As one of “the others” that Doug Passell referred to, I also regret not being able to make this event, but I’m sure that NI did their very best under difficult circumstances, the camaraderie extended to us on our previous visit leaves some UK areas in the shade.
No National Event in the MX5OC is a “Car Show” - it’s a “Rally”, which means a meeting of owners. - It’s time this was fully understood. Anything “On the side” is whatever is available, and knocking MX5 Parts for not attending is not on - if new members had attended other past events they would appreciate that MX5 Parts will attend ANY event they can get to, so their absence is entirely excusable from my POV. In fact they are the only true supporters of the club - in more ways than one. They have saved more than one of my events, and others that I have attended, when others didn’t.
If some of you were more familiar with the NI scene, then you might appreciate that from their POV it’s a barren land, as far as support goes - they have dealers - - - period. Also - it’s not easy getting support (at any level) in the UK either, having organised three National; Events myself, then I can tell you it’s not easy to get any type of trader to attend an event,. never mind Moss (who haven’t attended a club event in years) Shing Fung or some of the other parts suppliers who exist in the UK. If they can’t (won’t) support a Rally in the UK, then why would they support one anywhere else?
Would you buy a radio - or any bit of kit - from a local dealer in Newcastle if you lived in Birmingham?- - - - of course not, you might want back up later. Do you not think this is also apparent to those local traders? If they thought they could make a killing then they would be there like a shot, but most parts dealers do not cater for MX5’s, it’s a fact of life. No event suits everyone, but I am surprised to see complaints regarding an event which I know - from past experience, takes months (even years) to prepare, with more frustrations than successes - believe me. Sunshine makes an event, and for some, rain totally ruins it - it’s a fact, get used to it - or move to OZ!
If some of you want to see a “Car Show” then go to JAE - and see how much support there is for MX5’s ; or Mazdas of any ilk. - - - - - -
Them that can - - - does. Them that can’t - - - - citicise.