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Inverness Vehicle Show
Sat 11th May 2013
organised by Highland Scotland

Car Count : 8
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Inverness Vehicle Show Saturday 11th May 2013

The day almost dawned - pretty miserable!  There was a steady drizzle hanging in the air, interspersed with light showers when we pulled into the DFS car park.  Obviously the others were already there.  Alan in his immaculate black Mk1 Eunos and Wendy, Campbell and Phil, back from his travels, in their Mk3s.  Frankie was in our Mk2 Jasper Conran SE, and I had the privilege of piloting the Sport Tech Nav demonstrator, again on loan from our local dealer, Macrae and Dick.  It was just as we pulled into the car park that I realised that we'd left the door badges on our Icon from last week’s visit to Forres so Frankie was dispatched back home to collect them.  The rest of us huddled under the door awning at DFS in the rain waiting for her return.

As soon as she returned, properly attired, Frankie slotted into her place in the convoy and we set off on our 1 mile trek into the city centre.  Last year we had been allocated a slot on Church Street, all by ourselves.  We felt a bit like lepers!  This year we were in Falcon Square right in the city centre, a far better location, although they had a brand new Jaguar "F - type" sitting right next to us. It certainly stole a lot of the limelight from our group.

The cars were all pretty clean but soaking wet so as the rain eased off we decided to get the chamois leathers out, or in Wendy's case the hi-tech microfibre wonder cloth.  After doing this for a third time I decided to give in - the rain had won!  Having said that the day wasn't really that bad between the showers.  Alan had his car spruced up with wedding ribbons so she looked a million dollars. (Alan rents out his cars if anyone's interested).

Some of the guys headed off to take a look at the other exhibitors parked all along the High Street and along Inglis Street and Church Street.  Some really beautiful vehicles immaculately prepared as always.

The rally is organised by Inverness BID, with free entry and a goodie bag thrown in. Two free kitkats, a travel mug and a £5 voucher to spend in several of the local cafes.  Not too shabby.  Just as Wendy, Frankie and I were about to go for some lunch Shane arrived asking how to get onto the Square so we waited until he had got parked up alongside us - then we had to wait until he washed off the seagull poo which had absolutely strafed his car - not a pretty sight!

We returned from a delightful soup and toastie to find the blighters had struck again! Did I leave the demonstrator top down??  Fortunately Wendy had a heap more wipes in her car.

No sooner had we finished cleaning the mess than the stewards arrived to tell us to line up for the parade through the High Street. We quickly packed up the flag and banner and off we went again in convoy to the muster point. We lost Alan at this point.  He'd gone off to join his wife for lunch and she'd obviously taken him shopping!  Campbell departed enroute. It was great fun driving down the pedestrian precinct to the sound of the pipes and drums and the crowds right alongside us.

We peeled of at the bottom of the High Street and Phil headed homeward. Wendy, Frankie and I stopped off at Macrae and Dick to return the demo and steal a cup of their free coffee!  Another perfect end to another perfect Hi-5s day!

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