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Tim Groth
06-17-2014, 10:28 AM
Just trying to get an understanding of what obsticals prevent others from attending an SCCoA event or meet - Primarily referring to Carlisle and the SC Shootout.

Perhaps if we know - then we can work towards a solution to these hurdles.

ricardoa1
06-17-2014, 10:36 AM
Broken down cars?
School work interference.
And possible divorce.

Do I get a pass Tim :)
Don't be too sad I wish I was there doing Keg stands.

Kurt K
06-17-2014, 11:09 AM
Each event has a different answer. I always plan on the Shootout. This year I also did the Power Tour. Guess what, I'm almost out of vacation days. Any additional events that require travel wouldn't happen. Most of the time, available free-time is my biggest problem. I have 3 kids in various sporting events, scheduling around them is difficult. Plus there are other family commitments.

Compared to some, my car is not show worthy and that has never stopped me. Sometimes money has been an issue, but not as much as it was 20+ years ago when I started attending events.

So really my final answer would have to be:

Free / Vacation time.

Tim Groth
06-17-2014, 11:30 AM
Broken down cars?
School work interference.
And possible divorce.

Do I get a pass Tim :)
Don't be too sad I wish I was there doing Keg stands.

Well given the struggles I have seen you overcome while at an event or in route too, you get a pass. Certainly the above take priority over a hobby, not the purpose of the poll - I didn't even party this year for it honestly wasn't the same...maybe I am getting old?

At the end of every event I hear "start planing now, for next year"...just courious more or less what's needed to help more attend. By no means am I twisting arms would just like to see more SCs.

-Tim

KMT
06-17-2014, 11:41 AM
I think the 1st and 3rd choices overlap, so it might be misleading if one outscores the other?

That said, if this were ten years ago, there might be a chance of seeing more SCs at a given event, but these days I'd guess that number is at or near a peak.

ganuolfthegrey
06-17-2014, 11:46 AM
I went in 2010 would like to go again. but car still isn't done plus the distance thing. if it where in st.Louis then would be a whole lot easyer. but doesn't mean I would have my car there.

MadMikeyL
06-17-2014, 01:24 PM
For me, the primary obstacle is lack of time, or other commitments on the same day/weekend. Hopefully next year will be a bit better in that respect, and hopefully I can make it to at least Carlisle, if not both of them.

David Neibert
06-17-2014, 01:50 PM
I attend several events annually but there are some events I don't make it to, because of other commitments that interfere or the event timing.

David

1994blkbirdsc
06-18-2014, 06:56 AM
I would love to attend some of the club events and meeting fellow members, but being so far away prohibits any such thing.

Besides the only car I could kick some butts with the COP-TZR happens to be down for the count at the moment :mad:

Although my 95 is not too bad.

Like everybody says " wish I was closer "

jdsgallops
06-18-2014, 04:40 PM
I'm a mustang guy with no finances to finish his car until the ex wife quits taking so much money every month. Which means Mustang events always take priority. I am pretty sure last years shoot out was the same weekend as the NMRA finals in Bowling Green, where I work. This also means even though I am within a days drive of many events finances and child care play a huge role in what little free time I have. One day I will make the shootout as long as the NMRA isn't in town.

ghostryder
06-18-2014, 05:39 PM
I don't see any flyers or know where the events are. info must be kept to just the core members. put up sticky or something that stands out or send out emails.

SDCoupe
06-18-2014, 05:50 PM
Distance is a major factor. I also live in the middle of BFE. It's 5 hours on the road to both nearby cities larger than home.

Engagement rings are damned expensive. That put finishing the bird on the back burner for at least four or five months.

Maybe when I get the poor thing taken care of I can road it to a few events.

XR7 Dave
06-19-2014, 09:05 AM
I think a lot of people miss out because they think their cars aren't worthy, or aren't worthy yet. This is a sad mistake because your stuff will never be "good enough" and it will never be finished. You should attend events for inspiration! Plus, if you actually meet other SC owners you'll find you get a lot more help with your project. People are more likely to lend a hand if they know who you are.

sanddune24
06-19-2014, 09:14 AM
1. I live in Arizona so events would be a long haul. 2. Just bought my SC back about two months ago and have started some major projects on it.

Tim Groth
06-19-2014, 11:02 AM
I don't see any flyers or know where the events are. info must be kept to just the core members. put up sticky or something that stands out or send out emails.

Check your PMs - just sent ya some information on the event "Summer Blast" . Also there is a Forum Section for upcoming events. I beleive also in prior years a Sticky for the Shootout was posted - Good idea tho. Exposure always helps.

-Tim

Kurt Sunday
06-19-2014, 11:42 AM
I think a lot of people miss out because they think their cars aren't worthy, or aren't worthy yet. This is a sad mistake because your stuff will never be "good enough" and it will never be finished. You should attend events for inspiration! Plus, if you actually meet other SC owners you'll find you get a lot more help with your project. People are more likely to lend a hand if they know who you are.

I was somewhat embarrassed to bring my car to the last Shootout because it was just thrown together before my move to STL. For weeks before the Shootout I was worried you guys would see all of the things still wrong with it and think "what a looser". It was the exact opposite feeling after the Shootout. Dave is right, I was truly inspired and went home with info, tips, and ideas.... as well as SC fever. I'll be back again with a bunch more things wrong with my car.

Pat DiPersia
06-19-2014, 08:26 PM
I can't tell you how many events I've attended and drove my TL. I go just to hang with everyone and have a good time! It's really the people the make the events. . . There is NO one in this group (That I know of) that would ever look down on someone or their car. Anyone putting some effort in (Or not!) is absolutely welcome, no matter what their car looks or runs like.

Pat DiPersia
06-19-2014, 08:27 PM
And Tim missed the one item on the list for me. Time. Sometimes it's hard to get away. I most likely won't be able to do the shootout (AGAIN) this year as it falls on our 10 year anniversary. Somehow a weekend in Kentucky isn't on the wife's list of destinations. Odd. . .

XxSlowpokexX
06-20-2014, 12:51 AM
Distance. I can always make the time and its never about the money however driving 14 hours racing my car and then potentially breaking it is a real issue with me. So the shootout just doesn't have the allure for me. Its strange because I'm so not a show car guy. I like the Carlisle event because I appreciate the time spent with fellow enthusiasts. Id honestly not go to Carlisle anymore if it weren't for the SCCOA and the guys i've met over the years (although you are all getting old and cant hang anymore).

That being said I did enjoy my time at the shootout and meeting people I hadn't met yet and I do see myself attending again but I wont be racing. That's for sure.

XxSlowpokexX
06-20-2014, 01:03 AM
One thing Id also like to mention. Getting there is half the fun. When I went to the shootout it was me and Tom Downs. Now if he had his car and we were cruising both cars there even more fun. Get 4 or 5 cars and its a cruise. That's how I do Carlisle. A group of us local people cruise together (not all SC's of curse). When Carlisle was at its heyday all of the various groups would cruise out together. Even the Canadians!....It was awesome. Driving 14 hours or so alone is not fun. But if you can get some local SC guys to lets say drive to the shootout together. Or even pick up a car or two on the way it becomes a fun trip. Same for Carlisle.

If anyone wants to improve on getting people to go that's the way. And your car does not need to be show/race ready. Thats only a part of these events. We had over 40 people at Olive Garden dinner and not even 20 cars showing this year. That's dedication!

philstad28
06-20-2014, 09:13 AM
I just started doing sccoa stuff and im trying to make all the events I can. For everyone that thinks there car isnt nice enough...just look at mine :rolleyes:. I took it to carlisle and its missing most of its paint and has a smashed in quarter panel and a wicked exhaust leak :p. Im even driving hundreds of miles to make it to shootout :D. What day and where is the summer bash at? Im going to try to make it to that one!

Tim Groth
06-20-2014, 03:33 PM
I just started doing sccoa stuff and im trying to make all the events I can. For everyone that thinks there car isnt nice enough...just look at mine :rolleyes:. I took it to carlisle and its missing most of its paint and has a smashed in quarter panel and a wicked exhaust leak :p. Im even driving hundreds of miles to make it to shootout :D. What day and where is the summer bash at? Im going to try to make it to that one!



http://www.mamn12.com/forum/index.php?topic=1472.0


That will give you the details on Summer Blast in Martinsburg WV, its a nicely organized event and is exclusive to the MN12/FN10 , Foxbody Birds/Cats... its a good show and typically has a 15-20 car turnout.

-Tim

Jacob_Royer
06-20-2014, 05:29 PM
Don't forget the car craft street machine nationals in duqoin IL its coming up next weekend!

XR7 Dave
06-23-2014, 11:07 AM
Here's an idea - have someone who is good with photoshop - I volunteer Sally for this - :p - to make up a banner add for each of the events. Whoever is actively planning to attend or has details on an event can forward the details to her (or the person making up the ads) and then they can be posted up and rotated into the banner schedule for up to - say - 6 months prior to an event. The banner add could be linked to a sticky thread in the events forum or something like that.

A visual ad would be much more effective in garnering enthusiasm and participation than just a date on a calendar. At least I think so.

Pat DiPersia
06-23-2014, 11:18 AM
Here's an idea - have someone who is good with photoshop - I volunteer Sally for this - :p - to make up a banner add for each of the events. Whoever is actively planning to attend or has details on an event can forward the details to her (or the person making up the ads) and then they can be posted up and rotated into the banner schedule for up to - say - 6 months prior to an event. The banner add could be linked to a sticky thread in the events forum or something like that.

A visual ad would be much more effective in garnering enthusiasm and participation than just a date on a calendar. At least I think so.

We actually did this for last year's shootout (And we should turn that ad back on shortly.) Never thought of this for Carlisle. . .

Tim Groth
06-23-2014, 02:13 PM
Here's an idea - have someone who is good with photoshop - I volunteer Sally for this - :p - to make up a banner add for each of the events. Whoever is actively planning to attend or has details on an event can forward the details to her (or the person making up the ads) and then they can be posted up and rotated into the banner schedule for up to - say - 6 months prior to an event. The banner add could be linked to a sticky thread in the events forum or something like that.

A visual ad would be much more effective in garnering enthusiasm and participation than just a date on a calendar. At least I think so.

Thats a great idea - also could put the "event flyer" on the club Facebook Photos section...at times it feels like were two seperate groups with the social media channel having a lot of focus who really do not use the forums.

I see the Shootout Ad at the top of the page now - a Carlilse one would be sweet.

-Tim

Thomas A
06-24-2014, 07:48 PM
Distance.... which has a direct impact on: Road Worthiness, Cost, and Available Time.

Thomas

no164ford
12-18-2014, 06:01 PM
A few things WORK, WORK, WORK, and no time:o now I don't have a job after X-mas my mine is closing:( (and now it will be money LOL!)

Falcon20x
12-27-2014, 11:41 AM
It makes sense to chose a place whereever you have the highest concentration of Thunderbirds, I'm always amazed how much thunderbird SC activity I see in the North, North East and florida. Unfortunately, the time it takes to get there is the issue for most of us. Carlisle is a 19 hours drive, 4 days round trip to get there and back.

The shoutout is a 12 hours drive. I have been wanting to go for a few years and I will. It is still a long way, but I can do the drive in one day instead of two.

I think a location halfway between the center states and the East coast would most likely attract a few more people

Distance to the Shoutout in KY

Kansas city KS 606
Dallas TX 896
Oklahoma OK 850
Portland ME 1000
Cleveland OH 365
Chicago Il 385
Orlando Fl 815
New Orleans LA 760

CougarXR/7
12-30-2014, 10:10 PM
Has there ever been a Road Course event as a part of an SCCoA event? I am usually doing H.P.D.E.'s........meeting other owners is nice, but honestly speaking.....after road course...drag racing is boring now.

Slater85
01-08-2015, 02:34 PM
It makes sense to chose a place whereever you have the highest concentration of Thunderbirds, I'm always amazed how much thunderbird SC activity I see in the North, North East and florida. Unfortunately, the time it takes to get there is the issue for most of us. Carlisle is a 19 hours drive, 4 days round trip to get there and back.

The shoutout is a 12 hours drive. I have been wanting to go for a few years and I will. It is still a long way, but I can do the drive in one day instead of two.

I think a location halfway between the center states and the East coast would most likely attract a few more people

Distance to the Shoutout in KY

Kansas city KS 606
Dallas TX 896
Oklahoma OK 850
Portland ME 1000
Cleveland OH 365
Chicago Il 385
Orlando Fl 815
New Orleans LA 760

Los Angeles, CA 2200miles

David Neibert
01-13-2015, 09:37 AM
Los Angeles, CA 2200miles

Greg,

Sometimes it just makes more sense to fly in and abuse a rental car for the weekend.

David

KMT
01-13-2015, 12:41 PM
Sometimes it just makes more sense to fly in and abuse a rental car for the weekend.

Sounds like a new poll...
- Would you fly to an event and abuse a rental car?
- Should events be held in different locations around the country?
- If you can't make an event, do you spend time on YouTube watching: dyno pulls or cat videos?

Slater85
01-19-2015, 05:38 PM
Greg,

Sometimes it just makes more sense to fly in and abuse a rental car for the weekend.

David

It would. But I would prefer to bring my car for at least one shootout. I'm actually trying to plan exhibiting at some motorcycle shows nearby around the shootout date for work, that way it would give me a reason to load my car in the trailer and head over.

David Neibert
01-19-2015, 06:44 PM
It would. But I would prefer to bring my car for at least one shootout. I'm actually trying to plan exhibiting at some motorcycle shows nearby around the shootout date for work, that way it would give me a reason to load my car in the trailer and head over.

Greg,

You wouldn't regret it.

David

Ira R.
01-29-2015, 05:42 PM
Greg,

Sometimes it just makes more sense to fly in and abuse a rental car for the weekend.

David

Been there, done that, couldn't figure out how not to red light with only two pedals on the floor!! =lol=

It would have been more fun with my own car, but it beat not going to the Shoot Out at all.

Ira R.
01-29-2015, 05:47 PM
It makes sense to chose a place whereever you have the highest concentration of Thunderbirds, I'm always amazed how much thunderbird SC activity I see in the North, North East and florida. Unfortunately, the time it takes to get there is the issue for most of us. Carlisle is a 19 hours drive, 4 days round trip to get there and back.

The shoutout is a 12 hours drive. I have been wanting to go for a few years and I will. It is still a long way, but I can do the drive in one day instead of two.

I think a location halfway between the center states and the East coast would most likely attract a few more people

Distance to the Shoutout in KY

Kansas city KS 606
Dallas TX 896
Oklahoma OK 850
Portland ME 1000
Cleveland OH 365
Chicago Il 385
Orlando Fl 815
New Orleans LA 760

Long Island, NY 750 miles (for me)
Hartford, CT 820 miles (for Brian, although he cheats and has a trailer and co-drivers) :)


Ira

XxSlowpokexX
02-02-2015, 09:51 PM
Distance & type of event. I don't have a trailer. I break I'm in big trouble. So Ill travel for a big car show and even some smaller ones to an extent. But racing and potentially breaking hundreds of miles from home just isn't for me. Hey there are people local to me that go to the shootout but don't go to a car show like Carlisle. So everyone has their reasons. Could be distance, I don't want to break or I just don't want to attend

CougarXR/7
07-05-2015, 07:18 PM
I'd enjoy going to an SC/XR7 event........but....my focus is on Road Course. I am not aware of any event having included Track Time other than Drag Racing..........I started Drag Racing in 1968. Road Course is much more fun.