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The factory open day is always classed as an official event for EATOC - basically most of the membership live within easy driving distance of Thorney Toll, added to the fact that it is one of the few events were we don't need to issue directions!
Unfortunately this year the day started out rather cold and very overcast. There seemed to be a good chance of rain when I left for the epic drive to the factory (9.6 miles!). The day was also very important to me as I needed an MOT test doing before a track day next Sunday.
However the weather did put some people off as there were a lot fewer cars there than on previous years.
A good number of cars turned up and we also recruited a few new members as well.
We were lucky enough to have a hot sunny day for our meeting on Sunday 6th June. The location was a typical country pub called the Chequers Inn nestled in the quiet village of Wrestlingworth, a very nice clean inviting place which was not too busy offering plenty of seating inside or out.
A total of 15 people turned up bringing with them 5 very smart Tigers. Malcolm Brown and Paul Browning with their wives in their gleaming Super Sixes, Brandon Forster and son in his Cat E1 with some very neat additions, Peter Allen and his wife in their silver Super Cat which you may have seen on the Tiger stand at Stoneleigh and Niall Turner and his Father in his Cat E1 complete with turbo charger. Bob Cox, whose Cat was waiting for an MOT, Neil Jameson who's Storm was waiting for a replacement ECU and myself whose Cat is waiting SVA could only look and wish we had our cars there on such a lovely day.
Having had a good look around the cars and contemplating pinching a few parts to help mine through the SVA we recharged our glasses, ordered some food as the Landlady had extended the choice just for us and sat down outside. Food arrived in due course and was of good quality (except for the chicken being rather over cooked) at a reasonable price. Having by now been joined by my wife and son, general conversation and light hearted banter followed based upon Tigers. However there where some understandably very nervous looks from owners as other customers reversed towards their cars taking care to keep them out of their blind spots.
By around 14.30 a few clouds started to build in the distance so we decided to turn a couple of the cars around in an attempt to line them up for a photo or two to be taken. No sooner was this done than cameras appeared from everywhere and the clicking began. After the pictures were taken farewells were said and the village was rudely awoken to the sound of the Tigers as they left the car park leaving Bob, Neil and I still wishing we had our cars with us.
The AGM was held at Shuttleworth on the 4th July. A total of 11 tigers made it to the event. There were some changes to the committee these are detailed on the club contact pages.
Well Guy's and Gall's another successful event completed in the busy diaries of us Tiger Owners. The weather did its best to spoil things but the old contemptible's were there in all their glory (the cars that is, not the owners).
The dear old Sporting Bears marshals did their best to confuse us by sending the Tigers and our arch enemies the Robin Hood's, to the same space, however we sorted it out for them and a great day was had by all. I lost count in the end but I recall at least 10 cars, which was a good turn out.
As usual the entertainment in the show ring and the various static displays were brilliant, but I still can't understand why anyone would want a Ferret as a pet, they just stink!! They probably had similar thoughts about those nuts in the cars without roofs, standing there watching the rain come down. Ho Hum.
As has become the norm now at this event, Steve brought his famous Bar B Q along and we all enjoyed various culinary treats. Someone even put a snake on the grill, it hissed and spat for ages, but it was eventually consumed. Put next years date in your diaries, it will be around the same time as this year. Best wishes to you all,
A lot of the club members chose to go on the convoy organised to the show. I however didn't instead I drove directly from my house to Maxey a huge 3 miles each way. Brandon Forster had I think beaten me by about 10 minutes and for a while it looked like we were going to be the only Tigers turning up. Fortunately the rest of the people on the convoy arrived soon after. In total there were 11 Tigers present, and we also recruited two new members to the club. In spite of the weather the previous week Saturday turned out dry and surprisingly warm. It was a really good show with an amazing turnout for a Saturday event. Roll on next year!
A big thanks must go to Mervyn Garner for suggesting the event as nobody else had heard of it!
The day turned out to be surprisingly nice weather with it being mostly bright, titlehough as is to be expected it did rain later in the day. I am not sure when the last completely dry Tiger open day was (has there ever been one?).
There were a few new things to take note of. First of all there was the biggest shock of all, as there is now a new showroom section in the workshop, which allows the demonstration cars to be stored without having to be moved every day.
The second was Keith Banthorpe's car. Keith has taken his previously pinto engined cat and replaced the Pinto with a Zetec. Nothing unusual about that, but he then obtained a pair of scrap carbs and modified them to make a set of fuel injection throttle bodies. He has promised me an article on how he did this so I am using this as a gentle reminder!
The Pub meeting on Sunday 24th October at The White Hart in Wimbish saw a good turn out despite rain being forecast. In the event the weather stayed dry and the sun even broke through at times. The venue turned out to be good with very friendly staff and some good food.
Unfortunately the group was split into two for the food and I did not get a chance to meet some of the new faces before they left. Ten Tigers were there all looking very smart. Carl Atkinson arrived with his son later in the afternoon in his new R6 and I understand John Clark set out to join us but had to turn back with a broken throttle pedal.
Thanks go to Neil Jameson who actually cycled 40 miles to find a venue for us and to Niall Turner for the photographs. Can I also take this opportunity to wish Guy Gomes all the best for his future life in Portugal. If anyone has any ideas for future events please let us know