I have had two people contact me this week struggling to restore their Isettas hoping I had parts. I was quite concerned that they both told of a Club unable to offer very much in the way of a service. As one chap put it he joined for information, parts and rallies and they have no rallies, little information and hardly any parts so he feels he has done his money. Not a good situation especially for what should be the biggest single marque microcar club in the UK.
Clearly something has gone horribly wrong. I had assumed the situation with the Hearns was resolved, though it sounds a mighty poor do, and that a reformed Club was now attempting to move on.
As Mike O'Balance said prior to my agreeing to leave the HTC Ltd committee, it is far easier to reform or restart a club with a new committee and loose all the old faces and frissions of years gone by. You get new accounting etc etc. Of course the HTC Ltd were lucky in that the insurance paid out on the loss of spares to flooding at a time when there was a group of new bods wanting to take over. It has been a success as in the main they invested the money well. If the timing is wrong and finances tight I can quite see that the Isetta Club might be in a tough position at the moment. However all the more reason to try and get the new guys into the fold and unify the skills.
What seems to be happening is a lot of parts are being made privately and then sold in small batches rather than a central entity organising availability to a wider market. One caller told of the Club spares contact not really knowing what parts were available, what they did or how the car worked. Helga Bonner ran Partsmart for years without intimate knowledge of the Messerschmitt by using the parts numbers. Yet that was perhaps the most efficient spares service around so its not really an excuse.
Perhaps someone has up to date info on what is happening in the Isetta world. In pure numbers that club can bolster any event with a lot of cars so for eventing it is kind of important that the IOC prospers. So it effects more than just Isetta owners.
Then again I might get accused of selling all the Isettas abroad (after all they are crap cars?) leaving not enough to strut there stuff.
Messerschmitts KR175, 200, 201, TG500, Goggo Darts, Heinkel 175, Vellam Isetta, Fiat Jolly, Peels, Bamby, AC Mk12C & Type 70, Velorex, Church Pod 1, Reliant Mk5
MG ZB Varitone, Wolseley 4/44, Borgwards, Saab 96s, Bellamy trials, Isuzu Trooper, Citroen BX 14E, 16TRS Auto, 17TZD Est & Sal, GTI 16V.