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The Wessex Weekender, June 2008
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Well Good Wessex Weekender
Late June in the South West of the UK can mean a soaking at the Pilton (Glastonbury) Music Festival, or a chilled out weekend with great company, good food, & way too much beer at The Wessex Weekender. In it's 5th year the event has an unusual format in that there is no 'Show & Shine'. It is geared solely toward laid back enjoyment of the participants.

As usual the Friday night cruise destination was picturesque Poole Harbour. This is by invitation of the local council - how refreshing is that when 'Big Brother' is said to be on the hunt for Hot Rodding? They even supply the marshals for the event but they could not stop the arrival of a biting cold offshore wind that had people 'hiding' in every available pub & chip shop until it was time for the return leg of the cruise.
Back at the campsite the Bristol 'Posse' settled in to Richard & Mary Roberts' awning for an evening of light libation & banter (a good drink & p*ss take!). Saturday sees an all day 'Treasure Hunt' for those who wish, or general couch potatoeing - albeit in lawn chairs - with drive by car assessments for others. The BBQ prepared by the Wessex crew is always a highlight with participants only having to supply their own meat & drink.
An afternoon walk to the local pub & more beer/wine did mean an early bath for some on Saturday night though. Sunday morning sees most breaking camp but as the normal site 'vacate time' does not apply, even that is a laid back affair. Some chose to stay on a few more days in this delightful area to make the most of the georgeous weather that had arrived on Saturday morning.
Notable cars this year (apart from the Bristol Hot Rods representatives, of course!) were the ex Dave Spreadbury 'Rat Catcher' Willy's Coupe, now owned by a Wessex club member and a sweet '27 'Turtle Deck' T with Fiat twin cam power - you can't argue with 60 mpg these days! Reg Hucker's, Tony Puttick built, Austin Dorset was also well received.
In particular, a special thanks from us all this year to Richard 'Neptune' Black who worked tirelessly throughout the weekend. Pete (& Carol) Daniels (Wessex Chairman) having mistakenly booked a holiday that started on the Saturday of the event! Well done Wessex Rod & Custom - see you next year. Oh, and to all Bristol crew not attending, be there next year or you may face the ultimate sanction….removal to Bracknell!

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