OUR PASSION IS CARS, BIKES, AND CAR EVENTS!
Below is a brief history and time line showing our growth from events of a hundred people or less to events visited by thousands.
Activities must begin with doing things you love. Just a love for something, however, is still not enough. With the zeal, you must add experience and perserverance. Any success comes with a lot of work.
My passion for motorcycles led me into developing several shows.
"Bike Day" followed by "Bikes, Bands and BBQ", were the first events I organized back in 2005. The first event drew around 80 bikes, the second at least 100 bikes. There was no budget on the first event. We even had three really good bands play for just tips. The second event was done for less than a thousand dollars. The "Bike Day" event was originally a part of the old NKCMA motorcycle association. I learned a great deal from these events and wanted to include cars in future events.
Our first car/truck event.
Our motorcycle and car clubs grew and in 2006, we decided to have a car/truck/motorcycle event. It was a learning experience.
The big event in August of 2005.
The July 2008 event has been our largest event yet. It was quite a walk from front to back!
The key to doing events is promotion, organization, and management. With out these elements, you will significantly limit the potential of your show!
As we continued to promote shows, our leadership team grew to include people with more experience and knowledge about events that I did.
As our numbers grew, people with experience joined us. First, Dave Harris joined our team. He has decades of experience with big shows including the Pennsylvania "Coors Classic" events. Next, Harley Eldreth joined our group. He was a racer and Hot Rodder with years of experience with shows. Many others have helped over the years.
Below is the 2007 Vineyard Grand Classic show. After that event we helped organize the Gladstone, Gladfest car show..
This years VGC was lots of fun. We had around 1,500 attendees and around 240-250 cars. One visitor stopped me and said, "There are so many nice cars that I can't even count the $100,000 vehicles on my fingers and toes!