31 August & 1 September 2019
….This year’s meeting took place over Saturday 31 August and Sunday and 1 September – I was there for the second day. I understood it had been very wet for setting up on the Friday, and although it did begin to clear up on the Saturday afternoon, by 8.30am on the Sunday the field was very muddy, with quite a bit of skidding on the way across the ‘roadway’ to our MGCC Caledonian Centre stand at the far end of the field.
….The weather was a bit nippy, but bright, and as Sunday progressed the sun came around, to hit the front of our Marquee in the afternoon, and it actually turned warm! There was a plentiful supply of scones, cakes, tea and coffee, etc. courtesy of Nancy Crichton and her assistant, Lizzie Pelling; the CarBQ too was ably manned by our chairman, Paul Snee, and Mike Pelling, serving excellent burgers to the lunch-time queue. The CarBQ attracted the usual interest – two intrigued first-aiders came and had a look, and I told them not to stand too close in case the petrol tank blew up! I think they saw the joke!
….A lot of work goes into getting the CarBQ and the equipment trailer to and from our various shows, and our grateful thanks go to all those involved in transporting, unpacking, setting up, manning and re-packing both CarBQ and Marquee.
….After lunch, I took a muddy walk through the woods to the start area of the Hill Climb, where all the competitors, including Tony Smith, Lorraine Noble-Thompson and Keith Beningfield, in a Midget, an MGA and a TC respectively, were waiting to compete.
….Our MG Caledonian Centre stand was situated next door to a large Jaguar stand, with some very shiny, and valuable cars on show; we had more than 25 cars this year, with a good range of models, from the 1937 VA belonging to Bill Jardine through to the 2019 MG ZS. There was also James Henderson’s 1955 Red TF 1500, which won the award for The Car I Would Most Like To Take Home!
….During my membership of our Centre, I have heard a lot about a long-standing member, Andy Baillie, and his sporting exploits, and finally I got to meet him when he visited the stand. We had a long chat about his impressive adventures on tracks and hill climbs. Helen Kirkness, a past chairman, was also there representing one of the charities supporting the event, the Sporting Bears. Helen visited our stand, and I visited hers, where her newly restored Mini was being exhibited.
….According to the programme, there were 37 club stands, plus a number of trade and food stands, all contributing to a successful and enjoyable Show.