Boconnoc Steam Fair, Boconnoc House, near Bodmin, 24th, 25th 26th July 2009
Nice show – shame about the weather!
Written by: Tristan Barratt
Members of the club had initially arranged to go to the Sunday of the show, the majority of us hadn’t been before so didn’t really know what to expect.
However, the forecast looked awful for Sunday, so Mark & Julie, Carl & Sally, Gary & Caroline and Tris decided to head up on the Saturday, with Gary & Caroline intending to camp over the Saturday night.
So, with the now fairly familiar grey skies above us, we left Chiverton Cross and headed for Truro to make our way to the show. Our route took us through St Austell and Lostwithiel and almost to Dobwalls when we picked up the trail of signs.
What a location! Set in the grounds of a stately home, there were a good 3/4 fields full of various different historic steam and agricultural machinery, along with hundreds of classic cars and ex-forces/services vehicles. Along with craft tents, stands and stalls, a fairground, helicopter rides and a ‘Wall of Death’, it was far bigger than we expected!
Mercifully, the weather just about held for the day, though the fields were fairly muddy from all the previous rain. Former member Nigel Wiles showed us his new pride and joy, a tidy looking Mk1 Cortina and rejoined the club too.
The majority of us left at about 4.30, leaving the grounds through what felt like a rally stage, along with an articulated low-loader lorry providing some ‘interesting’ moments of fun when he barged his way past us all with barely a cat’s whisker between his lumbering trailer and our wing mirrors.
Gary & Caroline stayed on for the night but received a soaking the next morning when they decided to finally leave at 1.30 in the afternoon.