Jul 022012

Hopes were high for nice weather at the Gaydon Mini Festival, as in 2011 the weather had been glorious. The day started grey, with some rain as Colin & Sandra in Milly (MkII saloon), together with Andy & Fiona in Noodle (van) set off.
Quite a pleasant drive to Gaydon, mostly fine and with light traffic – apart from a camper-van pulling out in front and suddenly bringing the traffic almost to a standstill as they plodded along.
The weather brightened, staying bright but cool and breezy. Each car was photographed by an official photographer upon arrival, with a stand set up for owners to purchase framed pictures of their vehicles if they so wished.
Upon arrival we met with Ash & Amanda who’d been camping with the Help-4-Heroes Mini Cruise crew, after parking up.
Colin & Sandra began the usual task of bringing Milly up to glorious condition. The usual suspects were in attendance, although a new class of “Show ‘n’ Shine” had been introduced in addition to the various concours classes – this was done to try to encourage new blood into the events.
Most of the large traders attended, and there was some autojumble, although a lot less than could have been hoped for, especially with the cost of new components. Plus, it’s always nice to get an original part that can be cleaned and fitted rather than having to shell out for new bits.
As the judging progressed it seemed that a section of subframe on Milly had escaped the cleansing process – Sandra began to look somewhat despondent as the competition in the class was particularly good, it seemed that a win had evaded Milly.
Once the juging was complete it was time for some hot food before the awards were announced. Then, back outside to hear the results.
Milly achieved “Best in Class”, by a single point, followed up with “Best in Show” – finally a Smiffy’s Bits Rocker Cover award to sit alongside the rest of the trophies in the Britton cabinet.
After a few photographs, three cars headed home for Bristol, a pleasant end to a very successful day.