(NOTE-PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS THREAD WHEN DISCUSSING THE 2013 EVENT. USE THE NEW THREAD WITH 2013 IN THE TITLE)
I'm getting a good response so the event is certain. There are currently 15 folks who have expressed a serious interest in the event. The event will take place at Gambrill State Park near Frederick, MD on September 8-9, 2012. I have secured reservations for picnic pavilion number 2 so that we have shelter from any rains that may arrive. We will probably start at about 10:15 a.m.
The Saturday agenda:
10:15 Battery Maintenance & Repair
11:30 Battery Options
12:00 Lunch Cookout
3:30 Open Discussion, Questions, Feedback
4:00 Long Break, Tech Talking, Hiking
5:00 Dinner Cookout
6:00 Insight Movie
There will also be a "hoods up" walk around so everyone can see what improvements have been made by others. Attendes are asked to think about what they have done to improve their Insights and be prepared for show and tell.
There will also be a display of tools, such as grid chargers, refurbishment tools, diagnostic tools, etc. Again, attendes are asked to "show and tell."
There will be ample time devoted to breaks and the cookouts so that we can all socialize a bit.
The current plan for Sunday is to have a morning rally of some pretty MD countryside. The rally will be scored as a fuel economy run, for those who chose to participate. The rally will be limited to 1 hour since some folks are coming large distances and need Sunday afternoon to get home at a reasonable hour. You will find the rules in post #14 below.
If participants are interested, we will organize a Sunday breakfast in a pretty section of old Frederick, near to the rally starting point. We can also meet somewhere near by for a Sunday luncheon if there is interest.
Gen2 Insight folks are certainly welcome to attend. There is a growing perception that Honda will soon leave us to our own to keep the cars running and we need to better network to support our cars. Some of the Gen 2 folks are prior Gen 1 owners and will have valuable contributions to make, after all, the technology isn't much different. Cobb is a Gen2 owner who has an interesting LiFePo4 Engineer kit installed in his car and can talk to folks some about that technology, and I think he would be able to contribute some to our discussion of battery alternatives.
As you notice, things are begining to get firmed up, so this is a good time to get your suggestions into the mix! I will be listing the growing number of screen names soon.
freezin4(Pete) is in charge of the barbeques. Please refer to his opening remarks in post #14 below for you comment and feedback. Menu is sounding good. Still time for some options, but let's not load him down too much. Fillet is not on the options list
I think there was one vote for chicken breast and that sounds pretty reasonable if that person is attending.
So there it is. Please feel free to give me your largest range of feedback and suggestions. I think the meet in "on" with the current number of interested parties, but I would like to reach the largest number of Gen 1 owners we can. Contact help is requested. My method of PM'ing has worked fairly well, but it misses a lot of potential attendees. Personal knowledge of all of you out there can add folks who are not on IC. Most of us know at least one other Gen 1 owner who would be a candidate, so lets get with the program!