OcTToberfest - and no not you Dave. . .
After the drive earlier that day, even more people got the APR calling and proceeded to the trailer to keep Jeremy and the crew busy that afternoon. Others decided to wash their TT yet again - you people are sick and you know who you are! Several of us were taking advantage of the Starbucks across the street with a much needed octane boost of a different kind. With images of huge steins of beer being served by women with.. well you get the picture, it was time for the TT-West 2002 finale, the Octoberfest at Gordon Biersch Brewery next to the hotel.
Finally the time had come - and the group slowly made it's way to the brewery. Our hosts at Gordon Biersch had set up the entire patio for the group and everyone was eagerly awaiting the upcoming raffle. With products and gifts from Mechanix Wear, Achtuning.com, APR, Eibach, Black and Decker, AMS, DeWalt, Beckart's custom products, Forge Motorsport, Autofanatics.com, Pinnacle, Bally Gaming Systems, Rave Creations, Amorfend, Ronal Wheels, EdgeRacing, the Tire Rack, MyRoadster.net, California Car Duster, Stoner's products and our very own AudiWorld, what car enthusiast wouldn't be excited. After some introductions and much deserved kudos to the event planning group, Jason Dale (bracketracer) gave away some of the "best of" awards for the event. Most notable was the "best pants" award to Larry (Vegas Roadster) for those outstanding brown leather pants.
The buffet opened accompanied by heavy doses of "festbier" and assorted cocktails. The Octoberfest theme extended along to the dinner menu as well as it featured german foods including assorted sausages, schnitzel and other good stuff. The raffle continued on with lots of great prizes being won. I have to admit - the best one though was when George from APR won the Abt chip and K&N Filter from AMS! In the spirit of the event - they declined the prize and offered yet another APR chip up for the raffle in exchange. Once the raffle ended, everyone decided to either head back to the hotel or the Strip. Most of those who went back to the hotel decided to find a way to cram themselves into the Hospitality Suite to keep the party going into the wee hours of the morning.
Sunday morning rolled around and weary eyed TTr's slowly started showing up in the breakfast area at the Hotel, many of us dreading the thought of having to make the long journey home. With all the activities going on over the past three days - the end certainly had come quickly. There were a lot of good memories to reflect upon during the drive home. The awesome drives and scenery of Red Rock Canyon and the Valley of Fire, the night cruise on Lake Mead, and the great dinner and raffle during the last night at Gordon Biersch. I'm sure that each and everyone will remember this event differently and reflect upon it in their own special way. This was truly a gathering of friends both old and new.