2012 Club Events
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National Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh Park
6th/7th May 2012
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We had up to 30 cars on our site during Sunday, including some new members, one of whom, Megan Ashton, won the Martin and Walker salver for best in show (see opposite). Readers of the club magazine will know of this car, as it was featured on the cover of the Christmas issue last year.
Megan built the Speedster herself over the last 6 years, starting with a £400 wreck of a Beetle. It was finished in time for her to use for her own wedding and is a great example of what can be achieved with a decent level of skill and a great deal of patience! Megan attended the show with her father, Viv Beel, who runs a family garage business in Barnstaple, named (wait for it!) Auto-Mo-Beel.
The number of manufacturers displaying their wares in the main halls was noticeably down again this year, as was the number of dealers in all the other bits and pieces that make this show such a good place to pick up a few bargains - this year’s “winners” were a patio cleaner attachment (!) and an air compressor tyre pump snapped up by one or two of our members for a mere £4.
Rob Jones chaired the AGM in one of the rooms at the showground and members were able to hear an update on the club, the website, events, technical stuff, etc, as well as giving their input on ideas for Rob to work on during the next 12 months.
Among other members, we were pleased to welcome Udo Guddat, who made his usual annual pilgrimage from Germany, this year with a new hardtop, built (of course) by himself, to original Porsche specifications. It’s probably the best hardtop I’ve seen for the Speedster, but it’s what we’ve come to expect from Udo, who built every part of his Speedster and his 356 Coupe himself, including the bodies, which he made from his own moulds.
Among the rarer sights in our club’s display were Vernon and Yvonne’s burgundy Speedster (now believed to have completed over 1,000 miles in Vernon’s 20 years of ownership!) and a black Intermeccanica with Audi 4-cylinder in-line engine and many original features (see 3 photos opposite)
Alas, Bank Holiday Monday reverted to type and the day was wet and miserable, with very few members of the public out and about, so only a few brave visitors came to our site. We only had 5 cars on display all day and 4 of them belonged to those of us who had stayed overnight for the second day of the show! Never mind there’s always next year! And surely it’s not too much to hope for decent weather on May Bank Holiday weekend?
Tony Tucker - Events Co-ordinator