Since January of 2013, the Nebraska Subaru Owners Club (NSOC) has held weekly meets at Baxter Subaru every Wednesday at 6pm. After all the photos, catching up, and car talk, they round everyone up and head out to go grab dinner together somewhere nearby. Though the summer months certainly see the most turnout, what's more impressive is how they still come in droves when the weather is less than pleasant. Rain, Wind, Snow, Ice, nothing stops the Wednesday Night Meet!
After 3 years of doing this, I've noticed the number of regular faces at these meets has grown. When we started hosting the meets, there were usually 3 or 4 who would be here regardless of how bitterly cold or icy it was in the winter months. That core group has grown and now, even if it's 20 below with snow drifting up the sides of the building, we still see 10 to 12 folks here week after week. There are some weeks where we run out of room at the dealership for Subarus to park as they wrap around the building. It's a good problem to have!
There's a lot of good that comes out of these weekly meets. For starters, it bonds a great relationship between the dealership and Subaru owners. Enthusiasts can check out the newest cars Subaru has to offer while the dealership can support their needs with parts, service, or sales. Even the Subaru Ambassador program has grown with owners receiving exclusive coupons towards the purchase of a new Subaru, so the relationship continues to grow positively.
Each week we get a unique set of Subarus, too. There's the standard fare of WRX and WRX STI models, but also more rare models like the Legacy GT and Spec B, BRZ, Forester XT, and even an SVX now and then! Not only that but there are some impressive builds on these cars, too. It's a chance to compare notes, see what other owners are doing, and get ideas for your own pipe dream modifications.
Weekly Meets are also a great opportunity for new Subaru owners to connect with fellow enthusiasts. Show up to a meet with a new Subie and you pick up a group of friends right off the bat! I know it's also been good for owners who have just moved to the area to meet new people and get familiar with the community. The environment is very welcoming and encouraging, so it's easy for new faces to settle in and feel comfortable.
There's hundreds of pictures from the years we've been doing this. Lots neat cars, great people, and fun memories! We're glad these meets are going strong!