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· Master Story Teller & Fabricator
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You guys can do whatever you want with the room, there's nothing I can do about it at this point. Piss all over the place and spread empty beer cans all over in my memory.

I'll admit that I've been on the fence for the past month about whether to attend or not. I'm big time over spent on my plaything budget for the year. If the car was running well(as it normally does) and I could have looked forward to an enjoyable ride in the nice weather through all the Fall colors, I could justify it. But, as it stands, I'd be chewing my nails the whole way and stressing out every time I detected the slightest hiccup* with the car.

If my money wasn't tight, I'd just swap my gear into my 4-cyl Ford Escape and head on down for the party. I just agreed to take in a border in my house yesterday to recoup my overspending this past year. I had to pay for my new car with a $3000 cash advance on my $0 balance credit card because they wouldn't accept a straight charge. So I'm paying ridiculous interest of 20-25% until income tax refund time to pay it off.

I guess fate and finances weren't in my favor for this outing.

I'll miss the fun you guys bring to our getogethers! :yup:
 

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Hows it going..?

Wish I could have been there.. just too much going on and the surgery kept it from happening.
 

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Wish I could have been there.. just too much going on and the surgery kept it from happening.
We just joined part of today's mountain drive. Great time and great folks. Below are a couple of pictures:
 

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While on the drive, we went to the top of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia. Below is a view looking down at the parking lot with a row of Opels. Also attached is a zoom on that picture of just the Opels.
 

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Guys, this is a gorgeous meet! Everybody not there can kick his/her a$$.

THANK YOU TO THE ORGANIZER TEAM!
Here are the links to the Super-SloMo videos I took from the drive-bys.

The Opels in 120fps (frames per second) on the Mountain run:

The Opels in 240fps, leaving Unicoi State Park Lodge:


The videos on Youtube don't do the original videos justice, Youtube made them seem to be stuttering. The original files run smooth. Steve, I'll send you the full-quality files on a CD on Monday. Please PM/Email me your address of choice.

Dieter
 
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Thanks, Dieter....AWESOME Video...send me what ya got and I'll incorporate it into
a final video for all that would want a video of the Nationals...that includes still pics
that you...GA members and others, and I will make a second video just of the pics.
Video of the interviews on Saturday will be ready for viewing soon...please all that
took pics, send them to me and I will include them scgoines(at)windstream.com


I'm gonna go take a nap now....pooped! I need some Advil really bad.

SteveGT
 

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It was a BLAST! We had police escorts out of town, we had media coverage, and we had a Blackhawk flyover! That was in addition to the great Opelers that attended, great food, a fantastic mountain run, an auction, etc. I've attached a few photos.

Matt
 

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A few more photos...

Matt
 

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YYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!The 2012 Opel Nationals in GA is now in the history books and what an event. First of all, thanks go out the all of the GA Opelers who made it happen , and VERY special thanks to Steve Goines who went the extra mile, above and beyond to add special touches to make this one to remember. Weather for Saturday was no less then AWESOME. Sun, a bit of a breeze, a hint of the mountain coolness, but, it could not have been any better. Friday was overcast, but, still very nice. Started off with welcoming those who could get there on Friday, Gil (of Opel GT Source) and Rodney Killingsworth (Killer_TX_GT) came from CA and TX, and there was dinner at a local steak house/buffet. Food was excellent and the atmosphere was fantastic with getting back up to speed with firends. Friday night was the "brench racing" and beer session and it lasted a while as there was much to talk about.The Friday night BR was "highlighted" by me getting a "Life time achievement award from fellow Opeler Dieter (heimue) when I get it out of the back of the car, I'll post a picture or two where it can be seen in the daylight, but, those whos did take pictures that moment, please post them here. Saturday started with breakfest at a local diner, and then we mounted up for the Mountain Run. Steve arranged for the local police to block off a few key intersections for us, as a pack, to leave Blairsville, and start out run. Needless to say, we cause quite a stir running through the north GA mountains. As posted earlier, we planned a few stops to allow a couple of members to go on ahead and set up for video passes. These will be made into a video with a link to it so all can see. Dieter risked life and limb on one video of his, kneeling in the middle of on coming traffic to get one of his excellent videos. We circled back around to take a rest stop in Cleveland, GA and to pick up our newest GA members Dan (Drinkman) and his wife Pam (One Fine GT) in the newly aquired purple GT from Wayne Torman. We did an impromptu car show in the parking lot and attracted quite a crowd.The we headed off to Unicoi State Park Lodge for lunch. They have an EXCELLENT buffet open to the public. Then it was off to Brasstown Bald, highest point in GA for another rest stop. We stopped everyone in their tracks to see so many little German cars come roaring into the parking lot. All along the way we had people stopping and staring as we passed, even noticed one older gentleman out on his riding mower, cutting his grass and he stopped to watch us all pass. Ending the Mountain Run, we went back to the tech school in Blairsville, and used their parking lot for the "show". We caused such a stir in the area, that a curious military chopper did a couple of passes right over us to see what was the commotion. REALLY!! It was so awesome. Another one of Steve's touches was to have a video photographer friend come by and video all the cars and a lot of the drivers for a show he puts on locally and he will be combining this into a future DVD for us along with a DVD of just the pictures, so all who took pictures and video, PLEASE, PLEASE get with Steve and get them to him. We went back to the Holiday Inn for a cartered BBQ dinner that was very good. There was a group shot made in front of the motel, and then a special award was given to Gil for his untiring help in keeping our Opels on the road. Then there was a special "gag" award given to Bill Hoffman for the "Longest Distance Traveled in an Opel" to get to the Nationals. Anyone who took pictures of the award, PLEASE send me one, as well as one to Steve for the DVD. Then came the auction, some very nice parts were auctioned off, Gil brought 4 $25 gift certificates for purchases at Opel GT Source, as well as a few goodies. The highlight was my wife's afghan, it was auctioned off for $200 to Keith (opelspyder), thank you Keith!!!. Keith also went the extra mile to help sell a GT gas cap that was missing a few pieces and a key. He offered if some one bought the cap for $50, he would repair the cap, and cut a key for it, on the spot, all for free, thus doubling the buyer's cap value to $100 if they chose to turn around and sell it. The auction was probably the most funny one yet!! Then we got back down to bench racing again. Now, the torch/baton has been passed to John Dickerson (opeljohn) for the 2013 Nationals in Springfield, IL. This was a interesting meet for me, in that, instead of being one of the first to have to leave, and drive all day to get back home, I got to leasurely sleep in, and leave later in the morning and get back home in a short time, in fact stopped to eat lunch at a Cracker Barrel near Buford, GA and even had a couple come up and talk to us for a few minutes about the Sportwagon. I told them of the meet we just came from. All the Opels run perfectly, coming to the event and during the event. I'm waiting to hear how everyone made it back. My wife and I made it back home at 2 pm at a leasurely pace. I had a GREAT time and got to meet a lot of old friends, and meet new ones. I had a great time and look for to possibly going to the 2013 Nationals. I'll post some pictures as well as send all to Steve later. Thank all who came!!!!
 

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Thanks for the great write-up Gene! I was posting pictures at the same time as you were typing that post up and just happened to post the couple photos you requested (see above). I left pretty early this morning because both of my kids came home from college this weekend and I'm spending the day with them. I ended up in a little "race" with a Mustang back down the mountain coming home. I passed him on a tight turn on one of the few two lane spots and left him behind on the twisties. He finally caught up with me at a light in Cleveland, GA :yup:.

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Wow, what a really cool weekend...as Gene stated it was Great to see all of our
friends, Great eats, and was Great driving through the North GA. Mountains. Alot
of planning went into this meet to make it "special" for those that attended.

We really tried to do some things that would be remembered for quite a while.

Thanks for those that helped to coordinate the event and all the time it took
to put things together. I must say, all went flawless. Just a few pics that I
have, among the many that I will be posting. I would like to personally say
"THANK YOU" to those Georgia Opel Club members, who did their part in making
this weekend such a success...also we enjoyed some nice Opels from far away
and received ALOT of attention from the public, along the way. Here's a few I
have, and as Gene stated, please send me what you took, so I can compile the
DVD as soon as possile for others.

SteveGT
 

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These were the first of the Mountain Run. Was cool we had some police escort service out of town.
Is that the same as being "run out of town"?
 
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