CCC East Midlands Group - Technical Weekend - 25-27th May

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Re: CCC East Midlands Group - Technical Weekend - 25-27th Ma

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Not a brilliant turn-out, but a really great weekend; good company, good biscuits (and flap-jack), good tea AND we all got sunburned! Thanks to the 'new and improved' Photobucket, the pictures have all gone a bit higgledy piggledy . . . never mind;

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Some lovely Citromobilia on Barry's workshop wall that I wished were mine - but isn't. :(

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An Ami pick-up mid restoration - I don't know much about Ami's but I would have said that was rare?

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New spoiler and sunshine - nice!

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TD Turbo estate that probably won't win any beauty contests currently, but was extremely solid; the engine bay was a by-word for 'TLC' - very nice.

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Although the turn-out wasn't brilliant, we kept Barry busy nonetheless.

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The TD estate's engine bay getting the admiration it richly deserved.

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Anthracite speedlines can be a bit fussy about what car you put them on, but on Andrew's 'Aubergine' TZD I think they're perfect.

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10 secs after fitting. It looked so nice I had to have a little sit down.

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Tom fitting his discs and pads and rabbitting on about bloody 14's while Sandre nods indulgently (maybe).

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The car park; including a pre-production mark1 XM estate and Barry's new TZS auto. I wish I'd taken some more pics of that; it drove like it looked - nice!

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More car park including Tom's TXD. Last but by no means least, Mike Cottingham brought his fabulous DS23 along on the Saturday. It needs no introduction from me and I'd run out of superlatives to describe it anyway . . .

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Yes it's er . . . rather nice that. All in all a very enjoyable weekend, highly recommended and a very big thank you to Barry and co. for hosting us all.

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Paul296 wrote:All in all a very enjoyable weekend, highly recommended and a very big thank you to Barry and co. for hosting us all.
Definitely very much that ^. For my part, thanks too to the guys for being patient with my lack of confidence when it comes to taking things apart and putting them back together again, sometimes with new things in the mix.

The weather was fantastic, hooning up South Fen Road spattering dust all over Tom's bonnet was the most fun I've had in too bloody long. I even cackled. It was definitely cackling. Out loud. Also, I'm sure I was only doing 90, which makes the bad behaviour all better.

Lovely to meet really? and spend time chatting with the small but select crew in attendance.
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Wish I had stayed for the whole 3 days but I had promised a non car related weekend, spoiler looks great Paul!
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An Ami pick-up mid restoration - I don't know much about Ami's but I would have said that was rare?
I'm not certain but I believe this started life as a normal car, and was converted to a pickup many years ago after the rear of the bodyshell was destroyed by a tree brought down in a storm.

Looks like another good weekend I missed - ah well, more fuel money saved for Scotland!
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Barry called me this morning with what I thought was an absolutely inspired idea: Tech Day the Saturday before next year's X-rally - which - on the assumption it'll be at Burghley House again - is practically on Barry's doorstep. For those who come from further afield, what a great way to get two for one?
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Great news that everyone had a good weekend!
Caffiend wrote:Barry called me this morning with what I thought was an absolutely inspired idea: Tech Day the Saturday before next year's X-rally - which - on the assumption it'll be at Burghley House again - is practically on Barry's doorstep. For those who come from further afield, what a great way to get two for one?
That sounds like a potential good plan. Discussions will have to be made, however sounds possible.

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Citroening wrote:That sounds like a potential good plan. Discussions will have to be made, however sounds possible.
Dunno what would need to be discussed TBH - Barry's been generous enough to offer and if the X-rally date - once finalised - suits him, why do we not just "do", for whoever wants to make a weekend of the CCC event.
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Work permitting, sounds like a plan to me!
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A good idea. I just couldn't justify the X Rally just for the X Rally's sake this year. Making a weekend of it might just change my mind.

I do know another specialist in the west who might be interested in a tech session later this year. Want me to enquire?

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As the East Midlands Group of the CCC is run by a few people then each person has to be informed of potential plans for the events that'll be happening the next rally season/year.

The dates and details of the X Rally will have to be discussed as it is now one of the larger events of the year for the Citroen Car Club.

Of course Barry has been very generous with the offer and sounds like it will work, but out of courtesy the other East Mids Group organisers need to be let know hence the discussions.

Personally IMO it sounds a very good plan - the discussions wouldn't be about yes/no to it occurring, would be in regards to how etc...

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Barry offered, in principle, to host a Tech Day the day before next year's X-rally, the implication being that that would be "whenever" the X-rally is.

If it turns out that Barry then can't "open shop" on the Saturday before for whatever reason, then that will be a shame, but I doubt very much whether it was his intention (and it certainly wasn't mine) to imply that X-rally organisation should take a much smaller possible event at Bourne into account. It was just an idea and I was posting it as such.

I would assume that the X-rally as a large and popular event would be planned on a "business as usual" basis and any 'add on' will fit round it if possible.

Frankly, although I - and it seems most who came - had a brilliant time this weekend, the low turnout was disappointing: Mrs Barry had obviously gone to a lot of effort with catering and didn't even have the fun of attending as she had to work. The campsite had saved a large number of pitches on the basis of the considerable interest expressed - it was lucky they didn't have to turn anyone away. This isn't any reflection on the organisers/promoters who I know went to a lot of effort to publicise the event. It's just the way it was, you never know how these things are going to turn out until you try.

Which means that IMO, there's no reason why there should be vast amounts of organisation around a 2014 Tech Day. The way I would see it working: the X-rally date gets set by E Midlands section in consultation with national CCC, however that arcane and mysterious process works. Barry checks his diary and offers to "open shop" the day before if still convenient to him. Anyone who wants to show up does and brings their own mug/cake/biscuits and organises their own accommodation, campsite details provided (and I'm happy to put up faraway people on the Friday night so they get all of Saturday and Sunday playing with cars).

Sorted, no muss, no fuss and definitely no overcomplication.
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Caffiend wrote:If it turns out that Barry then can't "open shop" on the Saturday before for whatever reason, then that will be a shame, but I doubt very much whether it was his intention (and it certainly wasn't mine) to imply that X-rally organisation should take a much smaller possible event at Bourne into account. It was just an idea and I was posting it as such.
There's nothing wrong with suggesting it and in fact IMO I think it's a great idea and a very good plan.
Caffiend wrote:Frankly, although I - and it seems most who came - had a brilliant time this weekend, the low turnout was disappointing: Mrs Barry had obviously gone to a lot of effort with catering and didn't even have the fun of attending as she had to work. The campsite had saved a large number of pitches on the basis of the considerable interest expressed - it was lucky they didn't have to turn anyone away. This isn't any reflection on the organisers/promoters who I know went to a lot of effort to publicise the event. It's just the way it was, you never know how these things are going to turn out until you try.
We can promote events until the cows come home however as is the norm with these events, we can't force people to go...!

I'm surprised that there wasn't more in attendance considering that there was a fair bit of interest expressed however that's the way it goes.

Some folk like to polish their cars for a meeting whilst others like the mechanical side... With a joint Tech/Show it's the best of both worlds...
Caffiend wrote:Which means that IMO, there's no reason why there should be vast amounts of organisation around a 2014 Tech Day. The way I would see it working: the X-rally date gets set by E Midlands section in consultation with national CCC, however that arcane and mysterious process works. Barry checks his diary and offers to "open shop" the day before if still convenient to him. Anyone who wants to show up does and brings their own mug/cake/biscuits and organises their own accommodation, campsite details provided (and I'm happy to put up faraway people on the Friday night so they get all of Saturday and Sunday playing with cars).
Indeed it doesn't need huge amounts of organisation, however as mentioned before - out of courtesy the other East Mids Group organisers need to be let know hence the discussions. Perhaps discussions is the wrong word - chat is probably better. The East Mids Group will have a chat, probably over a pint, about what's best. Your plan sounds fine, although other things could be taken into account such as the accommodation - we could extend this to non-tech-day go-ers that have traveled far for example, or organise evening food (BBQ/town etc). Then there's other possible suggestions that people might raise.
Caffiend wrote:The way I would see it working: the X-rally date gets set by E Midlands section in consultation with national CCC, however that arcane and mysterious process works.
Just to note that there's no mysterious process to how dates get set, and in fact they don't have to be consulted with the Board of the CCC.

Usually the organisers have a chat/check diary/see what else is going on and set the date (as to not clash).

Fire it off to the Citroenian Editor with a full page advert if you want and to the Calender Admin for the website/mag.

Job done.

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Usually the organisers have a chat/check diary/see what else is going on and set the date (as to not clash).
That was kinda the point of waiting for X-rally date to be decided before a potential April Tech Day is anything more than an idea. Organisers: that would be Barry. With input from someone else, possibly me to assist with communications/promotion, ensuring date is made available to anyone who might be interested,etc. Unless East Midlands CCC insist on a level of organisation that resembles Dunkirk, in which case I'm out and someone who enjoys that kind of thing can do it. I might work for the public sector but haven't been so completely indoctrinated as to think that a committee is necessary for *everything*.

As commented by someone much wiser and older and less attractive than me: (paraphrased) if people show up, great, if not, great, more biscuits for the rest of us.
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We can promote events until the cows come home however as is the norm with these events, we can't force people to go...!

I'm surprised that there wasn't more in attendance considering that there was a fair bit of interest expressed however that's the way it goes.
As someone who has organised events for a variety of clubs in the past, I know exactly how these things go!

For my part I apologise for not making it. As many of you know Timex was off the road for a few weeks undergoing a head transplant (I wish I could do the same myself sometimes!) and although it was completed successfully last Wednesday, I had to spend Sunday (my only day off this week) running the errands that shuld have been done a couple of weeks earlier.

I certainly think that, once the X Rally dates have been finalised, some sort of technical day, or failing that maybe a convoy somewhere the day before may help make the whole thing more practical for those who live further afield.
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Just want to also say thank you to Barry and everyone involved. I was only up on the Sunday but it was a good chance to give the car a blast up A1 and I now have a semi working sunroof which also drains which is more important. Could've spent ages looking at all the scrappers round the back. Also got to watch the Battle of Britain memorial flight fly over at couple of hundred feet which was something.

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