pugwash Posted July 25, 2007 Share Posted July 25, 2007 I've been mulling people's reactions to billing over in my head as i have been interested in off roading shows for a while. What struck m, is that no one really knows what the ultimate 4x4 show would be- but i do have some ideas as to the basis for one, and would appreciate other peoples thoughts. 1. Social gathering- first and foremost these shows thrive on being a huge social event- so you need space (and lots of it), meeting points (be it marquees, firepits or corals of vehicles), security (after all Billing is spoiled evry year by theiving little oiks- you need to control access, physical security and provide CCTV and the like) and lots and lots of facilities. You would also need to cater for both familie and rowdy ORRPers 2. Traders- a well organised site that gives traders all the room they need to show and sell all their products- ideally some would be outside and those smaler traders who don't have huge sites might like to be inside. the show should cater for both customers and traders- ie life shoudl be good for both. Whilst i think i know what customers would like to see, i have no idea what makes a good show from a trade point of view (so if any of the traders on here would like to chip in i would like to hear about it) 3. Activities- this is where i think all the 4x4 shows in the Uk fall down. As a punter i want both hands on and spectator sporst. I want to be able to see stuff that i can't do (which really shouldn't be hard in my case ) and experience it too. This would mean that there are passenger drive rounds in comp safaris say, maybe trials etc etc. I think having a winch challenge setup wouldn't be impossible- they do it in the outback extreme with dugout pits and huge sewer pipes quite effictely. You coudl have a comp safari event and a trials event which were spectator friendly. on top of this you could also have a good off road course whcih was safe but interesting, and not too short either for the customer to drive around in their own vehicles. You could have a twist off, and any other thing you could think of. This sort of show should should also attract the outdoors type things of quad biking, clay shooting etc etc Oh yeah, and autojumble might be interesting as well as a historic bit etc etc. For me it is the activites which we really really miss out on- there must be something that can be done in this respect. 4. Pricing -read SiRs post on pricing for what would be the perfect pricing model. 5. Custom base- i wouldn't have a "LR" show- mainly because the show would be more interesting if all marques were involved- chuck it all in together and see what happens i reckon. 6. Facilities- getting good food in isn't impossible but has to be done right- i don't know how i would work it but their are enough vans for events that anything is possible. 7. Organisation- i would want the event to be run to a military schedule- everything would be organised well in advance, with contingency plans, traders would know where they are based and in which orientation they should set out their tents etc etc. For me the real thing that should change would be the activities- billing was just another shop, but which had a good social side to it! any thoughts welcomed. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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