The usual queue problem of getting into the show is always a challenge each year, but as people already had tickets, it should not have been the problem this year. Unfortunately 3 lanes of traffic going into one really doesn't
work!, so the queue problem still existed, perhaps it should be called Trax!
Having arrived, we found our stand next to XROC (as requested) beings
it was the XR Owners Club National Day. A bit of a turn around for this show
as Wicksteed park decided to put us in a different section of the park which
was supposed to be a bigger plot. It felt smaller and more cramped then in
previous years. We only just managed to get all the cars on the stand as a few people were added to the stand at the last min. Its a good job Caz has size 4 feet as it was a struggle for her to guide Chris C with his Merkur XR4Ti in between our members cars. However, we managed to squeeze him in.
Even with a few members cars out of action this year, we still managed to
get 11 cars. Well, done to those that worked hard to get their cars going,
esp Pete 'Doh' who managed to 'squeeze' the V8 engine in his XR4i, taxed and
Mot'd in time for this show!
There are always lots of cars to see and lots of visiting clubs but with
that amount of walking, one builds up an appetite and it was somewhat
disappointing to see only one food stall!. It seems that this venue like to
get every one to 'queue'!
The trade stands were also a bit thin on the ground. At least the weather
held out and it didn't chuck it down else it would have been a mud slide.
Our 4x4 lot would have made a pretty packet towing people out!
On the + side the turnout for the XR Owners Club National Day including our members was very pleasing to see. Our boys managed to pick up some trophies from the XROC concourse categories below.
1st place for Modified XR4x4 went to Simon Stephens aka Gengis.
2nd Place for Standard XR4x4 went to David Ashmore.
Congratulations to you both.
Talking of trophies, Sharky managed to pick up a giant 'Crazy Frog' and a
'Tigger' from a giant grabbing machine from the amusement park. How he
manages to do it is anyone's guess although his bank balance is probably
trying to recover now !!
That's another FITP show gone not quite to the same standard as in previous years but still one for our calendar. Whilst some of you are recovering from this show, some of us (2 of us) are burning the candle at both ends to get
the pics and write up on here!.
The Crew & XR4 Register Stand