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 Post subject: Alternative to Pugfest?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:44 am 
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I've been thinking. (yep, that's right, run for it..) :crazy:

Some have said it out loud and I kind of agree, Pugfest is a lovely event, but its very same old same old.

As far as alternatives go finding a single location for everyone to meet up is biased and means outlying members in the extreme of the country don't get a chance to join a meet up without considerable journeying and expense.

So how about this:

A couple of times a year (because getting everyone to agree to a single data is impossible due to life, work commitments) we do a circuit of the UK.

Hear me out, its not completely crazy.

Do a long weekend.

Friday: All meet up in the South West near Exeter then drive up to Manchester (4.5hrs), breaking it up along the way (service stations, cafes) Overnight at Manchester.

Saturday: Manchester to Edinburgh, same formula, overnight Edinburgh.

Sunday: Edinburgh to York, same formula, overnight York.

Monday: York to Norfolk, same formula. Overnight Norfolk.

Tuesday: Norfolk to Brighton, same formula. Overnight Brighton.

Obviously this is longer than a weekend. But the concept remains.
Some people may only say have time to commit a day and join the convey for a short cruise and a coffee as it passes by their region. Others may have the funding and time to do the entire loop.

It could be started from different points through out the year.

Two different groups could set out from the top of the UK and the bottom. Journeying to the middle in order to meet up on the Sunday, then go home.

There's also the problem that maintaining the coupe is only going to get harder, so we need support each other more as time goes on, easier to do by meeting and getting to know each other.

One final idea, we could locally decent on members who want to do overhauls (I'm putting my skills out to help, not subtly trying to call on free labour for my own gains) for new members. There are so many things that the coupe baffled me on, and now I realise are just little tweaks with enough experience you can sort out in no time. So, weekend at Bernie's?
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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 11:14 am 
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The idea has potential but looking at a lot of driving. For example it is around a four hour drive for me to Exeter.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:30 pm 
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Duely noted :good:. But if there was another meet/convoy at another point in the year that started from London. It might not be so bad.

Also its as much driving as you want it to be. Do the whole hog or do 5 miles up your local stretch of suggest A road as the convoy comes by stopping for coffee.

There could be multiple convoys....

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
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It's an interesting concept and I recall the Jaguar E-Type Club recently did something similar. I wouldn't dismiss the idea of attending but hotel costs and fuel may make this expensive. I love attending the International Meets in France and Italy so I guess I could look to drive 1,800-miles in the company of Coupes and within the UK rather than solo across rural France.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
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I likes this idea, personally I'd probably join the convoy on the way up and have a night away in a hotel. I'll definitely be watching this thread with interest though. I think it always looks nice seeing the convoy of vehicles belonging to a club.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
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Another approach would be, like the Italians do, have a national meet every year and do it in different areas, that way costs for people will equal out if they're regular attendees. As far as I understood, the Italians do their meets in a two year circle (one year more up north, one year more down south etc). :)

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
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Certainly a national meet or two a year would be good. Pugfest looks to be going the way of the French Car Show and although I might have made it this year if I wasn't previously committed, I think Chris hit the nail on the head.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
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Like the suggestion of a "mobile" meet. Any distance, as Tim suggests, is less than, say Tuscany and back. Discuss tomorrow I'm sure.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
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I like the "sound" of both ideas, the alternating north - south and the mobile.
Pugfest looks great but it is one day and to justify the very expensive ferry ticket I would like to include more in the same weekend and I guess it is the same for those members who live at a distance from any meeting.
Just another thought the more driving the less socialising.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
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Another idea is to tag it into a bigger event, whether that is a purely car-focussed event or some other event type that invites car clubs to be present. That way there is plenty of interest to be had and if it is a weekender event some can choose to camp or otherwise stay locally and have a night out. Choice of event location can then move around the country from year to year.

Just as examples, and I apologise for thinking locally as I tap this out right now, the classic or the transport festival event at Blenheim. Some airshows as well invite car clubs.

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 Post subject: Re: Alternative to Pugfest?
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Just as examples, and I apologise for thinking locally as I tap this out right now, the classic or the transport festival event at Blenheim. Some airshows as well invite car clubs.

John,

Absolutely no problem suggesting something 'local' to you. Blenheim Palace would be a great venue as there is a lot there to appeal to wives, husbands, partners and family that do not necessarily want to stand in a field of Coupes. There is the added attraction of Oxford to make it a weekend trip, plus it may appeal to some of our continental friends as Oxford (and Blenheim) may be on their wish list.

As an aside, is the collective noun for the Peugeot 406 Coupe a "pride" ?, I suggest this as you have a pride of lions and most 406 Coupes (even those that are dedaged) still display a lion or two.

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Another one is the Knebworth car event. I seem to remember the mx5 group being there when we went a few years ago, so 'modern classics' might be acceptable. There's lots of variety there, arena displays, plus you get general knebworth entry to boot. Good for families and children.

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