Poll

Would you be interested in attending the event, see details in the message

No
80 (13.3%)
Yes
136 (22.6%)
As a Couple
73 (12.1%)
On my own
47 (7.8%)
With my Pagoda
74 (12.3%)
Without my Pagoda
61 (10.1%)
I would not use the Event Hotel
34 (5.6%)
I would use the Event Hotel
98 (16.3%)

Total Members Voted: 227

Author Topic: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest  (Read 5902 times)

Peter van Es

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PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:53:15 »


We are gauging interest in a Mercedes 113 event we are calling PagodaFest. Do you want to tour beautiful San Diego the first weekend of October 2019 with other Pagodas and Pagoda owners? Are you interested in learning more about your car? Would you like to meet and socialize with Pagoda drivers from all over the world?

The expected event cost will be $300-$400 per person which would include most meals, venue costs, and other give aways. If you plan on staying at the event hotel, the additional cost would be around $600 total for three nights (room, parking).

The format is expected to be a meet/greet/sign-in on Thursday evening, Friday Tech Day seminars and Saturday touring through San Diego. Within the two days there will be food, excitement, information, new friends waiting to be made, and old friends to enjoy.

PagodaFest Organizing Committee - Jon Bernardi (jonny b) Chair

Please vote in the poll above, selecting the options (up to 4) that apply to you. If you have comments, suggestions, ideas or technical topic suggestions, either reply to this thread, or mail: PagodaFest+Survey1@gmail.com
« Last Edit: April 30, 2018, 09:59:29 by Peter van Es »
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2018, 12:22:18 »
This is a fantastic idea and I will try be there for the Thursday night event and part of the Tech Day on Friday. Unfortunately the first weekend of Oct is also the last (and biggest) weekend of Oktoberfest in Munich so for those of us that make the annual trip to Munich this timing presents a confiict.

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2018, 12:59:23 »
Sounds like a wonderful weekend, but I have sadly sold my pagoda because didn’t feel like it was getting out enough (East coast weather often too hot or too cold). Wishing all the best!
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2018, 13:19:33 »
Dear Pagoda Group,
Thank you for inviting me to your fest basically for two reasons:

First i do not own a Pagoda but a w111 coupe with 220se engine that being relatively similar in some aspects to the 230se i use your magnificent group as a knowledge database (specially with the cold start machanisims). There is no better place in the web than your place.

Second of all, i live in Spain.

Thank you for inviting me.

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2018, 13:27:19 »
My wife and I had a great time at the VA event last year. We would love to drive our Pagoda in CA, but not the 3000 miles in between. Anyone else interested in shipping your Pagoda by the same carrier to the event from the NC-SC-VA area and spending a few extra days driving the CA coast?
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2018, 13:33:24 »
I may be interested in shipping my 1968 280SL. I live near Asheville, N C.
Bhollins

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2018, 14:13:38 »
I would like to attend event but can't travel this far for this location.  I can do East Coast and mid-states.
Thanks for asking. I love these types of events.  Good luck!

Amy

PS. Full disclosure, I did ship the SL to nieces wedding in Napa Valley couple years back. Richard and Laura Simonds were kind enough to photograph the wedding!  Great time by all. Great people I am met over years with the Mercedes clubs!!!!
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2018, 14:17:19 »
Anyone else interested in shipping your Pagoda by the same carrier to the event from the NC-SC-VA area and spending a few extra days driving the CA coast?
I am in Birmingham and your transporter would pass within 20 miles of my house if he drove the shortest route. I would be interested in this possibility.
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2018, 14:41:08 »
I would love to attend but I wouldn't attend a gathering without my SL which is still under construction and restoration. (I am putting a M113 and 722.4 automatic transmission in it). Living in North Carolina, I would be very interested in an east coast event in a few years.
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2018, 14:47:57 »
My wife and I had a great time at the VA event last year. We would love to drive our Pagoda in CA, but not the 3000 miles in between. Anyone else interested in shipping your Pagoda by the same carrier to the event from the NC-SC-VA area and spending a few extra days driving the CA coast?
I would be interested in shipping as well. I'm not up for a 40 hour drive from the East coast.
Will
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2018, 15:05:00 »
I think this is a great idea and will look forward to developments.

In the mean time, is there any chance the artwork on the original post could be made available as a poster?

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2018, 15:53:47 »
Hi everybody,

thanks a lot for the invitation, though I am a German resident and must check whether we can hopefully manage to attend the meeting in Oct '19.
Since San Diego is one of my worldwide most famous places to be anyhow and we have just only been visiting it a couple of weeks ago and plan to go there again soon, it might add up to a positive result. I know Lufthansa offers a direct flight from FRA to SAN newly, but one cannot book more than 1 year in advance...

Best greetings from Hamburg/Germany,
Wolfgang

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2018, 16:01:07 »
This is a wonderful idea! In San Diego not so much - Why not in the Pacific North-West? This here is the fastest growing area in the USA with the best weather: Not too warm, not too much UV to hurt our cars and - contrary to popular perception - always nice weather in the summer. Yes, we get about 30 inches of rain a year, but that is during the winter and spring. And - this is a big plus - I don't have to drive 1255 miles to get to San Diego.
We have a very big car show on Father's day (June 17th) at Issaquah (15 miles from West-Seattle) and I have been showing my car there for several years now. Come on you Bigfoot W113 owners!
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2018, 16:08:40 »
I'm currently Pagoda-less.  Could I attend in a 1959 Borgward instead?
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2018, 16:15:36 »
OK Will & Ralph, plus hopefully other members, I will start looking into transportation from east to west on a carrier to get a base cost now. Then we can work out the details. I am thinking that there are several members that would ship their cars and plan on spending a few extra days driving the coast before shipping the Pagodas back.
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2018, 16:22:54 »
Good morning,

Sounds like a great plan and city! I too would be interested in attending and shipping my Pagoda to he left coast (from SW Georgia). I do have a couple of questions, though. Is this event intended to replace PUB 2019 or will both events be held at principally the same time as PUB has been held in the fall of odd numbered years? If separate event, has there been any consideration to having them on opposite years as to eliminate folks from having to decide between two great events.

Thanks for the planning and effort.

James (Eddie) Black

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2018, 16:26:42 »
Hello Organizers,

Yes, I’d love to attend such an event, but as Amy previously stated it would be better to have the event more centrally located. I live in the Midwest USA so driving the car long distance would be torturous. That said, the car could be transported by a covered and secured carrier. One thing that would be mandatory is overnight protection of the cars. MBCA had a Route 66 Tour back in ‘06 which had numerous attempted break-ins at one of the stops. The tour was fortunate to have a few attendees who were living out of their MB “motor homes” which prevented further damage. Also understand how weather can be a predication as to locale of an event. San Diego has some of the best weather on the planet most of the year.

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2018, 16:40:40 »
I would love to attend, hopefully but unlikely my pagoda is ready by then.
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2018, 16:45:51 »
I would love to attend and drive my Pagoda. West Coast owners don't have enough get-togethers. Lets do it.

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2018, 16:50:29 »
It’s great to finally have a Pagoda event in California. Events always happen on the east coast for the years I’ve been a member.  I’m definitely in. 
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2018, 17:00:47 »
Nice idea. Thanks for the invite, but the restoration will not be complete by then.

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2018, 17:31:10 »
Given the Psychedelic logo depicting the event, As President of the Pagoda SL Group, I cannot condone or endorse the use of any Hallucinogenic substances, even if it is in Southern California.  I may be interested in shipping too from Ohio. When I ran some quotes, looks like it is roughly $1,000.00 each way.  I was told that you want to ship in an enclosed container, because evidently in the Western USA, Trucks or trains with fancy cars provide good target practice for bored cowboys.  I am serious.

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2018, 17:35:46 »
My wife and I would love to attend something like this but would be much more interested if the event was in Northern California.

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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2018, 18:00:37 »
Here is my 2cents on all of the suggestions on where to have the event besides San Diego. I suspect that the reason we are looking at San Diego is because we have members in the San Diego area that are willing to take this event on and are prepared to work hard to put it together to pull off a great event like the VA event. So, my suggestion is that anyone that wants an event somewhere else, you need to start working on what year you want to host the next event and then start planning it.
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Re: PagodaFest 2019 - San Diego - Gauging Interest
« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2018, 18:27:40 »
Yes, I'd love to drive my 1966 230SL Euro version down to San Diego from Edmonton, Alberta - and enjoy early October sun there - before winter sets in here (and the car goes into the garage for 5 months) ! Also love to learn about technical issues and maintenance - and meet other Pagoda Passionates !

Cheers,

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