Well then I will definitely make it out, do I have to get all the paperwork in before I can show up, and can I bring a non-member friend?
If you're not a member, fill out the convention registration form. You will have to pay the $60 national dues shown on the form, $45 late registration fee, and anything else you want to do at the convention. Make sure that you fill in that you want to associate with the Detroit Chapter unless you have another preference.
Register your non-Alfa friend as others attending, like wives, girlfriends, children, SOs etc. although, you'll have to pay for things he wishes to participate in addition to yours.
Here's the link to the form: http://www.motorcityalfa2007.org/ima...n_Form_RGB.pdf
I used Paypal and had a Paypal receipt and confirming e-mail from Dave Hammond within the hour.
Conventions are fun....if you've never been to one, re-read Brian Shorey's e-mail in this thread. They are contagious, you can hardly wait until next years no matter where it is, and what he said about bring money is so true. I learned to tell Pat that we didn't have any, that it was at home, or he would have come home from every convention with another Alfa. We would have never had to buy a round trip airline ticket.
Detroit has gone all out this year....so it will definitely be a memorable one...one you will be sorry you missed, especially living in Michigan.
Btw, my husband went to college in Kalmazoo.
Eric and Dave will probably wring my neck for posting this --- you could also attend as a bandit; just show up and enjoy, but it would be primarily people watching and socializing, you couldn't get into things that required a name badge that showed you had registered and paid for the event, nor would you belong to the national or local chapter of your choice, which has substantial benefits. I know many who have done that in previous years, though.
The drawback to just showing up and registering is a lot of things are sold out now, so if you planned on the banquet or something like that, there might not be tickets available waiting until you got there to register. Having said that, Pat and I have flown into conventions at the last minute and had to pass on things or find someone that really didn't want to go to what they had paid for.