Hey all, this year we got an invite. Not only did they not forget us like they did for the past two years, but contacted me and asked us to come, the event organizer telling me we are her favorite exhibit and the most popular with visitors. My confirmation bias being what it is, I believe her.
The dates are October 20 - 22, at Cal Expo, and we'll be in the same space as last year, that being the open courtyard area in the middle of the other exhibits. There's no way people will miss us. We're practically blocking their access to the other exhibits.
Load-in is on Friday and we retrieve our cars on Sunday at 6 PM. I'll be there the whole time looking after things and helping out as needed.
Like last year I'll make an 11x17" poster for each car exhibited, and I'll have extras printed so you can give some to your friends, team mates, frame and hang in your trophy room.
I'll have pop-ups, water, a table for stickers and literature, extension cords, a laptop playing racing videos, maybe even Lemons race recaps. I may spring for Christmas lights. Gavin's looked so good/silly strung around his Limo hauler. I'll have copies of the spectator guide (attached) I made up last year to hand out. Let me know if you have things along these lines to contribute.
This year I think I'll try something with awards, best in show and such, where visitors vote/comment on the cars. I'll do it more as a way to get the visitors involved, and to have fun. I've got a bunch of old Opel pistons and transmissions laying around here. I'm sure I could use them to make up some kind of trophy.
Being outside we won't have to empty our fuel tanks. In fact, we can run our engines. The Chicken car was certainly a favorite in this regard last year.
Last year Adrian and I took our cars (Chicken car and Tinyvette) over to the coned course the manufacturers set up. I'm pretty sure the Tinyvette was quicker. We'll see this year.
In past years we had 10 to 15 cars, but we can accommodate a few more, so pass the word. I know the Coyote team wanted to come last year but got the info late. I think Ferdinand the Bug will be coming for the first time. The Jagvair is out this year, and the Chicken car may or may not be at a race at Laguna Seca that weekend. Of course the Tinyvette will be there and a rethemed Restart Racing truck. I'll update you as to who else is coming as confirmations come in.
So, check your calendars and let me know if you can bring a "car".
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