Just a grizzled rally rat checking in here! I have sat on the sidelines on this raging debate until now, but Rob N. has given voice to a common sense solution! There is no valid reason to have to reinvent the wheel every year.
It makes perfect common sense to give up on the policy of never going to the same site twice! All five of the Rally Sites that Rob mentioned were absolutely perfect venues for our BMWMOA International Rally. Here are five more blasts from the MOA Rally past that in my not-so-humble opinion were outstanding sites: Fredericksburg, Flagstaff, Durango, Laguna Seca and Missoula; let's return to these again.
Holy Cow, these were all proven commodities once; they will be once again great rally sites for MOA in the future!
What are the steps that are required of us to put this very sensible idea in place?
Pass the mustard and UP THE REVOLUTION!
I agree. There are sites that have worked very well and we'd be foolish not to use them again.
I'm probably going to get crucified for saying this, but by applying some of the lessons we learned the first time around, Charleston might work better if we tried it again. The riding was pretty terrific, the city was reasonably welcoming, the weather was decent.
I'd go back to Redmond, Spokane, West Bend and Essex Junction in a heartbeat.
Now we need a site in the southwest, one in the Rockies (or other central region) and one in the southeast and we're set.
Help us find them, folks. We've put the rally site selection checklist right up there on the front page of the main site.
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There is no Board or MOA policy stating that we cannot revisit past rally sites. We've been to both Missoula, MT and Oshkosh, WI twice. We have also out grown many past sites including Flagstaff, Durango, Laguna Seca, Missoula, and DuQuoin. Some previous sites will be used again in the future.
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I believe the Vermont State Fair facility in Rutland could easily host the MOA Rally. Has anyone spoken with them? I believe they have even hosted the MOA or RA previously.
There are hotels within walking distance, RV and camping facilities on site. Expo buildings, a grandstand, etc. And, there are mountains, scenic valleys and wonderful roads everywhere you look. Offsite there are more campgrounds and hotels as you get closer to Killington. Plus, I know Rutland would be the kind of town that would work hard with the MOA committe to make the Rally a success.
If a place like the Vermont State Fairgrounds in Rutland get rejected off-hand, I must have a completely wrong-headed idea about this whole topic.
While passing through Kansas City today, I stopped at the BMW dealer (Engle Motors). While at Engles, I asked BMW owners that were there if they planned on attending Gillette? I gave no opinion of my own until after they answered the question. Every one of the BMW owners stated the same thing. No...because the location provides no scenic venue. One guy stated his son really wanted to go, but plans on taking him to the Colorado Rockies instead. These were all folks that were at a BMW dealership on a Wednesday afternoon. Most were retirees or had a flexible enough schedule to attend a rally.
I think BMWMOA has a real problem with Gillette. If we need to draw 5,000 folks to break even, you can't do that by only attracting our members that will attend no matter where you hold the rally. At West Bend, over 1800 BMWMOA members from Wisconsin attended the rally. However, only seven BMWMOA members at West Bend marked Wyoming as their home state. There will be a very small local draw. At West Bend, only 62% of the rally goers were BMWMOA members. Many of the attendees were locals riding other brands from Milwaukee or other large cities. I wouldn't predict a 38% draw of non-members at Gillette simply based on it's geographical locations and small population.
We all know that Gillette is a done deal for 2008. However, future site selection needs to ALWAY consider the 88% of our members that didn't attend West Bend. There are MANY Of US that have attended rallies in the past and enjoyed them, but decide each year based on the location. We have choices. Unlike the folks that always attend the rallies based on what occurs on the rally site, many of us like to browse the vendors, take a great scenic ride, and return for some entertainment. For us, we will wait until 2009 hoping for a more scenic venue.
Look folks...were all passionate about this because we are proud to be members and want BMWMOA to succeed. If we are looking at trying to attract 25% or 10,000 members, our rally site will have to consider the external draw before the internal requirement. This means sometimes you have to put the square peg in the round hole and compromise on internal requirements. The important items like shower and johns can be contracted anywhere.
The bottom line is the big draw is ALWAYS THE LOCATION. You would have very little complaining if the rally in 2008 was at Estes Park or the Grand Tetons.
Last edited by kenk; 11-01-2007 at 02:32 AM.
Well exactly where in Jackson Hole are you suggesting?
Come on man, step up and deliver some results. The people who have run rallies and served on the site selection team are familiar with Jackson, what did we miss?
Be specific. Become part of the solution instead of a back bench whiner.