“Baked” a term used in cooking… and that’s exactly what we got come the weekend of VAG at the Manor 2018. The weather was glorious. Now the fair skinned Brits like a bit of warmth. Anything over 15 degrees is time to get your top off and splash on the sun cream. Come the weekend of this newly located show was 10 degrees higher. So the area in question for VAG at the Manor this year was different to last. No “manor” was present but an expanse of fields that were quite badly scorched by the prolonged hot weather.
A leisurely run up to Bracknell was done in “the PornDub” with the view to take pictures and enjoy the show that Paul and his fellow show workers had put on for us. On this rare occasion I had asked Hayley if she wanted to come with me. She likes the sun and while it was out I thought I would bring her along to enjoy the day.
The show area was very dry, lots of pollen and dust but nothing that could hamper our excitement in getting to the show, setting up the area where the cars were on show and then just chilling and enjoying the day.
So as part of the: R32OC we set up our stand and all started to wander off to see various parts of the show. There were a few traders at the show, some offering beer, milkshakes etc. and a few selling clothing and VW / VAG items.
A bouncy castle and play area for the kids and a roll on roll off stage for those to come speak about their cars / vans etc. The top field where most people were parked became a little cluttered but and other clubs and visitors used the available space that was either side of where the main show was.
For a local show there was plenty of support. A few cars were there I hadn’t seen at some of the bigger shows, but there again because the large shows are so big trying to take everything in on one day can be a bit much. The good thing about a local show of this size is that it’s so chilled.
No one really has the appetite for the negativity that sometimes can hinder a good car show. So I did what I am use to, and that’s squatting in front, to the side and to the rear of the cars that took my fancy at the time of the show. I got a bit dizzy over the “7up” splitty that was on display. Such a lovely example and really good craftsmanship. By 14:30hrs, I was done to be fair. The heat had got to me and I was beginning to falter.
Paul and the team unfortunately had to struggle on in the heat but I had to duck out, so I made my apologies and headed home for some well-deserved shade.
The UK car scene is so unpredictable, rain, snow and now blistering heat and show organisers can’t always prepare for Mother Nature’s antic, but if there is one thing I could have wished for on the day of the show would have been shade. With no “Manor” to speak of so that we could did out of the sun and if the venue remains the same for next season, then perhaps a little more seating areas with
shade could be provided. With every passing season show organisers get to know what their attendees want and Paul and his tea will always listen and do their bit to deliver. That evening I spoke to Paul about the heat and how the show went from his perspective, to which he showed me the pictures of a fire truck attending the show. Someone had failed to put out one of their mobile BBQ trays which caught fire to one of the bins and “could have turned into something very very nasty. So for VATM 2018, a successful show, not a lot that can be done about the heat and for those who are reading this, if you’re camping and cooking or if you are lighting BBQ trays, make sure they are put out properly. Here is looking forward to next season. Enjoy the pics below.