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2CVGB News article – SPOG March 2018

As you can see Taffy has gone down to the local Job Centre looking for a replacement SPOG Co-ordinator as from the 2cvGB AGM in the Autumn of this year. Because yes, I still do plan to retire but perhaps not completely. So if you are interested in taking my place what does the post actually involve?

Firstly there are Club duties in that you would regularly have to attend 2cvGB Committee Meetings. These occur roughly every eight to ten weeks usually, as of late, to be held at the Air Museum near Coventry. At Committee Meetings each officer gives a report of their activities followed by a general discussion (with voting if necessary) of the various other Agenda items. Therefore, alongside your Committee colleagues, you are undertaking the general management of our Club to include e-mail discussions on any matters that may arise between such meetings.

So possessing a good computer and printer is a must, likewise having the suitable expertise to be able to use such infernal contraptions. Sadly I don’t and I struggle, but that’s another story. And talking of computer work there is the ongoing management of the SPOG website since when I depart, my own “personal assistant” retires too. However the future administration of this site, the Club’s own website and possibly similar for the Club Shop are all potentially under Committee review at the moment, therefore something I don’t think you have to worry about at this stage.

You would need to maintain the confidential list of SPOG Membership, processing new investment forms as and when 2cvGB Members contribute to the scheme. Therefore being “au fait” with data protection is becoming an ever increasing issue. Any forthcoming cheques from Members are handed to the Treasurer for banking, so there’s no requirement to live near any particular branch. You will need to fill out a new SPOG Certificate accordingly which then has to be counter-signed by our Chairman before being officially stamped with the SPOG logo and posted off to the Investor.

As SPOG Co-ordinator you are also responsible to the two Directors of 2CVGB Parts Ltd Company thereby keeping them informed of your involvement as and when there is the need. You would need a small spare room to “house” a few of each SPOG items in order to be able to fulfil customers’ needs as and when orders appear. The majority of the SPOG stock, particularly most of the larger items, is held in store at the Club’s Ruskington Unit near Sleaford in South Lincolnshire. As your own personal stock is dispatched to customers, you would need to visit Ruskington in order to re-supply yourself. I make the trip to our Unit probably once every six to eight weeks.

When orders come in either directly via e-mail/telephone or via the 2CVGB Parts Ltd website, you parcel up the purchaser’s request and pop the package in the post. We do have an online account with Parcel Force which does offer a collection service from where you operate, therefore no need to carry heavy parcels to your local Post Office. We keep a running stock check, so as parts are sold you would knock the relevant quantity numbers off the list thereby making you aware of when further stock has to be re-ordered from one of our suppliers.

After goods are dispatched, you would contact the Treasurer of SPOG by e-mail giving details of the purchase. He then issues the necessary invoice for settlement to the customer with your part in the transaction now complete. You do not routinely accept payment cheques for goods purchased nor have the ability to process credit card purchases. How busy is SPOG? I probably deal with two to three orders per week, some are big, others not so.

I have always taken and manned a SPOG Stand at Registers weekend in order to display/sell SPOG’s wares. Business is never massive but 2cvGB Members do like to see what SPOG has to offer. It’s your choice as to whether you continue with this part of the tenure although it is something that has come to be expected. Likewise there is the matter of submitting regular SPOG articles to the Magazine. As I’ve been involved with 2cvs since 1976, I’ve learnt a lot over the years and do feel the need to pass on such information to include the launch of any new SPOG products. Again your choice regarding technical information if you so wish to follow my example.

However none of the above is “cast in stone”. Indeed if you live far away from the 2cvGB’s Ruskington Unit and still wish to become the SPOG Co-ordinator, you may well have to plan an alternative modus operandi for keeping yourself supplied with SPOG stock in order to be able to supply customers, something no doubt you will be asked about when you present yourself at the AGM for selection.

And finally with regard to the matter of re-ordering stock from our manufacturers plus the research and development necessary to progress new SPOG projects. Having built up a vast range of contacts over the years e.g. folk who make stuff for us, I don’t mind carrying on in a consultancy role to assist you with this aspect of SPOG if you so choose.

If you are interested in becoming the new SPOG Co-ordinator and you want to discuss this Committee portfolio in more detail, then please do not hesitate to give me a telephone call using my number as supplied at the beginning of this Magazine.

Meantime no controversial issues this month concerning the maintenance of your A Series vehicle, just the launch of a new SPOG part. Please welcome 714009 Dyane/Acadiane front wing tie plate to our stock of goodies. These tie/stretcher plates (one per side) can be found at the front lower aspect of the wing bracing it across to a corresponding plate on the front leg of the chassis. Originally made of thin metal and subject to all the muck and filth thrown up by the front wheel, these plates invariable rot away and disappear. Do they in fact matter though? Oh yes. Without their presence the front wing tends to flex during travel thus creating the usual crack at the top of its arch. Suddenly a sharp metal edge can appear which may then possibly lead to MOT failure.

SPOG’s Dyane/Acadiane tie plates have been manufactured with Citroen’s original design in mind having the two elongated holes at either end for minor adjustment using the two sets of 5mm nuts and bolts. However our plates (fitted hump uppermost) are made from zinc covered steel and produced in a thicker metal for longevity although a little extra protection with waxoyl etc. wouldn’t go amiss. Costing £2.40 each including VAT to a 2cvGB Member, I think that this is a small price to pay in order to prevent a Dyane/Acadiane front wing from cracking or to stop the existing split getting any worse. And as usual the normal SPOG discount system applies to those who have invested in the scheme.

David Eden