2009 Club Events
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Classics at the Castle
Sherbourne - 19th July 2009
Looking back at my recent reports of Club events, I notice that the much-praised gazebo has featured prominently, sheltering members from the blazing sun at TIPEC in May, the cold and wet at Castle Combe in June and, last Sunday at Sherbourne, the fierce wind - er... not quite!
Leaving a sunny Surrey at 6am, we met other members off the M3 near Basingstoke to cruise down to this new event for the Club calendar, 150 miles away in Dorset. And yes, in addition to Len and Simon's Chesils, we were joined for the journey by (wait for it) Rob Jones in his Intermeccanica!!!!! After only 3 years and countless problems, this gorgeous Convertible D is finally on the road, with its original Porsche ivory paintwork and fine detailing (plus "poseur" suitcase for display on the luggage rack when we reached the show!)
Alas, not for the first time this year, the fine weather of the south-east was not mirrored elsewhere and Dorset was decidedly blustery, though mostly dry. Up went the gazebo - in more senses than one! After setting it up and installing numerous chairs and tables, most members went looking for coffee and bacon sandwiches, thus missing the sight of the gazebo soaring 15 feet into the air and landing in a broken heap 10 yards away. Far too bent and battered for restoration, it played no further part in the day and looks very much like an ex-gazebo!
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Despite the wind, the show was excellent, with two rallies of veteran and classic cars arriving during the day and over 1000 classic cars to inspect in the grounds of Sherbourne Castle. Two fine Porsche 356 Coupes took the eye, as did numerous historic Aston Martins and a superb display of 1950s American Cadillacs, Dodges, Lincolns, Edsels, Fords and Chevvies. There was a classic car auction as well, for anyone interested in acquiring an addition to their fleet.
Our Club had 8 Speedsters and 2 Spyders on display. Rob's Intermeccanica may be a unique car, but something even rarer turned up - a Tygan Speedster, lovingly built by Darren Parfitt and proof that Tygan did exist and did supply kits - although I don't really expect to see another one. Anyway, well done Darren, the car is very nice and the gunmetal paint makes a change from the usual many shades of silver.
Sherbourne looks like being an event for the Club's calendar in the future. Now, it's on to the Hampshire Pageant in August (Bank Holiday). I've given out a dozen free tickets already, but I still have more if any members want to contact me - although you may have to do without a gazebo to protect you from the elements!