Gateway AOAI Avanti

AOAI 2023 INTERNATIONAL MEET

JUNE 13-16, 2023

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

The host hotel, DoubleTree Westport is just across Highway 364 from the Westport Plaza complex, the location for our 2015 meet; a family friendly hotel and entertainment complex. 

We have arranged with the Meet Hotel for a room rate of $129 a night excluding taxes and fees. Included with each room is breakfast for two.

Doubletree Hotel Reservations On Line: https://group.doubletree.com/bab0a4

AOAI MEET REGISTRATION ONLINE:
https://aoai.org/shop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=52

St. Louis – The Avanti Action Scene in 2023!  

The Missouri/Illinois “Gateway” Chapter of the Avanti Owners Association, Inc. is honored to host the 2023 International AOAI Meet!  We invite all members of AOAI to join us in the Maryland Heights suburb of greater St. Louis for a memorable experience during the week of June 13 to 16, 2023.  

Just as St. Louis is central to the United States, the meet location is central to the St. Louis metropolitan area with access to Interstates as well as local attractions.  Regarding local attractions, the largest St. Louis attraction, the Gateway Arch.  The host hotel. DoubleTree Westport is just across Highway 364 from the Westport Plaza complex; a family friendly hotel and entertainment complex. Other than tours, you may not need to leave the area.  Tours are being planned for the Arch and its new interactive museum, and the new St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station, dinner and a nighttime ride on the giant Wheel for a panoramic view of the St. Louis skyline. 

This year, the Avanti  concours will take place at the National Museum of Transportation, just a short drive away from the host hotel. Tickets to tour the transport museum will be included for all registered members at the meet.

Meet hotel room rate will be $129 per night plus applicable taxes.

The 2023 Gateway Avanti Owners Association International chapter meet planning committee has carefully considered and addressed many “take aways” noted in the surveys from recent international Meets.  

There will be dedicated Avanti only parking at both the hotel and The National Museum of Transportation.  Dedicated parking for trailers will also be available at both locations.  We believe the National Museum of Transportation will be an exciting venue for our Avantis to be displayed and judged.  

There are interesting vehicles in the museum’s collection,  including the Chrysler Turbine Car, as well as many trains and train cars to be viewed in the museum, and seen during a ride through the park while riding the scale model train.  

A tour to the Gateway Arch and the National Gateway to Expansion and its greatly expanded museum has been added to the week’s events. There will be ample time while at the Arch to not only ride the trams to the enclosed and air conditioned overlook area rising 630 feet above downtown St. Louis, but also to explore the below ground level new museum to westward expansion where guests can grab a snack or lunch in the new Arch cafeteria.

Union Station Aquarium

A Thursday afternoon tour is planned to the new Aquarium and Wheel at historic Union Station. The Wheel is a large gondola style Ferris wheel that is lit spectacularly at night. A Ladies program involving lunch and shopping at historic St. Charles Main Street is being planned. 

A short drive to visit a local nationally-known upscale collector car dealer is planned for early afternoon on Thursday. Possible afternoon seminars are being discussed too. 

A Conference room of approximately 608-square-feet (90 feet linear wall space) will be available at no cost to vendors (new parts) on a first come / first served basis.  Contact Don Hart at 314-277-1065 or donhart@aoai.org to discuss space.

AOAI MEET REGISTRATION ONLINE: https://aoai.org/shop/cart.php?target=product&product_id=52

Doubletree Hotel Reservations On Line: https://group.doubletree.com/bab0a4

Doubletree Hotel Telephone Reservation: 800-445-8667 

Meet information: Email Meet director Don Hart

REGISTER FOR THE MEET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO ASSURE YOURSELF OF A ROOM AT THE REDUCED RATE. RESERVATIONS CLOSE May 23, 2023.

8 a.m. to 9 a.m. ~  Judge’s Meeting
Tuesday June 13, 2023
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ~ Registration Open
AOAI’s Hospitality Room open for with  Silent Auction items available for bidding
Noon to 6 p.m. ~ Vendor setup
  
Wednesday June 14, 2023  
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~ Registration Open
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~  Hospitality Room  Open  ~ Silent Auction
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ~ Vendor/Swap Meet Room ~ Open for Business
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~ Tour: Gateway Arch and Museum with included lunch
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ~  AOAI Board of Directors Meeting: All are invited and are welcome to attend 
8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ~Complimentary wine and cheese reception sponsored by The Avanti House    

Thursday June 15th 2023 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~ Registration Open
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~  Hospitality Room  Open  ~ Silent Auction closes at 2 p.m.
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ~ Authenticity Judging Seminar
10 a.m. to Noon. ~ Authenticity Judging ~ Studebaker Avantis only
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  ~  Ladies shopping to historic St. Charles, Mo. Main Street   and luncheon at Lewis & Clark’s American Restaurant
Noon  to 2 p.m. ~  Driving tour to Hyman Ltd. car collection and sale
3 p.m. to 9 p.m. ~ St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station ~ Tour, dinner (on your own at Union Station) with evening ride on the giant Wheel
   
Friday June 16, 2022
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. ~  Hospitality Room  
9 a.m.  to 10 a.m. ~ Late Registration and arrival at National  Museum of  Transportation
10 a.m. to  4 p.m. ~ AOAI’s Concours and judging/all years  at National Museum of Transportation 
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ~ Awards Banquet and Cash bar