Here are a few updates and a few things we are working on for the Columbus BPG Buick Horsepower Nationals coming up this August 3-5 at National Trails Raceway –
** Forget everything you have heard or seen about Columbus National Trails. I spent last Monday there and I am very impressed with the area since it has grown up. The town of Heath is within 15 minutes of the track and should be able to accommodate all of us. There are lots of restaurants, hotels, parts stores, and a great main drag that will be user friendly to us. Everyone including the police department would like us to come back, so the word I get it they will work with us. ( hmmmmm!! )
** How about a big cruise-in on Thursday night in Heath, at the Auto Zone / Ruby Tuesday parking lot? What a great way to kick off the event!
** I have officially invited the Mopar group to join us for test and tune on Friday and possibly Saturday for part of the day. See, the Mopar Nats are the following weekend at the “Trails” and as packed as it gets, I am sure there will be some who will come out to test and tune their cars a week early, esp. the locals. We’ll give them lane 6, for example, and any of us who want to grudge-race any of them, well, choose your race. Ought add a lot of excitement plus help us with expenses.
There is plenty of grassy areas for the car show should it be a hot day, or if it is a nice day we can have it on the asphalt. We will work this out when the time comes and we see what the weather is doing.
** Buick has committed to bringing a truckload of heritage vehicles down for the show. Last year at Indy, they brought GNX#1, a gorgeous pale yellow 65 Gran Sport convertible, a 65 Riviera, the Blackhawk, a Wildcat concept car and I am probably missing one or two others. Ought be interesting to see what they drag out for this year!
** How about this one – FREE vending spots! We have decided that with more and more business being done via E Bay and other sites, vendors are becoming more and more reluctant to bring their wares out to sell at meets such as this. Hard to blame them as it can be a hassle, $3.00 gas, motels, etc. So, we think it’s time to encourage them to come back to their roots and get eyeball to eyeball with their customers. We will certainly accept any donations that they would want to throw our way, but not necessary. The only deviation from this would be the “prime” locations. We would like to offer them to the larger vendors who would utilize these to the best usage and these spots will be “sold” to the highest sponsors. In other words, if you are a vendor and want to sponsor at the $1000 level, you would get the best spot, compared to a $500 sponsor. Keeping it simple. And, as I say, no one HAS to. They can vend for free in the back 40 if they choose. But, again, we will accept donations if you’d like to help us grow this event to the level we envision. It’s up to all of us.
** And, of course, lots of racing! Log onto www.bpgforums.com for hotel info and lots of other stuff as it happens. Please ask your questions there as it is difficult to continually monitor all of the boards that this information is going out to. ( But, your comments are welcome here to help keep the thread alive, or maybe the administrators will make it a sticky for us. ) Thanks, and see you all in Columbus!