Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering on Hiatus for a Few Months

Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering on Hiatus for a Few Months

 

We aren’t going anywhere, but as of today, we’re going to put the monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering on a hiatus for a few months. The April 6th event will be the last event until we work through our plans. There will not be an event in May.

Arizona is a terrific location to live if you’re into cars. And I use the word “cars” to cover all of the possible configurations of automobiles from sleekest exotic sports cars to the biggest beastly trucks. The weather is awesome - when the rest of the country’s automotive enthusiasts have put away their toys for the winter, we’re happily driving the mountain twisties, crawling over the rocky trails or cruising down the urban strips. There are thousands, probably tens of thousands of people in this Arizona “car community” that love their hobby. And all of these people love to congregate with others that have similar interests. They congregate and meet new friends, talk about past vehicles, talk and ask tech questions about current projects, arrange the next drive or Friday night dinner and cruise. There are so many people that love to do these things that when they hear about a monthly event where everybody is gathering they want to be there too.

And that’s amazing! But with that comes growing pains. What started out as a couple of friends meeting to have coffee has now grown into an event that averages 600-800 cars and 3000-4500 spectators every month. Hosting an event like that comes with significant responsibility and challenges. If you get a hundred people together for an event you’ll need to deal with some logistical issues, but when you get 4500 people together there are many more issues. Costs, liability, manpower, security, and space are just a few things, and all of those things each have time and planning requirements.

We do multiple events - the monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering, the annual Concours in the Hills, and the annual Festival of Speed. The monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering, known by many a simply Scottsdale Cars and Coffee, needs some rethinking.

Again - we aren’t going anywhere, but as of today, we’re going to put the monthly Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering on a hiatus for a few months. The April 6th event will be the last event until we work through our plans. There will not be an event in May.

We’ll be spending the next few months working through this and we’ll be back with you soon. Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our mailing list to get updates.

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April 6th New Exit Directions and Take Those Tops Off !

April 6th New Exit Directions and Take Those Tops Off !

First - Some important info to know before arriving at our next Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering on April 6th

To better control the exit traffic, at our next event on April 6th, we’ll have the Phoenix Police Department directing traffic at the exit points. PLEASE NOTE - THE EXITS WILL HAVE SPECIFIC TURN DIRECTIONS.
See the map below,
U-TURNS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON MAYO BLVD
Exit 1 will be LEFT TURN ONLY and controlled by a police officer.
Exit 2 will be RIGHT TURN ONLY. To get back to Scottsdale Road, turn left on 68th St and then left at Chauncey or Princess. To reach Loop 101 proceed to 64th St and turn right.
Exit 3 will be RIGHT TURN ONLY. To get back to Scottsdale Road, turn left on 68th St and then left at Chauncey or Princess. To reach Loop 101 proceed to 64th St and turn right.

Info on directions, times, etc: https://www.scuderiasouthwest.com/smg


Second - Tops Off !!

Our theme for April is “Take that top off".” Yep, the weather is awesome, let’s see those convertibles. Lower that ragtop, remove that hardtop, ditch that targa or t-top, this is the month to cruise on over with that hair blowing in the wind.

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Saturday Recap and Important Info

Saturday Recap and Important Info

We had another great event. The weather was awesome and we had great cars. We even kicked off some on-air participation that we hope to expand upon. But we’re having a hard time this week staying excited about how great of an event it was because of how things went during the exiting.

About once a year we have to crack down on the childish and stupid antics that go on at the exit. Let us be clear - IF THAT’S THE ACTIVITY YOU COME FOR, WHETHER YOU DRIVE OR STAND OUT ON THE SIDEWALK TO WATCH, YOU ARE NOT WELCOME. We will do everything in our power to ban you and make sure you answer to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. It’s idiots like you that that ruin great events like this for the rest of us. The antics that went on last weekend not only disturb and anger the local traffic but also the local businesses. If they don’t support us then the event is at risk. It’s also crazy dangerous. A fool behind the wheel doing stupid stuff with a group of fools lined up on the sidewalk as potential targets watching is a recipe for a life altering event. We support the Phoenix and Scottsdale police departments and we will do everything we can to assist them.

We continually talk internally about the direction of the event and it’s exciting to think about how it has grown. Our soul is in the European sports and rare collector car space. We opened the event up to a wider audience when we moved to the Scottsdale 101 Shopping Center, but this is not a money making venture for us. It’s a hobby and passion, so it won’t hurt us a bit to shrink the event back down.

And now, for the rest of our loyal followers, thanks for coming out and supporting us. We look forward to seeing you again next month and here’s a few pictures from Saturday:
https://photos.scuderiasouthwest.com/2019-03-02-March-Scottsdale-Motorsports-Gathering/

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Exciting info for Saturday's SMG and recap of another amazing CitH

Exciting info for Saturday's SMG and recap of another amazing CitH

Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering is this Saturday

Scuderia Southwest is “On the Air” at the Scottsdale Motorsports Gathering. There’s a new radio show that begins airing this Saturday and Scuderia Southwest is teaming up with them! Sports talk radio show Monty in the Morning is starting up a new weekly car centric radio show called “The Cars and Coffee Show” and they will be broadcasting from our event every month. Tim Montemayor - “Monty”, and Jake Montemayor will be talking all things cars live from 7:00-9:00am on 1580am and 99.3fm The Fanatic and the show will repeat at 11:00am. We’re excited about this and other related things that we’ll be rolling out soon and we’ll be updating you as they get ready.

Our theme for March didn’t come together as originally planned so we’ll select a few special cars and position them on the spotlight row and perhaps do a couple of radio interviews with the owners.

Concours in the Hills Recap

What an amazing time! Thanks everybody for coming out and making the 6th annual Concours in the Hills a huge success!!!! There were Miatas, Mustangs, and Maseratis…Cobras, Cadillacs, and Corvettes…Ferraris, Fiskers, and Fiats…everything you can imagine was there. The US Marines were back in force with a pair of their impressive helicopters and they were joined by three other friends of Scuderia Southwest who also brought out their private helicopters. The race cars were impressive and thanks to Arie Luyendyk, Lynn St James, Harley Cluxton, Didier Theys, and Arie Luyendyk, Jr for opening the show.

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We set records in every category. Well over 900 cars, 108 sponsors, and over $155k raised for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. We tried, but we don’t even know how to count the people that were there. At noon it was pretty easy to tell that there were over 25,000 people at that moment but because people and come and go, an hour later an entirely different group of people could be there, so it’s possible that two or three times that many people could have wandered in throughout the day!
We had several award categories and the winners were:
Best Car Club Display: Jaguar Club of Central AZ
Best Import: 1970 Maserati Ghibli, Albee Allstadt
Best Domestic to Mike Shoen's 1968 Lonestar Cobra
Best of Show went to Terry Larson’s 1957 Jaguar D-type racer
A great day was had by all!

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Save the date…we’re already on the calendar for next year - February 8, 2020.

We’ve posted a highlight video on our YouTube channel here:
https://youtu.be/gQW209y_IqU
Big shout out to Sean and Ismael at Loud Ninja Productions for producing that amazing video for us. We hope to see more from them in the coming months. Give them a call if you need video production work!


And you can see hundreds of really amazing pictures in our photo gallery here:
https://photos.scuderiasouthwest.com/2019-02-09-concours-in-the-hills/
Thanks to our photo gang: Toby, Renae, Chris, Scott, and Rob. You’ll be seeing a lot more from them. Stay tuned for a little more detailed introduction of these guys coming soon.

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