Well that was a weekend, another one for the best left alone and not revisited weekends. The plan (ohh yes we had a plan, and a good one at that) was to see the GT welded up somewhat (not finished but the main bits tackled) and then off for a curry some beer and a camp out ready for the national rally of the Viva owners club.
So there I was 7am Saturday morning, moving cars around sweeping the drive getting the electrics sorted for the welder and generally mustering bacon out of the fridge ready for the welding fest. I get a call on my phone around 10am, do I know of a place near Avon that does trailer tyres? OHH dear it could be some time before they arrive to weld the GT at this rate. A few telephone calls later and I have located a couple of trailer wheel and tyres and all is well.
Things don’t always go to plan, The trailer tyres might of been the right size but the wheel rims were different so they had to find a tyre shop to get the tyres swapped form one rim to the other. Those tyres and the cars throwing fan belts it was a very long trip for them from Exeter, they arrived at mine for 4:30pm tired exhausted and not exactly happy.
I made the decision to forget the welding on the GT (that can be done another day) and lets just get over to the campsite, get set up and get the beers out. So we drove over to the campsite in convoy, Arthur leaning worse that ever, Mikes HB and Marcus in his van of many colours.
Ironic as it is Marcus’s van should never of made It to mine or the show (umm will it make it home?) He dragged the van out of a bush (metaphorically) stuck an MOT on it which involved driving 7 miles, then decided to drive it 350 miles to mine and 350 miles back again, so far its eaten 2 fan belts and tops out on a good down hill stretch at 60 mph, but struggles everywhere and at times cannot get over 40mph… One has to wonder what on earth makes him trust the van after no testing what so ever LOL
We arrive and setup tents and cracked open the beers, there were a few other cars and tents around and we all sat down with a Curry – Chinese – Sausage and chips and some beer then chatted the night away.
Sunday Morning was foggy but the sun burnt that away and by 9am it had the makings of a good day, people arrived we had a show and the rain came around 1pm. That’s about the sum of the weekend, 2 dozen vivas, lots of people who I spoke to, and amazingly some people i would never of expected to see at the viva owners club shows.