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John in VA
03-11-2021, 04:28 AM
Dear Members,

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to inform you that the Deutsche Marque Concours d'Elegance will not take place at 2 Silos Brewing Company in Manassas on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

The venue remains affected by the pandemic and their management has been largely unresponsive to our numerous attempts over many weeks, phone calls, and emails to secure a written contract for Sunday, May 2. The Deutsche Marque Concours d'Elegance is now a regional show that draws members from many states, far and wide. Without a contract, we cannot proceed in good faith to represent an event of the caliber earned over many decades that is the Deutsche Marque Concours d'Elegance today.

For clarity's sake, we would like to explain our decision.

Concours leadership of the Porsche Club was strongly opposed to our decision to hold the event at Occoquan Regional Park when talks resumed about our 2021 plans last December and suggested 2 Silos Brewing Company based on their September 2020 "Gathering of the Faithful" event and personal friendship with the owner. The promise of lower costs and plenty of space for all three clubs never materialized. To our surprise last week, without giving BMW and Mercedes-Benz Club leadership any notice, the Porsche Club resurrected the contract secured for Occoquan in 2020. Unfortunately, after resurrecting this contract (which had no mention of food & beverage), they gave us a 36-hour ultimatum to make a decision about joining them at Occoquan. Please understand that the decision made by your BMW and Mercedes-Benz Club leadership was not taken lightly, and this paragraph barely describes the tip of the iceberg that we must avoid.

Please know that, in this all-volunteer effort, months go into planning the Deutsche Marque Concours d'Elegance with open communication being key to our ability to make joint decisions wisely.

While the BMW and Mercedes-Benz Clubs look forward to the three German marques gathering in 2022, we are planning a joint event of our own, hopefully in September.

We appreciate your patience and understanding!

Thank you,

John McWilliams
NCC concours program

Omar Abou-Zied
Chairman, Concours Committee and Vice President GWS-MBCA