December 3rd promised wet weather and didn’t disappoint which made the choice of venue, with its optional indoor facilities, particularly prescient on the part of our committee.

To those keen to dress both themselves and their pride and joy for judging, at the Rose Gardens in the rain, your dedication is much admired. Particular kudos to Pree as recipient of the best dressed car award and to Richard and Stephanie for their convincing imitation of Mr and Mrs Claus.

Having dressed our ‘modern classic’ for the toy run the previous weekend, it wasn’t too hard to opt for the better tyres and brakes on her more modern stablemate – even if that meant driving an undecorated 5-door to the party … much gratified to subsequently discover that, in doing so, we were not alone in opting for expedience, thanks Kath.

We arrived at the Brigham at the same time as the first of the cars from the Rose Gardens to be greeted at the door by earlier arrivals, including Sue with her animated chicken which had somehow survived the toy run and amazingly appeared none the worse for that experience.

The usual pre-dinner banter included the news that Trevor had parted with Big Blue that very day at the Webb’s collector’s auction. Given the differential between Webb’s estimate and the final bid (couldn’t resist checking it out on the auctioneer’s website), one might well consider that this fine example of a 1972 280S sedan was no ‘Blue’ but rather a gold-plated investment decision with interim ownership benefits. Well done Trev!

Mike welcomed members to our second Christmas party at the Brigham, noting that our club had succeeded in holding a significantly greater number of successful events during the year than usual – the Christmas party being a case in point, held just seven days after our last club event.

Mike concluded by outing a member celebrating his birthday at the party – obliging a suitably embarrassed Daryl to stand, be recognised, and cut his surprise birthday cake.

Formalities concluded, we settled down to enjoy convivial conversation and excellent Christmas fare, which Chris insisted would have been even better had the bar stock included a bottle of Port.

Tim and Jennifer

Editor’s note: the weather seemed to put a dampener on the photographers for this event!