Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby HarryMann » 03 Apr 2018, 21:12

clift_d wrote:What a great thread.

As a family we tend to find the organised VW events like Busfest to be a bit 'taxing' (particularly from a financial point of view), and so we have always preferred the more relaxed social get togethers like Syncropendence. With regard to this, I'm guessing that Camperjam kinda works in this context because the charity rides provide a really good focus for activities that don't revolve around buying stuff. In any case, our kids are always happiest mucking around with friends in a field... as I suppose are the adults.

With regard to green-laning, while I'm mindful of not wanting to damage our van, I'm also painfully aware that the kids don't really have the patience for hours of bumping along in the van just for the sake of it, and so I wonder whether it is wishful thinking that one of these events might be perhaps less taxing in terms of driving, but where the route brings you to a different place every evening? Just a thought.

Hopefully we'll be at both Syncropendence and Camperjam this year, although I think probably not to AO.
just touring then? With sites of interest on the way, architectural, historic, geologic etc.
like the French do..
Is it that what you mean ?

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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby silverbullet » 03 Apr 2018, 22:03

JustSharon wrote:
silverbullet wrote:
jebiga41 wrote:Famous last words Ian :lol:
Im happy to help out demonstrating use of Hi Lift etc or some scrutineering lay out some courses and do the CV challenge (not only is it educational and fun it also involves alcohol
I'll only be precious until the stupidness kicks in ;)
The CV challenge should work well with the syncro Gin Club...

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So, Ian... You ARE gonna do a shake down before your jolly over the water!
:D Its soooooo far off being anything like ready for the paint shop, external forces have come into play.

I agree that this has all become very SP-centric*. What we need is a modest number of fixtures to carry us through the year, I'll repeat myself and say that one per season would be a good start.

* Understandable, it pre-dates syncronauts iirc? But it needs to remain a welcoming (not intimidating) event for new members with the emphasis on finding just what a syncro CAN do without specialist preparation or equipment.
That will inspire confidence and encourage further participation.

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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby clift_d » 03 Apr 2018, 22:10

I'm not 100% sure what I'm trying to articulate :D

I just know that it's easier to persuade kids to ride off-road if there's some kind of destination at the end i.e a journey somewhere as opposed to a 'challenge' circuit. Whether that translates into lanes and then a BBQ somewhere, or different campsites every evening, or a sightseeing tour, I don't know. It would be interesting to hear what some of the Syncro groups do in Europe.
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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby HarryMann » 03 Apr 2018, 22:12

clift_d wrote:I'm not 100% sure what I'm trying to articulate :D

I just know that it's easier to persuade kids to ride off-road if there's some kind of destination at the end i.e a journey somewhere as opposed to a 'challenge' circuit. Whether that translates into lanes and then a BBQ somewhere, or different campsites every evening, or a sightseeing tour, I don't know. It would be interesting to hear what some of the Syncro groups do in Europe.
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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby HarryMann » 03 Apr 2018, 22:13

Jamesh wrote:Currently tidying up my doka a bit for the summer (going from farm whip to odd jobs/deliveries/bike carrier) and with that aim to make it to a couple of meets. Certainly Syncropendence being top of the list.
Would be stoked to meet others from the scene, being a recent entrant.
I also have a farm in the south east (chiltern hills) which would be happy to other as a base further down the line. My experience of green lane-ing is minimal in a syncro, have ridden moto bikes West berkshire/Ridgeway area but that was a few years back.
It would be useful if there was a resource to see where your local syncro owners are (obviously not directions to their garage :) ) but understand the best way is too get involved at the meets and have a chat!
Have PM'd you Jamesh.
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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby jebiga41 » 04 Apr 2018, 00:10

just an idea but would it be possible to ressurect a coast to coast style event? in a similar fashion to the french club events?
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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby HarryMann » 04 Apr 2018, 07:26

Neil did resurrect it but it needs an awful amount of organising... abdvthe first one took two or three people weeks of work to sort.

The French club also ask a local team to recce, coordinate (with the Mayors) and pre-plot and map make (often Tulip diagrams) well before announcing a grand tour.. but they are great and a privilege to be invited.
(routes /tracks can be touchy/sensitive there so everything has to be agreed beforehand, usually with a handshake but sonetimes I imagine a bottle too).

We probably have enough info to organiseva Nth 2 Sth Wales if everyone local helps.. My suggestion would be to start Bodnant Gardens or nearby in Flintshire or even Anglesey and finish down on the Gower... visiting historic/interesting towns on the way.
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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby Syncrobaz » 04 Apr 2018, 12:18

Because of Hil's limitations we need to tow the Eriba so tend to stick to 'local' events 'cos it's a pain dragging the shed long distances, even more so now we have the jx doka !!!!
However we hope to do camperjam this year and help out with the course ( 6 seater )
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Re: Whatever happened to the Coney Farm meet?

Postby Jim San » 04 Apr 2018, 12:35

Syncrobaz wrote:Because of Hil's limitations we need to tow the Eriba so tend to stick to 'local' events 'cos it's a pain dragging the shed long distances, even more so now we have the jx doka !!!!
However we hope to do camperjam this year and help out with the course ( 6 seater )

Baz If your dragging it up for Camper Jam, its only a week apart, come up and stick around for the week - make it a double bagger. :ok
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