On the ride home from West Bend I was thinking about the comments I had heard about day passes and Gillett as the next rally location.
I like the idea of day passes. This was the main topic that the two other voices that share the helmet with me discussed on the way home. How would it have to be run? What would be the implications for the finances of the rally? What subtle changes would result as the security changed to accommodate day passes. We came to the conclusion that as much as we like it, we donÔÇÖt think it is a good idea.
The rally is a gathering of the clan. It may look like a festival but it is a family event. If you go to a family reunion you pay your dues in various ways. Your great aunt still pinches your cheek, there is the obnoxious cousin whoÔÇª(enter your family variation here)ÔÇª Some one is the designated teller to childhood tails better forgotten. The BMWMOA National Rally version of all of this is paying the full freight at the gate. Instead of turning the National Rally into something it isnÔÇÖt perhaps we should work in another direction.
What if we had regional events?
The long term idea my helmet buddies and I came up with was to hold an event in each region each year with the exception of the region holding the national. These would have hours; say from 9am to 10pm. Events would have limited camping to accommodate the needs of volunteers and vendors; however, they would be held in areas that had campgrounds and hotels in the immediate area to handle attendees. This would open up a greater number of locations to hold smaller events.
Keep the prices down as much as possible on the daily ticket so that outsiders can come in and see what we are about.
Have a variety of events that actually involve riding in addition to vendors and seminars.
Spread the events over the year so that we always have something going along with a place to gather.
We didnÔÇÖt flesh this out any further, so I am just tossing the idea out for discussion. (The fourth voice showed up inside the helmet so we took a break for some pop and cheese curds. I thought about other things when I began riding again.)
I am certain that Gillett will work out to be a great place to have a gathering of the clan. I am not as certain it would be a great place to have an event. So instead of either or why donÔÇÖt we start developing both.