Tumbler Tour (How to not to run an event)

tumbler tour, the dark knight rises, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

Well, we got escorted out. We also got escorted in.

tumbler tour, the dark knight rises, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

For those of you who don’t know me very well, I’m a big pop culture geek and all around nerd. Because of this, I’m always excited to see TV or movie props as I find them very cool- especially the custom stuff. Below is a picture of me sitting in the driver’s seat of my favorite car of all time, K.I.T.T. (The dealer wouldn’t take my offer of candy and comic books.)

joe Sterne, K.I.T.T., KITT, knight rider

So when I heard that the authentic Tumbler from the forthcoming movie The Dark Knight Rises was coming to my neck of the woods, I was ecstatic. The Tumbler is one of the cooler custom cars to be designed in the late 2000’s, even more so because it’s a fully functioning custom vehicle.

tumbler tour, the dark knight rises, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

After checking the calendar on the Tumblr blog about it (get it?), we decided on Sunday since we were having our engagement shoot done on Monday. There were two times on the list for that day: 11AM-1PM at one location, and 6-8PM at somewhere across the street.

This is where it went off the rails- the second location required you to PAY ($30 a ticket) to see the Tumbler (and this was supposed to be a free viewing). This location was part of the Freshtival, which was an outdoor concert of sorts.

tumbler tour, the dark knight rises, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

Needless to say, when we saw this, I wasn’t happy. It’s failing a basic part of Events 101: Always list any fees. Period. We wandered inside the Gaylord National Hotel to see if we could see it from the inside to make sure our hour drive each way wasn’t a waste. We couldn’t. However, a lovely woman listened to our sob story and kindly decided to escort us to the Tumbler and back. (Thank you again!)

tumbler tour, the dark knight rises, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

It was awesome! We got to see it with basically no-one milling around thus enabling me to get wonderful shots of it alone.

tumbler tour, the dark knight rises, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

Afterwards, we hung around for dinner and then saw a brief but very cool fireworks show. It was a roller coaster of an afternoon, but it was a fantastic first visit to Gaylord National!

tumbler tour, fireworks, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

tumbler tour, fireworks, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

tumbler tour, fireworks, joe sterne photography, gaylord national

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