From the viewpoint of the
First a sincere thank you
for those members who supported the Rally by attending, contributing prizes
(Arthur Fleming), organising kids activities (Jude Baddiley), or whatever.
Thanks also to John Blackburn for helping with Rally Control and food
serving on Friday night.
My aim was to make this
National Rally a special and memorable event and the site was superb in
being different and offering a range of activities for all ages. I had some
significant problems over the weekend and have identified these to the
Manager at Midland Railway. It was a learning curve for them as this was the
first camping event they had hosted but they are looking at developing this
line of new business. I believe from the feedback to date that none of the
problems spoiled the event in any way but I think some of that was down to
luck with exceptionally good weather. The overseas visitors from Germany,
Czech Rep and Sweden certainly want to return and have asked us to publish a
date for the 2009 Rally as soon as possible. I have also been asked to
arrange a camping weekend on this site in 2009.
The media certainly enjoyed
it with photographer Roy Maddox providing us with a CD of quality digital
images which we will use on the web site and in Torque. He wants a JAWA or
CZ – a single cylinder bike – a bit special! Roy has also joined the
Club. Nigel Clarke from Morton's Media also enjoyed the event and I expect
some good coverage as he took lots of pictures too.
Now the invoices are
arriving I realise we should have probably charged £20 for the weekend but
as the Club has a good bank balance that is not a worry. For the future we
must fix a charge that reflects what is on offer.
Gibby did a great job
arranging the trophies – my thanks as it was one less job for me. 18
awards were made as in the good old’ days. That went very well.
We ran out of raffle
tickets so thank you for buying so many. Next time we will have more than 3
books (1500 tickets) to sell.
108 people signed in with
66 pre booking. I know we also had friends, partners and visitors who did
not sign in and did not want a badge. We need to consider if we can continue
to offer a “free” event to those people. I
was disappointed by the total number of “paying” guests but the petrol
crisis may have stopped some attending.
14 children were pre booked
so we arranged for events and included 3 pages of line drawings to colour in
- to be included in the Rally pack. We tried to get all kids booked in
separately in case any had problems and we needed to contact the parent.
That was only partially successful as only 10 names were on the contact
sheet. Again, for the future and for ALL club events we need to get this
right to avoid problems.
Chris Baddiley received the
Chairman’s Award for his work on our web site and I am grateful he was
able to publicise the change of location. We were able to inform most of the
pre bookers of the change by email or phone and also a few regulars we knew
would attend. It is important that members
check the website or contact any event organiser just to check all is well
before you set off. Dave Blackmore, Jack Wainwright and Barry Hancox were
lucky in that respect as I was able to tell them about the change of site
before they set out.
I still have a number of
pinless Rally Badges for sale price £1. Send payment to Spares Officer/Secretary
with a 27p stamped SAE. These are ideal to fix to your bike as a momento.
close - it was a total coincidence that my first club rally was our second
national rally in 1978 and my kids were 6 and 4. In 2008 my grandchildren
ages 6 and 4 camped with us for their first rally. Where have those 30 years
gone? Once again I hope you had a great time in Derbyshire and thanks for
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