[DML] DeLorean Fall Foliage Tour Facts
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[DML] DeLorean Fall Foliage Tour Facts

I started doing The DeLorean Fall Foliage Tour over seven years ago, 
I also was the president of the DMA for a few years. All the work 
that I did in the past and hope to do in the future was because I 
love the car and the DeLorean community.

I consider myself a privileged individual because I am fortunate 
enough to own and drive a DeLorean. I have always enjoyed the 
DeLorean owners and enthusiasts and found them to be a divers and 
eclectic group of talented and creative people . I can't begin to 
explain how proud I use to feel and how much enjoyment I use to get 
from being involved in the DeLorean community. 

My personal philosophy as to the best way to approach events and club 
activities has always been to try and work from an inclusive 
standpoint and get different groups to cooperate (including other 
marquees like the Bricklin) not an easy thing to do but I felt it was 
the best way to work together to promote our cars.

Considering all the time and effort that I and others have put into 
trying to do something positive for the DeLorean community, I think 
it is unfortunate that a small group of people have taken the 
position that if you take an active role in the DeLorean community 
that you are fair game to be attacked privately and publicly, I can 
only imagine what has been said behind my back.

I have ignored a majority misinformation, innuendo and a lot of crap 
that has been said in an effort to minimize escalating a lot of the 
Bull $#!+ that some people seem to enjoy more than the cars and the 
events. From time to time I respond because I get tired of the 
rhetoric and what I believe to be a distortion of the truth.

I don't think the majority of the people who read the DML care about 
this crap and just want good events, I am sure everyone is as sick of 
this BS as I am. Sadly after the Fall Tours (and I believe both 
turned out to be excellent from what I have heard) I continue to see 
what I feel are pot shots and misrepresentations of some of the 
facts. I have always encouraged people to put on there own events and 
I think it is great that the DMA had their own Fall Tour this year, 
what I resent is that it seamed like some of the DMA officers tried 
to promote there event at the expense of my event, if I am being too 
sensitive so be it. 

For those people who do want to know the truth about the Fall Tour, I 
would encourage you to type in the words "Fall Tour" and read the DML 
archives, I think that would probably give the most unbiased account 
of the history. 

I have included a few posts from the past that I feel clarify a few 
things. If anyone has any questions feel free to e-mail me privately. 
I think this has been an ugly enough thread, sadly it seems to me 
some people seem to enjoy focusing on the negative and looking for 
opportunities to create controversy. After seven years of putting on 
an event, I think that being questioned about referring to my event 
as the Fall Tour gives you an idea of how petty some people have been 
about this. 

Post 35242 from Marc Levy Sep. 5, 2003
The fall tour is not a club event. It was started by
Mike Deluca, who thought it would be cool to have a
parade of DeLoreans following him around on his fall
weekend getaway!

Kevin Abato and I have been pestering Mike to make
some comitments... keeping in mind, he is not
obligated to do anything! If Mike decides to pass
this year (hey Mike, ara ya poopin?), Kevin and I may
try and set something up.... but dont expect a Ken
Koncelik type show on short notice. :)

Post 29276 from Gary Gore Nov. 7, 2002

As far as the recent Fall Foliage Tour
goes, and anything that may have transpired there, it is not a 
specific DeLorean Mid Atlantic event. The Fall Tour is put on each 
year and is organized by Mike DeLuca and run by him. Yes he does have 
others who help him and our club is always more than happy to assist 
since it is in our general area usually. However it was not started 
originally as a DeLorean Mid Atlanaitc event, nor is it specifically 
one today. I think Mike does a great job

Gary Gore
Vice President
DeLorean Mid Atlantic

Post 29275 Mike DeLuca  Nov 7, 2002

The purpose of the Fall Foliage Tour is to bring the people and the
cars together and have fun. I try to promote the cars in a favorable
light, not only to the participants but also the onlookers! I have
and will continue to invite and include Bricklins to this event
because I feel they have many of the same issues we DeLorean owners
have and it's great exposure for us all. Bringing the two marques
together will make both marques stronger, better and more valuable. I
think everyone who is a fan of either car can appreciate that.

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