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W113 Pagoda SL Group => Events => Topic started by: doitwright on July 04, 2020, 16:01:34

Title: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: doitwright on July 04, 2020, 16:01:34
Here is some Information pertaining to plans for the next US based PUB/PagodaFest.
 
With what began as a small informal gathering of a handful of Pagoda enthusiasts in 2002, PUB (Pagoda University Blacklick), as it was eventually called, has since grown into a biennial 2-3 day event attracting over 120 people and 40+ Pagoda's. Event sponsors have been attracted to our gatherings, and we have been fortunate to have had great hosts and organizers. At the Pagoda University Virginia event in 2017, event organizer Alex Djuric began laying track with me about planning a future event in the Chicago area. After Jon Berardi and his team pulled off an exceptional event last year with PagodaFest 2019 in San Diego, their message to me was, "You cannot start planning soon enough." In January of this year, I scoped out what I thought would be the perfect location for hosting an event in the Chicago Area for 2021. The Hyatt Lodge in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Hyatt Lodge https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/illinois/hyatt-lodge/chilo is located on 80 beautiful acres which once included McDonald's Corporate Headquarters. The Hyatt Lodge is approximately 30 minutes from downtown Chicago and both O'Hare and Midway airports. This location would allow us to have lodging, and main event activities and meals all in one secure location. We also have the option to move indoors if the weather does not cooperate.
 
Before the outbreak of Covid-19, the plan was to target a late August gathering in 2021. Since no one knows what the future holds, and a European event for this year will likely be rescheduled to September 2021, we believe we will be moving the next US based gathering to October 7-9,  2022. We felt it was important to let everyone know now since some of you may already have been wondering what is in the pipeline for the next US gathering. Anyone interested in assisting with organizing this event should get in contact with me by PM (Personal Message).

We will provide updates on this topic as new information and a sense of certainty develop.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: RPSchuetz on April 16, 2021, 03:44:34
Definitely interested in attending!
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: JamesL on April 16, 2021, 06:47:38
Oh, ffs.
My brain instantly went.... ooh, Route 66

Now I’m going to have to try and unthink that
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: mdsalemi on April 16, 2021, 15:57:03
Somewhere, some place, there are the details, I just don't remember them.

In September 2006 the MBCA held a major event in Chicagoland, one of the western suburbs. It was for the 50th anniversary of the MBCA. Heck, it may have been the same hotel. There was a major concours d'elegance at some gorgeous venue (again the name escapes me) but I know it was Oak Brook. It kicked off the Rt. 66 Tour, another major event. Maybe some of the west coast attendees should try that in reverse...

Alex and I will come from the south... 8)
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on April 16, 2021, 16:33:40
Also interested in attending, hope that covid-19 is more under controll by then.

Dieter
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: sandcrab59 on May 31, 2021, 16:31:50
I am also interested in attending.
Tom M
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: neelyrc on May 31, 2021, 21:57:21
It can still be very hot in Chicagoland in August.  I am interested, and I would recommend a September date.  Oak Brook is a great location!
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Jack Jones on June 02, 2021, 02:02:11
Also interested in attending
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: mmizesko on June 02, 2021, 02:27:51
early, but i would be there.

Mike Mizesko
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: FresnoBob on June 02, 2021, 17:07:44
I too wish to attend, and support the suggestion for a September date. 
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: 114015 on June 02, 2021, 22:22:24

Also interested in attending...; prefer the (not-so-hot) September opportunity. ;)
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: jorge espinoza on June 02, 2021, 22:55:20
I'm in for Pagodafest 2022 but hoping for September temps.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Garry on June 02, 2021, 22:55:38
Also interested, if allowed to depart from Australia by then. Sept is good.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: sandcrab59 on July 02, 2021, 20:21:11
I agree September is the better month.
Tom M
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Amy McKenna on July 03, 2021, 13:24:13
Vote for Septembers as well.  The MBCA Rt 66 for their 50th was awesome! One of the best trips in my life in my '58!  This is where I met Naj who linked me up with W113 group!
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: JamesL on July 03, 2021, 16:13:53
That absolutely sounds like Naj…

What was the route (don’t say 66)/ trip as I’m sure some people here would like to put some interesting and fun miles on their cars
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: twinoakchef on July 13, 2021, 16:49:09
Sounds great. Keep it in the summer.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on July 13, 2021, 19:26:01
Somewhere, some place, there are the details, I just don't remember them.

In September 2006 the MBCA held a major event in Chicagoland, one of the western suburbs. It was for the 50th anniversary of the MBCA. Heck, it may have been the same hotel. There was a major concours d'elegance at some gorgeous venue (again the name escapes me) but I know it was Oak Brook. It kicked off the Rt. 66 Tour, another major event. Maybe some of the west coast attendees should try that in reverse...

Michael, There is a book about it one can purchase on Amazon ($285.99 Sales Price is $265- 50 year history of the MBCA). I think the event hotel is proberly mentioned in the book. Perhaps one of our Members attended the event and let us kow the hotel. The book price is just a bit over the top for me ~grin~ I made some screen shots of the book front and back cover I think.

Dieter
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: mdsalemi on August 06, 2021, 14:13:08
Michael, There is a book about it one can purchase...

Yes, I actually wrote the history of the MBCA for that book, but I don't think they ever sent me a copy.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: doitwright on August 07, 2021, 05:51:46
Planning for PagodaFest Chicago 2022 has resumed. Right now we are looking at the 1st weekend in October. The venue location may still be the Hyatt in Oak Brook, Illinois. Format will be similar to past events in Virginia and San Diego.

The facility can handle 200+ people but right now I have told the Hyatt we would anticipate around 150. Once preparations have been made, i will publish information here on how to sign up.

Suggestions on event topics for the tech sessions are welcome including ideas on specific vendors/suppliers you would like to see represented. There is plenty to see and do in the "great city by the lake" so your input on a driving excursion or evening group activity will be taken under consideration.

More information to come.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: neelyrc on August 07, 2021, 07:57:56
Frank,
One suggested area for a driving excursion would be one including the Batavia, Geneva, St Charles area along the Fox River. Someone local to the area would need to do some development work on an optimal scenic route. 
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: RPSchuetz on August 21, 2021, 16:26:11
I’m currently having various bits of my ‘69 280SL refurbished by Black Forest Benz of the Milwaukee area. It’s my understanding that they have participated in similar get-togethers in the past and would do so again.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on September 09, 2021, 00:13:01
Yes, I actually wrote the history of the MBCA for that book, but I don't think they ever sent me a copy.

Michaeal, it seaams to be unthankful work, what can I say. Still I love to do it (helping others), it just feels good.

Dieter
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: H. Keith Henry on September 18, 2021, 02:52:53
I've been a member since 2013 but just bought my first pagoda last month. Looking forward to my first national 113 meeting as a car owner! Chicago area in August or September sounds good. --Keith Henry
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: neelyrc on September 18, 2021, 16:09:59
Keith, welcome to the forum!  We hope to see you at the 2022 event with your 280SL. 

In the meantime we would enjoy seeing some pictures of your new purchase in one of the other threads here.  Looks like you searched for awhile before buying.  We would also be interested in the story of the hunt!
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: ggdtr5 on October 09, 2021, 06:21:40
Having recently savoured the delights of the Austrian rally - I also would like to attend this event👍

Regards Graham
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Benz Dr. on October 09, 2021, 08:25:50
Looks like something I would be able to attend. September is good for me.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: ageorge on October 09, 2021, 22:48:38
Please count me in!
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Drewtee on October 14, 2021, 10:42:19
Jai and myself should be able to Make this one  :)
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Hugh on October 15, 2021, 03:38:15
I am interested in attending too :)
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Garry on October 15, 2021, 05:18:15
I am also hoping to be there as well.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: H. Keith Henry on November 05, 2021, 20:05:06
Thanks for the welcome, neelyrc. I've been away from the forum since mid-September, but will happily post pix and, of course, there is a story of the hunt.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: johnk on November 05, 2021, 21:03:31
Frank
I am available to come early to help set it up. Just let me know.

John.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: grosswilso on November 12, 2021, 19:57:05
I would also attend.

Ross Wilson
1968 250SL
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Garry on November 12, 2021, 20:14:49
Frank,


How is the planning going the Pagodafest front.  Any dates known at this point.


For those travelling from a long way afar, to get frequent flyer seats bookings often are needed well in advance. In my case Qantas has opened its bookings after it all being shut off for nearly twenty months of lockdown.


Garry



Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on November 12, 2021, 21:18:05
Hi Garry,

Will you be traveling alone or with Kate? Should you be traveling alone I would br happy to pick you up at the airport and take you back there after the event in case you like to rent a car and spend some more time in the area. Let me know.

Dieter
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Garry on November 13, 2021, 00:55:24
Rolf Dieter,


Thanks for the kind offer but Kate is suggesting that after the event we drive the east coast and southern loop back to LA for a month or two. With Covid now in the mix she doesn’t want me there on my own.


I will not be bringing my Pagoda this time as its too late already to arrange without a known date.  Export and import certificates takes 3-4 months, prep of the vehicle will be one or more months and shipping at best will be 3 months.


Thats also the problem with Qantas FF that by Xmas it will be too late to get a seat or two if i dont book soon as they only allocate limited seats to FF and they open nine months before and are soon gone.


Garry

Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: doitwright on November 14, 2021, 06:39:35
A formal announcement for PagodaFest 2022 will be coming in January. What I can tell you all is that the dates will be October 7-9, 2022 at the Oak Brook Hyatt just 30 minutes west of downtown Chicago.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Garry on November 14, 2021, 07:25:19
Thanks Franks for dates, gives me something to work to at least for airfare bookings which is the critical one.


Garry
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: doitwright on November 14, 2021, 16:48:37
I just corrected the dates in the original 1st post on the topic and my previous recent comment. The correct dates are October 7-9, 2022.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Benz Dr. on November 15, 2021, 06:43:59
I just corrected the dates in the original 1st post on the topic and my previous recent comment. The correct dates are October 7-9, 2022.

I doubt I would be able to attend unless we have a late fall and who could predict that right now? We start soy bean harvest the first part of October and that always comes first. Maybe next time.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: pagoda113 on March 14, 2022, 11:16:07
Hello
Can we defiantly confirm that event is defiantly going ahead on these dates still 7th Oct too 9th Oct and mentioned hotel ?
Thanks
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Rolf-Dieter on March 14, 2022, 13:43:24
I will NOT be attending, if you have a list, please take me off-
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Garry on March 14, 2022, 20:51:18
Rolf Dieter,
Heard that it is called off for 2022?


Garry
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Drewtee on March 20, 2022, 20:03:04
Hiya Garry


Where did you hear it is not going ahead?

I suppose I should cancel my room then   ::)
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Garry on March 20, 2022, 21:26:23
Hi Andy,


Sorry, may have been a bit misleading but was asking it as a question. As there has been absolutely no further comments since the end of last year and given these things take a lot of organisation i am surprised that it is all silent on that front.  Was hoping he might have known.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Drewtee on March 20, 2022, 21:57:33
Gotcha- Yep hopefully we'll hear something pretty soon.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: Floridaenglish on March 22, 2022, 02:58:05
I'm planning on attending PagodaFest this year.  Anxious to gain information on ticket sales.
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: mmizesko on March 27, 2022, 16:02:13
Folks,

I know everyone is excited to have a Pagodafest later this year, but given the recent uncertainty with the Pandemic, and the additional planning that needs to occur, we have decided to delay the event until the same rough time frame in 2023.  The awesome Venue has been reserved and we are putting a larger team together to bolster the fine advance work that Frank has already done in planning the event.  This will give us time to put together the websites, and attract sponsors.

Given that the Euro '23 event has not materialized that I am aware of, I think we can draw more members from across the pond as well.  Anyone who would like to participate in the planning committee can send me a Private Message.  Much of our discussion can be handled via Zoom.

This should be an affair to remember.

Thanks,

Mike Mizesko
President

Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: thelews on March 27, 2022, 21:56:45
what pandemic?
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: jeblack123 on March 28, 2022, 17:49:27
Reservations at the hotel appear to be non-refundable. Anyone else running into this issue?

James (Eddi) Black
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: mmizesko on March 31, 2022, 15:14:33
Eddi,

We have a team meeting on this in 45 mins.  We'll figure that one out.

Mike
Title: Re: PagodaFest Chicago 2022
Post by: jeblack123 on March 31, 2022, 22:56:08
Thanks, Mike.

Eddie