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O' yee of little faith. I was trying to build anticipation and excitement for the event.

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the Speedster Owners Group. If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you may still get the price. If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink, or whatever it is you want to do. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

@Terry Nuckels @MusbJim @Troy Sloan @Teby S @arajani @Ryan in NorCal @Theron @Kevin - Bay Area @RacerX @Dan Stewart @majorkahuna @Bob Hampton @Karyadi @Trevor P. @GERD @OCC @goofer @Tom Murtaugh @*LongFella @Fast Eddy @Larry Bull @ChrissyB @Rusty S @I'm Les @Markos @Dave (Speedster "D") Galvan @Newbie Danny @Will Hesch @slofuzz @SLOTUB @Pat Downs @TheMayoMachine @TRP @Barry S (Goofycat) @Napa Paul@Dave Mitchell @RONSTR @Sacto Mitch @sherco_chris @Anthony @BADSPD - Stephen @Dutch @JohnKaufman @VSpyder @Cory McCloskey @PaulEllis @IMDoug @aircooled

I tried to remember everyone's screen names but as I get older I tend to forget things so if I left someone off the list and you remember them send them an @ invite.

I'd like to keep everything regarding the cruise to one thread so let's try not to start multiple ones. If I have to I will repost the hotel information so it stays near the top of the thread. 

Once your hotel is booked send me an email at robert dot mcewen@comcast.net

 

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Booked. June 7-9.

Some notes for others trying to book a room:

  • The receptionist did not find "Speedster Owners Group" in the list, but did find "SOG".
  • They said they'd email me a confirmation, but nothing yet.
  • Don't click Robert's email directly. You need to type it in: `robert dot mcewen at comcast dot net` (@Theron can you remove the auto-link to the wrong address for Robert?)
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Ryan in NorCal posted:

Booked. June 7-9.

Some notes for others trying to book a room:

  • The receptionist did not find "Speedster Owners Group" in the list, but did find "SOG".
  • They said they'd email me a confirmation, but nothing yet.
  • Don't click Robert's email directly. You need to type it in: `robert dot mcewen at comcast dot net` (@Theron can you remove the auto-link to the wrong address for Robert?)

I just left the hotel and the group rate is under “SOC”. 

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

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Terry Nuckels posted:
Rick99GSX posted:

Sounds great @Terry Nuckels... Now at I know not everyone would be willing to do this... but how about going down route 1 this year? No need to ask @Ryan in NorCal as I'm sure I know the answer to that one 

I'm open to that. However, we'll have to put up with those Winnebago bastards 

Last year, I woke up in Monterey on Friday morning for the trip down the 1 (and Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd). Doing the whole trip in one day is very aggressive. I was planning on leaving a day early to get me closer to Monterey again this year.

But aren't you all retired? Take Thursday off from your Bridge Club and join me.

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I see. With that route and an early start you could be down to Bug Sur by noon. That leg is roughly 4.5-5hrs from us. And it’s only another 3 hrs from Bug Sur to SLO.

I drove 8hrs+ on both days down last year. But I took an adventurous route. And took a thousand photos.

Count me interested. Fair warning, should you let me in the 1-day caravan, I will stop you for photos all the time. The first 4hrs you can race. But once we hit Big Sur all bets are off.

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If I can join your parade, I'd jump in at Monterey. That many one day hours and miles, in Speedie, does a number on my joints...such that I'd not be able to "rally" on Saturday. Instead, I'd leisurely saunter on down to Monterey Thursday, and spend the night there. I could meet you at the Del Monte Shopping Center Starbucks (Soledad Dr. exit off Hwy #1) - where you might stop for a potty break - and then we'd be off en masse to follow the Yellow Brick Road down #1.

I just left the hotel and the group rate is under “SOC”. 

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

Robert M posted:

I just left the hotel and the group rate is under “SOC”. 

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

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Robert M posted:
Robert M posted:

I just left the hotel and the group rate is under “SOC”. 

The 2019 West Coast gathering will be June 7th, 8th, and 9th.

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your cruise packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

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I, too, will be attending this year's soiree...so put me in the lineup. However, like last year, being the old retired guy on a fixed income, I'll be racking up the street at the University Inn @ almost half the price ($129/nt.).  We should have another exceptional weekend - especially the NorCal PCH caravan - just keep chanting the mantra: "No Slides...Open Road, No Slides...Open Road, No Slides...Open Road." Someone might want to kill a chicken or two, though, for good luck in that regard! 

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Terry Nuckels posted:

We've been doing it at this hotel since 2013 at least. Before that we were at Morro Bay for a few years and Paso Robles before that.

All of these events were light years ahead of the original meets at Knotts Berry Farm starting in 2004...

John Leader Alfenito and Bruce Williams did the first one.

I was at '05 at Knotts. 

It was a weird car show in an amusement park parking lot- good people, good idea, but an unfortunate place for a "Replica Rendezvous".

Stan Galat posted:
Terry Nuckels posted:

We've been doing it at this hotel since 2013 at least. Before that we were at Morro Bay for a few years and Paso Robles before that.

All of these events were light years ahead of the original meets at Knotts Berry Farm starting in 2004...

John Leader Alfenito and Bruce Williams did the first one.

I was at '05 at Knotts. 

It was a weird car show in an amusement park parking lot- good people, good idea, but an unfortunate place for a "Replica Rendezvous".

I was fortunate enough to make your acquaintance there, Stan. Buddies ever since.

Panhandle Bob posted:

I lived one block south of Knott's growing up. There were no fences, admission fees or charges for parking back then. Great place to go play cowboys and indigenuous peoples growing up. 

Now you're really bringing back some old memories and, fortunately, they're all good! My Dad had already been working 12 years for the Southern Pacific RR (Brakeman/Conductor), when he took me to Knott's for the Grand Opening of their railroad in 1952. I'm sure his being the Union Local President (Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen) "greased the skids," because we rode that train on its inaugural trip around the Farm - they even had the "always kid pleasing" train robbers shooting and whooping! Thanks, Bob, for helping me pry this recollection from my rusted old memory bank.

 

In the fall we meet in Auburn, CA and head to South Lake Tahoe. Otherwise drive to the Central Valley in the spring or later in the fall and you can follow me around on one of my One Tank Adventures through the Sierra Nevadas. It's an easy 200 mile day with some fantastic views.

 

I may have to organize a hometown adventure for the West Coast crowd one year just to get in some extra driving.

Robert M posted:

In the fall we meet in Auburn, CA and head to South Lake Tahoe. Otherwise drive to the Central Valley in the spring or later in the fall and you can follow me around on one of my One Tank Adventures through the Sierra Nevadas. It's an easy 200 mile day with some fantastic views.

 

I may have to organize a hometown adventure for the West Coast crowd one year just to get in some extra driving.

Come on up, @Robert M. You, Teby and I can have a grand time up here for a full weekend of driving.

We'll leave the light on.

Terry Nuckels posted:
Robert M posted:

In the fall we meet in Auburn, CA and head to South Lake Tahoe. Otherwise drive to the Central Valley in the spring or later in the fall and you can follow me around on one of my One Tank Adventures through the Sierra Nevadas. It's an easy 200 mile day with some fantastic views.

 

I may have to organize a hometown adventure for the West Coast crowd one year just to get in some extra driving.

Come on up, @Robert M. You, Teby and I can have a grand time up here for a full weekend of driving.

We'll leave the light on.

You know I will. 

I have some friends that take part of a few of the classic car rally's/tours here in the US.  Each year, I drive over to the Fairmont in San Francisco to see the cars of the California Mille before they start their tour around California.  One thing all these tours seem to have in common is a name (Rallye Monte Carlo, Mille, Copperstate 1000, Colorado Grand, Peak to Peak, etc), and a way to identify the cars (meatballs or window stickers).  Perhaps this group isn't about that, and that's cool.  
That said, I have been thinking about our West Coast gathering for the past few days, and if there's any way some of these concepts could be used.  For starters, a name to identify this function.  With a few exceptions, one thing I thought was interesting about the route most of us take to get to SLO resembles the famous Amtrak Coast Starlight route from Seattle to LA.  Therefore, I simply borrowed that route for a tour name, the Coast Starlight.
The other thing was to come up with either a window decal or a meatball for the side of our cars.  Option 1 was inspired by a lot of the poster art / decals from the Mille Miglia; just relating it to our event.  Option 2 borrows from the graphics/logos of the railways of yesteryear.  Option 3 simplifies it all together.
Feel free to sing praises, fling insults (tell me this is the stupidest thing you've heard), scribble on the PDFs, etc.  I won't get butt-hurt.  

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I've been asking for a couple of weeks about Left Coast cruises and this is exactly what I've been looking for, I'll do my best to make it, even though I'll be out there in the early part of May for my brother's funeral service.  Of course another big IF is if I can get Carey to release my car from The Transplant Plant in Indiana . The snows have been so bad that they haven't been able to complete many cars this past winter.  They've had my car for about 6 months and said that it will be ready, possibly, in May.  It's cutting it kinda close but I'm going to try to make it.  

My mother used to live in SLO, up on the hill overlooking "The Rock" and the bay.

It is a great idea. I have been going through posts and videos from these type of events in Europe ( Tunnelrun, Targa Cannibale) and it looks like a good time. Some are focused on P-cars,  but welcomes everybody with something sporty to drive. Being a non-P-car, non-VW, the feeling of being on the Island of misfit toys pops up often. 

@Kevin - Bay Area, you'll see and feel the vibe when you come this year. The ebb and flow of new and old attendees seems to have no effect on the pace  or mood from year to year. We meet, we congregate, we drink, we eat, we drive a bit and laugh alot. But the cars and the drive aren't  what it's all about...you'll see.

That said, having a purpose event would be fun. We could easily do a West Coast event that would highlight the central valley, or the gold country, wine country, etc.. That event could easily replace Tour d'Hoe in September. It could be like the Spring Thaw from the great northwest. Perhaps this could be discussed starting another thread?

 

7D47F8F3-36B4-434D-B572-6A18DE36FA520FFE37F9-8997-40FC-B465-67393125C677Can’t wait to see all of you!

This is my third try at our West Coast event, having had major motor failures the last two Mays. 🙄

However, St. Paul Ellis has loaned me one of his engines while I’m having a fresh one built, so I will not miss this year!  Each of you should have a friend as kind-hearted and generous as Paul in your town… He and I love our cars, but only he  has the skills to keep them alive! 

 On another note, I enjoyed the usual phenomenon (one that I know we’ve all experienced) at the massive Scottsdale Cars and Coffee event this past Saturday – that is, even when her neighbor is pretty fancy, my little girl always seems to draw the crowd… 

See you all soon!

 

 

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Ryan in NorCal posted:

See you all in 95 days.

@Robert M, do you have all the help you need?

So far:

Me - Plan and confirm the route, @Ryan in NorCal - route packets and photo poker rules, @Teby S - t-shirt design, @OCC - waiting on t-shirt design to print t-shirts, koozies, stickers, etc., I haven't talked to him yet but maybe @Troy Sloan could bring some oil, tools, and common spare parts and help with SAG (support and gear),  my brother - BBQ at the lunch spot, Nancy's friends - cater Saturday night dinner, and the rest of the West Coast and beyond SOCers will just need to come and hang out and have fun. Oh, and bring some cool prizes for the raffle.

So far I have the following people: @OCC, @MusbJim, @Terry Nuckels, @TheMayoMachine, @Kevin - Bay Area, @RacerX, @sherco_chris, @Ryan in NorCal, @goofer, @Troy Sloan, @Rick99GSX, @Napa Paul, @*LongFella, @Roy, @Todd M, @Tom Murtaugh, @ChrissyB, @Karyadi, @IMDoug, @majorkahuna, @PaulEllis, @Cory McCloskey, @GERD@BlakeAndJen, Vinny, Bill Nash (Does anyone know Bill's screen name??) and maybe @aircooled but he's not sure yet. @Meade has expressed an interest but nothing definitive.

Also sounds like we have some other interested parties as well. I think @Carlo and @curtissb are looking to attend as well.

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Here's the info again for those who don't want to look through the whole thread:

The host hotel is:

Quality Suites San Luis Obispo
1631 Monterey St., San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Hotel 805-541-5001
www.qualitysuitesslo.com

25 rooms at the rate of $229.00 have been secured for us for this event. You must call and reserve your room before April 29th, 2019. After that there is no guarantee you'll get a room. When you are booking your room tell them it is for the SOC.  If you call after that date let them know you're with the group and you MIGHT still get the price but is based on availability so book early.  If you book and need to cancel later on post it here first and maybe you can transfer the room to someone else.

There is no obligation to stay at the host hotel, it just makes it easier to socialize, mix, mingle, party, drink or whatever it is you want to do, and keep track of who is attending. If you want to stay somewhere else that's fine just make sure you make it there Friday evening to pick up your route packets with lunch and dinner tickets, t-shirts, cruise maps, and etc.

I'll be posting more information later regarding t-shirts, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday night dinner.

As always if you'd like to bring an item for the raffle it'd be greatly appreciated.

@Robert M has planned a legendary route through the central coast. Here are just a few of the sights you'll drive through on our adventure. Unreal.

If you're on the fence about joining us this year, this should make the decision easier.

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The route winds it's way through deserted coast and country roads — from tight and twisty to fast open sweepers. The scenery is spectacular, the bends second to none, and the roads, just about empty. I cannot wait.

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@Rick99GSX you have no idea. This year is as adventurous as it is ambitious. I can’t wait to follow you through some of these turns.

I’ve been googling epic drives Robert missed and have yet to find one. This route is going to check a lot off the bucket list.

Note: The route is not yet ready for publication, but there’s plenty of time to make sure it’s perfect. Next step is Robert driving the entire route to finalize. But you’ll have the route and map prior to the start so you can study it in advance.

It’s never too early to download offline maps from Google Maps, as cell service may be limited on some of the roads. Instructions: https://support.google.com/map...form%3DiOS&hl=en

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Rick99GSX posted:

@Ryan in NorCal we should get together once the rain clears and do a Napa/Sonoma run. It will give us a chance to dust of the cobwebs 😁

Are you kidding, Rick? There are no longer any cobwebs in either county. All the "cobs" have drowned and the rain has washed the "webs" away! 

That said, though, I agree a local "inter-valley" run would be - to quote that felon Martha Stewart - "a good thing," and I'd like to join you! 

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