On Saturday, I will be hanging out in the Walmart parking lot, possibly with my Jeep J10, maybe with my brother’s Mustang, perhaps with my $700 Suzuki Tracker — who knows! Please join me so I don’t look like a weirdo standing all alone staring at his car in the Walmart parking lot.
I just got back from Germany, and boy did I miss the car culture here in The Motor Suburb. I’m ready to drink it in, so let’s have an Autopian meetup at the usual spot, followed by a cruise down Woodward Avenue, which is going to be absolutely lit on Saturday evening. Bring a lawn chair, as I plan to set up shop on the side of the fabled M-1, and just sit there into the night.
- What: An unsanctioned Atopian Meetup
- Where: Troy Walmart parking lot (2001 W Maple Rd, Troy, MI 48084)
- When: Saturday, July 30, 7:45 PM.
- We’ll stay there for about an hour and a half, then we’ll cruise Woodward and hang out.
- Will there be food?: Yes.
- Will the food be healthy?: No
- Will it be pizza?: You bet your ass it will be.
- Will the pizza be Little Caesars?: Am I a cheap bastard?
See you there, and if you live in the Detroit area, be sure to join The Autopian’s Detroit Facebook page so you don’t miss another one of these meetups. They’re pretty great.
Well damn. Missed this one.
Hope to catch the notification and make it out to another one of these events before the year is out.
I’ll try and keep ya up to date on them too.
I truly wish I lived close enough to any metro area so I could at least contemplate going to a gathering. Anyone interested in Wichita, KS or Tulsa, OK?
If it wasn’t such a bloody mess of confusion and fascists (both ways) I’d be crossing the Windsor/Detroit bridge with my ’67 Mini Traveler to join you. Ever try to take an antique car there and back? Like, you need a receipt for every part. Good chance we’ll pop down in my wife’s plain jayne Toyota, though.
I genuinely hope y’all are still doing these in 2024 (which is when I hope to return to Dayton from overseas). I’d love to come meet all the Autopian royalty, even if my vehicles aren’t terribly obscure or interesting.
A weirdo standing all alone staring at his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Around here we call that a day with a Y in it. Wish I wasn’t 1000 mile away. Have fun!
Hm, Saturday’s project is getting my axle back together… I guess we’ll see if I can manage to knock it out in time to attend…
We need a meetup in the South. It’s warmer here.
Maybe hold that argument until the Fall.
If I can get out there then I’ll drop that alternator and starter motor in your trunk. Otherwise, they’re still here in my garage waiting for you to save them.
If it wasn’t a few states over… Good luck all.
I’ll try to make it!
“and just sit there into the night.”
Well, until the cops kick you out at 10PM, at least.
When you move to LA are you going to have your get togethers on the 6th Street Bridge?
Me and my buddies used to hang out in the Walmart parking lot back in high school 15 ish years ago. Lifted Jeeps, trucks, lowered trucks, couple Honda guys. No burnouts, no takeovers. Cops didn’t like it after about a year of that. We never did anything other than get together and hang out.
Those of you looking forward to finally seeing my fabled doorless (and periodically underwater) XJ are in luck! All you have to do is come to my house and weld the floor and driver seat back in it, and I’ll absolutely be there.
Apparently, there’s something “unsafe” about operating a vehicle you can “fall through”. (Sorry, “vehicle”.) Not something I’d heard before, but I have it on good authority.
Looking forward to a future Denver area Autopian meet-up! The Forney Museum of Transportation here is pretty sweet although it’s not strictly car-oriented: http://www.forneymuseum.org/index.html
I have somehow spent dozens of evenings imbibing within a mile of the Forney without knowing it existed. Thanks for pointing it out!
That’s a hard bargain with the Little Ceasars pizza 🙂 (I plan our stops when driving cross country specifically at their franchise locations).
Bad news for you then! My car is German!
But please don’t bring anything for me to fix, I am still dead on my feet from over 4km of walking a day last week. Or at least keep it to Not The Tracker.
Oh, sheiße. I forgot to ask. Any Ohio exclusive beers I should bring?
Oh boy, I’m gonna be hanging out with THE rootwyrm.
Hmeh, the car is way more exciting than I am. I’m just some weird old guy who regularly has to prove he really does exist. (And can also pronounce grosseturbinehallen now.)
Beer in my homestate is a bit lacking in variety. Whenever I can buy it, I pick up a Paulaner (I’ll yell at folks who somehow mispronounce it) mix pack, which has their Münchner Lager, Oktoberfest Märzen, standard Hefeweizen and…wait for it, Salvator Doppelbock. That would be fun to bring to a meet, although I’m sure you’re both quite tired of German beers at this point. 😉
I have too much variety here, as long as you want an IPA and the fresh taste of Pine-Sol.
But I do have a pretty good selection of other things. Like Paulaner any time I want it, but not the mix packs right now. (Did grab some Salvator Doppelbock. I’m a dark beers guy, which apparently, Swabians don’t believe in much. Good Radlers though.)
I don’t think I’d be fully comfortable bringing, frankly, anything I picked up last night to a meet where people are driving though. The lowest ABV is a 7.4% and it’s a pint.
How could anyone get tired of German bier?
What about Milwaukee-Area Autopians!?!? When do we get a meetup?
I have one coming soon! I’ve never been home long enough all summer for one, but I have open weekends coming up.
I’m thinking about alternating between Chicago and Milwaukee since I live equidistant from both.
Looking forward to it!
You do realize that if you do that I’m going to find a way to stuff a FiST engine into the frunk, show up, and start welding in the parking lot, right?
Can I still come join you if Im from Pa, MD, DE, NJ?