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URGENT: 2012 Annual Meeting Hotel Update

The Hilton DFW Lakes hotel has sold out of regular rooms for Jan. 6th. We had committed to 70 rooms and have taken 80. The Hilton website shows rooms available on the executive floor for $216/night.

The best option currently available is the Hilton Homewood Suites next door. It is a very short walk to the Hilton Lakes - perhaps 200 ft. They have eight 2 BR suites left at $179/night. Their phone number is (972) 691-2427. The address is 2214 Grapevine Mills Cir. West, Grapevine, Texas.

Another option is the Marriott Residence Inn. It is beyond walking distance but is fairly close (a two minute shuttle ride). It has rooms for $129/night. Mention the Classic Car Club of America when you call (972) 539-8989 for reservation. It is located at 2020 State Hwy 26, Grapevine, Texas.

The other closest hotels are a Hyatt Place, a Marriott Springhill Suites and an Embassy Suites but they are currently showing to be sold out. Beyond these options, we suggest you look at some of the travel sites on the web such as Hotels.com or Orbitz.

CCCA 60th Annual Meeting "Diamonds and Denim" Hosted by the North Texas Region – January 4-7, 2012
By John Hamilton

Download the 2012 Annual Meeting Schedule of Events & Registration Form...

The North Texas Region of the Classic Car Club of America® is proud to host the 60th anniversary Annual Meeting of the CCCA January 4 to 7, 2012. Where will you be in January of 2012? Perhaps sitting by the fireplace trying to keep your teeth from chattering or waiting for AAA to pull you out of a snow bank? You could be in North Texas where all the attractions of Dallas/Ft. Worth and the surrounding area can be enjoyed. At any rate, everything except the Stockyards tour and shopping will be cozy and inside.

THE HISTORY
Caddo Native Americans inhabited the Dallas/Ft. Worth area long before the Spanish established Nuevo Espana, or New Spain, here in the 16th Century. At the time of Mexican independence in 1821 it became a Mexican state only to become an independent Republic of Texas in 1836. The good US of A annexed Texas as a state in 1845 and, except for a period as a Confederate state, it's proudly flown the Stars and Stripes ever since. Six flags have flown over Texas, each with its own culture and loyalties. Remnants of each still reside here.

THE AREA
Dallas/Ft. Worth, as we describe it, lies at the southern end of the Great Plains. The climate is moderate with average January temperatures of about 55 degrees for the high and the average lows a little above freezing. If you saw the Super Bowl last year in February, that's not typical for our coldest month. Generally, moderate weather prevails.

THE ATTRACTIONS
Dallas/Ft. Worth has become a cultural Mecca with an Arts District in Dallas and many in Ft. Worth. Some of the Dallas attractions are the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, the new Winspear Opera House, the Wyly Theater, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center. The downtown American Airlines Center hosts the Dallas Mavericks and they'll be playing at home in January 2012. In Ft. Worth you will find the Kimbell Art Museum, the Amon Carter Museum, the new Museum of Modem Art and the Sid Richardson Museum. The fabulous Bass Performance Hall is a favorite of entertainers as well as opera buffs and symphonic-music lovers. In line with our interests you will see the Sam Pack Automobile Museum and warehouse, the John Ridings Lee Collection and the Panther City Auto Museum. Between the two cities you can tour on your own the fabulous Cowboys Stadium, home of the 2011 Super Bowl. You just might have to come early or stay late. In addition to these highlights many local area cities have their own attractions.
THE VENUE
So here you are among the North Texas Region of CCCA at the incredible Hilton Lakes Hotel in historic Grapevine, Texas. The 2012 registration area will be located near the main lobby where you will meet and greet your many CCCA friends. The NTR CCCA hosts will be there to help you as well as present you with all the goodies necessary to make your stay with us as smooth and fun-filled as possible. Hilton Lakes has a number of fine restaurants including the Java for breakfast, the Vineyard which serves all meals and Bonnie & Clyde's Bar and Grill also serving all meals and open in the evening. The Meritage provides great ambience where you might want to sit with friends and eat or catch up on news. And it has an outdoor patio that permits smoking. The Windfall Restaurant has been compared to the most luxurious of cruise ships.

THE EVENTS
Beginning Wednesday afternoon, early arrivals will be bused to downtown Ft. Worth where they will eat at the legendary Reata Restaurant. The name comes from the 1950s movie "Giant", which featured Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean. The restaurant is located in Sundance Square, where ESPN broadcasts from during the Super Bowl. Remember the mural depicting a longhorn cattle drive? See it in person. Later you can walk to the Sid Richardson Western Art Museum or just shop.

Wednesday evening's welcome party will be a Mexican buffet at the Windfall Restaurant at the hotel. In the meantime, the hospitality area will be open for all your needs.

Thursday, buses take you to Paul Andrews' Panther City Car Collection, home of some spectacular Full Classics® where you will also have a delicious catered buffet lunch. You can preview some of its vehicles at www.panthercity.com . Leaving there, buses will take you to the incredible Ft. Worth Stockyards. There is a lot of shopping and history to take in. Go to the bar at the Stockyard Hotel and sit on the saddle bar stools; a real longhorn cattle drive takes place outside twice a day.

Next, you'll be herded up and headed out to Billy Bob's Texas restaurant and bar where you will find your jaw dropping in "you-gottabe-kidding" wonder. And, they say, "Families Welcome". You will eat here from the "mouth watering" buffet. Thursday evening is the time when you can learn line-dancing if you wish, or return to the hotel via two separate buses and enjoy the Hospitality Room at the hotel.

Friday, a bus will go to Sam Pack's unbelievable auto museum and warehouse. He has a vast array ranging from Full Classics® to 1950s special-interest to race cars. Some of the vehicles can be seen at www.packautomotivemuseum.com/sampack.html

Friday's Regional Awards banquet will be at the Austin Ranch, just a two-minute walk or shuttle bus ride from the entrance to the main hotel. Don't forget to wear your "Denim and Diamonds" for this celebration of the Classic Car Club's Annual Meeting 60th Anniversary. Yes, 60 is the Diamond Anniversary.

Saturday judging begins and your pride and joy has a chance to stand out among all the fine Full Classics®. This year there will be several Pebble Beach Concours winners in attendance. Judging will be indoors and climate controlled. The Fire Marshall requires that you have less than 1/4 tank of gas and the battery must be disconnected (a switch is fine) except during judging, where we will start the cars and test their lights and accessories. Please plan accordingly

If you would like, you can board the bus for the Neiman-Marcus flagship store, have a great lunch in its Zodiac Room where we have selected a special lunch menu we know you'll enjoy. This is a chance for the guys to buy that big diamond for their favorite gals to go with the denim for the evening's events. You may have been the ones who bought the matching airplanes from their Christmas catalog, or maybe not.

After lunch and shopping, buses will take us to John Ridings Lee's wonderful home. John's home and car collection will be opened especially for you and should not be missed. The collection includes names like Alfa Romeo and Bugatti. A Saturday afternoon technical seminar will be presented by the restoration shop responsible for the restoration of the Packard Darrin 1807 convertible sedan belonging to Hilda and Steve Chapman, a 100-point second-place class winner at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Saturday night you will have either tenderloin of beef or pan-seared Atlantic salmon in the hotel's International Ballroom. After dinner awards will be presented and there are sure to be many winners. Everyone who is there will be a winner just for the experience.

WRAPPING UP
Having hosted two recent Grand Classics® as well as a CARavan, the North Texas Region knows how to throw a party. In January Dallas/Ft. Worth will be the place to be for fun, shopping and Full Classics®. Y'all come... you belong here.

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