Tom’s Corner – At the 2017 Dells Run

tomscorner     The annual Dells Run took place June 1st through June 4th and by all estimates, it was another rousing success! Over 60 Fieros took part and one out of every two went home a class winner. This years’ theme was “Class of 2017” and to promote it, the awards were unique. No other car club has done this before, so last winter Tom Podjiemski, aka ‘The Prezzzz, came up with the idea of having a Class ring instead of a normal trophy. It was a closely guarded secret until the awards were presented on Sunday June 4th. The itinerary was revealed ahead of time on the Fiero Fanatics Facebook page so all those attending the show could plan accordingly as to what activities they wanted to do while they were here.
Here’s a run-down on some of them: On Thursday June first for all of the early arrivals and check-ins, there was a 3:30 PM depart to a 5-star restaurant on Mirror Lake near the Wisconsin Dells called Ishnala. We had seating overlooking the Mirror Lake on a beautiful afternoon with first class dining. After which we cruised over to Wisconsin Dells at Pirate’s Cove to divide up the members into teams to play “Goofy Golf “. The whole idea of this was to play a 9-hole miniature golf course in the most ridiculous way possible such as left-handed clubs, miniature clubs, blind sun glasses etc. and the winning team would get a special trophy at the awards ceremony. The weather cooperated nicely for this event and we proceeded back to the host hotel Chula Vista for some needed relaxation and to check out the cars arriving for the show. Friday was an early breakfast with the Prezzz or a later one with the Illinois chapter (N.I.F.E.) at Mr. Pancake House restaurant. Then at 12:00 PM the members who wanted to go went on a very scenic cruise hosted by Gregg and Maggie Dauterman on some rustic roads to an 1842 historic museum near Portage Wisconsin. This tour took all afternoon and when we returned we immediately proceeded to the Tavern Restaurant for a Friday night fish fry. The registration room at the host hotel was open at 8:00PM for members to register for the Saturday show and receive their goodie bags which were filled with lots of car related products. At 9:30 PM the Midwest Fiero Clubs held an informal meeting to up-date the chapter reps on the up-coming 35th anniversary show in East Peoria Illinois with an August 1st announcement on social media to all interested owners with the latest information.
Saturday June 3rd those who did not register for the show were able to do so between 9:00 and 11:00 AM in the registration room or on the show field. The show itself was held from 11:00 to 4:00 PM at which time the famous Dells Run was started and a caravan of over 40 Fieros headed on the cruise to down town Wisconsin Dells. The weather was fantastic to say the least and lots of spectators came out to see the cars. There was a gathering of members to cruise over to the Rivers Edge Pub for dinner that evening. And if that wasn’t enough to exhaust you the Minnesota chapter held their infamous ‘’Circle of Shame” in three different locations at the host hotel. Everyone was invited over to share stories and party until 1:00 AM!! A lot of great stories were bandied about and the ‘refreshments’ were first class.
On Sunday June 4th everyone gathered in the conference room at 9:00 AM for the awards presentation and trophies. Following this, the class winners were gathered for a group picture which will be in an upcoming Fiero Focus Magazine.
As usual, the Prezzzz is to be commended for putting on a fabulous show and lots of volunteers were responsible for everything running as smooth as it did. The contract for the next three years are already being finalized and the hope is that the Fiero community will add new members to join the existing ones in participating in the next Dells Run and theme for next years’ event will be RED/White/and BLUE and whatever wild ideas he will come up with is anyone’s guess. His motto has always been “you are here to have FUN !!” This year was no exeption.