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A French Chapter?

Post by Oldconn » Sat Jan 23, 2016 12:04 pm

I am posting this as a thought-provoker and discussion topic : Could we form a French Chapter of the RSSOC? .
In my opinion it would be a logical extension to what we already have, vis:an increasing number of Sabre/Scimitar owners in France, with growing interest in sporting and social events and a dedicated section on the forum website, not forgetting Chris Johnson's excellent site. The main advantage would be recognition of the club/marque , making it easier to gain entry to a vast number of events where we are at present regarded as a curiosity . For example, four of us went to the Classic Days event at Magny Cours as guests of the MP 21 club; then five of us went to the English Rencart gathering as guests , but not as a club; now we are being invited by the same people to join them at the Coupes D'Or at Prenois, although only Fred Rambert is currently a member of that club. We are all paid-up members of the RSSOC(aren't we!) so it should not be difficult to establish our own identity over here.There could well be other advantages, such as group purchasing discounts , better insurance valuation, etc, etc. Some of you might wonder why this should be necessary ,when the Club already exists . My point is that many French people don't recognise , or don't acknowledge the existence of, British clubs. Forming a French Chapter, with a registered address and maybe a modified logo, would improve our status. Obviously this is something which would need discussion and a vote at AGM , I am just throwing it into the arena(forum!) for consideration.

Ceci est un proposition à debattre: pourqui pas mettre sur place un Club RSSOC Français, filial au société Britannique?
A mon avis c'est logique; nous avons déja un rubrique European sur le site web, sans oublier le site .fr de Chris Johnson; aussi il y a un surcroit des amateurs des Sabres et Scimitars en France qui s'interessent des rassemblements et des événements sportifs. Avoir notre propre identité Français pourrait faciliter notre admission au tels événements, sans compter sur le générosité d'autres clubs. Aussi , il y aura le possibilité de négocier des prix avantageuses pour l'achat des billets, piéces, services, etc.
Avec l'accord de l'assemblé général, tout est possible - à mon avis! De tout façon , ceci n'est qu'une idée , faites partager vos pensées s'il vous plaït! :D

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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by erikscimitardemon » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:08 pm

Sounds like a good idea. It seems the best possible solution to promote the marque without forming a new club.


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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by DARK STAR » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:44 pm

The club is already listed with a french adresse on several major classic car sites, including La Vie Auto, RetroCalage, British Car Passion.
I don't know if the FFVA have an 'official' list but it would probably cost money to join ...
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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by scimjim » Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:56 pm

Oldconn wrote:We are all paid-up members of the RSSOC(aren't we!)
No, you're not.

The RSSOC(NL), RSSOCG and RSSOC NZ have existed for decades alongside the RSSOC without insisting on membership of the UK arm of the Club.


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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by Oldconn » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:32 am

So, next time I want to buy tickets for an event, and the organisers ask for a club name, they should recognise RSSOC? That's what I had hoped for but it hasn't worked for the last two years at the Coupe de l'Age d'Or , Dijon Prenois, where the organisers are now Peter Auto. Incidentally, Jim, I am a paid-up member of the club , but of course I do understand that being on the forum isn't the same thing.
Chris, thanks for the link to IVA-Auto.fr which should serve as a good reference point. So it would seem that my query is answered, forming a French chapter is not necessary, we should be recognised as we are. :)


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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by scimjim » Fri Jan 29, 2016 11:42 am

you may have missed my point - you said that you were ALL paid up members of the RSSOC, but of course the majority of mainland European Scimitar owners aren't.


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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by landschrabbler » Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:04 pm

Oldconn wrote:So, next time I want to buy tickets for an event, and the organisers ask for a club name, they should recognise RSSOC? That's what I had hoped for but it hasn't worked for the last two years at the Coupe de l'Age d'Or , Dijon Prenois, where the organisers are now Peter Auto.
When I inscribed for Nogaro, in order to receive the "club-member" reduction, I referred to the RSSOC (with its adress in the UK) as my club - no problem there. That is the same organiser (M3) as in Magny-Cours - what where your experiences there?

Do I understand correct that in the Netherlands there is a Scimitar Club that is (apart from the name) not linked to the UK Club? Seperate membership etc.?

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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by erikscimitardemon » Sat Jan 30, 2016 12:46 pm

landschrabbler wrote: Do I understand correct that in the Netherlands there is a Scimitar Club that is (apart from the name) not linked to the UK Club? Seperate membership etc.?

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Hello Jörg,

Yes, there is a Dutch Scimitar club, Scimitar Club Nederland, in existence for over 30 years now. Since 2012 reformed and renamed to SCN.
Open to anyone with a Scimitar friendly heart. Members mostly from the Netherlands, and a few from Belgium an Germany.
I am one of the board members.

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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by Oldconn » Sat Jan 30, 2016 2:29 pm

Jörg, I didn't try to enter Magny Cours as an RSSOC member because I am also a member of MP21, who made a block entry. MP 21 also kindly invited three other Scimitar owners to join their group , so we didn't have a problem. Now that I know about the existence of RSSOC on several other registers (Retrocalage, IVA-auto), I will try to use our club's name again in the future. It just seemed to me , with my limited experience, that we are constantly attending desirable events grace à the hospitality of other clubs , which feels odd after several years of using membership of the Club Mini de France without any problems . The last straw was at Dijon two years ago when I was obliged to park amongst lorries and trailers, while the club enclosures were full of hatchbacks!


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Re: A French Chapter?

Post by philhoward » Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:11 pm

The RSSOC is a worldwide club - if organisers want a club with a French address as they are being pedantic, then that's their decision.

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