All Mitsu Cookout -- Sunday, August 23rd -- Rogers, MN
Plans are underway for the 2009 All Mitsubishi Cookout and Car Show. This year's event will be happening on Sunday, August 23rd, at the Rogers Middle School in Rogers, MN. The show will run from 11am to 4pm.
I've got some updates for the All Mitsu Cookout. We have two main sponsors so far. Brookdale Mitsubishi and Modern Automotive Performance are both main sponsors this year. MAP is new this year as a sponsor. They are a very fast growing performance shop hear in the Twin Cities. I've made some updates to the Cookout page including links to our sponsors: All Mitsubishi Cookout and Car Show
I'll try and update the list about once a week. Make sure to let all your other Mitsu friends know about the Cookout so we can make this event grow. Putting the banner in your signature and just mentioning the Cookout on other message boards can go a long way.
I'm hoping to keep the cost of the Cookout to $5 a person. Since food prices have dropped a little and we have some good sponsors so far, this should be possible. If there are any other businesses out there who would like to sponsor the All Mitsu Cookout, send me a message.
Also, for anyone coming from out of town, we will be having a dinner and bonfire the night before the Cookout. So Saturday, August 22nd, we'll have dinner around 6pm and then a bonfire around 8pm. Then obviously the Cookout will be on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.
I have an official hotel set up for this year for the people coming long distances. We will be using the Hampton Inn, in Rogers. This is a really nice hotel and we have a fantastic rate. We have a block of 10 rooms set aside for us. Some are 2 queen beds and some are one king bed. They are only $74 a night. But you must book your room by August 10th to get this rate. So for all you out of towners, donít wait! There number is 763-425-0044. Just mention the ďcar show groupĒ when booking. Even if you are planning on coming, but not 100% sure, book your room at this great rate. You can cancel anytime up until 6pm on August 22nd. Iíve also put this info on the Cookout page at: All Mitsubishi Cookout and Car Show
Also, I really need some help from you guys on advertising. Our sign up numbers are way down this year at only 62. I have a flyer put together at: http://mn3s.org/cookout-flyer.doc
It would be very helpful to print off some flyers and keep them in your car. Or if you have a business that sees a lot of car nuts, set some flyers out. Or even passing them out at car events would be a big help. I would hate to see the All Mitsu Cookout die, and Iím sure a lot of you feel the same. So lets not let it happen.
Iíve finalized the pricing for the All Mitsu Cookout. It will be $5 again for you and your car. This includes the car show and the food. Each additional person will need to pay $5 to eat. To help speed up registration, you can pre-pay for the Cookout. Just send me a paypal to [email protected] (no credit card payments please)
Our sign-ups are up to 76. Its looking a little better, but we are still way behind last year. Get signed up and make sure your other Mitsu buddies get signed up. The Cookout only happens once a year!
Also, for the out-of-towners that need a hotel room, book your room soon. We are using the Hampton Inn, in Rogers. We are getting a fantastic rate of $74. But this rate is only good until August 10th. More details are on the Cookout page.
The Cookout is only 19 days away now. Looks like we are up to 100 sign ups.
I've got the categories finalized for the show. Since the Conquest/Starions only have 2 sign ups, I'm getting rid of that category. In its place will be the Galant category. So all Galants can compete with each other. The Conquest/Starions will be in the "other" category. Here are the categories:
Best 90-94 DSM
Best 95-99 DSM
Best 00-05 Eclipse/Stratus coupe
Best 91-93 3/S
Best 94-99 3/S
Best Other Mitsu
The "Gene Helms" Cleanest Car Overall
I've also worked it out with the Hampton Inn to extend the deadline to get the group rate. You now have until Friday, August 14th to book your hotel room. Right now we only have one room booked. I'm hoping we can at least get 5-6 rooms booked. So the out-of-towners really need to book soon.
Also for the out-of-towners we'll be doing a dinner and bonfire the night before, on August 22nd. We will meet up at 6:30pm at a restaurant in Rogers. Then around 8:30pm we'll head over to the bonfire. More details on that next week.
And finally, I've only got four people who have pre-payed with paypal. Make my life easier and pay your $5 registration ahead of time. My paypal is [email protected]
4) Bring some lawn chairs for hanging out and bring your appetite! We'll have plenty of food.
Also, if you are just coming to spectate, there is a separate spectator lot on the back side of the school. So don't turn at the stop light at the school. Go past that and take your next right and go behind the school. The lot behind the school is for spectators. The front lot is for participants.
We will also be doing the slow drags again. Its going for about 50 feet as slow as possible, without stopping. We'll have a trophy this year for the winner. Its a lot of fun.
Its not too late to get signed up and come join us for an afternoon of Mitsu fun. The All Mitsu Cookout is coming up this Sunday. We'll have some great prizes, tons of food, the Mitsu trivia contest, and the slow drags.
So, once again, here is your checklist:
1) Get signed up
2) Send a paypal to me for $5. (if you have paypal)
3) Fill out your car sign ahead of time (leave car # blank)
4) Get your Mitsu all shined up.
5) Bring your lawn chair, sunscreen and your appetite, on Sunday
We will also be having a dinner and bonfire the night before on Saturday, for the out of towners. We will be meeting at Davanni's, in Rogers, at 6:30pm. There is more details at the bottom of the Cookout page at: All Mitsubishi Cookout and Car Show
Thanks again to our main sponsors Brookdale Mitsubishi and Modern Automotive Performance. Their contributions help make the Cookout a reality!
The All Mitsu Cookout is almost here!! Its this Sunday from 11am to 4pm. I've updated the sign up list. We have surged up to 139!! Looking good.
If you haven't signed up and are still thinking about coming, you still can. We can handle walk ups just fine. The weather is looking fantastic this weekend. There is no reason not to come and spend an afternoon with a bunch of other Mitsu nuts.
Registration will be a little different this year. When you get to the school, we will collect the money and hand out wristbands at the entrance to the lot. Then you'll go park your car in the appropriate row. After that, you'll take your car sign and wristband up to the registration desk and get your car number and voting slip.
If you are coming, without a Mitsu, you can just drive to the back of the school and park. If you are eating you can still pay and get a wristband at the registration table.
If you are interested in the dinner on Saturday night, for the out of towners, we are meeting at 6:30pm. We will be eating at Davanni's, in Rogers. A map and details are at the bottom of the Cookout page: All Mitsubishi Cookout and Car Show
I added links to pics of individual cars, for most of the trophy winners. There are a few I wasn't sure of, or didn't have a pic. At the bottom of the page is a link to another page of pics that Alesia gave me. She took pics of virtually every car. So if you know of a trophy winner that didn't have a link, send me the picture number, if you see it.
We had a great turnout this year. There was more cars than last year. We ended up with 140 registered Mitsus there. And with my cars and the other Mitsus there we ended up with around 150 cars. We had a ton of spectators too. We ended up feeding 325 people. That is awesome! We had another perfect weather day too. Thanks for everyone that made the trip out.
Big thanks to Brookdale Mitsubishi and Modern Automotive Performance. They were our main sponsors this year. Also thanks to Brent Rau for coming and showing off his sweet drag car. Brent will be racing that thing up at BIR on Labor Day.
I also had another hard working group of volunteers. Andy, Derek, Ryan T, and Flip ran the registration desk. Steve and Mike W helped out collecting money at the entrance. Plus Ed, Stacy and Christine handled the food. Plus a bunch of other people helped with setup and tear down. I couldn't even attempt to do the Cookout anymore without there help. THANK YOU!
Hopefully next year we can find some even more ways to make the Cookout bigger and better.
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