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Post by grayfox » Sun May 01, 2016 10:06 am

Hi,

On a regular basis, every now and then, members post up whether anyone would be interested in a meet in such and such area of the country.

I think because its unknown how many active members live in what part of the country (even location in profiles are often 'under the car' ect, lol) it puts a lot of people off enquiring in the first place.

Especially because summer coming up and the weather becoming nice I'm sure people want to get out there and increase the face to face social side of the site:

What do admin/mods think about a sticky in the meets section with a map of the UK and the number/location of members in each county (nothing more detailed than simply the county) so people know how many members are possibly up for a meet!

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Post by STEAVIE » Sun May 01, 2016 7:19 pm

id be interested in more local meets
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Post by Cherie » Sun May 01, 2016 7:26 pm

There is already a stickied thread in the lounge for member locations. Most of which is probably out of date as members come and go, and no-one has bothered posting in it for me to update it in a long while. http://www.projectpuma.com/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=3436

The only way to organise anything, is to just do it. Pick a date and a location, and see if anyone wants to come along. Unfortunately, the interest in meets, and even shows has been decreasing over the years. It's disheartening, but it's the constant battle we face against the facebook generation. They want everything instantly, whereas on forums, we take time to organise and make sure everyone knows where to be etc.
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Sun May 01, 2016 10:56 pm

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Having been a member of the ' Mini Cooper Register' for over fifteen years they are organised, up front and with regard to activities and put us to shame. I will tell you why, back in the early eighties we had telephones and spoke to members in person and arranged events. No internet and trivial chatter, held meetings on a regular basis at venues and spoke to real people in real time on the phone think...compared to that site we are distant and are not user friendly. So sterile.

Just to see how dedicate members are to meet, I will be at Brightlingsea sailing club (Subject to change) at 11 am on 22nd May to welcome those of you who meet with me and my Puma. Be there or I will be alone Many or most of you will never heard of Brightlingsea. Go onto Google look it up. Lets do it.

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Post by YOG » Sun May 01, 2016 11:20 pm

"No internet and trivial chatter, .... "
Won't we have to use the internet to Google Brightlingsea sailing club? I mean this on the most gentlest of terms. :wink:
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Mon May 02, 2016 7:21 am

Hi,
Thanks for the reply, Point taken and appreciated. The point of my thread was to evoke a response. In those days the internet was in it infancy and I would have to have used an atlas. I would like to hear from any one who would like to meet up to gauge the amount of interest in such a get together. I have checked the calendar for the 22nd. The sailing club is hosting an large event on that day, so if the is sufficient interest I will come up with an alternative venue at Brightlingsea.

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Post by gingerdave » Mon May 02, 2016 9:13 am

I dont think Project Puma is a big enough active community to be able to be able to establish social gatherings.I've not been a member long but I can see that the same 20 or so members post regularly. Others seem to join ,ask a few questions and never post again.was this forum established in 2007?.If so then total posts of 260,,000 is not that many.Compare that to something like SELOC that was formed in 2002.In that time there have been over 6,000,000 posts!,and has a huge social community.Monthly meets,visits to museums and of course lots of trackdays.I don't think the majority of members here are interested in a "community" but just use the forum to get some information to keep their car on the road and then move on.
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Mon May 02, 2016 9:25 am

Hi gingerdave,
Some valid points there. I have also noticed that trend. There have been in the past some good project threads posted by active members, who have just seemed to stop. Some of them I would have dearly liked to see the end product. One that springs to mind was the electric Puma. It would be interesting to see just how many active members there currently are. The class of dinghy I race have had a total of over 15100 mad since 1962 at a rough guess if the UK is anything to go by there is probable 500 sailed world wide.

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Post by ArtfulHussy » Mon May 02, 2016 12:42 pm

Sounds a bit overly critical all that.

I don't think there's anything wrong with the community spirit of the forum. It has a small member base really and some of us are quite far flung. I would love to attend the meets such as FITP of Ford Fair, which I think Cherie does a lovely job or organising for those who wish to attend, the only thing that stops me attending meets is finances. Doesn't mean I lack forum spirit I don't feel..

I don't think the puma has as large a following as the mini either, on that token, so there's fewer of us to begin with.
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Post by YOG » Mon May 02, 2016 1:51 pm

The better attended meets, which were more central (150+ miles from me) for many owners, have been Leicester, last one was held in September 2013:
http://www.projectpuma.com/viewtopic.php?f=151&t=20876
Pics: http://www.projectpuma.com/viewtopic.php?f=151&t=22713

The one held in April 2011, shows how many more attended, than 2013:
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http://www.projectpuma.com/viewtopic.php?f=115&t=10853
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http://www.projectpuma.com/app.php/gall ... ?sk=t&sd=d

BenF was one of the organisers, and although moved on to a ST150, perhaps he could be persuaded to dig out the old route maps and organise another? I guess that there would be many non-Puma attending, but that doesn't matter, as they would still be Project Puma members.
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Post by PhilLew » Mon May 02, 2016 2:48 pm

I think part of the ‘problem’ might also be the car it’s self, not that there’s anything wrong with it, far from it but it’s reached the bottom of its price band and is, to most people nothing more than a cheap Ford and an alternative to a Fiesta.
There will be a fair number of members on here who are not Puma enthusiast as such. They (myself included) bought a Puma as a cheap runabout and come here seeking advice for DIY repairs.
This forum is a great place and the Mods/Admins are some of the best I’ve come across, the Forum serves a dual role as an online meeting place for the true enthusiasts from all over the country and a source of invaluable knowledge and advice to keen DIYers (and future enthusiasts).
As for Social meets, I think it would be a great idea and allow us to put some faces to the names BUT as another member from ‘the far north’ I think the distances involved would be too great for most of the regular members to travel ‘regularly’.
I’m also a member of the Edinburgh MGOC and it is almost entirely opposite of this, virtually no internet presence or online activity but lots of regular meets, runs and shows.
It’s all a question of location location location.
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Post by Dal » Mon May 02, 2016 10:10 pm

YOG wrote: BenF was one of the organisers, and although moved on to a ST150, perhaps he could be persuaded to dig out the old route maps and organise another? I guess that there would be many non-Puma attending, but that doesn't matter, as they would still be Project Puma members.
ST150? He won't enjoy reading that!! :lol:

By the way, there WILL BE a 2017 Leicester(shire) meet as it'll be the 10th anniversary of the 2007 meet where lots of us "old timers" first met, and obviously the 10th year of this club.

Watch out for news later this year / early next year. :ok:
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Post by YOG » Mon May 02, 2016 10:15 pm

Slight mistake there, Fiesta ST! These Fiesta's all look the same to me!
Put me down for the Leicester(shire) 2017 meet.
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Post by Neil » Tue May 03, 2016 1:57 pm

It's a shame the meets seem to have died off over the past few years. I've got hundreds of pictures from Puma meets from 2007 all the way through to 2012, but I haven't been to one since. I don't know if this is down to the age of the car, or as Cherie has mentioned, the rise of Facebook as a platform for members to discuss all things automotive.
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Post by red » Tue May 03, 2016 2:44 pm

The motor bike forum (literally) that I'm a member of segregates the country up in to regions in a forum and then its appears easier to organise localised meets but it still relies on people actually setting something up.

Over there in a few regions there's for example a regular weekly meet on a Tuesday night

Not sure if something like that would work here though.
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Post by Cherie » Tue May 03, 2016 4:10 pm

The Audi TT forum that I'm also on has some regional reps, but even with the hundreds of regularly active members thete, organising meets and getting people to commit to a date can be a struggle.
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Post by Puma Babe » Tue May 03, 2016 6:29 pm

Neil wrote: It's a shame the meets seem to have died off over the past few years. I've got hundreds of pictures from Puma meets from 2007 all the way through to 2012, but I haven't been to one since. I don't know if this is down to the age of the car, or as Cherie has mentioned, the rise of Facebook as a platform for members to discuss all things automotive.
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Post by Neil » Tue May 03, 2016 6:50 pm

Well, that too...
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2017 Leics meet here we come!
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Post by Neil » Tue May 03, 2016 8:13 pm

I DEFINITELY will be at this one.

Unless I have to work. Then I won't. :P
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Post by MikeT66 » Wed May 04, 2016 7:14 am

PhilLew wrote: I think part of the ‘problem’ might also be the car it’s self, not that there’s anything wrong with it, far from it but it’s reached the bottom of its price band and is, to most people nothing more than a cheap Ford and an alternative to a Fiesta.
There will be a fair number of members on here who are not Puma enthusiast as such. They (myself included) bought a Puma as a cheap runabout and come here seeking advice for DIY repairs.
This forum is a great place and the Mods/Admins are some of the best I’ve come across, the Forum serves a dual role as an online meeting place for the true enthusiasts from all over the country and a source of invaluable knowledge and advice to keen DIYers (and future enthusiasts).
As for Social meets, I think it would be a great idea and allow us to put some faces to the names BUT as another member from ‘the far north’ I think the distances involved would be too great for most of the regular members to travel ‘regularly’.
I’m also a member of the Edinburgh MGOC and it is almost entirely opposite of this, virtually no internet presence or online activity but lots of regular meets, runs and shows.
It’s all a question of location location location.
Some very good points there, Phil. Also, I think the Puma at the moment is lacking a cohesive Owners Club, and this may be due to, as you put it, "nothing more than a cheap Ford and an alternative to a Fiesta", and, ironically, the internet. That is a shame, as it is an iconic little car in the making. I used to be a member of the Ford Capri Owners Club (pre-internet!) and regularly received a magazine/tech updates and offers to attend meetings.
Maybe it's too early for that yet for the Puma - I often find myself acknowledging other Puma drivers on the road, only to be met with a bemused 'what is that clown waving at?' stare back.
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Post by crystalpuma » Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:46 pm

Any news on the Leics meet then????
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Post by zinc2000 » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:14 pm

We have all the best "puma" roads up here in sunny Scotland and no traffic jams, perhaps someone needs to organise a "drive up the country" :grin:
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Post by crystalpuma » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:26 pm

Scotland = :wub:
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