I started going to this rally 6 or 7 years ago. I think I have missed only 1 year. The first year I attended, I called a week before the rally and got a nice campsite right on the water in section c. This was the first year the rally was held at the mountain fairgrounds. Two years ago I called for a campsite reservation in early January, and there were only about 7 sites left, all in section a. I didn't much care for the site I got. There was no room for my trailer, and I had to park it elsewhere. Last year I started calling on the first day that reservations were allowed, and after some time getting busy signals and redialing, got a reservation in section b. I called a few times before the rally to attempt to change my campsite and was told there were no open sites. It turned out to be a good site, however. This year I started calling on January 2 at 7:30am and after getting busy signals and redialing finally got through on attempt 247 at 12:30pm. There were 2 sites left in section d, one of which I reserved. All of the sites in section b and c were taken. I think by now, it is quite likely all of the sites will be reserved. Area 1 across the highway may have open sites. Maybe when the say they are full they aren't including area 1. The women who work in the office must dread the the first day for reservations.
It's definitely become more difficult since the move to the fairgrounds. My group always reserved two spots, this year we could only get one. I might need to stash my trailer in the back lot, not much different than Barber. We always end up in area A. I don't think they want tents in the other areas except maybe across the road. I don't know how some people seem to get the same spots every year. Not much choice for campgrounds to host large events. Most of the locations with enough space cater to RVs only, or permanent spaces.
Wade, there's only one way to find out! If you haven't been to the area, I'll issue the invitation. We've got space, and I've got bikes. Unfortunately, not British, at the moment, but ridin' is ridin! If you'ld like to bring the better half, we also have a house on Air BnB that I blocked out for that weekend.
Hugh: Proof the Dodo is not extinct presently without a Brit Bike A couple others
The rally is also on the same weekend as the Triumph National rally. An annoying feature since there are so few British motorcycle events anymore. So the British in the Blue Ridge and maybe the 3 state mountain ride are the only events for me this year.
GAMBA started out as a local chapter of TIOC. At least one year this rally was also the Triumph National. I remember that John Healy and Jack Wilson gave the tech presentation on Saturday night. Good times!