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Mike P
13-03-2008, 09:31 AM
Think back many years (Crossle will probably remember) there used to be car clubs. People used to meet up weekly to discuss things and swap bits etc. I presume if you wanted to stick a V8 into your MGB the only real place you would find out about this is through a club or club magazines.

These days the info is so redily available that we don't need to be in a club or even ever meet. I've only met 4 people off here!

Just a thought I had the other day when I was at my weekly motorbike club meet.

Crossle
13-03-2008, 09:41 AM
Cheers mate!

Yes, I was a member of the MG Car Club in the early Seventies. They used to have a monthly "Noggin & Natter" at the Bell in London Colney - now a bloody McDonalds...

The bloke who used to organise it always invited everyone back to his house after, and I usually declined, until I went along once and found that was some form of swingers club with porn films being shown and his missus putting on a little "show"...

Happy Days...

I'm still a member of the TVR Car Club, but the only gatherings I've been to were far too nerdy for me to want to hang around long....

Only met four people off here? You need to get out more, sonny...

Weeman
13-03-2008, 09:53 AM
They still exist only in modern terms, forums and websites, unfortunately free access to the interweb has meant the majority are burberry wearing cider drinking charvas, and theres less and less String back glove wearing aristocrats

Mike P
13-03-2008, 09:54 AM
Originally posted by Crossle@Mar 13 2008, 10:41 AM
Only met four people off here? You need to get out more, sonny...
Sorry Dad.

Karl
13-03-2008, 09:54 AM
Isn't it that they are normally something for the classic car owner though? I used to belong to the TSSC (Triumph Sports Six Club) when I had two GT6's, and the MGB owners club.

Weeman
13-03-2008, 10:00 AM
kesselchen was member number 23 of the Model T owners club

Karl
13-03-2008, 10:07 AM
Feck off you spack eyed buck toothed scrawny little flop haired midgit :boom:

Crossle
13-03-2008, 10:09 AM
Originally posted by vwd40@Mar 13 2008, 10:54 AM
Sorry Dad.
There's quite a crowd of us going to Castle Coombe on April 19th...

Tear yourself away from the Playstation, and come along...

Karl
13-03-2008, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by Crossle@Mar 13 2008, 01:09 PM
There's quite a crowd of us going to Castle Coombe on April 19th...

Tear yourself away from the Playstation, and come along...
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/42064000/jpg/_42064634_kevin2bbc203.jpg

Tony
13-03-2008, 10:20 AM
Originally posted by Karl@Mar 13 2008, 12:07 PM
Feck off you spack eyed buck toothed scrawny little flop haired midgit
:lol: :lol: :lol:

You go Grandpa :lol:

Weeman
13-03-2008, 10:20 AM
:lol: :lol:

Mike P
13-03-2008, 10:24 AM
Originally posted by Crossle@Mar 13 2008, 11:09 AM
Tear yourself away from the Playstation, and come along...
Feck off grandad

http://www.scottybud.com/images/old%20people%20bird.jpg

Crossle
13-03-2008, 10:29 AM
Originally posted by vwd40@Mar 13 2008, 11:24 AM
Feck off grandad


Cheers!

And you wonder why clubs are a dying breed, with their face to face human contact?

Mike P
13-03-2008, 10:37 AM
lol, you know this is all tongue in cheek?

Mind you Crossle, for all we know you could be a 24st black transvestite in Broadmoor?

Tom
13-03-2008, 10:44 AM
Originally posted by vwd40@Mar 13 2008, 11:37 AM
Mind you Crossle, for all we know you could be a 24st black transvestite in Broadmoor?
typical 309 driver then :whistle:

I think they are dying, i think the police are part to play, as when I used to be in a local bike meet and greet club it was fine and dandy for a year or 2. Now the police come with their 'saftey' van showing us scameras and police bikes, which has put alot of people off as half the bikes half small plates on and other tiny naughty bits.

Its the same when I go out and meet people in my car. Nearly every week I get asked what am I doing, where have I been, where am I going etc, and that puts me off a little, doing anything or going to meets.

Also club days at santa pod etc, on the way there I nearly always pass the entire countys police force out, which again, is discouraging.

So if the youth of today(moi :blink: ) are put off by going to meets etc, how are clubs going to survive.

Crossle
13-03-2008, 10:47 AM
All taken in good spirit, Mr WD40!

And I'm on the secure wing of Rampton actually...

But seriously, you did put a post on the "Interested in helping Northloop at a show?" thread about Castle Coombe in April, but we've not heard back from you since...

Mike P
13-03-2008, 12:56 PM
Don't think I can. If all goes well that's when I'll be rebuilding the Golf engine.

Crossle
13-03-2008, 07:46 PM
And don't even get me started on the Ferrari Owners Club....

Have driven at two of their "after you Claude" track days - I have the funniest ever trackday story about the FOC at Silverstone, but it needs a set-up over a couple of pints...

Jim Cameron
13-03-2008, 10:47 PM
Originally posted by vwd40@Mar 13 2008, 01:56 PM
Don't think I can. If all goes well that's when I'll be rebuilding the Golf engine.
Bring the Astra Mike ;)

Robinson
13-03-2008, 10:53 PM
I'm not sure they are dying out, they are just working differently.
As has been said a lot more people use internet forums instead of meeting up, and tbh it's much easier. Police hassle groups of people, you don't have to find somewhere that will let you meet in their car park, you don't have to worry about peoples cars getting broken into, you don't have to worry about dickheads turning up, it's much easier to ignore idiots on the internet than in real life. etc etc
Some clubs are very strong, a lot of ford and vauxhall clubs for instance have huge numbers of very fanatical members who help each other out. I organise the ring trips for our club for free and it's a very time consuming task but i get my satisfaction from getting 40 people together with a common interest and know that they will have an awesome time.

Mike P
13-03-2008, 11:00 PM
Originally posted by Jim Cameron@Mar 13 2008, 11:47 PM
Bring the Astra Mike ;)
Could do!

GVK
17-12-2008, 02:36 PM
Did you? :huh:

Floyd
17-12-2008, 03:16 PM
Someone please find Gary a job :wave:

Simon
17-12-2008, 03:17 PM
Originally posted by Floyd@Dec 17 2008, 04:16 PM
Someone please find Gary a job :wave:
Or shoot him :whistle:

Dave B
17-12-2008, 03:21 PM
I think they are dying, i think the police are part to play, as when I used to be in a local bike meet and greet club it was fine and dandy for a year or 2. Now the police come with their 'saftey' van showing us scameras and police bikes, which has put alot of people off as half the bikes half small plates on and other tiny naughty bits.
Ethro, am I missing something here....are you a teenage student or not? :fish:
If not, I want some of the drugs that make you look so young...if so, were you a 13 year old Biker meeter and Greeter?? :D

Floyd
17-12-2008, 04:43 PM
^^^^ :lol: :lol: :lol:

Gary Kinghorn
17-12-2008, 05:26 PM
I think places like this are the re-incarnation of the old clubs. We seem to be doing something almost on a monthly basis :thumb:

Mav
17-12-2008, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by vwd40@Mar 13 2008, 10:31 AM
Think back many years (Crossle will probably remember) there used to be car clubs. People used to meet up weekly to discuss things and swap bits etc. I presume if you wanted to stick a V8 into your MGB the only real place you would find out about this is through a club or club magazines.

These days the info is so redily available that we don't need to be in a club or even ever meet. I've only met 4 people off here!

Just a thought I had the other day when I was at my weekly motorbike club meet.
interesting post wd 40 ;)

I have had about 20% more enquries for 2009 for Clubs.

I agree, that a lot of the car Cruise sceen as fell by the way side, but, enquiries are coming from (regional) clubs, such as Caterham, lotus, morgan etc it's also a bunch of mates with a common interest (type club) small groups of 10 -20 peeps.

Mind You I did have an enquiry from a Sumbeam tiger owners club..

now that would be an interesting car around the ring ;) if you have never driven one (dont comment) :blink: FAF in a str8 line :blink: cornering :nono:


mind you I recon most of them would not make the journey
:loser:

and yes we really did drive these things on the road happy days !

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v608/madmav/sunbeam-tiger.jpg

Tim in Yorkshire
17-12-2008, 07:49 PM
Are those harnesses mounted properly in that sunbeam? ;)

Mav
17-12-2008, 10:27 PM
Originally posted by Tim in Yorkshire@Dec 17 2008, 08:49 PM
Are those harnesses mounted properly in that sunbeam? ;)
I duuno, should I ask KEN before i turn up at the ring? :o

Jim Cameron
17-12-2008, 10:55 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Mike P
18-12-2008, 09:45 AM
Originally posted by GVK@Dec 17 2008, 03:36 PM
Did you? :huh:
Did I what?

Simon
18-12-2008, 09:49 AM
Originally posted by Mav@Dec 17 2008, 11:27 PM
I duuno, should I ask KEN before i turn up at the ring? :o
pmsl :lol:

Uncle Benz
19-12-2008, 02:47 PM
Some of the more obscure clubs do make me chuckle.

Apologies if you are a member, but at Coombe this year my two favourites were-

The Racing for Jesus club and

Council Estate Touring Car club.

GVK
19-12-2008, 03:38 PM
Who's Ken?

Simon
19-12-2008, 03:42 PM
Originally posted by GVK@Dec 19 2008, 04:38 PM
Who's Ken?
Some bloke @ NMS :whistle:

Floyd
19-12-2008, 09:18 PM
Originally posted by Uncle Benz@Dec 19 2008, 03:47 PM
Some of the more obscure clubs do make me chuckle.

Apologies if you are a member, but at Coombe this year my two favourites were-

The Racing for Jesus club and

Council Estate Touring Car club.
That Saab club had some fun at CC :lol: