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 #334847  by First Lady
 July 16th, 2014, 10:14 am
Wow, that was certainly a Carlisle for the books! The clubs 13th year attending this meet did not disappoint and proved to be a bit superstitious! A huge turnout of cars and members found the 300Ms taking up an entire section of the showfield and looking great!

It all started on Thursday as members began to arrive at the hotel. A late lunch found us at OUR table at Dockside Willies and then off to do some shopping. Parking lot shenanigans commenced as the group grew and our car family gathered. It's like the group couldn't wait to hang out and Saturday night was just too long away. As John said, THIS is the meet, that thing we go do during the day is a car show. While preemptive, who would have known this would be it! The final group turned in about 2:30am and rose early to get to the showfield on Friday!

Friday morning was the typical arrival at the snowfield jockey for spots, set up the tables and chairs, and get settled in for the weekend. It was a hot and humid day challenging everyone to stay hydrated. A huge surprise of Dave, Cindy, Groom-M and Bride-M arrived and were welcomed with open arms!

Friday night found the group in the parking lot where else would we be?! and addressing the cars. There were mirror changes, headlight changes, light installations, and all sorts of other mods being done. Though a lot got done, it was an early night.

Saturday started with the O-dark-thirty group headed to the showfield and a yummy breakfast. Sporting our "Keep Calm and Mod On" t-shirts, it was another hot one for sure with temperatures reaching 90 and high humidity. Final car prep and rubbin got all 30 cars in attendance looking good and ready for judging. Bob and Keith spent much of the day using a detailed judging sheet to evaluate each car. Here starts the rollercoaster! Poor Evan, Brian's son, had a terrible stomach bug which found him in the hospital to ensure nothing more serious! During lunch prep, Colleen, Bill's wife accidentally spilled hot water down the front of her legs receiving 1st and 2nd degree burns! She too landed in the emergency room to get the burns looked at and some pain medicine. The afternoon spotted Ralph Gilles, an influential designed of the interior of our car! A few even landed signatures on various parts to be displayed in their rides!

As the group gathered to head to our annual club dinner at the Fire House, it came to our attention that there might be some complications with the reservation. Upon arriving the restaurant the group manager did pull Keith and Lindsey aside to take full responsibility for the mix up, express his professional embarrassment, and apologies for dropping the ball with our group reservation. While the group again missed out on duckcakes (whimper!!) it was amazing to have such a large gathering of family 60 people for dinner!! Raffles, 50-50, and club awards were announced. Congratulations to all!

As the group left the restaurant and gathered at the hotel for the 4th annual sight and sound competition, our family experienced a final scare. While leaving the liquor store with Stan and Tyler, Bobby had a seizure and was taken to the ER. Yes, that's the 3rd trip to the ER in one day, and yes, Saturday night was the Super Moon! For not having a plan in place the group handled this emergency amazingly! As a small group gathered in Bobby's room at the hospital as he underwent tests, they were able to give the group at the hotel updates and offer great support. It seemed like hours went by while the crowd at the hotel muddled through a sight and sound competition and cake. As an exhausted group trickled off to bed, a few remained in the parking lot awaiting good news of Bobby's discharge. At 2am this news came and the welcoming committee anxiously waited for the cars to pull in! Funny how when they arrived, besides the huge hugs that were given, the group only wanted one thing - ice cream! They settled for some cake and headed to bed shortly after. While they weren't the typical shenanigans of Saturday, they were certainly shenanigans!

By Sunday morning the group was looking a bit ragged but was energized by the showfield winners! Sunday is always the worst as the group dwindles and we have to say our see you laters. The parade was small this year as the heat and threats of rain scared many away. Justin, William and Craig represented!! Most members were on the road by early afternoon to head home if they weren't staying the night.

A true testament of what this group really is, a car family who is there for you no matter what! I think Bill put it in perspective quite well on Saturday - this is a group of people we each met on the internet. A scary thought at first, but I'm so thankful to have become a part of this family and this crazy thing we do! From all walks of life, varying backgrounds, wide ages, states and countries worldwide, the 300M has brought us together and the character, personality, and amazing people has all made it work!

Many, many thanks to all who attended - it was an amazing turnout! Endless thanks to those who cooked and baked, brought coolers, transported goods, offered help over and over again and supported each other through some tough times. It is a true group effort and could not happen without the efforts of all!

Patient Update: Evan is feeling MUCH better and happy to have that behind him!! Colleen continues to heal nicely and is looking forward for them to be completely gone!! Bobby has been seen by his PCP and told he can resume his normal activity!!

Thanks again everyone, can't believe it's over for another year! See you all July 2015 if not in OC this October!! Love to you all!
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 #334848  by M-Pressive
 July 16th, 2014, 10:22 am
I would just like to add a personal thank you to everyone as well! It was a very busy weekend full of fun, friends and a few surprises. It had some challenges but if you told me I needed to do it all over again next weekend for the group I would say yes in a heartbeat.

It was a challenging day for Lindsey on Sunday because she found out a family friend had passed away. I am thankful for the group that rallied together to get the food served to the group while Lindsey was dealing with the terrible news. She continued to focus on getting things done for the club which is a tribute to how dedicated she is.

Thanks to all that came!!! Those that missed it should really consider coming next year, I preach about this car meet for most of the year and the skeptics will tell you it is a show. I am sure each and every person that attended this year for the first time views this meet as much more then just a show.

Mark your calendars for Carlisle 2015! Lets top the 60 person count we had at dinner on Saturday night and the 38 total registered car numbers! I am up for it, ARE YOU????
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 #334872  by mabraham
 July 16th, 2014, 4:56 pm
Thanks for the recap Lindsey. I was concerned when I found out about the ER visits, and I am glad everyone is ok.
This club really is a great group of caring people, and our actions do reflect it when crises arise.

I thought Ralph Gilles was mainly involved with the LX platform and had no idea he helped design the interior of the 300m. He must have felt honored to see some of the immaculate interiors, quality mods, appreciation of the design, and dedication to the LH platform shown forth by our club. I really wish I could have been in attendance.
 #334932  by BossSlate
 July 18th, 2014, 9:00 am
Nice recap Lindsey.I also want to add my thoughts.First off, I hope all who had to make ER visits are doing well now. Best wishes to Colleen,Evan and Bobby.I didn't know about Evan and Colleen,But I knew about Bobby, and was glad to see him on the showfield Sunday where he gave me a quick recap of what happened the previous night.I want to thank Lindsey,(for ALL you do and ALWAYS with a smile),Keith,(for driving and taking care of my Special I had no doubts leaving it in your hands),Bob Day (why do I have to say his whole name?,For help keeping my cars on the road and babysitting when needed),Alan,(August 9th right?)Rachel (thanks for the ride back to the hotel),Ryan(for the ideas) Justin(for that Midwestern humbleness and his attention to detail ),Mike thanks for the ride to the Firehouse (nice sounds in AND out the car),Bill (thanks for the Sam Adams) and Cindy for that KILLA hug.This woman knows a thing or two about hugging (lol),Rob and Trish for repping "the bouroughs".And to everyone else who showed love.I'm always late ,but I plan on getting there by Friday next year.Those who didn't make it this year (especially those in the northeast....GET YOUR ASSES DOWN THERE NEXT YEAR...even if just for the Saturday. And the ideas keep coming
 #334943  by BigMike60
 July 18th, 2014, 1:38 pm
Sorry the wife's medical issues made me miss it this year, but the good news is that the Carlisle people
gave me a credit toward next year's show. So, absent other issues, I plan on being there.
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 #334953  by Sonicrob
 July 18th, 2014, 7:19 pm
BossSlate wrote:Nice recap Lindsey.I also want to add my thoughts.First off, I hope all who had to make ER visits are doing well now. Best wishes to Colleen,Evan and Bobby.I didn't know about Evan and Colleen,But I knew about Bobby, and was glad to see him on the showfield Sunday where he gave me a quick recap of what happened the previous night.I want to thank Lindsey,(for ALL you do and ALWAYS with a smile),Keith,(for driving and taking care of my Special I had no doubts leaving it in your hands),Bob Day (why do I have to say his whole name?,For help keeping my cars on the road and babysitting when needed),Alan,(August 9th right?)Rachel (thanks for the ride back to the hotel),Ryan(for the ideas) Justin(for that Midwestern humbleness and his attention to detail ),Mike thanks for the ride to the Firehouse (nice sounds in AND out the car),Bill (thanks for the Sam Adams) and Cindy for that KILLA hug.This woman knows a thing or two about hugging (lol),Rob and Trish for repping "the bouroughs".And to everyone else who showed love.I'm always late ,but I plan on getting there by Friday next year.Those who didn't make it this year (especially those in the northeast....GET YOUR ASSES DOWN THERE NEXT YEAR...even if just for the Saturday. And the ideas keep coming

Well hopefully Trish will rep the boroughs soon as she flew in all the way from Utah "long distance relationships are rough :( ". But yeah, it's always awesome seeing a familiar face along with some new ones! Glad you had fun because I most certainly did! See ya soon patrick! And count me in for Carlisle 2015!
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 #334970  by Goofys M
 July 19th, 2014, 6:25 am
Lindsay always does a great summary of the events at Carlisle. Maybe she should write a book about Carlisle? Oh yeah, the shenanigans that happen in Carlisle stay in Carlisle..... :lol: Dave and I were so glad we decided to come at the last minute to the meet. It is so much fun and yes its great to see the family. It takes a special couple to be able to pull off such a large meet so smoothly. I would like to say to all the newbie's how much we enjoyed meeting you and watching you get your cars ready for the judging. Since we thought we weren't coming, Goofy didn't get a bath and polishing. Next year he will shine like a new penny. If I didn't get to all of you to say hi and spend time with you, shame on me. I am so glad you decided to join the club and all its activities. Now you know what it is all about and its a lot of fun and to join into the interactions of truly a wonderful group. To all the oldies but goodies....lol....thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for such a wonderful loving welcome. We were so excited driving in and when we were greeted with such fanfare, our hearts could have burst. Even Mr. and Mrs M 'to be' were excited. We will see some of you in Ocean City, and yes, we have fun there too so come on down. We will see all again in Carlisle 2015. Hugs to all from the Goofy couple.
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 #334972  by FIREM
 July 19th, 2014, 8:02 am
AH Yes, the highlight recap can only describe so much of the event. Thank You All for the additions to the Memory Bank of club events. Everyone in attendance and even those that did not make it were remembered. I guess in retrospect the unintended "Thursday Evening Festivities" actually were worth it in the end. Although the late night "reach out and touch someone" was limited was and is part of a meet to keep us all together.
It is a privilege and an honor to be part of this group and often called by "both names"
Kind of missed out on costume this year (should have worn my doctors scrubs) but I do have a plan for 2015.
Great to see and hug all....
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 #335077  by mopar39426ml
 July 21st, 2014, 12:52 am
It was great to meet everyone and after all the fun I had I'm DEFINITELY going back for Carlisle 2015! Heck, I'll try to make it to Ocean City.

Maybe Ralph Gilles will show up again next year and THEN I can have him sign my car! Why'd I have to miss him! Lol
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 #335090  by beespecial
 July 21st, 2014, 8:21 am
One of the great things about Carlisle for me is the afterglow. For days after I arrive home I keep thinking back to being there and anticipating the recap and all the comments from everyone in attendance. This years meet absolutely did NOT disappoint. The only dark spots on the weekend was the hospital visits and obviously no one would have missed them if they didn't happen but those events are now part of the Carlisle lore. Next year we'll look back on that and say "Let's not do that again!". I was happy to help out a new member and escort her to the meet and I'm still amazed that her little 2.5 year old rode in the car all that time without going nuts. Being the IndyCar fan that I am (and Bob also), flying the IMS flag over Carlisle was special for me. Thank you Bob for the space on the flagpole. The way our attendance is growing the event organizers are going to be forced to give us special recognition if we keep going the way we are. Hope we can set another attendance record next year. Now the Firehouse Restaurant. Not sure the feelings of others but I feel that they rebounded pretty well. Handling a crowd of 60 people isn't easy on a good day. The only problem I saw was that our table had to ask for our checks multiple times. I hope it wasn't any worse for anyone else. I'm also glad Lindsey didn't need my expletive-laced oratory skills to deal with the manager of the restaurant to get our reservation back. Once a year of that is enough. :oops: When I departed early Sunday morning I took a look at the parking lot full of gorgeous Ms and Treps. Simply amazing! I love hanging with all of you. My trip home was mostly uneventful. Only had one incident of some rain and that lasted all of 15 seconds. It was like driving through a waterfall. Dumped like crazy and then it was gone. I arrived home at 3:15, took a shower and then promptly left for the Zac Brown Band concert. (Great show by the way. I highly recommend) Managed to get home from the show by 11:30. What a long day. It all caught up to me on Monday afternoon/evening. I was in bed at 8:30pm an hour and a half before the sun set. Now a week later I think I'm finally getting back to normal. I'm ready to do it all over again. Definitely will be seeing you all again next year.
 #335614  by trepnician
 August 1st, 2014, 11:07 pm
Great recap. The most important thing through the mishaps is that everyone got home safe and is OK. It was fantastic to see everyone once again. Everyone's car looked great. Congrats to everyone who won an award, I sincerely would NOT want to have Keith and the judges job of deciding winners because every car in this group is amazing in its own way. It was truely an honor to come back after a year away and place in my class along side Will who has become one of my best friends over the years. So I thank everyone who voted for us. I'm sure I can say on behalf of the intrepid crew that we once again are thankful for the 300m club's support and including us in with your clubs activities.