The real reason we’ve called it off for the season after today is that some of our volunteers, about this time of year, every year, get stuck in a corn maze somewhere. The last time it happened, it took nearly a week to get them out, and it involved a National Guard helicopter, industrial air freshener, lots of deodorant, someone’s mom, therapy, and a shovel. Everyone was mad.
We don’t like to continue past this time of year anyway. There is a point where it’s just not fun anymore and none of us like each other that much. Oh, we like each other, but not in a hypothermic, let’s-snuggle-to-stay-alive kind of way. It’s not like we’re going to stand around holding each other while talking cars.
The blog will continue all winter, we promise. We’ll count down the days to next season together.
A Giant Thank You!
We have a lot of people to thank, and we’d like you to take a moment, stand on a chair facing Redmond Town Center and clap as you read this.
First, let’s thank Redmond Town Center for being there for us from the start. Jessica Morgan has been the best to us and we love her! She’s the one who did all those cool feather flags and is always there to work with us and make it the best event ever. What a great human! Thank you Jessica!!!! Oh, and she’s also a babe! Seriously! Thanks to the security staff and all the support from those who work at RTC who help us set up in the early morning hours.
We also want to thank Redmond PD for helping us out and keeping the peace. We have a few who want to ruin things, and we’re glad they are there to keep us all safe and do it in good cheer. A huge thanks to all of them! What a great city police department.
A Giant Thank You to our Volunteers!
We have our amazing volunteers to thank for making the world a better place. They are the heroes of the show who’s dedication and attention to detail is what makes us like nothing else in the US.
With an all volunteer organization that supports itself, we try and keep the time commitments for everyone to what they can spare. We’ve been in divide and conquer mode, where we all do different things, ever since we got big. I mean big as an organization, so here they are in alphabetical order, rather than who weighs the most.
Matt Berry for helping us out this season and doing all you can for us. We’re all very grateful for your help.
Nicholas Bergeron who has been with us about nine of our eleven seasons as I recall, and is our event day manager on most days. Nick has always brought his great humor and sort of serves as the human most willing to dish out crap to all of us. We dish right back. Thanks Nick for all the dedication and support over the years!
Jason Bourriague is owed a huge thanks as he not only managed the volunteers this season along with recruiting and overall coordination of everyone, he also did a fabulous job wrangling everyone to help divide and conquer all the little things that go with the event, even at times when he was stuck on a toilet in London after a taco that, well, wasn’t…he was still texting away. We’re sending you a case of Imodium AD for your next trip.
Joe Chason for all his help this season. He’s one of our new guys and we’re happy to have him join us. We all appreciate what you do for us Joe.
Andre Cunningham for not only helping us, but also managing those nifty text messages that go out if we’re on or off. Think of Andre if you need the same service and ping us for contact info. He’s also our resident Porsche guy. Thanks Andre for being with us all these years!
Jared Eades, sometimes known as the, “Silver Fox” who’s helped shape the personality of the event and for keeping it fun. Thank you Jared for being such a great brand ambassador for us and adding so much to the fun.
Ashley Eades for adding all that she does to the mix, making it fun and inviting for everyone. Jared and Ashley have become an important part of who we are and for helping us build a sense of community that’s been so important to who we are. Best couple volunteers ever!
Billy Goings for managing the radios and doing it will a smile. He’s been with us for a while now and is a huge help! Billy, a special thanks from all of us who you help out each week by keeping the radios charged and ready to go..
Ian Goralnick for his help this season. We thank you for being there and the time you dedicate to us.
Spencer Leamer is one of our newer volunteers but jumped in to do a lot of the behind the scenes work, such as helping us with the significant amount of questions we sometimes get. He put in a lot of extra time this season, so thanks Spencer!
Sean McDonough for managing the entrance all season long. The’s the tip of the spear folks and he has to put up with a lot of crap, so give him a special round of applause! Sean also knows his stuff about cars so little gets by him. He’s done an outstanding job of managing the sorting hat and life would be tough without him. Thanks Sean!
Rob Miles for also helping us out when he could. Thanks for all your help this season.
Davis Mock, who’s other ride costs more, and produces a hell of a lot more power than everything we have in the lot on any given day. Davis flies an MD11 for FedEx when he’s not helping us. Thank you Davis for all you do!
John Morley, the newbie as we like to call him. Thanks John for all your help this season and for being there so many times.
Tom Nault would probably do a lot more, if it wasn’t for his love of pastries. Tom largely runs the business side of things, and has from the very beginning, and so he doesn’t make it out as much as he’d like, but he’s there, keeping things bouncing along, like a frog crossing a freeway. If you don’t like what we say, blame him.
Dave Prevedel and his son Lincoln get a special shout out for driving the furthest of anyone as volunteers to show up on a Saturday morning. We really appreciate their hard work all season and for holding things down no matter what. You guys are amazing! If we could give you “dad of the year,” we probably would.
Lincoln Prevedel who is our smallest volunteer stepped it up a lot this season and from the counts, parked a lot more cars than Vic! Way to go Lincoln! You’ve earned the respect of everyone for all you do.
Robert Roppo, who Jason described as Jared’s bitch was a huge help as well. Thanks for all the help this season and for helping us keep it fun.
Dan Putnam is our criteria manager this year and did all the updates on the entrance criteria page. It’s kind of a tough job and it requires a lot of thought. Thanks Dan for helping us. He’s also involved in helping us define that fine line of what should make it in and why. Dan also did all those nifty videos of the parking lot while talking about the cars. Dan, thanks for all your help both at the events and behind the scenes.
John Rodrigues for helping when he can. We appreciate all your help with E@RTC.
Matthew Shimon for coming out and pitching in when he can. We appreciate the help! Thank you!
Vic Tiscareno who co-founded this thing with Tom, who’s become our resident event ambassador and knows just about everyone now. Vic’s always been there with a good cheer unless someone says a bad word about Apple, then it’s shirt-off, and a throw down in downtown. Thanks Vic for eleven seasons of good cheer!
Chad Townes who I understand won the award for nicest guy on the planet. Thanks Chad for all your work this season. You were a huge help to all of us!
Brendan Volk, also known as, “Lunch Box” is like our Swiss Army knife. Not only can he park cars, he can lift them and toss them around if necessary. Once in a while, he’ll drag a car into place for a nice photo. Brendan’s also a resident nice guy who’s been with us a few seasons now. Thanks Brendan!
Our Great Photographers!
We have a big shoutout to two of our most prolific photographers. First Jason Tang has been with us from the very beginning and has continuously provided great photography over the year. Not only is he a great photographer, he’s also an avid participant. Thanks Jason!
We also want to thank Karl Noakes for his amazing contributions all season. He’s taken some of the best people shots of the event that capture the true spirit of who we are. Thanks so much Karl!
We have a lot of other great photographers on our photos page, so please take a look at their work and thank them for putting up such great shots. Thanks you guys for making our website special.
The Archer Hotel for being such a great partner hotel. We’re thrilled that they give us such a great rate and for all their support this season. What we love about them was right from the start, they were asking how they could help and we very much appreciate them. Thank you Archer!
America’s Car Museum and Kristen Wells for all their support all year. We love the museum and do all we can to support there efforts. Please get down to the museum when you can. They are doing important work. Join the museum! Get involved!
Also, a special thanks to Chris Roberts and the others up at Salish Lodge who always take such great care of us when we come up. They are the best valets in the biz. You’re all outstanding and we love having you as a destination after E@RTC.
We Also Have to Thank All our Participants!
Those are the folks who bring out their cars every week! We’re guessing we pull from a pool of about 4-5,000 cars around the Northwest and we can’t thank you all enough for bringing out your spectacular machines and sharing them with the world. It means a lot to the others when you show up in force. For us volunteers, seeing you role in every Saturday makes it all worth it for us.
We also have our big car collectors to thank. Some don’t want their names here so we’ll just go with some initials. We have Greg W, Bruce W, John A, David S, Peter G, Roy C, and there are many others who go through a lot of trouble to bring your cars. Thank you Kevin Beech for driving down from Bellingham so many Saturday mornings! Thanks to all of you for bringing your fantastic cars!
We’d also like to thank the dealers who come out and brought cars this season. Ferrari of Seattle, Maserati of Seattle, Lamborghini of Bellevue, Rolls Royce of Bellevue, McLaren of Bellevue, Cats Exotics, Park Place, and a few of the others who came out with a special car now and then.
Let’s Not Forget our Spectators!
E@RTC can’t happen without people coming out to see the cars. Without your enthusiasm, some of the collectors don’t want to go through the trouble of getting a car out and trailered down to E@RTC. It’s your huge enthusiasm that helps drive participants and we can’t do it without you, so thank you for coming out!
Some Numbers You Might Like to Know
It’s hard to believe we’ve done this eleven seasons in a row, which works out to about 250 events. Not bad!
We thought we’d share some stats so you know how we’re doing. We estimate that about 18,000-24,000 people attended our events this season. We figure this out by counting people during the event, then multiplying it by the number of events, and making some adjustments for special days and lightly attended days.
We’d guess, and it’s only a guess that about a third are unique visitors. We have no way of knowing for sure, but spectator turnout almost doubles participants as they cycle through. We have no idea how long the average person stays while at the event.
We have more specific information from our website stats. We’re glad to share that too. We had 45,600 unique visitors to our website so far this year from over eighty countries. That’s up 17.3% over last year, so thank you for coming here. We had 148,000 page views! That too is up 18.6% over last year, thanks to all of you. Our blog had 34,000 visitors this year. (That’s a lot of potential Cease and Desist signatures.) That’s way up from about 9,000 last year. We’re glad people show up here for info and a laugh. I’m sure a few snap a pencil after reading, but so what. Pencils are cheap.
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