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Slough Swapmeet - 4th November 2012
Report from Tony Tucker                                                      

After all my reports this year lamenting the awful weather, you might think that the Slough Swapmeet, being indoors and therefore not dependent on a fine day, would be bathed in sunshine.  Well, you’d be wrong, because it chucked it down with rain all day, so I took the Golf and left the Speedster under its cover in the garage.  It seemed fitting that the season ended true to form with another wet event!

Fortunately, apart from the choice of transport, the weather didn’t affect us inside the hall, although the numbers, both of dealers and of the public, were so markedly down on previous years that the rain may have put some people off (another big aircooled event on the same day, plus the recession, may also have contributed to the poor turnout).

Anyway, the club was surprisingly well represented, with Len Raynsford and Simon Hambly running a stall, with help from Gerald Rigby, and Paul Foreman appearing on the other side of the hall, where he was also selling lots of auto-jumble and quality motor parts.

Early sales were not promising and we spent more money buying things from each other than we did dealing with the public!  But it picked up during the morning and both Len and Simon got rid of quite a lot of their stock - goodness knows where, or why, Simon collects so much in the way of (high quality) tools, parts and accessories!  He also did a good line in children’s toys, with some of Harry’s surplus playthings finding new owners among the punters!

For myself, I bought a virtually unused electric drill from Simon, for a bargain price (my daughter needs one!), a rechargeable electric screwdriver and torch from Len and a very fine Pure rechargeable radio, also from Simon.  That took care of most of the money I received from Len for the two Porsche grill badges I acquired for him online (one of Nurburgring and one Le Mans), which club members will no doubt be able to admire next year when Len  parades his current work-in-progress, the 718 Spyder, for which the badges are destined!

 

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By early afternoon, it was clear that things were coming to a halt and we all went home to try to catch the Grand Prix.  Despite the wet weather, quite a fun day to end the season - although Exeter, under new management, is still to come, but with no official club presence this year, as Vernon and Yvonne won’t be there.

I now keep the car under wraps (unless there are some nice sunny winter days to come) until next year, when no doubt the weather will be much improved!?

Tony

 

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