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First of all, Happy New Year!

I apologize for being relatively “new” here and posting this. I am a fellow Nissan enthusiast. Just to prove my point, I bought a 1995 200SX SE-R at the age of 19, convince my wife (girlfriend at the time) to ditch her Cavalier and get a 1993 NX2000, later bought her a 2002 Maxima SE, and purchased a 2008 FX45 as well as G37 (which my wife later sold unfortunately). Anyway, my point is that I’m a fellow Nissan enthusiast.

I’m writing today to let you know of the 2011 Nissan-Infiniti National Convention. You can read all of the information (we will be updating the website as information comes in and as we get closer to the date) on our website at www.nissan-infiniti.us. This convention has morphed from the SE-R world and we are trying to encompass all Nissans, Infinitis, and even Datsuns. This year’s convention will be in South Jersey over the weekend of August 5-7.

The convention typically consists of a track day on Friday (we will be at New Jersey Motorsports Park), a free day for people to do as they please (some chose to hang out at the hotel making new friends, some chose to go drag racing, some will go to the beach, some will do touristy stuff, some will work on broken cars), and a carshow/picnic on Sunday complete with food, trophies, and tons of raffle prizes.

For the month of January we are offering an early-bird price for the track event registration. Below are the details but we are asking people to register early with the potential to make roughly half of their money back if we break even on the event by a pre-determined date.

Even if you’re not interested in the track event, I’d encourage you to think about coming to this convention. We’d like to take this convention to the next level and it only makes sense to include all Nissans, Infinitis, and Datsuns as we are all in the family and we are all “Nissan enthusiasts”

There are a few reasons for this early-bird program:

- Plain and simple, we need money in the coffers. We need to put deposits down on things, we need to pay for supplies, we need to be able to pay for online registration/paypal fees

- See the attached document for details but there is a potential discount to early-bird registrants. In short, if we hit our target, we will be refunding a portion of your registration. We’re hoping that this will help us market the event. It gives you, the registrant, a vested interest in promoting the event and getting more people registered!

- We’re looking to generate interest early on. The convention is “only” 8 months away but that time will fly by quickly. We want people to get interested and we want to maintain that interest

For anyone worried about not knowing me and sending me money, I want to assure you that I have nothing to hide. My username is my name; Kieran Lavin. I don’t want people posting it publicly but, if you did a simple search, I’m sure you could find my home address, phone number, employer, whatever. I’m not going anywhere. Now, on to the details:

http://www.nissan-infiniti.us/registration/Early-Bird.pdf

We look forward to hearing from you and please feel free to spread the word within the Nissan/Infiniti/Datsun community!
 

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We've received lots of interest regarding the early-bird. I just want to remind everyone that the deadline to register for the early-bird is approaching (1/31/11) and that payment must be received by 2/8/11.
 

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Yeah, it was a cut/paste that I tried to tailor to the forums where I know people. I guess I missed customizing this one... although I doubt the vast majority here even know who I am
 

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i just wish it was a week earlier. than i would know FOR SURE if i would be able to make it. blasted school.
 

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For all of the buzz and people who have expressed interest, the response so far is lackluster. We will be making a decision in May as to whether or not to go forward with this event. If this event is going to cost us money, there is no way we will continue the planning. I'm on the fence right now as to whether or not I should even contact Nissan/Infiniti and other potential sponsors if there are no attendees.

It's amazing; the support prior to opening registration was strong but now that it's time to put your money where your mouth is, everyone disappears into the woodwork :(
 

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For all of the buzz and people who have expressed interest, the response so far is lackluster. We will be making a decision in May as to whether or not to go forward with this event. If this event is going to cost us money, there is no way we will continue the planning. I'm on the fence right now as to whether or not I should even contact Nissan/Infiniti and other potential sponsors if there are no attendees.

It's amazing; the support prior to opening registration was strong but now that it's time to put your money where your mouth is, everyone disappears into the woodwork :(
one of the main problems with commitment to this including myself is your lack of information provided. I read the web site and everything is thill to be determined. you don't know the car show catagories,what is being served at the picinic you dont even have what venue is being used for these events. your selling shirts that haven't been designed yet. the only thing you do have info on is at njmp. how would you like us to commit or preregister with out your full info? :rolleyes:
 

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maybe you shouldnt be promoting here, but promoting at dealers and getting them to front the money in advertising costs...its a nissan convention, let them bring mechanics to share ideas on new and old tricks, new products, new accessories, demos, test drives, you are going about this the wrong way.. just seems like your trying to get money for a nissan convention of just tuner kids hanging out at 7-11 or the local park with some drag racing. my 2 cents.
 

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maybe you shouldnt be promoting here, but promoting at dealers and getting them to front the money in advertising costs...its a nissan convention, let them bring mechanics to share ideas on new and old tricks, new products, new accessories, demos, test drives, you are going about this the wrong way.. just seems like your trying to get money for a nissan convention of just tuner kids hanging out at 7-11 or the local park with some drag racing. my 2 cents.
Obviously you have never been to one of these events have you?
 

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actually i have, and when i have hosted my own shows i get the vendors involved for money, not soley rely on my attendees.. from my experience, if the shows on people will come, but no one wants to front money for an indecisive event.
 

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No JP, he is right... to a degree.

I am requesting support from all dealers within 50 miles. I know they won't all reply but even if I get 1 or 2 dealers, I'll be happy. I am requesting support in the way of sponsorship money, parts support (someone always winds up breaking something), trackside support (someone stuck at the track with a broken clutch would surely pay dearly to have a dealer's people there at the track to swap out the clutch for them), etc.

I am requesting from Nissan that they support us in some way as well. Optimally I'd love to get a concept car or two there at the convention.

I can and will request *AND* get the above things to happen. I'm on the fence now as to whether or not I do contact them. I'm not going to make a complete fool out of myself with my contact at Nissan asking him to set this stuff up for me for only 20 people. I'd look like even more of a fool by setting everything up with him only to cancel the event.

I can and will make it happen. It makes it VERY difficult for me to get motivated to make any of this happen when no one is interested. It is what it is though and I'm prepared to deal with that
 

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actually i have, and when i have hosted my own shows i get the vendors involved for money, not soley rely on my attendees.. from my experience, if the shows on people will come, but no one wants to front money for an indecisive event.
You have been to a SE-R Convention? If so then you know it does not cater to the ricer kids hanging out at 7-11's.
 

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But if the 711 kids drive Nissan's would you not cater to them?

To the OP get in touch with vinny ten racing, and big al from the streetwheels shows for some more promoting...especially since your in Jersey these shops are fairly local.. if you need media coverage contact Joel at ambientlifestyle.com. all of the above mentioned will adequately help spread awareness of the event if they decide to be involved. Google search some shops around the NY area to spread the word...I'm sure you are aware of b15u and their strong NY based members.
 

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IF the convention happens people will show. but why would we help support your show and preregister if you keep talking about not even having it. its not our show its YOURS their for the birdon of putting everything together is on you our job is simply to show up. i'm not going to dish out my hard earned money now only for you to decided a month from now that your not going to go through with the show. have you even talked to the track about promoting? i just checked njmp and this thing isnt even set up on their web page as an event.
 

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Due to lack of interest, the convention is cancelled. We will be
contacting individuals who have already registered to discuss their
options. There will still be a group of us attending a NASA track day
on Saturday August 6 at NJMP's Lightning Circuit. For more
information and to register directly with NASA for this event, please
visit www.nasanortheast.com. DO NOT contact me about NASA's
registration, pricing, rules, etc. The time for me handling the track
event and handling questions was from 12/1 to 6/1.

There will be no Meet & Greet. 14 people have registered. Hardly
worth the time and effort to organize something formal

There will be no Car Show. 10 cars are registered. Definitely not
worth the time to find and set up a venue or to pay for trophies

There will be no picnic. 11 people are registered. I think most
catering companies have a minimum order and it's way more than 11

There will be no raffle. Although 260 tickets were sold, they were to
8 people. Again, embarassing to request raffle prizes for such a
small group... no business would give away a product for additional
exposure to... 8 people

There will be no t-shirts or hats. 11 have been ordered. Again, I
believe there is a minimum order way more than 11

For those who will inevitably complain, the time to register or
complain or get involved was between 12/1 and 6/1. Too little, too
late.

Many thanks to the handful of people that did register and I will be
in touch with these people separately.

Kieran Lavin & Ray Kawski
 
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