[ROVERNET - UK] Northeast Rover get togethers
smanwell at sprintmail.com
Wed Apr 26 13:43:43 BST 2006
After reading some of the banter last night about new events, differing
tastes in Rovernet content and some blasts from past Rovernet
discussions, I was reminded of my own early experiences with Rovernet
I think Steven Dibdin summed up the experience that I and many others
have had via Rovernet: yes, it *is* good to know that I'm not the only
Rover nut in the [fill in your region]. Glenn Wilson and I were
impressed via Rovernet that there really were numerous Rover fans in the
US, so he started the Rover Saloon Touring Club of America and I pitched
in soon after. Since then RSTCA has aimed to support and maintain a
network of US Rover fans via our sporadic newsletter, the website and
organizing get togethers. No small part of RSTCA communication happens
via Rovernet too.
So far most of the get togethers have been in the northeast, but in
recent years John Burkhard has been organizing events in the southwest
too. In the northeast I have organized an annual get together since
1998 and we have met in smaller groups at shows or to salvage parts from
various parts cars. So far the northeast get togethers have been in
Litchfield, CT (1998 and 1999), New York's Hudson Valley (2000 -- what
was the town Stephen?), Cazenovia, NY (2001), Rhinebeck, NY (2002), Lime
Rock, CT (2003), and Red Hook, NY (2004, 2005). Many of these events
have been held at a car meet that serves as an anchor, but for the past
two years, Stephen Beer has generously hosted us at his family's home.
We have had anywhere from six to thirteen Rovers at the late
summer/early fall "annual" get togethers, and we've also had smaller get
togethers earlier in the year at meets in Carlisle, PA, Brookline, MA,
Waterford, CT, and at Dermot Harvey's place in Garnerville, NY. The
Rovers have ranged in age from 1947 to 1984-ish and range in age of
attendees has been much wider than that! The car scrapping "events"
have been in Red Hook, NY, Liverpool, NY and Jefferson, Maine. Some of
you have been subjected to my scrapbook of photos from most of these
events, but I'll have to work with Stephen Beer to add some of this
history to the website.
I think that this history shows that there is sufficient interest to
sustain two northeast Rover events with one early in the season and one
late in the season. I think Dirk's event-under-development-for-2007
makes sense as an early season event and I'm hoping that we haven't yet
worn out our welcome with Stephen and family late in the season. Also,
one is more accessible to eastern New England, the other more accessible
to those farther west and south. In fact, the cost of gasoline is one
argument for having multiple events in different areas so that each
event is close for a different group of people.
Steven Dibdin wrote:
> Hi Dirk,
> I'm certainly interested in your Rover get together for next year.
> I've seen the back end of one P5 and a SD1 sometime in the late
> ninties other than that that's it for the nine years I've lived in the
> US. It would be good to know I'm not the only nutter in the Eastern
> What can I do to help you with this? I'm down in NYC but I'd like to
> get involved if I can.
> Steven Dibdin
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