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  1. #1
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    My thoughts on the first RTTS

    Guys,
    Thanks to everyone that came out. I know there were some that couldn't attend due to weather and I truely hate that for you. As it turned out, the weather, other than being windy and cold was fine, but from what I can gather 40 miles north was a different story so we certainly dodged a bullet.
    A special thanks to Carbon Kustoms for being our event sponsor, without Albert the show would have been hard for me to pull off. Mike Manning and American Autowire for all you did getting the leg work done before the event, and for sponsoring the dinner. That was probably the best dinner and venue we have ever had at any event, certainly top notch food, service and setting. Bruce, thanks for your contribution about your track experience and sharing the video and slides with us.
    Thanks to Sean for a great logo, I had so many people commenting on it all weekend, you did good my friend. Great to see you beating on the chevelle too. Great weekend for sure.
    Thanks to my long time sponsor, Richard Winchester and BF Goodrich for always being there supporting and for sending us Matt so we could pick on him on his "birthday" and he could help with tire questions and issues. He also helped out on scoring which turned out to be a huge help on the big track.
    NJMP staff, Joe especially, thanks for all you did to make this event a success. Chris and crew at the autocross, we really appreciate how smooth you made that portion of the event and look forward to next year.
    For those that stayed over on Sunday, I am sure you guys will comment on how good the Karting track guys were to work with. Thanks guys for shifting the venue there as we did not have as many show up as we had originally planned on.

    And, especially to the participants, thanks for coming and supporting. I can assure you it is alot of pressure to sign your name to a contract to do an event then hope enough people sign up and pay so you don't have to come out of your pocket with a bunch of money to cover the cost. This first year was a break even deal and I am great with that. I just hate it for those that could not come after they had registered due to car issues or weather issues.

    We absolutely will do this again next year, maybe just move it to a later date so it will be a bit warmer. I would like to think we can get enough interest to do TWO days on the track. It is such a great venue and I loved the track. I think it is a great venue for the protouring crowd.

    I had plenty of time to go over the event in my head on the 11 hour ride home yesterday and I have made this comment to several that have asked. I saw about 35 new and different cars at this event that have not been to any other event so in my mind that proved we picked the right area to host another winning event. It was refreshing to see so many new cars and meet so many of my fellow board members. Now that you guys have had a taste of the RTT? events, I hope you will spread the word and know that next year will only get better.



    Finally, congratulations to Vinnie! He certainly deserved the King of the Shore trophy and OUSCI invite as he won both the road course and autocross events. Vinnie came really close to winning a couple years back at RTTHs so it was good to see him win at the first RTTS. I look forward to seeing him at other events this year and then to see that beautiful Camaro at SEMA and OUSCI in November. He is certainly a fine example of what these events are all about and will represent the hobby well at OUSCI.
    Last edited by Bill Howell; 04-04-2011 at 06:59 AM.
    Bill

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    This event was an absolute blast!! I have never had that much fun at an automotive event in my life. I am very impressed at how smoothly it was run. Everything seemed to flow and work out perfectlly. Great job to everyone who was involved. I talked to/met alot of people and everyone was as nice as can be and very supportive. I had complete strangers help me with my car numerous times!!! You all have changed me forever! I plan to be an autocross junkie this summer and hopefully kill it at the next RTTH. I just can't thank you enough for putting on this event and giving all of us a taste of the RTT? events.
    Douglas Lutes
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    "Never race anything you can't afford to set on fire and push off a cliff."

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    Bill, Thanks for putting on yet another awesome event.
    It was refreshing to be back at one of your events since not being able to attend last year with racing and the new child.
    Thanks again!!
    jake

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    Bill we really can't thank you, your hard working wife, Albert, Mike, Matt, and all the rest that I know I am forgetting enough for this wonderful event. This event really did great things for me. And it was great from start to finish even with the blown engine. I would love to do RTTH or some other event but at this point all that is unknown. BUT do RTTS again and I will be there. Gonna need to make the engine last more than 2 sessions if you are going to do 2 days though. But We will be there. Thanx again so much.
    1996 Federal Cadillac hearse
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    Bill, Albert, Mike and everyone else involved thanks again so much! Im glad the logo was well recieved, In a very, very, very small way it was cool to give something to the event...

    I'm already pumped for next year... and I do plan on beating my chevelle all over again! Still shocked the motor we put together 12 years ago in high school held together...lol

    I was great to meet everyone!

    Also, Congrats Vinnie!!!, your car was absolutely awesome! Do us eastcoast boys proud in November!!

    -Sean

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    Bill, Albert, Mike and all the folks whose names get lost in the madness of putting an event like this together - Thank You! I had a blast! I really enjoyed the road course and the autox! Everything seemed to flow very smoothly with almost unlimited runs!

    And Sean - awesome logo, I didn't realize you were the artist or I would have said something while I was talking to you!
    Herb

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    Bill,

    Glad you had another great event. I have been speaking to "crash test dummy" Ron and he said it was a fast track and the weather was cold. Would have loved to be there but my car is still under construction. Hope to see you and the gang soon at another event.

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    Who are you calling dummy?

    As always Bill great event, weather wise, you seemed to have pull this one out your hat. Thanks for being the guy with enough passion, willing to take a risk on these events, I know it has to be real pain at times. I'll be back next year for sure, I hope to make most of this years events if I can find some parts.

    I know I've said it before, but the RTT events are like no other. Where else in the world will you see that many beautiful, high end muscle cars in one place, getting the ***** kicked out of them (no where). Bad weekend for me, but it was still alot of fun (maybe I am a dummy)

    Congrats on the win Vinn, you da man. Ron
    Ron Schwarz

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    Bill and Melinda,
    As always you put on one hell of an event!!!! I will never forget this weekend. Looking forward to your next event in Nashville. Thank you Albert and Michael for your support to make it happen. It was great to meet so many new people who attended RTTS. Sean great job on the logo and a pleasure to meet you. Woohoo I'm goin to VEGAS!!!!!!!!
    Vinnie Allegretta
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    Great Event, you never see cars like these (or at least i don't) getting beat on as much as they were, they all sounded awesome and ran great...i attended with my buddy and his 69 vette, but will be bringing my cobra to race next year for sure. Thanks for putting on a cool event, great track as well

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    Finally ,after having to back out of two of your events ,I finally made one.Thankyou Bill and to all that made it happen up here in the northeast.Im already looking foward to next years event.What a great bunch of people and no ego's any where in sight.The amount of seat time we had was almost tiring.The lightning course was fast,what a blast.Congrats to Vinnie on his victory,awesome car and driving.
    Justin Mancino

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    Justin... you sir can drive!

    it was awesome to watch you with such a different/cool car out there and really keep pace with the big dogs!

    -Sean

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    Thank you all ,,,, I agree about Justin you sure drove the wheels off that car of yours.....

    Vinnie, man you earned that invite buddy,,,, you just tore it up non-stop congratulations Pal.
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    A.K.A. Albert from Toronto

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    thank you bill for putting on a great event. it was my first but definetly not my last, cant wait for rtth. congrats to vinnie. bill, i think vito got bit by the bug. he should be joining shortly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 81blacktiez28 View Post
    thank you bill for putting on a great event. it was my first but definetly not my last, cant wait for rtth. congrats to vinnie. bill, i think vito got bit by the bug. he should be joining shortly.
    I think we sat with you guys at dinner. You have one sweet camaro, even of you were not allowed to drive it too soon lol.
    Scott from NJ.

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    It sounds like you guys had a great time ..
    I'm gonna try to make more events next year .

    Congrats to Vinnie for the wins at the event ..

    And Jake ! I didn't realize you had a new baby , I thought those pics were of a nephew or something ..
    I'm lost in space . My brain is dead ..

    I'll see you guys at Nashville !!
    Jeff Tate
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    The American Autowire crew had a great time at the RTTS! We'll be posting some photos and video footage from the event on our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/AmericanAutowire) on Friday afternoon, so be sure to check it out! It was great to meet many of you at the dinner and at the track...we hope to catch up with you again soon!

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    I know it has been said a lot in this thread already but great event. I'm lucky in that I get to sneak in a lot of track days with my chosen profession but this was the first time I've been able to blend my passion (muscle cars) with a track day and it went as I was hoping it would. Fantastic cars, great people and plenty of track time. Bill thanks for hosting and Al thanks for shelling out sponsorhsip $$. Great to meet both of you as well as all the others I was able to talk to. Being able to put faces with all the guys on this forum was great. Hope to see you all soon at another event, keep driving the wheels off these things.
    -Morgan
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    Quote Originally Posted by 81blacktiez28 View Post
    thank you bill for putting on a great event. it was my first but definetly not my last, cant wait for rtth. congrats to vinnie. bill, i think vito got bit by the bug. he should be joining shortly.
    LOL, that is great. I saw the smile on Vito's face every time he came off the big track, we were in the same run group. He was doing a pretty good job with that heavy new challenger too, just needed some help on the apexes. The bug is easy to catch, hard to kill....lol
    Bill

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    Guys, I have all the time sheets and will post them in a couple days. I had to make a trip across the state today (400miles) to attend a mandatory class tomorrow for my day job, so I will be a bit slow on the posting. I will try to email it to larry and see if he can post them.
    Bill

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