First Annual EOC National Meet Held In Columbus, Ohio - 2005

Friday, February 1, 2008

2005 Honda Element Owners Club National Meet in Columbus, OhioThe first annual Element Owners Club national meet, also referred to as "The Big E-vent" was held July 15-17, 2007 in Columbus, Ohio Roughly 56 members of Element Owners Club were in attendance for our inaugural meet and a lof of fun was had by all. The weekend began on Friday with a tour of Honda's East Liberty Plant where Elements and Civics are assembled. What a treat! Special thanks to Honda for their generosity and willingness to host us. In fact, we started our visit with a lunch and presentation, followed by the tour and later - a reception in the parking lot with Honda employees and EOC members mingling and sharing stories.

On Friday night, many of us became acquainted while hanging out at the outdoor patio of a Columbus hot spot - Quaker Steak and Lube. It turned out to be a fun place.

Saturday was a day trip down to the beautiful Hocking Hills State Park. We had lunch and gave away prizes at Ash Cave. After that, many made the drive back to the hotel while some of us stayed to hike through the park. The weather treated us with a major downpour of rain, but it was truly refreshing, especially during the hot mid-July weekend.

There are many great memories from our first meet, including the handheld radio chatter that was taking place during our 50+ Element-long caravan from the hotel to Honda; the establishment of the "EOC Misfits", the fun-loving group that introduced many of us to ignoring sleeping hours to share in the benefits of making new friends and being together; and also the opportunity to bring so many members in from so many states. It was difficult for many of us to leave our new friends, especially knowing the drives we had ahead of us to make it back. In fact, one member drove 1,200 miles!

Related Links:

Element Owners Club Forum - 2005 EOC National Meet category

2005 EOC National Meet Official Site

Honda's Newsletter with coverage of "The Big E-vent 2005"

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