When I was sitting in line for the lunch laps there was a gentleman and a young boy standing at the fence. I had been looking around for a kid to give a ride to and there he was. Still in the car I pointed to him and waived him to come for the ride. He as 13 and thrilled at the opportunity. I drove the '69 Aqua GT350. I even gave him my camera to take some pictures for me to make him feel all that much more important.
There are many, many things on my list for improvements for next year since I was the one that ran the car show and did not look at the schedule ahead of time to realize they have the lunch laps right in the middle of the car show. I also did not know that they were going to do a photo op for the '66 Shelbys at 11:00, too. Also, trust me, it was not my idea to charge extra and I have been making my feelings known about the car show on Sunday for years - - - it should be Saturday. As for the two car shows, SVT always has a judged show and we have a popular vote show so we did not want people from each Club to have fit into the other Club's type of show thus two shows. Happen again?
Going back to having the convention as Thurs., Fri. and Saturday with the evening program on Saturday makes a ton of sense. I think a lot of people feel the evening program is a 'wrap' up of the convention so in their mind it is time to head home after it is over.
I do think the Concours and Popular Vote winners do deserve a quick mention at the evening program, yes, we can all read about it later but at the same time a lot of these people have spent a lot of time and money getting their cars in shape to be there and .... Aren't the cars what brings us all together in the first place and then we have made great friendships. Come on, it is not just a eat and run type of thing.
We, the core volunteers, have a lot of work ahead of us for next year whether it be car show, concours, the dinner, etc. Since a lot of you know me and know I have 'strong' thoughts on things, I do step up to the plate and work to try and make these events better for everyone. year
Next year we be looking for a few more people that will be willing to sign up for specific tasks, if they only do it for 1/2 a day. If we can do this then we will free up some of the time of the core people that are spending the entire convention working and not getting the opportunity to kick back for one day to drive the parade laps, talk with friends and also meet people roaming around, see what cars have showed up, etc. Give it some thought, it really does give you more of a feeling of being a part of the Club instead of just a member of the Club.
Looking forward to stepping it up for next year.