Hello! I’m Adrian John, and although you probably wouldn’t believe it for a moment, I actually own a Bongo! Yes, it’s true! (Ask Ian!)
Just because you haven’t heard from me since 1988 doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Oh no. For a start I have to keep the Bongo archives in order. And also, I have to present my regular show on Saga Radio!
30/07/23: Black Circles
New recommendations have been added to the Tyres factsheet in the members area
Member Ian Sparrowhawk of Swansea recently passed away following an industrial accident. He was a top bloke and our thoughts are with his family. See here for obituary, funeral and donation details.
29/07/23: Beyond the Call of Duty
Many thanks to member Pete Anderson who meticulously went through all 200 factsheets to see if the links were working correctly. Everything has now been fixed (I think).
24/07/23: Steering Fluid
Details have been added to the Lubricants factsheet in the members area
23/07/23: Alternative to Lush Projects
If you go to the Partsouq website, who are a UAE based parts broker, and input your chassis number, you will find the parts diagrams for your particular vehicle. Drill down further by using the “Information” icon and you can get the date of manufacture, paint code, trim code and lots of other useful stuff.
All the factsheets have now been re-uploaded. Don’t ask me to do it again! See the members area
23/07/23: Two More Photos……
…..have been placed in The Gallery.
18/07/23: It’s Doing My Head In
All the factsheets are gradually being re-uploaded and we have completed letters A to U. See the members area
16/07/23: Looking Ahead
Dates have been announced for club meetings for 2024 and beyond.
We are taking bookings for the Bongo Fest South West at the end of September and after initial sales we have 16 pitches left all with electric hook-up. Full details in the members area.
10/07/23: Not Quite There!
All the factsheets are gradually being re-uploaded and we have completed letters A to S. See the members area
05/07/23: Bongonaut of the Year
Carol Davidson has been awarded Bongonaut of the Year for 2023 for helping the Bongomaster through the most difficult 6 months of his life. The club wouldn’t still be in existence if it wasn’t for her support. Cheers Carol.
01/07/23: Latest Club Newsletter
Edition 79 of our quarterly newsletter is now available for download from the members area. If you are a webplus or postal member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.
01/07/23: Nearly There!
All the factsheets are gradually being re-uploaded and we have completed letters A to R. See the members area
30/06/23: Charity Update
This year’s nominated charity is the International Committe for the Red Cross. I am pleased to announce that including earlier donations, and money raised by a bucket collection at this year’s Bongo Bash, we have raised a total of £3,398.75. Thanks for your support.
28/06/23: I’ve Seen This One…..
…..and it is a fantastic machine at a bargain price. It’s in Sheffield and now re-advertised on the For Sale page.
15/06/23: No More
We have now stopped taking bookings for the Bongo Bash.
New in the Top Tips section there is a recommendation for a firm that can custom build a stainless steel replacement exhaust.
Booking details and pitch fees have been announced for the Bongo Fest South West at the end of September. Full details in the members area.
All the quarterly newsletters prior to 2021 have now been archived to save space. In the members area you will find details of how to access these back copies.
10/06/23: Meetings Update
We have now sold 152 pitches for the Bongo Bash in Stourport. The last booking day is Thursday 15th June. The meeting at St Davids is now sold out and a waiting list is in operation. Full details in the members area.
04/06/23: Credit Where Credit Is Due
Pete Wainwright has been in touch to sing the praises of Dave at Barrnsley’s DL Bodyshop. “I went for some minor work and he was brilliant, very meticulous and extremely helpful and knowledgable. Really good value and a job well done”. So if you need any body work on your Bongo and you are in the North, phone Dave on 07584134811.
02/06/23: Progress Report
Following the recent server migration the factsheets are gradually being uploaded back to the members area. We have completed A to G and while we were at it have revised the Flowplugs factsheet.
24/05/23: It Should Take A Couple Of Weeks
Following the recent server migration the factsheets are gradually being uploaded back to the members area
17/05/23: Office Closed
I’ve gone to the Bongo meeting in County Durham and will reopen on Tuesday 23rd May. No membership applications, orders or queries can be processed until I return.
16/05/23: Website/Forum Issues
The Bongo Fury, Bongo Fury Forum and Bongoland websites have been migrated to a new server. Some functions are not available at the present time. This should be resolved early next week.
We still have availability at the main event in Stourport. Details in the members area.
13/05/23: Forum Access
There have been a number of reports of people unable to log in to the Forum. This is being investigated.
12/05/23: Go Bongo
John has a private plate GO60 NGO on retention that he is willing to sell. Offers in region of £750. Contact him on [email protected]
07/05/23: Bongos in Central Glasgow
There’s a brand new fact sheet in the members area all about Low Emmisons Zones in Scotland. Glasgow goes live on 1st June with three more to follow next year.
04/05/23: Fuel Filler Cap
We have discovered that the filler cap on the Bongo is the same as another vehicle’s and you will find the answer in the Bongo Clinic.
02/05/23: Southern Softies 2024
The date and venue for this event are now in the members area. We are going back to Wallingford!
23/04/23: How Many Bongos Are There in UK?
You will find the answer in the Bongo Clinic.
23/04/23: Scottish Meeting
There’s no Scottish Bongo Bash this year but there is a weekender in early September in Dumfries & Galloway for subscribers to the Bongo Owners Scotland Facebook Group.
20/04/23: Expensive But Worth It
Prices have been announced for the Welsh Bongo Bash which will be held in Pemrokeshire at the end of August. See the members area for ofull details.
17/04/23: Don’t Get Locked Out
Have a look at the amended “Keys” fact sheet in the members area
06/04/23: Technical Hitch
We have received reports from members having difficulties when downloading fact sheets. We are aware of this problem. If you want to download a specific file but get an error message email me [email protected] and I will send you a pdf copy.
05/04/23: Once In A While….
…..we change the password for the members area so that freeloaders can’t access our hidden secrets. This will happen at 5pm tonight. An email will be sent to all paid-up members.
02/04/23: Back In Stock
24/03/23: Bongo Friendly Garages
The list of garages in the members area has been amended as some contact details have changed.
22/03/23: Latest Club Newsletter
Edition 78 of our quarterly newsletter is now available for download from the members area. It is available in both Word and PDF formats. If you are a webplus or postal member you will receive a copy in the post shortly.
15/03/23: A Day at the Races
Booking details are now in the members area for our August meeting at Market Rasen.
13/03/23: Meetings Update
Due to a cancellation we have a place available at Wallingford. You must book all 3 nights. There are 8 places left at the County Durham event. All electric hook ups have been sold for the Bash. You will find details in the Rallies and Meetings section of the members area.
12/03/23: Hot Cars!
We’ve seen an increase in membership applications from the USA recently and I think I’ve found the reason why. See here.
03/03/23: Bongo Bash Availability
We still have 15 electric pitches left and booking will re-commence on Monday by telephone only on 0114-2550836.
01/03/23: Bongo Bash on the Forum
The Bash pages are now live here.
26/02/23: Bongo Bash in June
Prices and booking arrangements have now been published and can be found on our dedicated Bongo Bash page.
We now have 2 places available for Wallingford. You must book all 3 nights. You will find details in the Rallies and Meetings section of the members area.
It’s “Dawn of the Bongonauts Part 2.”
19/02/23: How Much Paint Do I Need?
The answer can be found in the “Paint” fact sheet in the members area
17/02/23: Selling Your Bongo
We have updated the Selling fact sheet in the members area
17/02/23: Southern Softies
All 30 pitches at our April meeting were sold within 90 minutes when booking opened yesterday. We have started a waiting list and approached the campsite for more slots. You will find details in the Rallies and Meetings section of the members area.
10/02/23: Minor Revision
Some minor amendments have been made to the Alternator fact sheet in the members area
05/02/23: Tough Northerners
We have 12 places left for the weekend away in in County Durham. You will find details in the Rallies and Meetings section of the members area.
02/02/23: Revised Opening Hours
Although we can be contacted by email at any time, if you need to phone the Bongo Fury office (0114-2550836) we are now open the following hours only. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 0930 to 1230.
01/02/23: Charity Update
Marianne’s favourite charity was the International Committe for the Red Cross. I am pleased to announce that so far we have raised £2,132 from donations at the funeral and also online via this link. We will keep the donations page open until the end of March.
29/01/23: I’m Still Standing
Despite the recent traumas (see 18/1 below) we are determined to keep going and have taken a delivery of parts from Japan and many (but not all) items in the Bongoland Shop are now back in stock.
28/01/23: Minor Revision
Some minor amendments have been made to the Foglight fact sheet in the members area
27/01/23: May Meeting
We are now taking bookings for the weekend away in in County Durham. You will find details in the Rallies and Meetings section of the members area.
20/01/23: Another Revision
Some minor amendments have been made to the Aircon/Alt Belt (2 litre) fact sheet in the members area
18/01/23: The Founder of Bongo Fury
Today we say farewell to Marianne Maynard 30 January 1963 to 20 December 2022.
14/01/23: Southern Softies
Prices and full booking arrangements have been announced for our April meeting in the Thames Valley. You will find details in the Rallies and Meetings section of the members area.
10/01/23: Tough Northerners
Prices and full booking arrangements have been announced for our May meeting in County Durham. You will find details in the Rallies and Meetings section of the members area.
08/01/23: Another Revision
Some additional information has emerged regarding central locking so we have revised the Keys fact sheet in the members area
It is with profound sadness that I have to announce that my wife Marianne passed away in hospital just before Christmas following a respiratory illness. Obviously myself, her family and close friends are overcome with grief.
I will keep Bongo Fury running but in the short term will be on restricted hours, Monday and Thursday mornings only. We have nearly 2,000 members, many of whome knew Marianne personally, so I would appreciate it if you do not contact me unless absolutely necessary.
No flowers or cards please, M did not like a fuss. Instead messages of condolence via M’s favourite charirty at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding … ne-maynard
There will be an opportunity to celebrate Marianne’s life at forthcoming club events