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Old 04-28-2009, 04:39 PM
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Discussion of this idea started under another thread titled "Greater Cleveland gatherings" - in fact I am probably guilty of inadvertently hijacking that thread. There seems to be enough interest in the idea to make it worth organizing something, so let's try to nail something down here.

First, the question of date/schedule. How often makes sense? Once a month, twice a month, every week? I suppose some of that depends on the level of interest and participation as it develops, but it would still be useful to get some input on what seems reasonable and workable. As far as a date for the first gathering, either May 16 or May 23 (Memorial Day weekend) have been suggested. We probably ought to choose the date that results in the highest attendance, so let's hear about availability and preferences.

Second, location. I initially suggested the Panera Bakery at Harvard Park shopping center, which is on the southeast side of Cleveland right off of I-271 at the Harvard Road exit. They have a good assortment of bakery, soups, sandwiches and beverages (including cappucino, lattes, etc.) If there are other ideas, put them out here.

Let's make this something fun and exciting - waiting to hear from all of you!

Bob
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:53 PM
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My thoughts are that it should be once a month. You can always increase it if there is enough interest and people think they can make it more often.

Hopefully we can start this event!
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Old 04-28-2009, 04:59 PM
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I posted in the other thread. I think that's a good location (not too far from River Road which is nice for a drive)and I'm good for the 16th. Do we need to ask Panera for preferred parking or just get in where ya fit in? With all of the possible liability issues these days I think we should at least let Panera know what is happening.
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Old 04-28-2009, 05:07 PM
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That's a good point - I'll stop by there tomorrow and float the idea past their manager. There is plenty of parking, and I would think they would be happy for the business, but you never know. Thanks for bringing it up.
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Old 04-28-2009, 08:24 PM
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So, I will be there tentatively Memorial day weekend so i will definitely be there. I want to see a nice turn out of Italian car especially Ferrari...
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Old 04-28-2009, 10:01 PM
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I should be able to make it on Memorial Day weekend, I think the location is good, and I know some guys in Canton that would probably come up. Once a month or every 6 weeks is a good interval also.....
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:48 AM
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Open invite

ZUL8TR had a great suggestion, hitting the other forums and invite of other cars there i.e. Vettes, Viper, Aston, GT-R, Ducati...to name a few.Where I am some guys come from 2 hours away.

Lets show the other Ohio cities that "CLEVELAND REALLY DOES ROCK"

SO hit the other forums guys
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Old 04-29-2009, 06:49 AM
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Bob-

I vote for Memorial Day weekend as the kickoff as I'll be out of town the previous weekend!!!

Thank you for reading my PMs and listening to my bajillion suggestions. I'm really happy somebody's putting this together.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:27 AM
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I think twice a month would be good but that's just my $0.02.
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Old 04-29-2009, 08:37 AM
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I am in, what ever date you guys decide. location is great once a month would be cool or every week.
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Old 04-29-2009, 10:54 AM
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If this is an open event (non-F Cars allowed) I am in ... I will bring the Vette ...
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:01 AM
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Bring it...this is absolutely non-exclusionary (is that a word?)...well, might draw the line if someone wants to bring a '93 Civic with a "coffee can" exhaust tip...
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:53 AM
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Hey, I might actually be up in Cleveland that weekend visiting the wife's family. I highly doubt the Viper will make the trip, but if I'm free I'll try to swing by to say hi and talk cars.
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Old 04-29-2009, 01:11 PM
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If this is an open event (non-F Cars allowed) I am in ... I will bring the Vette ...
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Old 04-30-2009, 06:48 PM
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this thread has gotten a lot of view but few takers...

what gives Cleveland...we can prove Tony right
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Old 04-30-2009, 07:35 PM
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I'm in- let me know where and when (360 spyder- Bath)
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:45 PM
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My family and I don't have a Ferrari but my dad and I will definitely be there to look at all of the cars! I will also pass this info on to some classic car owners that I know (if classic cars are accepted).

Please keep me posted.

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Old 05-01-2009, 06:27 PM
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The tentative plan is...

OK...the consensus that has arisen is the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, which is May 23, is workable. I've had some discussion with the manager at the Panera Bakery location originally discussed, and she needs to get clearance from the District Manager (seems odd they need permission to bring in more business?), so I will speak with her again Tuesday afternoon. For now, that's the tentative location unless there is a problem or someone else puts up a better idea (certainly open to that!). So, in a nutshell:

Cleveland Cars, Coffee and other Caffeine
Saturday, May 23, 10:00 a.m. until...
Panera Bakery
Harvard Square Shopping Center
Southeast corner of Harvard and Richmond roads, just off I-271 Harvard Avenue interchange
Emphasis on exotics, but others also welcome!

I'll confirm and reaffirm as we get closer to that date...in the meanwhile thanks for the interest so far!

Bob

P.S. If this goes well, I'm thinking in terms of 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Once a month doesn't seem to maintain the momentum, and every week just seems like too much. Thoughts?
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:47 PM
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That sounds great!
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:48 PM
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Bob,

I like the 1st and 3rd thing. Once a month comes to only 4 or 5 opportunities all year in some owners' eyes, and word may not spread fast enough this year (and rain or just sleeping in by accident can easily create a two-month wait between meetings). Every week may be a bit too frequent at first because of too few cars initially.

I will definitely make it out to one (hopefully a few). Not sure if I can do the first one, as I will be in South Dakota the preceeding week, and may or may not be back in time.

Good idea on the location, too; it's accessible to west siders via 480, Akron and Hudson people from the south, obviously anyone on the east side, and not too far from the city.

Looking forward to meeting everyone eventually,

Tony
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