The XR4Register at Classic Ford Show - Sun 1st June 2008
The weather was not promising for the start of the Classic Ford Show at Santa Pod, overcast with light rain. We had 10 cars in attendance this year and the luxury of showing on tarmac instead of grass. This was a good thing as the campsite area was a bit on the muddy side. There were quite a few traders and a lot of auto jumble as well.
There was some strip action early on, but it was closed for about half an hour while they dried the track following a shower. It then re-opened and we were entertained with some classic ford demonstrations, the Fireforce jet car and a motorbike which almost matched the jet car. There was then another break as it rained yet again.
Once the track was dried out again, some of us started to queue up for our runs. Judging by the length of the queue, it was very popular. Gengis put in his usual consistent times, John managed his personal best with a 16.18 at 83.43 mph run in the DOHC turbo. Pete suffered a problem with his anti roll bar mounts but he was able to fix it.
There were a great collection of cars, all the old school stuff from Model A's to Zodiacs. The big block V8 twin turbo spaceframed Capri was an exercise in function producing form, the installation under the bonnet was superbly executed. From the outside, the only giveaways were the six inch bulge in the bonnet and the massive rear wheels & tyres. Even the brake chute can be taken off for road use as it is road legal. This thing will be a serious bit of kit once the owner finishes mapping it.
Later in the day when we had all finished our runs, it was time to set fire to some stuff and have our first Barbie of the season. It wasn't the hottest of afternoons but the food was most welcome.
We ended up being the last to leave, after bribing the site marshalls with some burgers and chicken. After a long day, we all went our separate ways after enjoying a successful day.