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LIONEL/LCCA Red Carpet Sale

Red Carpet Event

 Lionel Up Close and Personal

Co-sponsored by LCCA

Q: What’s more exciting for LCCA members than holding a Golden Ticket for a tour of the Wonka Chocolate Factory?
A: An opportunity to visit the NEW Lionel trains and NASCAR Die-cast facility in Concord, NC, for private showings of:

    • Facility Tours
    • Lionel Operating Layouts
    • LCCA Member-only Pricing on currently inventoried Products
    • Take advantage of the wide variety of Lionel Products offered at reduced prices.  Limited to inventory on Hand - Sorry no rain checks
    • Limited Sneak Peek at 2013 Lionel products
    • Rail Excursion Trip
    • Spencer Railroad Museum Tour, and more.

Mark your calendar for March 22-23 and plan to attend this two-day Red Carpet Event that will be a memory-maker! This first-of-its-kind co-sponsored event will be a private showing of the Lionel facility presented to LCCA members. The general public will not be invited.

Friday -- Arrive a Day Early for a Train Excursion and Museum Visit
Visit the Spencer Train Museum in Spencer, NC. Buses will leave the Lionel facility at 9 a.m. sharp on Friday morning for the museum. A ROUND TRIP bus ticket will be $25 per person, except for children under two years old, who will ride free. The bus trip is approximately 35 minutes each way. Refer to the Registration Form for the price of museum admission and a train ride. A “Ride with the Engineer” is available when the museum is running the F3 locomotive.

Saturday -- The Red Carpet Event

The Red Carpet Event at the Lionel facility will start that morning at 8 o’clock and will continue until 7 that evening. There’ll be lots of time to take in all the activities! Food service will be available at the site for an additional charge. LCCA members, a spouse, their children, or a significant other will be admitted FREE. A guest -- such as a member’s buddy – must pay a $35 entry fee to be admitted. Lionel dealers who are members of the LCCA as defined in our Constitution will be admitted FREE. LCCA members will receive a bag of Lionel-related goodies and will provide a special commemorative to the first 300 participants. The LCCA and Lionel have invited LRRC members and their families. Admittance policy is the same for LCCA and LRRC members.

Non-members must pay a $35 entry fee at the door, but because of the special pricing on Lionel products they will likely get their $35 back in the form of savings. The $35 will also provide a one-year membership in the LCCA, which will be accompanied by all club benefits. LCCA will staff the entry door and handle admissions. Kids will receive a FREE Lionel Engineer Hat at the door. Door prizes will be awarded every hour on the hour. On this day only, members will enjoy guided tours of the Lionel facility; located near the NASCAR Charlotte motor speedway, and the Z-Max Four Lane Dragway.

Informative, interesting seminars will be presented by:  Click Here For Seminar Schedule
  • Lionel’s Mike Reagan, on parts and service for your Lionel trains
  • Roger Farkash of TW Design in Dallas, TX, on scenery tips and effects
  • LCCA’s Bill Schmeelk, on the new FasTrackTM modular railroad system.
  • OGR's Ed Boyle - on S-Gauge Discussion

Important Freebies
Persons who spend $500 or more will qualify for FREE ground shipping of purchased items back home in the continental USA by UPS Ground Service. Plan to stay at a nearby partner hotel and use the FREE shuttle service provided by Lionel to/from those hotels and their facility. Saturday shuttle service begins at 7 a.m.

An Option to Shop 
The Concord Mills Shopping Mall is about two miles from the Lionel facility. It’s one of the largest outlet malls on the East Coast and is a destination venue. Spouses and SOs could enjoy going to the mall while club members are at the Lionel facility.  See Door Busters here - other specials announced at event.

Accommodations and Restaurants
Modern hotels are located less than a mile from the Lionel facility. A list of nearby hotels is posted at the LCCA website for convenience in making your own reservations. To receive the best rate, make hotel reservations ASAP. Rooms will sell out quickly. Many restaurants are adjacent to the hotels and have reasonable prices.

The Lionel Facility is located at 6301 Performance Drive, Concord, NC  28027.

Link to Registration mail in form - on line registration is closed

Link to Registration on line-(cannot use for event fees) - WEB BASED REGISTRATION is closed

Call Cathy at 815-223-1052 for late registrations

Discount codes for the March 23 Lionel / LCCA Red Carpet Event:
  • American Airlines - 1833EI  (corrected 3/1/13)
  • AmTrak - X32N-966
  • Avis Rent a car - discount coupon here

List of Hotels in the Vicinity

These hotels are located around or on Bruton Smith Blvd.  For convenience, accommodations at all the hotels shown below can be arranged at this one booking number: 1-866-577-4817.  Free shuttle service will be provided by Lionel on Friday and Saturday to/from the partner hotels shown below in red text and the Lionel facility.  Listed in random order

  • Embassy Suites Charlotte/Concord Golf Resort
  • Courtyard Charlotte Concord  (SOLD OUT)
  • Residence Inn Charlotte/Concord
  • Suburban Extended Stay Concord 
  • Great Wolf Lodge Concord
  • Hampton Inn Suites Concord/Charlotte
  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
  • Wingate by Wyndham Concord

A WORD TO THE WISE: Make hotel reservations ASAP to receive the best rate. Rooms may sell out very quickly because two major public attractions are also scheduled this weekend in Charlotte.

             Area Attractions - For your Personal Enjoyment

Bank of America Stadium                                          Bobcats Arena Charlotte

Garage Pass Shop Tours                                           Adventures in Motorsports

Concord Mills Mall                                                   Hendrick Motorsports

Rousch Racing                                                         Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

NASCAR Racing Experience                                   Uptown Charlotte

Concord Regional Airport                                         NASCAR Hall of Fame

Dale Earnhardt, Inc.                                                  Dale Trail

Penske Racing                                                          Joe Gibbs Racing

Richard Childress Racing                                          Backing Up Classics Museum

Discovery Place Science Museum                            Mint Museum

Charlotte Motor Speedway                                      Lowes Motor Speedway

Cabarrus Events Arena                                            Halton Arena (Home of 49ers)

Z-Max Dragway                                                      Doug Foley's Drag Racing School

Richard Petty Driving Experience                              Carowinds

NASCAR Speed Park                                             Concord Motorsport Park

Frank Liske Park                                                      Roush Fenway Racing

University of North Carolina Charlotte                      Bass Pro Shop

Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates             Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Kurt Busch, Inc.                                                       Kyle Busch Motorsports

Michael Waltrip Racing                                             NC Biotech Campus

IBM                                                                          Wells Fargo

Allstate                                                                      University Research Park

Carolinas Medical Center Northeast                          TIAA CREF

McKesson                                                                Eaton Corporation

Food Lion Corporate Office                                      Charlotte Douglas International Airport