: Chicago Meet (August 28-30) discussion



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gdwriter
03-04-09, 11:28 PM
There is now a signup thread:
http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/great-lakes/172496-chicago-meet-august-2009-signup.html
-JH

Since it appears we have reached a consensus on the date, I figured it would be a good idea to start a thread for the meet itself and organizing some of the logistics. I know Jimmy and Nick have offered to help get things organized, and I'm willing to help out where I can to get things moving. I've had a great time at the three meets I've attended (Des Moines 2007, Chicago 2008 and 2009), so I'm really looking forward to another road trip.

First off, here’s a list of people who’ve said they might be interested in coming. Feel free to add to this list:

Out-of-town drivers:


Me (natch) and Hoover
Brian (90_Brougham_350) and possibly Ruthie
Chad
Tanner (Derrty_Deville)
Jesda
Kurt (KFX)
Gizmo
Rick (NightWolf)
Jim (TBJS)
Nick
Justin


Fly-in/Maybes:


Tony (TTS)


Locals @ the winter meet:


Nicki
JimmyH
JD (Dirt_Cheap_Fleetwood)
Gary88
Kael


Other locals to invite:


Elias (96 Fleetwood)
John (JRau)
Keith (AlBundy)
Larry (Ranger)
Tom (N0DIH)


If I’ve forgotten anybody, it’s not intentional. Just add yourself to the list.

As summer gets closer, it’d be a good idea to firm up who’s coming so we can make reservations for dinners/Sunday brunch/hotel/golf, etc. I know if may seem early, but this way anybody who needs to take vacation time can plan ahead.

gdwriter
03-04-09, 11:50 PM
A few other logistical items. Jimmy mentioned that he lives close to the Volo Auto Museum (http://www.volocars.com/), and they have park space available to host car club events (http://www.volocars.com/car-club-directory.htm). It's free, but must be reserved two weeks in advance. This would be a good place to host a picnic or barbecue on Saturday. Jimmy, can you see if we can make a reservation sooner?

There was also talk about going to a drag strip. Great Lakes Dragaway (http://www.greatlakesdragaway.com/) in Southern Wisconsin was mentioned, but maybe there's another one that's closer to Chicago? Anybody want to look into that?

Since there are several members from the last Chicago meet around Downers Grove, maybe that should be our home base. Since I'm traveling with my dog, I need a hotel that allows pets, and the one listed in Downers Grove is Red Roof Inn (http://www.redroof.com/reservations/inn_details.asp?innNumber=0087&NOA=&aYr=&aMo=&aDa=&dYr=&dMo=&dDa=&CP=&TA=&redi=&BTRSID=ihdwkfuvotee5i55ubc5dh45&BTR=RRProximityResults.aspx?searchtype=C) near I-88 and Highland Ave. If we have at least 10 people coming in from out of town, we can get a group rate. I can look into that if this is an OK location. Nicki, John or Gary, would you be willing to check this place out or suggest something better if it's not up to snuff?

The Sunday brunch we had in Des Moines was incredible, so maybe one of the locals could suggest a good place in the west 'burbs where we can make a reservation.

Gary88 mentioned a nice golf course near his house in Lemont, so as August approaches, it would be a good idea to find out who'd be interested in golf on Sunday and seeing what's available for tee times nearby.

Any other ideas? Post them here. August is only five months away, after all.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-05-09, 12:17 AM
I can't golf worth a damn but I will gladly race you in a cart. Volo is a cool place and its far enough from the city to satisfy me.

Lookey what the have for sale now. http://www.volocars.com/1988-cadillac-fleetwood-brougham--c-1027.htm :2thumbs:

nickc50310
03-05-09, 01:42 AM
Red Roof in looks good Gary. Got good reviews even! Coming with me would be, Me, my brother (Justin), and my girlfriend. We would probably be in for everything. I am a golfer and they arent so i have to find something for my brother and girlfriend to do Sunday while we golf. Nicki you want to go shopping with them? :o HEHE!




Anyway, here is what my ideal plan would be. Not tryin to step on any toes, just getting the idea out there.




Get to downtown CHI by 1pm on Thursday
Meet up with Gary or anyone else that wants to hit the science museum
Hang out and drink
Eat a good dinner
go drink at the top of the hancock tower and hit other bars
Friday-
Travel to the suburbs, meet up with everyone, etc
Hit Todai Sushi in Schaumberg
hit the car museum near Jimmys
Personal night for people to rest or do what they want
Saturday-
Group breakfast maybe
meet up with everyone
have actual meet/track time or whatever
Have a nice dinner with everyone (GIORDANOS!!!!!)
Go out drinking
Sunday-
Group breakfast
Golf
Go home

gary88
03-05-09, 01:43 AM
There was also talk about going to a drag strip. Great Lakes Dragaway (http://www.greatlakesdragaway.com/) in Southern Wisconsin was mentioned, but maybe there's another one that's closer to Chicago? Anybody want to look into that?

Gary88 mentioned a nice golf course near his house in Lemont, so as August approaches, it would be a good idea to find out who'd be interested in golf on Sunday and seeing what's available for tee times nearby.


There's Route 66 in Joliet, not terribly far from downtown. Test and tune runs April 18 - September 12. $10 admission and $25 to race. Very nice, and right next door to a NASCAR track. I'm fine going anywhere though.

http://www.chicagolandspeedway.com/cgi-bin/r.cgi/index_rt66.html


Green fees for Cog Hill are here:

http://www.coghillgolf.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=725&page=40448

Personally I like course #1. I've never played Ravines, but it's ridiculously nice, home of the 1997 US Amateur championship. Dubsdread is the same course the PGA pros play the BMW Championship on (formerly the Western Open). My pockets aren't deep enough to play there just yet.

If we decide to play here I'll have a tee time booked.

Oh and there's also Gleneagles. My second choice when I can't get a tee time at Cog Hill :_sure:

http://www.golfgleneagles.com/

It's literally down the street from Cog Hill too.

96Fleetwood
03-05-09, 08:40 AM
I should be free at least one of those days, so count me in :thumbsup:

CadillacGurl
03-05-09, 09:49 AM
Whoever doesn't want to golf, I can take them shopping either to Oakbrook (largest outdoor mall in US) or downtown to Michigan Avenue. I personally suck at golf, I'm only good at putting so if someone needs a putter, PICK ME! :D

My poll is open until Saturday, the 7th so just incase if anymore people sign up.

As I said before, I might be able to take some people in my house, just depends if my parents come in.

Another place people wanted to go to is Portillo's so you can add that to the itenirary.

On Saturdays, Navy Pier has fireworks around 9 if anyone is interested. (FREE!)

gdwriter
03-05-09, 01:27 PM
I can't golf worth a damn but I will gladly race you in a cart. Volo is a cool place and its far enough from the city to satisfy me.

Looky what they have for sale now. http://www.volocars.com/1988-cadillac-fleetwood-brougham--c-1027.htm :2thumbs:I saw that Brougham on the Volo site as well and figured you'd like it. Those cars look great in black, but I'd never own a black car; too much work to keep it looking good.

I've been playing golf off and on for 20 years, but only after I started playing again two years ago has my game gotten respectable. For that, I can credit my aunt and sister (three-time women's military world champion (http://www.defenselink.mil/armedforcessports/zgol.html)), who corrected my swing and grip. I also took a faculty/staff fitness golf class last spring, and I'm taking the next-level class this spring. Last year, one of the guys in the office took the class, too, and we had a regular Friday-after-work golf game, which we'll resume this spring and summer. So my game should be in decent shape by late August.

I had the highest score in Des Moines by 1 or two strokes, but I still played well enough to have fun. So even if you can't golf worth a damn, you can still have a good time (and yes, racing around on the cart is part of the fun).

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-05-09, 01:48 PM
I'll own you all at minigolf. :p

Portillo's is a must this trip.

Nick, I like your itinerary. It may be hard for some to be here by that time on Thursday but I will definitely be up for it. I can't go to the bars with you but I will gladly drive your CTS back to the hotel for you. Such a small car will be no problem for me to handle. :)

Route 66 Speedway is a great option as long as there are no official events happening. If that is the case then there is no way we are going to get any track time.

You can count me out of the shopping. Not interested.

Just thought I should add another one sentence paragraph down here for good fun.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-05-09, 07:28 PM
Minigolf would be cool, cooler than regular golf for me (I haven't golfed since I was like 11) and I'd definitely be down for drag racing! If we drag, I'll drive my Mercedes down (I've never raced it, always wanted to). If we autox or don't race at all, I won't drive.

90Brougham350
03-05-09, 07:31 PM
Count me in for sure, Ruthie a good possibility at this point. We'll be able to make it Friday afternoon, probably leave Sunday after brunch. As long as we get to a drag strip some time during the weekend, I'm happy. $25 to race is a steal, the nearest drag strip to the Twin Cities is an hour away and they charge $70 for test and tune. Other than that, I don't care too much what we end up doing.

Brian

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-05-09, 08:11 PM
Brian, I'm very interested to see what a 7.3 or 7.5L Ford F-250 will run in the quarter mile..... :yup:

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-05-09, 08:17 PM
My uncle has my grandfather's old '89 F-250 with a 7.3L International Harvester diesel. It is a beast but slower than hell. It is so front heavy that it will get stuck in moist grass (like early morning dew), even on a level surface.

Chad, you and I must race. It would be absolutely hilarious to see two enormous luxury cars going down the track. I saw somewhere that my car will run somewhere around a 17. :(

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-05-09, 08:45 PM
The 7.3L in the '89 was not turbocharged. It made 180hp and 345 lb/ft (at 1400rpm!!!) It wasn't turbocharged until 1994, then it made 190hp and 395 lb/ft, they refer to that as the IDI (INdirect injection), then in '94.5 they made it direct injection and that's the 7.3L to have! It made the most power (210hp and 425 lb/ft) and was the most fuel efficent and the most modifiable. Although, the replacement parts were the most expensive and it's the most expensive to buy now. Whenever I'm at one of my accounts that works with diesels or Fords, they ALL say that the 7.3L was the way to go if you wanted a diesel Ford. The earlier 6.9L was known for snapping crankshafts (LOL) in the early models, and the 6.0L's are known for EGR issues and headgaskets.

I'd love to race you. Your '90 is a real low 17 second car, and my '99 is a low-mid 16.....maybe. :lildevil:

CadillacGurl
03-05-09, 09:32 PM
Mini Golf works for me :)

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-05-09, 10:15 PM
There is a really nice minigolf place called Lost Adventures on 75th street right next to Brunswick Zone in Woodridge.

I am curious to know how my grandpa's truck would run in a quarter. Its got the Duramax but it is a heavy truck. He wighed it once at half fuel capacity and it was close to 7300 pounds. He added an extra fuel tank so it can hold 80 gallons and all the tools he has in the boxes in back really weigh it down.

nickc50310
03-05-09, 10:37 PM
I like how this is shaping up! If my GF is happy to go shopping then I can golf without getting the evil eye and what not! AHAHAHAH!

What is Portillos? Food joint? You all know I like good food! :)

Gary(88), I dont know if those courses will let me in! Im a hooligan on the golf course! AHAHAHA! Im just kidding, I only mis behave at my usual Des Moines course and usually only when Im with some of my buddies from around here. Some of the shenanigans we have pulled on the golf course would blow your mind! :eek: Ill break out the khakis if required! :bouncy:

ZiggyCatera
03-05-09, 11:40 PM
looks fun

CadillacSTS42005
03-05-09, 11:42 PM
throw me on the list +1 in the 03 STS
+2 if i can get my sisters BF to motorcade on up with his 04 SLS

gary88
03-06-09, 02:02 AM
Gary(88), I dont know if those courses will let me in! Im a hooligan on the golf course! AHAHAHA! Im just kidding, I only mis behave at my usual Des Moines course and usually only when Im with some of my buddies from around here. Some of the shenanigans we have pulled on the golf course would blow your mind! :eek: Ill break out the khakis if required! :bouncy:

You can be a hooligan all you want after you pay and get past the first hole :cool2:

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-06-09, 10:58 AM
Portillos: One of the best places to eat on the planet. The hot dogs are good but the burgers are to die for. http://www.portillos.com/portillos/

If you want really good hot dogs you go to Gene and Jude's.

CadillacGurl
03-06-09, 09:04 PM
Portillos: One of the best places to eat on the planet. The hot dogs are good but the burgers are to die for. http://www.portillos.com/portillos/

If you want really good hot dogs you go to Gene and Jude's.

:smack: Portillo's hot dogs are the best!!! I had 2 today :D

iowasevillests
03-08-09, 05:18 PM
Put me down for being there, possibly a +1 in my car also. Road trip, meet fellow Caddy owners, get out of Iowa for a couple days....sounds like a great weekend. I'll also see if my brother wants to join and bring his 96 STS along also.

thebigjimsho
03-08-09, 08:25 PM
hmm...

CadillacGurl
03-08-09, 09:05 PM
hmm...

you better come or I'll have RT kick your behind

CadillacSTS42005
03-08-09, 09:53 PM
nvm guyz
gotta count me out on this

gary88
03-09-09, 07:09 PM
nvm guyz
gotta count me out on this

afraid the SLS will embarrass you at the track? :yup:

thebigjimsho
03-09-09, 11:24 PM
you better come or I'll have RT kick your behind
if she shows... :aloof:

CadillacGurl
03-10-09, 12:02 AM
She said she might... I gotta bug Jerry to come to then she'll come... mommy and daddy reunited again! :D

thebigjimsho
03-11-09, 02:32 AM
So what's the deal with the dates? I'll be in Chicago for the SHO BBQ on August 15th...

CadillacGurl
03-11-09, 08:26 PM
What do you mean what's the deal with the dates?? It's at the end of the month 28th-30th.

thebigjimsho
03-12-09, 01:14 AM
What do you mean what's the deal with the dates?? It's at the end of the month 28th-30th.
well, I never saw the result of the poll and I didn't think that was the end-all-be-all. And it's never said as definite in this thread. All I saw was Gary surmising that it might be.

CadillacGurl
03-12-09, 04:51 AM
well, I never saw the result of the poll and I didn't think that was the end-all-be-all. And it's never said as definite in this thread. All I saw was Gary surmising that it might be.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/great-lakes/162234-chicago-meet-august-6.html

21-23: 3 votes
28-30: 5 votes

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/great-lakes/162234-chicago-meet-august-6.html

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-12-09, 11:46 AM
Although it looks as though it will be more like the 26-30th.

gary88
03-12-09, 01:05 PM
Slightly off topic, but the Sears Tower is being renamed the Willis Tower :(

http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=33292

thebigjimsho
03-12-09, 04:00 PM
well, if it can't be on the 15th, then the 29th is better. Don't think I want to be driving to and from Chicago 2 weekends in a row...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-12-09, 08:41 PM
Slightly off topic, but the Sears Tower is being renamed the Willis Tower :(

http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=33292

http://usversusthem.files.wordpress.com/2007/11/gary-coleman.jpg

CadillacGurl
03-12-09, 09:02 PM
:nono:

kfx
03-12-09, 09:05 PM
This sounds like a blast, but unfortunately I won't be able to make it. That is the weekend that all the students move in at uw-madison & i'm sure i'll have to work. bummerrrrr:crybaby:

Nick, u guys will hafta drink some beers for me.

carseller
03-13-09, 11:14 AM
You can add me to the list! Volo wood be a great place.

JimmyH
03-13-09, 05:13 PM
I will organize something with Volo. My wife is actually friends with the owner, so I got an in there. And I still have never been there :D

Jesda
03-13-09, 05:37 PM
What's Volo?

JimmyH
03-13-09, 05:41 PM
http://www.volocars.com/

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-13-09, 07:28 PM
Its a classic/rare car museum where you can actually purchase the vehicles. Its a mixture of car dealer and museum.

Jesda
03-14-09, 05:56 AM
I'm bringing punch and pie.

gdwriter
03-14-09, 01:56 PM
I'm bringing punch and pie.What kind?

JimmyH
03-14-09, 04:41 PM
Right now, there is a gold Batmobile on display out front.

JimmyH
03-14-09, 04:41 PM
What kind?

I dont know about the punch, but as for the pie....
Jesda is still single, n'est pas?

JimmyH
03-14-09, 04:59 PM
I have Joel, who coordinates alot of local events, looking into an autox solution for me. I will keep everone posted.

gary88
03-14-09, 05:12 PM
I have Joel, who coordinates alot of local events, looking into an autox solution for me. I will keep everone posted.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v222/gheb88/funny-pictures-relevant-to-my-inter.jpg

Jesda
03-15-09, 03:04 AM
What kind?

Diet Slice and pizza chips!

http://www.nbc.com/30_Rock/images/placeholders/bios/tracy.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-15-09, 10:15 AM
I'm bringing punch and pie.


I'm a little worried Jesda.....

http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y250/PhotozOnline/HeavensGateIntroLogo.jpg

Necrosan
03-15-09, 02:44 PM
Count me in.

thebigjimsho
03-16-09, 11:49 PM
what?

CadillacGurl
03-17-09, 05:29 PM
Jimbo you coming??

Cadillac_Fan
03-18-09, 10:19 PM
This looks like it's shaping up to be a good time. Let's just stay away from the Robert Taylor Homes, Cabrini-Green (what's left of them), and the seedy pockets around the University of Chicago. With out-of-state tags, we'd be sitting ducks begging to be stuck with a sharp object. (Ironic for me to be paranoid, especially given my car's value wouldn't even cover the cost of factory wheels on a CTS.)

Now the noveau riche & cave-dweller North Shore 'burbs, that's another story...

I'd just hope my Cadillac holds it together for the trip from Indianapolis and back! However, before I commit, I must get a few all-clears.

gdwriter
03-19-09, 01:35 PM
This looks like it's shaping up to be a good time. Let's just stay away from the Robert Taylor Homes, Cabrini-Green (what's left of them), and the seedy pockets around the University of Chicago.I think we're pretty much staying in the west and northwest 'burbs for the meet. There are a number of members who don't want to go anywhere near downtown Chicago because of the traffic and parking hassles.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-19-09, 03:26 PM
and parking hassles.

Dead on.

CadillacGurl
03-19-09, 05:43 PM
That's why we're taking public transportation (Metra) if we do go downtown.

90Brougham350
03-19-09, 09:55 PM
I guess I'd prefer to stay in the suburbs. No drag strip downtown after all..... It doesn't matter too much to me, but the way I look at it, we only get a weekend, I guess I'd rather be at a restaurant / event instead of sitting in traffic or trying to find a place to park.

Brian

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-19-09, 10:33 PM
Hey Brian, are you still looking for a car to replace the truck?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-20-09, 12:45 AM
Hey Brian, are you still looking for a car to replace the truck?


Noooo..... The deed has been completed. :lildevil: :stirpot:

He should have a thread this weekend. And that's all I can say...

Jesda
03-20-09, 03:10 AM
F*** downtown! I'm not going to a god damned car meet to take public transit!

CadillacGurl
03-20-09, 10:03 AM
There is a Giordano's in Downers Grove and it is very very good like the ones downtown. Plus there are really nice and reasonable restaurants in the burbs too. Tonight I'm actually going to Vincitori's in Westmont which is an Italian restaurant with reasonable prices for pasta and wine, Dad is treating me :D

We only have to go downtown maybe for a couple hours, do the Sears Tower and/or go to Millennium Park. It's easier just to take Metra so you only pay $5.

CadillacGurl
03-20-09, 10:03 AM
F*** downtown! I'm not going to a god damned car meet to take public transit!

Suck it up boy!!!:crybaby:

Jesda
03-20-09, 01:40 PM
Suck it up boy!!!:crybaby:

http://www.majhost.com/gallery/toast-of-demise/Gifs/fuuuuuuu.png

thebigjimsho
03-22-09, 12:35 AM
Jimbo you coming??
who me?

gdwriter
03-22-09, 01:13 AM
who me?Yes, you. Fly if you have to. All the cool kids will be there. And my dog.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-22-09, 08:25 PM
Yes, you. Fly if you have to. All the cool kids will be there. And my dog.

Who said you were a kid? :D

gdwriter
03-22-09, 09:24 PM
Who said you were a kid? :DBrat.

CadillacGurl
03-23-09, 02:37 PM
http://www.majhost.com/gallery/toast-of-demise/Gifs/fuuuuuuu.png

oh you know you love me :bouncy:

Redxped1
03-24-09, 01:24 AM
are any V's coming to this meet

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-24-09, 10:31 AM
Jimmy has a CTS-V. Elias's Fleetwood will give you V guys a run for your money though. :)

JimmyH
03-24-09, 11:17 AM
Jimmy has a CTS-V. Elias's Fleetwood will give you V guys a run for your money though. :)

That's because the V is not a drag racer. My CTS3.6 gets off the line faster.

But by the end of 2nd gear you will watching my taillights.

JimmyH
03-24-09, 11:19 AM
F*** downtown! I'm not going to a god damned car meet to take public transit!

+1

I met you guise downtown once already. I am done with that.


Have we finalized the dates yet? If so, I will start talking to Volo and Great Lakes.

Redxped1
03-24-09, 11:28 AM
im down for volo and great lakes ill get a 09 ctsv to come with and ill bring a 12.7 exhaust and silencer only mod stsv

JimmyH
03-24-09, 11:31 AM
I'd love to see both run the 1/4. Especially the 09V to see how well they solved the axle-hop.

1FASTSS
03-24-09, 04:14 PM
I live in Plainfield which is close to Rt. 66 and depending on what else I have going on I could make it down there to meet up. Usually spend all my time with the camaro but pimping out the V would be fun too.

-Chris

CadillacGurl
03-24-09, 05:02 PM
+1

I met you guise downtown once already. I am done with that.


Have we finalized the dates yet? If so, I will start talking to Volo and Great Lakes.

Dates are August 28-30 :rolleyes:

JimmyH
03-24-09, 06:44 PM
Dates are August 28-30 :rolleyes:

And that is the final answer?

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-24-09, 07:44 PM
But by the end of 2nd gear you will watching my taillights.

Probably but I rode in his car about 3 weeks ago and it was mighty quick. It spun the tires a little shifting into second which promptly turned on his traction control and ABS warning lights. :lildevil:

GizmoQ
03-24-09, 11:07 PM
Probably but I rode in his car about 3 weeks ago and it was mighty quick. It spun the tires a little shifting into second which promptly turned on his traction control and ABS warning lights. :lildevil:

Hell I can do that!

thebigjimsho
03-24-09, 11:44 PM
when are the dates??

rangerrob
03-25-09, 02:28 AM
tbjs, just caught wind of this... as long as I'm back in the States by then, I'll go if you go, lol... well i'll probably go anyways, but maybe that'd entice you to swing out to the Windy City, I'd say Route 66 Raceway is the place to be, it's always a good time... i can't believe Jimmy left me off this one after all the V meets I organized last year in DG.... just kiddin Jimmy, hope all is well can't wait to get back!

JimmyH
03-25-09, 07:55 AM
Rangerrob! what up baby? Actually, I never did get to meet up with you guys last year. Funny, I was thinking about bumping that thread to see if any of the Chicago V guys wanted to meet up again. I get off of work at 2pm now everyday, so I will have no problems this summer.

bigjim, the dates are in the thread title. Although no one has confirmed to me that these are the "official" dates. I know there is plenty of time, but I want to start talking to Volo and Great Lakes.

And try as I might, I have no autox solution. As I said before, there is really nothing viable anywhere near the Chicagoland area. We are stuck with straight line racing. Of course, except for the V guys, I think that is preferable to everyone.

JimmyH
03-25-09, 08:12 AM
when are the dates??

well, if you come on out, I will give you the ghost's spot in the garage

96Fleetwood
03-25-09, 08:34 AM
FYI, there is no way I can give a CTS-V a run for the money. It does a better job at winning trophies than burning rubber. @ nearly 5,000 lbs, I am happy with the 14.0 1/4 mile on street tires.

JimmyH
03-25-09, 09:53 AM
It will give me a run. With a street start and granny shifting, a stock V is around 14 flat. Hole shots and power shifting is just asking for diff problems.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-25-09, 10:02 AM
Yeah, last year Jimmy only ran a low 14 second quarter mile while the regular CTSs were doing it in high 14's. That really surprised me.

JimmyH
03-25-09, 10:05 AM
You take it easy on the diff, when it's your only way to make it the 300 miles home...

And it doesnt help when you have to drive through the burnout puddle whether or not you want to do a burnout...

I might get a little more aggressive at Great Lakes. Plus I have RS-A now instead of the F1s, which cuts down on the axle hop.

CadillacGurl
03-25-09, 10:56 AM
August 28-30th are the official dates for the meet. Poll results are as stands:
August 21-23: 3 people
August 28th-30th: 5 people

There were 12 people saying either weekend works. :)

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-26-09, 12:00 PM
My friend with the '87 Iroc Camaro may show up at the drag strip this year, if he can get the day off. We both work the same job so if we both take off the same day, especially a weekend, it is sometimes hard to get it approved. Right now his car is up in the air in his garage as we are doing some work to it. Over the winter he bought a cam, some Hooker shorty headers and a Flowmaster exhaust system that has 3" INNER diameter pipes.
:burn: :rockon:
Oh yeah, he has hair longer than any of us (including Nikki) and listens to lots of White Snake. The 80's are back.

CadillacGurl
03-26-09, 01:55 PM
It's N-I-C-K-I!.... k thx

Did we want to start making day plans???

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-26-09, 02:36 PM
It's N-I-C-K-I!.... k thx

My bad. :hide: :worship:

jey
03-26-09, 03:13 PM
FYI, there is no way I can give a CTS-V a run for the money. It does a better job at winning trophies than burning rubber. @ nearly 5,000 lbs, I am happy with the 14.0 1/4 mile on street tires.

Nice Marauder by the way!

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-26-09, 04:03 PM
Ah, so you did get the Maruader. Congrats. I'll be stealing it in the night.

Chad, tell Brian he needs to start a thread about whatever he bought to replace the truck. I really wanna know.

CadillacGurl
03-26-09, 04:45 PM
I think I heard Lincoln Continental but I'm not too sure. BRIAN/CHAD REPORT TO CHICAGO MEET THREAD STAT!

JimmyH
03-26-09, 06:03 PM
It's N-I-C-K-I!.... k thx

Did we want to start making day plans???

Nicole?



If everyone is agreed on the date, and interested in Great Lakes and Volo, I will start making some phone calls.

I was thinking a BBQ at Volo Saturday afternoon, and drag racing at Great Lakes Saturday night. Or should it be vice versa?

CadillacGurl
03-26-09, 06:30 PM
Nicole?



If everyone is agreed on the date, and interested in Great Lakes and Volo, I will start making some phone calls.

I was thinking a BBQ at Volo Saturday afternoon, and drag racing at Great Lakes Saturday night. Or should it be vice versa?

Works for me... don't call me Nicole :thepan: my parents do that...

JimmyH
03-26-09, 06:38 PM
sorry Nicole

(you really need to learn not to tell people not to call you something, or they are just going to keep doing it :D)

gdwriter
03-26-09, 06:50 PM
I was thinking a BBQ at Volo Saturday afternoon, and drag racing at Great Lakes Saturday night. Or should it be vice versa?I like that idea, Jimmy. I think trying to get full consensus from everybody may be like herding cats, so it might be a good idea to go ahead and start making arrangements. I don't believe Volo is open in the evening, so an afternoon BBQ there makes sense to me.

JimmyH
03-26-09, 07:46 PM
I might try giving Cyndis a call tomorrow.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-26-09, 08:08 PM
I'm game for pretty much anything, depends on what car I own at the time. Heh heh. I might not have the Mercedes then.... If I buy something faster, I'll wanna drag race it, but if I keep what I have or get something slower, then I won't drive down, but I'll ride with Brian and Ruthie in BRIAN'S 1994 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL.

Identical to this:
http://www.avto-otchet.net/CarReviews/2552_0.jpg

gdwriter
03-26-09, 08:22 PM
I might not have the Mercedes then....Oh, really? :suspect:

Intimidated by being outrunned by the most awesome yellow Jeep in the whole wide world?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-26-09, 08:26 PM
No. It needs a blower motor. The part from the dealer is ~$800 PLUS labor. This is normal for Mercedes. I'm not rich. I need something cheaper. (LT-1 Roadmaster/Fleetwood, 90-92 Brougham, GTP, Maxima GLE, etc etc.)

gary88
03-26-09, 08:48 PM
No. It needs a blower motor. The part from the dealer is ~$800 PLUS labor. This is normal for Mercedes. I'm not rich. I need something cheaper. (LT-1 Roadmaster/Fleetwood, 90-92 Brougham, GTP, Maxima GLE, etc etc.)

I'll sell you my SLS :yup:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-26-09, 08:59 PM
No Northstars. I want something simpler and cheaper.

Anyways, long story short. I have no HVAC fan, so I have no heat or A/C, and my A/C doesn't work because it's low on refrigerant...so it's leaking out of somewhere, possibly the Evaporator (but that, along with my condensor, compressor and all seals are covered under my warranty). I'm taking it in to the dealer on Saturday morning for the diagnosis and an oil change. I should know then what I'll be doing. It's a reliable car, but whenever something needs repair, it's atleast $500 and I'm not made of money.

I love it, but it's too spendy!! :p

Anyways, sorry to thread jack. I'll make a thread in the lounge when I know what's going on.

gdwriter
03-26-09, 10:53 PM
No. It needs a blower motor. The part from the dealer is ~$800 PLUS labor. This is normal for Mercedes.Yikes! That's just insane. Although there are number of European cars that I like -- including yours -- the costs for parts and repairs are just so much higher than an American or even Japanese car that I don't even consider owning one.

thebigjimsho
03-27-09, 12:23 AM
tbjs, just caught wind of this... as long as I'm back in the States by then, I'll go if you go, lol... well i'll probably go anyways, but maybe that'd entice you to swing out to the Windy City, I'd say Route 66 Raceway is the place to be, it's always a good time... i can't believe Jimmy left me off this one after all the V meets I organized last year in DG.... just kiddin Jimmy, hope all is well can't wait to get back!
yeah, I should be there... :cloud9:

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-27-09, 01:11 AM
Chad, you have have my Fleetwood. All it needs are pads, rotors, drums, shoes, front calipers, full tune up, all new A/C system (that probably will never happen), TCC solenoid replacement (may never happen either), front wheel bearings, some EGR work and the giant oil leak needs to be fixed. Oh yeah, there is a hole the size of a softball in the front driver shock tower. I ain't rich either, I work at Wal-Mart. :)

Those Continentals are not bad. We had one at my old tech school that I went to back when I was in High School. I just hope the trans has been rebuilt on it because from what I have heard they crap out even faster than a 4t60, usually by 90k miles.


Edit: Just found this for you Chad. You can have your DeVille back. http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/cto/1085348413.html

JimmyH
03-27-09, 08:56 AM
Chad, you need to get your azz back in a Caddy. Common now.
Then you won't get fooled again.

96Fleetwood
03-27-09, 09:34 AM
That price is not ridiculous for the repair on the S320. My Brother had a '98 STS, '00 STS, '02 SLS, and two '03 DTS.

It would be $500-3,500 each time he went to the dealer for 'maintenance.'

It is the price you pay for driving a high end luxury vehicle. The 50,000 mile service on my Mother's BMW 760Li was $2,800. :bigroll:


Have you found a independant german repair shop Chad? The Infiniti dealer wanted $1,200 for front and rear pads/rotors on the M45. We took it to Ogden Motorcars and they charged us $650 for that same service using OEM parts!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-27-09, 12:33 PM
At this point, a nice LT1 Fleetwood or Roadmaster would be the cats' meow. Cheap, simple, reliable, fast and easy to own!! I'd also go for a 90-92 Brougham also, provided it's nice and doesn't have the 307

JimmyH
03-27-09, 01:41 PM
how about http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/cto/1080912855.html

CadillacGurl
03-27-09, 02:20 PM
Impalas :vomit:

gdwriter
03-27-09, 06:03 PM
Impalas :vomit:Excuse me? :suspect:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-27-09, 07:40 PM
how about http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/cto/1080912855.html

Nice car, but way over priced. While I respect the Impala SS's for what they were, I'd take a Roadmaster or Fleetwood over them any day. Same car, less of a chance of theft, rarer, more luxurious, not a Chevy, just as fast and as modifiable...

How about doing like a $16,000 two or three year old DTS? They're nice cars. Good looking, fast and luxurious, and they're new enough where I don't have to worry about constantly fixing it, and I might get really lucky and find one that still has a remainder of the factory warranty on it still...

The 2000-03 STS and 2000-02 ETC are on my list too, but they're older, which means a higher chance of an expensive repair in the near future. Then again, they're cheaper though too, which is kind of a moot point because I'll be taking a loan out either way so it's not like it's any cash out of my pocket directly, which would be less for me to have for repairs and maintenance...

A Buick Lucerne has crossed my mind too, but then again, why get a Buick when you can get the Cadillac for another 1-2k?

Well anyways, the car is at the dealer now, so I'll know tomorrow what the problem is and what it's gonna cost, and then I'll have an idea what to do next...

JimmyH
03-27-09, 07:55 PM
The new DTS are very very nice. Considering its heft, you almost forget you are in a large FWDer. It handles and rides that good. It's certainly no sport sedan, but considering it doesn't try to be one makes it that much more amazing. It has to be the most underrated luxo sedan out there. Definitely pick up one of those if you can. Thank the maker for Cadillac's horrible resale value.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-27-09, 07:59 PM
Edit: Just found this for you Chad. You can have your DeVille back. http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/cto/1085348413.html

Holy crap! If it had the cloth seats, it would be identical to mine!

gdwriter
03-27-09, 08:02 PM
As my experience shows, you can find last-generation Sevilles with low miles and in good shape at a very reasonable price. Even my '01 still qualified for a 36-month, 45,000-mile extended warranty that's pretty much bumper to bumper for $1,600. Before I bought the car, I checked, and it does cover head gaskets and motor mounts among other things. I'll e-mail you the warranty info.

If you do look at getting a different car and need a loan, if you don't have an account already, look into a credit union. I got very favorable terms and less hassle with my car loan.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-27-09, 08:47 PM
Holy crap! If it had the cloth seats, it would be identical to mine!

Cadillac with cloth = :ack:

That DeVille has actually been on and off Craigslist since January. It will never sell at that price. For $3500 its not a bad deal though. I paid $4k for my '95 and it had 57K miles when I bought it.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-28-09, 10:25 AM
Newer Maximas are really starting to make a lot of sense to me. They have all of the luxury features of a Cadillac or Mercedes (without the name, prestige, history.....or repair bills :lol: ), you can get them for a decent amount of money (a good, low mileage 05-07 one is usually $17-20k, and some of them will still have the factory warranty), they're fast, fun to drive and decent on gas....and they take 87 octane!! They're probably cheap(er) to repair than what I'm used to, and I've got an account down in Rochester that is a Nissan dealer, so I could have them do all the repairs and maintenance for a good deal (probably :lol: ). Sure, it's not a super sweet Cadillac Brougham or DTS, but it's a lot more manageable and easy to live with at my age...

And besides, I've always kinda liked Nissan, especially the Maximas. Someone said that the Maxima was the "poor man's 3 Series", and I like how that sounds, because I'm a poor man and I like how 3 Series drive. :D

When I was the part time parts and service cashier at Walser Nissan in '05-'06, I drove an '02 Maxima GLE, and I was quite impressed. It was faster than a Northstar Cadillac, quite well equipped and luxurious. I didn't really care for how light it felt, but I could get over that.

I could do one of these... :yup:
http://images.autotrader.com/images/2009/3/20/258/488/10925699263.258488674.IM1.MAIN.565x421_A.562x421.j pg

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-28-09, 10:33 AM
If you want a Maxima just get an older Infinity. My grandparents have a '98 I30 that drives extremely nice and the v-6 has A LOT of power to its name.

However, I think you would be better suited by this. :)

http://www.edmunds.com/pictures/VEHICLE/1993/Pontiac/18079/1993.pontiac.sunbird.9004-396x249.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-28-09, 10:44 AM
The problem with the older Infiniti is that it's older.....and it's more expensive to repair, because it's an Infiniti. :lol: But they are a nice cars though...

Not that I didn't give an early Q45 a thought..... :D

I've never had a "new" car before. Everything I've had is atleast 8 years old. I'm kinda excited to have a car with navigation, iPod input, keyless ignition, stability control, a CVT tranny (maybe not that so much), etc etc.

Jesda
03-28-09, 11:14 AM
The 92 STS is still ticking. Almost 170k. Not for sale. Likely never will be. 4.9 for the win! :)

My next used Cadillac might be a 4.9L early 90s Deville. Their owners tend to baby them.

CadillacGurl
03-28-09, 11:27 AM
Excuse me? :suspect:

Sorry I don't like those body style ones, I like the older ones like yours. Sorry I should have made that post more clearer, my bad :hide:

96Fleetwood
03-28-09, 02:32 PM
M45 FTW!

Maximas are way overpriced IMO....

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/caddym45.jpg

gdwriter
03-28-09, 03:10 PM
Sorry I don't like those body style ones, I like the older ones like yours. Sorry I should have made that post more clearer, my bad :hide:I was just giving you a hard time, Nicki. I figured you were talking about the 90s body style. Besides, who couldn't love Betty?

JimmyH
03-28-09, 08:45 PM
6th gen Maximas suck. I have driven one extensively. It's overweight, has a gaudy interior, and is completely devoid of chassis response.

5.5 gens (02-03) are quick, have a decent interior, and have decent feedback.

4th gen was the pinnacle. my 97 is still the best handling FWD car I have ever driven. They are kind of old now, but if you can find 99 Chad, that would be a winner.

The 7th gen is just awesome. Though I have never driven one, and that's probably out of your price range.


oh, and since you were complaining about the repair costs on your S, maximas are not exactly cheap to fix either.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-28-09, 08:53 PM
I'm not thinking Maxima anymore.....something else.... Something FWD and German.....

JimmyH
03-28-09, 08:54 PM
german :nono:

stay away from VW. they are nothing but problems.

and try and stay away from the A4/S4 stigma (I am assuming that is where you are going)

96Fleetwood
03-28-09, 09:32 PM
My brother traded his '03 DTS on a loaded '09 Passat CC VR6 a couple months ago. 3,200 miles later and he is still pretty happy.

gary88
03-28-09, 09:50 PM
I hear the B6 A4/S4 are pretty reliable from the little research I've done on Audi forums. B5 is apparently the body style to stay far, far away from.

JimmyH
03-28-09, 10:29 PM
My brother traded his '03 DTS on a loaded '09 Passat CC VR6 a couple months ago. 3,200 miles later and he is still pretty happy.

I will admit, that is one slick looking car.

I still hate anything German though.

gdwriter
03-28-09, 11:29 PM
german :nono:

stay away from VW. they are nothing but problems.I know what it is, but I'll let Chad spill it if he so chooses.

Other than a previous-generation 3-Series and some Audis, German cars just don't toast my bread. The maintenance, repair and parts costs also keep me away. A Cadillac may not be cheap to repair, but it's going to be less than most European cars.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-29-09, 12:08 AM
VWs are not reliable at all. My aunt has a '00 Beetle that she bought brand new and now has 60k miles on it. It sat in my grandparent's garage for about 6 years while she was living in Prague/New York/London. It has had all scheduled maintenance done at the dealer and my grandpa drove it at least 10 miles once a week while she was away. As of now there are stains in the headliner from where the roof was leaking, the driver's window switch is broken (already been fixed twice before) and there is a horrible parasitic battery drain that we have linked to the heated seats. VW = not worth the investment.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-29-09, 12:50 AM
I'm not thinking Maxima anymore.....something else.... Something FWD and German.....

Oh did I say German? Whoopsie, I meant Japanese...


german :nono:

stay away from VW. they are nothing but problems.

and try and stay away from the A4/S4 stigma (I am assuming that is where you are going)

Oh good lord! If I thought the Mercedes was expensive to own, an Audi/VW will put it to shame. Atleast the Mercedes is pretty reliable...the Audi/VW is not.


Definitely not going down that path, not even with a brand new one.

Oh I suppose you're wondering what the diagnosis was with the Mercedes. The Blower motor is shot.....$1170 for a replacement...not covered under my warranty :eek: The A/C warning light was on because all the refrigerant leaked out of the compressor and to replace that it would cost $1700, but THANK GOD that's covered under my warranty. The A/C drier is leaking too, but that's not covered, but at only $200, it's not horrible.

CadillacGurl
03-29-09, 12:28 PM
Oh I suppose you're wondering what the diagnosis was with the Mercedes. The Blower motor is shot.....$1170 for a replacement...not covered under my warranty :eek: The A/C warning light was on because all the refrigerant leaked out of the compressor and to replace that it would cost $1700, but THANK GOD that's covered under my warranty. The A/C drier is leaking too, but that's not covered, but at only $200, it's not horrible.

:eek: Ouch!

thebigjimsho
03-29-09, 05:42 PM
The 7th gen is just awesome. Though I have never driven one, and that's probably out of your price range.


The look has grown on me. But with no extra power and a CVT trans only? Egads, no thanks...

thebigjimsho
03-29-09, 05:43 PM
and I guess the meet is off?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
03-29-09, 05:55 PM
No, the meet is still on. Sorry for threadjacking. :)

thebigjimsho
03-29-09, 06:41 PM
hmm...

JimmyH
03-29-09, 06:41 PM
The look has grown on me. But with no extra power and a CVT trans only? Egads, no thanks...

it has decent power, even if it's not very fast. and the CVT works well enough, even though I can't stand it. it's better than the pitiful 5 speed auto that was in the first 6 gen.

JimmyH
03-29-09, 06:42 PM
the meet is still on

I will be posting more details in the coming weeks

CadillacGurl
03-29-09, 08:40 PM
I'm craving Giordano's but I'm trying to save money and lose weight... and my roomie just brought some home to piss me off grrr

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-30-09, 11:44 AM
I'm hijacking this again. Chad, these are all calling your name.

1992 350 Brougham http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/cto/1095993450.html

1993 FWB 55k miles http://chicago.craigslist.org/wcl/cto/1096092435.html

Beautiful 1993 DeVille http://racine.craigslist.org/cto/1086036574.html

This one not so much but its still a cool and rare find. '87 Fleetwood d'Elegance http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/cto/1091767965.html

JimmyH
03-30-09, 01:04 PM
If those cars can really say "Hey Chad, come here"

then I would buy all three of them

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
03-30-09, 02:52 PM
If those cars can really say "Hey Chad, come here"

then I would buy all three of them

If they really said that I would start haulin' ass in the other direction.

96Fleetwood
03-30-09, 03:20 PM
The white '93 Brougham with 55K belongs to a friend of mine. If anyone is interested, let me know.

CadillacGurl
03-30-09, 08:57 PM
If those cars can really say "Hey Chad, come here"

then I would buy all three of them

hahaha oh the things I could say... :canttalk:

Jesda
03-31-09, 05:38 AM
My 1990 Maxima was one of the most enjoyable cars I've owned. It was a manual and it endured an ice storm and flooding in Florida. It took all the abuse that was thrown at it.

4DSC FTW

thebigjimsho
03-31-09, 09:51 PM
My 1990 Maxima was one of the most enjoyable cars I've owned. It was a manual and it endured an ice storm and flooding in Florida. It took all the abuse that was thrown at it.

4DSC FTW
But the SHO was fastarr... :bouncy:

CadillacGurl
03-31-09, 09:52 PM
:lol: I'd like to see this SHO :suspect:

JimmyH
04-01-09, 07:06 AM
hahaha oh the things I could say... :canttalk:

so what's stopping you?


:lol: I'd like to see this SHO :suspect:

yeah, WTF? why have we never seen pictures of this vaunted sHO?

JimmyH
04-01-09, 07:33 AM
now that I have mod privileges, I will be starting a new Chicago meet thread once I have met with Volo and Great Lakes. I will change the title of this thread once I do (since this one got jacked--not that I am complaining :D)

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-01-09, 02:56 PM
Would we want to have T-shirts made? One of my friends has an uncle who owns a t-shirt shop that does stuff like this. It could maybe have a Cadillac crest on the front and say "Cadillacowners.com Midwest Meet 2009" on the back.

CadillacGurl
04-01-09, 04:31 PM
Would we want to have T-shirts made? One of my friends has an uncle who owns a t-shirt shop that does stuff like this. It could maybe have a Cadillac crest on the front and say "Cadillacowners.com Midwest Meet 2009" on the back.

Can't have Caddy Crest since we need licensing papers or something? It was posted earlier saying if Caleigh could do shirts with the meet info on the front and names on the back since she's awesome at what she does :worship:

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-01-09, 05:58 PM
I am a little hesitant about putting our names on the backs though. Inevitably someone will show up at the last minute and we will not have their name on the shirt. I think if we were to put an older symbol on the shirt we might be okay.

CadillacGurl
04-01-09, 07:02 PM
I am a little hesitant about putting our names on the backs though. Inevitably someone will show up at the last minute and we will not have their name on the shirt

Hey, they snooze they lose...

gdwriter
04-01-09, 07:03 PM
I want Hoover's name on the shirt, too. He's at least an honorary member.

CadillacGurl
04-01-09, 07:04 PM
I want Hoover's name on the shirt, too. He's at least an honorary member.

Doggie shirts!! Hahaha he's the unofficial mascot of the forum :bouncy:

gdwriter
04-01-09, 08:25 PM
Doggie shirts!! Hahaha he's the unofficial mascot of the forum :bouncy:If I were more of a poast whore, he'd get even more exposure! :histeric:

CadillacGurl
04-01-09, 09:23 PM
Very true :lol: but hard to be a post whore with no post count :p

thebigjimsho
04-01-09, 09:52 PM
:lol: I'd like to see this SHO :suspect:


so what's stopping you?



yeah, WTF? why have we never seen pictures of this vaunted sHO?
I had the SHO years before digital cameras. I do have a few whilst autocrossing and other activities...

CadillacGurl
04-01-09, 11:30 PM
I had the SHO years before digital cameras. I do have a few whilst autocrossing and other activities...

Scan the pictures to your comp??:bouncy:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-01-09, 11:45 PM
But the SHO was fastarr... :bouncy:


Yeah, but put the SHO against a Maxima SE with the twin cam 3.0 and 5 speed and the race gets a lot more fair....



:lol: I'd like to see this SHO :suspect:

Jim's posted a video of it, atleast I think so..

Otherwise, here's a pic.
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/1992-1995-ford-taurus-sho.jpg


Would we want to have T-shirts made? One of my friends has an uncle who owns a t-shirt shop that does stuff like this. It could maybe have a Cadillac crest on the front and say "Cadillacowners.com Midwest Meet 2009" on the back.

How about "National Isuzu Hating Committee Summer Meet" with a picture of John Redcorn in the middle of the back. I like that idea. :yup:

CadillacGurl
04-02-09, 12:00 AM
How about "National Isuzu Hating Committee Summer Meet" with a picture of John Redcorn in the middle of the back. I like that idea. :yup:

Where's Gary88? :lol: :bouncy:

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-02-09, 02:56 PM
But I liked my Isuzu. It was a fun little truck, albeit a death trap.

thebigjimsho
04-03-09, 12:11 AM
Yeah, but put the SHO against a Maxima SE with the twin cam 3.0 and 5 speed and the race gets a lot more fair....




Jim's posted a video of it, atleast I think so..

Otherwise, here's a pic.
http://static.howstuffworks.com/gif/1992-1995-ford-taurus-sho.jpg



How about "National Isuzu Hating Committee Summer Meet" with a picture of John Redcorn in the middle of the back. I like that idea. :yup:
Until the turn of this decade, there was no Maxima that could take on a V6 SHO...

nickc50310
04-03-09, 03:05 AM
I need no name on my shirt since everyone knows me! AHAHAHA! I want my shirt to say big richard since my name is atually richard! :highfive:

CadillacGurl
04-03-09, 08:51 PM
hahaha really?? I never knew that...

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-03-09, 10:00 PM
How about "Big & Rich" or just "Big Rich?"

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-03-09, 10:56 PM
I need no name on my shirt since everyone knows me! AHAHAHA! I want my shirt to say big richard since my name is atually richard! :highfive:


Dibs on "The Aristocrat"

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-03-09, 11:23 PM
I may go with either Overkill or Gramps since I own two old people cars. Other suggestions are welcome since I am not very creative.

CadillacGurl
04-04-09, 11:06 AM
I have no idea what to make mine besides "gurl"... :(

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-04-09, 05:08 PM
I have no idea what to make mine besides "gurl"... :(

We could go with Blondie. :)


That was also the name of Hitler's dog BTW. :hide:

JimmyH
04-04-09, 05:49 PM
Scan the pictures to your comp??:bouncy:

ok gurl, now you are really asking ALOT of the tbjs :lol: we are lucky if he can hook a digicam to his computer...



Until the turn of this decade, there was no Maxima that could take on a V6 SHO...

I have to concur. the VQ30 is probably the greatest V6 of all time, but it just did not have those yamaha lungs. 02-03 is the only Maxima that will take an SHO

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-05-09, 01:43 AM
The Nissan motor is a more reliable engine than that Yamahahahama 3.0 and 3.2 engine, but that yammy can sing and dance like that VQ couldn't dream of.

thebigjimsho
04-05-09, 01:46 AM
ok gurl, now you are really asking ALOT of the tbjs :lol: we are lucky if he can hook a digicam to his computer...




I have to concur. the VQ30 is probably the greatest V6 of all time, but it just did not have those yamaha lungs. 02-03 is the only Maxima that will take an SHO
my lappytoppy is uberhitech with a webcam. I just need to find said pictures...

thebigjimsho
04-05-09, 01:47 AM
The Nissan motor is a more reliable engine than that Yamahahahama 3.0 and 3.2 engine, but that yammy can sing and dance like that VQ couldn't dream of.
The Yamaha isn't a set it and forget it motor. However, if you do keep it up with proper maintenance, they will run forever...

thebigjimsho
04-05-09, 01:48 AM
I have no idea what to make mine besides "gurl"... :(
"strong legs"?

CadillacGurl
04-05-09, 11:55 AM
We could go with Blondie. :)


That was also the name of Hitler's dog BTW. :hide:

Ehhh... Blondie also reminds me of the singer... we could put Walmart Commie on yours :p

CadillacGurl
04-05-09, 11:55 AM
"strong legs"?

Bahahahaa this is true

jey
04-06-09, 03:53 PM
Can't have Caddy Crest since we need licensing papers or something? It was posted earlier saying if Caleigh could do shirts with the meet info on the front and names on the back since she's awesome at what she does :worship:

Get a local dealer to donate the shirts. Clearly they have the rights to use the crest because I currently have a shirt that has the most enormous Cadillac Crest on the front and it says "COVERT CADILLAC" on it - the dealer handed it out to their customers :)

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-06-09, 06:26 PM
Ehhh... Blondie also reminds me of the singer... we could put Walmart Commie on yours :p

One of my friends who is a little out there actually has a whole theory about why Wal-Mart uses the star in their name. He says its because that was the only way they could get the Chinese to manufacture products so cheaply for them. :cookoo:

I could make that even simpler and just put "Stalin" on there.

gdwriter
04-06-09, 07:54 PM
Get a local dealer to donate the shirts. Clearly they have the rights to use the crest because I currently have a shirt that has the most enormous Cadillac Crest on the front and it says "COVERT CADILLAC" on it - the dealer handed it out to their customers :)Excellent idea. Gary (the other one, not me, obviously), don't you have a good customer relationship with a local Cadillac dealer?

With quite a few members attending from the Chicagoland area, it would likely be some nice advertising for them. I wouldn't mind paying for one either, so long as it's not more than $20 (most car shows I attend with Betty include a shirt with the entry fee, which is usually $20 or less).

thebigjimsho
04-06-09, 09:24 PM
shirts? really? how about matching jumpsuits?

90Brougham350
04-06-09, 09:53 PM
shirts? really? how about matching jumpsuits?

I'm with Jim on this one......I'd rather spend the $20 on a drink or two, and I really don't ever wear t-shirts.

Brian

CadillacGurl
04-06-09, 11:03 PM
I'm with Jim on this one......I'd rather spend the $20 on a drink or two, and I really don't ever wear t-shirts.

Brian

There is a Granite City Food & Brewery in Orland Park... I'm craving a Cuban Sandwich :D

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-06-09, 11:13 PM
We have to go to Uncle Bub's sometime as well, mainly because they have Green River at the soda fountain. :drool:

CadillacGurl
04-06-09, 11:43 PM
Uncle Bub's is the shiznit... plus I went to school across the street from it :D (Holy Trinity)

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-07-09, 11:16 AM
You didn't go to North? I went there and had to spend a hour and a half on a bus each day. It sucked.

CadillacGurl
04-07-09, 11:26 AM
You didn't go to North? I went there and had to spend a hour and a half on a bus each day. It sucked.

Nope, parents wanted me to go to catholic grade school plus I lived in Westmont at the time, not Downers Grove. Thankfully, I only had to ride the bus in 3rd grade. Before that, my friend's mom always drove us to school. I ended up taking the bus all the time when I moved to PA in 4th grade. I was on there for about an hour and a half like you :crybaby:

iowasevillests
04-08-09, 01:56 PM
Dang hour and half on the bus reminds me of grade school.....though those were the country routes that some of my classmates were on the bus for up to an hour one way, thankfully I lived just outside of town and was always last one on and first one off :). The joys of growing up out in the boonies.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-08-09, 02:36 PM
My senior year of high school when I started going to Technology Center of DuPage (a branch of College of DuPage for high school kids) for the afternoon I had to spend around 2.5 hours on the bus each day. It took 45 minutes to get to/from school in the morning/afternoon and then another half hour each way to get to/from TCD. My mp3 player has a lot of hours on it from those days.

Rodya234
04-08-09, 07:51 PM
Don't complain. I spend an easy two hours on the bus every day (I get a ride to school, but not back).

At least you suburban people get nice buses. I ride the CTA. :crybaby:

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-09-09, 12:56 AM
At least you suburban people get nice buses. I ride the CTA. :crybaby:

Actually, our buses sucked. The didn't have A/C and due to some stupid safety rules you could only open the windows about 5". They had nasty vinyl seats that your ass sticks to in the summer and the seats were so small I had to sit sideways. When it was hot and rainy out you couldn't open the windows or else you got soaked. It was basically like a sauna on those days.

Winter wasn't much better either. Half the bus drivers were retarded and never turned on the rear heat, only the front heat, and you were lucky if the bus even had heat to begin with. The other half of the drivers just cranked it and you roasted alive sitting there in your winter coat. You would yell at them to turn it down but they would turn it off and then forget to turn it back on. It was enough to drive you crazy. :bighead:

CadillacGurl
04-09-09, 10:09 AM
Don't complain. I spend an easy two hours on the bus every day (I get a ride to school, but not back).

At least you suburban people get nice buses. I ride the CTA. :crybaby:

I have ridden the CTA buses and El everyday for the past 3 years so quit your whining :thepan:

JimmyH
04-09-09, 03:00 PM
or Gurl will go postal on youse guise

EndlessRyd
04-09-09, 04:16 PM
I made a promise to myself... I will not... for as long as I live... will use public transport. I dont care if gas is $5 a gal, and parking is $50... I wont do it. Too many scary people. Plus, I have a Cadillac that I love driving! If Im not on vacation, I will see yall at the Chicago meet... Also planning on doing the Driven' the Dixie run in June. If anyone has ever done it... Its a drive down Dixie highway from Blue Island to Momence. There is a car show at the end, and last year Cadillacs got 2nd and 3rd if I remember correctly. Any make or model can run in it, but to be judged the car has to be 25 yrs or older. I still had a good time last year.

thebigjimsho
04-09-09, 04:57 PM
you kiddles are wussbags...

iowasevillests
04-09-09, 07:01 PM
Out where I'm at I don't have a problem avoiding the Public Transportation....mostly cause the only public transit is the shuttle that takes the retired to the various medical complexes in the area, and of course the bi-monthly run from the Senior Citizen's center to the Casino!

Rodya234
04-10-09, 12:23 AM
I made a promise to myself... I will not... for as long as I live... will use public transport. I dont care if gas is $5 a gal, and parking is $50... I wont do it. Too many scary people. Plus, I have a Cadillac that I love driving! If Im not on vacation, I will see yall at the Chicago meet... Also planning on doing the Driven' the Dixie run in June. If anyone has ever done it... Its a drive down Dixie highway from Blue Island to Momence. There is a car show at the end, and last year Cadillacs got 2nd and 3rd if I remember correctly. Any make or model can run in it, but to be judged the car has to be 25 yrs or older. I still had a good time last year.

I live a stones throw away from Blue Island (quite literally), so it wouldn't be out of my way to come.

CadillacGurl
04-10-09, 09:09 AM
I live a stones throw away from Blue Island (quite literally), so it wouldn't be out of my way to come.

Take the #60 bus in... that's what I take to DePaul in the morning some days :)

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-10-09, 10:54 AM
Endless, is there a website for that thing? If I am not visiting my cousins in Kansas City I would be interested. I have been dying to take the Brougham on a trip that is more than the 5 miles to school.

eXile
04-10-09, 12:53 PM
Id be interested in coming to the meet, me being the lazy person I am I am not going to try and read this 14 page thread through and through. So, where are we meeting and on what days?

Id love to go, and actually meet all you smart-ass Cadillac people, if that's alright with you guys... :)

Out here in Barrington Illinois there is NO public transportation, just a bunch of jerks with lambos, ferraris, and other exotic cars.

Oh and Gurl I'm thinking of going to De Paul, I might see you there!

CadillacGurl
04-10-09, 04:31 PM
Oh and Gurl I'm thinking of going to De Paul, I might see you there!

You might see Gary88 as well, he goes to DePaul too.

Rodya234
04-10-09, 11:16 PM
The only school in Illinois that can handle me would be SIU Carbondale :p

But, parents permitting, I might end up at UCLA :cool2:

eXile
04-11-09, 04:03 PM
I was thinking University of Madison for some...fun...reasons. :rolleyes:

hueterm
04-13-09, 11:17 PM
Out where I'm at I don't have a problem avoiding the Public Transportation....mostly cause the only public transit is the shuttle that takes the retired to the various medical complexes in the area, and of course the bi-monthly run from the Senior Citizen's center to the Casino!

Yeah that ^^^

Only here, they go to every Wal-Mart in the area....

EndlessRyd
04-15-09, 10:14 AM
For more info on the Dixie Dash... follow the link below. I'm pretty sure I'll be there, as a co-worker of mine at the auction is one of the organizers. Cadillacs made a nice showing last year.... only a week until mine comes out of storage!!!
Mike


http://www.drivingthedixie.org/drivin_the_dixie_004.htm

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-15-09, 12:13 PM
Do you have to pay to drive in it or only if you are having your car judged?

EndlessRyd
04-15-09, 02:04 PM
I know that there is a fee... but I think it was only like $10. Last year many towns had bags with coupons or gift certificates to local businesses. Every town you drive through, you get a passport stamp, and every stamp is an entry in a drawing for prises at the end. There is also a free lunch at the Steger Kmart parking lot paid for by the local bank. You also get a window cling for your car, and a packet with the history of Dixie Hwy.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-22-09, 12:07 AM
I may have recruited another person for the track day. A friend that I work with may want to come. He has a '90 Civic hatchback that I am dying to race. He likes his imports but he is not some ricer retard, he actually knows his stuff.

kelmore
04-22-09, 06:17 PM
Hey guys. I'm new on here, definitely a few steps behind...


:welcome: Congrats on the new car. I hope you will be able to join us for the Chicago meet in August.

... but I'd like to catch up. So I'll be around, and hopefully I can make it up at the end of August :thumbsup:

Rodya234
04-22-09, 11:49 PM
I may have recruited another person for the track day. A friend that I work with may want to come. He has a '90 Civic hatchback that I am dying to race. He likes his imports but he is not some ricer retard, he actually knows his stuff.

There's a video on youtube of a C-body (4.9) Deville vs. a similar vintage Civic.Wasn't a devastating kill, but the Caddy had a couple car lengths. :D

YouTube - cadillac vs. civic

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
04-23-09, 12:12 AM
His Civic is not stock though. He swapped the motor from another Honda that has way more power than the stock one.

gdwriter
04-23-09, 12:12 PM
Still cool to see a big ole boxy sedan haulin' ass.

Rodya234
04-23-09, 12:25 PM
His Civic is not stock though. He swapped the motor from another Honda that has way more power than the stock one.

Way more power then the stock 106hp? It better have more, or else your Brougham would be faster! :lol:

With that kind of car, I'm thinking, maybe the B16A2/A3 from a Del Sol? I know a guy who had one making about 210hp.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-23-09, 07:02 PM
There's a video on youtube of a C-body (4.9) Deville vs. a similar vintage Civic.Wasn't a devastating kill, but the Caddy had a couple car lengths. :D

YouTube - cadillac vs. civic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v80cQZ94HDs&feature=related)

That's a current generation Civic. 140hp 1.8L, and if it's the stick shift it's a 16.5-16.8 second car.

Rodya234
04-23-09, 09:48 PM
You know I know nothing about Hondas :p

eXile
04-26-09, 08:27 PM
You know I know nothing about Ricers:p

Fixed. :thumbsup:

nickc50310
05-01-09, 04:29 PM
WHOA! Sorry on the post and disappear! HAHA! Nik- My name is actually Richard! HAHA! Richard Nicholas Carter, aka Dickie Nickie! BWAHAhAHAHAHA!


Good news though, it appears my boss has unblocked my access to the forum so I will be able to be on here when I get down time at work.

Also, I think my buddy Chris will be driving his DTS out. So, at this point I got two cars coming with me. My CTS and Chris' DTS. In my car will be me, my bro, and my GF. In Chris' will be Chris and his wife. Kind of doubt he would bring his kids.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-01-09, 07:05 PM
Your brother doesn't want to bring his STS?

arivera
05-02-09, 06:50 PM
Hey guys. Is there an agenda to what we are gonna be doing that weekend? I live in the city, so I can try to help out any way needed...

gdwriter
05-02-09, 07:26 PM
I don't believe anything is set in stone yet, but I believe there will be some kind of dinner/get-together/cruise on Friday night, most likely in the west suburbs. Tentative plans are for a picnic/BBQ at the Volo Auto Museum on Saturday afternoon and possibly a trip to one of the area dragstrips Saturday night (that could end up being in Friday night). Sunday there will likely be a brunch, with a round golf in the afternoon in the Lemont or Downers Grove area (I'm pretty sure we have at least enough for a foursome, but we can reserve additional tee times if enough people are interested in playing).

Plans should firm up by this summer and will be posted. We've had some fun meets in the past, so this should be a good one.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-03-09, 07:04 PM
There is a pretty bad ass car show in downtown Downer's Grove every Friday night. They put up signs all along the main strip and in the parking lots that say "Antique parking only" and the cops can tow your car if it isn't an oldey. It is definitly worth going especially if we are going to be waiting for people to meet up with us. There is a huge parking garage there so parking is never a problem. The cool part is none of the cars are trailer queens. They all get there under their own power so you see them all over the roads Friday afternoon/evening. Last year I saw several Superbees among other great relics.

gdwriter
05-03-09, 07:07 PM
There is a pretty bad ass car show in downtown Downer's Grove every Friday night. They put up signs all along the main strip and in the parking lots that say "Antique parking only" and the cops can tow your car if it isn't an oldey. It is definitly worth going especially if we are going to be waiting for people to meet up with us. There is a huge parking garage there so parking is never a problem. The cool part is none of the cars are trailer queens. They all get there under their own power so you see them all over the roads Friday afternoon/evening. Last year I saw several Superbees among other great relics.That sounds very cool, John. Too bad I wouldn't have Betty there to show off. I hate trailer queens, so it's cool all the cars are driven there. Driving them is part of the fun of owning a classic car.

96Fleetwood
05-03-09, 08:54 PM
There is a pretty bad ass car show in downtown Downer's Grove every Friday night. They put up signs all along the main strip and in the parking lots that say "Antique parking only" and the cops can tow your car if it isn't an oldey. It is definitly worth going especially if we are going to be waiting for people to meet up with us. There is a huge parking garage there so parking is never a problem. The cool part is none of the cars are trailer queens. They all get there under their own power so you see them all over the roads Friday afternoon/evening. Last year I saw several Superbees among other great relics.

I was there almost every friday night last summer with either the Fleetwood or the "SS" wagon. I even had the Fleetwood on main one night when I got there at 4:30 pm to secure a spot ;) I will do the same this year with the Fleetwood & Marauder, it is always a good time.

gary88
05-03-09, 09:34 PM
Lemont also has car shows every Wednesday in the summer. Tons of nice cars from just about every era, though they usually have some kind of a theme every night.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-03-09, 10:25 PM
I was there almost every friday night last summer with either the Fleetwood or the "SS" wagon. I even had the Fleetwood on main one night when I got there at 4:30 pm to secure a spot ;) I will do the same this year with the Fleetwood & Marauder, it is always a good time.

I am gonna try and bring my grandfather's '48 Ferguson tractor to the show on farm equipment night this year. I can't wait to drive a tractor down Main Street!

iowasevillests
05-03-09, 10:51 PM
I can't wait to drive a tractor down Main Street!

I used to do that all the time.....wait that was in a tiny town where traffic jams were caused by tractors, not suburban Chicago!

nickc50310: I might try and remember to look you up closer to the meet, I'll be coming out of SW Iowa and liklely rolling thru Des Moines, probably with my brother and his 96 SLS in addition to my STS, if things work out we could convoy it up on the way there if timing works out for everyone.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-03-09, 11:17 PM
I used to do that all the time.....wait that was in a tiny town where traffic jams were caused by tractors, not suburban Chicago!

Its gonna be quite a sight. Its got a huge 4-cylinder engine (the block is almost as big as the 350 block in my Brougham) with straight pipes coming out the back. It only has like 20 hp but boat loads of torque. You crank that thing up to three grand (it redlines at like 3500) and put it into road gear and it will do close to 30mph. :devil:

Night Wolf
05-17-09, 09:20 PM
It looks like I'll be able to make the meet. My vacation planner was accepted at work. I plan to work the days off in comp beforehand so I don't have to use my vacation. This is going to be my big Summer trip this year.

I've got 11 days off, so the plan is to leave my house Thursday, spend the night traveling then arrive in Chichago Friday afternoon/evening. Spend the weekend there. Probably head out when the rest of the folks do Sunday evening sometime, get several hours of driving in, stop for the night, then arrive in NY Monday, where I'll remain until I head out the following Sunday afternoon/evening, stop for the night and arrive back home that Monday.

Both the Mid GA- Chicago leg and chi- my home town in NY leg are 13hrs/810miles. The NY - GA leg is a bit longer at 16hrs/1000miles.

I should be taking the BMW, which is why I am doing alot more work on it then first planned, since I'll be taking it on this trip (and possibly another long one over Christmas/New Years) The roadtrip should be a blast, top down and music up.

I look forward to meeting everyone, I've been to other meets that were in FL, but should be a new group of people face to face, some of which I've been talking with in the forum for years. It'll be good to get to meet everyone in person.

The events sound pretty cool. A drag/autox event would be really neat too.

Should be really cool, I've never been to Chi-town (other then the airport on my way to Hawaii) so it'll be a neat experience. Speakeing of Hawaii, there is a good chance my friend from Hawaii will be flying over to join me on this entire adventure. Should be lots of fun, just gotta get my butt in gear to fix up the BMW and work all this comp time.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
05-17-09, 11:54 PM
Cool Rick! it'll be nice to meet you.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-18-09, 12:19 AM
If you say Chi-town again I am gonna steal your Bimmer in the night. :)

Night Wolf
05-18-09, 11:47 AM
If you say Chi-town again I am gonna steal your Bimmer in the night. :)

Lol! You'll need the key AND the ignition/fuel pump lockout code ;-)

I'll get to try. Chi-town deep dish pizza and see how it compares to NY pizza ;-)

06_cadillac_pimpin
05-18-09, 07:01 PM
im gonna try and make it, im getting new rims hopefully tomorrow. ill post pic but if iowa does go maybe we can meet and add another one to the convoy

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-18-09, 10:11 PM
Lol! You'll need the key AND the ignition/fuel pump lockout code ;-)

All I need to do is borrow my neighbor's dollys. ;)

Night Wolf
05-19-09, 08:15 PM
Anyone else coming up from the South? Could follow each other up...

This would be the rough idea of it:

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Warner+Robins&1s=GA&2c=Chicago&2s=IL

gdwriter
05-20-09, 01:06 PM
Anyone else coming up from the South? Could follow each other up...

This would be the rough idea of it:

http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Warner+Robins&1s=GA&2c=Chicago&2s=ILHave you checked with Benzilla? He was originally planning on coming to Des Moines two years ago. It would be nice to meet him (and see the Phaeton).

Only 818 miles? I always forget how much shorter distances between places run east of the Mississippi River. My outbound trip (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=111257320458537678203.000449efec50dc6a83e8c), with detours to see friends in Eastern Washington and Montana, Mt. Rushmore, and up to Minneapolis to caravan down with Chad, Brian and Tanner, is 2,425 miles. The return, a straight shot west on I-80 and I-84 is 2,157 miles.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-20-09, 02:26 PM
Yeah, people who live on the West coast have it so bad off. :)

http://weblogs.cltv.com/news/opinion/mcclendon/040124%2520-%2520Chicago%2520Snow%2520-%252014%5B1%5D.jpg

http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn17/Saber2580/My%20Cars/1990%20Brougham/IMG_0235.jpg

gdwriter
05-20-09, 04:18 PM
Trust me, you couldn't pry me out of Oregon with a crowbar. I love it here. Except for one year in New Hampshire when I was five, I've always lived in the West — Texas, Arizona and Oregon — so I'm used to driving long distances. Portland is only an hour away, 90 minutes if I'm going to the airport, and Seattle is four hours from me.

I love to visit Chicago; it's a great city, but I would not want to live there.

nickc50310
05-20-09, 04:49 PM
I used to do that all the time.....wait that was in a tiny town where traffic jams were caused by tractors, not suburban Chicago!

nickc50310: I might try and remember to look you up closer to the meet, I'll be coming out of SW Iowa and liklely rolling thru Des Moines, probably with my brother and his 96 SLS in addition to my STS, if things work out we could convoy it up on the way there if timing works out for everyone.


Sounds good! I dont know for sure what day Im going but if it works for you you are more than welcome to convoy it if your N*s can keep up! :D


I had been looking at going early Thursday morning and staying downtown on Thursday night.

Night Wolf
05-20-09, 10:05 PM
Have you checked with Benzilla? He was originally planning on coming to Des Moines two years ago. It would be nice to meet him (and see the Phaeton).

Only 818 miles? I always forget how much shorter distances between places run east of the Mississippi River. My outbound trip (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=111257320458537678203.000449efec50dc6a83e8c), with detours to see friends in Eastern Washington and Montana, Mt. Rushmore, and up to Minneapolis to caravan down with Chad, Brian and Tanner, is 2,425 miles. The return, a straight shot west on I-80 and I-84 is 2,157 miles.

lol.... gotta do the 1-up.... are you a competitive person?

I'll message ben and see what he's up to, I know he's been busy lately with college.

I enjoy it here, I like being as close as 5hrs from Florida's gulf beachs. Still though, you've got me beat when it comes to places to wheel. There places here, but nothing like out West. That is the plan one of these years, to take a few weeks off and make a wheeling trip out of it, I see the pictures and it makes me wonder what it'd be like to live out there.

http://www.gatrailriders.com/GTRForums/index.php?topic=3289.0

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=760806

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=777760

That stuff is probably alot closer to you then I.

and people want to say the world is over populated...

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-21-09, 01:41 AM
Would anybody be interested in visiting Fermilab (Dept. of Energy research facility with the 1 mile particle collider)? In the past few years they have relaxed their security since 9/11. I went though there yesterday to see the buffalo, it was nice (and free). The main building is also a great piece of architecture. Anyway, its something to think about if you all arrive early enough and we are bored or waiting for other people. Its only about 6 miles west of Downers Grove.

http://startswithabang.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/fermilab.jpg

http://www.skeptic.com/eskeptic/06-04-05images/fermilab.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/143/403709909_9401a37f70.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3182/2547392584_207eda4242.jpg?v=0

gdwriter
05-21-09, 02:15 AM
lol.... gotta do the 1-up.... are you a competitive person?Not really. Sometimes on the golf course with the friend I'm taking a golf class with. We trade low scores back and forth.

In truth, I'm a little jealous that you have only an 800-mile drive. Less to spend on gas and motels and you don't have to take as much vacation time as I do. Between this and my Christmas trip to Hawaii, I've committed all my time off for this year. Still, I've had a great time at the club meets I've attended in the past, or I wouldn't be doing this. I also love road trips.


I enjoy it here, I like being as close as 5hrs from Florida's gulf beachsI'm only an hour to 90 minutes from the beach, depending on where I go, but the water is definitely much colder than Florida. Still the Oregon Coast is gorgeous and mostly unspoiled.

The Cascades are 1-2 hours east. More like 2.5-3 hours to the closest ski area. Also very beautiful and fun roads for driving through the mountain passes.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-21-09, 02:56 AM
The Cascades are 1-2 hours east. More like 2.5-3 hours to the closest ski area. Also very beautiful and fun roads for driving through the mountain passes.

I wish I was that close to mountain skiing. I haven't been skiing in 2 years. Last year I was in the hospital with appendicitis, so that season went down the drain and this year I simply did not have time between college and work. My skis are just sitting up in the rafters collecting dust. Here you have to go about 4 hours north to Wisconsin Dells area and even then the ski hills are nothing spectacular. There are several good ones up in Michigan's northern peninsula but that is a long drive.

gdwriter
05-21-09, 01:14 PM
I wish I was that close to mountain skiing. I haven't been skiing in 2 years. Last year I was in the hospital with appendicitis, so that season went down the drain and this year I simply did not have time between college and work. My skis are just sitting up in the rafters collecting dust. Here you have to go about 4 hours north to Wisconsin Dells area and even then the ski hills are nothing spectacular. There are several good ones up in Michigan's northern peninsula but that is a long drive.I wish I were younger. I used to ski more often in my 20s and even got decent enough to do the occasional black diamond without breaking my neck.

I can still ski pretty well enough to enjoy myself but I pretty much stick to the blues because I can't move fast enough to handle the bumps and turns without losing control and falling. Also, I'm often stiff and sore for days and sometimes a couple of weeks afterward. This last year, I must have hurt my shoulder twisting and turning because it hurt like hell for days and I could hardly move my right arm (I had reach over with my left hand to put the car in gear). Took several sessions with the massage therapist at my chiropractor's office before it went away. So even though I would have liked to have gone skiing a couple more times last winter, I didn't want to risk it.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
05-21-09, 02:35 PM
My whole family has been skiing since they were 5, including me. My uncle almost made the 1984 US Olympic ski team but got disqualified because he did his qualifying runs in the wrong class (he had never raced before and did not know what class to race in).

I have two pairs of skis. I have a new pair that I got for Christmas a few years ago and I have a pair of race skis that used to belong to my grandfather. The race skis are longer than I am tall and are close to 7 ft. I can haul ass on those.