Hello allWhen discussing the club with some members I was asked what engines I had. The reaction to my preference of engine pretty much sealed the deal for me as in my choice not to join.
That's a shame for yourself and Dobbo. There are plenty of clubs about who would really appreciate your membership no matter what engines you have or don't have. You'll just have to find those clubs.
One great thing about been a member of a club and attending rallies is meeting and re-meeting some bonza people. I wouldn't mind not taking engines to rallies as they're basically for our amusement. I would mind not seeing those bonza people I've met over the few years I've been in the hobby. I think I've made some good friends.
Lately I've been tending to take 'common' engines to rallies as these are the engines most people in the crowd can relate to and tell stories about. I really enjoy the many personal stories. If anyone from a club chipped me about taking 'common' engines I'd tell them where I could shove that common engine.
Funny story about the last 'common' engine I took to a rally. It was a Lister D that wasn't even that old or unique. It was a plain Jane 1955 model. Funny thing was it never ran all week-end. The reason it didn't run was because a part was stripped out of it to allow a beautifully restored Crossley to have a run. The owner of the Crossley insisted I should run the Lister and let the Crossley sit for the week-end. It was this attitude that wanted me to figuratively throw the part at him so his Crossley could run. It was well worth it to watch that Crossley running I reckon.