Sunday, 12 July 2009

Powderham Car Show

After the weather we endured yesterday, to say I wasn't particularly looking forward to a car show would be an understatement! Well we woke to a dry day this morning so maybe it wasn't going to be so bad after all apart from the fact that the alarm had been set for 5.30am!! We'd been asked to lead the convoy up from Cornwall to Powderham Castle and the first meeting place was Lostwithiel at 8am. Two cars had cried off so three of us made our way up to the next meet which was in a lay-by at Lee Mill which is just on the far side of Plymouth. Two more cars cried off here so in the end we had a convoy of six cars making our way to the Show. We arrived and joined the others who'd been camping there for the weekend - aah such memories of last year in the rain and mud!


Hamish had a new pal to play with but he wasn't at all keen!

Bear is a 14 week old Jack Russell cross and he was so sweet ...

Everybody at the Show knew that the steam train Tornado would be passing by at about 11.30am and so there was a large gathering of spectators along the hedge. Steam traction engines were waiting to salute the train as it passed ...

An announcement came over the tannoy that it had been held at Exeter St Davids and a couple of fast trains would be sent through first. We all relaxed and had a chat until suddenly we heard the sound of Tornado. Panic set in as we all tried to climb back up to get the best possible view and then it was here - and gone - in a matter of seconds!! The only shot I got is of a bit of steam in the distance as it approached ...

and then the carriages ...

It was so disappointing. I think everyone thought it would go by at a reasonable speed for photographers but instead it zoomed through at about 75mph! Tornado was used by Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson on board. Do check out the link and see what it really looked like! After lunch we went for a stroll around the Show and here is a selection of things we saw ...



This was an 1881 Tricycle ...

And this was an 1895 Olympia Tandem Tricycle which is ridden quite regularly by the owner and his wife ...

It was then time for Mike to have forty winks!

before driving home to Cornwall. Hamish travelled most of the way back on the parcel shelf ...

and was looking decidedly fed up and sleepy!! The sun did break through and we managed to get the top down for the last part of the journey but then it began to rain again and we got home just in time before the heavens opened!

2 comments:

Kippers Dickie said...

Hi Sally, I'm Bernard...having popped in here from my friend, Wise Herb.
I was interested to see that picture of the 1895 Tricycle. My blog has a musical 'flavour' and I did a post on "Daisy" and the bicycle made for two.
I was looking for 1895 bicycles.
my bit is here if you're passing.

http://monkey-organ.blogspot.com/2009/06/is-this-way-to-wareham.html

The Monkey Organ Ref. is because I have built a small organ which I hope to start taking to events like the ones you visited lately.
Interesting posts and good pictures.
Cheers....Bernard
PS My brother,(also a boat owner/restorer), has been following your restoration project..but can't leave a comment as he is not registered with blogger!

sally-ann said...

Hi Bernard,
Nice to meet you! I had a look at your post on said bicycle and it is just as the chap explained. His wife sits up front and has no idea where he is going to take them! Most disconcerting I think. So pleased your brother is enjoying our restoration blog. He could always leave us a message on the Guestbook!