As a new member,seeking a machine,I decided to send e-mails to a couple of regular “posters” who seem to have mutual interests (e.g.Clubmans Special),but not asking them to sell anything to me.I received no response at all ,even after follow up mails in case these gents had tipped my message into the spam bucket. Not a very encouraging sign,but I suppose when you have several Scotts and loads of bits,why bother with incomers who might want to swell the Club and keep a bike on the road.
These guys know who they are and good luck to them. I received a hearty welcome from the Scottish rep., Paul Rickards ,and an Overseas Member, however,when they spotted my “Wanted” ad. Also, a certain gentleman with a business to run which keeps Scotts from oblivion is always able to spare the time to respond,so what’s wrong with these other blokes ?
Moaning over now.Best wishes to all enthusiasts of the marque,with and without bikes.
There’s nowt so queers as folks . . . One fact of life; there are bound to be all sorts in the club, after all the only commonality we have for certain is a liking for the marque, maybe you just got unlucky.
So don’t take umbrage, I don’t suppose it is in any way personal it’s probably just that you are an unknown quantity. Look at it from their point of view, they have valuable machines that they’ve probably lavished an indecent amount of time and effort on and while there could be a host of innocent reasons why you got no response remember that in the worst case there are an awful lot of tea-leafs out there, I at least can understand a degree of caution.
I am by inclination a lone hand but when I made the effort to appear at the Fox & Hounds, (London & S.E. Section); I was greeted cordially and made welcome even though I arrived in a Skoda! (My Scott is a long term kit-o-bits, my excuse is poverty!)
Don’t give up, take the time to get your face known and I’m sure you’ll find people will open up.
So, “long may your kilt reek” or whatever the salutation is supposed to be in the wild north. You have already found Roger; you can add me to your list, that makes at least two, you see — progress!
I do agree with efr215 on this. I am and have been a member of many classic bike/scooterclubs but I have not often felt so welcome as on the Abbotsholme meeting. 99% of the people there I had not met before but they made me feel right at home. And I came on my Yamaha ;0)
Brian – if it’s a Clubman Special which you are after, remember that they are quite rare having been made for only a short time prior to the Second World War.
Why not place a general wanted ad on the forum? It’s more likely to generate a response, I feel.
I do find that I often omit to answer emails and for a variety of reasons – most often because I file an email away meaning to return to it to reply but then forget. It’s not as if you can leave an email lying artound on the kitchen table to remind you to deal with it!
Good luck with your search in any event.
I personally do not open any emails from unknown senders as that is just asking for a dose of the worms or viruses. Get yourself known on the Club website before trying again.
Slightly off topic I know but as Brian has already mentioned spam etc. I thought the following might help.
Anyone worried about “nasties” in e-mails might care to try “MailWasher”, they do a free download or you can buy the full version, it has trapped everything for me so far.
If something flags up it is some compensation to feed it into “SpamCop”, (also free), and use it to send a report to their ISP.
“avast!” antivirus, (again free), is also thought to be among the best by many.
To go a bit further on this path… I can do no harm to open an email from a person you don’t know. It is the attachments that could contain virusses, worms etc. Never open a attached file that you do not trust!
Thanks to you guys, for your comments.My objective is not to aquire a Clubmans Special,but just maybe talk with the present owner about the bike I owned back in the sixties..121 AHX.I enjoyed it greatly and it was my only transport at the time.I managed to win a concours award with it at the SOC Stratford upon Avon Rally in 1962.Contrary to the opinions (initial)of deriding mates with four stroke twins, it really went .Its legendary weight did not seem apparent at the time.
However,I did place a “Machine Wanted” ad on the Forum directly I joined the SOC.I had one very odd response from a purported vendor,but he has evaporated. I do now have a prospect for a Special which is mostly Scott,so you never know. Anyway,thanks to all for your remarks.
Brian (Douglas) Thorby
As far as I can see 121AHX is not currently in the DVLA computer.