Hot off the press!!! Audi will FINALLY have a parade lap at Petit Le Mans on Friday, Oct. 5th, at 11:50A. Yet another reason to join the Cherokee Audi Club at Petit Le Mans!
This is a big step for the club and a huge bonus for our members. Without your participation, we may not get another chance to do this again in the future. We really need your help to prove our club supports the well-deserving Audi Motorsports team. Your presence will really impact the club's direction and future. Please, don't miss out on what may be the most memorable Petit Le Mans.
Follow the attached link to register directly. For more event information, please visit us online at www.cherokeeaudiclub.com.
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I have joined Cherokee Chapter several times over the years for Petit and loved every minute of it. The corral was great, Audi owner's are a great bunch to party with, even for out of towners. The event was at least as good as the AudiSport's Hospitality gig, without the big price tag. I have done the AudiSport gig too and Andy Sattler puts on a nice time. The problem is, it is not worth the additional cost at every race.
This same thing happened at Mid-Ohio this year and those who paid up for the hospitality gig didn't think it was worth it either.
Is there any chance of the Corral being open to us without the Hospitality package? A parade lap would be great, but I can live without that, if I have to.
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Thanks for your POV. Here's mine and I encourage others to chime in too. LONG
My perspective is biased towards building a viable and active club chapter. So, admittedly my justification, priorities and actions may differ. I don't think I'm alone when I say that our chapter needs to reach the 'next level'. The chapter needs sustainable and consistent growth, organization, and presence.
The old model doesn't work anymore and a new model is needed. [FLAME SUIT ON] Inevitably, the new model will have to have business elements to drive our decision making. I don't think we can survive with a model that emphasizes lowest pass-through cost. The old guard might be fine with status quo, but they're already sold on the brand. New owners aren't so easy and often seek out a richer experience. If they don't find it, they go/spend elsewhere. I'm making no judgements and I'm convinced we need both groups. In order to accommodate this shift, we need an operating model that allows us to cater to both.
So, what does that have to do with Petit you ask? It depends on what you are looking for. If you're more about just chilling out at the corral and meeting old/new friends, then I totally see your point. If you want to experience what it's like to be at pit wall when the R10 comes in with the heat/fumes/smoke hitting your face, then this might seem like a bargain. I wasn't at Mid-Ohio, so I don't know how the perceived value dropped. Last year's Petit, was fun but yielded little opportunity for sensory experiences. (Except when we moved the bathroom trailer ... but that's a different story and I don't think we can print that in the Quattro Quarterly!)
Let me say that I've lost a little bit of sleep over this and I really hate the thought of turning anyone away. After deciding to get involved with the chapter, it really dawned on me that we have a selection bias in our membership based on our offerings. The chapter needs all kinds to succeed and grow effectively. There has to be a mechanism that attracts them to our offerings. Petit is a step towards that.
Maybe I'm not seeing other solutions. So, what's your POV? Anyone, anyone ... Bueller?