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  • Writer's pictureMark Roberts

Duchy Ford Show Weekend 2024

Updated: Jul 8

Thursday

Members Jeremy, Nick, Keith Edwards and myself met at the show field on Thursday morning. We were soon joined by our Health and Safety officers John and Dan Wye, and the first few traders including the marquee. While Jeremy had to pop home (on an impossible task) the rest of us helped to put up the marquee. A massive thank you to all that helped. Later on, we were joined by Adam Hicks and Dave Bradley and things were well on track for the weekend, it was time for a well-earned pint and meal at the Farmers Arms.


Friday

Friday dawned dry and sunny as it would be for the whole weekend. We were so lucky, as we all know the weather can make or break any outdoor event. Once fed and watered Adam and Jeremy headed to the Newquay Area to put up signage and myself and Chris headed home to pick up our cars. Once back, a lot more members and traders had arrived and Glen was busy welcoming campers. I then went with Dave to put up local signage in St Merryn. With our gazebo put up and club stand marked out (Adam was very handy with his mower, he could be offered a job at Lords!) and the flags up and bunting added, we were ready for the weekend. It was then time to visit the Fish and Chip van who had arrived early for Friday night – many thanks to Glenn and his staff.

Friday evening sunset, credit Bev Bradley


Saturday

An early start at 5.00am and what an amazing sun rise we saw. With our Cars all dried off and a final meeting with John and Dan ,then we were ready. Cars and traders started arriving from 7.30am, and by 9.45am all the traders, crafters and most of the cars were on site. The Show was opened at 10.00 am by local celebrity Johnny Cowling, who entertained the crowds, many thanks Johnny, hopefully we will see you next year. Our resident celebrity commentator Brian Goldsworthy then took over for the rest of the weekend. There were some great Fords on display with John Hough’s Model T being very popular with the public. David Colemans Maize yellow RS1600 looked stunning in the sunshine and if you are looking for a stunner club member Ross Jarratt had his Capri 2.8 Special for sale. We were very pleased as a total of almost 90 cars turned up for the Saturday. During the afternoon there was entertainment in the marquee with Kayla Bradley singing with her acoustic guitar and then Graham Baumbach again singing with his Keyboard both were brilliant but there wasn’t much support, so hopefully next year we can change that. After the raffle the show closed at 3.00pm. Those exhibitors who were camping had a chill out time with plenty to eat and drink before our evening Band the “Straw Dogs”- they were brilliant! We then had an auction – many thanks to Brian for extracting vast sums of money from us – an excellent result for our charities. The evening was finished with disco’s from Darren (Phaze 2 Mobile DJ) and then Adam (DJ Monty).

Credit Jenni Lunn


Sunday

Again, a beautiful day and with cars arriving even earlier, it was going to be busy. We had 50 cars on our stand and 140 in total. There were loads to see and do with Autoglym, S & M Chrome, East Kent Trim, Kenwyn Models, face painting, bouncy castle, crafters and much more and not forgetting our charities Cornwall Blood Bikes and Cornwall Air Ambulance. At 11.00am myself, Jenni Lunn and Keith Edwards were tasked with judging the cars, this we found very difficult as there were some great Fords on display, however we did agree on the final results. So around 2.30pm we started our 2nd raffle of the weekend (thank you to all members that donated prizes) this was then followed by the trophy presentations.


Duchy Ford Club would like thank the following:

All Duchy members for all their help before and during the weekend.

All Traders that supported our weekend.

Vospers

Symonds Construction

Cornwall Flat Roofing

That Tint Guy

MKM Building Supplies

Brian Goldsworthy for his brilliant Commentary

Johnny Cowling for opening our show

Kayla Bradley Musician

Graham Baumbach Musician

Straw Dogs

To all members of the public that supported our show, hopefully we will see you next year.

The trophies awaiting to be handed over to their deserving winners! Credit Jenni Lunn


Judging Results

Best Project – ATM 363B Ford Anglia Wagon

Best Paint – EN09 HHG Ford RS Focus

Best Engine Bay – C19 WTH Ford Escort RS Cosworth

Best Original – ALF 653Y Ford Capri

Best Modified – LHO 437F Ford Anglia

Best Import – WCU 465Y Ford Cortina XR6 (Imported from South Africa)

Best Wheels – 281 EJO Ford Capri

Furthest Travelled – R272 FGU Ford Fiesta (Travelled from Bracknell)

Best Visiting Club – Devon RS Owners Club

Judges Choice – OGX 793K Ford MK1 Escort

Public Vote – OGX 793 Ford MK1 Escort.


Finally, we are delighted to announce that we have raised £4000 for our charities – Cornwall Blood Bikes and Cornwall Air Ambulance.


Until next time,

Mark

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