post by Julie Hollis, Club Secretary
As a club we’ve been to a few shows this Spring and we’re now gearing up for the summer. June is, without a doubt, the busiest month for events, with more than one every weekend. We sit down at the start of the year and, as a club, decide which events to attend. Factors such as cost, distance and friendliness of organisers all come into play, but we always prefer to enter events as a club which allow us to display as a club, not scattered about the site. Some venues are better suited to this.
However, I’m taking you back to sunny May and the resited show at Stranraer run by the very convivial folk at Wigtownshire Yesteryear Transport and Machinery Club. Usually held at the venue for Stranraer football, Stair Park, this year the show was moved to the local rugby pitch. It was a good site and a great show. SWMC took along seven vehicles, not a bad number for a teensy club!
Our next show took us to the lovely Border town of Lauder and the magnificent grounds of Thirlestane Castle.On the Saturday members of the organising club, the BVAC, took us on a 100 mile run through the Border Lands. Our start from the castle is always a highlight of the event!
Unfortunately the run was spoiled slightly by the fact that a cycle run was following the same route but in the opposite direction. We spent a lot of time avoiding bikes on single track roads!
A few of us were camping in the grounds of the castle and took advantage of the beautiful evening sunshine with a barbecue.
On Sunday the early morning cloud quickly lifted and we enjoyed a day of glorious sunshine! A fab show, enjoyed by us all!
On the following weekend Silloth Vintage Show took place over two days. The Sunday was another beautifully sunny day!
And lastly, yesterday was my first trip to Grasmere for the The Lakes Classic Vehicle Show, whilst other club members have been a few times before. The show raised money for two children’s charities, so this time we didn’t mind contributing the entry fee! The club paid entries for the six entrants, a £30 donation on their behalf.
Sadly the weather wasn’t brilliant, it drizzled for most of the day. The trip there was wonderful, dipping in and out of the hills and alongside lakes. A must for next year, but we’ll book the sun or take a gazebo! Or both!!