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The Suburbanite
  • Glenmoor Gathering out of gas?

  • The future of the Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, the prestigious national car show held on the grounds of the country club, is in need of significant sponsorship in order to continue.

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  • When it comes to classic car shows, the annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles may be a discontinued model.
    The prestigious, invitation-only show features some of the country’s rarest and valuable cars, trucks and motorcycles stretched down the main concourse at Glenmoor Country Club.
    The event drew more than 4,000 visitors to the grounds last September.
    But the show’s future in 2013 and beyond is in jeopardy after Glenmoor officials have declined to continue their sponsorship.
    Glenmoor General Manager Myron Vernis said that the club no longer will be the sponsor, a purely financial decision made by he and the owner of the club. Glenmoor’s owner is Iris Wolstein, widow of Bert Wolstein. She resides in the Columbus area.
    “It is a very expensive event. It is a national event,” said Vernis, adding that the show ranked fourth or fifth in the country, yet they were running it for a fraction of the cost of other shows.
    He said some sponsors, such as Dave Walter BMW and Fresh Mark, have been around since the beginning in 1994, however, “we needed a lot more sponsors on a significant basis.”
    Vernis also said the former executive director of the gathering, David Schultz, continues to seek major sponsorship. Schultz is no longer affiliated with Glenmoor, nor is he being paid, but he hopes to keep the show alive.
    Both Vernis and Schultz declined to say how much the event costs to run or how much money it lost. But both agreed it was run in a cost-efficient manner.
    TRYING TO CONTINUE
    Schultz —acknowledging the lack sponsors  — said Monday he is trying to determine if the show will go on.
    He says the dynamic has changed in that he would now be an independent contractor and he may look to other venues if sponsorship comes through.
    “Glenmoor has pulled the plug on it, so everything is in play,” he said.
    Schultz plans to sit with prospective sponsors with a profit and loss statement to determine what is needed.
    He would not say how much a major sponsor would need to offer.
    “Having the strongest gate in history tells me people really, really love an event like this. We have a solid group of volunteers. The key pieces are still in place,” he said.
    AUCTION TO GO ON
    One aspect of the weekend that will continue, at least in 2013, is the Classic Motorcar Auction.
    Owner Bob Lichty said he has an agreement with the club to do the auction of cars and memorabilia. It’s held on the Saturday before the Gathering and will go on again Sept. 21.
    It will be the fourth year for the auction. Lichty said he is reasonably sure he can bring in the consignments without the Glenmoor Gathering.
    Page 2 of 2 - “We have our feet on the ground now, but my hope is that the show will be here,” he said.
    Classic Motorcar pays a flat fee to use the grounds, but pays for everything, including the tents, Internet, seating and sound equipment.
    Schultz said some of the featured cars he brought to Glenmoor in the past were booked more than a year in advance. He said he would require a good indication of the show’s future within the next 30 to 60 days to have a successful event.
    “The irony is that the show kept getting better and better. People would ask me how I was going to top it. But the bigger challenge was sponsors,” Schultz said.W