Neil Fletcher Racing
AVO Day 2002
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Another year has come and it's time for another AVO Club National Day at Stanford Hall. The following are some of the photographs which I took AVO Day on Sunday 16th June 2002.
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|This year there was another new chef to look after the bar-b-que on the Saturday night. Next year the party may be even bigger as I'm told there is the possibility of overnight camping for anyone who wants it.|
|I had heard of "The Naked Chef" but this was the first time I had seen him in the "Bare Flesh" so to speak. It wasn't a pretty sight, I can tell you.|
|Next day things started bright and early. Steve directs the early arrivals to their allotted parking places.|
|Meanwhile in the Regalia Tent, Paul and Russ were ready to deal with their first customers of the day.|
|And Jon and his helpers were doing the same in the Spares Tent.|
|One of the first cars in place, well it was there from the night before, was this V8 powered Escort belonging to Big Dave.|
|And this was his other car, an RS1600, unfortunately it was a non-runner due to a problem with the engine. Here "Pitcrew" gets the car all cleaned up ready for the concourse judging.|
|A regular at AVO Day is Andy Percival's Ford Sport Mexico, seen here in the "Competition Car" section.|
|Other cars in this section also included Craig Schofield's car which was slightly the worse for wear after a recent "off". There is an old rally saying which states, "If you aren't going off now and again, then you're not really trying".|
|Also in the competition car section was Roger Clark's Esso Blue and the Minilite RS1600, otherwise known as Jimmy McRae's toy.|
|The Minilite car had lots of little marks of orange paint on the nuts and bolts, I presume this was so you could quickly tell if something was coming loose, because then the marks would be out of line.|
|Another car which was used for competition was this RS1600 Hillclimb car belonging to Gary Carnaby.|
|Another car that I liked was this modified RS1600, the owner had gone to a lot of trouble to make a cold air box for the carbs.|
|There was quite a turn out of RS1600's this year, including the various competition cars etc I think there was about 10 or 12. This car was one of the best.|
|A photo of the immaculate engine bay. Just about every nut and bolt on the car was re-plated. I'm told it took over 8 years to rebuild this car.|
|A mirror behind the car allowed us to view the rear axle etc without having to crawl around on the ground.|
|Just some of the many Mexicos that were in attendance. I think that numbers of these seemed slightly down compared to previous years.|
|In contrast the number of RS2000s attending seems to grow each year, as does the quality of cars.|
|An engine bay photo of one of the above RS2000s.|
|Once again two of the Superspeed modified cars turned up, these cars are now quite regular attendees at National Day.|
|What can one say about a GT40. When I showed these photos to my wife and daughters at home, they thought that this was the most fantastic car on show that day.|
|My eldest, Rebecca who is 8 years old, wanted to know if I would buy her one for when she learns to drive, I said we'd have to win the lottery first, even then I'd want to buy myself a "genuine" ex-works Escort first.|
|In the field next door one of the re-enactment societies were having a fun day out. The best laugh was when they would "fire" their cannon, the boom would set off car alarms all over the place :-)|
I hope those of you who were unable to attend AVO Day will enjoy these photos, I still have more photos and info to add in the near future. Check out the "Updates" page on a regular basis.
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