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June 2009 Annual Rally


 

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The rally was held over 4 days again this year to make a nice long weekend of it.  Thursday saw a fair few Micronuts well ensconced in their various outfits on the camping field ... except for one particular committee member!  Ray, the rally co-ordinator, broke down on the way to the rally and upon arrival it was found that his car needed a complete back axle replacing!  No problem .... various micronuts gathered together and by the end of the night it was fixed!  You can't beat the efforts of Maniacs in a frenzy!

Friday morning arrived heralding a fine day and by mid morning everyone was ready for the road run.  The scenic route took the entourage via Thixendale, up over the tops and back down into Malton for lunch, followed by a gentle meander back to the campsite for late afternoon.  Unfortunately though there was another casualty as Jim and Sheila's Ellis' NSU Prinz 4's engine seized so it was decided it would run better without a bonnet!  Friday evening saw friends old and new sitting around nattering into the night.

On Saturday after rising from their various 'pits' and scoffing breakfast, the cars were gathered up and once again set off on a run out taking in the villages of Sancton, North Newbald, Little Weighton and ending up at Skidby's working windmill for lunch.  After partaking of the lovely grub, the return route took in South Cave, passing by Trafford Hall, via Scalby and Laxton, with lovely views of the Humber estuary, before travelling through Howden and back to site for a late siesta before the evening's activities.

Suitably recovered the rally-goers gathered for the usual Saturday meal (pie, pots and peas then dessert).  There was a bit of a change though as the old 'glass house' was no longer usable, but instead there was a large gazebo and cafe area which worked very well.   The usual evening entertainment started in earnest with the “Tom quiz”, with cheating being compulsory, however this time it took on a different theme as the prize was given out PRIOR to the quiz!  But there was a catch - the challenge was that the prize, which was in 'kit' form, had to be built whilst the rest of the quiz went on, Jim Ellis had to get his thinking cap on as he was chosen ... nay, forced, to build-up a model helicopter ... only to later discover that he had to keep it ... devious old Tom!  Jim had organised the bingo but this was a 'cheat' as well as the last card was rigged to have everyone waiting for just one number ... the SAME one!

The band playing for the evening was 'formed' especially for the rally and went by the name of "Roadkill" with our very own Jim Jamieson (Editor) on drums.  They entertained with their own brand of "stadium rock", leading to the usual sitting, drinking and chatting with a 'name that racket' live music quiz ... a bit of a deviation from the norm but which went down very well.  Not sure if the name of the band was meant to reflect what they did or what they looked like though!  Again, more nattering, drinking, nattering, drinking ensued ... you get the idea!

Sunday saw a lazy morning as everyone 'emerged', some a little worse for wear, and relaxed in the sunshine before lining up the cars for the display and pottering around nattering and stuffing themselves silly with bacon baps and other goodies from the cafe.  The memento for this, the Micro Maniacs Club's 20th anniversary year, was a mug emblazoned with "20 years of madness".  

The rally was down on numbers this year, but in the current economic climate that was to be expected, plus four of the 'usual suspects' had the audacity to go on holiday abroad and miss the rally, and others who couldn't attend for various reasons although there was quite a good turnout by Reliants.

There were also quite a few new faces and Sunday attracted a large number of day visitors to look at the display of cars.  The weather was kind to us again this year ... so we've put an order in for more of the same next year!

But, all too soon the time came for the prize-giving, with the overall winner being Roger Bentley for his wonderfully restored Fiat Topolino, taking the coveted Best in Show and People's Choice awards.

Mel Bucknell


 

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