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Glendale AZ
Born July-1-1945
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6 Jul 2018
Whenever I get that "wild hair" about MAYBE changing cars, and I find one I might really, really like, before I go nuts and crazy I do major research. That includes signing up for Autocheck. Like Carfax, but cheaper. For me it has worked very well.

I do NOT like paying $25.00 per report, so I sign up for the next package. So I recently did. But, do not need them all (25).

The one car I was very interested in did NOT check out well. Two accidents and a lien on the title the owner neglected to mention.

So, for a small "donation" next time you see me at an event, I'd be willing to research a few cars for fellow autocrossers. I would run the report and then email you the copy.

Could be for a car you are interested in, or even for the one you already have (if you'd like to know it's history).

Anyone interested? Please EMAIL me at........ autox at cox.net
3 Jun 2018
OK, the poll showed that a Saturday Afternoon was favored, so we listened. Saturday June 23rd from 12:00noon to 3:00pm.

Anyone may come. Not just Trophy Winners. It's as much of a social opportunity/occasion as anything. cool.gif Hope to see many of you there. Bring a spouse, friend, co-driver, "Plus-Ones". The room will hold up to 90 people. plenty of room. It is a dedicated side room.

Any questions, please ask publicly here so everyone can benefit. I may have forgotten a detail or two. It's been a while since I've organized one of these. smile.gif

Specific details in the flyer below, but here's some extra ones:

Easy to get to. Right off the Freeway. Use the SR51 to the Glendale exit, go West to 16th Street, then North 1/2 mile to the Restaurant (on the right). Before Morten.

When you go to Mind The Cones to "Register" for this Special Event, you have to declare in a drop-down "Special Event". No need to do any cars or classing (duh).
  • In the Registration Comments section lower down, enter your name and any guest names there. NO NEED to register anyone separately.
  • If you pay using PayPal, pay the total for you and any guests there. Also, in their info window, please re-list those names.
  • If you pay by check, include your name and any guest names there too. Like a double-check. Yeah, I'm thinking name stickers at the door. wink.gif
  • PARKING: The main lot has sixty spaces, but it is shared. At least half should be available, but there are more on the side and out back.
  • We have a firm CUT-OFF DATE of Wednesday June 20th, by 3:00pm. We need to let Gallagher's know how many to plan for.

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26 May 2018
The Trophies from the past Spring Series will be ready in a few days. Congratulations to our thirty trophy winners from this Series! No, we haven't forgotten. wink.gif

Since we don't have summer events, we can't hand out at a next event until September. That just seems like a long time to me.

So, what we used to do, is use this occasion as an excuse to get together for some food and drink, and socialize/bench race. Oh yeah, and award the trophies. At times they used to be more formal affairs, but those became cumbersome. And expensive. So my vision is to seek out a casual restaurant somewhat centrally located, and hold something simple and inexpensive.

Discussions are underway with Kevin and Dave and Derek, as to what this might be and how it might be structured. Or, if it even needs to be done at all. Some Officers even favor no more Trophies, but something like Gift Certificates instead. So, let's see what the masses are thinking.

I'm thinking if we hold an "Awards Brunch", that it would be on a Saturday or Sunday early afternoon (like 12:00 to 3:00, or 11:00 to 2:00) at a casual Restaurant centrally located. Sometime in June. To offset costs, we'd perhaps charge around $5.00 to $10.00 per person. That would include a simple brunch/sandwich and soft drink/iced tea. EVERYONE would be invited (not just Trophy winners), reservations and pre-payment required. Great opportunity to see each other in a social setting, with no grease or wrenches to be found anywhere. wink.gif

So, I get that times have changed from many years ago. I think it important to acquire your thoughts and ideas (all of you) on how to best move forward with event awards in the future.

So, let us know. I'm especially interested to knowing what some of the newer people to the sport think. (YES YOU!). We do need to keep drawing and involving newer participants, and not just the same old "crusty" experienced veterans (all twenty of us tongue.gif )

I have ATTEMPTED doing a Poll, (something I've never done before). So wish me luck. But if it doesn't offer what you're thinking, feel free to detail other thoughts or ideas. Please be sure that your name is presented in your signature.

We'd really like to know where the current thinking is on this.

Thank you for participating. cool.gif
17 May 2018
Tucson's first event of a four event Series through the Summer.

Registration is open until Tomorrow (Friday Night). Click HERE for all the details and link to Mind The Cones registration site.

Personally I would find it very hard to go three whole months without playing with my car. Phoenix always used to do Summer Events, but in recent years have gotten away from doing those. So, I go here. Tucson starts earlier, and therefor ends earlier (i.e., "COOLER"). The courses are a little shorter, and simpler (depending on your perspective). wink.gif

I tend to not stay for Time Onlys during the summer, so am on the road home usually before 12 noon. Tucson pairs Groups A and B together for the summer events (B works for A, A works for B; etc.).

Even if you choose to stay for TO's, it's still a reasonably short day, and if you travel from Phoenix or other remote areas you'd still be headed home well before the toasty times of the day. I really wish Phoenix would do that again. I'd attend both.

So, if you'd rather not just sit for three months staring at your "inanimate" vehicle, take it to Marana for a spin. Probably even make it home in time to watch the Diamondbacks on TV, beer in hand. cool.gif

Traffic looks do-able too this coming weekend, so give yourself a treat. C'mon down to Marana. beer.gif

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3 May 2018
Among other reasons, this is a big factor for me not participating in this type of event.

Just food for thought.

Can't happen to you? Happened to Tage, Director of Arizona NASA. Like this driver, he had the proper gear and training.

Do you?

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