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Spring 09 D N I Shootout

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The 2009 DNI Shootout will be at Silver Dollar Raceway, in Reynolds, GA again.

 

By popular request, this year's event will be held on a SATURDAY - May 23rd, 2009.

 

We'll still be meeting up at a local hotel on Friday night for our social gathering and dinner get-together.

 

More details will be posted at The DNI Shootout Website as they become available.

 

We hope to have a HUGE turnout this time.

 

 

 

 

 

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Guys,

 

We're kinda in a predicament where in order for us to get a "private track rental" event, we have to be able to guarantee the rental fee. This fee is usually paid by the gate admission. With the attendance dwindling like it has over the past 3 or 4 events, making that guarantee is getting harder to do.

 

Consequently, this year, we're not renting the track for our sole use. Instead, we're holding it on a Saturday, during the track's normal Quarter Mile Saturday event. This means that there will be some other makes & models of cars running as well as us. It still won't be so crowded that you can't get in any runs, as there are usually only 20 or so other cars running on these Quarter Mile Saturday events.

 

Because of this attendance problem, we're not going to be soliciting for donations of raffle prizes or holding a raffle, giving out trophies or doing anything major other than the Friday night get together at one of the local hotels this time around.

 

The fees taken for Tech passes, have in the past, been returned to the attendees in the form of awards for various things like, fastest pass, who drove the farthest to the event, trophies, etc...We'd like to be able to and will continue to do that as long as possible.

 

None of the event organizers has kept any of the Tech pass money after being reimbursed for expenses incurred and if we were short for the total track rental fee, the difference was paid from the Tech pass money.

 

Remember, this whole event started out as 6 or 7 guys getting together to run their cars at the track and it has grown into something really fun, but the recent event attendence is not what it used to be.

 

In an effort to get the attendance up, we opened it up last year to all Datsun Nissan & Infiniti owners, hence the name change from SEZ (SouthEastern Z Shootout) to DNI (Datsun Nissan Infiniti Shootout). Even with this and intense advertising on over 30 internet forums, and coverage and advertising in Nissan Sport Magazine, the attendance still wasn't what it has been or should be.

 

Putting on the event has become almost burdensome for a few of the organizers and if we want to continue to hold a shootout event, we're going to need either streamline things by cutting back like we're doing this year, or we're going to need more ideas to get people interested and attending it. I personally think it would be a shame to see this event go by the wayside, as we've had some GREAT times at it.

 

Right now, since interest in the event in general has been lack-luster at best, I'm taking some ideas to improve the event. No guarantees can be made that your ideas will be adopted, utilized or implemented, but they'll certainly be considered.

 

Please visit The DNI Shootout Website and use the email link there to submit your ideas, thoughts, opinions and other comments.

 

Thanks for your support of a GREAT event. We NEED this event to grow. It's too fun to let go away.

 

Warren

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No problem Warren. Although the prizes and trophies are nice personally I don't think they are any motivation for people to show up. Whatever it takes to keep this event alive is worth it. The entrance price is a bargain for the fun we have. Hopefully this economy won't be an issue this year.

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Hey Warren,

 

I had a fellow Hybridz member come over to my shop last night his name is Adam and we were talking about Z's etc and I mentioned SEZ / DNI and he has never heard about it. I told him about how much fun we have etc... and some of the fast cars and nice Z cars that show up to the event.

 

I was surprized he has not heard about it.

 

He has heard of some Zcar rally that is held in NC.

 

 

Just for your info.....

 

 

Wish there was a way to really advertise this event on HybridZ or Zcar.com.

 

John

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I guess I missed a few sites, but it's already advertised on 21 forums (that I know of), probably more, all over the area. We used to get a banner put here on HybridZ, but last time I requested that it be put up, my request fell on dead ears

 

(ATTN: ADMIN!!!).

 

It does show up on Google, Yahoo, and all of the other search engines, but that's only if you know about it.

 

Everybody can help spread the word...if you don't see it listed on a forum that you regularly visit's schedule, ask for it to be included, or email me which one and I'll ask for it to be included.

 

I believe the Z car rally that he's talking about is ZdayZ, where they run through the twisties...most of those people aren't into drag racing, but I guess we "could" advertise it there too, if they're willing to let us.

 

Thanks for the heads-up...

 

Warren

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Long story on Rip, but my cousin is now the full owner of the Zebra, I don't think he'll be making it this year, or at least with the car....

I am glad, it will be good to see you again. Any luck on dragging Rip back..... I know my brother Jerry has seen Rip a couple of times when he is in Alabama...

 

John

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wow i cant wait to go, i finnaly get to see some real Z cars (and there on the east coast!!!!!!!) woot woot!!!

 

i have a several friends (not zed or even nissan owners) of mine that actually want to go just to see some dni action...

 

and i got a couple z owners comming too...

 

btw warren whats the costs for everything and can i run the test and tune being 17? here at SGMP as long as you have a licence youre good...

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Prices are on the website. $10 each for spectators, $25 for car and driver (to run).

 

Same rules apply...licensed drivers are allowed to run...even those with learner's permits, provided their parent or guardian is present and gives consent. Remember, no shorts, flip flops or open toed shoes...Helmets are required for runs of 13.99 seconds or faster.

 

Looking forward to seeing everybody. Bring a friend or two...it's a LONG weekend, so don't worry about rushing back to get home or go back to work.

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