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New Event to consider This year

Postby NeilandPat » Sat Jan 04, 2020 5:34 pm

Hi guys

I know it's only day 4 of the year but you might want to get your diary's out.

Overland Sphere ( The group that organise and deliver the talks in the Map room at the AO show ) have now parted ways with The Adventure Overland Show.

They have decided to host their own event this year.

It's a different type of event being non commercial.

It's emphasis is on exchanging Overland Travel information , like the Map room but bigger.

It would appear that the normal AO show has changed direction and has now ventured into the VW , Vanagon audience with a former member of this group.

I think both events will be good but this one is all about travelling and travel experiences and information.

Put it in the diary

12th to 14th June . Malvern/ Wye Valley.

https://facebook.com/events/s/overland-gathering-uk/2381223371930874/?ti=cl

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby Mark Hadley » Sat Jan 04, 2020 11:06 pm

I have the date in my diary. And I've offered to give a talk. So you will all be flying back for that.

I'm not totally on board with their motives. Sort of wanting a clear club event for the benefit of club members as opposed to a commercial show.

It could be really good, but I'd rather have one "don't miss it " show rather than several options competing for our attention. But maybe thus will be it.

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby NeilandPat » Sun Jan 05, 2020 2:01 am

I think there is room for both.

It will be different but I think the talks will be great.

I think it has come about after several years of chaos and frustration at the AO show.

Plus the change in direction that is looking likely.

Both shows will be good in different ways

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby Brian-reynolds » Sun Jan 05, 2020 10:46 am

Funny this coming along as I have pretty much given up on attending the AO shows for the time being.....

I think it was OK in September, but twice a year is too much. I do miss the "old" crowd which is my main reason for non attendance, plus there was too much work trying to see everyone and everything.

I think not having Stan's big tent and his fire pit made it almost non sociable in the rain...

But I think this may be a good event, as it is always something I never seem to get time to visit, so good one and thank you for pointing it out to me.

Must start to collect some rotting vegetables to throw at Mark as well!
Luv ya really Mark!

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby DaveS » Sun Jan 05, 2020 11:28 am

Interesting.

I agree that AO is stretched too thin trying to do twice a year, and is getting away from what it was in the first couple of shows. I enjoyed September 2019, but again its the people that attended that made the event rather than the trade stands etc. I was pitched between the Overland, Sprinter 4x4 and Landcruiser groups, which covered the social side ;-)

Is there room for more shows/events? I guess it depends on the focus - sounds like this may be a bit different, more travel oriented and less of a commercial venture (is the HUBB event still going? No one seems to mention that any more...). Be interesting to see how it goes at least.

Timing seems a bit odd though - clash with BK?

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby NeilandPat » Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:35 pm

Dave

The Hubb is still going.

Although it has a section for 4x4 etc My dealings with them for the last few years is that they have absolutely no interest in our mode of travel.

We ( the group )attended for two years at Baskerville hall and the previously at Donnington and depite me telling them that we were going to put on the biggest display of overland trucks ever seen in the uk , they made no effort to ever accomodate us. In fact one year upon arrival they hadn't even allocated any space and found a really muddy waterlogged area for us that no one else wanted.

It's a good show but very expensive.

As said in the previous threads it's about the people you meet up with.

I suspect the overland sphere show will be well organised and a great event. However the emphasis is on travel as oppose to trade and construction etc.

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby jaybee » Sun Jan 05, 2020 5:24 pm

What a shame they've planned this on the same weekend that clashes with the Allrad show in Bad Kissingen, Germany. Was this deliberate? I'd love to go to both but it'll be Germany for me.....

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby NeilandPat » Mon Jan 06, 2020 12:00 am

Agreed, it's a shame it clashes.

I guess of you want technical it has to be Germany.

However, if you want travel info it's Malvern.

Both will be fantastic

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby crinklystarfish » Thu Jan 09, 2020 8:55 am

Good info Neil, will probably try to get to get to this.

The AO show does seem to have changed in character and having been to the last one in September kind of formed the view that it doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be any more.

With some notable exceptions, I’m not sure that anyone new to the scene could now rely upon receiving solid build / travel pointers from a good number of the show-vehicle owners / ‘professional’ converters.

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Re: New Event to consider This year

Postby Ivan C » Thu Jan 09, 2020 11:17 am

crinklystarfish wrote:
With some notable exceptions, I’m not sure that anyone new to the scene could now rely upon receiving solid build / travel pointers from a good number of the show-vehicle owners / ‘professional’ converters.

I have to agree, there seems to be a direct link between budget, bs, and form over function.
At BK campground the most of the £500k trucks had been to maybe N Africa or eastern Europe whereas many of the more obviously "home - built" ones had been much further.
Not a 100% rule of course, but there seemed to be a number of the "lifestyle" types......... a bit like the BMW GS moving from niche to lifestyle after The long way down.
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