Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

Seems people have been unable to contact anyone about their bookings. It has been removed from the list of events in the Stoneleigh guide.

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not a bad idea James....

There is an easy way around the satellite sites  STOP BLOODY USING THEM but when most of the COMMITTEE are using them because the club does not have a decent site that says it all ,the club has to join the 21st century

Mr Gs site is poor also you can never get on there, take a look at some of the proper club sites

Things change.
By chance tonight I was looking through all the old Dutton brochure's for Brian of the facebook group as he wanted to know what colours were offered with the kits
By chance it was next to one of my folders of Dutton torque and the front one had the Norfolk legerra I bought the other month on the front cover,looked at the date and it's July 1992 edition no 52 almost exactly 25 years ago so thought I would sit down and have a read through
Committee,none of the present group but some great folk who were all very active in the Dutton world but none are on the forums or anything now
Jack Felton RIP
Keith Bryant
Ian Bidmead
Tim Cooley
Piers plumridge
Editors notes about "Automobile Gestusen" who import cars to Germany
Secretaries page lists 4 shows an a track day
Membership sec lists 412 members
Full accounts published
Reports on newly built cars
The history of BRG
French rd trips
Concourse results for Stoneleigh for legerra,Melos,phaeton,sierra an "other" (graham boulters b+ won that) there were even second place trophies
B type restoration report from Hong Kong
Lladlow 92 pictures
Pete loynes sierra pick up conversion report
Lladlow 92 report
Self help breakdown report
Newark show report and concourse winners again ( must of cost the club a fortune in trophies !!!)
15 local area meet details that Dutton owners attended
More sierra modification write ups
Two pages of "for sale"-that was an interesting read to say the least !!!
Sierra pick up
Long an short hardtops
Two pages of new and returning members and all their details
VERY Interesting read and you start to realise how much of it and how the club operated was of its time

Rob, is there any mention of the membership fees back then, or the income from subscriptions?

Your dead right Rob, both the club and the mag were 'of their time'. Back then the mag pretty much was the club and people met up usually at the pub to talk bollox about cars, now we have blog posts, facebook pages, ebay and email which more effectively fulfil the role of the mag, now and we sit here in this 'pub' to 'talk' bollox about cars, this is the 21st century 'here and now' that the club, like so many, has failed to engage with and thus has become all but extinct. Evolve or die its natures way. As for the dutton club website, it should be an information repository, it doesn't need to host the online community because that will go wherever it wants and trying to control that is an exercise in futility. It is clear however from some of the posts here that there are still many who have stuck with the 20th century idiology that has long since died. Sadly they still represent the club and its 'current' problems sitting Canute like on the beach as the sea of time washes over them.

I visit the Doc site weekly,the only person who has been on there recently to post anything is a guy who posted a message about a Rico
People find the doc site ok,but it lists and has links to 4 forums Dutton blog,Mr g,s,ning and the doc forum
Everyone jumps on here or more are going facebook
Shortly the links to Dutton blogs,Mr g,s and ning will be removed from the the DOC site
People need to look at the Dutton site and see the massive amount of information and help that is on there rather than jumping to another forum

I can never log in to the DOC site, there is load of very outdated information on there that needs updating. I belong to another forum that runs great, however, the administration is very relaxed and good rumoured. I agree with a huge amount said beforehand on this post, sad times maybe.

Whilst I understand what you are trying to do Rob you can't force people to use only the club site nor extort them into being a club member in order to be part of the community. People, being social animals, will simply go somewhere else which is what they have already done. The club needs to understand that this idea of using the club only,sanctioned resources, are the outdated 20th century approach that is not providing what people want. Yeh sure there are a few luddites who still hanker after the old days but the dwindling membership is due to disaffection bourne out of the club and its past committee's inaction. Its not the dwindling number of Duttons around thats the problem so much as the membership that has dwindled away - I am a member of two other car clubs where the number of members exceeds the number of cars! 

If the club offers nothing it cannot be surprised that people decide not to renew their membership.

I fear that due to the ever decreasing amount of Duttons actually on the road and used enthusiastally, that this situation with the club is beyond rectification. Sad but true, there just isnt enough people to generate the required amount of interest. 

The only saving hope is if Rob can reinvent the marque and breed a new lease of life into the name......... No pressure mate!

James funny you should mention that !
At the AGM (1992) an increase was agreed,only the second one since the club formed in may 1990 and it went up to £9
Club had. £2449.50 from subscriptions
. £216.30 from regalia
. £193.50 donations to the club plus £7.50 gpo refund

We made £2866.80 an spent £2602

'92 was shortly after I was deported from Stevenage to Bristol. I am now being paid 4 times what I was back then.


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