Mark and Steve made the long journey to the NEC for the annual Classic Car and Bike show.
With 11 halls this show was the biggest yet, and 1 day was not really enough to take it all in.
We spent most of the day in the Ford Hall, Capri Clubs included the Capri Mk1 Owners Club who had a great display
Mike Brewer, Ed China and the Staff of Practical Classics restored a Morris 1000 pick-up which they had started on the Friday. While Guy Martin entertained with some great Isle of Mann TT stories on stage.
Hopefully we will visit this one again next year, but we will make it a weekender
A hardy bunch for this one, as we left Chivey (Mark & Julie, Trevor & Tyler and John) the weather can only be described as “very wet”, but the lure of a big breakfast kept us going.
We were first to arrive and made a dash to the diner, where we sat at the reserved seats for OSF and the Triumph Club. The food as usual was great and once we were all fed and watered we made our way outside. A total of 9 Fords made it (a bit disappointing, but understandable) and 5 Triumph’s.
After a chat and a few pics we all decided to head off. A big thank you to Malcolm, who organised the meet, which we enjoyed despite the weather.
We assembled at Helston Football Club (Mark, Carl and Craig), where there were around 100 Classic Cars of various types. Commercial Vehicles and Motorcycles had already left and the cars started pulling out at 11.00am.
A pleasant and steady run to The Lizard following an Austin 1100, the weather was good but when we got to the green the rain from the previous day had made it rather sticky. (SCV muddy again after a major clean from the West of England the previous weekend). A good crowd were looking at some great cars on display and after a wander and a proper Pastie we headed off. A different but enjoyable Road Run which I’m sure we would do again.
After many years at a site near St Agnes this was the 2nd year at this relatively new venue. And I, like many people think it is better alround and even better supported (although it is rumoured they lost money again).
Although a 3 day event I managed to attend Saturday and Sunday with Sunday being the better day weather wise.
There was over 160 cars, with quite a few interesting Fords amongst them. Again I managed to recruit some more for our show next year. This is probably the biggest show in Cornwall with something for everyone and well worth a visit next year www.weses.co.uk
After speaking to the Car secretary, he suggested they may be raising the age limit for Cars next year (currently 1973) due to the fact this year there were more tractors than Cars.
With so many shows being rained off this year, we had high hopes for this one, although mainly dry we did experience the odd shower.
We all met up at the Route 38 Diner for this one and this proved a popular place to congregate. The drive then onto Mount Edgcumbe was very enjoyable with twists and turns and quite often single track as through Millbrook village.
On arrival we were parked in rows according to the “make” of vehicle. We had 3 Capri’s and a Ford Granada Consul, unfortunately Matt’s Capri had a water pump problem, so he came along in his Fiesta and Luke arrived late afternoon and couldn’t park with us.
There was a good turnout of various Veteran, Classic and American cars, and there were some Fords which we had not seen before including an Australian RS2000 4dr and a 100E V8. The auto jumble and trade Stands wasn’t as big as previous years but this you come to expect. The rain started to get a bit heavier and prolonged at 4.00pm so we packed up and joined the queue (everyone decided to leave the same time) this was fine apart from some idiot in a Granada who decided to wheel spin damaging one of our cars.
Members who attended: Mark, Steve, Carl, Craig, Pete, Matt and Luke, also some members families.
As the title suggests this was a great day out for all the family. There was about 60 Classic Cars on display, but so much else besides.
An indoor craft fair, car boot, dog show, kids entertainment, live music. The best event though, was the “It’s a Knock out challenge” with teams competing in many fun events, most including water, very entertaining. We have been asked to enter a team next year, might have to think hard about that one
Members who attended; Pete Parnell, Mark and Julie, Trevor and Tyler, Steve and Jan, Will and family.
We all left Cornwall at various times during Saturday for the long trip to Santa Pod. Sabrina, Tony, Josh, Steve, Martin, Will and Fran took the hardy option and camped. While Mark, Lewis, Trevor and Tyler stayed at a nearby Travel Lodge.
Sunday dawned with bright sunshine “Great” apart from my 2.8 overheating while queuing for our club stand (drove home ok though) We had 5 cars on our stand, 3 Capri’s and 2 Sierra’s, we didn’t put up our sign though, due to the increasing wind.
There were some great cars on display including an Mk2 Escort AA van and a Tawny Brown Mk1 Escort for sale with only 101 miles. Capri Power had a great display, but they were beaten by the sheer numbers on the OSF stand. (over 90 cars) Classic Fords “Great Unveiling” produced 5 never seen before fresh builds with an interesting Capri and a gorgeous Consul Capri GT. There was the usual drag strip action, a chance to experience a Mk2 Escort rally car, and a stunt show by Terry Grant, which was excellent. (Lewis then had a entertaining ride in a drift car) There was one negative though, Josh’s Capri was damaged at the camp site by some drunken idiots, maybe security needs to be stepped up next year. To sum up – a great show and well worth a visit next year, though I would recommend a Travel Lodge.