I wasn't at the hotel, since my in laws live so close. Next year I will be at the hotel, so look forward to meeting others. I personally went to the tent several times and struck up conversations with quite a few. I am not looking for hand holding but a little welcome goes a long way. I help run a club where we have new members show up all the time. The leaders of the club go out of our way to make them feel welcome. I guess I am just accustomed to that. Some did this, but not many.For those who felt alienated, did you spend any time getting to know anyone at the hotel for focus rising? You can't just show up and expect BFF invites. Ive been going to focus rising for 3 years and my first year I knew nobody. I made a few friends and since then that has exploded into a massive group of great friends. It just takes opening up and hanging out. Going out for dinner or to the cruise we have on Sunday afternoon. You gotta find some people to talk with and open your self up to things. Don't expect anyone to come hold your hand and make introductions to another 100 people.
We had an awards ceremony which not to many focus ST owners showed up to. None came on the cruise, a few came to dyno and of course everyone was on the show field. I talked to a few different focus ST owners but even at that I was out walking the field and having fun getting my car torn apart at the ford garage for the short shifter.
Bottom line, show up, do the events, meet new people and have a great time. I drive down from Ontario which is only about 7 hours, but it is the best time I have had at a car event aside from h2oi
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Can you elaborate on exactly what made you feel unwelcome? What would you rather seen happen to make you feel welcome?I vote for a ST Only group. I think we will have the numbers to get a tent.
I was one of the ST owners who felt unwelcome last year at Focus Rising...I will not participate again with this group.
Will you be only installing parts that you are selling at the show. Or could you bring your own parts? Just curious, I like helping people and doing some wrenching as well.We plan on doing Cai,shifter and exhaust installs at the garage this year..we had a real nice st turn out last year, id like to double it.