SafetyFast! Notes – Aug 16

SW Centre stand before the doors opened to the pubic

SW Centre stand before the doors opened to the pubic

In June the SW Centre was out in force at the Bristol Classic Car Show held at the Shepton Mallet show ground. Once again we were in the main hall which meant we were able to escape the flooding that affected some of the exhibitors, although I for one chose exactly the wrong moment to venture outside to sort out the trailer and still managed a soaking.

We had four cars on our stand, the immaculate A of Dave Speak, Rob Orford’s Bumble B hillclimb car, Jim Lott’s Metro Turbo and my Midget. Thanks to Dave & Rob for volunteering their cars for display and for staying around to help myself, Jim and Andrew man the stand over the weekend.

Dave Story with his Best Classic Car Trophy

Dave Story with his Best Classic Car Trophy

I said Dave’s A was immaculate and clearly I wasn’t alone in this thinking as the judges awarded him first place in the Classic Sports Car category.

Looking ahead, by the time this issue of SafetyFast lands all of summer events will have been and gone but there are still 2 big events to go in this year’s calendar. First up is Wiscombe Hillclimb on Saturday September 10 th . Speaking from experience the hillclimb, near Honiton, is one of the more challenging for drivers, with fast straights, blind corners and 2 hairpins, all this takes place with trees, gateposts and even the odd pheasant all waiting to catch you out. For those who don’t fancy thrashing your pride and joy up the hill, spectator viewing is fantastic with just about all of the track visible and there is free access to the paddock giving you the chance to see the cars up close.

Finally in October the centre will be celebrating our 80 th anniversary, Neil Lock will be organising a social run to mark this milestone, keep an eye out in future issues and of course on Facebook and our website for details.

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