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With the growing popularity of the Manx on the Banx (held during October of 2011 and 2012), this particular time of the year could be considered more of an informal, much lighter-weight version of the annual MOTB (Manx Club membership will not be required for participation during this particular weekend). Hopefully, because St. Patrick’s Day is about 7 months away from the annual Manx on the Banx, it would not interfere with the participation rate for the fall event. In fact, it may even give an opportunity for some dune buggy owners to not only check out the area, but to use is as a preliminary “test run” in preparation for the Manx Club - sponsored, week-long 2013 Manx on the Banx (www.manxonthebanx.com).
The First Flight Cruisers Car Club OBX - NC will also be holding their annual car show, along with other events scattered through these same days. The First Flight Cruisers (www.firstflightcruisers.com) have been holding their Shamrock Car Show on this particular weekend for the last several years. In addition to the car show itself, they also host a Welcome - Reception Dinner, Poker Run, along with group participation in the Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. These individual events will be considered optional; we can either choose to join in with their group and schedule, or we can work on alternative ideas (some dune buggy owners may choose to do a combination of both).
March 14 - 17, 2013 at the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Both Scott Jackle and I will be available for the scheduling of informal dune buggy related weekend alternatives. Since Scott actually lives at the Outer Banks, he can also answer questions that may relate to the local area. Please let us know if you have any questions; my email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and Scott can be contacted through his email address at email@example.com.
Here is the current schedule as released by First Flight Cruisers Car Club (some events and venues are non - First Flight Cruisers related).
Information below was updated Sunday, January 20, 2013:
Discounted room rates announced for the Travelodge - Outer Banks and the Comfort Inn Oceanfront North
Thursday, March 14th - FFCWelcome Reception at the Comfort Inn Oceanfront North 1601 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27949 Phone - (252)441-6333 Welcome Reception - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Dinner - 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm Pricing - TBA per person
Friday, March 15th - FFC Poker Run (more details later)
Saturday March 16th - Fiberglass Dune Buggies Group Photo This option is not an official part of the First Flight Cruisers schedule of events. (time and location to be announced later)
Saturday March 16th - Group Breakfast (Dune Buggy Owners) This option is not an official part of the First Flight Cruisers schedule of events. (time and location to be announced later)
Saturday March 16th - FFC Shamrock Car, Truck and Bike Show First Flight High School, 100 Veterans Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948 Pre-Register by March 1, 2012 - $20.00, Day of Registration - $25.00 Registration 8:00 am - 11:00 am, Judging 11:30 am - 2:00 pm, Awards @ 3:00 pm
Saturday March 16th - Beach Run (weather permitting) for those that feel comfortable in driving their vehicles along the beach; access point is near Corolla. This option is not an official part of the First Flight Cruisers schedule of events. More details on this option will be available in the near future. Sunday March 17th - FFC Group Breakfast - TBA 8:30 am - check back later for venue information Sunday March 17th -Pre-parade Line Up11:00 - 11:30 am - check back later for more details Sunday March 17th - Kelly's St. Patrick's Day Parade Nags Head, NC 27959. Parade starts at 1:00 pm. First Flight Cruisers Car Club is offering free participation in the parade for those that entered in their car show on Saturday (see above). For those that would like to participate in the parade without entering the car show, please contact Scott Jackle at 201-739-5834 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Night - 50.96 Thursday Night - 50.96 Friday Night - 59.96 Saturday Night - 59.96
Important: above prices DO NOT include taxes. In order to receive these rates with confirmation number, please call the above toll free number Monday - Friday between 3pm and11pm; ask for Scott Jackle and tell him that you are either with the dune buggy group or First Flight Cruisers. Rates are for 1 - 4 guests, cancellations must be before 72 hours. Ammenities include deluxe continental breakfast, heated seasonal pool, business center, wireless internet, and free guest passes to the nearby health club.
Group Name: First Flight Cruisers/Shamrock Car Show Street Side Double - 65.00 Ocean Side Double - 75.00
Important: above prices DO NOT include taxes. All rates are for 1 - 4 guests, and includes a deluxe hot breakfast each morning, fitness room, oceanfront pool and high speed wireless internet.
IMPORTANT UPDATE (March 9, 2013):
I really hated to do this with all of the prior planning and all, but I canceled my hotel reservation at the OBX for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The extended forecast for those particular days project high temps only in the mid - 40s (approximately 20 degrees colder than average temps for that particular weekend), and sitting around watching those local car club vehicle owners with roofs, windows, and heaters is definitely not my idea of having a good time. Since Scott is a local resident, he will still be available for anyone that plans to attend, his cell number is 201-739-5834 and his email address is email@example.com. I hope to see everyone at this year's upcoming Manx on the Banx, coming up in October.
HOWEVER, hopefully this annual “Buggies at the Beach” concept is not really that bad of an idea; maybe we just need to rethink time and place. For the past few years, split-window VW bus guys have been gathering in April down near Daytona Beach for the annual No Dough VW Bus Show. This event weekend had morphed into an all-around air-cooled VW gathering; so the makings are there to piggyback off that event. Please stay tuned at buggiesatthebeach.com for more details. Here is a thread that describes the No Dough VW Show in more detail; enjoy: No Dough Weekend 2013/Bulli Brigade spring meet 4/13-14