Asheville show, the final update
The members of the Blue Ridge Mustang Club of Asheville wish to thank all those who attended our show during the 4th of July weekend. When the show was planned 18 months ago, one plans for good weather. A backup plan is also put on paper in case of rain. To my knowledge, there has never been a backup plan for a monsoon.
For those 90 cars that attended the photo shoot and the dozens of those who did not drive their Mustang to the photo shoot at the Biltmore, we thank you for your patience and understanding. It rained 2 inches of rain in 90 minutes before the photo shoot and then stopped raining for 90 minutes so we could get the photo shoot completed and then the skies opened up again for another 2 hours of heavy rain and thunderstorms. If anyone remembers seeing the volunteers standing in the second monsoon directing the cars to the dinner site, I think that all those people in the cars felt that our club did the best we could. For those who complained about the rain and the lack of the police escort to the Biltmore and the lack of volunteers, I can only say that I wish you were standing there with us in the rain doing our best to make you happy!
Asheville police could not spare any officers to escort us to the Biltmore due to downed power lines, flooded streets, evacuations of families, closed roads and accidents. When a city has 8 inches of rain in a 4 day period, NO club for ANY show would be able to make things happen as they had planned.
When the host hotel has 100 cancellations and many of those were Mustang people, they have to sell the rooms to regular guests. We never would have anticipated having to place 320 Mustangs with 120 non Mustangs, again, due to the weather. Some of our club volunteers could not get out of their homes and some of our non club members from Hospice and the Humane Society could not get to the show to help due to the weather.
The Biltmore flooded, a road washed out and was out all weekend long, trees fell across the roads and there were rock and mud slides. All planning goes out the window and our club pretty much had to make the show happen as it was happening and toss the best laid plans out the door. I suppose some that have complained about the weather and getting their car dirty would have complained about the sun and the heat if it was a sunny and hot weekend.
I myself have been to almost 20 national shows since 2007. I have driven my 2005 to all those shows in all kinds of weather. I have been parked on freshly paved parking lots in 95 degree heat, soaking wet grass parking lots from downpours, lighting storms in FL, 105 degree heat in Mustang, OK and a monsoon in Augusta. I never complained because I understand as the majority of us do. Until one hosts a national MCA show, one should applaud the club members who gave up their 4th of July weekend to do their best to make our show as good as we possibly can.
Don't forget, we spend a lot of money to put the show on. A lot more than $1,000 that individuals spend to come to the show.
I am proud of the club members who never let the weather, or any other issue break their spirit. To actually park 320 cars and not lose any and to have all the judged cars actually judged without losing any was indeed a miracle and that is because we care enough to do our best to make it work.
If there is any complaining to do, then please complain about the hotel, especially the front of the house and the way they treated our show with disrespect and a non caring attitude.
When I made my speech before the awards ceremony I stated that we would never do another national show and this time we will stick by our promise. The Biltmore is too expensive to do it there and the Crowne is not going to get business from us again. Those are the only two locations in town that can handle that size of a show. We try to offer something different than a mall parking lot for a national show and now that we do not have any other options, we feel that our club has done our share.
When 95% of the people at our shows say we did a 'hell of a job' then we take that 95% and keep those memories forever. Thank you to ALL of you for coming to our show and we will see you at other MCA shows in the future.
If it rains at any of them, please be kind to the club. It's not their fault!