We never expect the August Gathering to be as well attended as June or July, and this year this was no exception. In fact, the August Gathering was the least well attended of the year (to date), yet it was still heaving with a fabulous number of supporters. With the weather forecast of rain until about midday, and sunny intervals for the rest of the day, we were all confident that people would come along, and they did. The afternoon was dry and the roads and the field were dry, so it was “business as usual”.
In the motorbike park we had fewer bikes than last month – rough estimate of about 75 of which around 30 were classics. Again it was good to see some new first-timers as well as some of our regulars. We had 2 speedway bikes and 2 Royal Enfield sidecar outfits, along with some BSAs, Nortons, BMWs, Velocettes, Guzzis Hondas, Triumphs, a Suzuki, a Laverda, a rare motobecane and some nice Lambrettas.
The classic cars and other vehicles had some real high class (and price?) vehicles. These included a number of Mustangs, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Jaguars, Rolls Royces, Rovers, Triumphs, Mazdas, Land Rovers, Volvo, a Lancia, Maserati, Lotuses, TVRs, Sunbeams, a Dodge, VW’s, Nissans, Chevrolet, Vauxhall to name more than a few!! Oh and TWO Mclarens! It was nice to see some former everyday cars like a Hillman Imp and an Austin 1100. Some quirky cars like a Bond 3 wheeler, a Messerschmittbubble car, and a 1936 Ford Cabriolet Custom car – a real eye catcher. There was also a Gibbs Bentley Special which looks like a 1950’s racing car – fabulous!
Another great evening; so roll on September for the next Gathering on the 20th, which will be the last Gathering of 2018. Please note that we now have an email address if you wish to contact us. It is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally – a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped us on the day, whether before, during or after the event. Whether marshalling the vehicles, collecting gate money, selling raffle tickets, selling hot food, cakes or teas and coffees, and of course the Rutland First Response team, we thank you for your continued support as the Gathering just wouldn’t be what it is today without you!