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    GTO ManGTO Man
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    Car Shows, Swap Meets, Auctions and other Events for March 17 to March 23 2014

    Saturday March 22 2014 Shows and Other Auto Events

    Autofest – Madison, WI

    Sunday March 23 2014 Shows and Other Auto Events

    Autofest – Madison, WI

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  • #42278
    circletrackcircletrack
    Participant

    Know quite a few that will be part of this show, hoping it’s a good time and lives up to it’s name

    #42280
    AvatarBlown69RS
    Participant

    What’s the locals opinion of what to expect at the Autofest show?
    Bunch of trailer-queens/ unique cars that don’t come out very often, or a collection of cars that I can see at any number of normal weekend car shows this summer?? Not opposed to the admission fee if the cars warrant it… if its 100 cars that aren’t anything different than ones I can see at a “free” show that has 1000+ cars, maybe not so much.

    Opinions??

    Gonna be in Madison on Saturday regardless, may drop by and check it out.

    #42283
    Avatarjonmandude
    Participant

    Not sure what the entrance fee is. IMHO, there may be a handful of cars worth seeing, but most will be the same stuff you can see for free all summer long.

    Maybe the $45 registration fee will weed out the “every day show cars”. For me, I can’t see paying somebody $45 so thy can charge people to view my car. I think if they are charging an entrance fee and parking and concessions, they should pay me to show my car

    #42285
    Amigo2kAmigo2k
    Moderator

    They sure are spending a ton of money on TV ads and Radio ads … I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw a lot of the cars that were recently at the world of wheels.

    #42286
    Avatarjonmandude
    Participant

    One of our guys took a couple cars there today. He says the couple dozen cars he saw were impressive.

    #42284
    Amigo2kAmigo2k
    Moderator

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    #42287
    Avatarlordairgtar
    Participant

    I was there today. Nice little show, but they will have to step it up if they want to compete with World Of Wheel type events. Bigger area, more national cars, more big name vendors. To drive 70 miles and pay $6.50 for parking and $30.00 to get in is a bit much for what they had. I understand that The Alliant whores out concessions and parking to outside concerns, but they have to realize this is not Milwaukee or Chicago or even Indianapolis where Weaver is from. First, apparently I had been invited to maybe set up a table for selling my art and the contact I was given never returned my calls or emails. We went anyway because I had to deliver some art that got commissioned at WOW in February. I hope next year they can get a bigger area and not share space with dolly and bead collectors. Good choice on having Capt. Bob and Arlo DJ and do announcements. They are well known in the Wisconsin / Illinois area. having Lynn Yenko was also good. I could care less about Spiderman but the kids love him and they were happy. Ring Brothers was also another really cool vendor/display with their DeTomaso and Mustang builds. My fave cars displayed were the AMCs, especially the Rebel ragtop, the black 77 Chevy Scotsdale truck, the coaster wagon, The Terraplane, red Chevelle, the yellow 57 Chevy and the customized Mercury with Pontiac grill and Chrysler tail lights, the red over the road truck. Most of the cars really. Good to see some of the stuff I normally do not see being from the Milwaukee area.

    #42288
    moparkid25moparkid25
    Participant

    I was going to come into town and check the show today, but the comforts of home were more pleasant.

    #42289
    circletrackcircletrack
    Participant

    Keep in mind… Madison is very unfriendly car town and it’s harder than heck to get events like this in place. Second, this is the very first show, and as a participant – I think everyone had a great time this weekend and was happy with the results. There were several complaints about the parking (we had to pay every day to get in, even though we’d already paid our entry fee, some had to pay just to get back in with their trailers today), the money hungry Alliant Center responsible for that.

    All in all, I think it went well. The place was packed both mornings into early afternoon, I’m sure it’ll be bigger next year. Many we talked to knew there was a show due to the advertising, but didn’t understand how to get their cars entered. A good variety of cars you see, and some I’ve never seen before.

    It was good to see everyone that stopped out – after this brutal winter, shiny cars are good medicine.

    #42279
    AvatarBlown69RS
    Participant

    Being in town on Saturday, me and a friend stopped in. I have to agree with some of the comments already posted… $6.50 for parking, and $15 admission is out of line for this level of show. That is NOT saying anything negative about the participants.. some nice rides were there. But, for zero parking fee, and $15 admission, I can see 4000 cars at DesMoines Goodguys, for zero parking fee and zero admission, I can see 1500+ cars at any number of events throughout the summer. To pay daily for parking as a participant?? No.Way. – I get an attitude once in awhile, (hard to believe??)… I might possibly pack my car up and leave an event that pulled that stunt. I absolutely KNOW others that would.

    As Circletrack stated, and I’ve heard many times before: Madison is a very unfriendly car town. I can’t imagine that this show will help anything. With the parking, admission, HUGE prices on concessions… I’d be shocked if many people would give the show itself very high marks. Cars were good, Show was not.

    And…. on the way up, I nailed a deer at 6am near Anamosa, Iowa. :angry:
    Even though I was able to continue onward, lets just say the day didn’t start too well…. ;)

    Estimates tomorrow, fairly sure it’ll be totaled.

    #42290
    circletrackcircletrack
    Participant

    It wasn’t the event that pulled the parking stunt – we thought parking was included in our entrance fee, it was the Alliant Center that pulled that. We told the people at the gate we had cars inside, why should we have to pay to get back in to them? Didn’t matter, fork over $6.50. The parking fees are the downfall of many events at that location, and to keep raising it every year is ridiculous. That building was built in 1969.. what the heck are we paying for? The concessions were also very expensive, we asked ahead of time and took in our own food… as long as you didn’t have alcohol, they were fine with that.

    #42291
    moparkid25moparkid25
    Participant

    I can only imagine what the parking fee will be when Motley Crue comes to town in November. Either way I’ll have to pay it, since I’ve already got my ticket to the show.

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