OK Jus Cruisin lets break this down.......
"I felt it was a mess. Between the weather, resort and apparent lack of pre-planning"
So you know in "your opinion" there was a lack of pre-planning..... Yes we should have pre-planned a plan B if it rained. (what would you have suggested since you have been to many shows, a rain date, park inside, maybe tents for everyone.) we were at the mercy of the weather, which in turn started room cancellations, which in turn caused the Crowne to fill in the empty rooms which in turn we had to give up some parking spaces. So help me out here, what would you have done if you were running this show?
"Placing a couple people at key turns sure would have helped."
So for your convience we needed some people to stand out in the pouring rain, and I mean pouring, so you wouldn't have to use your GPS or just ask someone....yea great idea. Just one question to the guard at the gate and "bam" he would have told you where to go. But I guess that was to hard !
"Dinner was held in an area that had open glass walls with a thunderstorm going on."
Geeeez..... they were not" open glass walls "....they were WINDOWS, all you had to do was pull them down. We did ours and it worked fine !!!!!! And again we had no control over the thunderstorm.
Again what would you suggest?
"The traffic jam created during classification was disheartening. Why not keep the cars parked, do the classification and then move cars so the various classes are at least close to one another. It would certainly help with judging"
Classification as you know, is always a busy time, always will be if you have been to Nationals before you know this. So you are suggesting that the MCA people should go to the cars that are parked at various locations and do the classifications were they sit. How would they find them, and the person would need to be there with there car when the MCA officials arrived, talk about a logistic nigthmare....wow !
"By Saturday early afternoon, my wife and I had had enough "fun" and left early to head back to Florida."
I am sorry that you and your wife decided to leave early because you had not had "enough fun". But as said earlier we were at the mercy of the weather which started the domino effect.
Our volunteers worked very hard to make this show as "fun" as we could, we were working by 6AM and not going home until very very late each night from Wednesday until Sunday all the while doing this in the pouring rain and trying to work with the Crowne and some people that just didn't understand or didn't take the time to.
"So, poor weather, poor show, poor resort and a bunch of wear and tear on my Mustang for nothing."
So, in your opinionit was a "poor show". We have had far more thumbs up for our show than thumbs down.( because most people understood the problems that we had, because of the weather and how it effected the logistics of everthing that was planned for the show). But again thats you opinion. and you can go with that. I do hope you have a better experience at you next show..which ever one will get you to gravitate to.
Have a nice day !!!!!!!!!
Originally Posted by ShortyandPatsy
I want to thank you for your response. I'm going to send my reply privately, not because I don't want anyone to see it but because it's long and probably quite boring to most following this thread. I do understand everything you have explained (doesn't mean I like it or agree mind you), that was exactly the response I was looking for all along. I apologize if I came off as being short or a keyboard commando as that was not my intent.
To the hosting club: what was already a stressful weekend was compounded with the weather and the resort. You all made the most of what was handed to you and you need to be applauded for your efforts. I wasn't bashing you in my initial post but just voicing my frustrations and making suggestions that would have made my weekend more enjoyable. I hope you all will get some downtime to recoup and maybe I'll actually get to meet some of you at the Mickyard.
Please read this post from our club president about the MCA National show in Asheville. http://www.mustang.org/showthread.ph...-final-update. As all of you know, it's extremely hard to please everyone. There will always be people that sees that EVERYTHING isn't going exactly their way.
The BRMCOA wishes all of you that had a great time, despite the bad weather, hotel problems, etc,,, to please feel free to add your positive comments.
V.P. The Blue Ridge Mustang Club of Asheville
I've attended roughly 50 national events in the past and there have been several where inclement weather was experienced. In my opinion, the Asheville club made do the best they could with the situation at hand. These folks most certainly did not wish for the rainy weather and personally, I find it amazing that the show started and ended pretty much like any other national show without rain. All or most of the things they planned for were executed and improvisation used when needed.
The one area that I can see a possible need for improvement is at the National MCA level where some help can be given in regards to planning for inclement weather. I know every scenario cannot possibly be addressed, but there is a lot of talent at the MCA BOD level that I'm sure could help standardize procedures and best practices for dealing with foul weather.
I agree with Ramon had a great time and made many new friends
Despite the weather and all the naysayers, my wife and I had a great time! We met a lot of interesting and friendly people, and we loved looking at everyone's Mustangs.