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New Rules for 2013 Portland Indiana show?


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Old 05-19-2012, 08:05:16 AM
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Default New Rules for 2013 Portland Indiana show?

Just returned from the swap meet. Has anyone read the rules or heard about the 2013 August show rules? NO 4-wheelers or ATVs on the show grounds, period.

How does everyone feel about this? If you're handicapped and on a fixed income, like several of my friends are, they're forced into renting a golf cart at $55-60 per DAY, or not being able to go through the grounds.
My opinion only, but if there is a problem with someone on a 4-wheeler or ATV, DEAL WITH THAT PERSON--DO NOT punish everyone for someone's problem. The club can't even get the drivers of the golf carts to follow the directional arrows in the parts area (not the club's fault, but you have to wonder).

These are just my thoughts, and maybe the club was forced into this by the insurance carrier, but don't all drivers have to produce proof of insurance to the "greeter" at the gate when they enter?

I think that this will do nothing but prevent those who can't afford a golf cart rental to stay away. My experience there over many years has been that any close call with a wheeled vehicle was the result of a distracted driver on a lawn mower or golf cart.

If someone has more information and can shed any light on this, please chime in!

Tom

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I have been going to both shows for many years. The problem I see, wether it be 4 wheelers, ATV's or lt/gt with butt buggies and golf karts, is around the main food area. They seem to park side by side and have a all day meeting, blocking the traffic flow and also making it harder for Handicaped and Disabled people and those who are not, to move around safely. They need to come up with some rules for that area. Not out in the show area. But again it is their show and they can come up with, what ever rules they deem. Just my 2 cents. Don B.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:49:49 AM
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Default Re: New Rules for 2013 Portland Indiana show?

i read it and thought its reasonable for the size of the event. nothing over 5 feet and no atv's even under 5 feet. atv drivers are speeders and gators have to be able to haul. nothing moving more than a fast walk, i can live with this. thanks portland.
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Default Re: New Rules for 2013 Portland Indiana show?

Most shows now have similar rules. Portland is just catching up in my opinion. I however believe that wheel chairs, electric wheel chairs, garden tractors and but buggies are ok and should be allowed (operating in first gear or lowest speed). Gators, golf carts and any type of ATV should stay home, period. Security/EMS should use golf carts or Gators as ATVs are generally more dangerous to operate in a crowd. Just for fun, take a good look at people driving banned vehicles at your local shows... Mostly healthy paying members perhaps?
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Default Re: New Rules for 2013 Portland Indiana show?

I find it difficult to believe that any show or insurance carrier would, or could prevent a person with a physical disability from using an approved mobility device. As for golf-carts, 'Gators, etc.. really? Why were things like that allowed to begin with? No wonder my local work-wear store now carries bib overalls in 4X!
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Default Re: New Rules for 2013 Portland Indiana show?

You forgot about the healthy skinny guy told by his lawyer not to be seen out in a crowd lugging a 150 pound engine through crowds of people, until AFTER his injury case is settled.
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I attended again this year, we had my old Allis B1 garden tractor and my friends sulkey. He has bad knees, not enough for a handicap sign though. He rides on the sulkey as he wouldnt be able to do 2 rows of the swap meet, let alone walk in from the parking lot. We run slow, usualy 2nd gear with the engine idle. And even at that speed I was being tailgated by golf carts, and gators. Didnt see near the ATV's as previous years, but loads of golf carts. I found many of the golf cart operators to be rude and pushy when driving. A agree on the parking issue, there needs to be designated parking in the food area for the carts and lawn tractors with buggies. Seems folks did follow the arrows fairly well this year, atleast on Friday when we were there. I find the small garden tractor like my Allis B1 or the Wheel Horses, even with a sulkey or a small cart to haul, took up less space and behaved better than the golf carts. Just my 2 cents for what its worth. Mike
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I attended both shows. I was glad to see in the food court area, during the steam show there was a lot less traffic/parking, golf carts and etc. Did anyone hear the announcement that some idiot drove a golf cart thru the antique show building ? The announcement was made early sat. evening as we were leaving. Some kind of enforcement is needed to try an control the idiots that think they are at the Indy 500 on those 4 wheelers and atv's and even some moded golf carts. Don B.
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Default Re: New Rules for 2013 Portland Indiana show?

Here are a couple thoughts. I have heard that another club somewhere has a golf cart only rule because they shut off as soon as the foot is off the go pedal. There is less liability in that I guess. I think they also might cause less damage than a gator or similar vehicle.

On another note the directional isle's are are probably a good idea. With that said one morning at the crack of dawn I was driving slowly the wrong way down a very wide isle. There were two other carts going the right way down the same isle and that was about all the vehicles the eye could see at that time of day (not much seems to happen there until about 7:30 or 8:00 am). The people in the first cart told me I was going the wrong way and I smiled and thanked them. Then the a woman in the next cart told me I was going to wrong way in a very concerned manner to say the least. I smiled and thanked here. Then after they we were about 50 feet apart the man on the cart yelled out F***ING IDIOT... These were not people I knew and it wasn't a joke. I did get a good laugh out of it though.
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Default Re: New Rules for 2013 Portland Indiana show?

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maybe if your poor friends sold their atvs they could afford to rent a golf cart.

i'll save my money & walk.
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