Happy to see Tom K brought this thread up top again! Yes, less than three weeks away! ACK! Most everything is done, we have our final planning meeting tomorrow and our team will stuff the Goody Bags. One point I like to make is that we do not want to grow the show larger, we feel it's the right size. Any larger and we'd lose that NNL feeling that we strive to preserve. So we don't advertise anywhere. We do our annual postcard mailing, we have our website and do mentions on the boards we all inhabit. Each year more and more folks are coming from further away, and that's the growth we want. People interested enough to travel, who will stay the whole day and participate. And with that I constantly remind our team that if people are spending their vacation money to attend, we really have to make sure it was worth their while!
So in our quest to make the show a better experience for everyone... One of the things that bothered us was the posts after the show that people didn't connect with folks they wanted to meet. Even at the show, we'd get people asking, "Can you point out Joe Smurf? He's a fat guy with gray hair." Well, we may not know that specific person, and that's the description of about half the guys there! So we added a few features this year...
Official NNL East name tags! Everyone can have one, be sure to spot people you wouldn't recognize but would love to meet.
We revamped our "Parking Space" . Now there are spaces so you can list where you are from, so other local guys can discover you. There's a space for your club affiliation. And most important, there's an optional spot for your cell phone number... so people can contact you during the show!
Speaking of the largest model display in the country... we have added a dozen tables this year, adding space to categories that overflowed previously like Replica Stock, Competition - Open Wheel and Competition - Closed Wheel. We have also added a display category (remember this isn't a contest!) called "Modern Sport" AKA tuners, in collaboration with the Diversified Scalerz club of North Jersey. This is a group of younger guys who mainly build modern subjects, and we are working together to bring more young guys into the hobby and the show!
We are also looking to up the participation of folks who bring and display models. Remember the whole idea of NNL is that it's a cruise night for models! We found that there were a lot of very good modelers who just weren't bringing anything. So we're bribing ya! See below, last year we started giving out a special NNL East logo tool or toy just to folks displaying models. You get it when you turn in your registration form. Last year we gave away these spiffy NNL East Official Model Car Brushes. This year we have another great tool for you. What is it? You'll just have to register some models to find out!
For our annual raffle to benefit the Model Car Builder's Museum, Ed Sexton had the entire project team sign a 2015 Mustang! This is a one of a kind collectible I'm sure will be a big success.
And a new cool souvenir item this year. Hard to imagine that we've been doing the color postcards for six years now! People have asked about getting nice clean ones that the post office hasn't damaged, so we've heard ya! Here's a complete set of six in a special commemorative envelope for only $3. Proceeds go to our favorite museum too!
And we have buttons as always! A few years ago we lost our supplier, so we went back to do the years we missed. When one of our members moved, he found extra supplies of many of the early years, so come to the club table and complete your set! We will also have our NNL East t-shirts for this year, and some going back years.
And free swag for everyone! We have the annual souvenir license plates sponsored by Model Car Garage and you can have a souvenir pen too!
And don't forget to look inside your Goody Bag! It contains your model voting ballot, raffle ticket for our never ending kit raffle, the Show Program with floor plans of all the rooms, model display categories and exactly where your favorite vendor is! This year we asked all our aftermarket and manufacturer vendors to put something in the bag, so you never know what's in there. AND we have a cool new thing this year... We have placed a very cool NNL East Wooden Nickel in random bags, and if you are lucky enough to find one, it's worth $5 at any vendor.
So join us and have some fun! Website address is below for the latest info!