September 8, 2014
Well, better late then never regarding updating this blog.
This past Reatta Rally went much better then expected. With the event held one month later then usualy along with the Buick Club's national event held in Portland
this past summer, I didn't expect a poor urnout (maybe seven cars). As it turned out, we had 13 Reattas.
Everything went smoothly but there was a lack of energy at the All GM Car Show. It turned out there were about 300 cars in attendance (a far cry from the nearly
450-500 that would attend annually as recent as four years ago). In part the decrease in attendance could be due to the BCA national meet up in Portland.
*I* think that even though it has been said interest in the collector car market has increased (maybe for those in higher tax brackets), attendance in a variety of
car shows this past summer declined. I think the stale economy since 2008 had some collectors give up the hobby. Money was (and still is) tight and keeping
an additional car(s) in the garage isn't cheap. I also think SoCal loves their cars but unless it's Italian, German or British and in excess of $200,000, or it is
"Pebble Beach" worthy (re: Rodeo Drive car show which attracted a record crowd this past Father's Day), superficial Californians are not that interested.
Lastly, the current generation is more interested in electronics and music (thanks to Apple) than cars. I read that most SoCal teen-agers do not get a driver's license
until they are 19 (I, among my closest childhood friends begged and groveled our parents to take us to the DMV on our 16th birthday).
I participated in a car show this past summer in Franklin Canyon (above Beverly Hills). The show reached capacity of 120 cars (all makes and models) and
the location was terrific - a large lake (where the opening scene of the Andy Griffith Show was filmed and often referred to as "Meyer's Lake" in the series) and
terrific hiking trails. Also, the Tree People organization is just a two minute drive away which can add to a bonus excursion. So I'll be considering that show/location for
the next Reatta Rally. Until then, I'll see if anyone wants a mini Reatta Rally this fall.
June 18, 2014
Similar to last year, I'm getting inquiries from Canada and a couple other countries if there is a similar event in their area (I didn't think there were Reattas outside of
the US, Canada and possibly Mexico). I get many inquiries from the mid-west and east coast as to why I don't have a Reatta Rally in their area. I am also finding out from past
participants that a few have sold their car, it's inoperable or the event conflicts with family vacation plans (the latter is not unexpected as the event is being held one month
later than usual). I have finalized the Reatta Rally perks for the event - just hoping all goes as planned.
June 6, 2014
Via e-mail, Wikipedia congratulated the ReattaDriver web site for being an 'additonal source material' on all things Reatta. In part, that explains the increasing surge
in hits that site (and this Reatta Rally site) has received. What is (and is not) surprising is they don't reference the Reatta Division site within the BCA.
I've been asked a few times if there will be another Reatta calendar for 2015. The 2014 calendar was a big hit. The answer is I don't think there will be a
2015 calendar as it takes a lot of time to put together (but I haven't ruled it out).
May 4, 2014
The display banner for the Reatta Rally is now in the July calendar on SoCalCarCulture.com.
April 14, 2014
Registration form is complete and will be e-mailed to the Reatta Rally database by this weekend.
April 2, 2014
Countdown clock to the day of event displayed on home page.
January 30, 2014
Reatta Rally 2014 will tentatively be held July 13, 2014 in southern California. Once plans for the event have been finalized, information will be e-mailed to
all in the Reatta Rally database and posted on-line.
January 3, 2014 - A belated HAPPY NEW YEAR!
There will be a 2014 Reatta Rally this summer (woohoo!). As for the date, I should have that finalized y early February. If anyone would like to suggest an
additional activity or would like to be included in our e-mail list (which does not get distributed and only used for Reatta-related events), please send me
an e-mail with your thoughts using the contact link above.
October 7, 2013
Putting the finishing touches on a mini Reatta Rally for November. Final details and an e-mail should go out early November.
July 30, 2013
As requested, I am working on a mini Reatta Rally for October or November. It will be held on a Sunday morning. Further details to follow soon.
June 27, 2013
The Reatta Rally had a very nice write-up on the Carscoops.com web site. You can read it here.
June 24, 2013
Whew! The Reatta Rally and the All GM Car Show was a huge...HUGE success! Such a terrific event. I looked at my watch at 7AM and before I knew it, 4PM comes
around and I asked myself how did the day go by so quickly. It was the type of (exhausting) day that makes for a good night's sleep with a smile on your face. I will post
about the Reatta Rally in a few days once I organize my thoughts and get some R&R.
June 19, 2013
All things are a go! If you haven't mailed in your registration, bring it with you and register the day of the show.
June 8, 2013
For the procrastinators, I placed a countdown clock on both the Home and Registration page. It's OK to come to the Reatta Rally on the day of the event (about 25% of those
who attend The All GM Car Show register the day of the show) but I can't guarantee certain perks that others will receive who have already registered.
June 2, 2013
I have received inquiries from New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, England and France regarding the Reatta Rally. Generally people want to know about the event and the car.
They also have asked about last year's press coverage. What is impressive after 25 years of first using Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) and then the World Wide Web is how far
(and the impact) the Internet has with reaching people.
May 31, 2013
Pink's Hot Dogs will be at the All GM Car Show with their mobile kitchen (food truck). Those who haven't had a Pink's dog will get to bite into one without first having to wait in
line for an hour. Also, one of the items in the goodie bag will definitely surprise the Reatta community. And I have the "day after Reatta Rally" event finalized. Just need
to know if there is enough interest and need to work on logistics.
May 22, 2013
I added a link in the middle of the registration page (http://reattarally.com/reattarallyregistration.html) for information on accommodations in the area (can also be found here).
May 13, 2013
Last year's swag (goodie bag) was a home-run. This year it will be a grand slam. But due to availability, goodie bags are limited to the first 10 people who register by
Friday, May 31 (it takes time to order some of the items and/or to produce them so they are received in time for the event). Five people have already registered for the
Reatta Rally. I may have additional individual items to gift but most likely not the complete goodie bag.
May 3, 2013
Reatta Rally is a few weeks away and time to put some things into gear. Swag (goodie bags) has been finalized. I'm working on a raffle give-away for Reatta Rally participants but not sure if the tooling can be done economically. I will be attending a couple shows this weekend to see if there are any ideas I can 'borrow' and utilize.
April 22, 2013
Both listing and display up at www.SoCalCarCulture.com/events.html web site (for June). Display ads for the Reatta Rally scheduled for the May and June issues of
The Buick Bugle.
April 7, 2013
Updated information for the 2013 Reatta Rally has been sent to all who have previously requested to be on the e-mail list (if anyone would like to be included, click here).