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    Quote Originally Posted by m610 View Post
    Okay, a couple of long days scanning the 400+ posts in the Events forum plus making my way through half of the search results for "Nationals", I'm slowly getting this story together.

    At this point I'd like to ask for a little help in the form of reading the draft (attached) and helping me with corrections and information I don't yet have.

    I've highlighted in yellow areas where I know work is needed.

    I've been able to find information on many but not every National.

    I'm collecting photos and illustrations but haven't inserted any yet.

    I'd really like to be able to list the awards presented each year. If I can't get all, or most of them, I may cut that part. Better to omit it than publish something half done.

    Thanks in advance. I'll credit you in the article and if you want to write or rewrite a section you'll be a co-author, which is nice to have when you go up for tenure review.

    I'm kinda burning out on this one. Will take a few days off.

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    1. 5th paragraph - As John described it but it was in Springfield, IL at the Rt 66 show.
    2. Photos from 2006 Carlisle - https://www.opelgt.com/photopost/sea...p?searchid=145
    3. Photos from 2011 Carlisle - https://www.opelgt.com/photopost/sea...p?searchid=147
    4. Photos from 2008 Charlotte - https://www.opelgt.com/photopost/sea...p?searchid=149
    5. Photos from 2005 OMC - https://www.opelgt.com/photopost/sea...p?searchid=151
    6. Photos from 2007 Rt 66 - https://www.opelgt.com/photopost/sho...y.php/cat/3252
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    Mike, I'm sending you a PM with winners for the 2008 Nationals in Charlotte along with a few other things. I'll see what I can find about the 2014 Nationals and PM that as well...
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    Thanks. I've got that information in now.

    The update is attached.

    I still have a lot more territory to cover.

    The Google search feature is not working today so I'm stopped in my review of past posts. I was on page 5 of 10. The normal search turns up only 12 posts with "Nationals" used as a search term for titles, and I've see those threads before. There is a lot of information in these forums, but it can be tough digging it out.

    I'm thinking of adding a "Car Count" column to the table, but first let's see what I can learn about the years I haven't covered yet.

    What is the plan for the nationals for the next five years? When and where? I'll list them in the table.

    Gil and I are beginning to discuss 2020 in earnest. Who wants to go to Yosemite?

    Mike
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    Don't look for any car awards at the GA Nationals as we took a different route, just wanted everyone to come down and relax. The only award given out was for furthest distance traveled, that went to Bill Hoffman. We did take a couple of nice drives, planned by Steve Goines. There was a *ahem* visit by a certain helicopter pilot, in his "special" vehicle LOL. There are a couple of youtube videos done by Dieter that you can look up and enjoy.
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    I have been going back thru some of the old Mother Road threads, which has been interesting. In paragraph 5 you mention the photos of the group on Route 66. Those photos were taken by Gil Wesson while perched on a Railroad overpass. I think that year Dallas Mize took some video while sitting with Gil. Trying to stage the Convoy to downtown Saturday on a regular year is like herding cats. Those pictures increased the difficulty by maybe a factor of 5. Gil also took the photos from the same place at the 2013 Nationals as well as other great shots. The photo you use to promote OGTS in the Blitz was taken by Gil of the Downtown Line Up that same year.
    Speaking of Gil, I see you give him a tip of the hat at the end of the article. From my point of view Gil has been a major supporter of the Nationals from early on. Not only does he try to attend them all, he also contributes OGTS Goodies that often help cover the cost of putting on the event.
    As to some things about Awards. 2007 was a combination of the Awards given out now on both Saturday and Sunday. The Awards that are now part of the Sunday Main Stage Presentation, were given to us to pass out on Saturday. We added to that a new design we now use for Saturday Participant Voting. The list of those who got the awards and a photo of the group is on page 11 of the thread for that year in the forums. The list of winners you have for 2013 are the ones for the Event Awards from Main Stage Sunday. The list for Participant Voted Saturday Awards is as follows. The Tom Cavataio Longest drive in an Opel went to Marty Remier, TX.
    Best GT, Don Harrold, MO.
    Best Manta/ Ascona, Jeff Widder, WI.
    Best Kadett, Tom King, MO.
    Best Opel Other, Dieter GV. Mainberg.

    Going back thru those old threads it was fun to read what was going on leading up to the event. Also the really great photos. Unfortunately it was also sad to see how many of those old posts are now followed by R.I.P.

    Anyway anything else I can look for let me know.
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    OpelJohn - Thanks. I'll work those details in. And thanks for your recaps. Very interesting and very helpful.

    Everyone else, I could use help with the years I don't have anything, or much. Just point me to a thread and I'll extract what I can. Like I mentioned above, Google search is not working here as of a few days ago.

    I could also use help with the awards. I'll contact Gil to get the list from the OMC events. I've gone through back issue of The Blitz and they rarely reported the awards.

    Mike

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    Okay, I have manually gone through the events forum and found a little more information, but not much. Here's what I am still looking for:

    Recaps or just something that tells people about the event for the years: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 (I have a little, but barely anything.), 2011, 2014, 2016.

    For the awards I am still looking for: 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

    If anyone has any old notes or knows how to find the thread with the info I'd much appreciate it.

    Mike

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    Am not sure, but 2016 Opel National's held in Carlisle was 20th Anniversary was probably one of the rainy Carlisle that we all know about,, I think Todd Kirby took trophy for Best Manta, Gordon for Most Unique Opel, Bill Hoffman farthest driven, not sure on the others.. oh yea also
    Mike Lane for Best GT. I think Charles has the line up here the link of photos he took that day
    https://classicopels.com/gallery/ind...carlisle-2016/
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    I do not think they gave out Awards at the 2010 event in Monterey. Since 2015 was an OMC event there may not have been any then either.

    As to the 2013 event Awards, You already show on page 15 paragraph 12 the winners of the Official Event Judged Opel Class. Along with that I gave you a list of the Saturday Participant Voted Awards in post 25 of this thread. That year was interesting in the diversity of the two groups line of thought. More often than not at least both agree on Best GT.

    Going back to the 2010 Event. I am aware of the Awards situation due to the fact I drove my GT over 4600 miles to attend that event. I have such great memories as, having the exhaust pipe break between Cheyenne and Laramie WY. Getting a thumbs up from a couple in a Ferrari in CA north of the event. Leaving early so I could climb out of Donner Pass at midnight to beat the heat. Driving across NV until noon and getting a room until midnight so as to beat the heat once again climbing out of UT. Then having the Exhaust break again between Laramie and Cheyenne. Fun Times!

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    Today Gil and I talked about the 2020 nationals. We have a plan. We need to run it past the officers but I expect they will support us.

    In a nutshell, home base will be the casino in Tuolumne, CA, just a few miles from OGTS. The show will be a OGTS. We will also cruise to and through Yosemite. Several routes are being considered, one to Glacier Point, which would include a tour of the valley. The other route is longer and would take us through the high country, done to Lee Vining/Mono Lake, then back to Tuolumne via Sonora pass. Both are fantastic drives, and I am partial to the latter.

    So that’s it for the time being.

    Of course the Nationals committee would have to approve our proposal.

    Who’s on the slate for 2021 and beyond?

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    How about a drive on Wards Ferry Road

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    Date in 2020 ?

    Quote Originally Posted by m610 View Post
    Today Gil and I talked about the 2020 nationals. We have a plan. We need to run it past the officers but I expect they will support us.

    In a nutshell, home base will be the casino in Tuolumne, CA, just a few miles from OGTS. The show will be a OGTS. We will also cruise to and through Yosemite. Several routes are being considered, one to Glacier Point, which would include a tour of the valley. The other route is longer and would take us through the high country, done to Lee Vining/Mono Lake, then back to Tuolumne via Sonora pass. Both are fantastic drives, and I am partial to the latter.

    So that’s it for the time being.

    Of course the Nationals committee would have to approve our proposal.

    Who’s on the slate for 2021 and beyond?
    What are the dates in 2020? Thx,Bob
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    Wish I had known Charlotte was this year. Unfortunatly I have been to the states once this year already or I would have swaped my dates round to get there.
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