This is gonna be a LONG post, ladies and gents. So, if you really don't care about what a Impala event is considered and it's all about having fun<like myself>, SKIP THIS POST. But if you ever make choices on attending Impala shows based on weather it's a naitonal or regional event, please read.
This is a reply I'm doing from a note that was sent to another subject post. Remember, while reading, I'm not speaking for anybody or HOSS. I'm speaking for ImpalaFest as a show. This is my reply from part of a note that was ent by a powerful voice in the Impala community. So this needs to be cleared
since ImpalaFest was brought up in the subject. "I have no beef with Ed" We already had a private chat about this, like grown men. In other words this is just a correction. No flame what so ever.
>>>>Impalafest (and RODarama for that matter) are both great events. I enjoy both, and will be at both this year.However, neither were THE National event for THIS year.
Those of us who are involved with ImpalaFest have never, EVER tried to tell people that Impalapalooza On The Green, BG99, Impalapalouis or Dreamapalooza were not national events. It would certainly be nice if ImpalaFest were shown the same courtesy.
I really need to make this VERY clear. ImpalaFest is by far a national event. That label was earned after 4 successful years of pleasing attendees, nation wide, with the basic formulas that make a good national event, which is a good show with tough competition, and hard nose racing, and attendees from coast to coast, that keep coming back.
ImpalaFest 98 influenced other national shows that seminars can be a great
addition to a big event. BG99 was a HUGE influence to encourage other
national shows to add an autox to a world wide event if possible.
Impalapalouis took it to a whole new level by doing all of the above plus
adding a road course, which was simply awesome! And Dreamapalooza took all
of the above and pulled off by far the biggest Impala event EVER put on by
an Impala club!
So, if all of the above makes up a national event, ImpalaFest is in the mix! No doubt!
But if we wanna talk about numbers, well, lets do numbers, so folks will know that ImpalaFest by far a national event since day one.
>>>Impalafest (and RODarama for that matter) are both great events. I enjoy both, and will be at both this year.However, neither were THE National event for THIS year.
ImpalaFest has ALWAYS been a national event since day one. Attendees "nation
wide" is on our list of attendants as we speak. It's always been that way,
"since ImpalaFest 97" If you wanna include Impalalalooza in 96, cool. If
not, that's fine, too.
>>>>Neither was on the scope of Dreamapalooza, neither had/has the number
of events (show/racing)
Cars shows and racing ALWAYS been included in ImpalaFest. A GOOD car show with tough but
fair competition, and hard nose racing has ALWAYS been the heart of a solid national event. ImpalaFest always did it and did it WELL since 97. Not just cars from Texas. But several cars from coast to coast.
>>>>neither has/had the number of seminars (tech and otherwise),
"If it can be done" tech seminars are a GREAT addition to a national event. ImpalaFest simply stopped doing them because they were poorly attended and ImpalaFest attendees only saw them as a filler, for times when something exciting wasn't going on.
>>>>neither had/has the number of attendees,
ImpalaFest ALWAYS had a large number of attendees "nation wide", with over 200+ paid participants for each of the last three years (and uncounted free spectators). Since "ImpalaFest 98", this national event ALWAYS draw over 100 cars for hard nose drag racing. The ImpalaFest 99 Autocross drew over
70 cars. So, if numbers matter, ImpalaFest been in there. <time out> REMEMBER, this is not a ImpalaFest horn tooting post! I just have to back up what I'm saying, on why it IS a national event. No matter what I say.
the numbers, activities, and history speaks alone.
>>>>neither was/is as long, etc.
What makes a GOOD national event is not how long the show is, but the "quality" of a show. Will ImpalaFest ever extend the days of stay and activities? I don't know. But until HOSS vote me out for being the event coordinator, I'm gonna do what needs to be done and cut what needs to be cut, to keep the cost down, so everybody can afford it.
ImpalaFest as a whole wanna continue to keep *A* national event alive to where the registration fee to attend all the activities are CHEAP and affordable for the whole family. Add days, it's gonna get expensive for that family. The hard corps
Impala heads like myself is gonna come regardless. But ImpalaFest would LIKE
to keep THIS national event compact and affordable. So far so good. GOOD show, GOOD racing, GOOD autocrossing, and the additional stuff<goody bags and shirt> all for $50 dollars. And ImpalaFest is trying like crazy, to keep it that way. And it sure isn't easy<laugh>
>>>I consider both RODarama and Impalafest to be excellent REGIONAL events this year.
I hope I made this as clear as I could to all of the readers out there.
ImpalaFest has been a national event since day one. Folks attend this event, nation wide.
>>>Namely, ROD having mostly a CA/West Coast Focus and Impalafest having mostly a Texas focus. Count the license plates at the events and see where MOST of them are from (CA for RODarama, TX for Impalafest....easy majority in both cases). This isn't a bad thing (heck, the more Impala shows the
better!), but it IS reality!
ImpalaFest will always be invaded by it's own Texans. Texas is a HUGE state. But show/race winning cars from the other states are always here at ImpalaFest. And some
of them always walk away victorious! We got registrants from 17 other states as we speak.
I really hate writing a note like this, because somebody is gonna take it the wrong way. I'm not trying to step on any toes. But ImpalaFest being called a regional event by one of the most powerful voices in Impala World, I had to come out and correct that. Not for me,HOSS, or anybody, but for ImpalaFest as a show. So, if one choose to label Impala shows, ImpalaFest has been in the "label mix" of being a "national event" for the past 4 years. And REMEMBER,
this is no slam toward any event. I support and attend other national events all year long! I just wanna clarify to my best ability, that ImpalaFest was, is, and will continue to be a national event, until attendees "nation wide" stop attending.
And also REMEMBER, this is no slam toward my bud, Ed.
Ed and I talked about this "event" situation over the phone, before I thought about sending
out this LONG note<LOL>
National Event? Regional Event? Yo Mama's Event?
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