Chalmondely and some!
The journey started early Friday morning with our arrival on site and the erection of the stand. In the sun! Yes you read that right. The weather was glorious all day with the corporate rides in the morning by Ford, Bentley and Lamborghini. After the lunch break was the Maserati Centenary Parade followed by the usual CPOP cars including a Nismo GT1 on wets. Came prepared for CPOP and got it wrong this year! A change to slicks and the GT1 was on it! What a wonderfull spectacle for the spectators with the noise, smoke and sideways action at every part of the course.
Then to the concert in the evening with Status Quo headlining the bill. All I can say is that the quality of the performance, the sound and the lighting was spectacular
The CPOP nemesis returned overnight and it rained making the course very slippery in the early morning. It dried quickly though and we enjoyed another brilliant sunny day and a stand full of cars to overflowing with the usual bacon baps and tea and coffee enjoyed by all.
The freedom to wander through the pits was as good as ever with some new cars to the event and all showing on circuit what they could do. The Radical was awesomely quick and chased by a seven that at the end of the day was only 2/1000th of a second behind. The GT1 was on it even more today and a spectacle to behold. The variety of other events proceeded through the day with the Hunter Jet display at low level passes which surely frightened a lot of people! From the feedback from those that attended the only complaints were of sunburn. We also missed some long term members who were away at a birthday party. All again followed by another concert in the Castle Gounds with the London Symphony Orchestra and supporting acts, followed by the football on the big screens with Italian beer available. Less said the better over that but there were some very quiet English leaving that night.
Sunday morning arrived and it was wet. No surprise for those that have been for the past years. It dried up and the rest of the day was fine if a little overcast with some drizzle now and again. Talking about drizzle, Angie you missed the cake this year and it was lemon drizzle and tea by T thank you very much!
The betting book was out that no one believed that the stand equipment was ever going back into the 32 but you doubters lost and thank you all for helping to pack it all away.
It was a pleasure to meet all the attendees on the three days and hope you enjoyed the banter, racing, cars and anything else that took your fancy!
Who would like to go next year? Start the list now and get some of the NW Curry lads to boost the stand presence. (Yes, curry was available and very good it was too.)
Hope you all got home safely and did not get nicked by the speed camera copper in that small village on the road out to the motorway.
Ross and Penny.