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Old 01-09-2017, 14:00
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See the RSOC have royally ****ed things up again , just read a post on FB from Cal Withers (needs no introduction to those who really know their Ford competition history ) was invited to give a talk on National Day and was told to wait in his car !! and would be collected and contacted regards location and arrangements , was left there all day and could not get any Sence out of anyone so had to leave at 4.0pm as no one ever came for him our informed him of what was happening .THe thread on FB is then conveniently closed so no one can comment on the debarcle that the supposed Committee created .
Any one else heard anything about this ?
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Wow. Doesn't sound good. No knowledge of this whatsoever.
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Old 01-09-2017, 16:16
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I was one of the early Members of the RSOC & as Principal of Withers of Winsford was pleased to display our parts for sale at the National Days often in a large Marquee.We were of course mainly involved with the Mk1 & 2 Escorts which the club gradually drifted away from. Many current Club Members will not know either Myself or WOW as they are too young!
It was therefore a huge surprise to receive an invitation several months ago to give a'talk' at this years National Day.
On Friday last I set off on the 300 mile plus return journey which included overnight stays,at 82 & with health issues I have to take it steady!!
On arrival at Donnington I was ushered through several Marshall points without problem & given parking place near on site Petrol station.
I was instructed to wait there until 12.20 when I would be collected to be taken to the Suite where the talk,as advertised in the programme' would take place.
I was still sitting in the car several hours later!!
No Club representative has contacted Me since either at the circuit or after leaving which I did circa 16.00!
An RSOC Member who became aware of the situation kindly made a contribution to My expenses out of his OWN pocket.
Whilst spending such a long time sitting in the car I observed what appeared to be a very well organised event so what went wrong?!
I have been Chairman of several Clubs during my lifetime but cannot envisage such a happening in any of them.
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It is currently being looked into. Not a great situation at all unfortunately.
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As a life member of the RSOC I can't apologise enough for this situation.
I was there on the day but only as a visitor so wasn't aware of any goings on.
I hope it gets sorted in the right way.
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I can remember the Withers Escorts very well
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Cal gave a superb talk at the lakes tour , the rsoc have missed out " what a way to treat a guest "
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Well I think it's fair to say the Rsoc is the most embarrassing of the car clubs..
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Seems to me that the supposed committee are more interested in their own agendas , egos and positions in the "how important am I game "sucking up to paid VIP guests and the plastic fantastic brigade forgetting where and what cars and people got it all started in the first place .
In the responses in comments seem to blame each other and not had the common curtesy to even return missed calls and radio messages between themselves , sad state of affairs tbh
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I was there on there on day displaying my car on the anniversary stand and it all seemed to go quite well but there can be no excuses for what's happened.

I did hear a story that when tiff nedell was the VIP guest that he was ringing around the night before trying to find out info for the following day as nobody had been in touch with him about the days events or what was expected. You'd have thought that given the amount of freebies that get banded about for the hangers on pthat a car could have been sent to pick these people up and at least one person assigned to them for the day.

I did mention it a couple of agm's back but the lack of a ND co-ordinator is very telling.

But hey wtf do I know
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I read the fb post but couldn't comment before it was locked.
Absolutely shocking way to treat an elderly gent and his wife. Those involved should hang their heads in shame, and resign their positions. Talk about giving the club a bad name. ! Probably be swept under the carpet and not mentioned again. Think the excuse was a lack of communication between 2 people, one of whom had his phone switched off !
They seemed to be all over vicky butler henderson.
(5 or 6k appearance fee?)
That clubs a joke now, and I think my 25yr+ continuous membership will lapse this year.
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Glad I'm no longer a member, how embarrassing to treat Cal like that.
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Seems to me that the supposed committee are more interested in their own agendas , egos and positions in the "how important am I game "sucking up to paid VIP guests and the plastic fantastic brigade forgetting where and what cars and people got it all started in the first place .
In the responses in comments seem to blame each other and not had the common curtesy to even return missed calls and radio messages between themselves , sad state of affairs tbh
It's been like that for many many years .....but sorry to read about your day
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It's been like that for many many years .....but sorry to read about your day
IT wasn't me that was so badly let down by the RSOC officials I was just amazed at how discourteous the lot of them were to a gentleman who is ( hence why he was invited to attend the show ) the well known Ford RS protagonist and someone who was responsible for much of Fords Rally development Cal Withers , how quickly these current supposed enthusiasts forget where and with whom it all started .As you also state seems that for a long time those at the top have seem more bothered about their own status and getting free admission in to Motorsports events and selfies with the latest Motorsport and Rally Drivers etc. than supporting the club and members who allegedly elected them .
Sad to see but this seems to be the norm in many different areas , sports and clubs these days .
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It was one of the main reasons I stopped going to these club meets, I tried the local meet as well, the group was great but the leaders frustrations with upper controlling elements of the club and attitude was never far away from the meetings discussions.

As for me ...I'm happy I don't give them money, I'm not part of the club ....I've found a few other good clubs ...which are better and a lot more fun. And they don't do committee members areas ...I'm afraid the good old days are a lot older than some would like to make out
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