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Title: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: computerworks on May 03, 2020, 04:05:59 PM
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Update from HQ for SAAC 45


Well, the scales have finally tipped and we are announcing that the SAAC-45 National Convention on June 17-19 at Indy will be cancelled.

We truly have waited until the last possible moment to make this call… but the need to have a safe gathering with the quality of a National Event that we all expect has become impossible.

Let me share some of the facts that led to this decision. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is still in limbo as it relates to June events, although they have postponed the Indy 500 at the end of May. Our track partners at SVRA are still feeling a green light for their event on our weekend, but that is continually subject to the external rulings and decisions by the track and the state of Indiana.

The final nail for us to make this call came this week, in the form of official directives that would be a mandate for our event:

No spectators only registered participants.  No spectators from SVRA/ Trans Am or SAAC
No dinner or banquet
No Social gatherings (our Night at the Museum)
Mandatory “social distancing”… 6 foot separation
Masks and gloves onsite required. Gloves – all staff. Masks – all staff
Shields – Registrars, Tech staff when conducting Tech inspections
At-Track Medical info done as part of registration process
No paper Event Programs or schedules to be distributed
No Driver or Car Show Packets will be handed out
No Face to Face Driver Meetings, Done via services like “Zoom” at pre-determined and published times
No food or concession services

…And on, and on and on.

With a different timeline and conditions, we might comply with some of these restrictions to go forward with the event... But looking at all of them, and realizing the risk and expense for our members to attend, it became obvious that this event would not be a fun one.

So, sadly, we have cancelled this event.

ALL preregistrations in place as of this date will be fully refunded with NO cancellation penalties.

We have officially closed the Motorsportsreg site from accepting any more transactions.

If you have already registered for the event, stand by for communications from SAAC HQ for details on your refunds; no action is required on your part.

So… what now?

Preliminary investigations are finding it very difficult to obtain an alternate track/venue date for later this year. You can imagine the number of larger events from Early Spring and Summer that need to reposition.

We are actively looking at alternatives that include joint efforts with local and regional events in the Fall.

Our intention is to do everything possible to not have 2020 pass by without a SAAC National-organized social event.

We will continue to inform the membership and fans officially though Member eBlasts, SAACForum posts and Facebook/Twitter as plans develop.

I am sure many more than your Directors are feeling sad about this… but safety, security  and the ability to enjoy ourselves are mandatory factors that would be missing if we moved forward with a June date.

Please direct any questions or concerns to: pitcrew@saac.com

We are pretty inundated with issues, but all correspondence will be read and replied to.

Thanks to all who have worked and supported this event

Ron Richards

On behalf of the SAAC Board of Directors.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Steve McDonald Formally known as Mcdonas on May 03, 2020, 05:57:28 PM
Are they going to be selling posters with “Canceled” on them. I’d buy a couple, I’m serious, I’d buy them
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: BGlover67 on May 03, 2020, 06:08:33 PM
What a year!  :'(
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: jguyer on May 03, 2020, 06:27:52 PM
Here ya go.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Steve McDonald Formally known as Mcdonas on May 03, 2020, 06:31:54 PM
I’ll order two
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: 69mach351w on May 03, 2020, 06:34:52 PM
Steve, just copy and make your own poster ;D
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: computerworks on May 03, 2020, 06:39:00 PM
Stand by for special shirts ;-)
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: 67 GT350 on May 03, 2020, 07:41:21 PM
I would buy a shirt and the poster....Please have enough for all! REMEMBER CLOWNS THIS AINT TOILETPAPER! NO HOARDING!
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Chris Thauberger on May 03, 2020, 08:04:26 PM
Count me in. I'll do what I can to help support the cause.  :)

Chris
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: rkm on May 03, 2020, 08:23:37 PM
Please put me down for an extra large and a large!
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Bigfoot on May 03, 2020, 09:32:08 PM
Can we just grab a weekend in July at WGI.
I’m sure they have one available.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: 683760 on May 03, 2020, 09:42:01 PM
I'm in for a poster and xxl shirt.  Where do we send the check
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: computerworks on May 03, 2020, 09:55:06 PM
I'm in for a poster and xxl shirt.  Where do we send the check

Patience.. we have the SAAC HQ Art Department on the case. :-)
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: trotrof1 on May 03, 2020, 11:45:29 PM
We have been reprehensibly damaged. We should send send the Chinese Govt a distasteful letter.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: GT350Lad on May 04, 2020, 04:59:29 AM
Yeah a sad day. I’ll take a shirt (large) and hat
Hope we all Catch up soon
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: kingchief on May 04, 2020, 08:54:43 AM
Me also!  One XXL t-shirt.  Just please let us know when and if we can order them.

Thanks and all the best,

Steve
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: 68blk500c on May 04, 2020, 09:55:22 AM
Put me down for a shirt XL. 
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: greekz on May 04, 2020, 10:27:34 AM
Was planning to attend as part of my 70th birthday celebration.  I would like a t-shirt as well.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: roddster on May 04, 2020, 10:31:41 AM
  Greekz: just cancell the birthday so then next year you'll be 70.

  I'd be in on a shirt too if you have already printed them.  XXL
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: computerworks on May 04, 2020, 10:49:16 AM
    I'd be in on a shirt too if you have already printed them.  XXL

All you guys are great.... just hang on.. we are working on 'special event' shirts and will have them in the SAAC Store for pre-order when the design is finished
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: greekz on May 04, 2020, 01:29:26 PM
  Greekz: just cancell the birthday so then next year you'll be 70.

  I'd be in on a shirt too if you have already printed them.  XXL

I just might do that.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: J_Speegle on May 04, 2020, 02:01:30 PM
Just for fun maybe we can get all those that planned on attending post a picture or two of the cars they were going to take (race, concours and people choice) in separate threads under the SAAC-45 section on the day each event would have taken place. 

Just a thought and to "make up" for the loss of getting together on that week.

And of course thanks to all involved in trying to make this event happen and those that volunteered to help out!!!
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Rickmustang on May 04, 2020, 02:42:43 PM
Guess we'll go to Tulsa if it's not cancelled too. I'll take a large shirt lol!
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: 68gtcoupe on May 04, 2020, 04:55:26 PM
Honestly, haven’t been to one since 31. But what a great time and wonderful memories. Hoping to make the 2021 convention, no matter where. 
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Don Johnston on May 04, 2020, 05:06:25 PM
Ron and Jay,

I am not sure how the event reservation cancellation through Motorsportreg.com will be handled, but is it possible to retain the t-shirt and cap order and get refunded only for all the other events that my wife and I signed up for?  If the shirts and hats have already been produced, I would not like to see SAAC stuck with them piled up in someones garage.  If member registration fees assist in reimbursing SAAC staff for convention advance planning expenses (hotel, travel etc.). I would be happy to let that not be refunded.  Volunteers who helped put this event together should not have to suck up their expenses. 8)
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: 98SVT - was 06GT on May 04, 2020, 05:09:12 PM
2 XXXL Shirts. I always buy one to wear and one to save.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: shelbydoug on May 04, 2020, 05:22:38 PM
+1. I'll take a couple of those too.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: oldcanuck on May 04, 2020, 05:31:50 PM
Shirts of course is a great idea...... what about a special edition mask as well ?
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Don Johnston on May 04, 2020, 05:53:44 PM
Shirts of course is a great idea...... what about a special edition mask as well ?
I would order a bunch of those as well as the special shirts and maybe hats? 8) 
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: ricur2 on May 04, 2020, 06:29:51 PM
yea i would like some too
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Steve McDonald Formally known as Mcdonas on May 04, 2020, 10:59:27 PM
The mask would be awesome, I could use next year when buying gas at the local gas and go, sure to bring attention to the car
"officer he took off in loud car with stripes, even though he looked like a robber, he didn't take anything, but what an awesome car"
My order would be two posters, two hats, two shirts, (XL and L) and a mask and if available two bottles of that Special Run of Carrol Shelby Hand Sanitizer to go with my can of Pit Stop deodorant
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Cobrask8 on May 05, 2020, 06:52:45 AM
+1 on the swag as well. all of us staffers will miss seeing everybody.

The mask is a great idea, as there will be other Shelby events later this year, and a themed mask would be great!!!
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: pchmotoho on May 05, 2020, 08:13:06 AM
Was planning to attend as part of my 70th birthday celebration.  I would like a t-shirt as well.


70!?  Wow.  I wanna be you when I grow up!
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: greekz on May 05, 2020, 09:47:15 AM
Was planning to attend as part of my 70th birthday celebration.  I would like a t-shirt as well.


70!?  Wow.  I wanna be you when I grow up!

It is the toys that keep us young!
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Steve McDonald Formally known as Mcdonas on May 05, 2020, 10:21:06 AM
Weren’t all great people born in 1950?
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: greekz on May 05, 2020, 11:04:32 AM
Weren’t all great people born in 1950?

I would say they were.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: TOBKOB on May 05, 2020, 12:43:59 PM
Weren’t all great people born in 1950?

I would say they were.

I second that... 8)   I'm still waiting to celebrate my 70th since it was in early April.

TOB
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: gjz30075 on May 05, 2020, 04:07:09 PM
I third that!   My 70th would have been at the Convention. :(    Oh well, spaghetti at home will have to do for now.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: oldcanuck on May 05, 2020, 06:02:19 PM
Weren’t all great people born in 1950?

How about just generally speaking, in the '50s..... that should cover most of us !    ;)
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: JD on May 05, 2020, 06:21:33 PM
+1
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: KR500 on May 05, 2020, 06:31:49 PM
+2
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: CSX 4133 on May 05, 2020, 08:53:08 PM

+3   :)
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: Don Johnston on May 05, 2020, 09:40:17 PM
Some of us are children of the 1940s  and have had their birthdays at various SAAC Conventions.  And enjoyed the occasions immensely. 8)
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: 98SVT - was 06GT on January 24, 2021, 01:36:12 AM
It wasn't just SAAC. Every year since it opened in 1955 I've gone to Disneyland for my birthday. This is what greeted me this year. Oh well missed my 70th birthday but the wife wants to go to Disney World for our 50th anniversary in October.
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: 69mach351w on January 24, 2021, 09:05:35 AM
It wasn't just SAAC. Every year since it opened in 1955 I've gone to Disneyland for my birthday. This is what greeted me this year. Oh well missed my 70th birthday but the wife wants to go to Disney World for our 50th anniversary in October.
I hope the Best for you,  and you and your Wife get to make it happen. Congrat's on 50 years, Awesome!!
Title: Re: SAAC-45 - Officially Cancelled
Post by: FL SAAC on January 24, 2021, 09:09:49 AM
Aloha

Any verdict on the production of the t-shirts or hats?

If YES, I will take 4 XXL shirts and 2 sombrero.

Gracias