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Retro Fundraising. Martock - Somerton

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Decided I'd give this show a crack this season as Mrs Gerbil's Sister lives in Martock. Also it was something new to try. All in aid of Blood Bikes and St Margaret's Hospice.

Apprehensive after the car played up last time out, I wasn't confident I'd make it but we did. So here is the story.

I purchased an event ticket many months ago. This included a short 20 mile drive from Martock in Somerset to Somerton. Rally control was set up at the industrial estate in Martock. Once signed in and rally pack collected we had ourselves a bacon and egg sandwich and cup of tea. 

At 9:50 it was time to get in the cars and que up. With 300 cars booked in the road was closed through Martock as  We joined the cavalcade for the off. 

Someone in city hall didn't get the memo as a 3 mile stretch of the route had been prepared for resurfacing and loose chippings were everywhere. With these slow speeds I was constantly on edge waiting for the car to cut out..... but it didn't. 

Following a TR6 and a stag. We headed to Langport through some open country lanes then the main road to Somerton. The mass swarm of cars had broken up, Nice three car convoy of 70's cars.

We approached the show ground and was asked if we'd like to join the ford section, of course we would and were directed into place. Next to the only other mk1 escort on show. However next to that....... a not very classic new RS focus was parked up. But apart from that there was a fantastic  row of old fords. 

Plenty of other cars including a large American section and minis. I must confess I liked the chopped mini and it's back story (see photo below). 

Had a long chat to a chap with a mk1 capri. He bought it when it was 4 years old and has the original sales receipt. 1700 pounds with the extras.... He has another at home in yellow ( which is what started the chat as my escort is the same shade ). Bumped into a Tour of the moor entrant too and was pleased to see thier sticker in place in the window. 

Live music, beer tent, cream teas, stuff to buy, it was a great show. It's not on next year but fully recommended to anyone in the Somerset area. 

First batch of pics are rally control hold point. There were several of these. I couldn't get to the ford one.

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I love those FWD Lotus Elans especially in red. Them and Mk1 Fiestas are the only FWD cars I consider owning.

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17 hours ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

I love those FWD Lotus Elans especially in red. Them and Mk1 Fiestas are the only FWD cars I consider owning.

Ever driven one of these? Awesome little FWD coupes. I owned two in succession and love them.

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4 hours ago, Vista said:

Ever driven one of these? Awesome little FWD coupes. I owned two in succession and love them.

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That's a Corrado isn't it? No they were never sold here so I have never had the opportunity to drive one. I have always thought they looked excellent though. Much better than the Golf. Is the WR6 some kind of V6 beast of the range?

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4 hours ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

That's a Corrado isn't it? No they were never sold here so I have never had the opportunity to drive one. I have always thought they looked excellent though. Much better than the Golf. Is the WR6 some kind of V6 beast of the range?

It's VR6 and yes, they were V6 powered. By today's standards, pretty moderate power output but coupled to a great chassis they were stonking cars in their day. They did a supercharged 1.8 4 pot called the G60, that was pretty quick too.

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