[DML] A question about our vendors, with my DMA hat on.
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[DML] A question about our vendors, with my DMA hat on.



I know everyone here is used to my rants, offering my
unpopular opinions on just about everything.  So why
not add another to the list? 

Although I am speaking from my experiences as an
officer of DeLorean Mid-Atlantic (DMA), For the
purposes of this discussion I ONLY SPEAK FOR MYSELF,
AND NOT THE CLUB, IT'S MEMBERS, OR OFFICERS.

For as long as I can remember, Vendors have helped to
support the DMA.  Most notably, PJ Grady.  Rob has
spent more hours than I can count inspecting club
members cars for free, not to mention the thousands of
dollars worth of items (for raffle) and discounts to
club members.  

(Might as well throw in a plug for him here!  Check
out the PJ Grady web site at http://www.pjgrady.com/)

More recently, the DMA has received donation of raffle
items from DMCH, BTTF.COM, DeLorean Car Show, and John
Hervey (Probably more that I forgot).  We even have
some MEMBERS who donate items to help raise money for
the club and keep our membership fee low (Probably the
lowest of any official organized and insured "club")

With all of the support the club gets from these
vendors, I find it odd that I continue to run in to
DeLorean owners who have no idea that there are any
DeLorean clubs.  That is true even for the 2 DeLoreans
"in the wild" that I spotted just this past week in
San Diego.

As the local clubs have continued to grow, with the
largest of them being DCS, I see the quality of
DeLoreans INCREASING.  The cars are in better shape
than they were 10 yrs ago, and I can only imagine this
translates to more sales for the vendors.  It is my
opinion that being active in the club, and being
exposed to other DeLorean's and DeLorean owners is
what has inspired the increased quality of the car.

Based on that, I conclude the vendors would profit
from increased club membership.  It is clear the
vendors have and continue to support the current club
members, but based on my point of view they have not
been pro-active in getting owners more involved in the
clubs.  

Am I correct in this opinion?  Maybe I have just had
the unfortunate luck of running across DeLorean owners
"in the wild" that don't know about the clubs?  I'd
love to hear what other people think about this.  All
of us have probably stumbled upon a random DeLorean
owner.

So, I pose this question to the vendors:  Can you
assist us in recruiting more members?  I would not
object to some reasonable "checklist", such as having
insurance and bylaws, to get recognition in a way that
lets your customers know we exist.  Maybe you can
include a list of these clubs with all invoices sent
out?





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