Happy New Year Carolina VCA Members and Enthusiasts, Though we have not identified new VCA Regional Leadership but with today being the first day of the NEW Year, I cannot think of a better way to place the drama that we have recently experienced behind us and look towards the future by focusing on the positive benefits of owning a Viper and being a member of the VCA. Let the healing begin, it’s time to rebuild. I have taken the opportunity to share a proposed and very preliminary schedule of events to seek your feedback on what type of events you would like to participate in, therefore, we can use this as a starting point and revise from here. Feel free to provide your input at [email protected] 2014 Carolina’s VCA Tentative Schedule Cars and Coffee: - Cary – First Saturday of the Month - Charlotte – First Saturday of the Month: http://forums.viperclub.org/threads/665374-Charlotte-Cars-amp-Coffee - Greenville – Fourth Saturday of the Month. - Others? Other possible activities for consideration: - I have made some contact over the past several months with a couple of Private Car Collectors that would be willing to share their collections with us. - Also, I have met a couple of race component manufacturers/engineers in the Charlotte area that would be willing to give us a tour of their facilities. - With weather always a concern for the first part of the year, we could schedule a lunch or two, where as if the weather is not good, we can still meet up. We could do a tour above and grab lunch? - Z-Max Dragway, April 11th-13th, if there is interest, I have met the staff at both tracks (Drag Strip and Speedway) and can arrange a behind the scenes tour of the facility. - John Mavridis (Virginia/Maryland VCA) felt that there may be another opportunity for the two regions to meet at VIR other than the ALMS event listed below. - Two local sports/exotic car clubs do regular track days and will welcome us along with their respective groups at Carolina Motorsports Park and VIR. I do plan to attend with one of the groups this spring. - Possibly an event to include the entire family such a picnic/cookout at a state park, maybe "Snakes at the Lake" or "Snakes in the Park" event? March 23rd - Saturday 10am-3pm , Tilted Kilt Charlotte All Mopar show (Muscle and Classics to Modern), I can only handle a car show, maybe twice a year and this show is one that you will want to attend. Registration is limited to 120, I attended last year and they fully registered all slots. Vipers get great treatment with preferred parking front and center and they always have great trophies. Judging Starting at 11:00am, Trophy’s at 3:00pm. Link from last year’s event, posts #14 and #15 from this thread: http://forums.viperclub.org/threads/665374-Charlotte-Cars-amp-Coffee April 12th – Saturday Mopars at the Rock, Rockingham, NC. Car Show, Swap Meet, and Drag Racing. Please find event flyer attached: http://www.rockinghamdragway.com/2014/mopars-at-the-rock/ May – Details to be determined later - Member Steve Burrows owns and operates the Performance Factory in Concord and will host a Viper Dyno Day- The Performance Factory invested in the BEST you can get in dyno technologies and houses an indoor in-ground SuperFlow AutoDyn 800 All Wheel Drive dynamometer. With 4 individual 42″ weighted rollers and separate eddy-brake system, their AWD dyno is ready for virtually any vehicle on the road today. They can dyno FWD, RWD, and AWD vehicles; and the fact that the front and rear rollers are coupled means that modern day vehicles speed and traction control sensors will not trigger error codes. http://www.performancefactory.us/ May 30 to June 1st – Tail of the Dragon trip. From my perspective one of the best Viper events I have ever participated with. I have attended the last 3 years and each year I have found it to be better than the previous year. Last year, participants from 10 states and Canada, no matter what club affiliation you have, the people you meet across the country make this event a must attend. Fantastic driving with 318 turns in 11 miles, good cruising roads with amazing scenery such as the Foothills Parkway and Cherohala Skyway and the Saturday evening parade through downtown Gatlinburg. Link attached from last year’s event: http://forums.viperclub.org/threads/662225-Tail-of-the-Dragon-Gatlinburg-Gathering-of-Vipers June 7th, Hot Rod Power Tour – I have always wanted to participate with the Power Tour and this year provides the perfect opportunity to do so. Starting in Charlotte, we could do three of the seven segments (Charlotte/Knoxville/ Charleston WV), as the distance from Charleston WV back to NC is less than 2 hours and into Charlotte is only 4 hours, factor the time from where you live from Charlotte. Though heavily attended by the Vette crowd, this year’s route offers the best opportunity to participate if you want to do just a few days. Or, if there is interest in doing a longer run, we could attend Norwalk on Day 4 and make the run back to the Carolinas. I have attached the link for your reference: http://powertour.net/04_community_05_tour_2014/04_community_05_tour_2014_intro.html August 23rd – American Lemans Series at Virginia International Raceway. I have spoken to John Mavridis, President of the Virginia/Maryland Viper Club which is our neighboring club to the north and we will work towards planning a joint event with the Virginia/Maryland Region at VIR. http://www.alms.com/articles/continental-tire-sportscar-challenge-sets-2014-schedule September – TBD – Viper Owners Invitational 13, VOI is in the planning stages and information will be forthcoming. October- Date to be determined. I would like to continue to participate in this event preferably with the other club or if we are unable to do so, begin a new tradition for the Carolina’s VCA region to host a Viper event at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. This will be a weekend event and after this past year, definitely not an event you would want to miss. Last year’s event link attached: http://forums.viperclub.org/threads...-–-Vipers-slither-to-Biltmore!!!-Asheville-NC November – TBD possibly Saturday the 15th or 22nd – Continue the tradition of years past with our Annual Holiday Dinner. We will work through the details later in the year.