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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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I apologize I had to miss breakfast, but I forgot to ask - who went and how was it?! Should that be next year's stop?
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Looked like a good time! Sorry I had to miss it, but I could'nt get the time off work. I live a little south of Buffalo, so it was'nt that far for me. If there is one next year, I will be there!
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It was a great time and I am sure we'll be doing it again next year.

Once we have a date, I'm booking my hotel, even if I have to cancel later. I missed breakfast thanks to not wanting to spend another night in the one I was at (it was worse than expected for the price). I probably wouldn't choose the same hotel ever again, even though I am giving them the benefit of the doubt due to evidence they are working towards a full update (from 70's-ish to modern).

If you like wine (like me ), the wine festival itself was great too, though I would recommend bringing your own lunch. It is six of one, half a dozen of the other in comparison to a wine tour... You have 100 or so wineries within one area, but you have to contend with the crowds and can only sample what they brought (some probably brought everything, most probably brought what they thought was their best).
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I'm already looking to rethink two key things.

1) Track Day. Saturday sort of pushed the event too close to the work-week. Those who wanted to stay got hotels for Friday night, meaning folks left for Watkins Glen right after the end of the work-week.

Maybe we can move the Track Day to Sunday, allowing everyone to drive to Watkins Glen on Saturday, get checked in, see some (not too much ) of the Wine Festival, and then turn in for the night.

2) Food. The only thing on the planner for all of Sunday was breakfast. I think that a good breakfast before the laps would be just as welcome if we do it early enough. A number of people didn't stay over for Sunday's breakfast because of hotel expenses.

We can go to breakfast (Savard's? ) before the laps so we all get a chance to wake up to some real food. If folks want, we can also pick a dinner place for Saturday evening. That way, both days have a good mix of things to do. Just no heavy drinking before going on the track the next day - I have a feeling Smart owners are, well, Smarter than that.

I'll be in touch with the track again in the near future, and we'll see what we can hash out for next year. The sooner, the better! Please come in if you have any opinions or ideas!

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Anyone remember the name of the young lady that briefed us at the Glen?

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My GF posted her photos to Facebook yesterday. Anyone who wants to see them, please send me a friend request (e-mail: nathanial dot c dot jones at gmail dot com). Please mention in the note something identifying about your smart, preferably your position on the track (upon entering) or in our line-up afterwards.

Note: I am willing to friend more smart owners, but I want to limit to those at Watkins Glen first.
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I'm not on fbook. my wife is, so I will forward this over to her.

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(4th postion, yellow and black Brabus, had the video running during the laps)
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Hmm, Finger Lakes Wine Festival is officially scheduled for July 12-14 next year. It would be awesome if we could do this again then and get them to make it part of the festival.

Maybe we could arrange a slightly later time with a trip (or parking) in (or near) the pit lane.

Once July opens up on Travelocity, I'm booking Friday night through Sunday morning... I like my wine. Going to be bottling up some homemade strawberry wine with the first being uncorked December 29 at 11:59:59 and sipped January 1 at 12:00:00.
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I believe that time frame is the week after the national convention in Denver. We made the decision to skip our regional event during the years of the national event (every 3rd year) as most people only can budget time for one event.
Just a thought..
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