Okay folks now that the spring events are behind us it's time to start making plans for the fall. I stopped by the Route 66 Hotel today to talk about our group staying there again. The hotel has put a block of 25 rooms on hold for us this year and I think we will once again get the $66.00 per night rate and the use of the hospitality room. The event will most likely follow the same format as other years but I have not seen a schedule yet. This years dates are Friday the 25th thru Sunday the 27th of September. Our main day of course will be Saturday the 26th but the Event awards will be given out on Sunday. I do plan to have some of our own awards on Saturday as well as door prizes if possible, more on that later. As far as I know this is the only Multicar event in the country that has an Opel class of Awards given out on the Main Stage. Now about our Saturday Awards and door prizes. Up til now some of these cost I have tried to cover by T-shirt sales and some of our members have paid the cost of an executive suite to gain the use of the hospitality room. Gil Wesson of Opel GT Source has provided the majority of the door prizes. We may need to discuss going to alternate ways to cover incidental costs and getting more folks involved in donating door prizes. T-shirts so far have not been big money makers. I do enjoy trying to tinker with the design but all in all they take quite a bit of time and I am not sure how many of you want or need more shirts. Maybe we can look at the Carlisle model and take donations with the extra given to Gary for this site. Just some things to think about. I do think I will Tinker with the shirts at least this year but after that who knows. Maybe it's time for someone else to pick up the torch there. I will try to hit Gil up for some door prizes but after not doing a couple of articals I promised him for the Blitz I could not blame him for being less than happy with me. Our Friday dinner will have to be moved this year as the Maverick Steak house has closed. Saturday we can do Top Cats if you like. I will post more as needed. If you think you are comming please get your room soon. The phone # at the Hotel is 217-529-6626. It's possible to get more rooms if there is a demand but the closer we get to the event time that may not be the case. As always Connie and I look forward seeing our Opel Friends in Sept.