NEC 14-16 November 2014 - oh well, better luck next year ...

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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by Dollywobbler » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:16 pm

I know a lot about what can be done with no money. ;) I must concede, carpet helps, but don't lose sight of the fact that the most interesting aspect of a stand should always be the cars. I dearly hope 2014 can be the year that a strut can be displayed. People love a bit of tech.

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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by Paul296 » Fri Feb 21, 2014 10:32 pm

I think we should try to have different cars every year. If we don't, it's not just boring for the punters it's boring for us as a club. I thought last years voting procedure worked very well - everyone is free to nominate a car and the club votes on the six best ones. I also thinks it's reasonable if last years exhibitors step aside this year, to allow as many people as possible an opportunity to show their car.

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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by Caffiend » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:32 am

Dollywobbler wrote:I must concede, carpet helps
You are Nigel AICMFP ;)

Agree that a cutaway strut - + sphere - would be great, offers last year unfortunately kiboshed through events no fault of the volunteers concerned.

Re numbers of cars - will try for same size stand this year and see how we go.
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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by Jaba » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:26 am

Gary wrote:I know that last year I was asked serveral times if we had a 8 valve GTi on the stand and why not?
So a performance based stand could be a popular choice.
Well nobody voted in significant numbers for my GTi last year, the ' winners ' seemed to me to be the cars of regular posting and thus visible club members so why should I volunteer it again for this year ??

Actually it needs some rust rectification work soon so may not even be NEC worthy anyway.
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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by TizzyD » Sat Feb 22, 2014 2:23 pm

Im more than happy to offer up the TZD again (even if it isn't a performance car) but like Jaba, rust stuff will need sorting first, but I do have an old speedo which could, with a bit of work be used as a sort of 'flip the switch' and see what dashlights you turn on sort of thing ?
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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by Tim Leech » Sat Feb 22, 2014 4:46 pm

Jaba wrote:
Gary wrote:I know that last year I was asked serveral times if we had a 8 valve GTi on the stand and why not?
So a performance based stand could be a popular choice.
Well nobody voted in significant numbers for my GTi last year, the ' winners ' seemed to me to be the cars of regular posting and thus visible club members so why should I volunteer it again for this year ??

Actually it needs some rust rectification work soon so may not even be NEC worthy anyway.

Worth taking some up to date photos John, I think "well known" cars that often appear at events maybe are the cars that people would vote for.

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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by demag » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:18 pm

Are there any pictures of last years stand on the forum?


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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by mds141 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:42 pm

There's even a YouTube clip.
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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by Gary » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:55 pm

Here's the pictures I took
http://www.bxclub.co.uk/forum/viewtopic ... 30#p232340" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
As well as Paul's u tube clip
http://www.bxclub.co.uk/forum/viewtopic ... 30#p232364" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
That is if I put the links in correctly .
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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - hold the dates, watch this spa

Post by Paul296 » Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:32 am

mds141 wrote:There's even a YouTube clip.
. . . and here it is (gone viral at 298 views!) :)



edit - just noticed that Gary's already posted a link. I know - let's watch it again. :D

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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - oh well, better luck next year

Post by Caffiend » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:38 pm

Through the e-mail:

"Regretfully, we are sorry to inform you that the BX Club application for space at this year's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC has been unsuccessful.

This year we are aiming to improve the feature content at the event for visitors, which along with a large number of clubs celebrating significant anniversaries, puts pressure on the oversubscribed space available for club stands.

Blah blah blah think of your last job rejection and the rest is all about the same as that."

^ This means that they want to sell more stuff/make more money from concessions/random tat vendors/dealers etc. Cynical, me?

Anyway, as CCC, TOC and 2CV GB are likely there, it was always going to be a long shot for us to be allowed a fourth Citroen stand without any special event/anniversary this year. Sorry folks :(.

We've had suggestions of Shepton Mallet Show (about the same time) - over to Mr Sims of this electronic parish (citsncycles) and/or Manchester in September (the X rally dopplegangers formerly known as MarkandPaul. Or PaulandMark, not sure which.)

If any would-be exhibitors are desperately disappointed, please may I encourage you to nominate your BX for the CCC stand - it would be nice to see one on there this year - and "everyone else" - please support any such nominations :)
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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - oh well, better luck next year

Post by Kitch » Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:44 pm

Ah well, hats off for trying Sandre :) To have one there two years on the trot, when to most people a BX is just a banger was quite an achievement, especially last year's stand which looks better than most of the surrounding ones on a similar budget/setup.

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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - oh well, better luck next year

Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:12 pm

All good things come to an end. Thanks for picking up the ball on this one though Sandre. We put on two good displays, with a great mix of vehicles - with no repeats! Which is more than can be said for some clubs...

Was it worth all the sweat and tears? Well, I'm not sure it got us loads of new members, but I think we made great strides in gaining a greater classic acceptance for the BX - witness Kitch's GT in PC this very month. Visibility is all-important. After all, BXs are still seen by some as a bit niche, even in Citroen circles!

If we can hit some other shows, then all the better. The classic world doesn't end with the NEC after all. Some locations have decent lighting for a start!

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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - oh well, better luck next year

Post by Caffiend » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:26 pm

PaulnMark are already onto Manchester in September and I have no doubt that they'll post accordingly. I'll just be back office for that one.
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Re: NEC 14-16 November 2014 - oh well, better luck next year

Post by Paul296 » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:02 pm

It's only this year that we haven't got a stand - as Sandre says, with level of applicants for the NEC it was always going to be difficult for the organisers to justify 4 separate Citroen clubs. Anyway, we might be back in next year - who knows? So no cynicism from me; just stick a fork in its arse and move on. And on that note, I'm in the process of putting in an application for the Footman James Classic Car Show in Manchester.

http://www.manchesterclassiccarshow.com ... car-clubs/

Have carpet,will travel - watch this space! :D