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PVGP Thank You!

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To all of you that were able to attend the 2018 Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix / Oktoberfest in Pittsburgh: 

 

A huge thank you! You made this event amazing! It was a BLAST and (as always) a truly re-energizing experience, as is The Vintage in Asheville!

 

To all of you I missed and didn't get to hug and meet… next time! See you in North Carolina in May!

 

And to Peter Stillwell…. I will never hug your sweaty, hairy, bare chest again. I love you man….but even **I** have my limits! 

 

I'm getting flown out to Monterey next month courtesy of the Sam Smith / Mark Francis / Carl Nelson / Thongsai goon squad… hope to see some of you there!

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This year at the PVGP was absolutely incredible. So many good friends with their BMWs, so glad to see you all even if it was just for a minute or two.

 

See you in Monterey, Paul! 

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It was great seeing you and the F Bomb again, Paul! Great weekend on the Hill.

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I heard the number / quantity  "128" mentioned. WOW!

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Paul-

   It was nice to meet you and put a face to a lot of the names here on the FAQ.

Greg Kutz

Dalton, Ohio

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I heard several numbers from 175 to 125. Larry Schwarz & Robert Cruz did a count yet never heard the results. Missed the '02 Parade Lap World Record by 28 '02s.   

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41 minutes ago, kutzoh said:

Paul-

   It was nice to meet you and put a face to a lot of the names here on the FAQ.

Greg Kutz

Dalton, Ohio

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Greg:  We need to meet you: Sahara 2002. Living in Ohio. Attended PVGP.  You should join the RGB....!!

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Paul, it did my soul good to see you up, about and looking good.  I, along with your legion of friends had been terribly worried about you.  Seeing you there made my day!

 

As for attendence:  per the folks at National, 162 2002s were registered for both Ofest and the PVGP (no overlaps on the figures).  I heard about 135 on Saturday at the CCA hillside, plus another 27 (I counted) on the track.  Amazingly, I think I had the only Nevada car there...

 

mike

 

PS--+1 with Jim Denker said above--also have a Sahara '73 and live in the Dayton area...

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6 hours ago, wegweiser said:

 

I'm getting flown out to Monterey next month courtesy of the Sam Smith / Mark Francis / Carl Nelson / Thongsai goon squad… hope to see some of you there!

 

 

 

Wait....seriously?!  And I won't be there again, dang it.  You are so close.  If you are flying into LAX and driving up from there, let me know!!

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Jeez Paul-I think my feelings are hurt.😎

I can't help it if I get all hot and bothered after racing  in a Nomex suit. Plus the brake fluid boiled in the 911 and I lost brakes going in to the serpentine corners which made it a little more stressful. I was not only so very happy to see you in good health and spirits, the hug was partly a celebration of my own continued existence. I think you're a great hugger ! 

As they say " Man plans and God laughs" after racing the Alpina replica at the Giants  Despair Hillclimb-and suffering my own despair as I realized the suspension was not straight enough for the PVGP, I realized how lucky I was to have an alternate car to drive. Shame I didn't put brake scoops and heavier duty brake pads in it. It was a great event and wonderful to see you in so many fantastic cool funny and good friends. Sorry I couldn't get the 2002 ready for the PVGP, I tried.

Very best regards to you and Wendy as always, cheers , here's to you Buddy!

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Oh Peter! Our paths will cross again, and you'll get another hug from me. I promise. You're too smart and weird and sincere and interesting not to appreciate fully. 

 

And Mike (and anyone else worried about me) - I'm doing really well. I have 3-4 days of crappy post-chemo effects every two weeks, but life is absolutely GRAND and I'm loving all of it. I've got 3 more months to go, and I'm constantly reminded of how damn lucky I am. 

 

Cheers to you all! - And Andrew…. I'm flying in to SFO. Maybe you'll "accidentally" show up in Monterey!

 

Paul

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Sorry I wasn't able to visit with the 2002 crew during Oktoberfest - I was so busy with PVGP (and trying to get the car to run properly) that I missed most of the Oktoberfest events. Attaching an in-car shot from the pace lap at the beginning of the 2002 race on Saturday afternoon. Inka, number 42.

 

-Karl

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Wish I could have been there for the Shendly Park races. 

 

John

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