Should arrive around 8PM Monday
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Keep your fingers crossed - a couple of our brothers are running into some stuff that may keep them from being able to make it to Slingshot Homecoming
On behalf of the Slingshot Owners Group Board of Directors ... THANK YOU to those who purchased VIP Tour passes. Your purchase will help to make a difference in a child's life through the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Additionally, a huge THANK YOU to Polaris for adding on another VIP tour to make more spots available for SOG owners. For those who may be still be interested, we do still have some tickets available
ohhh myyyyy looooook at the time - get your emails in for the VIP tours
Here’s how it works:
· There are a total of 72 tickets available – 36 for Friday ($50/ticket) and 36 for Saturday ($25/ticket)
· At 5PM CST on Friday, June 14 you must send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (emails received before 5PM CST will be ineligible)
· The email must include:
o YOUR NAME
o YOUR ADDRESS
o YOUR PHONE NUMBER
o NUMBER OF TICKETS (limited to a maximum of 2 tickets per email submission)
o YOUR TICKET PREFERENCE – FRIDAY ($50 per ticket) or SATURDAY ($25 per ticket)
Looks like weather is going to be good temperature wise, but chances of thunderstorms. Of course, this can all change up to the day of the events...
Thanks - glad to see that it is only about half an inch of rain
Guess who is joining us for Slingshot Homecoming
Ok ok. Now in all seriousness. Really looking forward to the homecoming. Most unfortunately wasn't sure until last week if I'd be able to make it so missed out on reserving the free tour, grabbing a shirt, or getting a discounted hotel.
So you know what no tour, full price hotel, and I'll be shirtless(j/k. Wouldn't put everybody thru that) but I'm still really looking forward to it. If I happen to get lucky enough to get the VIP tour and contribute to a great charity even better. Excited to pick up where I left off meeting everybody in maggie valley and hopefully putting even more faces to the names. Wouldn't miss the hopefully first of many homecomings! Thanks in advance to SOG for getting this together and all you guys and gals have done putting in the hardwork so we can have a good time!
On a side note, since I'm kinda on the unofficial free tour wait list. If anybody on social media with their panties in a bunch that registered early want to cancel I will gladly take your free tour and hotel discount!
Connect with me Friday morning....I'm sure we'll be able to help with the free tour and maybe even a t-shirt - you can try the host hotel and ask for Iris - I think they only have king sized beds available
So I'm still catching up on this thread as I don't have social media and have been busy trying to help others get their slingshot ready for homecoming. I haven't been able to vent my frustration like the social media nuts. So here we go.
My thoughts are this... I shouldn't have to pay for the VIP. If I'm a VIP you should pay me for gracing you with my presence.
I'm so agitated that I can't drink and shoot my firearm on the premises. While I've never smoked, I wanted to start at homecoming so that's like 3 strikes.
Food truck?! This is a free event. Why should I pay for food. At absolute minimum this should be fully catered... with open bar(to go with my smoking and firearm of course)
Homecoming king and queen? I get a participation trophy at everything I do in life. Why should this be different? Trophy should be 3 foot tall minimum. I'll give my address. SOG can cover shipping.
Raffle? Should be 2020 slingshot to be given away for free that day. Anything else is unacceptable. Taxes to be paid by SOG of course.
Show and shine? That means I "show" up and somebody will "shine" my slingshot, correct?
And lastly the hotel discount was ridiculous. It should have been atleast 95% off...
There... now I feel better.
Glad SOG could make you feel better - please wait AT the front door for your gifts to arrive
Thought it might be helpful to share some ride routes for Homecoming. You can find them on our website at https://www.slingshotownersgroup.com/letsride
Better yet, if you use FURKOT for your trip planning you can download the rides to your Garmin, TomTom, or other navigation device by clicking on PLAN WITH FURKOT then logging into your FURKOT account. Once the route displays you can export by clicking on TRIP and then the up arrow for EXPORT. The file will download and you can add it like you would normally add a trip to your navigation device. Kinda of a cool option
If you try it out, let us know what you think.
OOOPs, hope I didn't intrude on something, just trying to help.
No sir not at all - it looks like there are going to be some great roads for folks to ride so for folks that reached out to SOG for help with finding a ride we did what we could to get 3 wheels under 'em
Dude! I don't have to take you up on that to know that you're awesome. We are going to play things by ear and if we end up in different rigs it just means we get to know someone else a little better. Thank you, thank you!
I'm going to go practice my burnouts...
We've got a ride ready and waiting for you and no one will be out of a spot
I have not brought up the SOG group on the forum since it was originally put together and presented to me. The main reason I have been quiet is because I wanted to see if everyone was ok with what the new group was bringing to the forum and the Slingshot community. Another reason for me being quiet was because I didnt know for sure how their group would actually tie in to our forum. Here is what I was told...I was told that the forum would be the outlet for their news and events. I was told that SOG would put together events for smaller vendors that wanted to show off their products. And I was told that they would be using media outlets like Facebook and Instagram to help spread the news about their events and they would link back to the forum so it would bring in new members and traffic.
After looking back I can safely say that SOG has done exactly what they said. And they have bit off a big event for their first one... They have created a yearly homecoming event that was not easy to put together. I know it wasn't easy because I have personally sat in front of the plant managers and discussed this very thing. After hearing some of their requirements to put such an event together and have Polaris involved I can tell you that the forum is just not setup as a business that can work directly with Polaris on this type of thing. To have an extended group like SOG work beside the forum is the next best thing for all of us.
So if your on the fence about coming or if you ever had a reservation about the group I can tell you that I will be helping them with there endeavors as long as they continue on the path they are taking. They are bringing more members into the forum and that is what I want to see. And that is what all the vendors on the forum want to see.
WITH ALL THAT SAID.... If you can make it to event please do. Everyone needs to show Polaris that we do care about the company and that we want them to have success and keep the Slingshot line alive.
THE BIG PANDA!
Thanks for your support Panda - as always, it is appreciated
Now that all the info is on the table, I plan to put in for the floor tour. I'm not sure what the uproar is all about (my wife tells me TwitFace has it's panties in a bunch) except, I guess, the way this was introduced as Flybuddy pointed out above. Just think of it as a donation to a worthy cause with a bonus! Nothing else that has been presented to us by the Board has been changed and nothing has been taken away. They can't call all of the shots as it has been previously pointed out. Let's roll with it and make this a killer inaugural event for SOG! (Insert theme song here.)
Thank you sir
Please do not cancel attending this event.
For everyone else - my thoughts on this:
There are SEVERAL things to consider here:
1.) This is a NEW event for Polaris Inc, on company property
2.) Being planned by a NEW group / organization
3.) During the 6th month of the year - when new products are being ramped up on production floor.
4.) Company property - Company will control the event and what is allowed.
5.) If people start backing out - Vendors will back out also... this hurts not only those who want to attend, but also those who are working hard to pull off this first ever event.
Those of you who are frustrated - please let us come together as a group and show the ONLY SLINGSHOT MANUFACTURING PLANT that this product is worth their continued commitment to produce the Slingshot. We are a family when we get together, we have fun, and they will SEE with their own eyes how much people enjoy this product.
I am telling you all - Polaris needs to see the enthusiasm, and excitement we have. We as a group could reignite the employees excitement for the product being built... instead of it being just another bolt to torque, or VIN stamp. The employees - rarely see a slingshot on the road... more than half if asked claim they never have. hard to be excited about your product when you THINK nobody really cares about it, or buys it.
AND - WE SHOULD SUPPORT Ross and SOG Board Members through this. The SOG group can only negotiate so far before having their hands tied. At the very LEAST - we should support the SOG group for presenting us with vendors, and another platform to gather as a family again.
Just to note - Remington Outdoors Company is right up the street from Polaris. You don't get through the front gate without an FBI background check. This is not the festival grounds... this entails legalities, confidentiality, and liability issues that again - must be considered by the company.
I have told everyone - how excited I was, how big of a group is coming, I have volunteered with my own personal time to assist this event.. because its kind of like expecting important company coming over to your house.... you want the windows washed, and the floor vacuumed and clothes put away...
Please do not cancel. This is not what I would expect from this family... whenever there is a wrench day, or somebody needs something, SOMEONE in this family comes through... we all need to come through for this event, and MAYBE it becomes an annual event... MAYBE Polaris relaxes if we pull off a good show without injury or product leak. This first event will dictate if there will be a second event to Polaris is willing to negotiate on.
I understand both sides of the argument... There are a lot of things going on inside the plant right now... and the competitors - they are searching for ways to get a foot in the door continuously. Ross , SOG's , they are doing their best to pull off an event that they are not allowed to call the shots on.
Please do not cancel guys. Huntsville Polaris needs to see this family.
Thank you Guardian_Angel . Your support is appreciated.
I am far from alone in the hours of daily work done to coordinate and promote the event for owners and vendors - the Board of Directors is where the thanks really should go.
I am a tad disappointed with all the negative comments on social media - it weighs heavy on me. SOG continues to work with what SOG was allowed to offer by Polaris. Hopefully there are more people excited about this event than disappointed.
I wish that Polaris could offer more floor tours, but they don't. Sounds like that in the past too many disrespectful people taking photos when they promised they wouldn't and sharing (and even mis-sharing) information they agreed not to disclose. We surely don't blame Polaris for taking these kinds of actions to protect their product and brand - we want the product to have increased success and to continue for years and years to come.
We have more than 300 registered for the event (registration continues to grow each day) with nearly a dozen vendors and a couple of local food trucks.
The SOG goal for this event is simple - bring owners together. We want owners to come first because their voice is so important. We want to make the experience for members to be as cost free as possible. We want to bring vendors into the event without having to charge them hundreds or even thousands of dollars. We want owners that come and don't want to purchase modifications from a vendor have memorable experiences.
We met with Polaris and discussed several ideas and made several suggestions. They allotted just over 100 of the video tours. With the understanding and responsibility of SOG to make sure that there is no photography from the catwalk. Floor tours were approved as well thanks to some very hard work by Slingrazor . Thanks to him we were able to get 6 dozen floor tours spread over Friday and Saturday. Proceeds of the tours will allow SOG to be able to give more to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Some are complaining on social media because they had a different idea of what is currently being offered by Polaris. I don't know what to say - we are working with what we were provided. Some are complaining about not allowing alcohol, tobacco, or firearms on the property. This event is being held at a place with flammable and explosive materials where the property owner has an obligation to protect employees as well as guests.
For those on social media, I'm not sure I can do anything more other than say, I'm sorry. I know that won't be enough for some of them, but we are doing to best that we can to provide an awesome experience for everyone that attends. Truth is, if we charged owners and vendors the current average rate to attend an event, we would have had more than $30,000 in revenue. Even though that would be a great donation for a charity, that was not the sole purpose of this event. We wanted the event to be affordable for everyone and more importantly, a place to gather where the Polaris Slingshot was born.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in Huntsville.
OK, so it seems that the communication could have been a little better. Something like:
GREAT NEWS....in addition to the normal catwalk tour that Polaris gives, they have agreed to allow an expansive factory floor tour for the first time. These will be limited to smaller groups and we will be selling these slots via tickets which 100% of proceeds will go to charity (full details below)
Back to my original questions. Are the normal tours we signed for still a go? (looks like it, but no official word)
Any chance of Thursday tours? More happy SOGgers and more money to a good cause.
The free tours will run hourly on Friday
Info about VIP tours sent to everyone registered for Slingshot Homecoming