The concours itself passed off smoothly. The venue had been changed at the last minute due to the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease, as the original venue in Leicestershire has a herd of longhorn cattle on site. That Bristol City Council could accommodate us at Blaise at such short notice was fortunate. (Not entirely unexpectedly, I did hear of one member who had unfortunately driven from Wales to Leicestershire and was understandably peeved to find we were all back in Bristol, a town he’d passed some hours previously.)
There was also a treat this year in that Sid Lovesey was on hand to distribute the prizes. Mr Lovesey is the factory manager for Bristol Cars in Filton, and I hope it gave him some pride to see so many of his babies lovingly polished and shining for him. The company and the owners’ club have not always seen eye to eye, for reasons that predate my joining the club and that I don’t really understand. I know that most other manufacturers support their owners and that heritage is the one thing you can’t make up. I’d have thought that Bristol would like to help promote their history, but as we all know, Bristol is not most other manufacturers.
As for the 410, I’ll let you know how things progress. Suffice to say, I’m reasonably confident that it will be at next years’ concours, wherever it may be.