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Old 09-27-2015, 06:36 PM   #29
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When he played the restoration card I nearly flipped. I have done restorations of MGs and Jaguars from the 50's and the key is to get all the details exactly the same as before. If it was to be a restoration the rondelle should have been the same size as the original and the numbers indistinguishable from original. Judges look for these kind of things. They even measure them. Those numbers looked terrible. It is possible to hand paint numbers much cleaner than that. I know this as a retired sign painter.
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Old 09-27-2015, 08:58 PM   #30
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Gearheart, where you the Canadian he was threatening and insulting?
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:19 AM   #31
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In my work life I was involved in copyright and trademark issues and if the picture posted is of his unit it appears to be an infringement on the club. The interesting point is that if the club does not send him a letter and pursue his discontinuing the use of the emblem and numbers the potential exists for them to loose the trademark if in fact they have one on the emblem. The numbers cannot be trademarked (in my opinion). I would simply forward on to the club and be done with it. It's theirs to be concerned with.
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Old 09-28-2015, 07:48 AM   #32
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Some WBCCI members are club evangelists. Keeping the numbers on, from a previous owner, reduces their compulsion to ask all "Baldies" to join the club. The club makes sense (cents) for those who use the benefits. My wife and I are local PP's
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:04 AM   #33
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A caveat to my previous post, if memory serves me correctly in order for a trademark infringement to take place one has to profit from the infringement; ie this guy would need to benefit from his having the emblem and numbers on his trailer. ie Harley Davidson has a team of people that attend the various biker rallies looking for fake HD stuff, taking names and sending them cease and desist letters and then following up. Again not positive, just trying to recall everything we went thru and why we did so.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:28 AM   #34
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Gearheart, where you the Canadian he was threatening and insulting?
I don't know I missed the threatening parts. Just woke up the next day and poof he was gone. I did say that if it was a resto, the number were not up to snuff. I made his Troll list so if that was a threat then yeah.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:39 AM   #35
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I wish I had copied the entire thread before it was defeated to repost here. It did have some entertainment value. I did manage to post his picture. Should stand out in a crowd of real club members. He claims to be from SC and goes by the name of John Hoyt. He also posted a photo of a half dozen more of the 1/2 inch smaller rondels.
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I hope this won't P you all off, since some of you don't seem like people you'd want to P off...........

I have been reading some pretty nasty reactions in this thread to the ersatz WBCCI man. I would suggest that these are unnecessary, and make the writers rather more like the person they are criticizing.

Why not just chill, and move on? I wrote above that I didn't think many WBCCI folk would join a lynch mob, but.......
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I don't get it.
What's the point?
Those painted on red numbers are pretty slouchy and ugly.
If a guy was going to that extent, why wouldn't he just get a sign shop to make him some red numbers?
Part of my decision to join WBCCI was that the red numbers just go along with owning an Airstream. That just part of it. The red numbers are nearly as iconic as the trailers themselves.
I still held off until I discovered the Mississippi Unit because I was afraid any activities, camp-outs, or rallies would be too far away for a working man. When I discovered the Mississippi Unit president lives 2 doors down and there are actually rallies within the state, I paid my money, got my red numbers, and started participating.
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I do consulting work for a couple of Military organizations doing background investigations of individuals suspected of "stolen valor". There are enough to keep three investigators busy. Results are referred to the Federal General Attorneys office for further investigation and prosecution. There may be very few guilty of this in regards to WBCCI membership but even one is an affront to the club and its members.
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That's pretty terrible. But there are some of us who have added black numbers that have personal meaning. Keeps with the tradition but is clearly different.
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I think we just elevated the WBCCI numbers to the same status as FAA tail numbers or DOT Numbers.

Stolen Valor? Really? It's a camping club.
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I think we just elevated the WBCCI numbers to the same status as FAA tail numbers or DOT Numbers.

Stolen Valor? Really? It's a camping club.
What do you expect from people who wear actual berets to their rallies.
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I think we just elevated the WBCCI numbers to the same status as FAA tail numbers or DOT Numbers.

Stolen Valor? Really? It's a camping club.

I agree. This thread just ran out of yarn. Time to wind it up.

However, having read the post above, let's not swing the other way. I see nothing wrong with the berets.
Why on earth do the vituperative people keep on having to soil these threads?!
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