At Cliffdene Hotel, Newquay, Saturday 13th December
Written by: Tristan Barratt
The Duchy Capri Club would like to thank the Cornwall RS Owners for a fantastic joint Christmas Bash in Newquay again!
Although fewer people attended, a large section of the Wiltshire RS Owners came along. A highly entertaining quiz of “guess the baby picture” had everyone entertained for the entire evening, with Jan doing her best Hercules Poirot impersonation by interrogating just about everyone – including the Hotel staff – just in case!
Mark also won “cutest baby” award from the Duchy Capri Club!
A few hardy souls managed to stay up all night and were at the breakfast table, knife and fork in hand ready for their full English…
We met at the Seafront Car Park at Marazion mid-morning on Sunday 28th September. The weather was fantastic for once! Once assembled, we headed down to Lands End, where we congregated for Tris to take his usual 2,000 pictures of everyone.
Once completed, we headed back to the First and Last Inn at Sennen for a hearty roast with some of the best gravy you’re ever likely to taste! Once consumed, we headed on our merry way.
A huge thanks to Carl and Sally who organised the route and destination for the run!
At the beginning of September we made our way up the M5 up to Bridgewater for the Blue Ridge Runners Annual show at the B.I.B.I.C. site. We had plenty of rain on the way up and over the weekend. Yes, another Powderham! We set up the new tent in our usual spot and it pissed it down – bringing a river straight through the tent, great! This was a wonderful start to the weekend, but, when we thought it couldn’t get much worse – it did! There were a few tents/caravans there already but not as many as usual. I wonder why!
After setting up and deciding not to put the bedding compartment up, we thought it best to sleep in Tony’s Transit. We did get to have a look around while there was still some grass left in the field, not all yet turned to mud, but it will, believe me. There was not a great deal to look at anyway. After that we made our way up to the pub and booked a meal for Saturday night, we did not even stop for a drink and that’s a first! We headed back to the campsite and sparked up the barbecue. After we made our way up to the beer tent where there were plenty of seats & tables. We grabbed a table & there we stayed for most of the evening, listening to the disco. That finished early due to someone falling into the disco equipment, whoops… not any of us, luckily. The rain had cleared up by that time, but it would be back.
Saturday was just as bad, except when we got up, we had a cooked breakfast which we managed to rustle up. The mud got worse. We did get stopped for driving too fast across the field (quagmire), we tried to explain that we were only trying to keep the car going without getting stuck but the marshal was none too pleased. The cars were covered in mud…
Well!… You can imagine, this just got worse. Anyway, later in the day we went up the pub and after went back to the tent to pick up some supplies, and made our way over to the beer tent for a couple of drinks… as you do, we then learned that the show had been cancelled for the Sunday. So we decided to pack up first thing in the morning & sod off home where I cooked breakfast.
Held at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge.
Written by: Tristan Barratt
Mark & Lewis, Will, Martin, Steve, Trevor & Tyler, Tris & Sam (with Tilly in tow), Roy, Carl & Sally met initially at Chiverton Cross services at 1000hrs.
We met Paul & Marlene in the showground itself and set up the stand.
It was sunny but breezy and we wondered whether the gazebo would take it but it stood brave and firm, sheltering us all in our hour of need.
We were in a different spot this year after a little confusion with letting us in, which saw us ending up quite near the main entrance.
There was the usual wide array of vehicles on display, with everything from static steam, diesel and petrol engines, through to traction engines, vintage cars, motorcycles right through to Smart cars and even an Audi R8!
Mark, Tris, Tony and Roy met at Chiverton Services for 9.00am. We set off and met Sabrina and George in the layby near Summercourt in Sabrina’s minty fresh Mk 1 Fiesta that she’d picked up the day before. Paul, Marlene, Lee, Andy and Gary T arrived and parked up alongside the rest of us.
We carried on to the football ground to be told there had been a bit of a problem with the showground. There had been a gig in the car park the previous night and the huge marquee was still up, meaning the car park was effectively unuseable!
However, with cars arriving rapidly, the organisers took the brave decision to park up on the grass area outside the car park instead!
Everyone agreed that this was actually a much nicer location for the show and with the weather being very pleasant, it made for a very nice day.
Duchy Capri Club once again won the best club stand of the day and Andy won the best in class with his gorgeous Mk 1 Cortina.
Club members assembled for the journey to Santa Pod at Chiverton Services at 0500hrs
Written by: Tristan Barratt
The day started misty which didn’t bode particularly well but it seemed to brighten as we set off.
After stopping for breakfast at Bridgewater, we arrived at Santa Pod at 1130hrs after a good clear run.
The gates were opened at 1200hrs and we continued through to the campsite (AKA “The Quagmire”). Finding a dry enough spot seemed to be the challenge of the day, as the field was obviously drenched and muddy from previous events.
Once we’d found an island to pitch the campsite on, we ventured off to sample the delights of the pod on a warm and humid ‘Run What You Brung’ day. The rain managed to stay away allowing some good runs down the strip – arguably the most memorable being the huge motorbike that covered the quarter mile in about 6 seconds – equaling the time the jet car completes the run in!
The evening wore on and after much beer and merriment we eventually managed to catch a few hours sleep before the main event.
Sunday morning broke and with the club stands field too wet to use, the stands were all moved to the opposite side of the strip, on the tarmac area. Much better and hopefully where they will stay for future events, particularly as the Duchy stand was a minute’s walk from the cafe! Ideal!
The joy of this show is the sheer variety of Classic Fords on display and even thought there seems to be an increasing number of more modern Fords it’s good to still see the older metal so well represented.
From Concourse to stripped out Nitro cars, there really was a little bit of everything. One of the more notable entries were 3 Taunus Transit vans (never sold in the UK and bearing more than just a passing resemblance to VW Camper vans). These had travelled over from Europe especially for the show!
Rain did stop play for a short while during the day, which meant a couple of hours of drying out time but once accomplished, the drag strip re-opened, allowing a couple of runs for the ever-popular Jet Funny Car.
We eventually packed up and headed for the gates and the long drive home at 1600hrs. The most arduous part of leaving was getting out of the pod itself!
Once on the motorways, we again made good progress and all were home by midnight at the very latest.
The best show of the year and we cannot wait already for next year!
This year was sadly our last year at Flambards – but what a swansong!
Despite a murky start, the sun came out and shone all day for us – resulting in a few sunburnt noses and heads!
With well over 100 cars in attendance, there was something for everyone.
Duchy Capri Club would like to thank EVERYONE who made the day very memorable and special thanks to:
• St Ives Motor Company
• Emlyn Stone
• Flambards Theme Park
• Auto Glym (Simon White)
• Richard Brothers Ltd
• Phantom Screen Print
• Feather Ya’ Nest
• Liam Slade
• Cornwall Air Ambulance
• Classic Ford Magazine
We managed to raise a grand total of £220 for our nominated charity The Cornwall Air Ambulance this year. A huge thank you to everybody who made this possible.
Organised by Tony and Steve, we met at Portreath Car Park for 1030hrs. It had been raining overnight so everyone was quite nervous about the weather but fortunately all our fears were unfounded as we had bright sunshine for the whole tour!
Once assembled, we set off down the North Cliffs road through Hayle and Carbis Bay and down to St Ives, where even numerous sets of traffic lights couldn’t break up the entourage!
We paused briefly in the car park above St Ives and continued back on towards Penzance.
By the time we had emerged at the dual carriageway near Penzance, the convoy was split, so we tried to catch up but Tris ruined everything by blatting past everybody who had by that time managed to get back in line. (He was apparently intending to go round the roundabout and rejoin the group) but by being in the wrong lane, confused everybody, who then went into the wrong lane and ended up eventually in the B&Q car park!
a bit of confusion ensued but we managed to get back together for a cruise along the promenade at Penzance and then headed for our final destination, the main car park at Marazion, where we parked up for a lovely roast in the Station House pub.
A huge thanks from everybody to Tony and Steve for a great start to the season!