Early morning car cleaning.
Zero temperatures… Snow blizzards… Hang on are we not going into spring? With this in mind I knew I had to get up the next morning and wash the crud off the car from where I took it down the country lanes to go get it serviced at A & T Motors.
Waking up on Saturday morning it didn’t seem that cold outside. Boy was I wrong. I think it has to be one of the quickest washes the old girl has had. Although I did manage to do a Facebook live video. It was that cold that the water was actually freezing on the car as I was washing her.
So car washed, now it was time to rally the kids. Not the best at engaging in what I love, but slowly and surely, I am wearing them down. The closer my daughter gets to her driving age, the more engaging she is becoming. Hinting at a Polo as a first car. Of course, it will be slightly modified. The boy… well all I get out of him at the moment id football talk, which to a Welshman is like speaking Chinese.
Car cleaned and off we set. Kids keep laughing at the faces of other drivers who spot the decals on the side and back of the car. Lots of street cred coming my way from these two LOL.
So we got down to Southampton about 10:20hrs, not a bad run from us to be fair. Took us about 50 mins and we were taking it easy in the bad weather conditions.
On arriving at Regal Autosport the roads leading to the entrance were littered with stunning German automobiles and as I passed the entrance I thought I spotted an open space in the car park to get the car into. After reversing the car into that space, I was promptly told… “sorry this is reserved for someone else”. Oh well, it was worth the effort and then I went and parked the car a street or so away like the proverbial dog with its tail between its legs.
When I returned to the car park of Regal, there were plenty of people attending, lots of others with cameras and filming rigs and there was a nice selection of metal on display.
I met up with my good friend Ben Fisher for a chat and caught up with fellow Photographer Jason Cornish. You can’t miss him at an even his is a tall stature of a man and a good man at that. I had a quick chat with Jake Edginton and Tom Merchant. Both making the trip in Toms rather “quick” edition 30.
There was a nice selection of other German makes outside of the car park. Mercs, BMWs with the odd mustang thrown in for good measure. I have to say that the girl in the white BMW ragging down the estate had some bottle and the car sounded awesome as did the Merc that was following her example. Both must have gone through a sizable amount of petrol to be fair. Sadly, a lone black Vauxhall Corsa seemed to think he was in the same league. Unfortunately, it was just embarrassing.
The guys at Regal Autosport & Pride and Performance laid on hot drinks and some very much needed sugary doughnuts from Crispy crème. My daughter’s eyes lit up on seeing these, so thank you guys for keeping the peace.
In the cold temperatures I think we stayed about an hour and a half. Just enough time to get around the cars I wanted to shoot, enough time for the kids to have enjoyed but not to moan about leaving.
All in all a successful day by the joint venture and possibly more of them to come. The enthusiasm is there, the attendance is strong but as always, we are at the mercy of good old blighty and its weather.
See you at an event soon…