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82 Turbo & 2000 Valkyrie

VJMC 2020 ??
« Started on: 22-Aug-19, 16:58 »
I copied this from another post - as I am wanting to find out if anyone would be interested in sharing a budget ensuite cabin with myself and Doddsy for the 2020 VJMC.

Some basic details as Ian has posted.

The VJMC have announced the venue for the Rally in 2020.
Toowoomba in Qld.
A copy of the email is below  happy0158
That's "only" 1700km for me.  "Just up the road"  lmao lmao

Announcing VJMC Rally 2020
1st, 2nd and 3rd May 2020
Toowoomba Qld
Toowoomba is Queensland's largest inland city. It occupies a commanding position atop the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, 700 metres above sea level. As the regional capital for the Darling Downs, Toowoomba has long been a major centre for commerce, industry and education.
Rally Central - Toowoomba Motor Village
Located only 3kms south of Toowoomba city centre and offers a range of accommodation options including self contained units, cabins and van sites, offering Rally participants 10% discount off the published rates.
http://www.toowoombamotorvillage.com.au/

Toowoomba Motor Village have initially reserved the following accommodation options for Rally participants until the 17th April 2020.
14 X Caravan/ Tent sites (plenty more sites available should they be required)
All 7 X Mini Ensuite Cabins
All 4 X Maxi Ensuite Cabins
All 7 X Non Ensuite Cabins
All 12 X Units – Self-contained motel units with air conditioner and Foxtel
Located within walking distance of restaurants, supermarkets, take away food outlets, service stations, shopping centres and public transport. There is easy access to the adjacent West Creek Reserve and cycle ways at the rear of the caravan park.
There is ample onsite parking with no restrictions for paying guests. Rally participants staying elsewhere will have easy access to Toowoomba Motor Village for the duration of the Rally.
A marquee tent will be erected at Toowoomba Motor Village for Rally registration and for Rally participants to socialise in.

If you are considering attending and willing to share.. I estimate cost to be less than $30 per night if 3 people share.. let me know. I will be making a preliminary booking real soon.

Thanks

Charlie




muzza

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #1 on: 23-Aug-19, 04:25 »
I wish the NZ VJMC was half as active as your Aussie one , But it isnt .

Here , its a privately run club , owned by a very elderly couple who simply havent managed to keep up with the times. Back when a gestetnered newsletter was order of the day they ran a nice , tidy , active  group but now membership is falling and they wont relinquish control to new blood.


BUFF7454

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #2 on: 23-Aug-19, 07:29 »
There is good cheap camping at Cressbrook dam not far from Toowoomba as well if people want an alternative.I had assumed that the rally would be at the mOld coast again next year so had not put it on my ride calendar but might make the effort to get to Toowoomba.

Mins Man

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #3 on: 23-Aug-19, 10:54 »
I don't know why they've decided to move the rally from the Gold Coast next year.
 I didn't have any problems with the venue apart from the site being a bit cramped and Doddsy and me getting a late night visit from the manager to be told to shut the party down.
I suppose that not being on the coast, we might expect better weather next year.

82 Turbo & 2000 Valkyrie

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #4 on: 23-Aug-19, 12:55 »
I rang the park last night and have booked an appropriate cabin with en suite facility.

I asked the manager what the weather is normally like in April/May and the answer was normally quite hot and dry. So it may be a bit different and not quite so humid as you experienced this year Harry.

But as you know weather forecasters are never right anyway.   

Cheers

Quick calculations based on the site advertised prices
Cabin - $82.00 less 10% discount - 2 people with ensuite - $36.90 per night per person
Cabin - $92.00 less 10% discount - 3 people with ensuite - $27.60 per night per person

Camp site $32.00 less 10% discount - 2 people $14.40 per night per person
Camp site $37.00 less 10% discount - 3 people $11.10 per night per person
Unpowered site - same as above.

Save you breaking out the abacus Harry...

Kathy

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #5 on: 23-Aug-19, 17:43 »
I don't know why they've decided to move the rally from the Gold Coast next year.
I didn't have any problems with the venue apart from the site being a bit cramped and Doddsy and me getting a late night visit from the manager to be told to shut the party down.
I suppose that not being on the coast, we might expect better weather next year.
This year's attendance was much lower than expected with the result that the event made a substantial loss despite being subsidised by the club (the National VJMC Rallies I helped to organise were not subsidised by the club and made a profit each year) - feedback indicated that the high cost of attendance/accommodation was a major factor so the organisers are looking to host a more affordable rally next year with the hope that attendance numbers will be boosted.

Mins Man

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #6 on: 23-Aug-19, 20:07 »
I suppose you have a good point Kathy if you're including the cost of travelling from Victoria or South Oz, but I didn't think the cost of the park was excessive compared to other venues that I've attended.
The people that I talked to were more concerned with the cost of the travel from home.
I think it's obvious that the further you travel the more it costs, but a holiday is a holiday and next year I'm looking at taking it a bit further and visiting family in Bundaberg.   :good:

Kathy

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #7 on: 23-Aug-19, 23:05 »
The VJMC has a lot of older members living on limited incomes/pensions and some of them have to plan/budget well ahead of time for each rally. 

Everyone needs to factor in their own travel costs and obviously the further away people live from an event the higher these costs will be but the make/break point for someone deciding to attend a rally can be the unavoidable costs (eg, onsite cabin/unit accommodation and/or meals at the event). 

When we were organising the second VJMC Rally in Canberra we were faced with having to charge attendees 50-60% more than the previous year for onsite meals because the business where the event was held the first year imposed additional restrictions/costs in relation to catering so we moved the event to a different location - clearly they didn't need the business of hundreds of customers for a weekend ...

82 Turbo & 2000 Valkyrie

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #8 on: 24-Aug-19, 11:33 »
Hi Kathy,

Totally agree with what you said - I think some of the costings that are provided for the dinners particularly are over the top for the catering aspects. Everyone would like to attend more meals but when you add up those costs it is sometimes a lot cheaper to do your own thing - which I have opted for in the past.

Will reconsider when more information is to hand for 2020 rally.

As for Harry, he seems to always be the troublemaker.. Canberra and Jayco come to mind - then he brags about being admonished this year - he'll probably try and put the blame on Doddsy - though I'm sure he would have been an angel in comparison....

 2angel


Mins Man

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #9 on: 25-Aug-19, 11:53 »
Of course Doddsy was making the most noise, but the main reason we were up late is because you added 6 hours to my trip by having to backtrack 200km to rescue you!  :well:
And then you cracked the sads and went home anyway! 
I wouldn't book anything for next year until you actually make it.  :radleak: :oilleak:

82 Turbo & 2000 Valkyrie

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #10 on: 25-Aug-19, 13:10 »
But you won't be staying in a cabin so that should not matter. 

Yes- your detour was much appreciated. If I would have packed my multi meter in - there would have bee no need for the detour.

And I assure you if I had of felt any better than about 20% I would have continued.. I spent quite a few days recovering - just seeing how old I can get before I have to stop and start towing my rides.. 2wink


doddsy1000

Re: VJMC 2020 ??
« Reply #11 on: 08-Sep-19, 21:27 »
I didn't hear any noise.  2funny 2funny

(For those who came in late, I don't hear much anyway.  I'm 3/4 deaf  happy0158)


Costing is an interesting subject for an 1,800km road trip.

I ended up getting a plane (From Melbourne) at around $430 return trip, then a hire car for $320 or so.  Add airport parking at $50.  About $50 in hire car fuel. & 2 trips to McDonalds & 2 water bottles at airport prices   2tongue.

The road trip was guesstimated at about $500 in fuel, over $400 in accommodation on the way there & back. (not counting the rally accommodation) & around 12 meals at $15 each is about $180.

So, around the $900 area to Fly (including a rental car) & around the $1,100 area to drive.

Of course, while I managed to take camping gear in my suitcase on the plane, I couldn't squeeze in the Motorcycle.

The ideal solution would be to ride there & camp on the way.  However that's a longer commitment, I think & bikes really don't carry that much luggage very well.  (Or at least my "Club Plate" bikes don't.

Then the fuel cost would drop to around $200 & the accomodation to around the same (or free camping if you're early enough like Buff).

 


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