Well, after what seems like weeks of planning, posting, pms etc. etc. the day finally arrived, dry and cold with sunny intervals. Here\'s my viewpoint on the day. Feel free to add your own highlights and if you have them points to improve on at future events.
The â€˜convoyâ€™ began forming at Popham services and Jim took the lead on to Legoland after declaring â€˜I wonâ€™t be going fastâ€™. Letâ€™s just say our line of Rex would have cut a fine â€˜^â€™ formation up the M3.
At Legoland we met up with the remainder of the â€˜convoyeesâ€™ and were promptly moved to a gravel carpark by the â€˜Lâ€™ security. Alan reminisced about wet days in the same car park leaving the cars covered in cr*p, so the weather was kind to us this time. Jennifer took the convoy photos with Alan muttering about not getting everyone in with the angle sheâ€™d initially chosen. The photos posted shows she did and Nigel stepped in to fill in the names on the photo comp thread. Either I p***ed Nigel off during the day or I need to try harder to be memorable(!) as he missed me off the list of names, simply stating â€˜MX5â€™. Now I may have open top hair but my Rex hasnâ€™t. (just read your update, no offense taken or intended
One lesson learnt from the convoy was not everyone knew where we were going and Alan took the two Planet MX5 cars and me on a tour of Windsorâ€™s speed bumps after traffic lights split us up from the leaders. Eventually, I took the lead and from my memorised aerial view of Windsorâ€™s roads on Google got lucky and found the course in 30 secs.
Now, some words have already been posted about the Â£7 per passenger entrance fee for a car show where we were providing the primary focus of the Japanese cars present (that sums up my thoughts). We also learnt that the organisers didnâ€™t need us to have a stand pass to help them, just our money.
Once there and parked up next to the food, toilets and childrenâ€™s park, things were looking up and thanks to Graham we soon had the flags and club event shelter up. Clive and Lisa arrived in their yellow RXs and it has to be noted that the RX4 received a lot of deserved attention. There were several fine RX7s that I didnâ€™t get round to talking to, maybe next time.
A fettling session quickly erupted with micro-fibre flexing reaching parts that my Rex hadnâ€™t been subject to before when I saw what some of the others were up to. Graham also passed on an actual use for cotton buds, cleaning the boot hinges. Alan and Jim commented on the shine I had achieved. The photo of my head being shinier than my Rex, may be true but the â€˜haloâ€™ makes me appear purer than everyone knows I am.
Thanks go to VelocityRXB for the loan of his Mazda sign. I tried to get a â€˜gurningâ€™ competition going but there were no takers after they saw my effort, without pulling a face. John and Nick (MX5) got into the spirit though (see photos)
Our plans for even better photos than the excellent spread by Alan were scuppered by the â€˜organisersâ€™ lining up the Subaru attendees less than one car length in front of us. Worth noting this for future events.
By now, even allowing for bacon butties and hot chocolate, we had begun feeling the cold and the ladies took cover in the shelter. Believe me, when I see ladies with those smiles in spite of the cold, it sends shivers down my spine. Jim, Alan and I are now waiting to find out the cost.
Several trips round the other cars and auto jumble made it clear this was a Porsche and Beetle main event. The detailing stands were a welcome addition and raided our pockets with some of the great deals on offer.
Once back at our cars, the forum discussion circle soon formed and good natured banter ensued, with me flitting in and out of the topics, to tend to partners needs and show some people round cars and chat with the Planet MX5 guys and gals.
When I finally got the look from Dawn and she got in the Rex to get warm, I knew the time had come to wave the white flag to the cold, which had finally beaten the enjoyment had from being with our friends. We got there at 9am and left around 2.30 when, not too bad considering.
Thanks for a bbbrrrilliant day out go to all who attended from the MRC and PlanetMX5 and of course Jim for his perseverance, Graham for coming the furthest with club stuff, Alan and Jennifer for the photos and Nigel and Mike for being the regular meet whores as well as forum ones. (OK Col Jim as well) (Eugene
Hereâ€™s to many more Wessex Group meets, thereâ€™s certainly plenty to choose from.