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      02-19-2012, 10:35 AM   #1
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Hunt Valley Cars & Coffee - Planning Thread

Here are the early specs...

First meet - Saturday, March 31 from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Frequency - Every Saturday (barring major holidays and extreme weather) UPDATED
Location - Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Best Buy and Caribou Coffee parking lot

This morning I had a meeting with Les Nixon, the manager of Caribou Coffee, and he was very excited. I gave him the background of other similar meets and our general expectations. We also discussed the relative void of a larger C&C in this region -- with the closest larger meet being 40 miles away and the local meet being very small -- and the desire to bring exposure to his business and others in the HVTC.

He'll regularly provide gift certificates and I'll work with the other outlets to gather more. Spa in the Valley will certainly work well with me since I have one of their massage therapists on my staff. I also have a good relationship with Dick's Sporting Goods. Calvert Wine and Spirits will be involved and I'd imagine Best Buy will be as well due to their prominent location. There's a reasonable selection of upscale shopping so I'll work with them as well as Subway, Regal Cinema, Sears Auto, etc.

For advertising, a flyer will be spread through the sports car, luxury, exotic and classic car websites. I have a basic flyer that I made yesterday but its limited by the 10 minutes of creation time and my amateur Photoshop ability. If anyone can bring their great graphical talents to this task, your assistance is mightily appreciated. Also, while I have a list of top auto websites, suggestions are welcome.

The ball is rolling. Spread the word. With all of the steeplechase action in northern Baltimore County, its time for our brand of horsepower. Assistance and advice are appreciated. More news will be posted here as it develops.

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UPDATE: Just in case you have been linked to this thread from another site, I'll break the thread timeline to show you the most recent flyer.



As referenced in the thread opener, here's my amateur flyer...



I had received one question about the location of the Cars & Coffee title bar. The idea was to have the text body centered in relation to the car. The title bar's left indent nearly matches the right indent of the text body. Its a general offset to counter the offset of the file photo.

Graphical arts naturally isn't my cup of coffee (or tea) so all assistance is appreciated.

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Cars & Coffee at Hunt Valley Town Center

Thanks Will for taking the led on this new meet. What a great location, just off I-83.
The Hunt Valley Towne Centre is located six miles north of I695 on Shawan Road between I83 and York Road.

118 Shawan Road Hunt Valley, MD 21030
http://www.shophuntvalley.com/index.php

I can't wait to start out this early Spring with a new local meet, and see some awesome different cars. Bring both Stock, and Modded. Antique and New.
Who else is coming ?
Wow, this place can hold 300 cars. Bring it on, and pass it on.


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      02-19-2012, 01:11 PM   #4
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Your enthusiasm is infectious. Room for 300 cars means that all will be free of door impacts. The vendors have been very receptive to the gathering. Chik-fil-A may be added to the list above. Love the chicken.
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The Drive To and From.

I forgot to mention that the drive to and from the meet can be fun for All directions.
From the south: Take Falls Rd.
From the north: Drive down York Rd.
From the east: Paper Mill Rd.
From the west is the best: Shawan Rd. Werthington Valley, i.e. Horse Country,
and say Hi to Cal Ripkin for me. He's a Harford County local.
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Nice. Just down the road where where I am! Am in for sure
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New to the area, but looking forward to meeting some fellow enthusiasts. See y'all on the 31st of March!
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i am in for the 31st!!
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i was bored at work nothing special but for march 31st

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In in for these... i work right across the street
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Nice. Just down the road where where I am! Am in for sure
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New to the area, but looking forward to meeting some fellow enthusiasts. See y'all on the 31st of March!
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Sounds cool, look forward to making it out!
EngineCo52, thank you for the graphical inspiration. Its good to see a new style.

It'll be great to see some new faces and some new cars. Be sure to sign up in the meet thread linked here. If you are using Facebook, sign up here and spread the word. Thank you everyone.
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How about some night meets?
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How about some night meets?
That option should be investigated. Take the bull by the horns. Right now, its about the A.M.
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EngineCo52, thank you for the graphical inspiration. Its good to see a new style.

It'll be great to see some new faces and some new cars. Be sure to sign up in the meet thread linked here. If you are using Facebook, sign up here and spread the word. Thank you everyone.
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Awesome! I live right down Shawan and I am in Hunt Valley all the time, just had dinner there. Our dealership, I am sure, would love to be a sponsor. We could bring some cars too... my car, a few M3's, few Evo's and maybe a couple Aston's, possibly a Ferrari and a dozen Porsche's
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Awesome! I live right down Shawan and I am in Hunt Valley all the time, just had dinner there. Our dealership, I am sure, would love to be a sponsor. We could bring some cars too... my car, a few M3's, few Evo's and maybe a couple Aston's, possibly a Ferrari and a dozen Porsche's
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AWESOME !!!

This would be AWESOME !!
Just the response we are looking for.
Can you print out the flyer and post it at the dealership?
Arena has a good reputation in the sport car community.
Do you have any contacts with any local car clubs?
Thanks for your response AMDude.



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Awesome! I live right down Shawan and I am in Hunt Valley all the time, just had dinner there. Our dealership, I am sure, would love to be a sponsor. We could bring some cars too... my car, a few M3's, few Evo's and maybe a couple Aston's, possibly a Ferrari and a dozen Porsche's
AMD, welcome! How's that for luck on location? Transporting over 15-20 cars may require transporters. Be on the lookout for a few requests if needed. In regards to sponsorship, I'll make sure that the Hunt Valley Towne Centre (HVTC) management is on the same page in respect to the presence of the dealership's vehicles and staff. It would be great to have a conversation with representatives from your company so we can understand the scope. Send me a PM with contact information and any early specs so we can get the process started. Thank you for the interest.

As Dave (spydeputy) mentioned, the flyer is open for distribution but there may be slight format updates over time. Consider it Flyer #001. Very rare.

With the prospect of increased numbers and increased horsepower, I must announce that it is our best interest to respect the HVTC grounds to the fullest extent. Burnouts are prohibited. Of course, contain your coffee cups and share the love with Caribou Coffee. They'll be open at 6 a.m. on Saturday.

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Sounds cool. The guys on F-Chat tried to start a Hunt Valley C&C at The Filling Station on York Rd but it died off at the end of last year.
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old C & C

Will was going to look them up, might be a few left. He was going to make sure that they knew they were invited.
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Will was going to look them up, might be a few left. He was going to make sure that they knew they were invited.
Prior to setting up this meet, I researched the Filling Station meet on 6speed and a few other sites and I gained the impression that action had come to an end in October. When I get the official message for all sites squared away (March 3-4), I'll be sure to share the word at F-Chat and others involved.

The Filling Station is a very cool spot. To bring more cars into the fold, it was worthy to investigate what the HVTC has to offer.
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