How do you persuade your wife to get up at 6am on a Sunday morning to go to a car show? Well since it was at Trentham Gardens and the weather forecast was for sun and blue skies, getting up wasn’t the big issue I thought it might be. So it was we fired up the Stag as quietly as possible trying not wake the neighbours – has anyone ever managed to start a Stag quietly? Leaving Newark at 7am we saw little traffic and made good speed (the 4-speed ZF box certainly helps!) meeting up with Margaret, Dave, Paul and Lesley on the A50 just south of Stoke to drive into Trentham together. Only three cars I thought – a pretty poor turnout. I needn’t have worried because by the time the gazebo was erected we were joined by another six cars in a lovely shady spot very near the gardens – pole position I’d say.
The show itself was as good as ever in my opinion – hundreds of classic and vintage cars of all shapes and sizes filled the large show area including at least a further ten Stags dotted around. To have a good look at them all would have taken many hours but other attractions seemed to be on my wife’s agenda. So after an hour admiring some wonderful machinery we wandered through the beautiful award winning gardens towards, yes you’ve guessed, the Trentham Shopping Village. Much bashing of the credit cards ensued and finally after a delicious ice cream sundae we staggered back to the gazebo loaded with numerous carrier bags – much to the amusement of the others.
We’d all noticed a funny smell which had pervaded the air around Paul Haigh’s rear end but no-one had wanted to say anything and risk causing offence, nor indeed light a match anywhere near for fear of causing an explosion. By mid-afternoon though the smell was getting stronger and something had to be done – so it was a “rut” of Stag men decided to investigate Pauls rear and try and figure out exactly where the smell was coming from – a petrol leak quickly identified as the cause. Exactly where the leak was and how to fix it kept the Stag men happy for a good hour spent testing various theories and trying this and that, mostly to no avail, although a temporary fix finally allowed Paul and Lesley to get home safely.
The public turned out in droves for this event helped no doubt by the nice weather, everybody we met seemed in a good mood and with loads to see and do I don’t think car shows get much better than this. Was it worth getting up so early – you bet!