Chiltern Hills Rally
Sunday 21st May – and we have 8 cars booked on our pitch at the Chiltern Hills Rally. But first, to the Aylesbury Tuck for the traditional bacon sarnie and mug of tea – very welcome after two weeks of eating pasta in Sicily! The staff at the Tuck are amazing – it must be one of their busiest mornings of the year, but we didn’t have to wait long before we were tucking in. As usual, a good selection of cars meet up here before the rally, most cars for the breakfast and the organised road run after. But Jackie and I do not do the run, since we have the club flag, and need to go straight to the showground to find and set up our pitch there. Just as well as it happens – we get into the showground quite easily, but those following afterwards talk of long queues to get in.
When we arrive, Dave and Heather Barton are already there, having forgone the delights of the bacon sarnie and tea. Gradually the others – the Rainbows, the Withers, John Brewer, the McMeekins – arrive and join us. Gary and Matt Tompkins drive past and miss our stand, so park a little way off, and Jack and Debs Martin were a no-show – we speculated that Jack didn’t have a working classic MG to come in, but it transpires that his son was fitting a floor in their new conservatory and it was the only day he had available to do so, so Jack is forgiven!
The Rally gets bigger each year – there was a splendid display of mouth-watering cars to admire and covet, but also this year there were more trade stands, and in particular more autojumble stalls, so while the girls were off shopping there were plenty of rusty and oily bits to interest the blokes. Weather was strange – bright sunshine one minute, overcast and cold the next. Still, it didn’t rain, so I didn’t have to spend the next week cleaning the mud off the MGA!
Clive was there too – but not in an MG. Instead he and the other ageing rockers came on a low loader and wowed the crowds musically with their band, the Roof Thieves. Watch this space, the band will be performing again at our PoO in July …