Its time to celebrate 10 years of Competition, Camaraderie and Charity as the first 2016 Designer Night at the Races™ presented by Lacks Enterprises events are open for registration. Its hard to believe that the first event was 10 years ago, March 22, 2006 at Dromo One in Orange California to be exact – and the Lacks team has been there for every one (you can see the pictures from the past events here). While its been just four short months since the 50th event, we are sure there will be a ton of questions to be answered like “Where?”, “When?” and “Can I bring a guest?”. So read on to as we do our best to answer them all, including:
- What kind of trophy will there be for the Spring Car Show?
- Am I going to be stuck with a bunch of slowpokes in the Plastic Plate Enduro?
- And ultimately who will be Fastest Design Studio in the East?
- And don’t forget, can we break the 2016 record for cancer donations?
But most importantly READ EVERYTHING as there are some special 10 Year anniversary items buried in this post that you WILL NOT WANT TO MISS.
In 1991 while was working in the auto industry near the beaches of Virginia, the opportunity arose to come to Michigan. I was a life-long auto nut who could think of no better life choice than to move to Detroit, the world’s automotive mecca. My first engineering meeting at an unnamed car company was a huge shock – not a single fellow enthusiast in the meeting. Most interesting car driven by the 15 or so in attendance? A mid-sized sedan with a V6 and automatic. Mind you, this was not today’s V6 with somewhere north of 300HP and in a chassis that actually handles. It was 1991-era 150 horsepower of sack of corn mush cornering automotive nirvana.
What have I done?
While I can’t promise this discussion won’t include a reference or two to the late 70’s TV sitcom, its really about the changes the automotive supplier community has experienced since the last economic downturn. When automotive sales tanked in 2009, suppliers across the board looked at ways to trim their expenses. And marketing departments were ripe for the picking as short term financial health took precedent over long term planning. Now that healthy sales have returned, the specter of the next downturn has made many suppliers hesitant to re-staff their teams. And that is where we come in…..
Designer Night at the Races returns for its 10th year with some more awesome (and secret) surprises. The Detroit events dates have been set in concrete and we are still working on our California dates so check back soon! So, we have less than 10 weeks until the Competition Camaraderie and Charity starts again.
Drop me a note at LinkedIn if you would like to be a part of this awesome private charity event!
If yesterday’s post was a boring summary about the need for proper equipment when driving in the wintertime, today I get to have fun and relive one of the more exciting winter experiences I have ever had, my weekend at the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs Colorado. But first a little background.
Those of you who know me on Facebook have been treated to my rants about winter tires for a number of years. Some 25 years ago I moved from the beaches of the Carolinas and Virginia to the snowy climate of Michigan. I asked many of my neighbors, co-workers and customers who worked at the major car companies for their winter tire recommendations. I was shocked at the replies. Apparently the “local experts” had no need for winter tires. My favorite was response was “We don’t need them, why do you think automakers sell cars with all season tires?” The first rule of sports is always proper equipment. Why should driving be any different? But after equipment, the next most important thing is training. And for this reason we have wonderful driving schools like The Bridgestone Winter Driving School by The Center for Driving Sciences in Steamboat Springs.
A couple of weeks ago the Middlecott Sketcbattle Experiment™ took the Auto Show in Detroit by storm. And one designer in particular took the judges by storm, as Omar Gonzales scored a win and a bunch of cash after getting off a plane from the west coast. We decided to take a few minutes and pose our typical 10 questions to Omar to learn a little more about him.