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WinterJam 2011 - USA's Premier VW Festival (Feb 24 - Feb 27)
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I paid $20 last year to get the bus in the show which I didn't mind. I went with 6 people last year and only paid $20. There was no way in hell I was going this year because of the per person fee ($15+$10(5)= Your out of your damn mind)so I just went to No Dough instead.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did anyone bail dees nuts out of jail? Wink

I bailed him out this morning. It's serious crime to try to sneak into a car show. I think he learned his lesson.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Did anyone bail dees nuts out of jail? Wink

I bailed him out this morning. It's serious crime to try to sneak into a car show. I think he learned his lesson.


Shocked Shocked What happened?!! Now I wish I would've gone, dangit!!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Sunday event was fun --- BUT--- Sad Sad

The price for walk-ins was too much for the Daytona Market to handle. We usually have six to eight friends who venture over to support us, they have no interest in VWs except that we love them. At $15 a head they stayed away. We are used to paying to enter car shows. The Turkey Rod Run is $25-35 for four days, we go every year. The Dream Cruise on Oct 22 weekend is free and we don't know how they do it but the sponsors must foot the bill. We payed $10 apiece for the Winter Jam for a total of $20 but it was prepaid before the price jump.

The center field was too loud when the music came on and could have held another twenty busses and bugs. Why people were sent to the sidewalks of Beach street I don't know.

I know the event has to a least break even but hats, sunglasses other non related VW stuff could be left off next years calender.

We had a great time meeting new friends and seeing old friends from Saturdays NDBS. How does the organization rationalize the public getting to see all the bugs and busses on Beack St for free but paying to walk across the bridge Question Question Confused Confused

Phyllis and I hope the show goes on and they take a long hard look at all the things thay did right and change the things that left a sour taste in many peoples mouth.

Thanks for all the work, we look forward to a bigger and much improved Winter Jam 2012

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And more Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wasnt it 13 bucks to get in? oh thats rigth ! it probably was for the tshirt salesman!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where's the promoter now? #Sleep #Sleep I'd like to hear the excuses?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a good time, sold a roof rack, and got some great deals on parts. Show seemed a little too spread out, but the location was great.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chip Fuchs wrote:
Where's the promoter now? #Sleep #Sleep I'd like to hear the excuses?

I'm Sure He'll be back on here to let us know how much money was raised for Charity. It's all about the kids you know. Not about profit. Wink Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a good time "sort of" at the Jam. Never did venture to where the band? was, way to loud. There were buses where the band was?

They needed to tell their hired security NAZI's to CALM DOWN, we're all real people trying to enjoy a show, they made me feel I was at a concentration camp, I was afraid to even fart thinking I could get ejected for it. Seemed everywhere I walked they were yelling at someone, sheesh

You could tell it wasn't really a VW event due to the lack of planning of trying to keep all makes and models together. Would of been nice to see all the water pumpers in one area, all the buses in one area and all the beetles in one area.

WAY to many food and junk vendors, but thats what brings in their money I guess.

Was it a success or failure, who knows. I'd be back next year for Jam if they'd remember the roots of VW's. The location was nice though.

The best part for me though was I did get in for FREE, guess the girls at the gate gave me the senoir discount Surprised paid for a NICE lunch across the street at a nice bistro with the money I saved.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CUCARACHA wrote:
wasnt it 13 bucks to get in? oh thats rigth ! it probably was for the tshirt salesman!


It was $13 after Feb 1st but before that is was $10 per person, under 12 free. Not sure when it went from $13 to $15 but I'm guessing about one week before show.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cost me and my son $30 to walk in, we parked out on the street so we could easily leave when we wanted.

All the food variety was good, most of the time people complain there is not enough food vending.

How about $5 and a can of food for spectators? That would be better, the promotor can keep the cash and donate the food to a food bank charity.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

drove to this show early Sunday morning, got there, they charged me $40.00 for 2 vending spots, I did not know what was going on, so I thought $40.00, that's cool...start to drive in, Joe stops me and tells me that I sell new parts so that it would be $250.00 for 2 spots, I pay Joe an additional $200.00...he cuts me a little slack, so I get in for $240.00......the location was nice, I see alot of food vendors, which is nice, there was an ATM there which is nice also.....there were alot of people selling a ton of diferent stuff...I thought there was a descent turnout.....but the big thing was the atmosphere, it was kind of hostile, not very laid back like on Saturday, people were upset about the entry fee....watching those 2 delincuents get chased around by the security Gestapo was kind of fun...I sold all of $200.00....I left shortly after the Gestapo arrested the 2 delinquents........all in all a weird kind of VW day....
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They should really look into those gate fees, Leana and I knew we were going to be hitting the road around noon sunday, but I wanted to say bye to some of the folks I spent the weekend with b4 we split, so I parked outside and relunctanly paid $30 to walk around for about an hour, $15 for spectators is a bit steep anywhere, and I'm used to paying high fees around here, the atmosphere was one of a watercooled event that opened the doors to some aircooled vws out of pitty.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Not just your opinion Manny. Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At least we can all say we were at the last winterjam! NO DOUGH BUS SHOW NO DOUGH BUS SHOW NO DOUGH BUS SHOW NO DOUGH BUS SHOW Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I am really glad I did not waste my money or time to go to WINTEJAM,
After Joes little $5 gate thing last year at the Coke complex I was done with anything he does
I did miss drinking beer with all my VW PEEPS, and looking at old VWS , That My friends is why We DO THIS STUFF.

Does anybody know a cat named JOHN JOHN? He left me a msg and said he had my 65 21W?? dont know witch one he ment,

I will be in Fla next Feb with my D/C walk thru custom ( this one wont be so fluffy)

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MargaritaVillain wrote:
The problem seems that the peeps who ran Winter Jam last year pissed off many in the Florida VW scene. Those pissed off folks in turn decided to set up their own show for the very same weekend to stick it to the old Winter Jam guy. Two problems though:

1. The guy who ran WJ and screwed everybody last year no longer is associated with Winter Jam and the guy who took it over is getting forked in the name of his predecessor. Many have realized their error and made the anti-Winter Jam banter now about having to pay 15 stinking bucks. Sorry but if 15 bucks is to much for you to pay for a show than maybe you should look around and look at how other prices have gone up over the years- gas, groceries, ACVWs, etc. Looking at the WJ lineup, your WJ money is providing you a lot in return.

2. The VW scene in Florida is neither big enough nor strong enough to support this riff. So, why don't we all just get along?

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