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Gil of OGTS has been working for a number of years on arranging a GT 50th anniversary gathering in Las Vegas Nevada in April of 2018.

I'm starting this thread waaaayyy in advance so that we can begin long range planning for caravans, auto trains, car carriers, trailering cars, zeppelins, etc. to get our cars to the event. The preliminary plans are for a week of shows, photo ops, and drives to the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Crater/Meteor National Park, and other locations. I believe that the main lodging will be at the New Orleans(?) casino? A fully equipped sag wagon with spare parts will follow our drives so that we all don't have to stop and die in the desert if someone needs to replace their points. Apparently a decent size group of Germans will have their cars sent over, get them to Vegas either by driving or car carrier, and join us for the event. I'm real sketchy and lousy about details, so let's just say that sometime in April 2018, at some place near Las Vegas, there's gonna be a big Opel gathering and we've ALL got to go to it, if we can. Gil will officially announce this event in the near future, with much more concrete details.

Okay, so, let's talk about how to get our jalopies there. Us Northern snowy-staters and Canadians may still be under snow in April and might want to drive or ship their car to an Opeler farther south before Winter sets in, then drive down and take their Opel the rest of the way to Vegas in April and avoid a snowy drive. Some of us cold weather dudes who retire our cars for the Winter may also consider having our cars shipped or towed to, say, Illinois before or during Winter and shorten the drive. Guys with their own trailers could plan a big ole vacation around the event and drive out there. Guys with little trailer pulling experience, like me, might want to consider putting a trailer hitch on their SUV and start looking into and learning about trailer options. What would a whole car carrier cost to rent for a cross-country, one week, event like this? Or an Auto Train or similar method of shipment? Group discount.

Why am I not talking about driving to Vegas in true, leather-azz, Opel fashion? 'Cuz I ain't got no letha azz and don't relish the thought of one week and 5000 miles living in my GT. And I've got a pretty nice GT. For me, Vegas would be a 40-50 hour drive, plus the group rides at the event, and 40-50 hours back. Mainly, though, many of us don't have a car that can handle that kind of mileage or we don't feel like subjecting our cars to that ordeal or we simply can't take 6-12 days off from our jobs, family, etc.. That's why I'm doing this thread, to give those with scheduling and distance issues a chance to plan and attend the Opel event of a lifetime.


So, just getting the discussion rolling here.

Let's hear your ideas and thoughts on the subject.


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Thanks for posting this. It really does sound like a show we must all attend.

I'm only 8 hours or so from Las Vegas, about half a LeMons race, plus I've driven the Tinyvette the 1500 mile round trip to attend the Tacoma meet, so even 12+ hours each way in a non A/C car with no windows is fine with me. Our racing cool seat setup helped keep me cool.

40-50 hours on a car at steady highway speeds should not be too tough on a car. 40-50 hours in local traffic would be another matter altogether.

Gil has been trying to work up a couple other events as well, such as a cruise to Glacier Point in Yosemite, or a multi-day caravan trip out to Colorado, a western states run.

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Sounds like an event for Norbert's return: near a corner in Winslow, AZ (and a girl, my lord, in a flat bed Ford...), close to a sunset beach in CA (with a beer in hand), and a few other things on his "wish list" (which I don't like calling a "bucket list)! Make a note Norbert! And let me be the first to say "Welcome Back!".

Doug

PS - April in the desert will explain why some people live here!
 

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I would love to take the Opel, but that is the year Shawn graduates from High School and I'd like to take him to Germany, so I will probably keep this low budget. Fly out and join the crew out there and hopefully ride in another members GT, Manta, or whatever.
 

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I'm inclined to tow my car out there. There's many advantages to getting out there that way. Cross-country pulling GT in a modern vehicle would let me bring all the clothes and tools and other recreational stuff I want. If the car blows an engine or something horrible I can get it home. I could cruise around Vegas and other places in the normal car if I want to.

Can my 2.3L 4-cyl Ford Escape get the job done? I can get a trailer hitch for my 2.4L SolstOpel, should I consider pulling the GTX out there with that?

What kind of trailer should I get? Would it be better to rent one(I don't have the room to store a trailer)? Could I just rent an entire flat bed tow truck/car carrier sort of thing and get out there that way?

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I've driven cross-country to Oklahoma about 12 times and from there to LA and back once. Once you get out of the Eastern big city congestion, it's an incredibly smooth steady pleasant drive. You gotta see the Grand Canyon in person, pictures and TV don't even come close to showing how incredibly huge and awesome it is. Definitely a must-see-in-person bucket list thing to do.
 

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Well were planning on moving to the west coast within the year, but maybe I'll wait and just make this part of the trek!

I have a 15' F150 Lariat 5.0L V8. It has plenty of cab room. I also have the 6ft bed so plenty of luggage too. ... hmm wonder if I could pull a 2 car trailer with these cars being so light?
 
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Personally, I would not mind to drive my GT to Las Vegas but as I discussed with some of you at Carlisle, it would be little too much to drive both ways. Towing it on the trailer is probably better option but it will still require round trip. Not much fun with the trailer behind.

Arranging transport of several Opels by professional truckers is probably better idea. Individual transport would cost approx 800-1100 dollars one way (depending of the distance). If we organize group transport with pick-up in one place, the price will get lower significantly. Most of the truckers can provide flat bed good for 3 cars. Remember TV show Shipping Wars?

In any way, it is not too early to start discussion.
 

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April....

Prime testing month

Anyone who teaches school is screwed :(
 

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RUFKM..? No Brainer of course I am there with bells on .. :)

In any way, it is not too early to start discussion.
Absolutely not.. it isnt not for a trek like that..

That said Opel Commodore from VA to LA, and my Bitter SC to LA and BACK in 2002.. :)

Its a GREAT drive.. just drive it and I will join you.. :) That said even with your bad ass GT.. you will have a hard time keeping up to the Kadett :)
 

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In the old days when the OMC anniversary picnics were a big deal this kind of concept was put forth. Not sure if a price was determined, but the idea of pro 18 wheel car haulers seemed workable. I would think if you could fill an entire truck or more it would lower individual cost. Probably would need to figure out collection points and have a person in Vegas to accept delivery at the Hotel. Then it would be a case of someone to oversee a reload and making sure of a return drop off point.
Would be nice to load the GT up and hop a flight to meet it at the hotel. Talking the wife into that kind of trip would be a breeze.
 

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Can my 2.3L 4-cyl Ford Escape get the job done? I can get a trailer hitch for my 2.4L SolstOpel, should I consider pulling the GTX out there with that?
Either.. I towed a GT over the Appalachians from Kentucky to Virginia with a 1992 Acura Integra on a tow dolly.. :) With a small U-haul type trailer the Escape could still do it.

That or you could meet me in Richmond and drive out with me :) Ill have plenty of space for your luggage in the Kadett
 

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Either.. I towed a GT over the Appalachians from Kentucky to Virginia with a 1992 Acura Integra on a tow dolly.. :) With a small U-haul type trailer the Escape could still do it.

That or you could meet me in Richmond and drive out with me :) Ill have plenty of space for your luggage in the Kadett
With Norbert in the trunk?
 

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With Norbert in the trunk?
Well.. Norbert could drive his Escape to Richmond, with their stuff, and I could put the stuff in the Kadett and then Norbert could ride with Gordo in the GTX :) OR The SoltiOpel (sp?) and we could go as 3 cars..

I know I wanted to go with a group to OMC one year and everyone backed out last minute.
 

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That or you could meet me in Richmond and drive out with me :) Ill have plenty of space for your luggage in the Kadett


You mean: Watch you floor it and disappear into the setting sun with my luggage, never to be seen again because on a whim you decided to follow a different route!

Sound familiar????????


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I could and would drive the SolstOpel out there at the drop of a hat. It's a great highway car. They also sell trailer hitches for Solstii.

My GT: About 2000lbs

My SolstOpel: About 3000lbs

Both cars are a little lighter than stock due to metal removal and fiberglass replacement stuff

Trailer weight???????

I've just posed this question on the Saturn Sky site:

Is it feasible to tow a 2000lb car on a trailer with a 3000lb. Pontiac Solstice or would it be a nightmare beyond imagining?


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I've just posed this question on the Saturn Sky site:

Is it feasible to tow a 2000lb car on a trailer with a 3000lb. Pontiac Solstice or would it be a nightmare beyond imagining?


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Well, not sure what the Solstice tow rating is, but chances are it's 1500 lbs like most unibody passenger cars. So with a trailer and Opel GT weighing 3500 lbs or more, that won't cut it.

Not to mention you'd need a class 3 hitch, which may not exist on the market for that car.

I built my own hitch for my daily driver, to class 3 specs. That way I can haul an empty car trailer or my utility trailer with a full load. At 1500 lbs you know it's back there! My car has soft springs, and even with under 200 lbs of tongue weight it's hanging low. I only use it for short in-town trips to the dump and whatnot.
 
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