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Official 2012 G8/GTO Owners iNternational Event Meet Thread!

This is the official thread for the 2012 G8/GTO Owners iNterational Event. This year's event will take place in the Quad Cities in Illinois and Iowa from September 20-23. The host hotel will be most likely once again be the Isle of Capri Hotel and Casino in Bettendorf, IA.

This will be the 3rd year of the event. Last year we had over 70 cars at the event, including cars from as far away as California and Manitoba, Canada! Early check in will be Thursday night the 20th. We usually make a reservation and convoy to a local restaurant for dinner.

This year, on Friday the 21st we will be going to Cordova Dragway Park during the evening. As well as participatiing in that evening's test and tune, we will also have private track time for our group before the test and tune session opens to everyone else.

On Saturday the 22nd, we expect to again host a car show at the Isle of Capri Hotel. The past two years, we have been given access to the majority of the roof level of the car park to hold the car show. With enough registered cars, we would most likely be able to get the entire roof of the car park. There are several classes for G8s and GTOs alike, as well as guests who have other cars. Heck, I won the G8 guest modified trophy in the car show last year with my Silverado (My GTO was in the body shop :( ) There is a very nice hand drying car wash just a couple of miles from the hotel as well to get those road trip bugs off the front of your car!

Last year our sponsors were generous enough to donate some nice free parts that we raffled off; exhaust systems, pulleys, car detailing kits, etc. With a larger turnout this year (especially from the GTO community), we are hoping to attract even more and larger sponsors for this year's meet.

In previous years we have also done poker runs and scenic cruises. Based on feedback, we will most likely do some of the same events this year, too. The Quad Cities area has lots of great attractions. The casino is nice and has private rooms if you want to get a group together to play some poker. There is also the John Deere tractor factory and the Rock Island Arsenal, not to mention lots of sightseeing opportunities.

We're hoping to get over 100 cars regisistered this year. The talk is already to have next year's meet in Austin, TX during the Australian V8 Supercar Series at the new Circuit of the Americas. With a good enough turnout this year, we are hoping to get GM involved and possibly have a part of the meet during the race weekend at the track itself. But that is then, this is now. As commitments get made and things get locked in, I will update this thread.

If you would like to get in touch with the event organizer, he goes by bracketracer on www.g8board.com, or PM me and I can pass any info along.

If you want to look up info on the meet yourself, check out http://www.g8gone.com

Also, check out these videos I made about at last year's meet:

Trip to the Dragstrip:

Racing at Cordova:

The Car Show at the Hotel:
 

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I was planning on attending the v8 supercars next year in texas anyway so a meet would just be icing on the cake
 

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ill be going again this year im the red gto at the track with the green tape on it that got no traction. had wheel spin all the way to 3rd gear....lol. wont be that way this year.
 

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Registration is now open on the web site! If you are planning on attending, please make sure you make your hotel reservations early as our reserved block tends to fill up fast. If you're coming by yourself and are looking to save some money, pleaee check out the room sharing thread.
 

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Here is an itinerary of events for the meet:

Schedule of Events

09/20/12 Thu 4-6pm Early Registration (North Tower Lobby)
09/20/12 Thu 6:30pm Convoy to Early Bird Dinner (location TBD)
09/20/12 Thu 7:00pm Dinner upon arrival (Cost on your own)

09/21/12 Fri 9-11am Registration (North Tower Lobby)
09/21/12 Fri 11:30am Group Lunch @ Calypso's Buffet (Cost on your own)
09/21/12 Fri 1-3pm Registration (North Tower Lobby)
09/21/12 Fri 3:30pm Convoy to Cordova Dragway Park
09/21/12 Fri 5:00pm Private g8gone.com participants track rental hour
09/21/12 Fri 6pm-10pm Test-N-Tune night at Cordova Dragway

09/22/12 Sat 9-10am Car Show Registration
09/22/12 Sat 10am-1pm Car Show (All voting done & submitted by 12pm)
09/22/12 Sat 1:30pm Organize/line up for group cruise
09/22/12 Sat 2pm Group Cruise begins
09/22/12 Sat 6pm Tenative Troup Tailgate Dinner, Isle of Capri

09/23/12 Sun 10am Awards Ceremony & Raffle Drawings
09/23/12 Sun 11:30am Convoy to Pontiac Museum in Pontiac IL
 

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A group of us from the CHC will arrive on Thursday.
 

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Bump for some douche who thought it'd be funny to put a spam post in this section.
 

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Just a reminder to everyone that the early registration rate expires on July 31st. After that it goes up $10, so if you haven't registered yet, get it done soon!
 

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Rooms are filling up fast at the hotel. Reserve your room soon is you haven't already. WE have a code to get a group rate for the meet, it's IPG0912. The phone number to reserve your room is 1-800-843-4753.
 

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A little over two weeks to go till the meet. If you haven't registered yet, there's still time. There are still plenty of rooms left at the host hotel, and the temps seem to be dropping like they should. We should have good air at the dragstrip on Friday night. I still hope to see a lot of GTOs there.
 

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rear stubs on order should be ready for a good launch at the track
 
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