Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
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
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I can never log in to the DOC site, there is load of very outdated information on there that needs updating.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 The club needs to understand that this idea of using the club only,sanctioned resources, are the outdated 20th century approach that is not providing what people want.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!
'92 was shortly after I was deported from Stevenage to Bristol. I am now being paid 4 times what I was back then.