Post by administrator on Mar 15, 2022 14:31:35 GMT 1
I am concerned at the lack of activity by members of Midget Car Panorama Since its start more than 10 years ago 364 people have registered as a member. In most instances that was their only visit. By and large most of the forum's message activity has been generated by the Moderator. TBH this is a ridiculous state of affairs. To me it indicates a lack of interest in the group. I made a hope a few days ago that efforts would be made to rekindle interest on here. A foolhardy mark on my part which I now withdraw. This forum will continue to be available for visits by those wishing to do so. But IMO based on past history that is unlikely to happen. Thank you - and a sad farewell from me.
Thank you for creating the site. I was searching for information on my grandfather's racing activity - Len Hulme - and through your resources I eventually found Midget Car Racing/Derek Bridgett, which indeed mentions him and his activity, and also some of his mechanics, one of whom I recall in our childhood conversations. It is strange but these activities that are so vibrant and tangible just become something in the past that doesn't stir interest in the present, even amongst those involved, so please do not be sad about the lack of activity. You created a great resource and I expect it was great for others, as it was for me. And if the time is passed, that's ok. Thanks again. Roger
Sadly John it's the way the internet is evolving. I'm interested in Music and Football as well and can tell you that the forums I visit for those have changed as well. Taking the music one first, it began as an email-only tool whereby you would send an email to a group address and people would respond (or not) as they saw fit. You could get a daily or weekly digest email to save looking through too many posts. As more people got (and got used to) the internet use of this medium dropped off and was replaced by the type forum you started here. I'm seeing a similar drop-off on other forums of this type as a) people are dying off and b) more people are using the forums on Facebook etc which is a pity.
It's quite strange researching histories of sports these days - you have to look across several different streams of information. Taking my non-league football research, the most recent information is stored in the League or Association websites. The league goes back three seasons and the association about five. Before that there are some forums like this one which seem to run from around 2009 to 2010. Prior to that I found another four or five seasons on an enthusiast's website which stopped when the author passed away. For information before 2000 you would need to look in local newspapers normally held in libraries but there tends to be a gap from 2000 to around 2005 when a lot of papers started to cease printing and go online. Finding information from those years is very difficult.
I would say don't take it to heart - it's just the way the internet is going and it's only people like you and me who have ever taken the trouble to try and pull everything together!
...and now you must excuse me, I need to have my nap...