Morning ladies and gentlemen.
I have no idea if this has been discussed before, but......
I was pondering this morning about area groups. I have probably met all the local RBers individually and i know a few locals have met the other locals, but there are gaps. All smashing folk who when they finally meet up would get on like a house on fire. My workshop is beginning to become a bit of a local haunt for some of the RBers around here (great for bike talk an good craik but not good for getting on with earning a living
Now this got me thinking. Yes I know there are plenty of meets and rides etc. but what about starting little area groups? Each group could have a meeting place, riding spot etc, regular monthly get togethers or even a dedicated place on the forum.
The latter idea could be a good idea as a few threads can get sidetracked by banter between local buddies.
A good example of how this set up would work is demonstrated by our kilt wearing hairy chums north of the border- the Macretro clan.
I come from the old car world where this arrangement is common place. Forums have a section for area groups to discuss local stuff and arrange meets etc.
There are many of us now (4000+ and a hardcore of around 200-250 members) and setting up groups would be quite easy to organise- break them up into geographical zones ie- Scotland north, Borders, Yorkshire & humberside, North Wales, South Wales, Darn Sarf etc. and then pick a spot central to that area as a meeting place.
Could be a good idea to get local retroheads together on a more regular basis. Another plus point is that area groups could also team together to organise bigger group meetings and events that would be too much for one person to deal with- this I found out when i tried to organise a weekend away last summer, theres a lot to sort out and it would have been much easier to spread the load.
What do you guys think? is this idea a goer? or just a little too formal? would it not be good to see faces and bikes instead of a monitor screen?
Your thoughts please esteemed retroheads