Established 1976


With good weather on the lead up to the show, the sudden change to rain
midweek suggested that we were in for a wet show once again. Not to
worry, for once Mother Nature was on our side and the forecast was a good
one. So much so, that we had a huge rush of phone calls looking for a late
entry on the day. Talk about leaving it to the last minute, we were still
getting calls on the Sunday night!
We loaded up the van on the Saturday lunchtime and took it down to the
park ready for the setup on Sunday. That was when we saw our newly
refurbished hospitality unit. Wow! What a stunning transformation, Paul
Ratcliffe and his people at Groundhog really changed it from a useable but
tired looking unit, to a new looking purpose built hospitality suite. Thank
you Paul, from all of us. Sunday, our usual setup day, saw a good turnout
of members and friends. This enabled us to finish the work nice and early,
despite the grass still being quite damp in places, our line marking kits
made life a little easier in marking out pitches etc.

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Bank holiday sunshine, what next The SHVR stand was bigger this year

Bank holiday Monday dawned early as always on show day but it was
sunny and warm, a change from the previous year’s rain. Despite the
unsociably early start, we were helped by a good number of members who
made the effort and arrived nice and early to help with the last minute
setup. Many thanks to those of you that made the early start, it really does
make a difference. Last year our club stand was a bit too small, so we
made it double the size for this year and we were still short of space for all
of our cars once again. Perhaps we need to fence off the whole of the park!
The entries flooded in, including a mass of late entries. There were so
many of them that we ended up filling all of the class areas available. We
need a different solution for next year to retain proper classes, it makes
judging much simpler and fairer to the vehicle exhibitors. Maybe we have
to revisit the park layout? Overall though, the compliments outweighed the
problems and a good day was had by all.

Geoff Thomas’s ‘new’ Model A

Gordon’s first outing in his new Austin

The Red Cross replica field ambulance. A well packed selection of cars to see
The Auto jumble was busy as always. Relaxing in the sun by your car, perfect.

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