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Posted by: Big Len Feb 25 2020, 07:14 PM

For years, I drooled over the pictures posted from the WCR, Red Rocks, Route 66, and Ockteenerfest weekends. The closest, Okteenerfest, was a 10 - 13 hour drive and I'm just not willing to do that. So we planned something similar at little closer to the center of the northeast, East Stroudsburg Pennsylvania, in hopes of drawing a pretty wide audience and a diversity of cars and owners who believe the 50th anniversary is a pretty damn special thing.

So here's the unrefined outline:
The hotel is the Super 8 by Wyndham booking for the nights of July 17, 18, and 19 which is a Friday and Saturday, departing on Sunday. This hotel has good reviews, was recently renovated, has a continental breakfast, an indoor pool, and is centrally located within striking distance of the Delaware River and the Poconos. The group rate is $76.50 a night, 2 people, for a total of $169.96. a terrific rate. No other discounts can be applied and it is cancel-able and it is reserve now and pay later. I am not certain what the rate would be if you only wanted to stay only one night, but it is possible it may be higher.

Super 8 by Wyndham
340 Green Tree Drive
East Stroudsburg, PA
570 420 - 7267 - Select the Front Desk
YOU MUST USE "PORSCHE 914 GATHERING" to get the rate. No payment is necessary at this time.

Come at your leisure on Friday as check in is after 2 pm and no dinner is planned, just a meet and greet at night.
Saturday - After breakfast, quick driver's meeting, then off to cruise some great roads with the targas off. We'll stop for lunch and several pictures along the way. Back to the hotel after 3 pm for a jump in the pool or throw a couple back or both. Later, off to dinner together at a predetermined place. Then, heading to a local car meet with the Lost in Time Car Club, who have their normal Saturday night get together. and welcomed us to join them. Back at the hotel after and break out the traditional gas can.

Couple of points - We're gonna come up with something commemorative thing to give to everybody. It will be good to see some people I haven't seen in a while, the people are equal to the cars, terrific. And I can't stop you but please, due to the nature of our weekend, no 911s, 944s, 968s, or any other 9 series that doesn't include one four. Thanks.
See ya there.

Posted by: mepstein Feb 25 2020, 07:24 PM

Len, thanks so much for doing this. beerchug.gif

Posted by: saigon71 Feb 25 2020, 08:00 PM

Reservations made. driving.gif aktion035.gif

Posted by: BeatNavy Feb 25 2020, 08:02 PM

This sounds awesome, Len. Thanks for putting this together beer.gif

Posted by: Dion Feb 25 2020, 08:41 PM

Thanks Len! Sounds great. Will be booking.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=10825 , hope that passenger seat is still open biggrin.gif

Posted by: mepstein Feb 25 2020, 09:07 PM

QUOTE(Dion @ Feb 25 2020, 09:41 PM) *

Thanks Len! Sounds great. Will be booking.
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=10825 , hope that passenger seat is still open biggrin.gif

yep
@http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showuser=2766
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Posted by: Porschef Feb 26 2020, 05:52 AM

Nice job Len, thanks beerchug.gif

Posted by: 914dave Feb 26 2020, 06:45 AM

I’m booked. Starting to play around with driving routes. We should have a great time folks!

Posted by: dcheek Feb 26 2020, 07:31 AM

Len,

Great idea! And thanks for not making it the same date as the All Air Cooled Gathering.

Dave

Posted by: BeatNavy Feb 26 2020, 08:48 AM

I went ahead and made my resos, although the guy I spoke to could find no group under our name ("Porsche 914 Gathering"). Anyone else have any issues? I can call back at some point and try to get that cleared up.

Thanks again, Len. REALLY hoping family commitments don't bollocks this up for me somehow.

Posted by: 914dave Feb 26 2020, 09:38 AM

QUOTE(BeatNavy @ Feb 26 2020, 09:48 AM) *

I went ahead and made my resos, although the guy I spoke to could find no group under our name ("Porsche 914 Gathering"). Anyone else have any issues? I can call back at some point and try to get that cleared up.

Thanks again, Len. REALLY hoping family commitments don't bollocks this up for me somehow.

Rob
Did you call the number from this post? It directs you straight to this particular super 8. The national 800 number can’t seem to find the group. I had the same problem twice yesterday. I would call the number at the top of this post if I were you. They will straighten it out.
Dave

Posted by: 914dave Feb 26 2020, 09:43 AM

FYI making reservations. Guys and gals. Please use the number at the top of this post to make your reservations and get your group discount. This is the direct # to the actual hotel. If you search the hotel online, it will give you a national 800 number. They cannot seem to find our group and discount. I was disconnect twice trying to transfer to our hotel from that national center. So do yourself a favor and use the number on the top of this post. Looking forward to seeing everyone!!!

Posted by: BeatNavy Feb 26 2020, 10:23 AM

QUOTE(914dave @ Feb 26 2020, 10:38 AM) *

QUOTE(BeatNavy @ Feb 26 2020, 09:48 AM) *

I went ahead and made my resos, although the guy I spoke to could find no group under our name ("Porsche 914 Gathering"). Anyone else have any issues? I can call back at some point and try to get that cleared up.

Thanks again, Len. REALLY hoping family commitments don't bollocks this up for me somehow.

Rob
Did you call the number from this post? It directs you straight to this particular super 8. The national 800 number can’t seem to find the group. I had the same problem twice yesterday. I would call the number at the top of this post if I were you. They will straighten it out.
Dave

Good call, Dave. Yes, I pushed "1" to make a reservation, which transferred me to the national customer service line, apparently. You should instead push "3" to get the front desk of the actual hotel. See, I was so anxious to make the reso I couldn't even get past option 1 on the phone.

All better now smile.gif

Posted by: Big Len Feb 26 2020, 11:06 AM

QUOTE(dcheek @ Feb 26 2020, 08:31 AM) *

Len,

Great idea! And thanks for not making it the same date as the All Air Cooled Gathering.

Dave

I did not want this to interfere with the ACG or Ockteenerfest or Hershey, which are all awesome events. It's right in the middle and gives you time to enjoy those weekends if money or time is tight. No way I miss "the Gathering", which I partially plagiarized the name smile.gif

Posted by: StarBear Feb 26 2020, 03:15 PM

Awesome, Len! driving.gif Will confirm soon. Presume significant others are invited, too?

Posted by: Big Len Feb 26 2020, 03:35 PM

Absolutely. Room rate is for 2.

Posted by: Big Len Feb 26 2020, 03:37 PM

QUOTE(BeatNavy @ Feb 26 2020, 11:23 AM) *

QUOTE(914dave @ Feb 26 2020, 10:38 AM) *

QUOTE(BeatNavy @ Feb 26 2020, 09:48 AM) *

I went ahead and made my resos, although the guy I spoke to could find no group under our name ("Porsche 914 Gathering"). Anyone else have any issues? I can call back at some point and try to get that cleared up.

Thanks again, Len. REALLY hoping family commitments don't bollocks this up for me somehow.

Rob
Did you call the number from this post? It directs you straight to this particular super 8. The national 800 number can’t seem to find the group. I had the same problem twice yesterday. I would call the number at the top of this post if I were you. They will straighten it out.
Dave

Good call, Dave. Yes, I pushed "1" to make a reservation, which transferred me to the national customer service line, apparently. You should instead push "3" to get the front desk of the actual hotel. See, I was so anxious to make the reso I couldn't even get past option 1 on the phone.

All better now smile.gif

Corrected in opening thread, thanks.

Posted by: StarBear Feb 26 2020, 06:28 PM

Wife is not overwhelmed at going but will for me (as a safety guide and someone to work the GPS in case we get lost...). Hopefully, some others will bring "significant others", too.
Onward!

QUOTE(Big Len @ Feb 26 2020, 04:35 PM) *

Absolutely. Room rate is for 2.


Posted by: Dion Feb 27 2020, 03:27 PM

Room is booked. beerchug.gif

Posted by: ClayPerrine Feb 28 2020, 12:42 PM

Betty and I were considering coming.

It is a little over 1500 miles from our house. One route goes through Virginia and past DC, one route goes within 10 miles of my Father's home town in West Virginia, and one goes through the north end of the Youngstown suburb that I used to live in during the 70s.

What are you going to be doing? Any cool drives?

idea.gif Clay

Posted by: Grosbard Feb 28 2020, 02:04 PM

Booked it! Len, thanks so much for doing this!

Posted by: rgolia Feb 28 2020, 03:24 PM

I am booked piratenanner.gif piratenanner.gif

Posted by: Big Len Feb 28 2020, 07:06 PM

QUOTE(ClayPerrine @ Feb 28 2020, 01:42 PM) *

Betty and I were considering coming.

It is a little over 1500 miles from our house. One route goes through Virginia and past DC, one route goes within 10 miles of my Father's home town in West Virginia, and one goes through the north end of the Youngstown suburb that I used to live in during the 70s.

What are you going to be doing? Any cool drives?

idea.gif Clay

Man, if you came from that distance Clay, we'd have to come up with some kind of Iron Butt award.
The drive is really the whole point, well that and meeting all the attendees. There isn't any car show or tech stuff, unless someone breaks down in the parking lot biggrin.gif . It's the drive and there are some awesome roads around there winding thru the Poconos. Since they're relatively local, SaigonBob and 914dave will be routing out the route when the weather is a bit more hospitable with some stops for pics and lunch along the way. Sunday may have another cruise, but we have time to figure that out. Betty and you would be very welcome.

Posted by: Porschef Feb 29 2020, 07:40 AM

QUOTE(StarBear @ Feb 26 2020, 04:15 PM) *

Awesome, Len! driving.gif Will confirm soon. Presume significant others are invited, too?



I’ll be bringing my significant other, both she and Linda are very capable of conversational topics other than car related stuff... biggrin.gif beer.gif

Posted by: ClayPerrine Feb 29 2020, 08:48 AM

QUOTE(Big Len @ Feb 28 2020, 07:06 PM) *

QUOTE(ClayPerrine @ Feb 28 2020, 01:42 PM) *

Betty and I were considering coming.

It is a little over 1500 miles from our house. One route goes through Virginia and past DC, one route goes within 10 miles of my Father's home town in West Virginia, and one goes through the north end of the Youngstown suburb that I used to live in during the 70s.

What are you going to be doing? Any cool drives?

idea.gif Clay

Man, if you came from that distance Clay, we'd have to come up with some kind of Iron Butt award.
The drive is really the whole point, well that and meeting all the attendees. There isn't any car show or tech stuff, unless someone breaks down in the parking lot biggrin.gif . It's the drive and there are some awesome roads around there winding thru the Poconos. Since they're relatively local, SaigonBob and 914dave will be routing out the route when the weather is a bit more hospitable with some stops for pics and lunch along the way. Sunday may have another cruise, but we have time to figure that out. Betty and you would be very welcome.



If you really want to turn this into the "NorthEast Ramble" (Or whatever you want to call it), I will be glad to help. You just need 3 things (Tour, Car Show, Tech Session) for PCA Sig sponsorship. And you get insurance and a subsidy. There are people that can help you with getting sponsors, how to submit SIG paperwork, and all the little fiddily bits that you have to do for it. But it is worth it in the end.
A car show is one of the easiest parts of the event. You find a field, park the cars by type, put numbers on them, and give out ballots. It then becomes an afternoon of sitting around and talking 914s with friends.

I also like to do a "Blind Autocross" too. It is a very simple event. No helmets, and you can time it with a stop watch. The course consists of 5 cones. Two are used for the start/finish line. The rest are a straight slalom, just out and back. The trick is that it is a team event. The driver is wearing a blindfold, and the passenger has to tell them where to go. Watching is more fun that actually driving.

Let me know if you want some help with getting started as a PCA event.

Clay

Posted by: rgolia Feb 29 2020, 09:53 AM

QUOTE(rgolia @ Feb 28 2020, 04:24 PM) *

I am booked piratenanner.gif piratenanner.gif

Btw - I was the 7th reservation for our group according to the lovely lady I spoke with at the hotel. Len, this is a great idea and thanks for pulling it together. I am willing to help with details in any capacity I am probably 1.5 hrs from the hotel.

Posted by: Big Len Mar 1 2020, 09:04 AM



If you really want to turn this into the "NorthEast Ramble" (Or whatever you want to call it), I will be glad to help. You just need 3 things (Tour, Car Show, Tech Session) for PCA Sig sponsorship. And you get insurance and a subsidy. There are people that can help you with getting sponsors, how to submit SIG paperwork, and all the little fiddily bits that you have to do for it. But it is worth it in the end.
A car show is one of the easiest parts of the event. You find a field, park the cars by type, put numbers on them, and give out ballots. It then becomes an afternoon of sitting around and talking 914s with friends.

I also like to do a "Blind Autocross" too. It is a very simple event. No helmets, and you can time it with a stop watch. The course consists of 5 cones. Two are used for the start/finish line. The rest are a straight slalom, just out and back. The trick is that it is a team event. The driver is wearing a blindfold, and the passenger has to tell them where to go. Watching is more fun that actually driving.

Let me know if you want some help with getting started as a PCA event.

Clay
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Clay - Your post prompted me to inquire what is a SIG? I looked it up (Special Interest Group) and eventually emailed the lead PCA SIG 914 person, who got back to me asking for details, which I sent yesterday.

My thoughts and original plans for this weekend are not written in stone, but meeting these SIG requirements (Drive, Show, and tech session) were not what I had in mind, mainly because of time, but other reasons too.

I didn't want anyone attending to feel this weekend included work and after driving to the venue and having a cruise the next day with all the ensuing bug hits, it would force owners to wash their cars to get ready for the following show. I don't want them to do that. If they feel they want to clean their cars, do so because they want to, not because they have to. Without a show after the cruise, we have a couple of hours of free time before leaving for dinner, If you want to jump in the pool, have a couple of long necks, make a carb adjustment, take a nap, or wash your car, go ahead, you have time.

The tech session is possible. My first thought was Ralph (he's gonna love this). His car is loaded with an interesting mix of LEDs, a cool and easy tech upgrading session that requires no tools and minimal time. If he's willing, we could do this.

Just my opinion and I'll listen to others, but I don't want a highly structured, itinerary filled event for which there is very limited time as there is really only one day. I want people to relax, enjoy the cars and the people who drive them, without any stress of meeting a rigid schedule. But James (the PCA SIG lead) will get back to me this week. If it doesn't interfere with the relaxed schedule and I'm still unclear to the advantages in regards to insurance, we'll take a close look at it. Maybe we can implement something in keeping the basic premise.


Posted by: StarBear Mar 1 2020, 09:27 AM

Great! My wife will greatly appreciate that (also "appreciates" my 914, but not all that into cars in general...)

QUOTE(Porschef @ Feb 29 2020, 08:40 AM) *

QUOTE(StarBear @ Feb 26 2020, 04:15 PM) *

Awesome, Len! driving.gif Will confirm soon. Presume significant others are invited, too?



I’ll be bringing my significant other, both she and Linda are very capable of conversational topics other than car related stuff... biggrin.gif beer.gif


Posted by: StarBear Mar 1 2020, 09:31 AM

I concur, Len. Maybe a Tech Session (including participants' "most interesting hidden 914 secret"), but not a show or anything serious - just fun, friendship, fresh air and those sweet air-cooled sounds.

[quote name='Big Len' date='Mar 1 2020, 10:04 AM' post='2790483']
If you really want to turn this into the "NorthEast Ramble" (Or whatever you want to call it), I will be glad to help. You just need 3 things (Tour, Car Show, Tech Session) for PCA Sig sponsorship. And you get insurance and a subsidy. There are people that can help you with getting sponsors, how to submit SIG paperwork, and all the little fiddily bits that you have to do for it. But it is worth it in the end.
A car show is one of the easiest parts of the event. You find a field, park the cars by type, put numbers on them, and give out ballots. It then becomes an afternoon of sitting around and talking 914s with friends.

I also like to do a "Blind Autocross" too. It is a very simple event. No helmets, and you can time it with a stop watch. The course consists of 5 cones. Two are used for the start/finish line. The rest are a straight slalom, just out and back. The trick is that it is a team event. The driver is wearing a blindfold, and the passenger has to tell them where to go. Watching is more fun that actually driving.

Let me know if you want some help with getting started as a PCA event.

Clay
[/quote]


Clay - Your post prompted me to inquire what is a SIG? I looked it up (Special Interest Group) and eventually emailed the lead PCA SIG 914 person, who got back to me asking for details, which I sent yesterday.

My thoughts and original plans for this weekend are not written in stone, but meeting these SIG requirements (Drive, Show, and tech session) were not what I had in mind, mainly because of time, but other reasons too.

I didn't want anyone attending to feel this weekend included work and after driving to the venue and having a cruise the next day with all the ensuing bug hits, it would force owners to wash their cars to get ready for the following show. I don't want them to do that. If they feel they want to clean their cars, do so because they want to, not because they have to. Without a show after the cruise, we have a couple of hours of free time before leaving for dinner, If you want to jump in the pool, have a couple of long necks, make a carb adjustment, take a nap, or wash your car, go ahead, you have time.

The tech session is possible. My first thought was Ralph (he's gonna love this). His car is loaded with an interesting mix of LEDs, a cool and easy tech upgrading session that requires no tools and minimal time. If he's willing, we could do this.

Just my opinion and I'll listen to others, but I don't want a highly structured, itinerary filled event for which there is very limited time as there is really only one day. I want people to relax, enjoy the cars and the people who drive them, without any stress of meeting a rigid schedule. But James (the PCA SIG lead) will get back to me this week. If it doesn't interfere with the relaxed schedule and I'm still unclear to the advantages in regards to insurance, we'll take a close look at it. Maybe we can implement something in keeping the basic premise.
[/quote]

Posted by: Big Len Mar 1 2020, 10:24 AM

To add, I think all of us attending a local car meet ( to which we're being welcomed) would be interesting and more fun than a show consisting just of our cars. Just my opinion.

Posted by: rgolia Mar 2 2020, 06:45 AM

Len - more than happy to show and talk about led upgrades. I’ll give you a call.

Posted by: saigon71 Mar 10 2020, 04:22 PM

Heard from Steve Limbert of Aircooled Racing. They are booked.

Thanks for making this happen Len! beerchug.gif

Posted by: Big Len Mar 10 2020, 08:05 PM

QUOTE(saigon71 @ Mar 10 2020, 06:22 PM) *

Heard from Steve Limbert of Aircooled Racing. They are booked.

Thanks for making this happen Len! beerchug.gif

Excellent. This will be epic.....well, fun at least.

Posted by: rgalla9146 Mar 11 2020, 07:33 AM

Booked.

Posted by: rmital Mar 11 2020, 08:38 AM

BOOKED....really get a kick out of how nice people are from PA.
had a nice conversation with the woman who took my reservation.

looking forward to this event.
Thanks Len!

Posted by: 914dave Mar 11 2020, 09:02 AM

Looks like this weekend is shaping up!!!

Posted by: ValcoOscar Mar 11 2020, 09:27 AM

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So glad Len stepped up to make this happen. beerchug.gif

Have fun, and I can't wait to finish a few loose ends on existing projects so I can get back and focus on finishing a nice SWAG Box for you guys.

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I'll be there in spirit.

Oscar

Posted by: Big Len Mar 11 2020, 10:13 AM

Thanks so much Oscar.
Have a couple of surprises in the works. It should be a blast.

Posted by: mepstein Mar 11 2020, 11:16 AM

I just booked. driving.gif

Posted by: Big Len Mar 25 2020, 05:49 PM

A whole lot of crap has happened since this was first posted and many have booked their rooms. But with 17 weeks to go, I'm going to rely on a combination of faith, science, and optimism that the country will be in far better shape in July than it is right now. In the broad scheme of things, a cruise is a pretty low priority, but more focused decisions can be made later. But for right now, we're still a go.

Posted by: StarBear Mar 26 2020, 07:01 AM


QUOTE(Big Len @ Mar 25 2020, 07:49 PM) *

A whole lot of crap has happened since this was first posted and many have booked their rooms. But with 17 weeks to go, I'm going to rely on a combination of faith, science, and optimism that the country will be in far better shape in July than it is right now. In the broad scheme of things, a cruise is a pretty low priority, but more focused decisions can be made later. But for right now, we're still a go.

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Posted by: Porschef Mar 27 2020, 03:57 AM

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Posted by: rgalla9146 Mar 27 2020, 06:17 AM

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Time will tell

Posted by: 14carrot Apr 2 2020, 10:21 AM

Hi Big Len!

Thanks for setting this up!!! Tony A just filled me in as I somehow missed it. I missed catching up with all you NE guys at Hershey this year and can't wait. I sure hope it is a go! And to have Steve attending is phenomenal (fingers crossed the #19 car can make an appearance). I will be cross posting in the SIG914 Updates thread in case there are other crazy Canucks willing to make the trek.

My problem is that I have a driver development 3-day track weekend at Mosport booked for the same days! Aaarggh!!! The chance exists that schedules may have to change, so I will make it if I can.

Should I be able to go, you won't see a confirmation from me at the hotel as I'm bunking at Tony's place but we'll both be there, God willing. Hopefully you guys will let us hang at your hotel for socializing. Please don't laugh at my narrow body tribute to the Sonauto 914-6 lol-2.gif All done in the spirit of this special year. I'll try to bring a little something along for participants too if I can come. We are still hoping to have our SIG914 24 Minutes of Le Mans August 1-2.

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http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showtopic=341094

Prayers for the world and being able to return to some sense of normal. Take care everybody - my thoughts are with you all - especially those on the front line like Dion.

A 914 tour is the kind of medicine we need right now. - John

Posted by: theer Apr 2 2020, 10:23 AM

Hoping to be able to make this event! Thanks for organizing!

Posted by: Porschef Apr 2 2020, 12:26 PM

Hoping, as I’m sure we all are, that by the time this rolls around, things are somewhat normal...

Keeping my fingers crossed.


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Posted by: Big Len Apr 2 2020, 08:44 PM

QUOTE(14carrot @ Apr 2 2020, 12:21 PM) *

Hi Big Len!

Thanks for setting this up!!! Tony A just filled me in as I somehow missed it. I missed catching up with all you NE guys at Hershey this year and can't wait. I sure hope it is a go! And to have Steve attending is phenomenal (fingers crossed the #19 car can make an appearance). I will be cross posting in the SIG914 Updates thread in case there are other crazy Canucks willing to make the trek.

My problem is that I have a driver development 3-day track weekend at Mosport booked for the same days! Aaarggh!!! The chance exists that schedules may have to change, so I will make it if I can.

Should I be able to go, you won't see a confirmation from me at the hotel as I'm bunking at Tony's place but we'll both be there, God willing. Hopefully you guys will let us hang at your hotel for socializing. Please don't laugh at my narrow body tribute to the Sonauto 914-6 lol-2.gif All done in the spirit of this special year. I'll try to bring a little something along for participants too if I can come. We are still hoping to have our SIG914 24 Minutes of Le Mans August 1-2.

Attached Image

http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showtopic=341094

Prayers for the world and being able to return to some sense of normal. Take care everybody - my thoughts are with you all - especially those on the front line like Dion.

A 914 tour is the kind of medicine we need right now. - John

You're more than welcome to hang anywhere and that goes for anyone who can only make a segment.

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