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TR Register creates a stir at C4RFEST South exhibiting TS2 & a great selection of TR's

TR Register creates a stir at C4RFEST South exhibiting TS2 & a great selection of TR's

The TR Register added to the nostalgia of the Vintage Village at C4RFEST South on Jody Scheckter's Laverstoke Farm site. Each of the three days of the event, the TRR presented five TR's with TS2 as the prime attraction each day.


The Friday displayed TS2, TR250 (Phil Horsley), TR6 (Denis Carter), Grinnall TR7 V8 FHC (Tony Sargent), TR5 (Phil Dryden).

We all arrived circa 07:00 to prepared for the show opening at 12:00, 35,000 visitors came through the gates and the Vintage Village got into swing with loads of stalls selling period wares and also period music and entertainment on the centre stage. Look at this for a cool ladies jacket!

During the day, there were many bands playing on different stages around the site as well as all the car stuff from today's OEM's through to specialist and classic suppliers, and of course the inevitable track displays burning rubber through the centre of the showground.

The evening brought the 'BIG' names on to the stage with acts such as Deacon Blue, Dodgy, Jess Glynne, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott (Beautiful South) and headlined by Ollie Muirs & the Kaiser Chiefs.


On Day 2, as well as TS2 & Phil's TR250, a TR6 (Jeanna Ind), TR6 (Anne Winter) & TR2 (Rod Pearce) added to the display.

This day was really busy with 50,000 people attending and the place thronged, the music was playing, the sun was out, the temperature up to 27C, and the Ice cream vans were working overtime.

Each day a loan Spitfire (we think with a Griffin engine due to the grounding) replaced the Battle of Britain memorial flight and of course the Red Arrows did a superb display.

The day 'flew' by and again it was time for the concerts, this night we were entertained by Coldplace, Cast, Melanie C, Sophie Ellis-Bexter, a superb Seasick Steve on his 1,2 & 3 stringed washing machine parts, and headlined by K T Tunstall & The Jacksons.


Day 3 all too quickly arrived and we were joined on the stand by TR5 (Robert Longstaff), Grinnall TR8 DHC (Adrian Brown) & original TR8 (James Duckworth).

Another 50,000 people through the gates and the sun shone even hotter at 29C, the Vintage Village on an exit poll had been voted the best area in the show so we had a reputation to keep on this fantastic Sunday.

Again the stalls were open selling their wares and all across the site activity was high from rides in the car of your dreams, Jaguar 4x4 experience and the absolutely superb Steam Fairground rides which was heaving.

The track displays were fantastic, from Chitty Chitty Ban Bang to McLaren F1, load of rubber burnt causing clouds of smoke, I heard one young lad say to his Dad, "Let's go over there (pointing towards the smoke) I wanna smell it!" looks like another true petrolhead career in the making? The Mk2 Jaguar below did a superb display of straight line drifting just by engine power as the wheels spun up, excellent driving skills, and the latest Aston Martin looked just like it was going to eat you, which I am sure it could driven by a novice!

Other car clubs were also exhibiting all adding to the atmosphere and creating loads of interest especially the beautiful Mercedes below which is used as an everyday car to the shops etc..

There was a very large area for the double staged concert, amply sponsored by Honda with their cars and motorbikes in very prominent positions, with great acts covering a wide range of music.

So, from about midday, in the baking sun, some of the 50,000 people started settling down in vantage points for the evening concerts.

The final night's acts were Tom O'Dell, Busted, Texas, Marc Almond, Manic Street Preachers, The Lionels and headline Rick Astley

The ever hot sun started to set over C4RFest South 2017 and it was over for another year, this is certainly a super event for such a great cause, as the TR Register coordinator for the whole weekend with after midnight home and 5:00 gets ups, it was inevitable that I needed a snooze (thanks for the picture Adrian), so cowboy hat on, off I went as you can see, age doesn't make that much difference with our Press Officer crashing out too at nearly half my age!

So there you have it, C4RFEST South, the TR Register exhibits at both C4RFest North & South, so if you are interested in joining the party next year, do get in touch with me at Email Phil Horsley for South and Andrew Heywood for North Email Andrew Heywood and we will add you to the list.

A VERY BIG thanks to all those TR Register members that attended with their super TR's and helped to put on such a great display for the general public and to helped raise funds for Children in Need, your contribution to attend raised £720.00 plus a portion of whatever you spent there on the day, a great result and again thank you!

I would also like to personally thank Anne Rothberg from Brand Events (here she is sat in TS2) for her help and coordination of the car club stands and look forward to working together next year.

Kennet Valley Group

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