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Time to get serious with your plans, get your hotel rezzies(now!) unless you are camping, re-commit....the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at the Bonneville Salt Flats

it's a big fun get-together in september, to be more specific, wednesday september 13th to saturday the 16th. . now, most won't be able to spend 4 days out there, we'll have to come to a concensus on a central date. they have told me thursday would not be the day. some of us will be there the whole time.
why would you want to come? because you'd have the opportunity to join the 130 MPH Club.
but this isn't some penny ante, five & dime, glorified quarter mile pansy club. no.
I will join, and beckon all my R32 brethren and sisteren to join, the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association. I ask you to join, and to meet me and kui at the Great Salt Desert at Bonneville Speedway, for the 2006 World of Speed.
this gives us a chance to officially have our names and cars recorded in the record books. I think there are only about 150 some odd members currently! I plan on adding my name to that list this september. what if a chunk of us were added this year? verily, i say to you, Dubwars George has committed, and Daemon Iantaneous has committed as far as he commits to anything, which means that he always seems to make the right decision, he just does it 10 minutes before zero hour, he now says he's not going, so i'll have to work on him. Kansas Mike has the coordinates entered but says he can't do this one. Dave knows about it, I think. Brother Ivan said he’s coming, and I fully expect more Arizona mobsters to arrive with the Fabulous azSightsound Twins, the Chef, White Jeff, and please please come Henry, and anyone else from south, and Tejas, and the silent but deadly utah owners should surely be there. now for the soCal friends and relations, c'mon yous, SSTdavid, my mate, thanx to you, Eugene for showing interest and solid encouragement, the QBN army knife says he’s coming, and Zagi, too. all the way cool lads and birds that I met up with at the soCal gtg. and hells bells, even the Washingtonian Throbakians. totally and fully, everyone else on this generous planet are wanted and desired, undocumented immigrants from south of the border, and folks from canadia, especially the marcellish ones that could maybe even go for the 150mph club(more rules for that club, tho). have I made it clear that I want each and every one of you all to come and have fun?
minimum, I guess, for most of us, it's a one day's drive to wendover, which is right on the utah nevada border, replete with hotel casinos, and yes, probably dancing nekkids and an abba imitator group. one day to make your official speedy passes. and a day to drive home. notice I said minimum. I'm going to stay at the motel 6 or econolodge in wendover with my cat, Kui, for the duration. then again I may camp a night or two, it’s really beautiful and comfortable camping. the photo and video opportunities are going to be about as rare and pure as they come, on this planet. remember the advanced photographs we got from VoA, on this very forum, what maybe a year before we actually got our cars? this place is, ….well it's hard to describe what it feels like when you are out there. I am just back from a recon trip out there for the other biggie, ‘speedweek’. most of you have seen that post:
http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2768114
I reckon we'll be spectatin' some amazing vehicles, there's some buck rogers funking **** out there on the salt for the world of speed.
I'm taking a shade canopy, cameras, my mtn bike, my yoga mat and some other stuff. I’m putting together a more detailed list of things for you all who are coming. little things I learned from my recent trip.
now close your eyes for a count of ten. really. breathe, and while they're closed picture your car in the middle of nowhere on the salt, perfectly detailed and shining in the sun, picture a bunch of us in ours, driving up, dancing around, then all driving off together at speed into the tapering perspective of the horizon, just off towards floating mountain. then breathe and open your eyes.
now, I said something about rules. here's the scoopage.
it'll cost you $130 for the event, plus your gas, your food, hotel room(unless you camp), car wash quarters, whatever you lose gambling, yadda, etc.
obviously I want yous to go to this link after you read this post and drink it all in
the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association
http://www.saltflats.com/index.html
you'll end up filling out 4 forms, usfra membership, 130mph club entry, liability release, and medical
and a few distilled points from the rules for the 130mph club certification
the tech inspection is very official and strictly enforced. there are zero exceptions.
¥á) a full face snell 2000 or 2005, SA or M helmet, yes, full face (and with shield I think?)
¥â) small fire extinguisher mounted in the cockpit, I'm working on a cheap non permanent solution, that could be shared between cars
¥ã) long sleeve shirt, pants, closed shoes
¥ä) many other small, but important details. here is the link to the complete rules, so eventually go to this link, and print it out for yourself. be a badass and make sure you've got every detail covered, and checked off before you leave home
http://www.saltflats.com/I30 Club.html
there will be at least a half a dozen of us there, I can just about guarantee it, and I hope a lot more, especially you. it will be a story.
it’s less than a month away, now. set your plans, brace your families and invite them, put in your requests for time off, and look at maps and satellite images, and brew on this, it's going to be so rad.

roll call
the magnificent seven
1) boki
2) kui
3) dubwars' sweet george
4) Ivan the gentle
5) QBNR32
6) azsightsound, contingent
7) Zagovic 46, maybe
filling out the salty baker's dozen
8) dj sherif, maybe
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Modified by boki-san at 9:04 AM 9-1-2006
 

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Re: It's Here! the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at Bonneville Salt Flats (boki-san)

now, i would love to hear the folks who committed to the list a long time ago, chime in on this current thread, let us know you are still coming, and pump this up.
for those that are a little scared about it, that's o.k., there's no shame in not doing it if you are not comfortable.
as you all know, i have just returned from the salt, last week, camping, running at speed, scoping the town of wendover, washing my car, etc. now, please post up your specific questions, down to tent peg types, or any question at all.
i think i will be at the econolodge a few nights, as they welcome pets, and have wi-fi. i will also camp a few nights, it's great out there.
miller motorsports park is only 1.5 hours away, but i think trying to schedule an open track day there for us would be too complicated, especially considering many of us will be heading to dubfest from the salt desert
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hit me up with enthusiasm
hit me up with commitment
 

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..... Where is everyone staying in Wendover?....

i'm gonna be at econolodge for some of the nights, for their welcome pets policy and wi-fi
most may prefer one of the 'resort casino' hotels(no pets, at any of them, screw them fackers), of which the montego bay or gold nugget seem to be the place.
i say again i encourage campers, it's so easy, free, and handy. a god wide open party
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.... I may come in my pick-up truck rather than the R32.

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nebby eugene said he's doing both. i would guess dubwars george. i was only planning on this, but since it wraps up on saturday, and dubfest is sunday, and only a day's drive further, i'm thinking i'll go. that'll mean travelling on saturday, and since i'll never look clean enough to contend at a show, a normal wash & clean-up will serve me for sunday. sunday will be a fun day for me and kui, instead of hectic showing day.
i really would love to see you out there, brandon and christine, too. we could really use your expertise and trained cameras
 

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The only trick is that I will NEED plenty of time to fully detail my baby before the Dubfest show.
I'm gonna see if I can't still make it out though, ....

i'll be there from monday night, onwards. you can stop by bonneville and still be driving on friday, if you need, to start polishing up for sunday
i added you to the list as a contingent, firm up, commit


Modified by boki-san at 12:37 PM 8-18-2006
 

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Re: It's Here! the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at Bonneville Salt Flats (boki-san)

I think I might be in. I need to talk to QBN and Neb and see when they plan on heading out there. I don't want to head out alone so if we can caravan it shouldn't be a problem. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: It's Here! the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at Bonneville Salt Flats (DjSherif)

awesome. get on those boys and get them geared up!
what say you, eugene?
 

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Re: It's Here! the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at Bonneville Salt Flats (boki-san)

ian? neb? qbnn? george? mike? ivan? zagi?
if you think you might need to bail out, you don't have to have your answer set in stone, for you to respond to this post
if you're a comfortable camper, you can wait and decide the night before you come out.
if you're a 'gotta get a room' kinda cat, you might not want to wait too much longer before calling wendover and making a reservation. you can always cancel it a day or 2 before if things change, but don't let procrastinating about a hotel room rezzy make your decision for you about something this keen


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Re: It's Here! the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at Bonneville Salt Flats (boki-san)

If I was anywhere near that part of the country, I would do it. Looks like you've really done your homework. Have fun and be safe.
 

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If I was anywhere near that part of the country, I would do it. Looks like you've really done your homework. Have fun and be safe.

x2..
and Boki the 130mph club?? i think a lot of us joined that one already....
 

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Quote, originally posted by 2u4uR32 »

x2..
and Boki the 130mph club?? i think a lot of us joined that one already....

it's not just a matter of getting to 130. getting to 130 in an r32, in and of itself, is not an accomplishment.
it's a standing mile run-up to the speedtrap. that makes it interesting
 

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....Looks like you've really done your homework....

yes, i have. here is the tent peg test i conducted for those of us who are camping.

all of these worked solidly and easily in the 'dry lake' camping area.
for anchoring easy-ups or shade wings on the salt, proper, only the sheetrock screw w/ fender washer works well. the screws i had were 4's and sometimes they sqeaked to a halt in the saltpack after penetrating only 2-2.5 inches! the little milwaukee screwdriver is a gem.




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DISCLAIMER:
I want to make sure to make a few points for those that are planning on attending this get-together
1.) there is nothing ‘official’ about this gig from our standpoint.
this is not a big time show like the soCal r32 gtg, waterfest, dubfest, dubwars, dubs along the rockies. this is an informal gathering of r32 owners. many who say they are coming will bail. you and I may be the only r32’s out there on a given day, and you have to be satisfied with just being here. there could be thirty-seven of us, who knows?
2.) the ‘official” part is all taken care of for us.
the organization is all taken care of by the utah salt flats racing assoc. & so. California timing assoc. all we have to do is show up, pay registration fees, pass tech, and do our runs.
3.) the tech inspection will be rigorous and there are no exceptions.
dig in now, and make sure you have these bases covered:
i) current snell rated full face helmet, sa or m. some people may loan, I don’t
ii) fire extinguisher mounted in the cockpit. mine will be available for loan when I’m not using it. I am making a simple mount that will easily transfer between our cars, the bracket attaching to passenger seat track. you should take care of your own, if you can, though.
iii) metal valve stem caps. don’t ask me why.
iv) everything else on your car as it should normally be. should pass basic mechanical and safety inspection
v) proper driving attire. long sleeve shirt, long pants, closed toe shoes
vi) bring a tarp big enough to park on. this is required, absolutely no contamination of the salt is the goal
viii) do not rely on this post as your sole source of tech info. if you plan on doing this you should be on the usfra website to be up on every little thing. if you have a question e-mail me
vii) anything else you have a question about, e-mail me or post up here
4.) yes, the salt gets everywhere.
it’s not a big deal, but some of you are going to be squeamish about it, or freak out. now listen, it’s all very clean, it’s just salt, it vacuums out easily enough and washes off at the car wash just fine with a little extra attention to knooks and crannies, I am going to line my footspace this time with plastic, I recommend, and will be toting a wisk broom, a small bristle brush, a plastic scraper, and I’ll have a few towels, rags, and a jug of water.
5.) wendover is not a glamorous casino town.
the casino/hotels looked quite nice enough, but the town is small, sparse, and wayne newton’s show isn’t until after we're there, though I believe we could possibly catch the abba tribute group
6.) if you are not camping, make your hotel reservations now.
things will definitely fill up around event time, and you may get pinched
there are a lot af details to take care of, and I know the answers.
if you have any questions, doubts, or suggestions, post here, or e-mail me.
if you want to do this with me, get your Shiite muslim together right away.
time to get ready, eye on the clock, saddle up


Modified by boki-san at 9:07 AM 8-21-2006
 

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Re: It's Here! the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at Bonneville Salt Flats (boki-san)

wendover will says, "hey now!"
and, "c'mon out on the salt, pard!"

and if you're from texas, he says, "vote for kinky for governor"
 

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Re: It's Here! the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at Bonneville Salt Flats (boki-san)

Quote, originally posted by boki-san »
ian? neb? qbnn? george? mike? ivan? zagi?
if you think you might need to bail out, you don't have to have your answer set in stone, for you to respond to this post

Sadly, I'm not confident that I'll be able to make it out west, Boki.

I'll be thinking of you guys, and definitely look forward to pics/videos. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
Mike
 

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Re: It's Here! the 1st Big Western R32 Get Together at Bonneville Salt Flats (mec_vw)

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....I'm not confident that I'll be able to make it out west, Boki.
....Mike

that's a bummer, mike. missed you at datr, and now this. well, hats off to you for having the shmaltz to at least call it, up front
love you, mike. we'll get together soon enough, with ian, and cruise. hey! we're having a trackday at pmi the 20th of october, a friday. ian and i had a blast there last month. sure would be cool if you could shoot across the state line for it
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who's next, to prevail or bail?
 
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