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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 66 - Winter 1989 / 90
The 1989 Motor Vehicle Rally by Ted Rogers
The Rally held on the 28th of August was our fifteenth, and the thirteenth under the present "management". After the long hot summer and the rain over the weekend, I feared we would have a wet day, but it was not like that. It was warm and the sun shone all day, so the staff all got sunburned without realising it was happening.
As the Rally area had been so crowded last year, we decided to put the motorcycles on the station forecourt. This turned out to be a wise decision, as the usual area was only just able to hold the other vehicles which arrived.
At our first Rally we had twenty-nine entries, but the numbers have grown over the years and was 190 this year. A few failed to turn up, but there were over 170 vehicles on display.
This increase is very gratifying as it shows people enjoy their visit to our site enough to come again and recommend their friends to come along as well. I think I might make a special mention here of Michael Selby-Lowndes, who came to our very first Rally, and has come to each one since then.
The increase in numbers does bring problems other than that of space, though. Apart from the already difficult job of choosing the winners from some superb vehicles, the judges have more to look at in the time available. The Rally staff, too, have a heavy day, even though the system is as simple as we can make it. They don't even have time for a bite until after the presentations.
We have always tried to make the Rally a friendly and family occasion, rather than one with a competitive spirit. In the past, I have tried to have a word with every entrant during the day, but that is becoming physically impossible now.
For the record, and those who didn't read their Safety Valve, I would like to say thanks again to Joanne Taylor and Bev and Dave Potter for their hard work and for making my day easy (relatively!). Also to the Judges, who prefer to remain incognito, and to Ken Ashman for presenting the prizes to the winners.
Oh, yes! Also my thanks to the individual who didn't have enough plaques available, so that now I have to send a lot off by post!
To end, here is a list of winners.
1. Mr M J Janes 1952 Riley Monaco
1. Mr C Webb 1940 Bedford 30cwt Truck
1. Mr D A Cole 1926 Norton 18
1. Mr R H Towell 1931 Morgan
I'm glad to say that all our visitors seem to have enjoyed their day at Quainton. That makes it all worthwhile, but having received dire threats from Joanne and Bev, I fear that I am now "lumbered" for 1990!
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