It’s that time of year again when, apart from the odd local show which some of us might go to, the Club’s show season comes to an end. And what a way to finish the show season off, an absolutely brilliant weekend at Event City, Manchester.
I have to say that, yet again our stand looked fantastic, one of the best there without doubt. As we turned up on the Friday afternoon, everything had already been done, once more by Mike, Alex and Ross. Thank you again guys, not only for this show, but of course the others throughout the year which we all come to and enjoy.
We had a great selection of Capri’s as always, consisting this time of our and Alex’s Lasers, Steve’s Brooklands, Tony, Mark and Ian’s S models, Gaz’s Mark 1 golden wonder, and Alan’s 2.8 and GL.
Our weekend stay had something which I’m sure no other club was able to offer it’s members, and that is the private transport for us all to and from the venue and the hotel. Four trips in total, many thanks to Ian and Adam at Belle Vue coach hire, definitely massive thanks are due. Not only were the coaches first class, one of which with it’s luxury leather seats I just didn’t want to get out of it was that comfortable, but the drivers were brilliant too, and couldn’t do enough for us. Superb service.
The Copthorne hotel at Salford Quays was an inspired choice, it was excellent. Couldn’t fault it at all, we loved our stay there and would without doubt return, just a pity we didn’t have a few more days, or even weeks.
The Friday and Saturday evenings witnessed plenty of food and drink, pictures for which can be found on the Facebook site. The Saturday night saw us going into town. I would like to write more about it, but I can’t remember any of it. And that’s always the sign of a good night out! We did all have a fantastic curry though at a restaurant organised for us by Kasey. That was a great meal and a really good time, it just couldn’t have been any better.
Back with the show, on the Saturday one of the judges was seen hovering around Mark’s aforementioned 3.0S with his clipboard, scrutinising and scoring it. Mark’s car had only gone and won an award for best car in show pre 1980! How brilliant is that, very well deserved, it is an immaculate example of this very sought after model. Congratulations again Mark, we were all made up for you. Tony and Danielle stayed behind to gallantly accepted the award on Mark’s behalf so it was waiting for him on his return to the show on the Sunday.
As most will know, we have had our share of famous faces at the shows recently, with heavyweight champ Tyson Fury and Emmerdale star Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden) at each of the two Tatton shows, and this time we had Top Gear’s The Stig! Now I ignored suggestions from some sceptical club members that it might not be the real one (as if!), that it could be an agency worker (what?!) or even a woman, to accept the fact that it was the actual one, and the only one. He was happy to pose for a few pictures, and you can see one of those here as he proudly stands alongside two of the club’s glamour models, Lynn and Danielle.
As the Show came to a close, I find it hard to understand why so many people showing cars are so eager to go home, revving engines, cars moving, agitated owners, could all be seen as the seconds before the end of the weekend came to pass. It’s an indoor show so obviously cars running and revving engines are not the best of things to have around. The stewards ordered them to turn off, which then meant that some owners could be seen pushing their cars around to the exits for a quick getaway, total madness.
That wasn’t for us as we were sorry to leave as we had such a great time. It went far too quickly as usual and I for one can’t wait to have such a good time again.