Mildenhall Car show 6th September.
Difficult for me to write a report on this one, I wasn’t there. However I have received
Some write ups from those that were. I have therefore written a report using these and added a section at the bottom with some of the comments I received.
The Day started sunny when everyone had left but was cloudy by the time we all met at Barton Mills Little Chef
Firstly, Margarita who was organising the show was lovely, well organised and efficient. Entering the base was straight forward - a quick check of ID, On arrival each driver was given a welcome pack - printed personal certificate of attendance; little metal "Mildenhall car show 2008" plate for the car, and identity 'participant' necklace to wear, and a voting slip. And then we were escorted quite a distance to the car park, which was the venue for the show.
Each of us had been pre-allocated a numbered parking spot, fairly close together, so that was ok EXCEPT they hadn't thought of a plan to cover vehicles not turning up, so several empty places, which looked a bit amateurish.
There was a total of 37 vehicles in the show, covering quite a broad spectrum these included a Morris Minor, 1920s Model T; Honda Insight (petrol/electric hybrid); 4 minis , 2 mustangs; about 5 corvettes ; about 5 TVRs (3 different models); Nissan Skyline, Ferrari 360, Ferrari Dino replica, Plus of course several other American cars. Most of the cars were obviously for showing: - great paintwork, carefully squeegeed by owners after the brief shower we had.
The main problem with this event was that we were confined to the car park and, one building at the end containing a coffee shop. And there were 4 car boot sellers that would only accept dollars.
Last year you could go anywhere (taco bell, subway, etc) and were even given a half price meal voucher, goodie bag, raffle tickets for every hour.
With so few cars to look at we went round them all again and again and again. It was a very long and boring six hours. So much so that when we were cleared to leave at , we went rather rapidly. , last year they had quad bikes as escorts and you could leave when you wanted.
The competitions -each for a big cup- were for 'best under hood' 'best paint job' ' best interior' & best in show, the prize giving was a bit of a let down. I didn't honestly expect any of our members to win a trophy - after all the Americans are masters at producing show cars. But the award for best interior went to the owner of a new, factory finished TVR. Best engine bay went to a new Corvette - again as it left the factory. The other two prizes were ones we all agreed on - best paint to a mini with a rather unusual, and dramatic, paint job that had what looked like a random black crackle finish on a red base - apparently done using Clingfilm. His prize was well justified. The final, and biggest, prize was for best in show. This was won by the owner of a superb '66 Boss Mustang Mach 1. Beautifully prepared, sparkling from every angle, a very worthy winner.
It rained (just a small shower) while we were at the show, (just the one but was quite gusty rest of the time). Then it pissed it down most of the way home. Steve has no hood on his car, and was getting a bit wet, then things got worse and his wiper blade decided to leave his car, and try to attach itself to Bobs, All at 65 mph! Fran also found part of his passenger side wiper missing and had to remove the remainder of it while he travelled home in heavy rain.
The company was good but the show was pants.
There was a BBQ but that was nothing special,
I will not be revisiting.
We have been invited back next year, but I think I will decline.
The show was not too bad.
To be honest I think the base could have tried a bit harder.
All in all brad and myself had a good time.
'Starbucks' which accepted English money, and gave change in dollars.
Bob Rowell & Nichola Taylor Robin Hood 2B
Paul & Maria Taylor Robin Hood 2B
Fran & Stefan Zbrozec Robin Hood 2B
Steve & Bradley Nichols
Graham & Rita Dockerill Robin Hood 2B