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4th Annual CruzeTalk Lordstown Meet 2016

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Date and Time
May 20th and 21st, 2016

Warren, OH at the Lordstown Cruze Assembly Plant

Age Limit
Age limit to enter the plant will be at least 10 years old.

What to Bring

  • Money for Food the night before the meet, the night of the meet, and if you are staying, the night after the meet
  • Cash for tolls. Some of the driving to the plant will likely be on the turnpike, so bring some extra cash for that.
  • Money for a car wash. It's a car meet; you'll want those bugs off your front end and your car looking presentable.
  • Comfortable, flat-bottomed, closed-toed shoes.
  • A printed map from the hotel to the Lordstown plant, a GPS, or a GPS-enabled smartphone.
  • My phone number in your phone. I will send this out in a mass e-mail before the meet.
  • Cash for food vendors at the auto show.

Planned Attendees: 103
CT MemberPlus
hot red car
Sunline Fan1

obermd - if your CT handle is in bold I didn't see it while scanning this thread.

Volunteers: 7
Sunline Fan

Hotel Accommodations

Rules and Disclaimers
Since there are more people going than there were last year, this section has become necessary. Consider this the "fine print." This will probably not apply to anyone, but I'm including it to cover my ass.

  1. We are adults, so at the meet, act like an adult. This wasn't a problem last year, but I feel that it is worth mentioning. Do not pick a fight with someone, do not pull a stupid stunt that gets you and/or someone else in trouble, etc. Use some sense and it will be an awesome meet.
  2. The CruzeTalk staff reserves the right to remove you from the list. Since we will likely have a limited number of slots due to tour size limitations (we split up the group in two last time even), do not be that guy who shows up uninvited. If you are banned from CruzeTalk, you aren't getting a slot. If were banned or received an infraction in the last 3 months, you may not be given a slot. I don't expect this to be a problem, but it is worth mentioning nonetheless.
  3. When we travel from the hotel to the plant and anywhere else we go as a group, please don't be "that guy" who gets himself lost by going the wrong way. Do not try to race on the highway, do not get "out of formation" unless you are a designated photographer. I'm not trying to be a hard ass here, but with a group of 40 cars, it will all be a lot easier if we all stick together, and the pictures and videos will turn out a lot better if we all stick to the same formation. While traveling, we will have our hazard lights on so we know where we are. We will designate one driver up front and one driver in the back, who will be communicating to make sure we have everyone together.
  4. Slots are first come, first serve. You will be required to respond to roll calls in a timely fashion to keep your slot. Due to the high interest in this meet, we will most likely not have any reserve slots available.


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Discussion Starter · #2 · (Edited)
Schedule of Events & Extra Activities

Planned schedule as it pertains to the Lordstown plant and sponsoring UAW 1112 (we will have other activities on our own afterward) is as follows:

Thursday - Members arriving
8:00: Dinner at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, 5550 Interstate Boulevard, Austintown, OH 44515

Friday - Public open house to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the East Wing of the Lordstown Assembly Plant.
- SAFETY NOTICE: Closed toes shoes are required. All other protective equipment will be provided. No children under the age of 10. Tour lasts 45 minutes and consists of walking in plant where the warm weather affects inside temperatures. People with heart and respiratory problems should use caution.

7:30: Arrive at Ice House Inn - 5516 W Webb Rd, Austintown, OH 44515
8:00: Name tags, meet & greet
9:00: Depart Ice House Inn
9:30: Arrive at Lordstown Assembly Plant
12:00 - Lunch
1:00: Drive to Lordstown Parks Department - 6001 tod Ave SW, Warren, OH 44481 for group gathering
4:00: Other group activities
6:30: Dinner at Magic Tree Pub & Eatery, 7463 South Ave, Youngstown, OH 44512

Saturday - Public car show, where CruzeTalk members will be able to showcase their cars and see other cars.
- REGISTRATION REQUIRED: See image attached to this post. You will need to print this out, fill out the form, and mail it in with your pre-registration payment of $10. Day of show registration will be $15. All proceeds benefit local veterans charities. First 300 registered show cars receive a commemorative dash plaque.
- Review attached registration details form for additional details!

7:30: Arrive at Ice House Inn - 5516 W Webb Rd, Austintown, OH 44515
8:00: Depart Ice House Inn
8:30: Arrive at Lordstown Assembly Plant
9:00: Gates open for show cars
10:00 Gates open for general public, Start of car show
10:00-4:00: Car Show, Activities, Attractions
4:00-5:00: Northern Whiskey Concert
6:30: Dinner at Suzie's Dogs and Drafts, 34 N Phelps St, Youngstown, OH 44503

Extra Events
- Shooting Range
- Drag Racing
- Drive-In Theater

Refer to the Extra Activities thread for details:


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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Volunteers Needed

This post will keep track of links to other events, in addition to points of contact.

I need volunteers for the following:

- DONE - Thank you Sparkman. Call the local Police Department to arrange for police escort to the plants on both days, during the specified times. We will be going from the Ice House Inn to the plant.
- DONE - Thank you Sparkman. Call Ice House Inn to courteously ask for permission to use their parking lot on the two mornings listed in the post above.
- DONE - Thank you Sparkman. Call local news media crews to tell them where we will be if they want to come out an interview people.
- Find reasonably priced restaurants that can accommodate a group of our size Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. Many of them have "party rooms," that we might be able to use. Please, let's not go to Buffalo Wild Wings every night like last year. That got annoying.
- Need someone to put together a clipboard, pen, and roster so we can have people sign in. This will let us know how many people showed up. obermd - I'll do this since I'm the person who will be updating the badges. Easiest way to get the information to me is for me to collect it initially. Do we want nametags?

Let me know if you want to do any of these things.

Meet Organizers: XtremeRevolution & Sunline Fan (Andrei & Jon)
Convoy Leader: Sunline Fan (Jon)

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Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
Respond to this thread stating if you are planning on attending. I know many people are interested, but I don't want to put people down who may not actually show up. If you know you'll probably not make it or are not sure if you can take the day off, please make plans ahead of time. If you are coming, reply to this thread including who else will be accompanying you.

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Discussion Starter · #5 · (Edited)
So some of you may be wondering why we are starting the planning for the 2016 Lordstown meet so early.

To start, we already have a date set. The public open house on Friday the 20th, and the Car Show (where Cruze owners will be able to show their cars) on Saturday the 21st will be held to celebrate and commemorate the East Plant's 50th anniversary. As you may guess, this will be bigger and better than last year, so I wanted to give people enough time to budget and plan accordingly.

Since this meet is huge and we have people that will come from far away, here's a list of things you should start saving your pennies for so you can make it for sure:

- Hotel. Plan to arrive on Thursday night and leave on Sunday morning. That means you will need to book 3 nights. At the moment, the rates for the following hotels are:
- Best Western Austintown: $99 a night
- Comfort Inn: $90 a night
- Motel 6 Youngstown: $49 a night (additional $5 for 2 adults)
- Including taxes, expect to spend anywhere between $225 and $350 on hotels, depending on which you choose to stay at. We spent about $225 for 3 nights at the Motel 6 after taxes.
- Food. You will need to eat on your way there, on your way home (depending on how far), we will have dinner Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and breakfast Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. I'm not sure yet if lunch is being provided for Friday and Saturday. All in all, budget for at least 6 meals at approximately $10 per meal, per person you are coming with.
- Gas. This is a given, but some of you are coming from farther away.
- Tolls. Some of you are driving down the turnpike. Check the rates online so you know how much cash to bring. Expect to easily spend $20 each way.

I would recommend budgeting anywhere from $350 to $500 for this trip. We are 11 months away, so set aside $30-$45 per month for your Lordstown fund (or more if you are bringing someone along) and you should be good to go.

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Discussion Starter · #25 ·
US30 will be very slow getting through the Chicgoland area and NW Indiana. I wouldn't recommend it for that portion. It will significantly increase your travel time.

I wanted to make sure people had enough time to plan and budget for the next one since it's going to be pretty big.

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Discussion Starter · #81 ·
Thread has been updated. So far, we are at 44 planned attendees. I've made a new list for volunteers. If you'd like to volunteer to help with something, let me know and I can put you down on that list. We will be delegating tasks once we get closer to the meet, but we will need people to help out this time.

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Discussion Starter · #119 ·
Not to whine Xtreme - but you've never included me from my above post of June 17, 2015.
I feel bad about that. Not sure how I missed it. I've updated the list. Sorry about that.

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Discussion Starter · #178 ·
On sunday when do all events close. I have a 18 hour drive back and if i leave saturday like 6 pm i should be back sunday late so i can sleep for work monday
The only events happening Sunday are alternate events outside the GM sponsored ones. I'll provide details of the Friday and Saturday events though.

@XtremeRevolution any news yet? Did you ever find out about registering for the car show? Event is a little over two months away and it seems pretty quiet on our end.
I've been talking to Tom about it this week and got the last of my questions answered yesterday, so I'll post details some time later today.

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Discussion Starter · #183 ·

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Discussion Starter · #239 ·
Yes. That was taken care of a couple weeks ago by me.

I don't know where my posts went.
Thanks, I probably forgot to update the main thread.

Has anyone done research on any restaurants that can accommodate a large group?
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