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National Report by Dave Puzey, Club Chairman.

Saturday morning saw me zooming down the A303 with a boot full of poles and banners, safely arriving at Haynes Museum, it was time to start putting the club banners together. Very soon some other SD1s had arrived and it was time to leave on our tour to the Fleet Air Arm Museum. Now in theory this is only down the road however as we ought to use our classic cars more we went a slightly longer route via Yeovil.

The museum traces the history of the fleet air arm and includes a spectacular aircraft carrier experience. In addition to the military history the museum also houses the British prototype Concorde. One of our great engineering achievements and still stunning, although it is tiny inside!
Leaving the museum it was a short drive to the campsite. Time to put up my new tent! 30 seconds later I was pushing in pegs then it was time for tea and something to drink!
We were also joined by one of our members from Switzerland, at the site.

Sunday dawned dry and we were soon heading back to Hayes Museum to move the banners into position and sort out where everyone would park. As there had been too much rain the previous week we now had access to the track. Soon SD1s started to arrive and we separated series 1 and 2 around a semi circle. The club shop set up and started to do a roaring trade.

The museum contains a large collection of cars in several rooms, the big one being the 'Red Room' where all the cars on display are red!
One vehicle on display was of particular interest as it was one of the 2 prototype SD1 estate cars.
At 2pm plenty of cars gathered at the entrance ready for this year's run. As we were on the circuit we just had to do a lap before departing and heading north. The route took use through Castle Cary and past the campsite, up towards Shepton Mallet before turning west past Worthy Farm, I think something big happens there each year! Finally heading south, along the Fosse Way back to Sparkford.
Final activity of the day was to present the awards, this year we revived the Self Judging event, congratulations to all the winners. Then it was time for some fun and the police car was seen to be chasing our intrepid activities organiser round and round the track with all the blues flashing
2009 Trophy Winners

(as voted for by the club members attending the show)

Best Series 1 2300/2600 – Nigel Holden

Best Series 1, 3500 – Matt Evans

Best Series 1, Vanden Plas (also Best Series 1 overall) – Ken Cooper

Best Series 2, 2300/2600 – Hoppy Hopkins

Best Vanden Plas EFI– Eric Randall

Best Vitesse - Robert Davies

Best Series 2 Vanden Plas - David Pedder

Best Series 2 3500 (also Best Series 2 overall) - Andy Lawrence
Best moment of the day for the winners – trophies and photo line up!!
Thanks go to Sally Sheldon for organising the day, Sam and Patrick for manning the gate and Stuart Fairly for bringing the club shop, it made it this year! Finally just as we finished packing away the heavens opened! Still it had remained dry for most of the day.

Dave Puzey

Rover SD1 Club 2010
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