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 !!!!!!!!!