Huge thanks to Colin, Gill and all the organising team for a fabulous National. A National organiser's task, while never thankless, is often beset with behind-the-scenes problems and hassles and I know this one was no exception so heartfelt appreciation to you all.
As Simon has already said, too many people to talk to and not enough time. It was great to meet up with Brian Baylis and his wife Cheryl again. My partner Angela, being a Kiwi, had been very keen to meet them. For me, it was great to meet up with Davrian owner John Daniels who I had not seen since 1981 when he welded the rear turrets and rear floor to get my '73 Super to get it through its MoT! The car was only eight years old which says a lot about later Imps' build quality or lack of!
My favourite car? Always a tricky one. Andrew Webb's gorgeous fastback Rapier was the car I would have most liked to drive home while, of the Imps, the stunning AA Imp Van stood out as being, well, stunning!
We appreciated having a wide choice of runs that could be done in our own time as an alternative to convoy runs. Convoys are spectacular of course but, from talking to other members, can sometimes be a bit stressful due to the speed being a tad higher than some participants feel comfortable with. Personally, I'm fine with convoys but it was nice to choose our own day and time to do a run so Angela and I enjoyed a pleasant drive to the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway on the Saturday and boarded an open-sided carriage in scorching sunshine. No sooner had the train left Dungeness station the heavens opened to the accompaniment of strong winds! We passed our little dog, Brody, back and forth to each other as he made a great hot water bottle! Incidentally, this was Brody's first visit to a National and he loved meeting everyone!
Andrew Webb's gorgeous Rapier and Baz's time warp Vogue. Beautiful cars, both.