Allow me to preface by saying this could come off like me sounding like I am butt-hurt, however, I assure you, this is not the case.
Late last year, I sent Firespirit a PM offering to help plan a good meet. I was advised that I should contact Jason 8225, which I did.
Jason and I seemed to not get along well about my ideas. I expressed that I was not happy about the club taking a financial hit, and I also expressed that perhaps it was time to try something new. Something new is my specialty, as every time I do a Nationals for the Mitsubishi crowd, we change location. It's tradition to do that, and it is tradition to try to top the one before it.
Jason heartily disagreed with a "social" meet, or car show type event, citing that they do not attract large crowds, and that a track day "makes the meet". This is where I disagree. And apparently now, is wanting a "social" gathering. I had mentioned to Jason that times are tight right now, and people would probably go for something on the cheap, and that all it took was a bit of imagination. After we had our fight, I went on to plan StarQuest Nationals 2009, of which has commercials on Youtube, T Shirts designed already, vendors donating parts for giveaways, hotel suites at a discount, real beveled glass plaques to present to the show winners, and one scouting trip completed, and one more scheduled. Along with this is a morning fun run through the twisties of southern Missouri, and northern Arkansas.
Guess what? Something like that can be done for the Taurus crowd just as easily. I spent three months, with a team of two other people, and got it done. And the Mitsubishi club has paid not one thin dime. Matter of fact, here's what the meet this year is costing my members.....
$65 a night for the hotel suite (yes, everyone got suites)
Free breakfast included
$29 registration, includes T shirt, and prize tickets, plus other trinkets. (One of them being a 1 GB thumb drive with every year parts and service manual loaded on it)
The rest is on them. Drinks, food, whatever. I admit, I sunk a few of my own dollars into this, but such is the commitment for a sharp meet. For example, I am in for one trip to Branson now, and there will be another in the spring, 2 sets of two-way radios for the meet staff to use at the meet, and some other items.
Here's some of what's been accomplished in 3 months working time......
Logo for meet:
Plaques for winners....
Location of meet:
Please note June 5-7!
That's as good a taste as I can give you........but I asssure you, my meets are talked about, and revered......because everyone has a ball, and they are cheap.
EDIT: By the way......ANY of you are welcome at the meet. Feel free to show up. You can gather all the info from the Area 57 site, and we do have a non-Mitsubishi class for the car show.