This isnt realy off topic, so i didnt want to put it in the lounge. it has everything to do with the Mazda 3. And I dont know if it has been discussed already.
Anyways, i didnt look(maybe I should have), but i was wondering what the possibilities were of ever having a countrywide Mazda 3 meet. I know some of you who read this may think that its a long shot and could never happen. I know there is a whole lot of things that would have to be discussed and set up in order for this to happen, but my point is that it could.
There are thousands of proud owners of Mazdas out there, and everyone loves a good meet. My experience with even small size meets are great, so why can't we just do it on a grander scale. Let me share this with you...
A freind of mines father was always a fan of Nissan's. He had a Sentra XE which got passed down to my freind. His father then bought a Sentra SE. We loved that car. My freind went on to mod his XE, Then bought a 91 SE-R, and later a 93. He then got his dads 98 SE. During this time i fell in love with that platform and went and bought a 97 200sx SE-R. Throughout our ownerships, the three of us were members of SE-r.net, which is a community similar to this one, and we also became members of SERCA(se-r club of america). These two groups of people came together every year and still are to this day once a year, having countrywide meets. The last one i was able to attend was in 2001, and let me tell you it was one of the best times i had ever had since I started driving. This particular event was held in/around Washington D.C. We stayed at an embassy Suites hotell for 2 nights and 3 days(got excellent group rates because of the large turnout). On one day we had a picnic/car show/ raffle, which lasted all day, another day was a track event which we had reserved a road course to ourselves at Summit Point raceway, and the next day was a autocross event and class and a dinner that lasted all dayand night. When we had free time the hotels shutle gave us rides into and from the city. Im not gonna go real deep into all the fun we had, but ill tell you it started when we arrived at the hotel to an open bar
. The raffles were sponsored, and lots of cool stuff was given away. We even had tshirts made to remember the occasion(just wore it the other day!) We also had a little time to tinker with our cars. We were the first group other than that years Detroit auto show to see the first run of the brand new Sentra SE-R.
It was great to meet and hang out with and drive with a lot of cool people that before that weekend I had never even met. Some of you might know the name Mike Kojima. hes a writier for Sport Compact Car magazine, and also a Nissan lover, and full time Nissan Engineer. I had the priviledge of sitting shotgun while he drove around Summit Point and listened to his pointers, and then we switched seats. to me it doesnt get much better than that. And he came all the way from California to hang out with a bunch of people he'd never met before.(he also got drunk at the hotel andwas doing cartwheels and was touching(or trying to) his foot to his nose.
All im saying is, you cant imagine how much fun it is until it happens, it it is definately possible. All it takes is a little time and commitment.