Why We Fire Up The Flame Thrower Now And Then...

We got a comment from someone complaining about our flaming some bad behavior on the blog. I didn’t want to post the comment because it brings out the trolls, but here is our thoughtful response.

Our number-one job as Thugs is to protect and sustain the event. This means us thinking about safety issues, event sustainability, (not to be confused with that, “sustain issue” that requires pills). We protect the event sometimes in a manner that seems, well, harsh.

Let’s walk down the little parade of decision points people have in front of them to stop, ponder, and absorb rules we ask people to follow, and the resulting consequence of ignoring our mini parade floats of what we think are good ideas.

  1. We first post our rules all over our site and we write them with good humor so people read the darn things. We track how many read our rules just to make sure.

  2. We hand out friendly etiquette cards when cars come in. We’ve handed out thousands so far.

  3. We post reminders here on the blog…again and again…and well, again.

  4. We stand at the corners and the median telling people to not go out hot, and we’ve directed traffic to other exits. The median can be a bit terrifying, especially when someone lets your mom out.

  5. We’ve asked Redmond PD to assist us and they do, when they are not on a call. But, some still ignore all that and don’t get the message that we really do mean it.

  6. We individually ban cars when we know who they are and have their contact info. Those are the ones you don’t see. If we know someone who knows the individual, we do it that way.

  7. As a consequence, we also drive by their house playing Barry Manilow really loud.

People are surprised by how swiftly we act, and sometimes consider that, “harsh.” We’re rather error on harsh and have someone mad at us, over someone thinking we’ll get over it, and physically harm a spectator on exit. It only takes one. I encourage you to Googlify all the other events around the US and how they eventually shut down because of bad behavior. Yes, they just move the event elsewhere sometimes because they were kicked out, but unless you’re on this stuff, the same bad behavior follows you to the next location, each one a little worse than the last. Sort of like dates in college.

So you don’t like the blog…but did you die? Did, you, die? The answer is no, so continue…

We have a couple of choices, given we’re all volunteers. We can kill the whole event entirely. After all, none of us are paid to do this. We could ignore the problem of a few, in which case someone could get hurt, or get enough complaints that the mall decides it’s not worth the hassle. All of those things kill it for everyone. We tried being nice; see steps 1 through 7 again. Okay, step 1 through 6. Skip 7.

Rather than complain about our flaming a few, help us keep the bad behavior from happening in the first place. You’re otherwise just virtue signaling and not helping us solve the bad behavior of a few. It’s not like we’re asking you for a kidney. Pitch in!

We’re the beloved parking Thugs for a reason and we’re here to make the best event possible but we’ve been tough on rattle-waving diaper babies from the week we began. It’s how we got our lovely name. If you don’t like how harsh we are to some people, then do us a giant favor, and you do the work and find your own way to monkey-stomp those who behave badly, and we won’t have to flame them, then we’re all good. We’d much rather talk about cars, or our love of pastries, or even share mildly embarrassing stories about each other.

Let’s look at it from an entirely different point of view for a moment. Let’s say we do noting, say nothing, be “nice” about it. Do you honestly think we’ll get results? It’s not worked in the past. We tried! Again, read steps 1 through, okay 6, yeah 7 is admittedly mean. What then if something bad happens? Won’t you be thinking, “Gee, we wish they would have been a little more serious about this and flamed those booger boys when they could…” (Tears streaming as you sob against a tree.)

We love that people write us differences of opinion. That’s a great thing. We welcome the feedback and we will respond as lovingly as possible.

Here, think of it this way. Dealing with this bad behavior is like getting poop on our shoe. This is just us scraping it off.

Don’t forget, we’re not here for commercial purposes. None of us make a buck off this directly or indirectly so we don’t try to appeal to everyone. It’s never been our mission to be all things to all people. We started as a small event, and if people wanted to go elsewhere because they didn’t like the tone, good luck trying this type of event somewhere else, then sustaining it. Meanwhile, we’ll keep the flame thrower ready to go as long as the behavior persists. It’s our way of protecting you…

We Need a Blimp Visit!

It’s looking like we’re ON for Saturday. It’s hard to believe, but it was going to happen sooner or later where there would be significant weather suckage on Friday and Sunday, but skip Saturday during our event. If you’ve been here a while, you know that or normal pattern has been the complete opposite where the only day with weather suckage has been on a Saturday… with nice days on Friday and Sunday. So, we look forward to seeing you! The folks on the news were saying we’re due for a “wet pattern” whatever that means, but assume it means lots of days of rain for a while, so come out while you can!

We hope this week everyone behaves and that I can write about other things besides rattle-waving diaper babies driving fast cars… that probably shouldn’t. Flaming bad behavior is not our favorite. We’d rather write about fun stuff, but we’re serious about protecting the event for everyone. We want this to be something your kids enjoy…even the ones you don’t know about.

You know, it occurred to me, we’ve never had a blimp at E@RTC. I just hit me like a ton of heavy objects. No blimp. We’re car people! Cars and blimps kind of go together. We’ve never had one even fly over and say hello. I’m feeling a little dissed, aren’t you? I should send a letter to Goodyear and see what they say.

“Dear Goodyear,

Please, please, please bring your new shiny blimp to E@RTC. You will get the best parking. You qualify under our rare car category and we have enough volunteers to walk you in. Yes, we’re aware that you’re 196’ long, but we’ll make room, we promise. It just has to be clean and in show condition.

There is a Starbucks nearby for you and your crew and we have enough people to hold the ropes, as long as it’s not that windy. I can’t guarantee they will hang on, but we’ll give it a try. We think it would be good for your brand and ours and you will all have fun, we promise, and you may even sell a few tires, or just some rubber. We all need a little rubber. Just to be clear, we’re not talking about those shitty 159s, mind you, we’re talking about the other tires you sell.

We’re in the lot next to BJs, but it’s probably not work-safe to Google the name. Original Pancake House may be better. We look forward to your visit.

Sincerely,

The Thugs”

You know, they never teach you in school that blimps aren’t the most practical things to own. It’s one of those things you set your heart on, only to find out later they require lots of care. You learn those lessons the hard way. It’s not like you just let one bounce around the yard until it’s time to go flying. They require a bus load of people to help land. Then after a lot of yelling and screaming they all sit around and ask, “Why?”

It may rain in spots overnight, but probably not our spot, so still show up. We’ll save you from having to go eat casserole somewhere.

39 years ago this Saturday, Mt. Saint Helens erupted! Hard to believe it was that long ago. Most of you were not even born and know nothing about having a mountain chase you. Not fun!

We Had Some Bad Behavior Again...

Two fabulous weeks in a row! This is better than skipping Fresno!

We were just sent a link to a great video from last week by Sara M, one of our participants. It’s well done and gives you a sense of the excitement and grander we all felt the last two Saturdays.

A little tip for those who post videos: On YouTube, use both “E@RTC” and “Exotics at Redmond Town Center” if you want people to find your stuff. Don’t do, “Redmond Cars and Coffee” as it’s not our name and you end up looking like your socks don’t match.

We also had to turn cars away today and we hate to do that so come early if you want to get in. Don’t go rolling up at 9 and expect us to get you in. Hey, just because the ferry leaves at 9 doesn’t mean you show up then, right? Same-same. You can do this! It’s not hard.

As we write this, the weather isn’t looking so good for next Saturday, so we could go back to winter… until around July. We never know. We average around 20 events a season and it varies every year by just one or two. Thank you all very much for supporting us. It was an extraordinary day. Yet, with that we still had some bad behavior that we have to write about to nip in the sack if you know what we mean.

Exotic Car Rentals Banned!

To the careless drivers of a certain car rental place who went flying out of E@RTC, you are now permanently banned from E@RTC. Go take your behavior somewhere else. What you fail to recognize is that these events require the well-mannered and mature behavior of everyone who participates if they are to continue, and you’re clearly not at that level. Don’t bother apologizing either. We’ve had enough. Here is a company consistently giving all exotics owners a bad name. We see a car pulling up with your crap on it, we’re turning it away. Go live in Fresno.

And to the pack of Audi Twits…

We also had a problem with a group of equally jejune Audi owners parked at the west end of the south lot who then showed their own lack of sensibility by driving around the mall followed by racing down Bear Creek. Go meet at one of your mom’s houses and take the bus so you don’t hurt someone. Talk about the girlfriends you wish you had.

We’ve notified RTC security and if we have to ban an entire class of Audis to make the point, we will. Let you deal with your brand-brothers and sisters who do respect the event. BTW, as for your post, we’re not, “Cars and Coffee” either.

What you asphalt-shaming nose-pickers fail to understand is that you tarnish the very brand you covet. This is like packin’ up the camp gear and headin’ into the woods to go huntin’ for your own foot, then blowing it off the second it moves. It’s that moronic! Friends, I’m afraid your stupidity rivals cheese! I just received a 25 pound bag of peanuts to feed the squirrels and every one of those peanuts is smarter than you.

Seriously, do you really think racing down Bear Creek impresses anyone not in a stroller? What…you have a toddler waiting for you… cheering you on because you see a rattle wave? You’re like kids on a swing set. Grow up!

Did it ever occur to you that there is an actual reason in addition to the class of cars that you’re not allowed in? As you’re sitting in your mom’s basement contemplating your life over a bowl of Rice Krispies, while waiting for her to give you gas money, ponder the cause and effect of what you just did. People often ask why we ban certain car models, and modded cars. The answer is you- because certain cars and bad behaviors go together. This is why. It’s right here in full demonstration along with all you rattler-waving toddlers who race down Bear Creek. Weeee! Impressive!

For you loyalists who know these kids, please try and reason with them…if that’s even possible. I know, it’s like talking to a radish. For God sake, please go park somewhere else, like Memphis. Well, we can only wish, right?

We are going to ask Redmond PD to keep an eye on your ass as we have photo with your license plates, just to simplify the paper work for the city. It’s jerks like you who ruin what we do, so we’re not letting up.

I’d much rather write about more pleasant things than the lack of proper upbringing that goes with car events, but it’s the territory we’re in. Shaming them here for the most part gets the point across.

We fully intend to protect the event, and we will kick anyone out who doesn’t treat the whole thing with the respect it deserves. People come from a very long way to participate in E@RTC and thousands of hours of volunteer time go into making it work and we’re not going to let a few diaper babies ruin it for all of us.

We will post again on Thursday afternoon, after we get the weather reports unless it’s obvious that we’re on or off. The reports come in around 3:30-3:45 and we make our decision shortly after, unless there are weather report conflicts, then we go watch them fight it out in a parking lot somewhere.

We're On And It's...Topless Day!

Yes, we’re on, and it’s going in the 80s on Saturday! Right after our season opener too! That’s never happened before. Two nice events in a row! This is like that hot prom date who says she’d go out with you again! How rare was that? Especially after what you did!

It’s expected to rain the following week, so this may be it for a while, so don’t miss this Saturday or you will regret it until you’re at least 70. If you’re already 70, you probably don’t remember last week so it doesn’t matter.

With a day this warm, we know what that means…the tops come off. No, not on Nick. We’ve already warned him. This means all the open top, open cars, cars with no doors, sides, roofs, come out in force. This is when we see the Arial Adams of the world and those cars that have no heater. You can tell by the hypothermic driver who shows up with lockjaw and is shaking like they accidentally Tased themselves on Bear Creek Parkway. Even after they park, they are twitching around the lot for a good hour.

On those really cold mornings when they venture out, they can’t get their fingers off the steering wheel until they warm up a little. They just sort of sit there and shake with a frozen grin. You see the tears of regret.

These warm mornings are when people bring some of the old and unusual stuff. It’s a bit more festive when it’s this warm for some reason. But, I have to warn you, as I’ve said before, those white hairy legs can scare you into therapy, so bring sun glasses. The men are even worse! Wear a big floppy hat. It makes you look sophisticated.

Even if you came out last week, you’d be surprised by the number of different cars that will show up this weekend. The true number of exotics in the Pacific Northwest is extraordinary and more come out every year. You’d never know it just driving around. There are a lot of things you never know just driving around, now that I think about it. It’s also driving around when I realized that a pastry was screaming my name much louder than the ballet studio…which softly said, “Reste à l'écart gros garçon!

Hey, a giant thank you to Jessica from Redmond Town Center for making us those extremely cool feather-flags for opening day. We love them more than our own pets! Thanks Jessica for all you do for us. You can all help us immensely by shopping at Redmond Town Center while you’re there. Starbucks isn’t the only place! Buy some drums for that late night drum circle on the beach! When was the last time you had a good harmonica?

Then there is BJ’s Restaurant right there. It’s become a popular spot with spectators. Sorry, I can’t help it… of all 676 two-letter combinations in the alphabet, they decide those two letters in that order are the best choice. Really? Okay. Wouldn’t you like to see some Bangkok back-alley rub-rub joint getting into a trademark fight? I’d buy the popcorn for that. I can’t imagine trademark confusion. “…ah, am I in the wrong place?”

The Archer should be opening soon and we can’t wait for that. They will be serving breakfast too! The photos are now up on their website so you can see what the rooms look like. Seems like a nice place. For those driving from far away, think about staying there the night before. We will be getting an E@RTC rate and will post that here on the blog.

Hope to see you all this Saturday!

Our Best Opening Day Ever...Ever! No, Really, Ever!

It was so great to see all of you on our opening day. We had an official count inside of about 480, but had a second backup row that we couldn’t fill, so we’d have maxed out at 500 or so. I’m guessing we had another 100 cars show up that we couldn’t get in because they hit that snooze button one too many times or couldn’t pick out that right pair of jeans that morning. You know, it’s not like you had to get up and rake or anything.

We had cars backed up in two rows, around the Microsoft building and down Bear Creek Parkway, yet we moved as fast as we could, and can only get you sorted as fast as your ability to back at an angle. Once we were full, that’s when we saw a bit of chaos as people were waved off in groups. It was like a botched carrier landing with flailing arms to get you to abort from three directions.

Spectators were in the thousands, and I can only guess at around 3-4,000 based on my counting a small section then extrapolating. Besides, nobody holds still. To get a real accurate count, we’d have to superglue everyone in place, then count who’s wiggling.

The volunteers did an extraordinary job and we had many that started this year. Thank you all! Jason did a lot of foundational work behind the scenes to get our new volunteers ready and we can’t thank them all enough for their contribution. They were outstanding. We welcome all of them to the family and we know all of you will make them feel right at home.

This event requires the help of a lot of volunteers and we’re now large enough that we have experts in key areas to make the whole thing happen. We all play our respective roles well and it’s fun to be a part of this group. Sean is extremely good at sorting cars and remains our resident expert. He is our sorting hat.

We had only a tiny number who showed up a little grumpy because they had to wait in line, but we were landing 500 cars as fast as we could, most in less than an hour in all in the right spots, so there. Some of you can’t park your car on your own at Safeway, so give it a rest! You know who you are! Don’t fib. You could just stay home and cook a nice piece of fish.

What I loved most was all the good humor and fun as cars arrived. The excitement is seeing so many people eager to get in and say hello to old friends while thinking about the additional chubbessence added over the winter. We know you think it. I could have been a fine gymnast if it wasn’t for my love of pastries.

Oh, we did have a small group of narcissistic self-absorbed BMW M-car owners go out hot in a row in spite of being reminded to slow down, not to mention our highly-collectable behavior card we freely give out upon your arrival. There they were, in spite of our warnings, scooting down Beak Creek like a toddler with a binky. Yeah, you did get a card. You know who you are, and we will further restrict certain cars if it continues. We still debate banning all M-cars for this reason. Some groups are just worse than others and have no problem ruining and event for everyone.

Opening day always brings those few, so we call them out. As I ponder this, I fondly recall that I took biology in both high school and college. It was a class I loved. I took it seriously. I never thought it was even remotely possible for a blow-up doll to give birth and raise offspring, but as you flew out, there you were.

On the flip side, most were very good about their entrance and exit and we can’t thank you enough. It means everything to us and it shows a high level of respect to all of those volunteers, spectators and participants who contribute to preserving E@RTC. You were brought up well. I saw a lot of faces of those who were with us from the very beginning who have been loyal to us for the last ten years. That a very big deal to all of us. Thank you!

Overall, it was the best opening day we’ve ever had and we now look forward to lots of Saturdays, so fill out those yard pass forms early. Limber that jaw. Paint the house if you have to! Do that thing they like.

I met a few who were there for the first time, and people such as Ibrahim who drove down with his mother from Vancouver, BC, just to take in the show. That’s dedication! I’m surprised how far people will drive just to attend and support the event. It’s why we do this. Thanks to all of you.

Last, a shout out to Vic who started this thing with me ten years ago. We’ve been through a lot getting this launched and up and running to this point and there were many out there continually betting on our failure. We’ve had a lot of laughs over the years and Vic remains one of the best event ambassadors we have. Vic is the calmest person I know, yet when I hear Vic got mad at anything, I take it seriously. Thanks for being a great partner from the beginning. Ten years!!!

The event belongs to all of us, yeah, some a little more than others, but we all work together to make it about having fun. Thank you!

Also, write us! We love hearing what you have to say. Let us know how we can make things even better!

See you next week!

We Are On For Saturday...But Read On...

Wow, it’s finally happening! We’re on for our opening day, this Saturday, May 4! We nearly wet ourselves with excitement. We wouldn’t really admit it if we did!

Do us a giant favor and please read the entrance directions and follow the arrows to get in. Do not come in the old way as you will be waved off and embarrassed in front of your mother… well if not your mother, at least someone’s mom. Here is the map that shows the route in green, and the yellow is where we park the cars that attend. The arrows mean the direction you drive, in case you’re from Fresno.

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We anticipate upwards of 600 cars of which only around 500 will get in some come early. Don’t show up late and throw a toy-isle tantrum in front of thousands of people if you don’t get in. Come early, get in line and just have fun. We will get you landed as fast as we can.

As for spectators, park in the north parking structure and walk on over. It’s easier to get in and out that way without much in the way of traffic. Don’t forget to buy something at the mall. How about some summer undies?

For those of you who arrive late and don’t get in, you snooze you cruise. Set the alarm, get there early. Go have breakfast and just kick back and talk to people. We’re going to see upwards of three thousand spectators, or more so it’s the place to be for sure. This is way better then sitting at home tweezing for that one pesky hair.

If you’re new, just leave it up to us when you arrive. We will get you settled in. Introduce yourself and we will do all we can to make you feel right at home. For those who like to test our rules opening day, FYI, there are plain clothes police, cameras everywhere, and a fresh set of handcuffs just waiting for you. That smokey burnout you ponder will have more evidence in court than OJ. Redmond has been hanging people for burnouts since the mid 1800s. Reckless driving will be an expensive ticket, not to mention that drop from your insurance, so just don’t do it. Be smart for once. Hide your narcissism for just one morning. It won’t kill you.

For the rest of you, welcome to our tenth anniversary!

Where We Go For...

Right about now, I’m starting to feel like the guy killing time tap-dancing on stage, waiting for the next act to come up, who’s running late… Let’s hope we’re on for this Saturday because I can only dance so much.

I’ve been watching the forecast for May 4 since we posted on Thursday and the weather is moving in the right direction. We may be setting a trend of always a month late, exactly like the water bill in college. Thanks for your patience with all of this. We’ve had surprisingly little hate mail about it this season’s weather delays which is nice for once. I always fear the verbal wedgie.

Where we go…

A lot of you ask where to go after E@RTC, and where to drive. Some stay at the mall where there are some new food choices that are very good. Don’t forget to move your car to a normal spot after 11. This is important otherwise you kind of look like a football-headed douche-canoe taking up two spots. Park in the South-east corner and you’re fine if you’re worried about door dings.

Most just go home… the yard pass was only good for a few hours and staying out is… just too costly. Besides, some don’t want the miles on their cars.

Some go up to Salish Lodge where you will be pampered rather nicely. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s the exterior of the lodge from the famous show Twin Peaks; not to be confused with that other “twin peaks” you once dated. She was lovely. She excelled at T-shirt.

If you’re heading up to Salish, please call the valet stand in advance 425-831-6539. Again, as a reminder, they do not let you park your own car because they are crazy-busy on weekends and can’t take the time to give you special treatment. They are the very best valets in the Northwest so treat them well. I stayed there recently and the newly-remodeled rooms are very nice! The food is fabulous. A huge shout-out to Chris and the other valets for always making us feel welcome.

If you want to do something super-cool at the lodge, get a group together and do the “Chef’s Studio” dinner with about a dozen of your closest friends. It’s where Chef Benjamin Riggs hosts a small dining room downstairs and comes out and explains what you’re eating. Surprise! I could not have been more impressed by his work and we all had a great time. He takes what he does very seriously and you will learn a lot. Thanks again Ben for an extra-special dinner.

A lot of people head down to America’s Car Museum in Tacoma to see more cars. This is the thing to do when you have people in from out of town. The museum is constantly changing their rotation of cars and it’s always improving. The food in the cafe is surprisingly good. It’s far superior to the prison-quality food served in most museums.

We have a lot of hidden spots we like to visit without a lot of fanfare. Some want to be seen in their cars while others don’t, and just want to meet up with a few friends, have some laughs, and call it a day. The trick is always about parking when considering your choices. You don’t want some dude standing on your car taking a selfie while you’re at lunch.

In case you’re wondering, yes, there was a time when we went to Barking Frog, but in spite of all our efforts to work out a great continuous relationship, they treated us like a nuisance as a group, so we stopped going. It was once our favorite spot until a different manager took over and reservations became tedious. We miss the late James Simkins a lot. We just avoid the place. There are too many other great choices.

Kirkland is full of them. Park in the library garage and nobody will bother your car. Trellis closed, at the Heathman, but a new place is about to open called the Hearth which should be good. It’s a great place to walk around. It’s kind of festive, but parking in Kirkland is otherwise a real PITA.

If you want to put on some miles, it’s fun to drive to Leavenworth. It’s about two hours each way and it’s a beautiful drive. If you’re thinking about the Cascade Loop, plan on about twelve hours from start to finish. It’s eight hours of solid driving and four hours of stops. It’s a lot of miles. It’s also fun to stay at Sun Mountain and do the wagon ride down for a ranch dinner. The views are unmatched. In Leavenworth, the hotel of choice is The Post Hotel.

I like the Whidbey Island loop, where we cross from Mukilteo to Clinton, then head to Langley, then up to Coupeville, then Deception Pass, then the Anacortes Lookout, then down to La Conner, then home via the back ways, of which there are a few. It doesn’t take all day either and it’s scenic with lots of great places to eat.

Some go to the lovely town of Snohomish, but parking is not always easy either. A few like Palasades, but it’s kind of known as the poser palace, meaning you’re not there for the food, you’re there for the entrance, which is too bad. They have lots of parking. The food is good too. We otherwise stay out of Seattle.

If you’re looking for really good food, Cunio’s in Clearview is outstanding, but not at all fancy. It’s in a tiny strip mall at a gas station. There is plenty of parking, and it’s damn good food. Take a look at the menu if you don’t believe me. Filet Mignon Sliders! Yes that’s right, F-I-L-E-T M-I-G-N-O-N S-L-I-D-E-R-S! Hey, not far away is the Maltby Cafe… but it’s a grave lot and the lines can be long. The cinnamon rolls are bigger than those twin peaks I was talking about.

I kind of like Buzz Inn Steakhouse at the Snohomish airport on a nice sunny day. It’s fun to have a cheap steak and watch terrified newbies jump out of planes followed by that massive grass slide at the end…speaking of wedgies. You can hear the screams of terror on a nice sunny day. It’s something different. No, not the best food, but it’s cheap and it’s novel.

Just remember one thing, when you go places in an exotic or rare car, be nice. Never ever treat the valets or wait staff badly. Word gets around and we learn who the jerks are who are rude and don’t tip and generally are not nice to wait staff. Yes, we get the calls sometimes when someone is especially bad.

One exotic owner got mad at hotel because the valet moved the seat. It was as if the earth just ended! Yes, we heard about that stuff. Well, it was a different driver retrieving the car who would have zero idea where the seat position was to begin with and the original driver could only guess where it was. Getting upset about that makes you look like an entire tool bag to just about everyone. Even a complete douche would call you a douche. Just be nice. It’s not that hard and you will feel better, I promise. It only takes a few to create a reputation none of us want. It’s why we have a zero-tolerance policy for the results of bad parenting at E@RTC. We’re not going to let a few ruin it for everyone.

Oh, and those of you who are nice. We hear about that too! Someone will tell me, hey such and such was super nice to us! We think it’s wonderful and you’re great ambassadors for exotic and rare cars everywhere. We do all we can to make everyone feel welcome at E@RTC even if you’re not an exotic or rare car owner. While we have to draw the show line somewhere, our goal is to always make both spectator and participant feel welcome and a part of the family. We’re all about community and with that comes a few standards of conduct, but not a lot.

Okay, the next time you hear from us is on Thursday afternoon when we make our weather call. We do it around 3:45 PM, right after the weather update for Saturday is posted. We’ve made it this far, a few more days won’t kill us. Well, it shouldn’t anyway.

Aww, Crap! We're Rained Out Again...

Ms. Nature is fastidious this spring and appears to be picking Saturday as her watering day. We’re rained-out… again! I know, bummer! Spend your time cleaning. Melt cheese on something. We’ll give it a shot again next week. We have plenty of Saturdays left.

Hey, we thought we’d share something interesting with you all about putting on these events. As far as we know, we’re the largest and oldest weekly gathering of exotic and rare cars in the US. It gives us goosebumps. Whoops, sorry, I guess it’s a rash.

Did you know I could have been a world-class poll vaulter if it wasn’t for my love of pastries?

Yes, some car gatherings are larger, but they are only monthly, not weekly, and not devoted to exotic and rare cars. Doing this every week is an entirely different species. We continually share what we know about building a successful event, yet so many have their own ideas and ultimately face-plant their event in the freshly-laid cow pie of life.

When we began, we used a technique called “inversion thinking” not to be confused with what is a common criticism of rectal-cranial inversion which while it may be a cousin, isn’t what we’re thinking. Inversion thinking is starting with the premise of what can go wrong then trying to solve every conceivable problem before it becomes a problem. We also thought about what would make the best possible experience from the moment you arrive. Nick will even lick the parking lot if we’d let him.

The event was built around solutions to problems we were thinking about. (BTW, don’t you wish you applied that before you got “involved” with that now-not-so-special someone? Hmmm?) The remaining event is the result of inversion thinking. This is also a little tip; it’s a great way to build a business for those of you with an entrepreneurial bug. Better to deal with that bug than the one you got at that truck stop bathroom in Mexico. You know the one.

You can see how such an event can devolve into problems such as the ones they are having at the Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering, which you can read here. We see this happen often if you don’t try and solve problems before they happen. We worry about it happening to us. It’s why we always need plenty of volunteers. We wish them success with their relaunch, and we’re willing to share anything we know as we’d love to see more events around the US thrive. If the organizers get in touch with us, we will share everything we know. Still, once the problems start, it’s hard to get that pissed-off cat back under control. What’s helped us build a successful event is all of you participating in the policing of E@RTC. It’s because of your support and good manners that we are still here and we’re very appreciative of your contribution.

We’re about pulling a car community together for mutual fun and we know there are always going to be those self-absorbed who want to ruin it for everyone. Our job, with your help, is to not let them.

Let’s ponder sunshine for next week.

We're in 93 Countries and Other Interesting Stuff...

Well, lookie at what happened. It was a suitable Saturday, but no, we were off. Bunnies, you owe us. We may be rained out again this Saturday looking ahead to next week. The forecast right now isn’t looking so good, but you never know what’s going to change in a week. Some people fall in love in less time. Or break up. Nothing like a frying pan to the forehead while you’re in the shower to say it’s over.

It kills us to not get our season started, but we always manage to get in about twenty nice Saturdays so don’t get too stressed over this. It will happen. Besides, it gives you more time to slim down. That Ferrari jacket you love was making you look a little balloon-animal-ish if we’re being honest. I know, I love the pastries too.

We’ve had a lot of pictures sent to us of cars that are not on our list. We keep refining the list as questions come up so it’s a never-ending work of art. What it tells us is there are a lot of surprises waiting to come out to E@RTC. This is what makes it so fun, that we never know what we’re going to see. It also makes us realize that there are far more interesting cars hidden around than we could have ever imagined.

Some ask us who’s writing our blog. I write it… (I’m being intentionally vague.) I don’t sign it because it’s from all of us. It’s never been about me, and instead it’s about all of you so we just write what we think makes you laugh a little. We don’t write for everyone. We piss off a few and I’m continuously banned from Fresno. I know there is a nun somewhere who breaks out in a sweat praying for us every night in the desperate hope that I’ll stop writing. Others want to find out so they can yell at me about something or give me the finger in person… or take one of mine. For those who don’t like our blog, either don’t read it or carefully wrap yourself in high-quality bubblewrap and ship yourself somewhere that makes you happy. This way we both win.

Did you know that people from 93 countries visited our website in the last year??? I didn’t either until I counted. Shout out to the two people in Kenya. They must love cars! Or they were looking for a real Impala. One never knows. We will post if we’re on or off on Thursday afternoon after the weather report comes out.

We're Canceled Because of Bunny Hunter Congestion

Don’t forget we’re off this weekend, O-F-F, no matter what the weather looks like on Saturday…which is looking kind of nice… Aw, shucks. (It’s not what I really said…but kids read this.) Apparently the bunnies need the parking lot for Easter. Repeat, NO E@RTC FOR SATURDAY APRIL 20! (I hate yelling.)

This Saturday, RTC is having their Easter Eggstravaganza where they don’t just hide eggs, they also collect and hide your car keys and wish you luck finding them. Some cars have been there since last year.

I guess thousands of sugared-up kids show up to raise hell all jacked on marshmallow eggs, and chocolate bunnies so it sounds like a great time if you’re into knee-level tornados! Bring your kids! Bring some you don’t even know, but get permission. We don’t want that flaming letter in our inbox.

Wouldn’t you know it, it would have been a decent Saturday too. The chance of rain is around 5%, well within our typical safe range! Damn you bunnies! Don’t fret, this has been a typical opening month. We rarely have our opening day on opening day. It’s why we don’t invite the press or people we like. We should call it our non-opening day and still celebrate in some bar somewhere.

We will try again next week. We still expect a much bigger opening day whenever it happens. Traffic on our site is up substantially; roughly 37% over last year. It’s amazing how many people read this blog and from all over the world too. We can’t thank you enough for that. We could thank you enough I guess, now that I think about it, but the point is, it’s a lot of thanks.

We have some new volunteers joining us this season so please be tender. It’s much appreciated. We don’t want anyone to be scared into therapy on the first day. It’s a small favor. We don’t want them going home and hiding, thinking, “what the hell was that?”

Meanwhile, we’ll keep you up to date on the latest. We have some America’s Car Museum updates to add so you could drive down there and show them some love too. They are in Tacoma if you’re new around here. Yeah, Tacoma… We didn’t put it there!

From Pooh Bear to Pool Noodles, We Cover It All...

We’re sorry it’s going to be a while before our next chance at another good Saturday. Look at the bright side. Never mind, I couldn’t think of one. The 27th will be here before you know it. No matter what the weather, we’re off on the 20th because it’s the annual Redmond Town Center Easter Hunt and Bunny Shoot. …I’m just kidding about the bunny part… I could just see the hate mail from that one. Not to mention all those who’d show up from Fresno and start blasting away at the little fur balls.

The new hotel is opening up soon! It’s called the Archer. It’s the one right there in the parking lot that we’ve watched go up over the last two years. They already got in touch with us to see how they can become involved. We want to be great neighbors and support them any way we can. They also serve breakfast! We welcome them to the hood and will be there for them. Be kind and don’t go parking in their garage either unless you plan to spend the night. We have plenty of parking anyway.

They are going to give us a special weekend rate and we will post it here on the blog as soon as we receive it. Think of how fun that will be to show up the night before and wake up already at the event! Watch the cars roll in from the safety of your own room. Stand on your deck and like a warlord summoning your worshipers, all while in full Pooh Bear. (That means you only have a shirt on.) Oh stop, you Pooh Bear when you work-Skype from home. Don’t tell me you don’t.

Redmond Town Center has a lot going on these days and so it’s worth spending some time checking out the place. Did you know there is a place for kids to learn to swim? Really! It’s called Goldfish Swim School. I wonder if they teach kids float upside down. We didn’t have anything like that growing up. No, for us as kids, it was just tossing us out of the boat! The only instructions we got were, “See-ya at home!” There was no music and dancing in shallow water. We didn’t have swim noodles and water wings. We were handed big giant rocks and told to hang on. Yet here we are! Well, most of us. Kids have it so easy today.

Just so you know, we try to get the blog out every Sunday and Thursday with the weather announcement. This is where we post the latest happenings and occasional gossip. Write us if you have comments. We love mail.

We're Rained-Out Again...But We're Here Just to Have Fun!

Sorry we’re rained out…again… Ms. Nature feels the need to hose us down one more time. We will try to have our opening day again in two weeks… assuming she’s done watering. We wouldn’t start next week, the 20th because of the Easter Egg Hunt, so our next possible opener is the 27th. We will get there, I promise. It may take a few weeks, but eventually we get our first nice Saturday and the whole world will be perfect. Just remain calm. Find a squeeze ball, or a puppy. Have some pancakes! They fix everything!

Why We’re Here

We built this ship for one reason only and that’s to have fun with cars on a Saturday morning. We’re not out to sell anything, or promote ourselves personally; nope, just a bunch of people wanting to have a good time on a Saturday morning without involuntary handcuffs, bruises, or protruding bones followed by screams. (I don’t know about you, but I never want to say hello to my own bones.) None of us are in the car business either, so there is no indirect beni in all this. We do what we do because we love cars. We love watching interesting exotic and rare cars roll in, then talking about cars while standing around giving each other a badly-needed hard time. We do this for no other reason than to have fun on a Saturday morning. This is a chance to come out and be a kid again and not get yelled at, assuming you were properly granted that yard pass and did all your chores.

It seems like everything in the world has become so PC lately, hasn’t it? What ever happened to sling shots, chemistry sets, and lawn darts? Ooooohhhh, that…okay, never mind. You can’t do anything fun anymore. Remember when we didn’t have to wear helmets for anything? Sure a few of us could only eat soft foods for a while, but we had fun, didn’t we? E@RTC is like all those good old times but without the helmets. If you really want, you can come to E@RTC and wear a helmet, but you will sort of stick out a little bit and people may talk to you real slow, but we will still welcome you.

I just realized I could have been in the ballet if it wasn’t for my love of pastries.

Meanwhile, when you read our blog, you see us continually assail those who sometimes unknowingly try and take our fun away from us. It’s our visceral reaction to preserving the very spirit of E@RTC. Don’t worry, we won’t let them do it. Besides, we can dish out more insults than Don Rickles with his foot nailed to a board. We’ve been insulting each other for years and we’ve perfected the art of a good diss. We do it, because well, it’s funny, and too often someone is in need of a good tongue flogging. It also preserves the fun, so there is that. We’ll try again in two weeks…but it’s not looking so good either. That happened last year and we all lived.

What to Expect if You're New

We got through the postponement of our opening day with no complaints this time. That’s a first. I’m guessing whoever caused all the ruckus finally got another basement job somewhere. We post if we’re on or off every Thursday afternoon and usually have the post up before 4 PM. This gives you ample time in most relationships to complete your chores and necessary paperwork for a Saturday morning yard pass.

We’re getting a lot of email about car qualifications; probably five per day on average. We’re answering every one so if you sent something and we missed it, send it again. I’ll wake everyone up around here if they aren’t answering. Nothing like calling a fellow Thug in the middle of the night all jacked up on Redbull.

We hate to turn cars away. It’s bothered us from the day we began. We know that to you it feels like we’re an unwelcome toot in a crowed elevator. We badly want to deny it’s even an issue. But it is. We hear you, but we’re out to put on the best event possible, and we’re glad your understanding the situation.

So you’re new…

If you’re completely new to E@RTC, here is what to expect. Think of E@RTC as one big flash mob with super-crappy dancers and no music anyway. We show up, have fun, then we’re gone like it never happened.

Take a look at the map then follow the signs and come in one block east of the parking lot. Nothing screams “newbie” louder than coming in the wrong way, unless you have an actual sign on your car that says, “NEWBIE,” or you’re in a stroller.

I just realized I could have been an olympic swimmer if it wasn’t for my love of pastries.

You will be greeted by Sean, the great wizard who is kind of our sorting hat. He will either let you in or politely tell you the car doesn’t meet the broad definition of rare, exotic, etc., all stuff we cover on our website here, and point out a good spectator lot. He’s an extraordinarily nice guy. He also knows a lot about cars so don’t try to BS him either. He probably knows more about your car than you do. Complaint forms can be found here.

Sean radios what’s coming through the gate to the other Thugs and one of our marvelous Thugs radios back where we’re going to park you, usually with a few insults tossed around between Thugs, but you never hear that part because they are wearing ear mics. It’s a big part of our fun. Us Parking Thugs live to make fun of each other. And, as we’ve said before, we’ve never let fine breeding, a proper upbringing, respectability, good manners, honor, character, or even moral decency, ever get in the way of a good joke. So there is that. If you don’t like to laugh and have a good time, just stay in the basement and look for leaks or carve something meaningful out of soap, or search the freezer for something with freezer burn and think of a good way to make it taste good.

Once you’re waved through the intersection and into the lot, someone will walk you over to your parking area and help you get positioned. The marvelous and highly-dedicated Thugs know what they are doing and how to make your car look its best. Keep your window rolled down as you enter. This is very important. If you have no window, you’re one step ahead of us.

When you’re parked, let us know you’re new, even though we probably know already. We tend to remember people very well. We’d be happy to introduce you to a few folks so you get to make some new friends. You will find the whole thing very welcoming and people will remember you when you come back the next week. You don’t even need to wear the same stuff to get recognized!

We frown on those who arrive with a sense of entitlement who don’t think the rules apply to them. We frequently send them to Lot 9, (shhhh, it’s in Moclips). Here is Lisa on an actual Lot 9 inspection.

Lisa certifying to the general suckiness of Lot 9. Avoid us sending you to Lot 9. Lot 9 is for bad people.

Lisa certifying to the general suckiness of Lot 9. Avoid us sending you to Lot 9. Lot 9 is for bad people.

Should we send you to Lot 9, here is how to get there. It’s just a mere 2 hours and 37 contemplative minutes to get there where you can stand with the other A-holes.

Should we send you to Lot 9, here is how to get there. It’s just a mere 2 hours and 37 contemplative minutes to get there where you can stand with the other A-holes.

If you’re a new spectator, we’d suggest parking in the north parking structure and walking across the mall. It’s easer to leave when you’re sick of the whole thing and just want to go home and crawl into your jam-jams. This way you can conveniently hit all the food places before you head over; Starbucks, Original Pancake House, French Bakery, etc., bathrooms… if you’re “cleansing.”

The car owners are always there to talk about their love of cars and are more than happy to answer questions. Just don’t ask to sit in someone’s car. It’s bad form. It’s cringeworthy bad form. They love to talk about what they brought and look at other cars. Make yourself at home. Spectators and participants are all alike and can’t be told apart until they drive off, so stereotyping attendees won’t work.

Let’s hope this Saturday works out and if not, we try again next week. Oh, and give a thug a hug while you’re there. Don’t if you have ebola.

About Our First Rain-Out of the Season and the Resulting Tantrums

Well, sorry to say it’s our first rain out of the season, but there will be more Saturdays, and more rain-outs so don’t fret. We will try again next week. Have some fruit. Netflix and chill? No?

Before you go full postal and threaten a professional hit, let’s explain our thinking as we kick off the new season. We cancel every time the chance of rain is 30% or higher. There is no point in arguing with us. We’ve all dated gingers at one point in our lives and are completely immune to irrational threats of bodily harm.

Before you send us a screenshot of your magic phone showing a less than 30% chance of rain, all while you monkey-stomp your feet in protest, we want to point out that we draw our data from more than one source. We get it from NOAA, Wunderground.com, all four local TV networks, Weather.com, and the weird dude under my porch eating all the peanuts I put out for the squirrels. That guy was eating 25 pounds a month before I even noticed!

If all of this weather forecasting stuff conflicts, we average it, sometimes we debate it, sometimes we even delay our call until the next report in our attempt to get it right, but once we make the call, your magic phone’s weather app doesn’t count for squat. It never did count for squat, so stop framing those screen shots and mailing them to me. I’ve got p-l-e-n-t-y.

Once in a while the weather folk all get it wrong and are not that great at forecasting. It’s why so many weather nerds are divorced, so ponder that little factoid.

So why do we call it on a Thursday after 3 PM? Well, that’s when the weather reports come out and that also gives people time to cancel their plans and do other things besides stand in the rain on a Saturday morning; later writing to us, just to let us know how much it sucked. It also gives our volunteers some time off. They do need time off or they get cranky, and that’s no fun either. It also gives those who made hotel reservations a chance to get their hotel deposit back, not get on that flight to Seattle, or cancel that date.

Why do we cancel at all when it’s raining? Well in spite of what you say, nobody likes to stand in the rain and talk about cars. If they do, something is curiously wrong and they probably need to get off the roids or reduce their Redbull intake a skosh. In spite of that mushy letter you once wrote about your love of walks in the rain just to nail that snappy date, I’ll bet you can’t prove you really do. You think we’re a bunch of wimps? Drive your freshly polished car over to Green Lake and count the number of people standing out in the rain walking in little circles and report back. I’ll bet the ones you count have no idea they are even there.

The point is, each season, we get the kids who are all upset when we call it off due to rain. They make the most noise, sort of like bagpipes, accordions and a didgeridoo all blended together into sweet, yet painful music. We suggest they go back to their parents basement and take it out on the game console. Go play with some packing peanuts. We’ll try again next week…or possibly the week after…or the week after…and so on and so on…until one day, sun and opening day!

Why We Enforce Our Rules

We all know it sucks to have rules. As a toddler, you only had to pull the TV down on your head just once to know there was a reason dad said don’t touch, right? And it kind of hurt, didn’t it? Rules are for a reason, and sometimes it’s to protect ourselves or others. We don’t make rules unless we have to. Guess what, we have to. I’d have been an olympic runner if it wasn’t for my love of pastries, so there is that.

We don’t charge you to get in, and all of us volunteer our time, so it doesn’t seem like a lot to ask when we want people to just follow the rules. It’s all so we can keep the event going so just play along. This isn’t hard stuff. All of the wonderful people involved in E@RTC have spent thousands of hours on this event and none of them want it to end badly. Put another way, if we’re to sustain this glorious beast for another ten years, we have to abide by some rules or we’re toast.

Some rules have zero tolerance. You’re not likely to hurt someone if you wear that terrible combination of plaids and stripes, but if you did a long smokey burnout, you could harm someone so there is a huge difference. For that reason, if you break a rule and you were banned, well, you’re still banned. It doesn’t matter if your bad behavior was last season or not. We have a better recollection than that neighbor who remembers that moment you pooped on their lawn after that party you don’t remember. We have the awesome power of a collective memory, and keep in mind it’s not just the thugs who remember and want the rules enforced. It’s also our participants who care about the event too!

The only reason we create rules is because a few don’t have the common sense God gave a radish and things have to be explained in great detail. They are the ones who didn’t just pull that TV down on their head just once either. For some, it’s a life theme. We just wish they would not participate.

We’re sorry we have to hammer this each season, but opening day is often when we seem to get the “maturity-challenged” at the event. For everyone else, we look forward to seeing your shining faces!

Two weeks to go! That and Knives and Flames... Read on!

We’re just two weeks away from our big season opener! Before you do the happy dance where your neighbors can see you, keep in mind we get rained out on opening day most years, so remain tuned to what’s happening by checking the blog. This is when we play rain-roulette with Mom Nature and she’s not always the most cooperative.

Last night we ate at Fuji Steak House right there in Redmond Town Center, directly above the lot where we will all be mulling around looking at cars and noticing each other’s added fat… and the food was really good. It’s sort of like Benihana except it was…well, really good. We were sitting at the bar but could hear the knives and see the flames, but as far as we know, nobody got singed or filleted, with zero evidence of arterial spray anywhere. It will be a fun spot after E@RTC along with all the other great places to eat at RTC. I wouldn’t recommend FSH if you’re combustable, but for the rest of us, it was very nice.

Thank you Jessica for the nice time and the good food. Redmond Town Center is awesome so please, please, please, (I said it three times) come and visit the mall! Don’t you need socks?

We were there to discuss our big party plans for July 6. We’re going to not say much about it, but put a big “x” on your calendar for that day and preserve it like you did that orchid from the prom, or that finger you lost and accidentally cooked at Benihana.

We are getting lots of email about our updated criteria for this year and so far, most of it has been swimmingly positive. We had a couple of negative comments, but that’s normal this time of season. Hey my day isn’t perfect without a negative comment from someone. I was raised by nuns so bring it on! There is always that one kid who thinks they are special. Wait until they get forced out of the basement and have to look for a real job.

Some have asked why we have such a weird questionnaire for our volunteers. Well, the short answer is because it’s funny. The long answer is that we’re trying to get a sense of who you are and if you’d fit the volunteer culture. We’d want you to have as much fun as we do and if you don’t see the humor in all of this, well, I feel bad for starters, and the alternative is you could get a "customer experience” job at Comcast. We all know they are fun. If you’re not having fun, you’re not going to keep volunteering, and so that sucks too.

We like to have a good time and we care if those who show up have fun. That’s very important to us! No really! This should be a good time for everyone except for city politicians and sociopaths. We prefer they remain at home. Yet, judging from the volume of email and the traffic on our site, this should be another great season of good times!

We still don’t have a date for classics, muscle and collector cars so as soon as we get one from someone, we’ll post it. If your name is Mark, click here.

Changes to our Entrance Criteria... Here Come the Flame Throwers!

Okay, well, here we are, once again with the dreaded list of changes to this year’s entrance criteria page found here. Before you down the muscle relaxers to relieve that involuntary, yet sometimes-embarrassing quiver in your forehead, please understand our reasoning. We get too many cars that people don’t get all that excited about, and our spectators complain! That’s right, we get it both directions.

As we say so often, we’re not out to be Cars and Coffee either, because too often both suck. We think that’s a recipe for failure and everyone that ever starts one of those eventually collapses under the weight of immature yahoos that ruin it for everyone. We’ve spent ten years explaining what we do and why, and it’s all over our website, so please chill. “Moossaaa…” Feel better??? No??? Try again, “Moossaaa….” More moo this time. Try some grapes.

Our goal is exotic, rare, and special classic cars. We’re not a modded show or a Safeway parking lot either.

Dan updated our list with help from Sean who works the front entrance and has to put up with the arguments over the years. He raised a daughter so he knows a thing or two about empty, pointless, un-win-able arguments. So, if you try and push that they only made 10,000 in your color, it won’t do you much good.

Here are the changes to the entrance criteria page this year.

Audi: RS4+ Models, S8 (D4+ Chassis ONLY), All R8s, No other S-line models besides the S8, No RS3s. 

BMW: LIMITED PRODUCTION M2/3/4 MODELS ONLY - due to the large number of M cars, only the rarer examples will be allowed and in limited quantity (1M, GTS, CSL, etc, no standard M2s/3s/4s), M5, Alpina Models, 850, I8, Z8. No SUVs (including X5M, etc), Select Vintage (starting at E30 and earlier for M3s cars)

Chevrolet: C7+ only Corvette Z06, C6/C7 ZR1, 6th+ Generation Camaro ZL1 1LE (Not SS-1LE, not base ZL1),  Select Vintage

Maserati: Gran Turismo, Quattroporte, select vintage. No Ghiblis or SUVs.  

Mercedes: AMG models - Latest generation or very limited production AMG Models only such as Evo and Black Series cars only, E63 wagons, all SLS models, Select SL Models*, Mercedes McLaren SLR, G series 4x4² series (no normal G series), Select Vintage

Porsche: All 911 S+ models (no base 911s), all air cooled models, 918, Carrera GT, All GT Trim models (Cayman GT4, GT3RS, GT2, etc), All R Models, Panamera Turbo trims (no non-turbo models), Vintage and rare. No: Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne, Macan, etc, except R and GT# trims (GT2/3/4, not GTS).  

Ms/AMGs/911s/Teslas/Ghiblis: Due to the overwhelming number of cars we get and the regularity of 911s, M, and AMG cars we see, we are now limiting the number and focusing on special production vehicles. 

Offroad Vehicles:

We love some good 4x4s, but they need to be really special. Often these fall into our vintage category or are considered specialty cars. A Hellcat swapped Jeep works, so does a trophy truck or Dakar rally vehicle. 100k in Overland mods into your FJ Cruiser or Wrangler is probably amazingly capable, but also not exotic. Ask us; these can be quite a crowd pleaser and we welcome the more extreme.

Still come out and enjoy the event. Your friends won’t think any less of you if your car doesn’t get in either as it’s no measure of who you are as a person. Nobody will laugh and point, I promise… unless you try and sneak in then all bets are off.

We Need Your Help

No, we’re not going to ask you for a few bucks to fix someone’s lower lip. We’re looking for more volunteers for our 2019 season. We don’t want to burn out the dedicated and beloved Thugs we have now. So, if we’ve put up this nifty attention-grabbing notice on Facebook to see if some of you colorful folk want to join us for more laughs.

No seriously, click here!

No seriously, click here!

I’ve been one of the beloved Thugs for ten years and I’ve made life-long friends who made my life better. Well, most of them did. There is one or two who probably shouldn’t ever be seen in daylight, but that’s a different problem. This is a chance to do the same thing with your life, and make some new friends. This is a chance to give back to the community and do something that makes you and everyone else around you feel good!

This is our tenth anniversary so there will be more festive moments than ever before. One day we may even count wrinkles or stand on a scale! Who knows! Hey, we’re all aging at the same speed… unless you’re in the hooch every night, then you’re going down hill like a runway freight train on fire. It’s just a matter of time before that liver wants out and you know it. Where was I going? You probably shouldn’t volunteer, but for all of you others, come join us. You likely won’t regret it. I can’t guarantee for sure, but chances are, you won’t.

Meanwhile, we will see you all very soon! We’re on the home stretch before Mom Nature starts messing with us. April 6, unless she decides she can’t hold her water that day. Depends.

Less Than A Month To Go!

We’re working behind the scenes…well, not really behind the scenes. It’s not like we’re sneaking around at night or anything, but we are working to get ready for our eleventh season! We’re not finished adding events to our, “special events” calendar just yet so don’t get your undies in a bunch if you don’t see the Classic, Collector and Muscle car date posted. We will have it as soon as we hear what will work. We will give you plenty of time to get your yard pass paperwork in order with your significant other. For some it’s as complicated as TSA Pre Check.

We recently updated the site to make it current so if you see something that’s out of date that we may have missed, besides someone’s dated haircut, please let us know. We already know about the haircut.

Dan’s going to update the entrance criteria while Nick practices his squats to get his figure ready for Speedo season. Jason is working on our “volunteer enhancement” strategy and it’s all moving along nicely.

We anticipate another big year for E@RTC as the event draws more and more people and cars from further away. We’re working on addressing issues such as trailer parking, added foreign language lineage and more people with clipboards to stand and look important. We shall give them whistles.

We are still looking for more volunteers for this upcoming season. It’s a great way to make some friends and have some fun with some of the best people I know along with one or two who are just a little scary. They can’t walk into a hospital without someone throwing them on a stretcher, but I digress.

It will be good to see all of you again this season. Judging by all the email, it looks like it will be a great start to the new season. People are already asking about where to park the trailers, and how to best negotiate a pass from their significant other.

It's our Tenth Year and We Could Use Some Additional Help...

This is our tenth anniversary. In fact as I write this, it was about ten years ago this coming Saturday that we stood out there and froze our naughty bits in the damp cold air. What a day that was!

We want to celebrate with a party this year, but to do that, we’re going to need your help. We need more volunteers. While we still have the same robust core as usual, we need more people, not just to help us on Saturday mornings, but we’d love to find a group who knows how to throw a great party sometime later in the season. We’re thinking early July so we have the very best chance of a nice day around here.

We have our first volunteer meeting on February 17 and you can attend that, or we’ll have another soon after just for the new folks who are looking for something to do this summer. It’s a great way to make friends, have some laughs, and have a good excuse to get out of the house with less paperwork.

We’re behind the scenes here working on the website, getting it all looking fresh for the new season as there is a lot to do between now and opening day on April 6. Of course, this depends on the weather. Last year we were a month behind. Sort of like rent in college.

See you all soon!