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CSX 3000 Series / CSX 3047
« on: July 16, 2019, 10:13:29 AM »

The Lounge / Drive em!
« on: February 13, 2019, 08:35:19 PM »
yea.... It's fun until this happens.

1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Kick Panels
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:33:15 PM »
What's the current value for a pair of 68 mint near NOS black kick panels?

The Lounge / Serious engineering
« on: December 23, 2018, 12:34:54 AM »
Ken Block's Hoonitruck: Twin Turbo, AWD, 914hp, and Ready to Party in Gymkhana TEN

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / Dearborn Convention Hotel
« on: December 16, 2018, 02:53:14 PM »
Apparently time and the economy have taken their toll on the hotel.

Once a jewel in the city of Dearborn, the former Hyatt Regency, renamed in 2016 the Edward Hotel & Convention Center, was shuttered Friday because of several fire code violations and maintenance issues.     

City officials told the hotel's operators Wednesday that the property is "unfit for human occupancy."

The closure followed a Dec. 4 annual inspection by the fire department and inspections by building officials, city spokeswoman Mary Laundroche said. Inspectors found plumbing leaks, broken elevators, damaged ceiling tiles and other problems.

"Although the city had been working with the operators of the hotel since May 2016 as they progressed toward a certificate of occupancy and compliance with property maintenance codes, the most recent violations are so serious that the city needed to close the building to protect guests, employees and the public," Laundroche said in an email.

Hotel owner Xiao Hua (Edward) Gong, of 600 Town Center Realty, LLC, could not be reached for comment Friday. An attorney who worked for him in 2016, James Cambridge of Kerr Russell in Detroit, also could not be reached.

The Free Press reported in 2016 that Gong bought the crescent-shaped, 773-room hotel for $20 million in January of that year.   

The previous owner, Israel-based Royal Realities, acquired the hotel out of receivership in 2011 after another previous owner, Dallas-based Ashford Hospitality Trust, chose to default on the property's mortgage during the recession. The past owners were unwilling or unable to make tens of millions of dollars in renovations to the aging hotel, so Chicago-based Hyatt pulled its brand name off the property in 2012.

After Gong took ownership, the hotel transitioned to an in-house management team. It also underwent some renovations and exterior improvements.

It was unclear Friday whether staff would face layoffs.

"I really haven't heard too much," said a switchboard operator, adding that she and other employees were informed Friday morning that the hotel would close at noon.

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reported that most employees will be laid off, citing another unnamed switchboard operator.

Visitors and groups who have booked stays at the hotel should reach out to the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, which will try to help relocate them, media relations manager Deanna Majchrzak said.

While the hotel did not have a valid certificate of occupancy, it was allowed to operate because it was working toward one, Laundroche said.

"Itís pretty standard that if a business is making progress toward addressing all building codes, we allow them to operate without a full (certificate of occupancy)," as long as inspectors don't find serious violations that could threaten people's lives, she said.

In the recent inspections, the city found 18 violations that need to be corrected.

"We would love if they would work with us and bring us a plan about how they're going to address the life safety issues, and overall how they are going to bring their building up to code," Laundroche said.

Located at 600 Town Center Drive, the hotel is adjacent to Ford headquarters. According to its website, it was built in 1976 and has 64,000 square feet of public space.

Recent TripAdvisor reviews of the property have been mixed. One user called the hotel "empty and close to deserted," and "a shell of its former glory." Another wrote it was "unclean and beat up." Still, it received an overall rating of 3.5 stars.

1968 Shelby GT350/500/500KR / Hubcap restoration
« on: October 25, 2018, 08:33:35 PM »
Pre crash, there was someone who restored a set of hubcaps with the help of TLea and offered advice on the process.

Did that person return post crash?  If so, I'm interested.

Wanted to Buy / 68 Hubcaps or pie plates
« on: September 18, 2018, 12:14:35 PM »
Looking for a set of 68 pie plates.  Have to be nice enough for a driven show car.  I think I can salvage my centers.


Another epic topic partially salvaged from the waybackmachine.

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / 'Old' forum archives available
« on: January 20, 2018, 06:47:13 PM »
Looks like some of the old forum information has been archived and is available to view.


Seems to be hit or miss but parts of the old forum still survive!

Maybe a donation is warranted?

I'm not smart enough to know if SAAC can capture this data and archive it on a club server but might worth a try?

SAAC Forum Discussion Area / New SAAC forum questions
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:26:36 PM »
How is the new SAAC forum affiliated with the SAAC club?

Will everything posted here be visible to anyone with an internet connection regardless if they are a forum member and/or SAAC club member?

Do our annual SAAC membership dues help support the forum?

Do SAAC club members get any special privileges?

Who 'owns' the information posted on the forum and what are they allowed to do with it?

Will the forums be backed up?

I always thought the 'old' forum was a benefit of being a supporting SAAC club member but I may have been wrong.  I'd like to understand the relationship between the club and forum before jumping back in.

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