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Harrogate 2014

Harrogate 2014

IWE Harrogate

Some of the Scottish Group travelled down to Harrogate on the Thursday, meeting at the motorway services just south of Glasgow. We all had a great high speed blast in glorious weather and arrived at the Show ground by mid afternoon. Once the Gazebo and tents were put up we decided to go the Inn Keepers for tea and refreshments.

Friday started off cold and damp with a visit to the freezing and not very inviting toilet block followed by a cereal bar and a coffee with Steve. By mid morning it is cloudy and more of the Scots arrive boosting our increasing numbers. Have our lunch from Sainsburys and the afternoon becomes fairly eventful, thunder, lightening, massive rain showers. The rain is so heavy that it is impossible to have a conversion in the gazebo, but we have a great laugh, some having to use sign language to each other and the sound of ripping gazebo added to the whole experience. For tea we go back to the Inn Keepers for another superb meal with our group numbers being 18.

Saturday having had a poor night with getting flooded in my tent I attempted to sleep in the car which was unfortunately over looked by the designers of the TR6. Once I had got over my poor night's sleep it was great to get an ice cold shower to warm you up for the day's excitement. A trip into Harrogate is needed for my new tent and matching Vango pillow purchased in Blacks. It was great to see so many Swallow Doretti`s on display to celebrate their 60th birthday with the bonus of a piece of birthday cake. Bill Gardner had his lovely TR3 entered in the concours event attracting much interest. Having walked round the trade and autojumble I purchased wiper blades, brake drum fixing screws, and a TR6 tool roll. There was on one of the trader's stands a barn find TR5 for only £22500 which was a real talking point. The highlight of the day is the Scottish Group BBQ, with loads of steak, burgers, sausages, puddings and drink consumed. Some salad was also made available for the more health conscious TR owner. The food and company was perfect, loads to eat and enjoy. Most of the campers got to bed by 1.00am.

Sunday, we had some rain overnight, but dry first thing in the morning. I spend part of the morning in the cafe so I could charge my phone and end up chatting to various members over a good bit of the morning. I have a final look round the trade stands buying nothing. By lunchtime it is very heavy rain and help the group dismantle the two gazebo`s. I think most of us had enough of the extreme weather conditions and packed up and travelled home. Despite the poor weather over the IWE I very much enjoyed the weekend, the company, the meals out, the BBQ and looking at the various TR`s that were on show. It was great news that Bill Gardner won a prize with his stunning TR3. Roll on next year.
Jim Clark

Tay TRs Group

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