Taurus Car Club of America : Ford Taurus Forum banner
1 - 4 of 4 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Greetings to all TCCA members! Below are the details to the national SHO convention in Charlotte, NC which includes a track day at VIR in July! I am extending an invite to any TCCA members who would like to join us for any part of the convention!

Check out the official SHO Convention 20 page here to stay up to date.

2011 Convention #20 - Charlotte, NC
July 18 - 21, 2011

Registration Form: DOC | PDF
Driver Information Form: DOC | PDF
Updated: 2011-01-25
Host Hotel: Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotels
2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704-357-1414 or call 1-800-266-9432
Website: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SHOClub
Ask for SHO Club Group rate of $100 per night.
RESERVE YOUR ROOM(s) NOW!!

The Host Hotel for the convention will be the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotels located at 2800 Coliseum Centre Drive in Charlotte, phone: 704-357-1414 or 1-800-266-9432 or via the website: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SHOClub. We were able to negotiate a group rate of $100 per night. RESERVE YOUR ROOM(s) NOW because the hotel was not willing to lock in a large block of rooms without the SHO Club (& Mallinsons), putting ourselves financially on the line for any cancellations that did not meet their required minimum. What they are willing to do is make sure that any reservations can be cancelled for no charge up to 6:00PM on the day of arrival. The hotel will not make any charges to credit cards until we check-in, or after 6:00pm day of arrival with a guaranteed reservation. Those using debit cards need to note that a $50.00/day incidental authorization will be made to the debit card, which will be placed back on the card if the room does not incur any incidentals during the stay; typically taking most banks 3-5 business days to do so. If you have any questions on the hotels debit/credit card policy, PLEASE ask when you call to reserve your room!

The 2011 SHO Convention will include sites and locations that any auto lover would completely enjoy! At the end of last years convention, we had mentioned that we hoped the convention would be in Durham-Raleigh area, but after looking at all of the sites and activities, and consulting with some of our long time members for their input, we will be much better off locating the group in CHARLOTTE, NC!

Reception: Rousch-Fenway MotorSports $20 / adult
Welcome to NASCAR country, and it is in that spirit that we have been able to arrange our main welcome reception to be held at the professional garage of Rousch-Fenway Racing! What else would go with this than a good old fashioned BBQ cookout? Along with this will be a tour of the Fabrication building where the cars are finalized before heading out. Tickets will also be sold to allow five lucky people to enjoy a FULL VIP tour of all of the buildings during Tuesday when all the buildings are in full production mode! Tickets will be sold for a $1 each and will benefit one of our annual charities.

Car SHOw: The host hotel this year has a nice open parking lot next door that is perfect for the car show and we have received approval to use it! $10 / car for pre-registrations, $15 day of.

NASCAR Hall of Fame: What other site could be more automotive appropriate than the one museum in Charlotte dedicated to the racing legends of NASCAR? We have arranged for discounted group rates: $16.95 adult group rate, $15.95 senior rate, $10.95 child (5 - 12) and free for 4 & under. All you will have to do is display your SHOw Club ID badge at the entrance anytime during that week and you will be allowed in! Plan on parking downtown costing about $10 for the afternoon / evening. We will also draw car #'s during the Tuesday car show to provide FOUR SHO's owners (1 of each generation) the chance to park and display their SHO directly in front of the Hall of Fame for the afternoon (until the museum closes at 6pm). Great photo opportunity!!

Track day: VIR (Virginia International Raceway)
Every year we include a track day at a nearby track and this year we REALLY worked hard to include Virginia International Raceway! While it IS a 3 hour drive from the Charlotte hotel, this is a Grade A facility and track that will have you enjoying every moment of it! Price is $280 per car, with a discount for additional family members (spouse, sibling, child) driving the same car. We HOPE to be able to provide lunch as well, but we have to make sure the track rental costs are covered first! Otherwise there will be a concession stand at the track that will be open.
This event is also open to our friends at AutoInterests, Taurus Car Club and any SVT/Cobra/Shelby member! If you are not a member of one of those groups, please contact me directly at 309-349-2800!

To borrow the SVT's terminology: Convertibles without roll bars will not be permitted to run except during the parade laps at lunch. A light bar is not considered a roll bar. Bolt-in roll bars are permitted (factory installed functional rollover protection will also be permitted).

Drags: The ROCK is a wonderful 1/4 mile track about 2 hours from Charlotte and will be on Thursday! $45 / driver / car.

Thursday Banquet: After this past years (2010) convention... you can bet Ford will be around at our traditional reception in 2011, and maybe even bring a special guest speaker with them! Anyone who has been to the last two conventions knows that Ford has been very kind in treating us to something special, and they are planning to continue that in Charlotte! The hotel has been able to help us keep our costs very close to the same as we have had in the past. Adults are $36 and $14 for children ages 3 to 12.

We welcome everyone in the SHO Community to take our Convention Survey and let us know your picks and preferences of the conventions spots we have picked.

Click HERE to fill out our Future Convention Survey!

A portion of the results (Ok, just our pick for next year) is always announced during our Convention Banquet on the Thursday evening of the convention!

If you have any questions, PLEASE feel free to email us at [email protected].
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #2 ·
Here we are with 4 months to go until the next SHO Convention gathering in Charlotte, North Carolina, and we have managed to put together an exciting schedule of automotive sites and venues to check out during the week that any automotive enthusiast should be crazy about!

VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
First up is THE main reason we chose to visit the land of southern hospitality, the road course at VIR in Alton, VA. Traditionally the SHO Club has stayed away from some of these upper scale courses due to cost, but we are going to make it happen this year! In order make sure we have enough cars to help cover the cost, we have opened the event up to our friends in the TCCA and AutoInterests groups as well!

The cost of renting this track is the highest we have ever done, and I have had a discussions with the organizers of the SVT/Cobra/Shelby clubs about cross-promoting events. HOWEVER, if at least 45 cars can send in a down payment (preferrably check to avoid CC & PP fees) of $50 to commit to attending the VIR track day before the April 15th, then we won't need to open it up to the Mustang groups as all of the costs will be covered; thus keeping the track day to just our Taurus SHO Enthusiast community and friends!

There is an on-property lodge with a very limited number of rooms (only 27) if you would like to drive up Tuesday afternoon, and because of the small amount of rooms, we are not able to stay there as a group. Contact Tammy Journigan at 434-822-7700 x101.

Our Primary Host Hotel for the convention is:
Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotels
2800 Coliseum Centre Drive, Charlotte, NC
Phone: 704-357-1414 or call 1-800-266-9432
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/SHOClub.

We were able to negotiate a group rate of $100 per night. RESERVE YOUR ROOM(s) NOW because the hotel was not willing to lock in a large block of rooms without the SHO Club (& Mallinsons), putting ourselves financially on the line for any cancellations that did not meet their required minimum. What they are willing to do is make sure that any reservations can be cancelled for no charge up to 6:00PM on the day of arrival. The hotel will not make any charges to credit cards until we check-in, or after 6:00pm day of arrival with a guaranteed reservation. Those using debit cards need to note that a $50.00/day incidental authorization will be made to the debit card, which will be placed back on the card if the room does not incur any incidentals during the stay; typically taking most banks 3-5 business days to do so. If you have any questions on the hotels debit/credit card policy, PLEASE ask when you call to reserve your room!

SHO-N-GO
Returns for the 2011 Convention and will be the overall winner from the entire week with the highest points total from all activities attended: Reception Pit Crew Challenge, Car Show, Distance Taurus SHO was Driven/Trailored to Convention, Participation in VIR track day, and "The Rock" Drag Race. Points breakdown will be posted in the Convention Program for those interested, participation in all activities is not required, but the vehicle used must be a Taurus SHO (except in Pit Crew Challenge) to be eligible.

2012 CONVENTION
Our top choices for the next few years of conventions are located on our Convention Survey for those who have not filled it out since last year, and the choices are updated during the week of convention prior to the announcement of the next years location.
http://www.shoclub.com/sho_plugins/survey/survey.php?2

If you have any questions on the convention or events during the week, please feel free to let me know!

Thank you!
Ken Mallinson
SHO Club President
Phone/Text: 309-349-2800
www.shoclub.com
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Can you believe it??? The 20th National SHO Convention in Charlotte, NC will occur in just ONE MONTH!!

The convention is getting closer to that breakeven point we shoot for every year, but we still need drivers for the VIR road course AND The Rock drag race! All of our forms (registration, driver, & tech) are available up on the SHO Club website.

Currently we have members from 22 states and 1 Canadian province attending! The Monday Reception at the Roush-Fenway museum and garage in Concord, NC will have a great BBQ dinner, tour of the main garage, and our signature helmet on display! Tickets for a chance to win one of five VIP Tours on Tuesday, will be on sale for $1 each throughout the evening. All money from these tickets sales are being donated to charity!

The Tuesday car show is open to all SHO's and non-SHO vehicles alike, and will be in the parking lot directly next to the hotel. Take advantage of a discount at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and then enjoy dinner downtown.

Wednesday at VIR we let our SHO's loose at this 1500 acre resort/track and run on the 3.27 mile Full Track Circuit! All forms are now available online via the SHO Club website, and we still are in need of drivers to help us break even on the costs! We've also just confirmed that the track and our insurance policy allows us to run helmets rated SA or M 2000 as well! So those not wanting to shell out for a new helmet need not worry any longer!

Thursday we welcome the drags back to the SHO Convention for the first time since 2007 in Kalamazoo where we ran at the US31 in Michigan. Who has what it takes to be our next King of the Hill? The Thursday evening banquet will conclude the convention awards including the SHO-N-GO award that will be the overall winner from the week with the highest points total from all activities attended: Reception Pit Crew Challenge, Car Show, Distance Taurus SHO was Driven/Trailored to Convention, Participation in VIR track day, and "The Rock" Drag Race. Participation in all activities is not required, but the vehicle used must be a Taurus SHO (except in Pit Crew Challenge) to be eligible. Ford has also confirmed they'll be sending along some wicked cool giveaways AND information on the new 2013 Taurus SHO which some of our members from the Northeast got to check out at the New York Auto Show!

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Ken Mallinson
SHO Club President
309-349-2800
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
CONVENTION UPDATE!!
I'm continuing to add more details and specific times to the main shoclub page as I get the time to, so keep checking as we get closer to the convention!

VIR AND THE ROCK DRAGS are both locked in and we won't be cancelling them, but the goal is to get 10 more cars for VIR and at least 5-10 more for The Rock so we can break even at both events!

Both events are open to other clubs at this point, and there will be PLENTY of track time at both places! A new group photo is being added to our Tuesday events, and thanks to the Ford Performance Group, they'll have a photographer here with us pretty much all week long taking photos and writing an article to cover the convention!

Those that haven't investigated other attractions in the area may be interested in the Holman-Moody facility just down the road from the host hotel, and another surprise is that Lee Holman will be our guest speaker on Thursday evening!
 
1 - 4 of 4 Posts
Top