This was our second visit to Busfest and equally as good as the first. It didn’t matter to us that the traders were the same as last year and even some of the bands were the same. Indeed we really like the Ska band that plays the Sheep Shed nearest our T4 Forum pitch. With Fred in tow we couldn’t spend so much time amongst the crowds and we had to leave him in the van for a while when we went for a walk around in the evening. Steve who we drove top with and who pitched up next to us had to come and find us because Fred was setting the alarm off.
A lot of folk rated this event so we had to give it a try. It was nice enough but we were pitched a long way from the centre. And the entertainment and trade stand were limited. On a value for money comparison it came no where near Busfest.
Although we haven’t been for a few years this was our 21st trip to “La Sarthe”. In the past we have camped both at the circuit and with organised groups a way from the circuit. Our last few trips were spent sleeping in the car. The previous couple of trips were from our house in Brittany so an easy Saturday morning drive and home in time to BBQ on Sunday.
This time we were on the circuit near the Porsche Curves for 5 days. We bought a generator to take with us as few would be off grid for the whole time. Our push bikes went with us and came in very handy to get from the camp site to the village and the heart of the circuit.
For the first time we caught the tram into the city for lunch and to see the divers parade to the streets. Unfortunately it was wet and cold and not much fun.
I never did like the silver wheels so now they have been refinished Dark Anthracite by Lepsons in in Gillingham. They are a high gloss finish and not quite black. Very smart.
It came about because I went to our local tyre dealer who managed to gouge a rime when fitting new tyres so they offered to get it refinished. So while they did that I paid for the other 3 to be done. I had to borrow an old set of steels for a week while ours were being done.
The VW van forum we subscribe to has an annual get together at Beaulieu Motor Museum. It is a relatively quiet layer back fair with a lot of games for the kids, a smattering of traders and a fancy dress event.
This year’s fancy dress event was a drive out to Sammy Millers motorcycle museum where there was a large gathering of strongly dressed folk having morning coffee. Sue went as Cruella De Ville complete with a spotty dog pup, I thought she looked convincing, and I went as Kojak because it didn’t need too much dressing up and I got a lolly to suck.
We had a walk around the estate and visited the museum included in the event entry. Its a while since we had been there and it was interesting to see some of the new stuff . I was particularly amused by the Outspan mini. My friend, who’s father was the accountant there at the time, spent a summer with several young ladies touring the seaside resorts with this promotional motor.
I bought a set of pressed registration plates from Duflecta and another trader was selling Vango Kella drive away tents for a good price. We spent couple of days considering it and decided to buy one. I will write about it once we have used it a few times.