As usual for Bristol Miniday the event was held at Washingpool Farm, Easter Compton.
The Help-4-Heroes Mini Cruise also ran from this location as it wasn’t possible to have a separate event from Cirencester unlike previous years.
Ash & Amanda camped, along with Andy & Fiona. The conditions were a little breezy with Ash & Amanda’s tent being blown away after being erected in the middle of the field. The tent was rescued with only minimal damage and the majority moved to a section of the grounds sheltered by a good hedge.
The organisers felt, even at this early stage, that the weather was too unreliable and decided to hold the event indoors, split across three of the large sheds at the farm.
A couple of TVs were set up in one of the sheds to enable those camping to watch the England v Sweden game. Much cheering as England beat Sweden for the first time ever in a competition game. Then we were treated to fine selection of rock anthems, played by the Ray Jones Band. It was all too much for Hannah, who decided that some much-needed shut-eye was in order.
Help-4-Heroes Mini Cruise, 2012
From about 12 o’clock cars started to line up for the 3rd Help-4-Heroes mini cruise. Not as big an event as previous years but this was more than made up for in enthusiasm as we departed for Rich’s Cider Farm. The convoy through Bristol was a great deal of fun, with only one or two cars getting lost. Hector, with Ash at the helm and Amanda in the passenger seat led the event, as Ash had been responsible for plotting the course.
However, as we approached our destination, the police got involved and pulled one of the cars over for a number plate offence (running silver-on-black plates on a 1990 registered vehicle). During the discussion with the police it was determined that the driver had failed to renew his licence (which expires every 10 years for those of you with the new-style photocard). He was immediately barred from driving further, and will be off the road until his licence is renewed – a problem for him as his job as a funeral director requires him to drive. Hopefully the paperwork will be quickly completed and he’ll be back on the road again.
Cars left for home in small groups, some taking the A38 back to Easter Compton, and some taking the M5. During the return trip the weather turned into torrential rain, Hector (Ash & Amanda’s car) suffered from a dislike of the weather and decided that 2 cylinders was plenty, thank you very much. The application of some WD40 was enough to limp home.
Another runner suffered clutch slave cylinder failure and arrived courtesy of a recovery vehicle (actually the vehicle that was the prize in last years Help-4-Heroes event).
Another band in the shed on Saturday night, this time playing some glam-rock favourites, with a quiz during the interval.
Saturday night’s weather continued the theme of wet’n’windy, although nobody was blown away.
Although the weather was a little inclement and only about 60 cars took part, the grand total of £634 was raised for the Help-4-Heroes cause over the weekend.
Bristol Miniday, 2012
Sunday morning brought bright weather, although still somewhat breezy. Over the course of the day the weather continued to brighten and by mid-day it was a nice sunny day. Sandra and Colin arrived, bringing Milly for the show’n’shine and Brian for the barbeque, and Mini push.
Ash & Amanda got into the swing of things entering various competitions on behalf of Renegade Minis, including darts and best-dressed king & queen. Ash’s Mr Blobby outfit was well appreciated by most attendees. This was followed up with a Mini push competition, but the Renegades were unfortunately off form for the event.
Colin cooked burger and onions for attending club members, very tasty and I’m not sure he received thanks enough for the effort.
Other club members attended to the stall from which we were raising money for the Willow Foundation by selling cakes and glassware and a tombola, together with “guess the name of the teddy” and “guess the number of spark plugs in the jar” competitions.
Sandra, of course, was kept busy in show’n’shine making Milly look her best – this paid off with a “Best In Class” followed by “Best In Show”.
After tidying up we finished off with some cake to celebrate Sandra’s forthcoming birthday. Finally homewards, to proper beds with soft sheets.