Joe Block

Winter meet 2019 Ocala

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Orlando and Tampa are about the same time as far as travel. Tampa is just an easier airport to get in and out of, no attraction traffic and planes full of kids screaming!  I have a part time home in Ocala, and travel there several times . There is an Airport in Gainesville about 35 miles away but not many direct flights to anywhere.

The problem with either location I had found is just make sure you are not landing in the late afternoon, there will be some traffic to deal with

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Snowy day here in Virginia, not much to do so i thought I would make some reservations for the up coming show season. The host hotel for the Winter meet is full for Friday night, they do have a few rooms remaining for Thursday of Saturday nights but not wanting to have to move I checked the alternate hotel and was able to get rooms. This is the La Quinta which is right there near the host hotel. Better make your reservations if you plan to go

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Thanks Tommy, were going to make our reservations too!  With all the nasty weather looks like folks are looking forward to a break!   Oh, by the way, Susan and I both swear we'd never again fly via Orlando that time of year.  Seems every runny-nosed kid going to Disney sneezed, coughed, weezed and drooled all over the plane.  We both got sick last time as a result and had to cancel post meet plans and go home early.  We're going to probably drive this time.

Terry

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Doesnt sound like it was a good trip! I made our reservations for Philly and Charlotte while i was doing this plus already have rooms for Auburn so we are set for a while. See ya there

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Hello, I am new here and interested in attending. Is this winter meet open to the public or do you have to be a club member? Also, is there an admission fee? I just want to view the cars, not actually bringing one to show. Thanks.

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The show is open to the public and there is no charge for spectators.  You do have to be a member of AACA in order to show a car.

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no dates posted in this thread. Not sure why no one posts dates at the beginning of a thread nor do people post states. Often many shows are held in towns that a duplicated through the country and those of us somewhat new to the shows have no idea where these shows actually are.  I'm heading down now but it looks like Feb. is the month. Is that correct?

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14 minutes ago, chistech said:

no dates posted in this thread. Not sure why no one posts dates at the beginning of a thread nor do people post states. Often many shows are held in towns that a duplicated through the country and those of us somewhat new to the shows have no idea where these shows actually are.  I'm heading down now but it looks like Feb. is the month. Is that correct?

 

21-23 - AACA Winter Meet - Kingdom of the Sun Regions - Ocala, FL.  website: http://2019aacawintermeet.org   meet brochure

 

The above information is in the calendar on the AACA home page.

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Thanks, that is how I learned about Feb being the month. By the time one navigates all the searches, it can be found but what I’m saying is a quick read of thread does nothing to help anyone know when it is. Actually, reading some of the posts one can get the impression that it’s very soon if not going on now. 

   I didn’t post to pick on anyone, just to state what I see as a very common trend in the way events are mentioned and posted. I believe many assume people know where Auburn or Amelia island is for instance when many don’t. There is an Auburn MA for instance. I have been a member on these forums about three years now and it almost seems some go out of their way to post in such a manner, almost in code, that only others directly involved with the event or makes of cars can follow the thread. Sorry, but if we want to keep our hobby going it needs to be more inclusive of others not so we’ll versed in all aspects of the hobby. With this post for instance, my immediate reaction was great, I’m heading down for Christmas to see family and I’ll catch a meet. After a few minutes of research I realized I won’t be there. I suppose what I’m trying to say is I find some content posted in an anti-social,specifically inclusive way and it shouldn’t be. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to search around to find dates and the states of happenings posted. Yes, I know, it’s not that big of deal but is it that big of deal to list the dates and full locations? When done by the OP for instance, it’s very easy because they already know the dates and exact place and it only involves one person. For anyone reading the thread who doesn’t know, they all have to spend time and go research and involves a lot of people. Sorry but I always feel the more you can educate someone by simply providing more information, the better off everyone will be.

ok, off my soapbox.

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Certainly not trying to point fingers either ... just wanted to show that all of the events are listed in one spot. Having tried to design websites for B2B sales and technical information, it's really an impossible task to figure out how everyone wants to see or find information. 

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I’ll be at the Ocala meet and for me it will be a first. I have attended AACA meets since 1971, and almost every Hershey since then also, but this is the first time I will have ever showen a car or have it judged in this organization. I’m looking forward to having a car on the field and meeting some more forum members in person. 👍

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On 12/9/2018 at 7:46 PM, Terry Bond said:

Thanks Tommy, were going to make our reservations too!  With all the nasty weather looks like folks are looking forward to a break!   Oh, by the way, Susan and I both swear we'd never again fly via Orlando that time of year.  Seems every runny-nosed kid going to Disney sneezed, coughed, weezed and drooled all over the plane.  We both got sick last time as a result and had to cancel post meet plans and go home early.  We're going to probably drive this time.

Terry

 

I have a house in Ocala, and if I have to fly I go from Tampa, no kids or drunken parents to deal with! I did not tolerate my own kids all that well, and have even less patience when they are not mine.   Tampa is about 15 miles further than Orlando, all highway....... I am driving down from NY a few days from  after the 1st.

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Hi Terry. It hasn’t been on a AACA field as far as I know. I don’t want to “spill the beans” but I think you will enjoy it. It has many unusual and unique features. It’s an unusual platform, and not often seen. I look forward to seeing you at the show. PM sent, Ed.

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7 hours ago, John348 said:

 

I have a house in Ocala, and if I have to fly I go from Tampa, no kids or drunken parents to deal with! I did not tolerate my own kids all that well, and have even less patience when they are not mine.   Tampa is about 15 miles further than Orlando, all highway....... I am driving down from NY a few days from  after the 1st.

 

Looking forward to visiting with you at Ocala - and also the '56 caddy caps😎

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Marty, we need to meet up for a drink! 👍

 

Maybe I can get Dave C. To show up also.

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Still don't have a car or truck to show, but I'm booked for the show!  I need me some Florida in February! :) 

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Has anyone gotten their confirmation back yet? I mailed mine a month ago, and emailed the the person who is accepting registrations earlier this week and have not heard anything back? 

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On 12/4/2018 at 1:03 AM, John348 said:

Orlando and Tampa are about the same time as far as travel. Tampa is just an easier airport to get in and out of, no attraction traffic and planes full of kids screaming!  I have a part time home in Ocala, and travel there several times . There is an Airport in Gainesville about 35 miles away but not many direct flights to anywhere.

The problem with either location I had found is just make sure you are not landing in the late afternoon, there will be some traffic to deal with

Tell me more about the Gainesville airport.  Do you think it would be possible to get a flight to Philadelphia from Gainesville?  Or, is it just a very small airport. I've never been to the Tampa airport because I didn't know where it was, but like everybody else find Orlando to be awful.  But, the last time I took my wife to Tampa General Hospital I noticed an exit from the toll road I was on that said Tampa airport, so maybe I can find it.  I'm closer to Tampa than Gainesville.  We live in the vast wasteland area, in Sebring.

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I have driven past it a few times and it is very small and only had one flight daily to direct to NYC, so I would doubt that the service to Philly is any better, also it was expensive! Tampa Airport is big and not crowded. Right off the highway just before the bridge toward Clearwater. I'm heading down Thursday, stop off and visit my son and his Family In Virginia for a day or so. 

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Marion & I are looking forward to the Ocala National.  Like Tommy & Debbie Nolen, we're staying at the LaQuinta (and already have our reservations for Charlotte, Auburn, Parsippany, and Hershey).

 

Ed:  You definitely have my curiosity piqued.  I can't wait to see what vehicle you're bringing.

 

Safe travels everyone!  See some of you at the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia next month (7-9 Feb for Chistech) and the rest of you in Ocala.

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On 1/4/2019 at 8:31 AM, John348 said:

Has anyone gotten their confirmation back yet? I mailed mine a month ago, and emailed the the person who is accepting registrations earlier this week and have not heard anything back? 

 

John348, 

I got my confirmation email today for the Ocala meet. I hope you received yours by now too.

Bob

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On 1/4/2019 at 9:31 AM, John348 said:

Has anyone gotten their confirmation back yet? I mailed mine a month ago, and emailed the the person who is accepting registrations earlier this week and have not heard anything back? 

 

Got my email also :) 

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