2010 Club Events
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Slough Swapmeet - 14th November 2010
This event is really just a giant autojumble and place for dealers to sell all things aircooled. There was a significant difference this year, however, as Len Raynsford had enterprisingly booked himself in as a dealer and been given a display area for his bits (so to speak!) Actually, it was more Simon Hambly's bits, as Simon volunteered to share the table and turned up with a massive array of stuff no longer needed for his Speedster and Camper Van. I also turned up with a few items and we duly laid out the display between 8am and 9am, just in time for the public to be admitted.
Simon's policy of not attaching price labels to any items (in truth, not so much a policy as a happy accident, as he had forgotten to prepare any labels) soon paid dividends, as several buyers volunteered payments higher than Simon had in mind! At one point (I'm not making this up!) he was heard to shout (in true Monty Pythonesque style) "haggle, for Christ's sake - haggle! You don't just accept the first price, do you?"
Speedster Club members had clearly decided to make an impact on the show, as Nigel Cousins also had a stall, where he was assisted at different times by Gerald Rigby and Paul Foreman. Peter Fenn also showed up during the morning, so the Club was well represented!
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Although numbers were down a bit on previous years (the recession? - surely not!) the event was full of energy and enthusiasm and gave us an interesting view from "the other side of the counter".
By close of business, Len and Simon had sold a truly amazing amount of stuff, with Simon cleaning up (financially) in a big way and, quite apart from the fun, proving that the modest outlay for the dealer's table was worthwhile.
And now, it's time for the winter Speedster hibernation, assuming that there will be nasty stuff (including salt - ouch!) on the roads soon. So, apart from the occasional outing, I will be awaiting with eagerness the start of the 2011 season.