Terry Bond

Old Car Festival in Michigan

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Marty (aka 1925 Gray) posted this in the MTFCA Forum today.  He has been in contact with THF and this is the latest development. Link to posting below: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/720291.html?1485885352

 

"Based on my conversations, it is clear that you should write constructive letters about your concerns staying positive and polite. This is probably the best bet for getting our voice heard. Outline specific concerns and perhaps suggestions on how to address our concerns would be best. I am URGING, that letters be written. But, if at all possible, NOT INDIVIDUAL LETTERS unless you are not affiliated with a club, then an individual letter would be necessary. It was agreed, that answers to the questions should come from the organizations.

THF may use it’s website to address the concerns and questions.

The mailing address is:
The Henry Ford
Program Production
Registration Office
P.O. Box 1970
Dearborn, MI 48121

The email address is:
participantinfo@thehenryford.org

I hope this helps us, the shows and, THF."

 

This would beg the question then if the AACA would submit a letter representing the member's interests...perhaps based on the comments in this thread?  There was a lot more discussion on this in the MTFCA Forum with OCF and MM Changes Part 3 having the best questions to be asked/answered posted there (Link: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/717141.html?1485321205).  Thanks Marty.

Scott

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I'm such a dope. I thought I posted this last evening but I must have written it and then didn't hit post. Sorry. 

Based on my conversations, it is clear that you should write constructive letters about your concerns staying positive and polite. This is probably the best bet for getting our voice heard. Outline specific concerns and perhaps suggestions on how to address our concerns would be best. I am URGING, that letters be written. But, if at all possible, NOT INDIVIDUAL LETTERS unless you are not affiliated with a club, then an individual letter would be necessary. It was agreed, that answers to the questions should come from the organizations. 

THF may use it’s website to address the concerns and questions. 

The mailing address is: 

The Henry Ford 
Program Production 
Registration Office 
P.O. Box 1970 
Dearborn, MI 48121 

The email address is: 

participantinfo@thehenryford.org 

I hope this helps us, the shows and, THF.

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Just curious, has your club or chapter written letters with group signatures? Has anyone sent an individual letter? 

If so, is it something you'd care to share here? 

I sure would like to know if my suggestion was taken to heart. 

Thanks.

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Marty,

 

  Yes, I did take it to heart and have written up an individual letter. Just waiting to get my family members to sign it before sending it off. 

 

Kind regards,

Gary

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Gary, thanks for the response.

 

I sure do hope that at least the local chapter(s) of the AACA get together and write a letter for all concerned to sign.

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Gary,  although I agree with you, hoping won't make it.  Collectors have got to take ACTION if we are going to get anywhere.

 

My chapter is in the process of drafting a letter for all interested members to sign and send.

 

Others need to do the same.

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Marty, 

 

 I most certainly agree with you and the strength in numbers. My free time/vacation time is limited as I am not retired yet so, I do not belong to any chapters which is why I had to do the individual letter. Unfortunately, i do not know anyone in my area as well that has the same passion for this hobby. I can't help but think that this year's OCF may have to be sacrificed for the "powers that be" to see the errors in their ways? If enough collectors don't join in with signatures. 

 

Gary

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Of interest:

 

http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/708324/726163.html?1487248606

 

A friend of mine who has been a participant at the OCF for many years met recently with John Neilson. Those following the changes announced for this year's OCF will recognize Mr. Neilson as the author of the letter announcing the changes at the OCF that was sent last month to past participants. 


By way of background, according to this website: 

http://www.motorcities.org/About+Us/John+Neilson-315.html 

"John is Vice President for Venues of Museums and Attractions at The Henry Ford in Dearborn. In his current role John is responsible for the leadership and coordination of a strategic direction for Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, including the quality, improvement and delivery of guest experiences, staff excellence, alignment, and the financial performance of the venues." 


When my friend met with Mr. Neilson the objective was to both express my friend's concerns regarding the changes at the OCF and gain an understanding of the thought process that lead to the changes. Unfortunately, my friend did not leave the meeting feeling good about the direction that the OCF is headed. Rather my friend left the meeting with the following impressions and perceptions: 

(1) the OCF festival had considered rolling out the changes over a period time but decided to make them all at once; beyond that it was not clear how much thought had gone into the changes or their implementation, 

(2) the changes are driven by profit motives and the new look of the Henry Ford, 

(3) they do not want to be known as a car museum, 

(4) they are not particularly concerned as to whether the car shows continue as they are a hassle for them, they consume a lot of manpower, and they are not profitable from a financial perspective, 

(5) the OCF and MM get in the way of weddings and other activities at the Henry Ford that generate net profits, 

(6) when the $25 registration fee was implemented some time ago participation dropped off the first year and then came back stronger than ever; they believe that this pattern will repeat even with the implementation of the nonrefundable $50 per car application fee, 
(7) the $50 fee will weed out participants and make the show more manageable, and maybe increase the overall quality of the cars participating in the OCF, 

(8) they are interested in how to make the show relevant to the general public, especially the younger generation that is focused on electronics; it was not clear as to whether or not they have a plan as to how to accomplish that objective, 

(9) the OCF’s hope is that participants will act as docents and stay at their cars dressed in period clothing and explain their cars to the general public. 


Before closing I wish to be VERY CLEAR with respect to a few details: 

I was NOT present at the meeting, and while I believe the information set forth above to be truthful and accurate, it is heresay, and must be taken as such. 


From my perspective, the fact is things change with the passage of time....and the changes being implemented at the OCF are just another example of that fact. 

Based upon what I have learned from my friend regarding his meeting with Mr. Neilson regarding this matter, I suspect that notwithstanding the concerns being expressed by fellow car collectors and OCF enthusiasts, be it in letters, email messages, phone calls and / or meetings, this year's OCF will unfold in accordance with the new policies set forth in the letter Mr. Neilson sent out last month. 

Take all this for what it's worth. And if you are wondering why my friend did not post this message himself, although he is a Model T Ford enthusiast, he does not frequent this site. He is, however, aware that I am posting this information and reviewed it before I posted it. "

 

 

Jim

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