|We would like to add our thanks to Bob and Carotyn and also expand a little on what happened over the weekend. 29 cars entered and no less than 7 past V8 weekend organisers were present, Bob and Carolyn completing back to back, having done Hampshire last year.
We had a great hotel, swimming pool, jacuzzi and sauna, excellent food, a superb male choir on Saturday evening to entertain us. Sunday evening after dinner was a test of ingenuity to find the team of four who could design and make a mechanism to burst a balloon taking the longest time, good fun, like Prof. Heinz Wolff's great egg race only slower and noisier. There seemed to be lots of dominos, pins, a cork, some elastic bands, bits of wood and of course plenty of balloons.
The routes were exciting, see the Elan Valley reservoirs in spate, walk the gorge around Devil's Bridge, good options as well, visit the seaside twice, ride on two different steam trains, see Red Kites feeding, visit Harlech, drive the old Austin Motors test route. The ladies had plenty of opportunity for retail therapy too, all rounded off by a cream tea, but the piece de resistance was saved for Monday.
We visited the Judges lodgings in Presteigne which is an absolute timewarp. Still lit by candles, oil lamps and naked gas flames, gas mantles were a much later invention. Using an excellent personal stereo system one was guided from room to room with a series of stories about events that had taken place in the period. After an excellent sandwich lunch we all returned to the court room where Jim Gibson was persuaded to don the red Judges robes and sit on his chair where we could all see him.
Bob then explained why, as we all know Jim has been a stalwart of the V8 register for more years than he cares to remember, serving as chairman twice and as treasurer for an age. Following his decision to stand down at the last AGM the Register Committee felt a more public recognition of Jim' s contribution should be made so it was good to see Jim receive some fine wine and then realise he was genuinely stuck for words, a nice moment. Sue, the good woman behind Jim was presented with a bouquet, she was equally surprised.
We all had a memorable weekend and ideas for next year are already in the pipeline.