In talking with a couple of other members here, the idea of a Winter race/gathering has come up. This event might be a blast by itself, but also a sort of "test bed" where we could try a couple of different program ideas that might later be used to improve turnout and car counts at the summer Bash. That's how this got started...."How do we make the Bash a bigger event?" So we're looking for honest input here, to guage car counts, interest, schedule conflicts, financial problems, what have you.
One of the first questions raised was "How many guys keep their stuff running in the cold climate off season?" So there's question #1.....Do you expect your car to be race ready in Nov., Dec. or Jan.? Do you usually tear it down in the off season?
Question #2.......How many of our Northern members would like to come South out of the ****ty weather to enjoy a weekend of racing in the sun?
Obviously, only a crazy man wouldn't enjoy that, so......
Question #3.....Could you afford it/ schedule it/include it in a winter vacation?
One thought that's being kicked around is the fact that we'll always have a low turnout if we limit the invitation to 460ford.com members. The summer Bash would probably benefit from a little brand loyalty, too, so to help get cars through the gate and butts in the bleachers, it's been suggested that we could use a flyer and/or other advertising to deliver a polite "slap in the face" to the Chevy and Mopar guys in the area surrounding the chosen track. The brand loyalty thing usually creates a good stir, and I know any self respecting BBF guy would love the chance to take shots at brand X. Taking it a step further, a race that puts a Ford and an off brand in every pair might be a good ticket. Even casual race fans like that stuff......they buy tickets,too. Take a look at the BBF vs BBC thread on Yellowbullet. The possibilities are endless. What about doing this in conjunction with a BBC group and a Mopar group?
In talking with a couple of track operators I know, the finances are pretty much cut and dried. GETTING PEOPLE THROUGH THE GATE IS THE KEY. Track fee of $5000 rents the track for two days, with track prep, track crew, ambulance with EMT's included. The organization that rents the track keeps 100% of the gate and tech card fees, so GETTING PEOPLE THROUGH THE GATE IS THE KEY. Did I already say that?
Keep in mind, we're only trying to guage interest here. If enough guys jump up and say, "Yeah! That's for me!" then we'll discuss it further. If enough guys just yawn or say "Go to hell." we'll do that, too.....I was probably going there anyway, so.....
Input? Ideas? Blow it off?
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Last edited by jones; 07-06-2009 at 07:23 AM.