So my umbrella comment for everything is that this was by far the best of the 4 different Bash's I have attended. Track was great, social events were of the highest caliber, guest appearances were awesome.
That being said, my hopefully helpful comments for future consideration:
LA event - I miss the days when we took the back roads on the Run to Shelby Bash. I know there is a lot involved with the pre-party in LA, but I wish we could avoid city traffic and highways. Petersen museum was amazing, but just a tough location to get 100 cars out of, through town and trying to stay together. Calico was awesome! Would have loved to have more time there.
Hotel - perfect location in relation to Shelby American, the road that leads to Spring Mountain, and on same side of town as Speed Vegas. Parking garage was a good hike from the hotel, but I needed the exercise.
Social events - super nice and classy, something I am not use to. Food and drink were great, entertainment was very fun. I would like to have had all the cars involved more. Spectacular venues, but all of the beautiful cars were no where to be seen. I really enjoyed the past events when we had burgers and dogs and live band outside with all the cars. Agree with earlier comments on availability of bars to keep the line shorter. Space and event staff are always a tough constraint.
Track traffic - the paddock was way over crowded with vehicles that did not need to be there. Other than the actual track cars and the trucks/trailers, there was no reason to have so many non-participants, mini-vans and SUVs driving through the paddock, parking next to someone's gear. There should be a designated parking area for "tourists" that come to the track. I had heard there was a little bit of confusion and congestion when the Poker run group arrived, but there was plenty of other unnecessary traffic apart from that group.
Staff - Not enough can be said as to how much hard work went into to planning and executing the event. All the TS staff and volunteers were so friendly and helpful. Even when there was an issue with my registration, Tracey and Laura were all over it and had me squared away within just a couple minutes. I would have enjoyed having the opportunity to chat with more of the Shelby American folks, like sales team and parts folks at the social events. I was fortunate to catch Gary and Vince for a quick chat, but they are obviously busy and have plenty of folks that want to talk with them also. I had a great conversation with Jason Harlow, Steve, Jenni, and Brianne after the car show. I am bummed I didn't get a chance to chat with Jeremy Sparkman while I was in town, considering how much I keep his phone line busy the rest of the year.
Great seeing everyone, old faces and new!