It will be 16th / 17th July 2011.
The venue will be:- Four Ashes Inn, Wolverhampton, WV10 7DG. Please note that although this has a Wolverhampton address and post code, it is actually several miles outside Wolverhampton on the A449 Stafford Road and is a very nice country pub
Click HERE to see the location.
There is ample space to pitch tents and site fibre glass shed. We will also have the use of the shower / changing rooms facilities. Staying on site is completely free of charge, as always, but mein host would be pleased to see us in the bar and restaurant. Trust me, it's no great imposition
Sleeping in the back of the car is also acceptable but what then goes on after dark is anybody's business
Those of us who prefer a decent bed within four walls can easily find accommodation close by. There are several motels and even a very pleasant and reasonably priced B & B, the name of which escapes me but I'm sure Martin (Chartermark) could provide if asked.
Perhaps first arrivals could plan to be there late afternoon on Friday 15th July with a view to the ritual of communal tent erection to take place from then onwards. I feel sure one or two of "The Usual Suspects" will be there as well The bar and restaurant will be open and although there is no planned event for the Friday evening, there are worse places to spend it
Traditionally (he said with tongue in cheek), there will be a meal on the Saturday evening in the pub's restaurant as a get together and we hope as many as possible will join us for dinner that evening.
The nano-meet format is usually to have the working day on the Sunday and this will be the case for the first ever National Nano-Meet but what we do on the Saturday is going to be very much governed by the needs and preferences of those attending.
We can work on cars as per the Sunday, if longer tasks are envisaged perhaps (for example, a complete Ultimate Remote installation could be easily done in two days).
OR, we can go out for a drive. Black country museum, Blist's Hill, Cadbury World, Banks's brewery, Severn Valley Railway etc., are all within easy reach.
OR, we can mix the two, depending on what people want to do. Possibly with some going out for a drive and perhaps keeping the children happy while some get on with working on cars. Entirely up to you folks
YES, children are welcome but remain the responsibility of their keepers In fact, Ben's girls could well be considered nano-meet veterans
We would be expecting to finish on the Sunday by no later than 6:00 pm (ish)
On an event of this magnitude, Mick and Rob cannot be expected to do the catering as is the case on the smaller scale nano-meets so you would be very much free to choose as you prefer. The pub will be open of course, but there are other places locally for both prepared food and to buy the makings (or bring your own ).
The proprietor of the pub has a BBQ in the grounds and that will almost certainly be running over the weekend.
Please note:- a certain lady will have to find something else to wind me up about as there ARE lavatory facilities available
For those of you who do not know the philosophy behind the nano-meet, a search for "nano" on both the community and club fora should provide sufficient details.
The nano-meets are independent of, but draw their attendees from, the Rover 75 MGZT forums. There are NO qualifications to attend but it is probably a good idea to like the marque
Very briefly, the event exists to enable people to work on their cars with the added confidence of knowing that there are people around who will be able to help and possibly advise. However, each owner is responsible for his or her own car So just how much you allow the enthusiastic nutters with the tools to rip your car apart is entirely up to you.
It's a bit like a mate from the house next door giving you a hand on a Sunday afternoon.
Having said that, some of the more involved things that we can do might mean that you get your car worked on for you while you either help or go and help with somebody else's pride and joy Things like fitting powerfold mirrors needing to be done, at least partially, mob-handed.
There will be at least one T4 (Testbook version 4.Computer Diagnostic System) at the meet (hopefully two) and the operator(s) will do what they can but please give them a break folks it can be pretty intensive and they would appreciate some down-time
Finally. There is but one rule which we have more or less adhered to from the first ever nano-meet at my house:- NO OILY BITS For example, an engine and transmission change might be a tad out of scope
That's a basic introduction to the nano-meet philosophy
We hope to have a considerable amount of hard-standing to work on but unless the car needs to be jacked up, most tasks can be done if the car is parked on the grass.
So, what we need now is names of people attending. You can attend all or part of the weekend but please let us know.
Also, if you have something specific planned for your car please also let us know so that specific skills, tools, etc., can be available.
As always, please make a post in the thread with as much info as you think we need and I will update the master list in this post.
Perhaps, if JÃƒÂ¼rgen or one of our other non-UK members wants to turn up we could change the name to the INTERNATIONAL Nano-Meet
We've never tried this before and don't know how it will pan out, but if other nano-meets are a yardstick, it'll certainly be fun
OK, here we go:-
Mick - all weekend - no specific tasks.
Rob (Trebor) - all weekend.
Rob (Woolleysox) - all weekend
Lewis (Cowley_MOA) - all weekend
Duncan - all weekend
David (Monk) all weekend
James (James.uk) - Sunday
JÃƒÂ¼rgen - all weekend
goodlittlewifey + Tim (if he's good)
Mick (Wide load)
Les (Gren 24)