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    FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    This will be the first ever NATIONAL meet for cadillacforums.com. We have changed this from a Midwest meet to a full national meet mainly because we have members coming from all over the place, even Tennessee and Oregon! This WILL be the biggest and most exciting meet ever seen on these forums! The meet is going to be May 18th 2007 to May 20th, 2007. Everything is set in stone. This is THE PLAN for the weekend.

    Friday, May 18th-
    Meet at Econolodge hotel parking lot at 5:45 PM
    Depart hotel at 6:30 PM for group cruise throughout Des Moines
    Go to group dinner (to be determined) at 8:00 PM
    Leave dinner at about 10 PM to hit a club/bar
    Hit an after hours club/bar

    Saturday, May 19th-
    Meet at rendezvous point for motorcade at 1:30PM
    Leave at 2:00 PM to head to Porky’s for actual meet
    Group lunch at Porky’s at 3:00 PM
    After lunch we will hang out at Porky’s until 7:30 or 8:00
    Group dinner at Latin King at 8:30 PM
    After dinner we will hit some bars or clubs

    Sunday, May 20th-
    Golf outing at the Tournament Club of Iowa at 2:30 PM
    Leave as attendees see fit


    That is the itinerary and it is set in stone. All reservations have been made and everything is a go FOR SURE. You are not required to attend any of these events. All events are optional. I have left free time for meals as people see fit. If you are not interested in certain parts of the meet, there are PLENTY of other things to do in Des Moines. I will also post links to other attractions for people who bring their family.

    Now for the details:

    We will be meeting in the Econolodge parking lot at 5:45 PM. People that want to come earlier are encouraged! I have taken the day off work and can meet up with people anytime. Just let me know! I will distribute maps of our route. We will have various stopping points along the way so that we can regroup.

    The hotel in Des Moines will be the Econolodge on Merle Hay Road. We have a block of rooms reserved for the ENTIRE weekend. The rate is going to be $45 for a single bed and $50 for a double. Their phone number is 515-278-8858. Be sure to tell them you are with the Cadillac Owners Meet to get the group rate. Again, you will need to book with them by April 17th, 2007. This hotel will also allow domesticated pets for a $10 fee. The address for the hotel is 4755 Merle Hay Road, Urbandale, IA 50322. There are a lot of nicer hotels in Des Moines. There is a Four Points Sheraton directly across the street but we only have a group rate at the Econolodge. Downtown offers several luxury hotels. This hotel is only a few miles from the actual meet location and is within walking distance of several bars.

    The rendezvous point for the motorcade is a large abandoned parking lot near my house. We will take a short drive down a couple of main thoroughfares on our way to Porky’s

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    Porky’s diner has been a Des Moines hotspot for 20+ years. It is on a very busy street and is VERY well known for their car events and AWESOME food. During the summer months, Porky’s hosts “Cruise Night” which attracts hundreds of local automobile enthusiasts. Cruise Night is held on Saturdays and is usually so packed that police are required to direct traffic. Cruise night usually starts around 5:00 or 6:00 PM which should give the public masses the chance to see our Cadillacs! Porky’s is very well known for their tenderloins. They also serve beer. The address for Porky’s is 4444 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310. Also, please check out their website, www.prokysdiner.com .

    The Latin King is known throughout Iowa as having some of the best Italian food around. Here you will find many signature dishes unlike anything you have ever tasted. The Latin King is an upscale restaurant. You should plan on spending $20 to $30 for your dinner. The address is 2200 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA. Also, please check out their website, www.tursislatinking.com .

    If you are into partying (much like me!!), you will not be disappointed with the Des Moines nightlife. After dinner we have virtually unlimited options of what to do. We can go to some small bars to converse or hit a full blown club. There are also several microbrewery taverns in the area. The sky is the limit! For the hardcore partiers like me, there are several after hours clubs and “alternative” clubs for after 2 AM. Partying options will be decided on that weekend based on what people are in the mood for. Be sure to check out http://www.iowanightlife.com/ to see the Des Moines party scene!

    The Tournament Club of Iowa is a premier public course! The course was designed by Arnold Palmer and hosts pro events every year. The cost for 9 holes with a cart will be $30. To be a part of this part of the meet you need to be confirmed by April 17th, 2007. To see the course, please visit http://www.tcofiowa.com/ .

    At the bottom of this post will be several relevant maps. Feel free to print them!

    Anyone is welcome to join us for this meet, regardless of car make. For the motorcade and meet, only Cadillacs will be included.

    Basically, you will need to be signed up for everything you want to be involved in by April 17th, 2007.

    Please do not post questions or concerns on this thread. This thread is only to confirm your attendance. Please do not post your confirmation until you have booked your hotel room(s). When you post your confirmation be sure to include which events you will be attending. This will help us to have accurate numbers for everything. Also, please post when and where you will be arriving. If you are attending race night be sure to e-mail me FIRST.

    Please post your questions and concerns in the old Midwest meet thread. I will continue to monitor the old thread.
    http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/local-cadillac-clubs-meets/89370-big-midwest-meet-des-moines-iowa.html

    We are currently working on a website to further spread information for this meet. The website is www.cadillacmeet.com .

    I will distribute maps throughout the weekend. Please let me know if you need help or directions!


    Here is a list of information about Des Moines as well as links for local attractions:

    City home-page
    http://www.ci.des-moines.ia.us/

    Adventureland Amusement Park
    http://www.adventureland-usa.com/

    Luxury Hotels
    http://www.hotelfortdesmoines.com/
    http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/dsmbr-renaissance-savery-hotel/
    http://www.embassysuites.com/en/es/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=DSMDNES
    http://marriott.com/hotels/travel/dsmia-des-moines-marriott-downtown/

    Des Moines Science Center
    http://www.sciowa.org/

    Des Moines Art Center
    http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/

    Botanical Center
    http://www.botanicalcenter.com/

    Blank Park Zoo
    http://www.blankparkzoo.com/

    Malls
    http://www.jordancreektowncenter.com/html/ - One of the biggest in the Midwest!
    http://www.valleywestmall.com/
    http://www.merlehaymall.com/
    http://www.kathdm.com/
    http://www.shopsouthridge.com/

    State Capital Building
    http://www.legis.state.ia.us/Pubinfo/Tour/

    Historical Building
    http://www.iowahistory.org/

    Saylorville Lake
    http://www2.mvr.usace.army.mil/Saylorville/

    Gray’s Lake
    http://www.ci.des-moines.ia.us/departments/PR/grayslake.htm




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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking fo

    Dwight
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    Attending everything except golf and racing

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    Just thought of something-

    If anyone who is not a forum member wants to participate in the races, just have them e-mail me or you can e-mail me on their behalf.

    When posting your confirmation, please post how many guests you are bringing and what events they would like to join us in!!

    Thanks guys!

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    Flyin-Ryan
    Confirmed!
    Racing, ALL meals, Car show...maybe golf
    5-18 in Cedar Falls
    5-19 in Des Moines

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    To gain support Ill put my local friends up who are coming

    David- 99 SLS
    Kenny- 99 STS
    Chris- 99 STS
    Dwayne, My dad (possibly) - 02 Escalade
    Bob (possibly)- XLR

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking fo

    Nick,

    I'm in (2 people), hotel booked Days Inn Fri. & Super 8 Sat. I will most likely drive directly to CF from WI on Fri. Should be fun!

    Fri.
    Will be a spectator @ races
    Bars/clubs

    Sat.
    Motorcade
    Group lunch
    Group dinner
    Bars/clubs

    Sun.
    Golf (2 people)

    BTW, in your orginal post you have the super 8 phone as 515-277-8858, it is actually 515-278-8858. I was able to get a room but they don't have any left in the reserved block so I couldn't get the group rate.

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    Chad, 92 Sedan deVille, will be there for Fri, Sat and probably leaving Sunday morning after brunch.
    "They call Alabama the Crimson Tide, call me Deacon Blues."

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    Count me in for Friday night through Sunday morning, probably take off after breakfast.

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    I'll be there Saturday, I don't think I can get there in time for Friday night, and I'll head back Sunday morning as I don't golf.

    As far as additional people, my Dad wants to come, and he might bring my Mother - but I'm not sure on that.

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    Haven't been on here in a while due to moving to the Chicago area for a new job, but Nick and I have been staying in touch. I will be there from Friday through Sunday. I will be a spectator at the racing event, do all the Saturday events, and leave after breakfast since I don't golf.

    I will be selling my '91 Brougham there at the event.

    JRau

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    Quote Originally Posted by JRau View Post

    I will be selling my '91 Brougham there at the event.

    JRau
    What! When did this happen?

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking fo

    I was waiting for a piece of financial news before confirming, but now that I have it, I know that I'm coming.

    Hoover and I will arrive in Des Moines on Saturday, and I'm planning to do everything (I even dug my golf clubs out of the attic and will have to hit the driving range). My Dad may be making the trip with me, but I don't know yet for sure.

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking food

    Wonderful! Bringing Cruella I presume?

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    Re: FIRST EVER NATIONAL MEET Des Moines, Iowa May 18th-20th 1/4 mile golf drinking fo

    Quote Originally Posted by Benzilla View Post
    Wonderful! Bringing Cruella I presume?
    That's the plan. Cruella's running good; I'm having the serpentine belt replaced and will probably do the hoses as well before the trip.

    I'm getting Betty's A/C fixed later this month, but I'm planning to drive her back to Arizona in November for a meet that the local Impala club I helped start is hosting.

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