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NOW CLOSED Send in your pics of your DCs dressing up as RAC patrol or playing with cars and be in with a chance of winning fab prizes

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Nov-12 11:37:39

We're so excited about the fact you can now add photos to threads on MN that we're working with the RAC to run a photo-based competition!

You may have seen RAC's new winter TV ad which features a child RAC patrol getting his friend's vehicle started, and is meant to be a fun way of reminding people that winter driving comes with its own unique challenges. Here's what RAC says about it: "Last year we were called out to 385,000 car problems at home. This winter RAC will give you Free At Home cover if you select our Roadside and Recovery package, so we'll rescue you at the roadside, at home or take you and your car anywhere in mainland UK."

What RAC would like Mumsnetters to do is share photos of your DCs doing one or more of the following:

~ Dressing up as RAC patrol
~ Having fun playing with cars, toy garages etc
~ Just generally enjoying winter at home (we've got our fingers crossed for snow!)

So please upload your best photos - we really want to see your DCs enjoying themselves - maybe they have a favourite toy car you can't get them out of? Or perhaps they're fixated with Rory the Racing Car? Or Top Gear?! Whatever it may be, we'd love to see your photos.

There will be a prize draw open to all MNers who post a photo on this thread - one randomly selected poster will win a £70 ride-on retro Speedster and another will win a children's RAC-style patrol uniform.

RAC will then choose their top 10 from all of the photos posted on this thread. Mumsnetters will be asked to vote for their favourites in a competition running on Mumsnet in December. The 3 MNers whose photos get the most votes will win a Deluxe Metal Woody Wagon Pedal worth more than £250, a £70 ride-on retro Speedsters or a children's RAC-style patrol uniform. This will be done separately to the prize draw on this thread.

To be in with a chance of winning, post your photo(s) on this thread. We'll announce the top 10 by Thurs 6th Dec.

Thanks and good luck!

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 23-Nov-12 13:51:22

Can you clarify the situation on copyright. Are photos the same as text ie if we post photos will they then be owned by mumsnet/RAC who will have unlimited rights over use and and publication.?

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Nov-12 14:08:17

Good Q ItsAllGoingToBeFine - let me investigate and get back to you!

AliceWChild Fri 23-Nov-12 14:11:09

Do the RAC only employ men then? How does that work with equality legislation? Glad I know so as to avoid them. Odd thing to see on MN. Thought you were more aware than this.

Firawla Fri 23-Nov-12 14:21:22

Sorry to moan but does it have to be a voting comp? cos its very hard to compete when some people go all out on begging votes from all and sundry then normal people dont get a chance? more fair if mumsnet team chose or something?

givemeaclue Fri 23-Nov-12 14:45:25

Patrol man. So no girls then. Why is mn perpetuating sexist nonsense please

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 23-Nov-12 15:17:49

alice give me a clue So you are saying that wee girls can't play at being men. How terribly sexist of you...

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Nov-12 15:18:50


Can you clarify the situation on copyright. Are photos the same as text ie if we post photos will they then be owned by mumsnet/RAC who will have unlimited rights over use and and publication.?

Hello. The answer is: the usual terms apply. The copyright sitch over pictures is the same as over text posts. See our Terms of Use

That said, we have no plans to publish a book of pictures!

And the RAC, or any other sponsor of a Sponsored Discussion, would not have the right to use your pictures without your express and prior permission.

Might be the moment, also, to remind folks that it's wise never to post stuff up on a Google-indexed website such as ours that you wouldn't want anyone and everyone to read/see.

AliceWChild Fri 23-Nov-12 15:25:17

Yes cos after all only men can fix cars. Women might break a nail or something hmm

HelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Nov-12 15:25:38


Patrol man. So no girls then. Why is mn perpetuating sexist nonsense please

Sorry. Obviously, we mean "dressing up as a member of the RAC patrol team".

No sexism intended. But thanks for pulling us up.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 23-Nov-12 15:26:28

Thank you Helen, you may wish to consider making your T's and Cs more accessible from the mobile site smile

Princessishavingababyboo Fri 23-Nov-12 15:36:41

Oh for goodness sake TheOtherHelenMumsnet and HelenMumsnet thank you for putting on the competition, while we baseball jumping on the sexist band wagon can I add, I have been rescued many many many times unlucky with cars does not cover it my friends have and family, I have seen other people on the reads being rescued and my db was a recovery driver, never once have I ever seen a lady doing this job, or heard of a lady having this job. That is not to say we are incapable, or to say that there aren't some lady recovery drivers out there somewhere but mostly on the whole it is a man doing it, now ffs it was a mis type, I'm sure they have learnt their lessons now could you lay off it and let's have some fun with car and winter photos! <off to find a pic of ds looking fab in the winter and fixing cars>

Princessishavingababyboo Fri 23-Nov-12 15:41:23

#are all, not baseball.

Funnily enough my DS was dressed as an official RAC Patrolman for Halloween and I have lots of high res images....

...Aye. Popeye!

KristinaM Fri 23-Nov-12 17:03:46

" lady recovery drivers" hmm

Sleepyfergus Fri 23-Nov-12 19:07:24

Hear hear Princess. Ever get the feeling that there are folk out there just looking for a mistype so they can get their knickers, oops UNDERGARMENTS (don't want to be a caused of being sexist), in a twist???

MrsJamin Fri 23-Nov-12 20:12:14

Surely it would be best to email the photo? Most people wouldn't want photos of their children on a thread, but happier within the members-only profile pages.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Nov-12 20:13:05

Sincere apologies for any offence caused - RAC wanted us to mention that they do have female patrol too, so have amended the OP to reflect that. Sorry!

Princessishavingababyboo Fri 23-Nov-12 21:28:12

Exactly Sleepy let's not let a bandwagon roll by empty eh???

Now, HQ is there a way of posting my fabulous and clearly prize winning picture from the mobile site? Or do I need the desk top site? I have never used the picture threads before so not too sure how they work.

TaggieCampbellBlackFriday Fri 23-Nov-12 22:58:35

My children are refusing to cooperate.

Would a photo of me and/or DH dressed as a patrol person and having sime winter fun do instead?

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:30:29

This is my son at 2 yo on a friends motorbike

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:37:31

Aaron with his Cars

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:38:31

Aaron and cars2

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:41:13

Aaron and Genral Lee

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:42:42

Aaron and the mystery Machine

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:43:57

Aaron and car

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:51:28

Aaron and smoky

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:55:23

Fun in the snow

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:56:33

Fun in the snow 2

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 17:59:35

motorbike 2

Princessishavingababyboo Sat 24-Nov-12 18:34:57

Oh they are all fab! Still trying to figure out how to do mine sad

AnAirOfHopeForSnow Sat 24-Nov-12 18:49:54

On the full site - i had to go on laptop. You need to click browse and pick your photo then type a message and then post.

Princessishavingababyboo Sat 24-Nov-12 19:14:18

Thank you anairofhope will get on to it!

Kveta Sat 24-Nov-12 19:49:56

DD + DS playing with the toy garage - he was showing her how it worked, she was trying to eat the edges of it (teething)

Kveta Sat 24-Nov-12 20:09:05

DS + DH in the snow last christmas

Kveta Sat 24-Nov-12 20:09:45

DS quite literally in the snow in 2010!

MikeOxard Sat 24-Nov-12 22:29:53

Dd last year, driving her truck.

Firawla Sun 25-Nov-12 00:17:31

so cute everyone, im gonna put mine on tomorrow

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Sun 25-Nov-12 01:06:04

Can you post pictures from the mobile version?

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Sun 25-Nov-12 01:06:42

And yes, some very cute pics already on here!

daiz18 Sun 25-Nov-12 12:16:22

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Firawla Sun 25-Nov-12 20:20:02

ds2 in his favourite car, he loves this so much

Firawla Sun 25-Nov-12 20:20:40

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

groundhogmum Mon 26-Nov-12 10:50:43

DD3 aged 3 "helping" Daddy tidy his van! (He's an RAC Patrol) smile

Firawla Mon 26-Nov-12 16:47:41

thats a good one groundhogmum! mine seems to be working now so i will put couple more on. does it take time for the pics to show up/be approved or something??

this is ds2 again with his fave cosy coupe, and also ds1

Firawla Mon 26-Nov-12 16:48:13

ds2 playing with toy car, when he was younger

Firawla Mon 26-Nov-12 16:49:08

ds1 on motorbike

Firawla Mon 26-Nov-12 16:49:33

ds2 on car thing in park

Firawla Mon 26-Nov-12 16:50:15

winter fun ds1 in the snow

Firawla Mon 26-Nov-12 16:51:37

winter fun ds2

k2togm1 Mon 26-Nov-12 20:38:35

DS with tonka truck

k2togm1 Mon 26-Nov-12 20:39:24

DS with more vans and a lorry

SucksToBeMe Tue 27-Nov-12 04:41:30

The RAC left me stranded with a broken down car outside Manchester. Waited 5hrs,they never showed. thankfully a AA van went past, then reversed back to us and fixed our car. I detest the RAC. Off topic a bit sorry blush

DD2 'driving her tractor' - she was sooooo delighted to find one her size!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 27-Nov-12 16:47:06

Great pics so far all! To answer queries about uploading from the mobile site, unfortunately it's not possible to do that yet but it's on TechMumsnet's vvv long to-do list!

aaaaagh Tue 27-Nov-12 18:21:56

Noah in his Crocodile Car

aaaaagh Tue 27-Nov-12 18:23:25

not sure why you need to click on my pic.....uh oh! Technophobe!

aaaaagh Tue 27-Nov-12 18:28:54

Slave labour! £1.50 for a full valet inside and out and they think it was a game! Shhhh!

aaaaagh Tue 27-Nov-12 18:33:03

Cleaning the roof of the car!

DS2 in his favourite vehicle

OpheliaBumps Tue 27-Nov-12 21:31:18

Team Cookie Monster busy mending a motorbike.

DS2 on the Low Loader!

DS1 "Driving" the Land Rover

Technical bugger up here is the pic

DS1 got a trade in now driving the range rover!

With his latest car

DS3 this morning with his birthday present!

mignonette Wed 28-Nov-12 20:23:15

Here is my little Biker baby

mignonette Wed 28-Nov-12 20:23:29


MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 28-Nov-12 20:36:27

Toddly Boo getting to grips with a little light farm work

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 28-Nov-12 20:37:34

Teen Boo supervising the RedBull F1 team smile

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 28-Nov-12 20:39:15

Aah poo, will try again sad

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 28-Nov-12 20:43:01

Ooh they worked after all, will add the others smile as you were.

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 28-Nov-12 20:45:56

Toddly boo 'off for a ride with the lads'

MissLToeishavingsantasbabyboo Wed 28-Nov-12 20:52:36

Toddly boo has chosen his career smile

molemum Thu 29-Nov-12 01:23:01

Connor loving that Car

molemum Thu 29-Nov-12 01:25:35

Dillan's snow fun!

molemum Thu 29-Nov-12 01:26:16

Nathan's snow fun!

chillie Thu 29-Nov-12 17:22:43

Space trip to the moon.

reastie Thu 29-Nov-12 18:32:42

DD driving a tractor!

AWimbaWay Thu 29-Nov-12 19:43:10

Dd2 with a snowman giving a lift to a fairy.

AWimbaWay Thu 29-Nov-12 19:44:19

Ds with his favourite red sports car.

AWimbaWay Thu 29-Nov-12 19:45:03

Think there's been an accident.

AWimbaWay Thu 29-Nov-12 19:54:59

Dd1 taking driving very seriously.

eteo Thu 29-Nov-12 23:25:35

Kieran in paris disneyland

eteo Thu 29-Nov-12 23:26:27

Kieran in paris disneyland

thisthreadwilloutme Fri 30-Nov-12 12:41:15

J takes his driving very seriously. grin

thisthreadwilloutme Fri 30-Nov-12 12:44:06

J with his favourite car and fire engine

Driving Daddy's car

Both boys

Joe (3 today) loves his tiny cars. Lines them up, in the round - his favourite thing is one long line - he calls them "grumble lines" - aka traffic jams... I have about a zillion photographs of different configurations...

My picture didn't load. Humph. Hope it works this time, seems to on the preview... Attached a link as backup. No one likes playing cars as much as Joe. Fact.

Here's a link if all else fails

littlecharlieboy Fri 30-Nov-12 22:45:37

Charlie getting ready to fix his car.

littlecharlieboy Fri 30-Nov-12 22:49:40

I'll try again.

hammyhunter Sat 01-Dec-12 12:57:40

DS in Heaven driving a tractor

AniceCupOfTeaPlease Sat 01-Dec-12 20:13:41

Routine maintenence of her favourite little car...A clean car is a happy car! must heed own advice grin

AniceCupOfTeaPlease Sat 01-Dec-12 20:28:22

Oh, its really not playing ball tonight and wont upload. I give up...huff!

Doing a few repairs at the garage.

Hmm don't think that has uploaded properly. ?

Littlebearlost Sat 01-Dec-12 23:47:31

Ted in his first car

Littlebearlost Sat 01-Dec-12 23:52:11

Try again, in his first car!

Littlebearlost Sat 01-Dec-12 23:55:21

Being a firefighter

Littlebearlost Sat 01-Dec-12 23:57:09

Diggers in the snow

Littlebearlost Sat 01-Dec-12 23:58:38

And driving the golf buggy on holiday. Sort of.

Littlebearlost Sun 02-Dec-12 00:04:58

Last one - who knew I had so many photos of my child in various vehicles??

annehathaway Sun 02-Dec-12 22:23:48

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 03-Dec-12 09:50:25

Thanks all for posting your pics - we'll send this off to RAC now and will let you know if your pic will appear on the competition on MN!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 04-Dec-12 17:38:56

Hi all - I have an update!

RAC loved your photos so much that they couldn't pick just 10 to be in the competition, so they've picked 12 instead! The 12 MNers whose photos will appear in the December competition on MN are:


Please keep an eye out for your photos appearing on the competitions page of MN from this Thursday!

Also, we've done the separate prize draw for this thread, which was open to everyone who posted a photo on this thread (whether you were picked to be in the competition or not!) and the two winners are:

hammyhunter who has won a ride-on retro Speedster, and

Dharmabumpkin who has won a children's RAC-style patrol uniform

Congratulations! I'll PM you to get your details!

Littlebearlost Sat 15-Dec-12 18:30:58

Where do I find the competition page?!

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 18-Jan-13 11:24:25

Hi all - just to let you know that the following MNers won prizes for the photos they submitted that featured in a December competition on MN:

SmethwickBelle won a Deluxe Metal Woody Wagon Pedal

justshootmenow won a ride-on retro Speedster worth £70

AnAirOfHopeForSnow won a RAC-style patrol uniform

Congratulations! And thanks again to all who posted photos here.

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