It's Going To Be A Nice Saturday! No, Really!

For those of you who are new to E@RTC, or new to Redmond, or new to Washington, or new to the USA or even planet Earth, this is now officially summer in the Northwest. It lasts from now until late September...then there is that one day in October, when it's over like someone flipped a switch. That's when we stop and besides we're all sick of each other and want to go work on getting a little fatter all winter.

This Saturday is when it's warm enough for all those cars without a top or heat of any kind can come out to play without the owners showing up with chattering teeth. This means we see a lot of beautiful Shelby Cobras and other stuff like that. We do get a lot of tourists from all over the world who show up so it's a good place to practice your Swahili or Moldavian, even if it's just the accent. It's fun to see so many come out from so far away. Some might be fresh out of school, or prison. We don't judge.

We get more email than ever before and lately much of it has to do with people who want to set up booths to sell or promote something. The frequency of the request just keeps growing and it's to sell everything from grandma's chainsaw art, to insurance and everything in between. It's almost always no. The reason I say, "almost" is because we do allow some non-profit car-related entities, such as America's Car Museum, or the Ferrari Club to set up a membership table. We are there to promote all things rare and exotic but if we got into real commercialization of our event it would be a lot less fun. We want E@RTC to feel like a backyard BBQ without the BBQ rather than a Chamber of Commerce trade fair. We get a million requests from charities who want your money and a kidney but we know you're already doing a lot.

We're also still getting a lot of requests to lower the bar on what gets in. We're just not going to to do that. We only have so much space and we're wanting to keep true to your expectations for a great show.

Please come out and enjoy the beautiful warm, warm, warm, Saturday morning. We only get a few of these so don't blow it sleeping in, or doing something in your basement you could have done last winter.

 

Hope You Had a Wonderful 4th of July!

There are always fewer fingers on the 5th of July than the morning of the 4th. It's just a little factoid from us to you. If you're in that group, we're deeply sorry about your loss. Next time, don't wait so long to throw. Makes all those piano lessons kind of a waste of time.

This is now the official beginning of summer around here so we don't expect to get rained out until sometime around the end of September, right around the time we all start to get sick of each other and have heard the same story over and over again. You never know actually, but from here on in, it will be about twelve weeks of OMG it's hot out! We see some of the best cars from here on in as they get ready to head to Monterey during the second week in August.

We have more national press planning to come visit us and we never know when they are going to show up, so come out and be nice. You never know if the person next to you is someone important or an escaped felon...or both now that I think about it.

We get a lot of tourists this weekend too. They write to ask how often we have our weekly event. I tell them it's weekly and they ask, well which week. I don't know what to say. I tell them it's in the one they are in right now. I know, it's surprising how many people make it up from Fresno.

Come on out this Saturday! Rake on Sunday instead.

 

Are We On Or Are We Off Or Are We On Or Are We Off????

As of Thursday early afternoon as I write this, I still don't know the answer. The most reliable source we use, Weather Underground, (not actually underground) says it will rain, but what do they really know? They only have degrees in this stuff plus all the fun gear. I wonder how they do with the ponies?

BTW, have you noticed? Greg's 250 GTO is just about everywhere in the news. Greg hasn't gone into hiding yet and will still be attending E@RTC. The car? Who knows. Would be nice to see it on last time. It will be missed. Again, if it hits $100 million, gum for everyone!

Well, it looks like we're (I'll fill in something here as soon as I know) rained out for Saturday. It will be a good day to scrub the cat box, tweeze, or test fireworks on a friend. They will get over their anger eventually.

Speaking of 4th of July and fireworks, when I was a kid if it broke we went to some open field and blew it up. That was our fireworks. There was none of this permit stuff. It was all legal back then. You could walk into any hobby shop and buy everything you needed to put an entire town to sleep. Everyone's grandmother had dynamite laying around somewhere as it saved time digging. You can't do that anymore. About the only thing we couldn't buy as a kid was a nuclear warhead.

Now fireworks are timed to great music. Boom just isn't good enough. Now it's the sound track from Michael Jackson on Ice blaring over your radio.

Because we're rained out, expect next Saturday to be very busy. We get frantic fun weekends around the 4th. This would normally be the busier of the two weekends, but you never know.

 We noticed the huge number of spectators that are showing up this season and we thank you all for coming out. That helps draw the cool cars.

Auto Angels is going to have their big show on July 28. It's a worthwhile event and a lot of cars from E@RTC will be heading over there after the show. More talk about it will follow in the coming weeks. Here is a link for all the details. "LINK"

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Sorry for the rain out. We know someone will get their undies in a wad over this, but we have a lot of interests to balance. Sleep it off, you will feel better.

Breaking News!

I never understood the concept of "breaking" news. What's it "breaking" exactly? I've seen this for years, "Breaking news!" and everything in my house is just fine. So, if I just broke something, I'm sorry. Hope it wasn't expensive. Speaking of expensive... HERE IS BREAKING NEWS!

The big news is that one of the best friends we have at E@RTC, and someone who's been a terrific supporter of all things E@RTC is sending his magnificent Ferrari 250 GTO off to Monterey for auction. Rebecca Lindland was just here writing the story and you can find it here. No really, here. Most of you have seen the car on Ferrari Day and now get to see what happens in Monterey.

Greg said that if the car sells for $100 million he's buying all of us gum. If it sells for less, we all have to share.

Rebecca Lindland was busy working on the story prior to coming to E@RTC and she worked tirelessly on it right up until it had to be submitted. She works her ass off and spent a lot of time getting every little detail exactly right. It's what great journalists do. She's well worth following. Not in the stalker sense, like don't go to her house or anything and drool on a window, but you know what I mean. Follow her online as there are not enough writers like her.

Thank you Rebecca for taking the time to come see us and writing such a great story. By the way, some of you only scared her a little, nothing a little therapy won't cure, or some pills.

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The amount of email we get grows every week. Most of it has to do with car qualifications for E@RTC. It helps us a lot if you check our website first, then contact us if it's not clear. We will always answer every email, but sometimes we fall behind because of the volume, and often we're dividing and sending it out for a handful of volunteers to answer. It's a lot of email. It's not actually a handful. None of us are that small. One volunteer is more than a handful. Be patient, we will answer your email, and if we don't get back to you, then yell at us.

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We're coming up on the longest day of the year. Imagine the beach burn you can work up on that day alone. Just think, Florida-quality beach jerky in just one day! Safety tip for the day, shed the rust, but don't combust!

We Have a Visitor!

Rebecca Lindland is visiting us from New York. Rebecca is with Kelly Bluebook and writes stories about all things automotive. She's here working on an important story that we can't talk about and wanted to come out to E@RTC and see you all in person. Rebecca is a real car girl and knows her stuff! Quiz her!

Rebecca's work appears in some of the most important business and automotive publications, including Forbes, Fortune, and others. This is the time to use one of your precious yard passes to come out and play.

The weather is looking great for Saturday so there are no excuses. Come out and have some fun. You can go back to bed later.

We're Rained Out for Saturday, June 9

Well, it was going to happen sooner or later. We're rained out for Saturday and we got lucky because it's not on German Car Day! So, stay in your jammies, watch a good movie or something or just snuggle with your dog, or sloth if you're into that kind of thing. Have you ever tried to walk a sloth? They are damn slow so don't think you will get much exercise. A walk around the block will take a week. It makes no difference how big your banana is either.

Even though we had a rainy first month, we've had a good run through May and into the first week in June. Summer around here doesn't usually start until the second week in July, so we're still ahead of the game. 

By the way, the "BMW Heroes of Bavaria" exhibit at the ACM museum in Tacoma is getting extremely good reviews so there is something you can do on a rainy Saturday morning. Way better than snaking a drain, or visiting a relative you don't like.

I also like the cafe in the museum. It's far better than usual prison-quality museum food you find at other places. It's good enough to be its own destination! Seriously, I'm not kidding. The cafe is that good! No, seriously!

You could also do some actual shopping at Redmond Town Center. Go buy some hardware or a mattress pad, take in a movie or buy some soap and a guitar while you're at it. Hot yoga!

We will see you all again next week, again, assuming it's not raining again.

 

Saturday Is German Car Day! Grab the Lederhosen and Something With Ruffles!

This Saturday is German Car Day! (Not everywhere, just at E@RTC.) Other exotic and rare cars are still welcome, it's just that we showcase those cars made in the land of beer, brats, accordions and bouncy music. In heaven they hand out harps, in hell it's accordions... and bagpipes when they run out. If you're really bad you get a didgeridoo or maybe toe symbols. I don't know really.

We're expecting a very large turnout so those of you showing cars need to study our new entrance very carefully and get there early. This means you. Yeah, you. I'm looking right at you so don't show up late and expect to get in. You won't. Even if you try and shove a few bucks our way or temp us with food. The new entrances has worked out extremely well so far this season and so we like to keep doing what works. Doing what doesn't work is called General Motors.

I don't want to have to remind a few people that show up with attitude, that we don't put up with much. No, seriously. We're here to have a good time and not deal with over-inflated egos, so please put those away until you're well outside Redmond city limits. We don't want to have to call your mother.

It's looking like the weather will be decent too, so it should be a wonderful day, assuming a few don't try and spoil it for everyone. Do you notice a theme here? It goes without saying that for those who behaved badly in the past, you're our guests and therefor we ask that you follow our direction for the most fun possible. We do this every Saturday so we have this kind of down.

We will always do our best to make everyone happy, except for those who try and ruin it, and you don't want to be sent directly to lot 9. Just getting to lot 9 will take up most of your day. It's a nice drive, but you'd be the only one showing and you'd have to deal with the weird guy who always wants to snuggle. Don't force us to send you to lot 9.

For the rest of you, thank you for all your support year after year. We'd all be a Turkish prison fighting over a ham sandwich without you.

See you all on Saturday!

We're on for Saturday and Next Week, June 2, is German Car Day

Wow, four weeks of E@RTC in a row in May! How fun is that! Way better than a hairy guy running naked through a wax factory. And, the cars keep getting better and better each season!

We get a lot more email than ever before and we're still getting a lot of questions about what qualifies to get in. We strongly recommend reading the "Criteria" page first before you email us. You may find answers right there and if not, then email us. No, you won't find an answer to why you got turned down on that hot date, or future lottery numbers, but you will find out if your car is a good fit for this weekly event.

German Car Day

June 2 is German Car Day and you know what that means. This of course, is in addition to this coming Saturday for those who can't seem to put together the Legos in their head that we're a weekly event and every so often we toss in a special theme, such as on June 2, German Car Day. German Car Day usually means a lot of yelling at someone.  For those German cars who want to participate, it's the same criteria as always, except those machines built over there are given center row and around the side of the mall and into the main lot. Come practice your German! Find a sausage!

For those of you from the clubs, we suggest you stage your cars over by Bed Bath and Beyond and then form your row before you come in through our new entrance. This will reduce some of the yelling you always bring and we won't have to send you to Lot 9 in Moclips. You read that right. If you hear that you're heading to Lot 9, it's not a good thing... Ask those who routinely get sent to Lot 9. We don't tolerate the bad behavior that some try and bring in who ruin it for everyone else. They can just not show up and go get ice cream and sit in a park or something. The rest of us are going to have fun.

Also, as always, if you sent us email and you didn't get a response from us, try again. We do our best to answer every one. We get a lot of mail so it's a matter of sending it to the right person as it comes in. Please though, do us a huge favor and check the site first for answers to your questions. That helps cut down on our workload so we can put that time into other cool stuff.

Sneaky Sneaky

I'm writing and editing this as I voluntarily zing through the skies at 530 MPH in a tube that has wifi. Imagine that! Even with a few bumps, this is way better than a ride in the dryer.

You're not going to believe this, oh, but maybe you will. As our volunteers were busy helping us get cars parked, a couple of cars we already turned away, snuck in by moving cones on the back side of the lot when we were not watching that corner. While we're all looking out for you, someone is still making it about them. You wonder what their parenting was like, honestly. Bring your mom and dad, we want to meet them and see how you were not raised. Because of you, we now have to staff more volunteers just to watch that corner. How thoughtful!

I sometimes think we need a dedicated staff therapist or a scary priest for some of these self-centered individuals who still think this should all be about them. If you are a psychologist, and want to make a few bucks, come down to E@RTC and pass out a card or two to these self-absorbed humans who don't think they ever have to follow rules, or be accountable in any way. No, they seriously believe that rules are for other people. They are somehow privileged. None of us have the time to figure out what the hell is wrong with them. They probably buy their own trophies too, but I digress.

By the way, we have security footage of that side of the lot in case someone wants to press the issue. We've refrained from naming you, but we will, oh, and post the video.

Where is a nun with a good stiff ruler when you need one? You learn a thing or two about following rules if you ever had one of those levitating over you like I did as a kid. Man, I can still hear that wind-splitting ruler crack like it was yesterday. Sister Ray Nitschke could rip you right out of your shoes and hold you in the air with one arm and teach you the meaning of a good rule as she ceremoniously mopped the floor with your ass. She could beat Chuck Norris silly while eating breakfast. She was so tough there is no such thing as a nun/Norris joke... well, except for NunChucks.

One problem we're starting to have that we've not seen in a while is cars covered in promotional messages, as sort of a rolling billboard for something automotive-related. We first saw that when we first began and we're going to have to start cracking down on that little problem again. The ONLY ones who we allow are those who are formal sponsors of our event, and even then we've limited our sponsorships so that they are consistent with our brand. Please do us a favor and make it about the car, not your business. Besides, it's kind of cheesy and you're not fooling anyone. You also end up looking like the only way you can afford the car is if you put stickers all over it. Hint; it's a wee bit tacky too. We don't mind a reasonable, tasteful sticker or windshield banner, but please keep it in check.

NOTE: Okay, if you're the peanut M&M car all stickered up, and you're handing out one pound bags, you're in. Forget everything I just said. We're all going to love your car as we munch M&Ms.

Look at it from our prospective- you've worked hard to earn the money to buy your nifty car, and you're constantly hit up for something as it is. Everyone and their long-lost cousins from Fresno is trying to sell you something, including, wheels, tinting, wrap, a new Flowbee, and you just want to be left the hell alone on a nice Saturday morning. About the last thing you want is someone to be shoving something at you so we pay close attention to this stuff. Yes, we allow automotive brand clubs to sell memberships on their theme days, or America's Car Museum to sell memberships to the museum, but that's a 501c3 charity and it's directly related to our show, meaning they support us too, and it's in the spirit of getting cool cars to the show. We also hand out very popular two for one ACM tickets to cars that get in... until we run out.

We do allow some dealers to bring out a few cars, but some in the car business are pushing it with products and services and we're starting to get a few complaints. We're not going to turn E@RTC into a car lot... wait, you know what we mean, car sales lot. Also, E@RTC isn't a place for you to come make a buck selling watches, eyewear, insurance, used glass eyes, or anything else like that. Our goal is to make it about the cars and the friends you make at E@RTC. It's about good conversation that doesn't end with a sales pitch. So, for those of you who complained; noted, we're all on the exact same sheet of paper.

We still get a lot of email asking how often we have our weekly event, even though "weekly" is plastered everywhere. What are we missing? We've tried just about everything to point out that there are weekly events and special events and yet we still get a few emails a week asking about our next event. We're open to suggestions. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WE'RE A WEEKLY EVENT!

Two Saturdays In A Row!!! And Now In Our Regular Location

Can you believe it? Two Saturdays in a row of fabulous E@RTC! It's going to be a beautiful Saturday morning with temps in the 70s that day. We're still not ready to see those shiny white legs so hold off on that.

This will be our first Saturday in our normal location between BJs Restaurant and Ducati. We're still using the new spiffy entrance so don't forget, but we're back to having all the cars in one general location. The map to the new location is in last week's blog so just look further down on this page... no further down...further... until you see what looks like a map, then stop.

We received a lot of email about last week's opening day and, most were praising our volunteers and telling us how much fun they had. Our volunteers are some very dedicated people who do a lot each week to sustain our event. We can't thank them enough.

We had some email from those of you who shared your anger about those few who try and ruin it for everyone by their bad behavior on exit. We always get a few of those kids on opening day who just don't know how to self-manage. We know who they are, and have it on video. Just so you know, some are now banned for the season, while others will be asked to not show up for a while until the pitchforks, crudely painted signs and torches go away. Believe me, it's isn't just us volunteers who get upset at these self-absorbed rumbletooties, it's also our participants and spectators who don't want to see the event die. The only way some of you can make it right is if you bought everyone a puppy, and where are you going to get 2,000 puppies on short notice?

Okay, enough about that. We had a lot of fun last week and we plan to continue our rolling party all summer long... The weather is looking good for next week too. By the way, just as we thought and for the record, some of you did get fatter.

Heroes of Bavaria

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America's Car Museum is doing something cool this coming Saturday night. They put together an amazing exhibit called "Heroes of Bavaria"  with an opening celebration that begins at 5:00 PM and runs until 9:00PM. The event features the unveiling of 17 rare and historically significant BMW motorsports vehicles, plus artifacts and memorabilia displayed in ACM’s remarkable Showcase Gallery. This is going to be very cool. Check out the link. This will be especially meaningful to all of you BMW fans.

Speaking of the Museum, the new CEO, Adam Langsbard will be coming out to join us in his 928, making him easier to spot. Please say hello and welcome him to the Northwest. He's new around here so show him a good time. Make him feel right at home, like his gram-gram put this whole thing together. Bring a casserole!

I've spent some time getting to know Adam since he began and he's got a real sense of how he wants to grow the stature of the museum. He's very dedicated to building a great car culture in the Northwest and we're lucky to have him up here.

Car Criteria

We've updated our car criteria page to up the bar just slightly. Dan has done a very good job of going through each brand to further clarify what makes it in. We beat the criteria topic to death all over our site so we don't need to hash it all here. We turned a lot of cars away last week that did not fit the event. It kills us to turn any car away, but as it was, we still had to shut the gates with well over 100 cars sent to the spectator parking lot, many which were qualified to get in, just because we were full.

We are not a "Cars and Coffee" event and we never have been. Our target is exotic and rare cars, hence the name. Some showed their displeasure after not getting in by racing up and down Bear Creek, apparently demonstrating the muffler they bought, eventually resulting in Redmond PD showing off the new cars they bought through the proceeds from ticketing their ass.

Again, if your page doesn't cover it, we always do our best to get you an answer about what does and doesn't fit the event via email and we answer every one. Even among ourselves we have to discuss it at times. Sean does a great job sorting out the bar for the day and he couldn't be a nicer guy. We're all just doing our best to put on a great show and we hate to turn any car away.

Photo Page

Don't forget to check out the photo page with all the beautiful shots taken from last week's opening day. We have some amazingly talented photographers who share their work every year.

See you all Saturday morning!

Thanks For a Terrific Opening Day... Except For Those... Read On...

Every season we start out with a few who show up and want to ruin the event for everyone else. I hate to post this, but we have a zero-tolerance policy on the matter and we're not backing down on this even a little.

These self-absorbed, highly narcissistic and remarkably immature individuals think they are impressing everyone when they do a burnout on exit. You're not impressing the adults in the room for sure, and you're demonstrating your inability to even consider the efforts of others who work so hard to put on this event. Nope, it's all about YOU! You're ruining the event for all of those who come out and for those who put in long hours to put on this great show, all unpaid, all volunteer. If you don't feel even a small amount of embarrassment, you're way too far from adulthood and definitely not welcome at E@RTC. Please don't come back. We don't want you at our event, ever. Go start your own and see how long you last. Learn to have some empathy for others.

We'd guess that 80% of the problem is modded cars, which is why we've placed limits on the show and plan to raise the bar even higher. You not only ruin it for everyone else, you also damage the reputation of the very group of car owners you're always begging us to allow in. You've proven our point.

Even those of you who stand on the tree lawn encouraging this behavior, you too are part of the problem and we plan to fix it. This is also why we're forcing cars to exit into Redmond and not onto Bear Creek. We just can't afford to let narcissistic individuals ruin for all of those who work so hard to make this event a success every week.

To the guy in the black GT-R who did a burnout after we spoke with you, you're definitely not welcome back. We know who you are, we have your plate number and we have you on video. It's going to Redmond PD for your next attempt at gaining entrance. You demonstrated that you're clearly not at a maturity level where you know instinctively how to behave at such an event. You're like the kid on a flight that every surrounding passenger wishes parenting required a license, just to birth you.

To the dude in the tired grey Maserati, not only are you not welcome back, your car sounds like sun-baked dog poop, so nice try. You're not allowed back either. 

In spite of it sprinkling asshats here and there along Bear Creek, we had a wonderful show. As usual, thanks to all the volunteers who ran their asses off today to get that many cars into the show. Thanks to all the great car owners who came out and knew how to behave, and to all the spectators who come out to enjoy these cars.

We had an estimate 650 cars show up, with only around 500-550 getting in, even doubles stacked in rows. We did our best to get everyone in and we still turned away an estimated 100 cars or more. At one point we had almost 50 backed up at the entrance and we could only absorb another 13 before we had to close the gate.

For those of you who argue about our lowering the bar, this is why we can't do it. It's also in the lower end of car values where we have the most problems. We're going to come up with ways to reduce the number who get in and we may have to move to invitation only in some cases and in some classes of cars. We're considering every option to keep a few from damaging the event. We're serious about solving this problem that just a handful of you cause. For those of you who know these individuals who behave badly, let them know that their selfish behavior is taking away something that's important to you too.

 

We are ON for Cinco De Opening Day of E@RTC!

Yes, you read that right. We are ON for E@RTC! Not a little on, but fully and completely on, so we will have upwards of 600 cars show up this Saturday after our delayed..., delayed..., delayed..., delayed, Opening Day. Don't forget our new entrance! See the map below! Study the map carefully to avoid deep personal embarrassment and weeks of therapy!!!!

You know, some may not even get in because we only have so much room so come early. Come watch all the excitement as our volunteers all personally soil themselves trying to get that many cars into the right slots at the right time. It's poetic precision combined with some yelling.

We're giving out two for one passes to America's Car Museum to every car that comes in until we run out of passes. It's a wonderful museum and a great destination after the event!

This is going to be a thrilling day so don't miss it. It's well worth crawling out of your warm Snuggy to come see these beautifully polished machines on a Saturday morning.

Finally, you get to see how much fatter we all got over winter. Okay, some may need to lay off the roids, but that's a different post. You know who you are...

Speaking of fatter, Lunchbox Lab will also be opening for breakfast at RTC. You read that right. Come stuff yourself like it's your last meal! Look at this tempting ad they put together below. I'm not sure what I'm looking at exactly, but it looks good. Don't worry, you can then go sweat it off in hot yoga on the other side of the building.

BTW, if you do go to Lunchbox Lab, don't forget to pick up your toys at 11 as it's not cool to leave them strewn around the parking lot when the mall needs the spaces. Remember when mom screamed, "Pick up your damn toys or you're not going to prom!" No?

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We have a new entrance! Please study the map as there will be a test!

Greetings E@RTC enthusiasts! We have a new entrance to E@RTC. If you're heading east, go one block further, if you're coming towards the west, it's one block sooner. If you're coming from the north, you can still get in the usual way but we'd prefer if you went around the block, Coming from the south, won't work, well, because there is no street.

So why the extra block to get in? We're trying to reduce the traffic on Bear Creek Parkway and we need more time to sort cars so we can move them into the lots much faster. This way we can talk to those who's cars are not right for the event without blocking all traffic. We think we can speed up the rate in which we move cars in.

We're expecting over 600 cars this opening weekend and so far the weather is holding so for those of you who have been stressing out, you can reduce your medication accordingly, but always with your doctor's advice.

Right now, as I write this, it's all looking very good. We don't expect big changes by Saturday, but... it has happened before, so wait until Thursday before you break out in a happy dance and show your friends your best moves.

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We've never been flooded with this much pre-season email about the event. We're getting a lot of email about car qualifications and we answer every one, so if we missed you somehow, please ping us again. We try and answer all email as fast as we can.

Stay turned for Thursday's final announcement for Saturday! Time to do some laundry.

Well, We Will Try Again Next Week... But Here Is How We Call It

Okay, so here is how we call the weather in detail. We start with checking WeatherUnderground. We look at the ten day outlook that looks like this.

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I'm writing this on Thursday afternoon and this is how the weather looked ahead of time. When it's this high of a probability of rain, it rarely changes all that much by Saturday morning. As you can see, the chance of rain is near 75% for Saturday at around 8 AM. This is where we start, but we never stop there. We next look at the National Weather Service report's Scientific Forecast Discussion. Here is a screen shot of what that report looks like as of this Thursday afternoon.

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The paragraph we're looking for says something like this.

"A flip to onshore flow will bring cooler marine air inland
tonight, along with low level stratus clouds. Stratus clouds
should make it into the interior by sunrise. Temperatures will be
closer to normal with highs in the lower 60s. There's moisture
wrapping around an upper level low that will spread north into
western Washington Friday afternoon and evening for a chance of showers. 
The upper level low will slowly drift inland this weekend for
additional showers and cooler conditions. Highs on Saturday and
Sunday are a few degrees below normal with temperatures mainly in
the mid 50s. Snow levels will lower to around 4500 feet in the
mountains. 33 "

The 33 I believe means the author or office. Sometimes these paragraphs are vague and other times they are definitive. They sometimes will say something like, "The models disagree." and we don't think they are talking about a few women working for Victoria Secrets. They are talking about types of scenarios and when we read that, we hold off as long as we can, sometime into the next report before we call it. Still, we don't stop here. We then go to NOAA and see what they have posted, even though they are one in the same, but post the latest in anticipation of a change at different times.

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We also check on weather.com who rely on their own meteorologists and often they will have a slightly different report. One doesn't lean in one direction more than the other and they are all looking at each other's work we guess.

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From here, we then look at what the TV networks are reporting. King 5 is reporting this.

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Notice this is the report for Redmond and not Seattle? Believe it or not, the two have different rain patterns. In this case, Seattle shows a 20% lower chance of rain at the time I posted this example.

Here is what KOMO is reporting.

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Notice they are both reporting the same thing? This isn't always the case. Sometimes we have to average from all the networks and compare it to the big services. In this case, they are all reporting about the same. Even then sometimes they ALL get it wrong. Remember the Ferrari day that it rained all morning? That was not in the forecast.

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We still keep looking... even though in this case we're convinced it's going to rain.

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As you can see, this weather forecast is different from the others at 60% so we then have to average what the stations are reporting.

So, what about what your phone is telling you? Well, that's because if you have an iPhone, it comes from one source, weather.com. If you have an Android, it comes from Weather Underground, who is, by the way, our most reliable source, but NOBODY gets it right every time. We take both of those into consideration at the top.

If each report is very different, we just average them to come up with a number, or if we see a trend either towards better weather, or worse, we will hold off six hours and wait for the next report. Sometimes when it's close, we call get on a call and discuss it as a group.

Yes, we put this much effort into getting it right, and we do it every week, but sometimes they all STILL get it wrong, but most of the time, they are mostly right. We not in the biz. We just know how much trouble some have to go through to be a part of E@RTC so we take the time to do our best on the subject.

We get calls from transporters who are bringing cars in trailers. That's not cheap! We think about them and the cost to attend E@RTC, or burning up our volunteer time, or all the folks that come up from Portland, down from Vancouver, over from Spokane and we even have a group from Montana that drive all night to get to E@RTC. Some of these cars need temporary road permits, some require special fuels, etc., so it's not as easy as just a few guys standing around in a lot.

We want to make it worth their trip over. We also have volunteers we don't want to burn out by tying them up on a rained-out Saturday. RTC has security people to assign too. Yes, we have security at E@RTC. We also have people with hotels, reservations with Gram-Gram, or to have that pesky wart removed and don't want to cancel their appointment. The point is, we're doing all we can to get it right. We hope this all helps you understand that there is more to it than just a wet finger.

We will see each other one of these days. This gives you more time to get even fatter than the last time we saw you.

Meteorologists Outnumber Us This Season!

It's amazing how many meteorologists we have at E@RTC this season who possess the magic phone that does a better job than NOAA and all the other pros! We're stunned and amazed! We've written before about the accuracy of NOAA and we try and have fun with it, but it's always the same kids and rookies complaining again and again.  Never mind the advanced degrees and cool gadgets the real guys have or how many concur with their conclusions who also have cool stuff. Somehow these kids know better and we should trust them. Nope, not going to happen. These kids always seem to know what's best for everyone at E@RTC anyway. But do they volunteer to help? Naaaah! That would mean actually doing something.

Do we sound a teeny bit cranky about this? You bet! We put up with it at the beginning of each season and it's always kids and newbies and those who think this is all about them who email us to complain about the weather mistakes someone else makes. Again, please call NOAA, NWS, Weather Underground, weather dot com, KING, KIRO, KCPQ, KOMO, the cows in the field, the guy under the porch, and send back the Magic 8 Ball to express your deep dissatisfaction with the forecast. Not us.

We all get tired of the peanut gallery on this. I'm not going to rehash our history and the weather here because we've tried just about everything and are confident in our routine for the highest level of satisfaction possible or no money back. We can always tells the rookies and kids from the adults because they are the ones who complain the most as if our volunteers should be at the snap of their fingers and show up, should NOAA and the others get it wrong.

For those who wish to learn about us and how we think about this, keep reading.

E@RTC requires a lot of volunteers to put this event on each Saturday. It also requires RTC to staff up. These volunteers give up their early Saturday mornings to come out and help us put on a fantastic show and the season-long commitment is not trivial. We have equipment to move, lots to organize and it's a lot of behind the scenes work. (Notice those who complain the most don't lift a finger to help?) The *ONLY* time our volunteers get a Saturday off all season is when we're rained out. Sure each may take one or two Saturdays off, but they make a huge commitment to be there for you and we don't abuse it. (We actually consider others in what we do.) We need continuity of our volunteers and it's not easy and they deserve a lot of thanks.

We rely on NOAA, as we've said in other posts. We read what's called the National Weather Service Scientific Forecast Discussion and we check every source there is, but the NWS is continually the most reliable and the foundation that the others use in their forecast modeling. If the chance of rain is 30% or higher on the late Thursday afternoon before the event, we call it off so people can make other plans. The volunteers can go do something else and actually plan their weekend, RTC can release staff and not move benches, tables, etc.

Some participants and spectators have hotel reservations to cancel, some have complex logistics to get out of the way, including trailers, cars to move in their collections, and none of it is easy to coordinate. Some of these kids who complain have no idea how much work goes on behind the scenes because they are just spectators and don't have the logistics outside of crawling out of mom's basement. Some newbie in an old Ferrari trying to impress us, doesn't at all. It's just the opposite.

We also have to coordinate with Redmond Town Center and they too have costs in all this. So the less we're sending them running around on high probability of rainy days, the better we're all off. We still manage the get the same number of events in each seasons, somewhere between 20 and 21, year after, and it doesn't matter if we start in February or May. It rains about the same number of Saturdays. It's why we stopped beginning our season that early. It was damn cold too.

What makes our event so much fun is big turnout. Low turnout burns up volunteer time, money, etc., and people don't like to hang around where there are few spectators to participate in the show. It's not the best way to have our opening day when we get so many really special cars. We don't want to risk opening day on a low turnout either.

We want a big show and we'll get one when the weather is better. There is a small pocket of rain right over my house as I write this... Bottom line is please be patient with us, there is far more to this event than just you.

 

We're Rained Out Again! What The...????

We're rained out. Sorry!

For those new to E@RTC, we're rained out if the chance of rain in the National Weather Service Area Forecast Discussion and summary shows a 30% chance of rain or higher on the Thursday afternoon's report. Why? Nobody wants to stand out in the rain, we end up with a poor showing and few people have a good time. Oh sure, there is that occasional tweaker but they have no idea where they are anyway and are just passing through on their way to Fresno. They probably wintered in Forks. I have no idea why.

We call it on the Thursday afternoon because too many people come a long way and have to make hotel reservations and this way they have time to cancel and still get their money back. Sometimes NOAA gets it wrong. Complain to them. We're not the ones on the roof with binoculars, a flag, and a cup. 

We get a lot of email if we're "on" or "off" and we're just not answering it anymore because it burns up too much of our time when we post it everywhere on that Thursday afternoon. We get people who ask us early in the week if we're going to have E@RTC that Saturday and again, buddy, we're not the ones on the roof, with the binoculars, a flag, and a cup.

Then we get those who want to argue with us about the weather who claim to have their own binoculars, flag, and a cup, but it doesn't matter because the National Weather Service has professional grade binoculars, a flag, and a cup. We listen to them, even if they are wrong once in a while.

We get hate mail about two topics; is my car exotic enough, and the weather. We do our best to get them both right, so give us a break. We're sorry and we will try again next Saturday. See you then...If we're not rained out.

 

E@RTC Is Canceled Due To Predicted High Levels Of Atmospheric Dihydrogen-Monoxide

We have canceled E@RTC because the predicted levels of atmospheric dihydrogen-monoxide exceed acceptable levels in the region. As you all know, prolonged exposure can lead to physical discomfort, and may cause corrosion to some unprotected metal surfaces. Such exposure will eventually dissolve any known substance and we just can't take such risks. It is the leading cause of land erosion, so there is that.

While commonly used as a food additive, excessive amounts have been known to actually be harmful. Most people faced with such high levels simply remain indoors and limit their exposure as much as possible. Besides, we only have one volunteer who's actually certified to work in extremely dense levels of the substance while breathing specially blended gases to survive such environments. It's how he can afford a Lamborghini.

We will try again next weekend...which is already looking like it will have more acceptable levels.

Are You Canceled This Weekend??? Wut?

I don't know how to make the words blink on our banner. We're getting a lot of email about if we're on or off, even though we have a big green banner on our front page in case you missed it. You can also receive text messages by signing up on our contact page with the latest news if we're on or off. This way you just get a text message and don't have to email us. We also let you know on Facebook so you don't have to email us. Yet, in spite of all that, we will STILL get email asking the question. We don't want to just not answer, but come on! 

Salish Lodge

I had a meeting with Chris Roberts about valet parking at Salish and their new policy. As you know, they get really slammed, especially after E@RTC when so many people run up there for lunch. Well, not, "slammed" in the physical sense, but in the very busy sense of the word for those of you visiting from Fresno. There is no way for the valets to take the time to have everyone self-park, etc., so they are now valet-only and they know what they are doing. Don't go bugging them to park your own car. 

If you're going as a group, give the valet stand a call before you head up, at 425-831-6539. (I checked the number so you're not calling some gram-gram in Iowa.) Let then know ahead of time so they can get some cars moved, but you're still not parking yourself, so don't even ask, please. They have enough logistics to worry about. It's only under very rare circumstances where you're car's value is seven figures or more, then it's worth a talk, but please call first.

They couldn't be a nicer bunch of guys, and they have been helping us since our first season, but the place has become a real madhouse on nice days and they are just trying to manage a lot of stuff all at once. Thanks again Chris for all you and your team does for us up there. It's still everyone's favorite place to take friends from out of town. They get especially busy after E@RTC, so call and let them know you're heading up if there is more than one of you.

We hope to see you all next week, assuming acceptable conditions.

 

 

 

 

We Are Rained Out For Opening Day!

Well, we're rained out for Saturday. It will be full-on squishy all day with squish continuing into the night. This means we're canceled for this one day!!! 

Someone asked the question if this news means we have no opening day...I had to think about that one for a moment... No, it just means we wait a week and try again...and again...and again... until Mom Nature decides not to water on a Saturday morning. I think what they meant was is it less festive the next time around if we cancel. The answer is, it just increases our overall festiveness when it does happen. Festiveness goes up about 5% a week in anticipation until opening day happens.

For those of you new to E@RTC, we cancel if the Thursday's chance of rain for Saturday is 30% or more. This means, the weather folks, NOT us, occasionally get it wrong. We live with the shame.

Bring the BMW Heroes of Bavaria to ACM

The folks at America's Car Museum down in Tacoma who are always fooling around, have a very cool project in the works involving bringing an entire BMW Heroes of Bavaria collection of cars to the museum. They started an Indiegogo campaign and this is a good one. It's very cool stuff and it's a great way for the museum to pull the cars we all want to see. Please check out the page and do what you can to help get these cars out here. Let your BMW friends know about it. We know there are a lot of you out there. You can't all be cheap bastards.

I know we're all itching to get the season started. Maybe not itching exactly, but we're all eager for sure. It's going to be our biggest season ever judging by the substantial quality of email we're already receiving. Web traffic is way up, and so is the use of laundry soap. We have more dining choices this season. Some will take advantage of the Original, copy of the Pancake House, a place I love. The toasted coconut pancakes are worth stabbing your hand with a fork.

See you next week! (Yes, weather permitting... and that you did all your paperwork with the warden.)

 

 

 

 

One Week Countdown To Our First...Possible Rain Out?

It's not looking great for opening day on the 7th but if you're new to us, we don't make that call until the Thursday before the event. The reason we do it Thursday afternoon is because it gives people time to cancel hotel reservations and get their money back and stuff. It also gives people a window to not clean a car and instead go get a good waxing.

We will keep you posted as we get closer to Thursday. We're all excited to kick off our new season with all of you. We think it will be our biggest and best season to date! Can you believe we will be starting season ten?

See you all soon!

 

Less Than Two Weeks To Go!

We are getting a lot of email already about the upcoming season of E@RTC. Some are looking for hotels, others are looking for admission prices, even though it's free, and others want to know if their car is exotic enough. Nobody ever asks how to get to Fresno, ever. Hold up your hand if you're from Fresno. See, nobody admits they are from Fresno.

We are getting more volunteers who want to be volunteers and we're happy about that. We always needs lots of help each season, however that said, this is a lot of work and what's in it is the fun of hanging out with a bunch of guys who have a great time together and are there to see the joy in others who come out to see these marvelous machines. That makes it worth it for me.

We will be posting directions to our new entrance this season in our attempt to make it easier for cars to line up and get in. We're getting bigger and, well we need the elbow room.

Adam Langsbard who is the new CEO of America's Car Museum will be joining us on the 7th, assuming we're not rained out. Adam is new to the area, having taken on his role late in the year. Come out and say hi to Adam and introduce yourselves and give him a warm Northwest welcome...If there is such a thing. Well, at least there is at E@RTC. Adam is a great guy and we wish him all the success in the world in his new role. The museum will also be bringing a couple of cars as often as possible.

We have lots of surprises in the works for this season and one of the bigger changes is we've reduced theme days because it was just too much to manage and coordinate, so we made it about nationality of cars; German, Italian...Trinidadian...no scratch that last one. They are all on our events page. More stuff will be added throughout the season.

Opening day always brings surprises so don't miss it. Some of us get shockingly fatter over the winter and that's always good for a laugh. For most of us, we just look a little older and can't remember names until we get home later that day or in the shower and look down and remember, Dick!

See you all on the 7th! More posts between now and then I promise.