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Clubs not drawing attention to themselves!

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Thursday lunchtime I was talking to my Boss about TVRs (he is fanatical about them and more specifically his own) and mentioned (deadpanning) "Oh yeah, I've started competing in a Speed 12.. (pause).. in Scalextric!". Turns out that unbeknown to me said Boss had discovered Fly cars in the last couple of years and returned to slot-car racing with his lads on his lounge floor. A bit of discussion about cars, shops and clubs followed and he told me of a club that he was invited to go to... in my old home town where I lived for 23 years unaware that there was a Scalextric club!!!!!

Friday night I went over to the club in Great Barr (Walsall/Brum sort of area) and got chatting to another chap who turned out to be a racer in a club.... three miles from my old home town where I attended sixth form college without knowing there was a Scalextric club!!!!!!

So.... why are clubs so anonymous? Is this a trend observed elsewhere in the country? I'm wondering now if slotcar racing could potentially be much, much larger than I originally thought.

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I have only been going to clubs for a few months so my experience is limited (and very biased since the people at both Liphook and Farnham are very friendly and supportive) but I'd say there is a reluctance to over promote since clubs have a "healthy" number related to the number of lanes and classes raced. Both the aforementioned clubs have four lane tracks and it seems 10 is a comfort, 14 is a rush and less social.

Finding a way to invite new members at the right rate - assuming a natural wastage of members due to house moves, lifestyle changes (girlfriends/babies/mistress) is not easy.

An open invitation to come along might bring too many people who will be put off by the crowd. There might also be a factor based on how willing the existing members are to adopt new members with their inevitable long list of questions and need for support. There is also the need to bring people in slowly so they adopt teh 'right' way of doing things for that group.

Human beings might be social animals, but we also resist change. On top of that, slot clubs are competitive arenas. All things considered, it's pretty amazing any clubs get new members at all!

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