How did FD:UK come to be?
It came to the attention of Nigel and Henning through talking with various tuners that there were many 3rd gen RX-7 owners in the UK that are not members of the official RX-7 owners club and had no way of sharing information or meeting up. Additionally those that are members were unhappy with what they are getting from the official RX-7 clubs. There seems to be a couple of reasons for this:
- There are a lot of older members of the official club and many people that just meet up a couple of times a year and look at the cars. (Static Events)
- There does not seem to be enough enthusiasm for Motorsport, both amateur and professional as people would like. Even though the official club is for all generations of RX-7 it seems to focus mainly on the older generation models. This lead to little or no track based events being organised
- As well as Japfest, Japshow, Trax and JAE there are lots of mini-meets that happen every couple of months from the spring to late autumn. There is no representation of RX-7s at these meets. There seems to always be a good turn out of Supras, Pulsars and Evos. The 3rd gen is up there with these cars and both Nigel and Henning were sure that there were other people that wanted to join in these events if they knew about them.
With these three points together both Henning and Nigel Decided that there was enough interest to form the club. Why only 3rd gens? Lets face it, the 3rd gen is a beautiful car. Both believed that there were enough people to make a 3rd gen only club.
A few ideals were decided which the pair were going to try to stick to. This was to make their lives easier and also help us stay a dynamic and easy going club.
No committee and no red tape. These two are quite closely linked. The committee just makes things more beurocratic and stuffy which was definitely not the direction that we wanted to head in. Having a president and a committee implies some sort of hierarchy. We don’t need that. It’s just leads to squabbles and bickering. Not what we wanted.
Have an on-line e-mail list for the group. There are several reasons for this. It means that there is no need to have a news-letter because everybody knows what is going on all the time and also no-one has to write a news-letter (and thus having a news-letter person post which leads to having a committee). It also means that the club can arrange events with only a few days to go. The quarterly news-letter is fine, but it does limit the speed with which you can react to things. In the past only founding out on a Thursday that a Boxhill meet was happening on the Saturday. Try doing that with a quarterly newsletter.
No membership fee. Why have a membership fee? You then need a treasurer (which leads to a committee). With no membership fees, more people are likely to join. If someone wants to create some stickers or t-shirts or something like that, they can do it on-the-fly, seeing how many people want them and making them to order.
It was really a bunch of people that share a love for this beautiful car that want to meet up and talk mods and have fun.
Also, even though Nigel and Henning had formed the club, it was not going to be just us organising every event (events co-ordinator, committee argument) as anyone in the club who has something that they think might be of interest to the rest of the people could set up a meeting point or ask around and then use the club name to book space at an event.
So, on Sept 13th 2001, the FDUK club was founded. To this day they have managed to keep all the ideals that we talked about before forming the club and hope we manage to maintain them for the future.