It didn't happen last year because I wasn't fit enough. This year, and on the wave of having done Inverness for Christmas, I'm feeling up to a south-coast trip again. This of course means there will be the usual Shiters' lunch meet at the burger van on Portsdown Hill, most likely on Wednesday May 13th. I'll be in the wheelchair bus, sorry; MrsR has vetoed taking Hairy Pussy even before I've got it home.
We will also be stopping each way at a Travelodge or Premier Inn somewhere in the Midlands, so there might be an opportunity for a Midlands Massiv Meet too. Or even two of them! It worked well enough at Cumbernauld!
Anyone else going? UKSaabs is having a show there again this year, so do stop by and say hello.
One of the advantages of having a stand is you get a code so your club members can get a discount on admission prices on the Saturday and Sunday. Not a huge amount of saving but anything is welcome. They insist that only members can get the discount code, but as you lot are all* members of UKSaabs if you want the code, drop me a PM and it will come back by return.
Quick poll to see who is available when.
Happy to update the polls with any suggestions!
For the first time this year we were actually able to attend this show. It's only 8 miles from home but in previous years we'd always managed to avoid finding out about it until a few days afterwards A free event in the Market Square and High Street, there were probably about 150 cars there including a lot I hadn't seen before, so here's some highlights.
You know it's going to be a good show when you park next to a beige Wartburg
H633 LJO - 1990 Wartburg 1.3 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
This Hunter is lovely
CUJ 339L - 1972 Hillman Hunter 1500 DL estate by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Not sure if this shonky ZX was supposed to be part of the show or just left here
L704 NFC - 1994 Citroen ZX 1.8i Aura by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Genuine patina here, makes a change from fake rat look
B143 NLT - 1985 Volkswagen Passat 1.8 CL estate by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
SVM people carrier
G441 RGA - 1989 Volvo 740 GLE Nilsson limousine by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Mini on a mission from Brackley's German twin town
WW-MC 666 - Austin Mini Mayfair by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
OHU 2F - 1968 Lotus Elan +2 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Great colour 1 - I've never seen a turquoise Volvo before but it's original
KNF 55F - 1968 Volvo P1800S by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
J488 TBW - 1992 Toyota Celica GT Cabriolet by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
The least shite version of the R5
B777 YJO - 1984 Renault 5 Turbo 2 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Electric XK. Nicely done but doesn't seem right.
837 YUM - 1953 Jaguar XK120 Lunaz Electric by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Great colour 2 - a Suzuki metallic purple
KAV 976G - 1968 Ford Cortina 1600 Super by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Late registration madness. Made in 1996 but not registered until 2001 for some reason.
X148 YOO - 1996 MGF 1.8 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Ours wasn't the only Maxi there
ULK 789M - 1972 Austin Maxi 1750 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Anyone for tennis? by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Slightly shonky Capri
C291 KHJ - 1986 Ford Capri 2.0 Laser by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Like Dick Strawbridge but boxier
A1 LTB - 1989 Asquith box van by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Clubvan? That never existed from the factory.
JGK 328T - 1979 Austin-Morris Mini Clubman van by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Bristols are odd. I don't think any of them look good but they have an endearing strangeness.
MPL 18L - 1972 Bristol 411 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
@Six-cylinder lowered the tone with his immaculate* Vanden Plah
JRV 328P - 1976 Vanden Plas 1500 by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Panda looked like the daily of a young lady
L160 AOD - 1994 Fiat Panda Selecta by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
Hot Serck action!
YFC 145V - 1979 Austin-Morris Mini 1000 van by Adam Floyd, on Flickr
More on Flickr
Bit of a random one but do any Manchester/Derbyshire/South or West Yorkshire based Shiters fancy a meetup sometime in Glossop?
I know it's not exactly a sprawling metropolis but it has a reasonably priced car park, a Wetherspoons, a caff, etc.
Main reason for suggesting it is it's a nice drive in from most directions - over Holme Moss from the North or Snake Pass from Sheffield direction.
The A624 from the south isn't too bad either.
Something like a Thursday evening would be best for me but open to suggestions.