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Do you think we need this in Mid-Atlantic?

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That would be wicked cool, but I have always been underwhelmed by the car-guy presence in the Mid-Atlantic - would there be enough demand?. For having something like the three of the ten wealthiest counties per capita in the US, you'd think the car culture would be huge, but it's really not. Maybe there is one, but it's really underground if so - or maybe a big percentage of the owners just don't like to come out and play.

Maybe if you built it, they would come, but hard to tell.

I wonder if that facility has limitations on the kind of work that can be done there. Could you run a sandblaster w/ a big stand-up compressor? Could you run a welder or set up a paint booth w/ the required ventilation? Could you have an oven to do powder-coating? maybe yes, as long as it's not a commercial operation?
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I think that building one around a Motorsport park would increase the appeal of such a complex. Sort of like those at VIR, but on a larger scale.
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well, I might have to retract somwhat; I just looked at Bob's Fair Lakes/Kohl's thread and that looks like a pretty full lot of serious cars . . . .
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With Al and Ed, it's easy to assume everyone is an extroverted showoff.
My guess is the mid-Atlantic, particularly around DC, is actually a much less flamboyant crowd.

I can say, even if I had the money, I wouldn't house my cars there.
Although it sure would be a col place to visit or for a C&C

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i think our car culture is one of the best in the nation. hell, katies and the donut alone blow away most areas and there is so much more. You could literally spend every weekend day from april through december at a gathering of over 100 car guys if you wanted to. And it grows every year. I would like to see a high end show in washington though. but there is little precedence for that. most of the big shows are in small towns. i'm not sure why someone would want to drive to a garage complex when the money could be better spent on your garage at home but to each his own.



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County zoning probably limits the size of most residential garages.

I have a very small 4-car garage, but we own six cars (2 exotics/1 collector). The car condo appeals to me.

I suspect others in areas like Great Falls and Potomac have car collections they can't easily warehouse at their home, unlike Mr. Marriott. I think there could be a strong local market.

Anyone been to the auto warehouse in Balto owned by Randy? I like the idea of ownership of a "storage" unit and customization options as depicted in the video.

Much like a second home away from home.
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Not sure I would ever invest in something like that either.... I like having my toys near me. Though I agree with Dave, what an awesome place to visit and party at.

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i think our car culture is one of the best in the nation.
Agreed. I just don't think the DC crowd is as flamboyant as the people in the video.
Why, at brunch the other day, Al was even wearing a sport coat.

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. i'm not sure why someone would want to drive to a garage complex when the money could be better spent on your garage at home but to each his own.
I can see lots of reasons. Theres already someone in the Montgomery County Airpark that bought a place near Competizione that built a man cave years ago similar to what was shown. Too many people like living in the city or are married to the subdivision they live in etc. Plus its a way to get away from the wife etc and not have to worry about parking lawnmowers, soccer balls and all the other crap that ends up in the garage. I can see someone living in Chevy Chase buying one of those out in the burbs of MD or VA

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With enough property, add an indoor/outdoor go-kart track, and a clubhouse with a bar for F1 viewing and most guys will never go back to their home in the burbs.
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Go Karts and Clubhouse?
Now you're talking.

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Why is it that I automatically think that a man cave should have a bar, small stage, and vertical pole? Maybe we could do a variation on a theme and put in a revolving parking pad so the car would spin in circles instead.
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LOL Bob

We are already throwing hundreds of dollar bills at it while it spins, good idea

Stage a different model (car) each week

I assume you'll want the attendant disco light ball too?
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Oh yea, but we would have to use caution. Strobe lights at my age have been known to cause seizures.
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OK, no strobes for the old people.

Wetpet can have a permanent stage for his photo shoots of "university girls" as he so aptly puts it.

Imagine the possibilities.
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I have been looking at doing something similar to this for two years now. The biggest challenge one has in this area is simply location. We are SO spread out in the DC, VA, MD area and it takes so long with traffic to get somewhere that you eliminate a great deal of clientele simply due to distance.

I could go on for hours, but suffice to say it isn't as easy as you might think...

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The biggest challenge one has in this area is simply location....
I could go on for hours, but suffice to say it isn't as easy as you might think...

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No, no pole for me. Has no appeal Dave. You have me confused with Ed.
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My buddy Andy Cohen...

My buddy, Andy Cohen, has put together a pretty neat package up here in Damascus MD. He purchased the 9 acre Damascus Chevrolet and converted it into an automotive centric business center. He offers a full range of automotive services including a full mechanic's shop, customizations from mild to wild, a body shop, a storage area, consignment shop and men's lounge.

There's a car show coming up on May 31st. I'll post more about that as the time approaches.

The storage part is slowly coming along. It takes time to get any complex endeavor to gain traction.

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