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I've been trying to think of a way to write this for three days now, as I'm not very good at these types of things. I find it easier for me to offer someone help rather than ask for help. One of my closest friends is in the same predicament, except he is more generous than me and has an even tougher time asking for help when he could probably use it.

That said, fellow Opel owner and forum member Duane Foley (MantAscona screen name) has been given an opportunity to compete in one of the oldest, most intense, dangerous, and revered motorsports events in the world. I'm refering to the 'Climb to the Clouds' hillclimb event held at Mt.Washington in New Hampshire. An adjacent thread was started here which talks a bit about the event, and shows some in-car video of another driver in years past. I've been to Pikes Peak and to Mt. Washington, and while Pikes is certainly faster and longer, Mt. Washington is about 1/3rd the road width with far less room for driver error!

It is unfortunately also one of the more expensive events for a clubman racer to run. The first hurdle has been overcome, and that was getting accepted into the event. It is an invitation-only event, and thanks to the careful car prep Duane performed to his Opel as well as his driving abilities, the car and driver were considered a unique addition to the hillclimb.

I had something to do with talking Duane into entering this event. It is truly a one-of-a-kind race that I feel must be experienced. A recent family death made the 'life is too short' aspect obvious. We only go around once, and there might not be a tomorrow.

So the entry fee was rounded up, and the application sent in. Now, on to the real reason for this plea. Sitting down and making a list of 'musts', the reality of the true costs of the event were made apparent. A new helmet with a Hans device is required, new tires are required, lodging and food are required for four days, and fuel for the tow vehicle as well as the racecar are required. The fuel was a shocker, with the distance to be traveled and the economy of hauling a car and trailer (plus high fuel costs), we expect the fuel costs to top $600!

I'm therefore hoping that we can raise some funding to help make this a reality for Duane and not end up coming up short in the quest to be the first Opel to race to the top of Mt Washington. I am personally donating some racing wheels for this event and have procured some racing tires from a former employer (Hoosier Tire East). I also am trying to put together a 2.4 litre stroker shortblock for the car...torque always helps up hills! And then I am going to freshen up my Quaife racing gearbox in order to get it into Duane's car for this event.

I'm hoping that we can set up a donation fund for this event. I figure if 100 people donated just $5...hey, we're making some progress! Every bit counts. There's also the opportunity for those with a business to make a sponsorship donation. Of course decals would be applied to the car to showcase your products or services. It doesn't have to be $500 (although that wouldn't be a bad thing), but $25, $50 or $100 would go a long way.

This event has traditionally been broadcast on TV, either ESPN or SPEED. So we're talking the potential for national exposure. We're already working on some magazine exposure, wouldn't your decals look great on the newstands? As an Opel owner, who wouldn't want to see an Opel run in the oldest motorsports event in North America?

As as incentive perhaps to those who are willing to donate, we are hoping to run multiple Go-Pro video cameras on the car. A photographer-friend of Duane's will attend and will document the entire event with stills and video. The intent is to make a disc available to those who donate money or products, showcasing the weekend of racing via still photos and video. T-shirts and possibly hats are another fund raiser item we are working on at this time, which will commemorate the involvement of Duane and his Opel at the hillclimb. Buy a shirt, and a portion of the proceeds go towards making it all happen!

Thanks for you time, hope to see you at the hill!

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A Grassroots support effort to help cover a members Mount Washington Hillclimb expenses.

If enough money is raised, OpelGT.com will be added as a sponsor.

Donate via Paypal. Log in to Paypal and send to this email address

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OK Bob! This sounds great! I am sure people will help you guys out on this one! Where can we donate to help the cause?
 

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OK Bob! This sounds great! I am sure people will help you guys out on this one! Where can we donate to help the cause?
I'm too computer-dumb to know how to set this up. Todd (Neuropel) has been working on the t-shirt design and said he'd set up a paypal deposit. I sent him an email regarding this thread a few minutes ago, hopefully he'll see it by morning.
 

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Sounds great to me. I don't have a business, but maybe the 'non-business' donations thru this club site could sponsor a nice 'opelgt.com' decal in a prominent place on the car as a thanks to Gary for maintaining this site?

Maybe Gary could set up a separate forum for documenting this adventure?
 

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Sounds great to me. I don't have a business, but maybe the 'non-business' donations thru this club site could sponsor a nice 'opelgt.com' decal in a prominent place on the car as a thanks to Gary for maintaining this site?

Maybe Gary could set up a separate forum for documenting this adventure?
I was thinking exactly that. All non-business related donations would essentially be an 'OpelGT.com' donation, and the car would be decaled to represent that fact.

Duane was originally against the entire idea (go figure), but he figured anyone who did feel generous should have something to show for it, like the CD of the event.
 

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Bob this is a great idea and a good way to get the Opel name in the lime light again. Once you guys have a paypal email setup post it and I will help some. Ron
 

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Bob;
I'll help in any way I can, keep us posted......
 

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Duane was originally against the entire idea (go figure), but he figured anyone who did feel generous should have something to show for it, like the CD of the event.
You should have set the account up BEFORE posting! :yup:

I want MY name on his gas pedal, that way he'll want to keep his foot on it. :lmao:

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We're checking to make sure the account we've set up is working properly - after that I'll post the email address for donations. Stay tuned!

Todd
 

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I would like to donate the OpelGT.com decals for the car (We did all the ones for sale on the Forum)...just let me know what you will need size wise and colors...also a $$$ donation to help out with the gas

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Hello all,
Contributions to the cause may be made via PayPal. Just login to your paypal account, and send your donation to the email address opelatmtwashington"at"gmail.com (I didn't post the email address as we need to avoid spam, etc.).

I also attached a flyer that will be distributed to vendors (and anyone else we can find) at Carlisle. T-shirts and Hats associated with the cause may also be forthcoming, so keep checking back!

Todd
 

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Todd, awesome job on the flyer! I'm looking very forward to this event. I just finished up some last minute work tonight on my other friend's hillclimb car so he is all set now.

I should be able to concentrate more on Duane's stuff for the hillclimb.
 

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Donation made. I don't know Duane but sure would like to see him come out on top!
 

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paypal

We're checking to make sure the account we've set up is working properly - after that I'll post the email address for donations. Stay tuned!

Todd
I just threw a few Canadian peso's into the hat. I had an issue with the addy as I copied and pasted it. It copied some other stuff on the tail end which paypal did not recognise. Once I scrolled over and saw the problem it worked. This sounds like a worthy cause for the furthering of the Opel name!!!Hope you guys break a leg.

HILLCLIMB – 3 (H3)
Class No. Last Name First Name City/Town State Vehicle
H3 16 House Cyrus South Burlington VT 1970 BMW 2002
H3 20 Mather Timothy Marlborough CT 1991 Nissan Sentra
H3 21 Patten David Dunbarton NH 1971 Datsun 510
H3 33 Clark Walter Dover MA 1986 Volkswagen GTI
H3 39 Hopkins Roy Spencerport NY 1969 BMW 2002
H3 67 Baldoni Matthew J. Cheshire CT 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco
H3 77 Sheppard Dan Raymond NH 1983 Mazda RX7
H3 81 Dennis David E. Acushnet MA Dodge Neon
H3 89 Dennis Brian Foster RI 1970 Triumph Spitfire
H3 40 McAfee Todd Windham NH 1982 Mazda RX7
H3 186 Ruddy Anthony Jackson NH 1988 Honda CRX Si
H3 212 Foley Duane Pipersville PA 1971 Opel Ascona
H3 420 Dennis Kevin J. Middletown RI 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit
 
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