Reports From Your Regions......
CHERUBS (CambsHERtsbUcksBedS) Region ... Don and Cheryl Littlemore.
We had our first "local" get-together on Sunday 23rd February at the Hemel Hempstead Post House, and what a grand bunch Cappythusiasts turn out to be ... given an interesting topic like our Cappys, complete strangers will talk for hours. With a nice, but draughty, large carpark we were able to line up 14 Cappys - what a pity most of us forgot our cameras! There was almost a 50:50 split of red and silver cars, most lovingly shampooed and conditioned for their day out (just like their owners). Many wanted to know the exact and official Suzuki figures for the numbers registered each year in each colour. (Cappuccino Heritage has the answer, watch this space ... JEM)
The threatened rain stayed away while we gathered in groups admiring each others' good taste in transportation. We braved the elements for as long as possible then retreated to the hotel lounge for a bite to eat and, yes you've guessed it cappuccino's. Out of the chill wind people started filling in the questionnaire I had put together, which I hope helped to stimulate debate plus also provide me with valuable feedback on members' interests and ideas. Some had brought brochures and literature on accessories and samples of various goodies which only a few had seen before, and there was a tremendous interest in official Cappuccino merchandising - if only Suzuki would sanction the use of the Cappy logo on larger numbers of the original range of products plus some new ones as well there would be an enormous demand. Tony Elliot brought along his red rocket sporting an almost full house of dealer fitted accessories. I particularly liked the polished wood steering wheel and gear knob on Tony's car.
Most members seem to favour a quarterly local get together (they could team up with other near-by groups if they wanted something more frequent), and most were prepared to pay a few pounds per car to get a decent spot to ourselves. Pubs featured quite highly in the voting plus picnics and treasure hunts. I quite liked James Hogbin's idea of meeting at one location and driving ten or fifteen miles through good countryside to a final destination for some nosh. Of course Silverstone, Brands Hatch and the well known stately homes all featured on lists, but these may be more appropriate to larger events. Lots of interest in by-passing the speed-limiters, comparing insurance, radios (incidentally, why is mine different from everybody else's?) fitting the high stop- light etc. I noticed some exchanging addresses and two cars even teamed up for the journey home just for the pleasure of watching another Cappy buzzing dynamically along the road; seeing it just as other drivers normally see us! I believe we might have had the lowest and highest recorded mileage for Cappys together on that day at Hemel: Irene Johnson's brilliant red had just 552 miles on the clock and Paul Thompson's quick silver had 49,300 (give or take a few furlongs).Or does someone else know different?
Finally, thanks for the support of Rob Galley, Bob and Barbara Witherden from just over the Regional border - if they have a Cappy then all are welcome, since they are sure to have a warm smile and a good nature!!