The preparation for this event started at the Annual Rally in 2006 at Biggleswade when it was discussed that 2007 would be the turn of the North of England to host the event once again. Peter Roberts and I discussed it and decided we would do this jointly and once again hold it in the Peak District. This would make it more accessible for those travelling from the south of the country and hopefully encourage more members to attend.
Me being me I took over from Pete and started making plans. The Sandpiper Hotel we had used in 2004 had been ideal and I quickly secured Chatsworth House as our meeting point. Once in place this was discussed with Alex at the AGM in October 2006.
So, come the end of December the Rally was advertised on the web site and in the magazine. A slightly different format to 2004 was planned in that we had all day at Chatsworth on the Saturday with the evening meal at the hotel and Sunday morning seeing a convoy run in a different part of the Peak District. Andy Magic was booked for Saturday night and the enquiries started to come in: whether the latter happened as a result of the former, who knows?
Our aim was to take a deposit for the meal and room plus an event fee of £5 per person to cover any costs. Once received, tickets for Chatsworth and directions were sent out but that was all. I wanted the event to be a bit of a mystery and the less people knew, if anything had to be altered, then there were no worries.
Needless to say very little went wrong. That is unless you count the worst summer we have ever had for flooding. Sheffield and the surrounding areas were flooded the week before the event and seven cars cancelled. It was suggested I postpone the event, but with two Cappos travelling from Holland and their occupants booked in at the hotel for three nights, a Cappo coming from The Isle of Man and another one making the momentous journey of 400+ miles from Aberdeen, I was reluctant to do this just because of a drop of rain.
Most people made Chatsworth House and we had a total of 22 cars lined up on Lodge Hill. We used our Motorhome as a base camp and meeting point. With the awning out we could display our raffle prizes as well as sell tickets and merchandise. Everyone who attended the event received a bottle of wheel cleaner courtesy of Colin Appleyard Cars, a memento of the event and a specially designed enamel SCORE badge. A programme for the weekend events was also given to everyone as they arrived. It gave everyone to see a sneak preview of my attempt at a Calendar Photo. There is an article on the SCORE web site about this, but I am looking for volunteers to take part in what is just a bit of a laugh. Poses with a Cappo and very little else. Nothing rude or degrading.
Back to the Rally and we had the odd shower during the day, but it didn’t spoil it for anyone. We even had an impromptu display of juggling from the Rapide brothers who had come in Gavin’s Cappo. They couldn’t fit on their uni-cycle together.
The evening meal at The Sandpiper went well and the raffle prizes were drawn. The Star Prize was a Classic Car Insurance Policy from Ensign Insurance, up to the value of £250 donated by Diamond Insurance Brokers. This was won by Gavin Radforth who is already with Diamond but can now renew his policy for free this year. Sue at Diamond has been really helpful and if you require Insurance of any kind it is worth giving her a call... see the advert in this magazine issue!