FAQ

General

What is PagodaFest?


PagodaFest is about and for Pagoda enthusiasts worldwide. These are the people who own the Mercedes-Benz 230 SL, 250 SL and 280 SL and want to learn more about the cars. It is also about getting to know the people behind the cars; their stories, their trials, their tribulations, and the fun they have. So join us for two days of Pagoda fun!




Where is PagodaFest 2019 being held?


PagodaFest will be held in San Diego County, California. Among the venue locations will be The Flower Fields at Carlsbad, Encinitas Ranch Golf Resort, and the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa.




How soon should I buy my PagodaPASS?


There are a limited number of PagodaPasses. Purchase early to reserve your spot.




What is included in the PagodaPASS ticket?


The PagodaPass entitles ticket holder to all events at PagodaFest. This includes Tech Sessions, PagodaFest Market, Showcase, Pagoda Run. On Friday, a continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner, and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. On Saturday a continental breakfast, dinner and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. A lunch will not be provided on Saturday. You can grab lunch at your convenience during the Poker Run. Please see "Info" page on website for more detail.




Do I need to bring my Pagoda?


No. But it will be more fun if you do :)




Can I bring a non Pagoda car?


Yes. Non Pagoda's are welcome. But you must wear the "Scarlet P" around your neck for the event :)




Can I just come for the dinners?


Unfortunately no.




Call I sell/trade my old parts at PagodaFest?


Yes. This is the PagodaFest Market. We will have tables to set up for the casual seller/trader. Feel free to sell out of your car also :) You can be as organized or casual as you want.




What can my family do while I'm at PagodaFest?


If some of your family doesn't enjoy all things PagodaFest, San Diego is a resort town. There is plenty to do. Shopping, Beaches, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, LEGOLAND® to name just a few.




What is the PagodaFest Market?


We will have tables to set up for the casual seller/trader. Feel free to sell out of your car. We hope to have several of your favorite Pagoda vendors attend also.




What is the PagodaFest Showcase?


PagodaFest attendees will be able to show off and talk about their cars in a casual atmosphere. Prizes will be awarded. People's Choice and Car With Most Potential to name just a few.




I can't make it but can I donate to PagodaFest?


Yes. To make PagodaFest the best it can be, you are welcome to donate to the event. There is a "Donate" button on the bottom of the home page.




Are PagodaPASSes limited?


Yes. PagodaPASSes will be limited. Buy yours early.




What is the dress code?


San Diego is a casual city. Shorts, jeans, flip flops, or what every makes you comfortable. The dinner events will be casual and be partially outdoors. Dress appropriately for the weather. We suggest bringing a jacket or sweater, as it can get cool along the coast after the sun has set. October is one of the most beautiful months in San Diego. It's always a good idea to check the weather report.




Is there a Pagoda repair shop nearby just in case?


There are several Mercedes dealerships and independent service shops close by.




I bought a PagodaPASS but now I can't go. How do I get a refund?


If you cannot use or must cancel your tickets you must contact PagodaFest and request a refund. Refunds will be made through PayPal and credited back to the source of the funds. PAGODAPASS TICKETS ARE 100% REFUNDABLE IF REQUESTED BEFORE MAY 1, 2019, AND 50% REFUNDABLE IF REQUESTED BEFORE AUGUST 1, 2019. TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE IF REQUESTED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1, 2019. TICKETS PURCHASED ON OR AFTER AUGUST 1, 2019, ARE FINAL AND NON-REFUNDABLE AND CANNOT BE CANCELLED.




How do I buy PagodaFest T-shirts & Hats?


PagodaFest has partnered with the same company that supplies our sl113.org hats and shirts. You will order and buy directly from them and receive your items at PagodaFest. Please see the Merchandise page on this website.




My company would like to sponsor PagodaFest. Who do I contact?


Please contact: Jon Bernardi pagodafest@gmail.com




Will there be fabulous prizes and awards at PagodaFest?


Of course :)




Can I volunteer for PagodaFest?


Yes. Absolutely. Please contact: Jon Bernardi pagodafest@gmail.com




Do I have to stay at the event hotel?


No. There are many hotels in the area at different price points. San Diego is a resort town and October is busy month. Please see Info page for more hotel choices or use the hotel booking website of your choice. Book early.




How to I contact the people at PagodaFest?


PagodaFest can be contacted using the below information. Someone will respond by email or phone within 1-2 business days. pagodafest@gmail.com (262) 724 6321 (262) PAGODA1




I would like to give a tech session at PagodaFest. Who do I contact?


Please contact: Jon Bernardi pagodafest@gmail.com




All of the PagodaPASSes are sold out. Is there a waitlist?


Yes. After all PagodaPASSes have been sold, PagodaFest will maintain a waitlist of persons wishing to purchase PagodaPASSes. PagodaPASS tickets that are canceled or refunded will be then offered for purchase to the next in line person on the waitlist. Full members of Pagoda SL Group, Inc. will be given “top of the list” privileges by being added to the top of the waitlist, subject to other full members already on the waitlist.




Will my pagoda have a secure parking space?


The event hotel (GPP) has ungerground parking for guests. We have also secured an additional 20 underground parking spaces for non guests.





Hotel & Air

Where should I stay for PagodaFest?


The event hotel is at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa. Please refer to the Event Venues page for more details.




What hotels can I stay at?


The event hotel is at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa. Please refer to the Event Venues page for more details.




How soon should I book my hotel?


The event hotel, Sheraton Carlsbad Hotel & Spa starts open booking Jan 1, 2019. Other hotels may book sooner. San Diego is a resort town and hotels book up fast. Don't get caught without a room or you and your Pagoda might be sleeping on the beach :) Please see booking instructions in the Event Hotel section of the Event Venues page for instructions on how to book at the Sheraton Carlsbad Hotel & Spa. Book early!




What airports may I fly into?


San Diego International Airport would be the primary airport. Some regional travelers may be able to fly directly into Palomar Airport (CLD) or John Wayne Airport (SNA). Others wishing to fly may elect to fly into Los Angeles International (LAX) or one of the other regional airports in the greater Los Angeles area and drive down. Pick one that works for you.




Do I have to stay at the event hotel?


No. The event hotel is at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa. Please refer to the Event Venues page for more details.




Is there availability for extending the stay at Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa (the event hotel)?


Yes - The hotel rates from Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa are possible based on room availability and property occupancy four (4) days before the event and four (4) days after.





Pagoda Run

What is the Pagoda Run?


The Pagoda Run will be a 4-5 hour driving event touring around scenic San Diego County. There will be five planned checkpoints where you draw a card or play a game of skill. At the end of the event, the best game hands will win prizes. The game is simple. Just join in the fun and explore San Diego County at your own speed. Please see the Pagoda Run page for more information.




Can my family join me on the Pagoda Run?


Yes. As the primary PagodaPass ticket holder you may have your family as passengers.




Do I have to have a Pagoda to participate in the Pagoda Run?


No. All cars are welcome. You just won't look as cool as everybody else.




Do I have to know how to play cards for the Pagoda Run?


No. Absolutely not. The idea is to tour San Diego County and have a fun time doing it. The Pagoda Run just adds a little twist. ) At each checkpoint there will be a PagodaFest staff member to assist you. It's easy. Don't worry. Please see the Pagoda Run Rules page for more details.





PagodaFest 2019

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