9th Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport – 24th – 25th August 2014
So with North Devon ‘The Legendary Grand Tour’ being cancelled this year we all had a bit of a hole in the calendar for the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of August. We all scratched our heads and thought what we could do instead then I saw online that there was a show on at Blenheim Palace. I put a text message out to club members to see who was about and interested. We thought we would make a weekend of it and go on the Saturday and come back on the Monday as they had camping over the weekend.
It turned out that there were only 2 people that were available to go on the Saturday and camp so we organised to get up early and go to the show on the Sunday and camp that night and travel back after the show on Monday.
This was to be a two day event with the emphasis on the Sunday being on Classic Cars with some really rare and exotic machinery on show and then a wider scope on the Monday with a more general show to include Classic Cars, Bikes, Mini's, VW's, Kit & Custom Cars, Americans, commercial & military vehicles.
After our mosey around the show we went back to the camping area, I will not call it ‘camp site’ as we were pitched at the edge of a field with no water facilities and no toilets (unless you class trees as suitable!!!)
After a cuppa and a natter we fired up the BBQ and by this time we thought we deserved a drink or two!!! After food and a few pints Dawn and Rich C departed home and we thought we would take a walk in to Woodstock as the music festival was on. When we finally found our way out of the palace grounds we got to the village and in the square was live bands playing and a lot of people!!! We found a pub and we battled our way to the bar and finally got a pint and then we made our way outside to enjoy the music. The music ended at around 10.15pm and we found our way back to the palace and the camping area where we enjoyed a few more drinks and then to bed.
Monday, well what can I say about Monday?!! Some would say the typical bank holiday weather. We woke to the sound of very heavy rain, eventually we were all brave enough to leave the shelter of our tents and congregated in the gazebo where we remained most of the day, having breakfast a copious amounts of tea and coffee oh and breakfast on the BBQ. There was no sign of the rain easing so at about 1.30pm we were brave (ish) again and we got the tents and the gazebo down, in record times, and made our way back home to a warm, dry environment.
Despite being washed out on the Monday the Sunday was good and it was a pleasant surprise to be able to go to the music festival in Woodstock.
The sun was shining when we arrived, we pitched up camp and then went to have a wander. A good selection of classic cars on club stands and individual classic car entries from the 1920's to the 1990's. A fine turn out on the TVR stand and some very nice cars there indeed. There was a good turn out for the minis too even though the emphasis on the minis was not until the Sunday. There was also a selection of traders and autojumble sellers.