Creating opportunities … LockCon 2010!

As you might know Han and I invest a lot of time and money visiting lock related fairs all over the globe. Huge investments, but they pay off. Because of it, our LockCon (formerly known as Dutch Open) attracts a lot of international attention and certainly does not go unnoticed in the ‘real’ lock(smith)world. I think it is fair to say it bridges the gap between the locksport community and the ‘professional’ lock(smith) community.

lockcon 2010!

We are currently negotiating a deal to have LockCon hosted outside the Netherlands in 2010! That is right: maybe there is a sponsor that is willing to host LockCon and it’s famous international lockpick championships (lockpicking / impressioning / safe combo dialing). If we can pull it off it will be really spectacular and a big breakthrough for all of us. And if we can not pull it off we will put our energy in organizing the event in Amsterdam in 2010 (although there are a few other options left as well). But we have good faith to be able to come out with some spectacular news in the weeks to come …

My first priorities now are the impressioning championships in Hamburg this weekend. I will have to defend my title against some friends who really believe it is time to bring it back to Germany. And rumor has my friends have been practicing a bit too ….

But so have we (yes, ‘we’: some other Toool members also are into impressioning a lot lately). My gut feeling says the record time of five minutes and thirteen seconds will be smashed, and we might even be looking at times in the three minute range! (depending a bit on how many ‘long pins’ there are in the lock).

I will make sure to bring my watch ….

8 Responses to “Creating opportunities … LockCon 2010!”

  1. mh says:

    great news!
    I hope “outside NL” means that it’s still reachable for many of the regular participants with acceptable travel cost?

    And good luck in HH, the MUC team has been practicing a bit as well ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Alexandre says:

    I hope too !
    If “Outside NL” means in France, it would be nice !

    We will have our first Annual Lockpicking Meeting this summer. Probably with some picking and impressioning championships too ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Good luck for your contest !


  3. Come to Finland, I’ll buy you a beer ๐Ÿ˜›

    Barry, when do we get to know what country you guys are planning to conquer? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Mike Ehv says:

    Sorry for all… But it must be held in Belgium off course… Next to the Duivel Brewery!! :))) Yihoo!!

  5. Henk says:

    When you take in account that a criterium is that the people speak another language,Sneek was perfect,for those of you who don,t live in the Netherlands,Sneek is part of Friesland,where the Frysian community lives,yes I,m one of them as well:-))))

  6. mh says:

    Other criteria for me would be: Does the country have a trustworthy legal system (or could I end up in jail for a few days without knowing why and without anyone else knowing where I am)
    and is it legal and morally accepted to carry certain tools?


  7. mh has a very good point and I would lik to know the answer to those questions too ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Jean-Claude says:

    Home of the free indeed ๐Ÿ™‚