much to learn. You need to learn that it isn't necessary to settle for one or the other, fuel economy or performance. When you figure it out you get both.
52 mpg AND cut a perfect light (1/4 mile drag event) at the 2002 Grand Rapids TDI Fest.
Being a member of the media, I would start with my corporate VW media contacts and seeing that VW participated at least in some fashion in the past I think it is doable. But I will not contact them until we decide to do something and try to pursue Chattanooga as an event location or not. I would also solicit other corporate sponsors. Having coverage lined up in a nationwide enthusiast magazine helps to grease a lot of wheels to get stuff done...Having worked for a Fortune 100 company at one time (and had run a Company-wide conference once), I can suggest what may be in store for one who goes to the VW plant to try to set up an event like this on their property and possibly use their interior facilities.
1. They will recommend we contact "corporate" for guidance,
2. They will mention their liability coverage may not stretch that far,
3. In the event they actually allow some kind of event with unknown persons with cars participating, they would want to review everything that is planned and modify the plan to suit what PR thinks is appropriate.
4. There would be more strings and limitations attached to this that it would probably render the event being run by them (VW), of which they wouldn't want to do in the first place
(I could just visualize an HPFP blowing up in their parking lot)
I really don't think VW would warm up to this, but I may be wrong.
The Pig roast was great!!! I would expect that the Chattanooga VW dealer (I think it is called Village VW) would probably participate in a local TDIFest too! I don't see any reason why they would not want to be involved in some way.We do get dealership participation (demo cars, parts/swag sales, donations, sponsored events including a pig roast in Lexington) and we had very good participation from VWoA in 2009 when we were down the street from their headquarters in Herndon, VA.
And, as mentioned in that thread, "Denver" means "in the general vicinity of Denver, and sometimes even outside of the general vicinity of Denver".
Oh, hell no, and the fuel in the tank that I DIDN'T use getting there didn't help my e.t. either. The worst I saw was an average of 18 mpg while autocrossing.Very cool Lug Nut! But I bet you didn't get the 52 MPG while at the track...
I save my extreme fuel economy for fuel economy competitions (77, 78, 82, even 66 mpg in a 2.0 PD Passat wagon with automatic). And those are 250+ miles in length with observers, no engine-off-coasting, no drafting, minimum speeds enforced.It seems to me though that most of the extreme mileage guys (the ones that refuse to drive over 50-something MPH and route trips on back roads taking extra days to cross the country rather than driving with the flow of traffic on the Interstate Freeways) would not want to drive their cars on the track or dyno as they will return low MPG in those WOT situations.
I'm close to that for a trip on the NY Throughway in a snow storm. Traffic was such that 3rd at idle was too fast, and so I ended up in 2nd gear for about 200 miles.My worst mileage ever on a trip was something like 38 or 39 MPG ...
Maybe not. You don't require 540 hp nor 1,000 lb*ft to move that at 70 mph. It may be capable of producing that much, but it isn't required to produce that much. I'd guess that the frontal area and Cd combination would be at least twice that of my Jetta so you'd need at least twice the power of to move yours through the air at 70 as I do in mine. I need about 40 hp to maintain 70 mph (a bit under 20 hp needed at 50 mph), so you'd need 80 or 90 hp or so I'd guess.I am very pleased that the 540 HP 1,000 lbs/ft of torque Duramax engine yields over 17 MPG on the Freeway averaging 70-75 MPH! Technically I would say that makes it more effecient relatively than my TDI as it has around 4X the HP and TQ and probably weighs twice as much or more and has way worse aero, but is only about 40% worse on MPG... Now thats an odd thought!!!
Except for the West and South: only 2 in each part (Oregon, Utah, Kentucky & North Carolina). The other 10 have been in the NorthEast quadrant (that includes those in Ontario & Quebec).Personally, I like the idea of a location rotation - that way, it gets into various parts of the country, but in the same part at least every so often.
And none in Texas or surrounding states, which is pretty much south and southwest areas.Except for the West and South: only 2 in each part (Oregon, Utah, Kentucky & North Carolina). The other 10 have been in the NorthEast quadrant (that includes those in Ontario & Quebec).
Yeah. By West I was including the NorthWest and SouthWest quadrants; by South it was the SouthEast and SouthWest quadrants. Based on those criteria Texas fell under both my West and South regions, so you got a Double Mention!And none in Texas or surrounding states, which is pretty much south and southwest areas.