THE FUTURE OF pasSPort
Since its first edition in 2004, pasSPort had been distributed free to recipients with its costs being covered by sponsorship, advertising and donations.
The increasing success of the publication and the number of copies required, together with ever increasing postage costs mean that expenses are beginning to exceed income and urgent thought must be given to the way forward.
When pasSPort was first introduced, it was a means for owners to contact each other in case help was needed in circumstances such as a breakdown away from home. With the huge increase in the use of mobile phones, social media and the incorporation of recovery services in insurance policies, this purpose has been largely superseded.
We are now faced with several options. First, we must establish if pasSPort is of any real use. Once we have established a general view on that point, we can:-
- Cease publication.
- Make it available on payment of £10 (including postage) per copy. Obviously, a reasonable number would need to choose this option and payment would be required in advance to determine the size of the print run.
- Make an on-line listing available protected by suitable password arrangements. New signed forms giving explicit consent would be required from all who wished to be so listed and only their details (significantly reduced to remove any sensitive information such as full address and e-mail details) would be available for other participants to view on-line.
We would appreciate your feedback on this matter, by putting your comments on the “contact” page of the website.
WELCOME TO THE WEBSITE OF THE DAIMLER SP250 OWNERS’ CLUB
The club operates on a subscription free basis and relies on the help and generosity of SP250 owners around the world.
The site is for all owners whether current, past or future, together with enthusiasts of the marque. The forum is a global platform allowing SP250 owners and fans to connect.
The purpose of the club is twofold:
1. To promote the SP250 by supplying information, mainly on the website, but also organising a presence where possible at various classic car shows around the world. There are several other SP250 clubs and groups around the world with whom we work.
2. Research, helping to provide a documented record of as many surviving SP250s as possible. We are in a position to help owners with informal queries on their cars, and sometimes the car’s history.
This leads us on to:
pasSPort which is a directory we publish every year. The 2019 edition contains the details of 923 SP250 cars located in 24 countries and it is FREE to entrants. For more information click on the pasSPort page
WE NOW HAVE THE FULL OR PARTIAL HISTORY OF 1701 CARS OF THE TOTAL OF 2656 BUILT.
We can increase this number with your help.
It is important to note that we are in association with the Daimler & Lanchester Owners’ Club (DLOC). At last count, it is estimated that approximately 350 DLOC members are SP250 owners and we have 700+ SP250 owners registered in pasSPort. We therefore urge SP250 owners to join the DLOC. For details click on the links page.
SP 250s COME OUT TO PLAY
On Sunday 23rd August the Essex Group got together for a picnic. There was an excellent turnout with eight SP250 visitors plus two resident SPs.
SP250 specialist Robert Grinter decided to be different and drove his recently acquired Barker Special Sports.
Luck prevailed, as after a period of unsettled weather we were blessed with a dry afternoon. Everybody was just grateful to be out together with their cars. This will not be the last event of the Summer as there are a couple of shows in the next few weeks that some of the group will be attending.
On a sadder note, after much consideration the Club have decided not to take a stand at the Birmingham NEC Classic Car Show in November 2020 after attending for many years. We hope to return in 2021.
Photographs courtesy of Alan Mason