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Old 12-10-2019, 10:00 PM
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Don't know if there is anyone else on here who attended the Donnington 2005 meet up when we had an infield area to ourselves with ample space for the 63 cars with a few late comers making the total up to 67. An unofficial world record at the time (Unfortunately there no pics in the Forum Gallery). We had attendees from all over UK, I even have a pic of couple of lads in kilts from Scotland. There were pit visits to support the two Z3 M Coupes that were running in the GT races. Even the pre meet up in Donnington Services of 40 odd cars was a sight to see. The five car convoy drive up the M1 from a service station near Leeds was an absolute blast, Phil T was the only one I can remember from the other four cars.
I don’t think we’ll ever see the above record being broken as there just isn’t the interest, I’d love to be proved wrong mind. To my mind you haven’t got to forget at a meet up will have wives, partners, even the odd youngster attending so wherever we decide to meet it has to have some facilities to keep people reasonably happy.
If Donnington isn’t acceptable then something of the like of Harwood House, Newby Hall (Cars in the Park venue), Castle Howard or even the National Motor Cycle Museum. To be able to attract owners from the extremes of the country the meet up has got to be I feel in mid UK. If there was a North and South event they would be diluting the idea of a big meet up.
Just my thoughts, come on lads ideas needed.
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Old 13-10-2019, 02:49 PM
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Given that there's only around 7 of us actively talking about the meet so far, I personally doubt that we'll get the interest of 'the masses' if it's a stand-alone forum meet. I think it really has to have something else involved to make the trip worthwhile for people (be that a motoring event, a forum drive-out or something)

To be honest, I'm not sure I'd be bothered about driving a couple of hundred miles if it was just to meet a bunch of people with the same car as I own, as much as I've enjoyed meeting and chatting to members of the forum at other events
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Old 13-10-2019, 03:29 PM
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To quote myself in the first post " is there demand for a big event or not?"

So as Tony says with only 7 people taking the time to post then maybe I have found the answer to my initial question. I wasn't looking to arrange a world record attempting meet

but just a bigger number than we have seen since 2010. With the response so far it appears few are prepared to travel miles to attend any planned meet so my idea of North and South

events makes the most sense to me (if at all) I think my mistake is to ask people their views but I should instead just organise a meet and if people want to attend then great.

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Old 13-10-2019, 08:07 PM
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Make our own event, convoy around the Evo triangle, then off through Snowdonia and have a meal stop
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Old 13-10-2019, 10:03 PM
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How’s this for an idea -

Saturday afternoon meet at a big Bmw dealership
Saturday evening dinner at a local hotel
Sunday morning drive out

Obvs need to work out a photogenic location for hotel, a friendly dealer and access to interesting roads but could be a goer. Thoughts?
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Old 14-10-2019, 08:56 PM
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I'm all for meeting up again - but I am slightly limited by family stuff.
I think Silverstone has been great fun and worked really well this year. Me and the longish suffering book our fav air bnb make a weekend of it and leave the kids with my parents.

Having said that - I think she's done for now and is suggesting I bring one of the kids next time.
I could only do that if we were at a bigger event like Silverstone so there was other entertainment, but then the prob is we all disappear off and never get to catch up.

No simple answer so I guess someone just has to say this or that is happening and we all decide if it works or not.
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Old 15-10-2019, 08:03 PM
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I enjoyed Silverstone this year (apart from the weather).
Maybe in the grounds of a castle or stately home somewhere around the midlands would be good.
Also fancied a blast around the Welsh countryside, so an organised drive to a meet venue would be impressive if enough of us turned up!!
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