Morning all, Most of you know the score, but as an open event I'm mindful some of you reading this may not, so I'll start with a bit of an intro: What is TECHENDERS? TECHENDERS is a meeting where (mostly) bay owners camp and fix/learn about their vans in a central location. It's a chance to ask all those questions you have, or just compare your engine and oily bits to someone elses. There is always plenty of assistance or back up from people who've probably done the job before. Where is it held? It's at victoria farm near Lutterworth (LE17 5AU) http://www.victoria-farm.org/ When is it? It's held twice yearly and this years 2nd will be over the weekend of 29th September - 1st October. You can arrive whenever you like, but most tend to arrive Friday afternoon / evening. Stay as long as you like (it's a working campsite). Who can come? Anyone, including pets or kids - come to mess with vans or just come for a weekend break. What can i expect? It's whatever you make of it. In the past we've removed, rebuilt, and replaced engines, or just helped people change a bulb. All we ask is you explain fully what you expect to do and do it early. There's no use saying "can i take my engine out" on saturday night.... Also, be aware we won't do your work for you; we expect you to get dirty and we can point you in the right direction. If you do intend doing some spannering, don't forget a tarp or similar to keep oil off the grass! What about entertainment and food? This isn't a vw show, it's just people meeting at a campsite owned by a vw owner who lets us use his facilites. There are no stalls or tat, it's just camping. There is usually a run to the local curry house for a feed Saturday night, and the local shops are 10 minutes away with a Morrisons etc. There will be a fully stocked bar in the heated barn. The site owner is a vw nut and has a 4 post lift which he usually lets us have use of if pre-warned. Breakfast will be available Saturday and Sunday at £5. Order when you book in. What will it cost? I think it's £8 a night to camp with no hook up or £10 but I'll check this. We don't take any money, this charge is from the site. Electric is limited in the lower field although there is plenty in the top field if needed - you can always walk or drive down during the day. If you intend to use electric, please pay for it. At the last event, 4 people paid and 8 were plugged in. It's cheap so please do not take the pi55. Anyone taking advantage will have their rotor arm thrown in the lake. There's no need to pre-book; just pay on arrival. There's normally a full English available at £5 but again I'll check. If i've missed anything, ask away. Plenty have been before and will answer questions. Below try to make a list of who's coming and what they want to do, try to copy and paste the list now and again just for a rough idea on numbers for me to tell Eddy the site owner. Try to update the list with your wishes of things to do and questions you'd like to get answered about the event. I know it's hard but let's try to keep it tidy, i like to give Eddy a rough number of people coming but don't worry it's not essensial - no cash up front is needed i just like an idea of numbers. Although Techenders is publicised on the late bay, they do not endorse or have any say on the running of it. It's just a meet up. Techenders is owned by no-one and runs itself. It isn't "structured" so don't expect a timetable. If you want help ASK. A wise man once said "if you don't ask, you don't get." If anyone wants to put this on another forum you frequent; go for it; or stick people's names on here. Cheers all Doug Edit: there will definitely be breakfast available in the barn. Might be full English, might be some sort of breakfast roll. There will only be a limited bar as there is no event on after us. There will be a barrel of Doom Bar for you warm, flat ale drinkers but us sophisticated cider drinkers will need to fend for ourselves! Jackie also thinks its £8 a night without hook-up £10 a night with, but this might change by £1 or so!