Sunday, December 22, 2013
Clubs..Not Just For Baby Seals
I always want the club to do more stuff together and have more fun interaction. I always try to get together a build day on the same day as the 24 Hours of Daytona, the first day of the racing season seems like a great day to spend watching racing and building models. It's still cold out in central Ohio so there is not much else to do. I've also tried to get a trip up to the Detroit Autorama in March, the greatest custom car show in the US, but I've been met with little success. I go every year and pick up some great building ideas. The Goodguys Nationals are in Columbus every summer and there has been limited interest even with no travel time involved. I've always wanted to have the club show up en masse to a big show like the Toledo NNL, but it doesn't seem to come together. I've always wondered why our club seems to be a little inactive.
We're not a bunch of slugs either, we do some pretty cool stuff, too. I think we put on one of the best shows in Ohio, the Buckeye Classic. The guys do a great job getting together on that project. We also do a couple of same kit builds, one for the "Ohio Challenge" and a box stock build off for our contest. We do these because as a club member you can't enter our contest, so we want to have a way for us to show off our stuff. We also started a "Christmas Kit Build Off", we have a blind gift exchange each Christmas, then you have to build the kit you got in the gift exchange for next year's Christmas party. We had limited success this year, but I have a feeling it will be better this next year. We have also done a "Group Build" where each part of a kit is built by a different club member and then the final assembly is done by another club member. We had a lot of fun doing the last one, I think we'll do another one this year. We also have a pretty good turnout every month of new builds.
This brings up the point of all of this rambling, what do you like about being in a model car club? What things do you want to do? What does your club do that you like? Are you involved, or just a spectator? What is it that keeps you coming back every month (or more)? I always enjoy getting together with guys that have similar interests and doing things. To me it is the social aspect of a club that is the appeal. What about you?
"Rat Fink" Ron