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robert
26-11-08, 11:23 PM
All

As you are aware, Tony has stepped down as Chairman. Tony did a great job as chair and he deserves our thanks.

Now, to ensure the club continues with sterling work that Tony initiated, we need someone to step up and follow it through to conclusion. Finding a chair can be a challenge, so until we do find someone, I have agreed to step in as INTERIM chair.

The changes that have been put in place are things like reducing the weight of the paper used in the mag, which reduces printing costs, postage costs and finishing costs. There are a number of other initiatives that Tony put in place and I will run through those at a later stage.

In terms of the mag, the mag is generated from content submitted by the members, and to ensure we get the required content, we will be rewarding those members.

Club members who submit content which is reproduced in the mag will get the next years membership free, a book or something completely different.

We are also investigating some of the other suggestions put forward on the forum, and will be looking as forging close ties with manufacturers or suppliers to ensure Club Members get exclusive deals and services.

If you have any contacts or have excellent relationships with manufacturers or suppliers, please let me know by PM and we can start the ball rolling.

robert
26-11-08, 11:25 PM
Content for inclusion in the mag needs to be 2 pages of A4 text and a dozen or so good quality images.

And it needs to be cobra related. ;)

Clive
27-11-08, 12:00 AM
Robert,
Well done for standing in as Interim chair. I sincerely hope that a permanent replacement can be found.

Miket
27-11-08, 12:00 AM
Well done Rob for stepping temporarily to the helm. :D :D

So 2 A4 pages and pictures of porn won't get me free membership. :( ;) :D

lumberjack
27-11-08, 12:13 AM
Well done Rob for stepping temporarily to the helm. :D :D

So 2 A4 pages and pictures of porn won't get me free membership. :( ;) :D

Well done Rob & thanks for stepping into the chair :thumb:

2 A4 pages and pictures of porn involving cobras maybe lol.

383 stroker
27-11-08, 12:18 AM
So 2 A4 pages and pictures of porn won't get me free membership. :( ;) :D[/quote]

It'll get you some new friends and the view count will go up!

How about
1) a new profile of car and builder in each issue
2) pictures of a monthly meet, say from a different meet each issue
3) best tip/upgrade section
4) cobra wives (across bonnet) only kidding getting as bad as Miket now
4) showcase of suppliers or new products (must be worth some advertising income)
5) probably come up with some more once i've had some sleep

and loads more ideas from other crc members/forum members

and i must say i am surprised that Robert doesn't charge for forum as it is a mine of information as well as humorous banter and i would be prepared to pay for it.

Many thanks for all your hard work Robert and congratulations for stepping up to the position when needed. Well done that man.

wilf
27-11-08, 08:03 AM
Many thanks indeed Rob.

Bigblock
27-11-08, 08:08 AM
Rob

Well done for standing in there.

I know first hand what it is like trying to get good help, so I think I fully understand how difficult it can be at times. Being secretary of a children’s footy club for 6 years now and a coach and manager for 11, we have over 20 teams an age groups which is over 400 kids. At our annual tournament (over 5500 people over the weekend) that has been going for 20 years now we get the same 5-6 people running it, obviously moving on a few at a time each year. Most of our managers don’t want to do s*d all for the collective, just complain, just in it for themselves, nothing new anywhere.

I have also been the builder and owner of my Cob since 1988, so I know the initial club and meet and used to attend the Crispin pub meet every month near Windsor.

Without the internet or www in the summer months we would get over 20-30 Cobs there lunch times, even in the winter we used to get 3-5. Now without the www that was pretty impressive so whey cant we do better at our regional meets?

Also I can speak with some experience of articles and info on this marquee, having owned my own Classic restoration business for many, many years, painting and repairing these cars, and submitting articles to the old club mag.

What do we find when we give advice, even on here, a cocky sarcastic reply “yeh I wouldn’t do it like that, that’s not right, my way is better” and so on.

Some of the readers on her need to shut up and just read the articles for what they are, some ones work, idea and rectification and resolve of a problem. No one, including me and some of my articles, are saying they are right and or the best, they are our interpretation of a problem that had to be solved. No wonder we have got p*ssed off sending in items just to see them slagged off, only to see the “experts” car at the next meet and wonder where they became an expert, and their idea was better! Right.

Please, everyone has a voice and an idea and something to say regarding articles, don’t criticise them publicly, take them for what they are, some ones experience, add to it, don’t criticize it.

Cheers

David

realyweely
27-11-08, 08:14 AM
Maybe chase up some EU members for their problems? Club Martin in France has Pilgrim owners as well as the cob kits and bits sold to Martin France were, earlier on from Pilgrim.

Geezer
27-11-08, 09:19 AM
All

As you are aware, Tony has stepped down as Chairman. Tony did a great job as chair and he deserves our thanks.

Now, to ensure the club continues with sterling work that Tony initiated, we need someone to step up and follow it through to conclusion. Finding a chair can be a challenge, so until we do find someone, I have agreed to step in as INTERIM chair.

The changes that have been put in place are things like reducing the weight of the paper used in the mag, which reduces printing costs, postage costs and finishing costs. There are a number of other initiatives that Tony put in place and I will run through those at a later stage.

In terms of the mag, the mag is generated from content submitted by the members, and to ensure we get the required content, we will be rewarding those members.

Club members who submit content which is reproduced in the mag will get the next years membership free, a book or something completely different.

We are also investigating some of the other suggestions put forward on the forum, and will be looking as forging close ties with manufacturers or suppliers to ensure Club Members get exclusive deals and services.

If you have any contacts or have excellent relationships with manufacturers or suppliers, please let me know by PM and we can start the ball rolling.

May I echo the thanks already given to Robert for stepping in.

Coincidentally, as a relatively new member I received my pack of goodies yesterday which begs the question; What is the interest rate on my CRC Membership Card as I filled the Cob up on it yesterday and am thinking of buying a 'fridge' to stick the magnet on...:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Pete

Neil O
27-11-08, 09:32 AM
Pete, currently it's 32.9%.
I'm assured that this rate is "competitive". :mrgreen:;)

nbracken
27-11-08, 07:55 PM
Rob well done for stepping in. You already do much for the club. Thanks
Nigel

coffindodger
27-11-08, 08:02 PM
Just a line to say thanks for my first members package, will look forward to reading the mags.
ps
my members card would not swipe at my local garage, but it opens my front door nicely and my next door neighbours too !!

kayjayd
27-11-08, 08:26 PM
Well done Rob :mrgreen:

I've got a load of good pics from the Le Mans Classic so will do a write up to go with it. I'll still pay my £25 though as we need the dosh, times aren't that bloody tough ..... yet !!!

Purple AK
27-11-08, 08:31 PM
Well done Rob :mrgreen:

I've got a load of good pics from the Le Mans Classic so will do a write up to go with it. I'll still pay my £25 though as we need the dosh, times aren't that bloody tough ..... yet !!! Keep Up Dunn! It's £28 now ;) Look forward to the Write up and Pics :cool:
Ps Simon Pm'd me tonight ;)

robert
27-11-08, 09:04 PM
Well done Rob :mrgreen:

I've got a load of good pics from the Le Mans Classic so will do a write up to go with it. I'll still pay my £25 though as we need the dosh, times aren't that bloody tough ..... yet !!!

You may get a book instead, Pete is getting some cracking books. ;)

V8 BJC
28-11-08, 10:42 PM
Rob, good on ya for standing in. Really appreciate what you do for the club & this forum.

Andy302
29-11-08, 08:10 AM
Ive asked before but I am as usuall suffering from the brain sieve effect.

Where do we send articles and how?

BLOKE
29-11-08, 09:36 AM
Hi Andy, Contact Pete Jones, the editor, his number is in the mag.
Frank Dowsett. BLOKE.

kayjayd
29-11-08, 09:57 AM
Keep Up Dunn! It's £28 now ;) Look forward to the Write up and Pics :cool:
Ps Simon Pm'd me tonight ;)

:rolleyes: Trust you !!! £25 - £28 , makes no bloody difference, it's still just a couple of stabs of the Cobra throttle anyhow. I've never understood why people bitch about paying the club annual fee when they own and run a Cobra - MAKES NO SENSE.

Good news re: Simon, I'm more than happy to help when and where I can.

kayjayd
29-11-08, 09:58 AM
You may get a book instead, Pete is getting some cracking books. ;)

Rude ones hopefully and mainly pics please 8)

JonnyT
29-11-08, 10:28 AM
After reading all of this I've decided that its about time to join the club and I will just as soon as I get my new credit card from the bank.

In terms of ideas though: I've been coming on this site for 4 years now and although the club has been mentioned in passing, kind of, occassionally, I've never really understood what it did, how it operates and what it offers. For instance I didn't even know that this site was directly linked to the club and I've never thought of myself as 'freeloading' as a result until I read all the posts over the last few days following on from the AGM minutes.

Secondly I've just spent 5 minutes on the homepage trying to work out how / if its possible to join online.

The only reason I say this is that I'm sure a lot of people using this site would be more than happy to join to ensure this 'free' resource remains, if absolutely nothing else. If the profile of the club was raised on the front page I'm sure the club would increase its membership, and I'd wager quite significantly and quite quickly.

Jon

Miket
29-11-08, 10:38 AM
After reading all of this I've decided that its about time to join the club and I will just as soon as I get my new credit card from the bank.

In terms of ideas though: I've been coming on this site for 4 years now and although the club has been mentioned in passing, kind of, occassionally, I've never really understood what it did, how it operates and what it offers. For instance I didn't even know that this site was directly linked to the club and I've never thought of myself as 'freeloading' as a result until I read all the posts over the last few days following on from the AGM minutes.

Secondly I've just spent 5 minutes on the homepage trying to work out how / if its possible to join online.

The only reason I say this is that I'm sure a lot of people using this site would be more than happy to join to ensure this 'free' resource remains, if absolutely nothing else. If the profile of the club was raised on the front page I'm sure the club would increase its membership, and I'd wager quite significantly and quite quickly.

Jon

Hi Jon

I did mention to Rob some time back that a more prominent membership link on the Homepage would be a good idea, anyway here it is ;)
http://www.cobraclub.com/forum/payments.php

robert
29-11-08, 10:52 AM
Hi Jon

I did mention to Rob some time back that a more prominent membership link on the Homepage would be a good idea, anyway here it is ;)
http://www.cobraclub.com/forum/payments.php

Its on the site navigation, but not that prominent, I will put a big red flashing box up somewhere. :p

Miket
29-11-08, 10:59 AM
Its on the site navigation, but not that prominent, I will put a big red flashing box up somewhere. :p

How about one here.


Welcome, The Cobra Replica Club was formed in May 1988 and now has over 1200 members who either own or are building a 427 Cobra Replica, 289 or Daytona Cobras.

The Cobra Replica Club is dedicated to the AC Cobra Replica Marque, comprising the Shelby Cobra and the 289. The Cobra Replica Club site has a whole host of great information and a very active forum for members and enthusiasts.
We remind you that the content published on the Cobra Replica Club Website is only a partial picture of the full magazine, notably that all feature articles are not published on the site. For the full story, subscribe to the magazine and club.
Membership is split between Cobra Replica owners, people who are currently building a cobra and those who are just interested in the cobra marque. The overall aim of the Cobra Replica Club is to give moral, and hopefully technical support to builders and owners, organising car show attendances, social events (monthly area meetings) group holidays and whatever members are prepared to organise on a voluntary basis. Membership of the Cobra Replica Club entitles you to receive the club magazine Snake Torque, and also vote at meetings (as long as the voting form has been returned). The magazine is considered one of the better club magazines with lots of interesting technical articles, social events, area reps reports and a very useful boot sale of cars and parts. A screen sticker (subject to availability) and a membership card are also issued throughout the year.
We have a wide range of sections within the club site, but to use all of them you will need to register. Registration on the club site is free, however we would suggest you join up to receive the magazine as well. You May Join Here (http://www.cobraclub.com/forum/payments.php)

kayjayd
29-11-08, 04:38 PM
Its on the site navigation, but not that prominent, I will put a big red flashing box up somewhere. :p

How about an ad banner? I'm sure a lot more revenue generating than the click through stuff.

topeng001
29-11-08, 08:31 PM
Robert,

I agree with everyone else thanks for stepping up and keeping things together, and you do a great job on the forum etc.

Regards


karl

JonnyT
29-11-08, 11:21 PM
I've just re-read my post. I hope it didn't come across as criticism Rob - it certainly wasn't meant to - I totally agree with everyone who has thanked you for your work. I was trying to be wholly constructive - hope it wan't read as anything other than that.

Jon

robert
30-11-08, 12:25 AM
I've just re-read my post. I hope it didn't come across as criticism Rob - it certainly wasn't meant to - I totally agree with everyone who has thanked you for your work. I was trying to be wholly constructive - hope it wan't read as anything other than that.

Jon

Nothing other than constructive criticism. ;)

Miket
30-11-08, 03:48 PM
Good job Robert, they shouldn't have problems finding the membership links on the Homepage now. :D :D :D

robert
30-11-08, 04:29 PM
Good job Robert, they shouldn't have problems finding the membership links on the Homepage now. :D :D :D

Hopefully not. ;)