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



If? you read my post a few weeks ago we are also trying to do something about that as well. We get over 2,000 hits per day and sometimes way over that like lately with all the D news.


We are offering to publish your events on the DCS website just send it in.


If new owners look on the web and most do they will find us and your events.


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We will do whatever is needed to get more participation so if you have other ideas we can do let us know.


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Ken


www.deloreancarshow.com




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-----Original Message-----

From: Marc Levy 

To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Sent: Tues, Sep 4 8:02 AM

Subject: [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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