Like all of you, we’ve been watching on with horror as Covid-19 has unleashed itself upon so many lives.
As things have unfolded and other events drop off the calendar, we’ve been keeping an eye on any official government directives that may or may not impact the safe running of our beloved National Meet this year.
Based on the most recent announcements, after much thought and, with regret, we have decided to cancel the National Meet for 2020 – due to be held on 8th August.
Whilst the venue at RAF Cosford is adopting a wait and see position, it’s clear that social distancing will still be in full swing come the beginning of August.
Regardless of whether the museum makes a late call or not we are uncomfortable with the thought of asking a huge group of people to assemble at an already busy museum (assuming it’s open) from multiple corners of the country and beyond.
Throw in camp-site and/or hotel activities – again we’re not convinced either venue will be open for business in the normal sense by then sadly – with large gatherings in close proximity or in enclosed spaces and we’re just not happy about asking people to put themselves, their loved ones and others, at risk.
Disappointing yes, but we are still planning on attending or supporting other shows once Summer 2020 is over – we’ve a small stand booked at Oh So Retro in Margate during September and await formal acceptance as an exhibitor at the NEC Classic in November which will hopefully go ahead in some way.
Beyond this year, we’ve already been discussing activity during 2021 – the club’s 25th Anniversary of course. Watch this space for news around next year’s National Meet and also VW Action.
Indeed – whilst the National Meet is off for this year, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t mark the 8th August in some way. Why not organise a (small) local meeting? Or a Drive out somewhere, not a convoy and all socially distanced of course. Then send us a few words and photos for inclusion in the Autumn Skyrocket magazine?
Finally, we’d just like to say thanks to our many (on the verge of 200) paid members and fellow Type 53 fans from all over the globe for the support, the various likes, tags and follows on social media and for sharing updates about an increasingly impressive and diverse selection of our favourite little German coupes that we’ve ever seen – if you haven’t yet ventured on to our Facebook or Instagram pages you are most definitely missing out on some inspirational project cars.
Good luck, take care and keep in touch.
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