XROC Best Club Stand at Ford Fair 2015

It was finally here. The one event I had been looking forward to the most, especially as I’d missed the previous year due to having the flu. Our alarm clock went off at 3:30am and we quickly got ready and set out to meet some of the other members from the Central Midlands branch at the motorway services. A quick breakfast in the cafe and we were all keen to be on our way. Travelling to Silverstone in convoy always turns the heads of passing drivers, even those in modern ST’s and RS’s.
On arrival, we were quickly directed to the area our club was designated. The organisation seemed to be very efficient. Some members from other branches had already arrived, and the stand was soon filled with 44 of our gleaming XR’s. Everyone gave their cars one last wash and polish and after that we had a wander round the show. I bought a 1:18 scale model of my XR3i for a bargain price, and displayed it on my dashboard with the latest club magazine on view.
The camping chairs came out and we sat with friends and members behind the cars on the stand. We brought plenty of food and drink, but as always, I forgot something… Sun cream!
It was the hottest day of the year so far, which is nothing to complain about, but needless to say I got burnt. Thankfully, Allan and Dorrinda lent me a hat for which I was extremely grateful.
Adrian set up the marquee selling the club merchandise and plenty of potential new members were enticed in and enrolled. It was also nice to meet Graham, the previous owner of my car, who gave me some background history.
There was plenty to see on the track, including some of our members showing that it’s not all about shiny metal. I bet that was great fun!
We always have a friendly competition on the stand where everyone has an opportunity to vote for members cars. Congratulations to Robert Colton and his Mk1 XR2 for winning the Favourite Car Award, and Ian Rowley and his XR2i for winning our Best Presented Car Award.
There were thousands of Fords on display, many of which were within other club stands, so it was a fantastic surprise to hear that we had been chosen for the Best Club Stand Award out of 24 other clubs. It’s great to know the XR range can hold its own against the sea of modern ST’s and the iconic old school Fords.
We owe a huge thank you to all involved with the organisation and hard work that made this such a great day, and of course to everyone who displayed their cars on our stand. Let’s hope we can beat our record of 44 cars next year!

XROC Best Club Stand at Ford Fair 2015

XROC Best Club Stand at Ford Fair 2015