Ideas to attract new young blood into the MMOC

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Postby grumpygrandad » Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:12 pm

hello is any ones children/grand children activly useing a morris or other classic i have to admit none of mine are i wouldnt mind if they did but we may be to blame they are brought up with modern day comforts warm cars radio cd players and much more , i think most would not want to get activly involved in repairs ect ,,am i wrong???,,grandad

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Postby MortisMinor » Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:36 pm

@Grumpygrandad

You probably right, allthough in my case the things you mentiond are the most appertising. I would consider myself the younder genoration youy are talking about(14). Allthoug ill be fitting a radio in my car, i dont mind sacrificung luxurys for a bit of charecter.
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Postby dalebrignall » Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:38 pm

lets not forget the moggie is easily upgraded
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Postby MortisMinor » Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:23 pm

Certainly is :)
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Postby FrankM83 » Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:42 pm

Someone mentioned fast cars! well not neccesarily many youngsters, modify classics for looks not speed although I'm planning to do a fast Minor, I would be happy with a just funky looking Minor as I said beore cool accessories might improve the Minor image, also Minors on adverts, I see chrome dashpots, clear headlights and so on on other classic car suppliers which fit Morris Minors but no Morris Minor specialist stock these! or at least don't know of any!


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Postby FrankM83 » Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:44 pm

The beetle and the Mini got their fame from the films but I'm sure cool accessories and adverts would help!


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Postby Dean » Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:48 pm

Obviously we won't appeal to every teenager just setting out having passed their test.

I'm convinced though people will always like classic cars, as long as there is awareness.

The good thing is, I wasn't aware of how many young people we do have on this forum... which is a good start. How many therefore can't be bothered with forums and just enjoy the social aspects? There are some good ideas coming out on this thread and I hope it fills us with confidence that the youngsters do want to play their part. So everyone young and old keep the ideas flooding in!!

Youngsters may not be so interested in the moggy's history, but that will come, even if it means they move on.... then come back later in their lives after beer and women! :)
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Postby FrankM83 » Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:54 pm

true about ot every youngster will like the Morris Minor, every car has its lovers and haters! all we need is someone to make a move!


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Postby Dean » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:04 pm

[quote="FrankM83"] all we need is someone to make a move![/quote

So do we do a "Mel Gibson Brave Heart style" troops rally.... and storm York with our starting handles? :D

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Postby FrankM83 » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:16 pm

LOL :D


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Postby aupickup » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:20 pm

well i was young when i started lol :D :D

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Postby MortisMinor » Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:26 pm

and storm York with our starting handles?
Lol, thats a good one
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Postby millerman » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:09 pm

It would seem that, if the National Committee are concerned then they must invite young(er) owners onto the Committee. If there are issues with that then they sit as non-voting members.

This and other forums would be a good recruiting ground :D

If this is deemed to be a forward thinking idea then I am quite prepared to send the suggestion to the general secretary and new assistant secretary with names of potential candidates IF they let me know who they are??

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Postby dp » Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:08 pm

Sidney'61 wrote:Yes I think merging with a VW meet would be a brilliant idea.
I just don't whether the VW organisers would appreciate, should do, but I may look into that.
Hmmm so many thoughts, I don't know where to start....
A Morris Minor run to the sun sounds great. I wonder if it would be possible to tag a contingent of us onto the actual RTTS or another VW cruise. We'd be a minority but so what?

The VW people I've come across have always been friendly and curious about our Minors. We do kind of blend in.

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I think the Cal-Look can work quite well on a Minor - it can also be a cost effective modification. Chrome bits knackered? just remove them or rattle can them body colour. Lower torsion bars one spline at the front, slightly fatter wheels at the rear and job done...

I've never had a Beetle but do have a VZi VW forum account if I can remember the password, quite a crazy place.

As for young people getting into Minors - I just don't think there are going to be that many. We'll never have a scene like the VW one, we don't have the numbers or the support. Just look up how many air-cooled garages are out there compared to Minor ones.

Remember also that air-cooled VW scene is based around the engine. Beetles are the obvious majority but there's the campers, Beach Buggies, Fastbacks, Karmann Ghias etc. We don't bunch together with Minis and MG Midgets around the A series in the same way. Perhaps we should..
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Postby Matt » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:32 am

Err I do... I also have a mini and 2 midgets! (none of which work)
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Postby Robins » Sun Dec 07, 2008 10:55 am

So, after 7 pages of discussion, has an answer been found?

The use of moggies in adverts is good, but already been done many times and gave off the wrong image. Great, just what we need.

A calendar was mentioned, this was also mentioned at beginning of the year using photos similar to my signature pics, but I see nothing for sale yet.

Have a joint bmc/bl sort of show. So is the morris and austin day at brooklands not cover this?

60 years of the club and hardley anything in the way of a celebration. 2009 is 50 years of the mini and they are all going absolutely nuts! shows and meets everywhere, sounds great.

So we've decided that the young get enthusiastic about modded minors, yes I agree there, you just have to look at back issues of minor monthly from day one, and any copy with a modded moggie on the front was sold out years ago.
So what do the other clubs do that are different? Exceptance, every body in the clubs excepts that the cars are modified and personalised to the owners taste, and not told the wheels are the wrong shade of white, when it's obvious the young owner has put a lot of work in to save a car modded or not.

A modded minor is the way to go then. But when faced with the price of buying a decent one, or building one, your looking at civic type-R money, and at a choice, I can understand why the honda would get the vote. In some ways I wish I had a nice 53 plate civic type-R sat in my garage instead of my traveller (i'm 26), I'm sure I may feel different if I ever get this car finished.

Just my view, sorry it's a bit long but thought I'd cover everything in one go.
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Postby aupickup » Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:19 am

well i think you have hit the nail on the head

i was dissapointed at the clubs way of celebrating 60 years

i dont belong to the local mmoc club, instead i opted for the east sussex club which has a more freindly and open approach to minors and minor owners

and my thank to jason and sue for this and all the other members who made me most welcome

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Postby moggyminor16 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:40 am

well im no good at word etc but i know a lot of young owners that have minors and that do not want to join the club for one reson they tryed it but there was to much picking at there cars when they went to shows they was snubbed this was from the middle age not the older folk they help them out saying yes we was there once and yes we started giveing advice etc. dont take this the wrong way i have also been in this situation as well snubbed it dose not give a good inpresson etc that why some dont wanna join but tyen again some do help
this is what i have found out so please dont put me in the stocks and throw eggs etc
i do have names but i will not put on here and i will never shame them till see it my self
i also belong to the transit form as well and no matter how shabby the vans are as long as drivable on the road you are welcome with open arms well nearly some strange folk on there but then again strange in a funny way lol

sorry if this upsets some folk but its the way i see it and some others do as well
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Postby grumpygrandad » Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:48 am

welldone mate you have hit the nail on the head ,,grandad

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Postby moggyminor16 » Sun Dec 07, 2008 11:55 am

thanks grandad
thought i had
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