This subforum will focus on the 2013 GTO Owners iNternational Event Meet and associated events.
I want to bring everyone up to speed about the 2013 G.O.N.E meet in Bettendorf, IA. This is going to be the 4th year for the meet, and we have some new things planned for this year.
When: September 19th-22nd
Where: Bettendorf, IA at the Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino
Why: Because it's fun!
What: Bring yourself and a GTO or a G8 (or a Chevy SS if you're lucky enough to get one)
For this year, we will as we have in previous years be drag racing at Cordova on Friday and hosting a car show on Saturday with awards handed out at both events. A banquet and awards ceremony will be held Sunday morning. There will also be drawings for sponsor donated prizes and a 50/50 raffle. But we're going to try some new things. The biggest being for the first time, we are going to try and include a track day as part of the meet.
On Wednesday, September 18th, Blackhawk Farms Raceway, which is just north of Rockford, IL on the IL/WI border, will be hosting a track day. I have spoken to the track about this event. Registration for the track day is $225, but if we can get a group of 15 GTOs and G8s together in a group, we will get a $25 discount per person on the entry fee. It is a proper, professionally run event hosted by BFR themselves with professional drivers on hand for instruction and ride alongs including classroom sessions for those interested. As of now, it is not an official part of the event, but if enough interest is generated, it will quickly become an official part of it. More information about the track day can be found here:
I will be organizing the track day event, so if you have any questions, please ask and I'll do my best to answer them.
There is also talk about attempting to break a certified Guiness World Record that was recently set by our friends in Australia. More on that as it develops...
As in the past 3 years, the official hotel for the meet will be the Isle of Capri and blocks of rooms will be reserved with a discounted rate. Also, we will have the top floor of the parking ramp reserved for us to park on and for the car show. For the drag racing at Cordova, we will have at least one hour of track time reserved just for us, we are trying to get that expanded this year to 2 hours. Last year's turnout made a strong case for that, a larger turnout this year will guarantee it!
If you are a vendor, we are always looking for sponsors for the meet who are willing to contribute either monetarily or with donations of parts that will be raffled off. Let me know if you would be interested in being involved in some way.
Finally, if you attended the meet last year, please post and share your experience. Last year we had 9 GTOs at the meet. I want to see a whole lot more this year! Registration for the meet will probably open sometime in May. When it does you will be able to register at: