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Old 03-05-12, 01:51 PM   #1
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I feel a bit unsure of this but i would like to say to exhibitors, please make the most of your exhibit. A rare & interesting engine running on it's own may be of little interest to the paying public. Information sheets are often missing & a "non engine person" will walk straight by. An engine running an implement of some sort with as much information as possible, will create more interest. It's not just newcomers to our hobby that are guilty of this. A neighbour of mine (a lady) went to her first local rally last year.She said "A load of stern faced old men sitting behind engines; Whats that all about". We cant do much about the old bit, but lets make it more visitor freindly. It's our hobby's future.---This was posted on the rally hints & tips section.--It was empty. Lets have some tips for the new members chaps.(I'll shut up now)
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As a new member (to the forum and the hobby) information on how to present exibits would help me alot.
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Old 03-05-12, 03:50 PM   #3
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well picture frames are only 2 for just under A4 size or 3 for A4 size frames ideal for putting a printed info sheet in even if the sheet only last 1 wet rally its easy to print another one off for next rally,makes reading info even easier if you buy a old music stand(ebay for a few )I bought my multi coloured stand for 3.55picture frame sits on that at waist height but does need a few tent pegs to stop it falling over in the wind..
keep all your junk spanners cans etc in your car/van/trailor or behind a windbreak,I have seen a wooden windbreak at a rally which was placed behind there engine which was a good idea.(was 3 foot high)
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A4 sheets can be laminated which will keep the rain off but also I've noticed, keep the info short and to the point with big easy to read print. By all means add the background details as well if you want, but put them seperately on another sheet [s] for any one to look at [or be shown] if they are interested. Many people will be interested in it's size, when it was made and what it did eg pumped fuel for spitfires in 1942 or whatever but not the whole history of the company and faced with a text book size pile of info will just move on.
Finally whatever your engine it needs something to do [well, ok some of the old large open cranks might get away with it on their own]. It doesn't matter what to the average visitor, they're just there for a nice day out. It's good to get something appropriate but really anything will do, after all it's the engine that's on show. Anyhow just a few thoughts.
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Free beer will probably do the trick
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Free beer will probably do the trick
I might come to one of your rallies.
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And if someone shows a particular interest in your exhibit then get up and go talk to them, you'll be amazed at the conversations you will have !
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Old 03-05-12, 08:12 PM   #8
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And if someone shows a particular interest in your exhibit then get up and go talk to them, you'll be amazed at the conversations you will have !
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Youre absolutely right Steve, I've had conversations with some lovely people at rallies. It's quite productive sometimes too. I was speaking to a chap at a rally recently, he was interested in my millars sludge pump. I was explaining that the pump arms had been broken & i had fabricated new ones. He told me that he had worked for millars in the past & told me why they were probably broken. Apparently they get a build up of sand under the diaphram & when this gets too much it breaks the arms. (Its as well to know)
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And if someone shows a particular interest in your exhibit then get up and go talk to them, you'll be amazed at the conversations you will have !
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and the offers of engines sometimes for free..
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and the offers of engines sometimes for free..
Better still!!! It happened to me at a show last year. A nice couple gave me a cultivator.
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