Monthly Archives: April 2012

Preferred Parking, Not For Now

No Preferred Parking...at least not for now

As anyone who has brought a car out to Supercar Saturdays in the past 3 seasons knows, we highly recommend registering for Supercar Saturdays events. There are several reasons to register:

  1. It lets us know who’s coming and how many. While all SCS events are well attended, some are better attended than others. As such, this information is important to ensure that the SCS team and our venues have enough staff on hand to ensure the best event possible. Additionally, it lets vendors and sponsors know what to expect to ensure there are enough people serving coffee, etc. (We give them as much info as possible, but at the end of the day, it’s their business decision)
  2. It lets us inform people in the event anything changes. Once in a while something happens: a road gets closed, Illinois’ finest set up a fundraiser, a street is torn up that you’d probably like to avoid, etc. Rather than spam the whole SCS database, we only inform people who have said they’re coming to a given event.
  3. It lets us give stuff away. SCS has never and will never sell or give anyone access to our cherished email database. Once in a while, however, sponsors offer the opportunity for SCS attendees to win things. Sometimes those sponsors want to give something away only to people attending the event they sponsored. In this instance, we offer the opportunity for people to win great stuff (like trackdays etc.).
  4. It allows us to set up “preferred parking“. Preferred parking guarantees parking spaces (as close to center as possible depending on arrival time) to early registrants

Why we’re abolishing Preferred Parking…at least for now:

We started SCS to bring Chicagoland car culture together regardless of whether people drive Lamborghinis, Hondas, or anything in between. The SCS team¬† receives requests to park similar cars together. The fact is that it looks better for photography. The problem, however, is that when you organize cars in that fashion, BMW drivers end up parked near only other BMW drivers, etc. This has resulted in people not parking near their friends as well as the accusation that SCS favors a particular type of car. (That’s completely untrue by the way, since starting SCS, the team has owned the following cars: Mini Cooper S, Nissan GT-R, Lamborghini Gallardo, Porsche 911, Mitsubishi Starion, FJ Cruiser, Jeep Wrangler, Ford Raptor, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Audi S4, Volkswagen R32, etc. — as you can tell we run the gamut on vehicles)

In short:

  • People show up early and get angry when they’re asked to move their car because we’ve mapped out parking to achieve the goal above
  • People show up late and get angry when they don’t get Preferred Parking
  • People feel we favor one make or type of cars over another
  • It requires the SCS team to stand there and check people in, we’re all volunteers and “check-in” can be a bit of a nightmare…you know, like when someone starts yelling at you at 8 AM when you’ve been up since 5 and are VOLUNTEERING your time

Although we may re-institute Preferred Parking in the future, we’re starting the 2012 season without it. That said, we HIGHLY recommend that everyone attending an event continue to register for their and our benefit (shown in reasons 1-3 above).

2012 Season Location Announcement

After a long winter(ish) welcome back to Supercar Saturdays for 2012, our 4th season! The Supercar Saturdays crew is in full swing, working hard to make 2012 our best season yet!

We’re pleased to announce that 2012 will feature two event locations, one in the southwestern suburbs and the other in the northeast suburbs. By holding events in opposite corners of Chicagoland we hope to garner more attention to the Supercar Saturdays brand which will result in bigger, more eclectic turnouts at all of our events this season and for years to come.

The Locations:

The Promenade Bolingbrook, located on Boughton Road a stone’s throw away from I-355 in the southwestern suburb of Bolingbrook, we were proud to call The Promenade home for most of the SCS events during the 2011 season. We’re pleased to announce that we’ll continue to line the streets of The Promenade during the May, July, and September 2012 events.

 

Bannockburn Green, located at the corner of Half Day Road (Route 22) and Waukeegan Road (Route 43) in the northeast suburb of Bannockburn is right between I-294 and Route 41 (the continuation of the Edens Expressway). This location, easily accessible from all directions, features both sit-down and quick-service restaurants for breakfast and lunch in addition to a Starbucks. We’re looking forward to calling Bannockburn Green home for the June and August 2012 events.

(Links above point to the venue websites, links below point to venue locations on Google Maps)

Where and When
As always, Supercar Saturdays events will be held on the first Saturday of every month all summer long. Our 2012 event dates and locations are as follows:

One of The Best Car Commercials I’ve Seen in A Long Time

I came across this gem while watching an episode of American Chopper and thought it was too good not to share. The below commercial for an STP fuel treatment discusses what many of us encounter on a daily basis: people who shouldn’t be driving in the left lane blocking us from the open asphalt we long for.

Enjoy!

Pardon Our Dust (because it’s for your benefit)

Like everything else in the State of Illinois, the Supercar Saturdays website has two seasons: winter and road construction. We’re working hard along with our amazing friends at Nova Libra to make some improvements to the site so that we can roll out even more amazing content and provide an even better overall experience.

We should be done soon and will update you with a list of improvements along with what you can expect from the updated site. Until then, please “pardon our dust” and rest easy knowing that there are no 45 MPH speed zones or photo-enforcing camera vans here.

Oh, and don’t forget to RSVP to receive updates regarding our first event of the 2012 season taking place at The Promenade Bolingbrook on May 5th. We will continue to hold SCS on the first Saturday of every month all summer long at various locations throughout Chicagoland.