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#308290 - July 15th 2009 3:21 pm How bout some ideas?
Superbeast Offline


Registered: October 25th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 28121
Loc: Dayton, New Jersey, U.S.A.
Been thinking about this for a bit. Since the Nats were last week and I'm already missing them I have been thinking of a couple things.

There was a questioner (survey) going around the Nats about ideas for the Nationals Board. One of the questions was how long would you like the Nats to last.

My first answer was forever, but I knew that wouldn't work. Then I though a full week would be nice too.

Then..... The last couple days I have been thinking what about if there were 2 National Truckin's a year? A summer Nationals in July like now and a Winter Nationals. Winter would be best if it were held in the South so as to be a bit warmer for everyone.

I realize it would be a lot of work and it may be difficult for club/councils, etc. to do a full blown Nats, but maybe a downsized one for the Winter Nationals. Maybe like less van classes or trophies in the show and shine, only a couple bands, or vanners jamming, etc.

What do you guys think?

PS: Nats Board comments welcome as well!!!!!
Ken Schwarz
Tricky Truckers, N.J.
Van Clan Plus One, Canada
Manse Vans, Finland
Rebel Vanners, N.J. "USA"
Toopa Sinner Tribe, N.C.

"Coolness ALWAYS trumps comfort"

#308321 - July 15th 2009 4:23 pm Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: Superbeast]
NateNCBV Offline


Registered: August 23rd 2005 12:00 pm
Posts: 20415
Loc: Brooklyn Park, Maryland, USA
Two Nats a year would be cool but it's easy to spend other peoples money. grin

If it does come to fruition (big word for the day), the first Nats should be moved to May or June, then the second Nats either Sept or October.

That my 2%
Nate Breece
North Chesapeake Bay Vans
1994 Dodge B250 Elk Conversion (5.2L/A518)
2008 Dodge Caravan (3.8L)

#308333 - July 15th 2009 4:52 pm Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: NateNCBV]
vanatic05 Offline


Registered: June 02nd 2005 12:00 pm
Posts: 5148
Loc: Auburn IL
Hmmm interesting idea.. I would go for that especially going south in winter grin
Darrin Bentley
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Director: Vanatics Van Club
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#308356 - July 15th 2009 6:21 pm Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: vanatic05]
on the road Offline

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Registered: February 14th 2007 8:31 pm
Posts: 6259
Loc: Western suburbs of Chicago
Interesting...would that take the shine off the original nats? I have always referred to the c of c as the winter nationals-the vibe is the same, just no vans...On the other hand I couold spend Christmas break at Sunshine Key without much of a struggle!

Edited by on the road (July 15th 2009 6:22 pm)
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First van event-a hall party...March, 1974...ain't been right since!!!!!

#308359 - July 15th 2009 6:28 pm Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: on the road]
67Econo Guy Offline

Registered: March 27th 2005 12:00 pm
Posts: 1936
Loc: Pittsburgh
never been to a Cof C, but I think like Howard.

#308367 - July 15th 2009 6:42 pm Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: 67Econo Guy]
Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!! Offline

Registered: June 10th 2003 12:00 pm
Posts: 12709
Loc: Burlington, On, Canada Eh !!!!
Wow ! 2 Natz a year ? That may cut in to my vanning schedule a bit angel

There are already eVANts in almost every month except December....

Some planning is right as to not step on, but rather, expand one of those eVANt's...

Also Winter Natz WILL limit the northerners from coming down, as salt is murder on vans, already skating around on ice over the mountain chains running east and west through PA for example... I just drove the North/South routes this year, and had snow as south as Charlotte, and freezing weather into Florida itself ......

The vision of Dreamweaver showing up with tire chains and snow tires all around comes to mind, as Guy is not afraid to drive it anywhere at anytime !!!

My cousin has purchased an old 40 acre campground outside New Orleans, and that may be a possible venue. It will already come with 20 or so Louisiana vans that show up 3 times a year there already smile

It may be a fly , rent and drive eVANt, but hey, I like that better than hotel parties anyways......

Sorry for the length of this, but I wanted all my thoughts out there while I was still sober cheers
I don't need to be honoured by Vanning, I am honoured to be Vanning !
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I hate it, when real life interferes with Vanning !
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#308457 - July 16th 2009 12:57 am Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!]
BvrWally Offline
Wood Carver, Supreme

Registered: December 29th 2000 12:00 pm
Posts: 2624
Loc: Earlyville,Ohio,USA
You sober....Naw! JK lol smile

#308461 - July 16th 2009 1:48 am Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: BvrWally]
yankeedan Offline

Registered: February 11th 2003 12:00 pm
Posts: 193
Loc: Charleston, SC
GSVR is set for October 2-4 in Cherokee North Carolina.

Come on down! Good run before those snow flakes start appearing up North..
Check out the calendar for details

#308797 - July 16th 2009 10:34 pm Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: yankeedan]
Lordmodelbuilder Offline


Registered: February 24th 2001 12:00 pm
Posts: 3051
Loc: Insane Asylum
Personally, I hope the Nats continues on for at least another 20 years. I know that's asking alot.
As for doing it more than once a year, I think not.
The Nats is a special event meant to bring all vans & vanners together for a great celebration. Keeping it to once a year would preserve this.
Just my 2%. What do I know anyways,Brad

PS, Doc's place in New Orleans could be a great place to have another van evant.

Edited by Lordmodelbuilder (July 16th 2009 10:37 pm)

#308834 - July 17th 2009 6:56 am Re: How bout some ideas? [Re: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!]
Lil_Ed Offline
P.R. Wisconsin Van Council

Registered: March 16th 2004 12:00 pm
Posts: 1856
Loc: Kenosha, Wisconsin
Originally Posted By: Doc 2% of Canada, EH!!!!
There are already eVANts in almost every month except September....

Thats not true DOC, we have a run in Wisconsin third weekend in Sept hosted by Bar City Vans in LaCrosse.

I also think a winter Nats would take away from Council of Councils, I consider that my winter Nats.

Also I think you would take numbers away by holding two Nats

Edited by Lil_Ed (July 17th 2009 6:58 am)

Ed Lil' Ed Gray
Co-Chair 40th Van Naionals
P.R. - Wisconsin Van Council
President - County Line Vans

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