Final 2016 Greetham Gathering
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The final Gathering of 2016 took place on September 15th. This was the earliest date in September that it could take place on (i.e. the 3rd Thursday of the month) and at this time of year dusk occurs around 7:30pm. That, you would think, would be a reason not to turn up at the Gathering – especially if you have travelled a fair distance. However, the weather on the day was just perfect; warm, dry and mainly sunny, and it’s the weather that has the biggest impact on our turnout.
Whilst not the best attended yet, it certainly was the best “last” Gathering of the 3 years we’ve been running it with more than double the numbers from our September 2014 Gathering and at least 50%
more than last year.
That’s brilliant, and we thank all of you who have come and supported us, and, we hope, enjoyed the experience.
Again, we remain surprised at how many vehicles turn up that have not been before. In the car paddock we had about 100 classics. These in- cluded Jaguars, Citroens, Austins, Rovers, Fiats, Porches, Audis, Tri- umphs, Morris, Aston Martin, Mini, Mercedes, Maserati, TVR, Alpha Ro- meo and others. Also in attendance was a monster wheel Chevrolet truck, a replica Isetta-BMW bubble car (with 4 cylinder Honda 250cc bike engine in it!), our growing collection of VW Camper vans, a Ford Dexta tractor and our local London Routemaster bus!
In the bike paddock we had about 18 classics in the 50 bikes that made an appearance. Included there were a trio of Velocette singles, various BSA twins, a rare (rescued from a shed) Honda C70 cub, a beautiful Yamaha FS1E 50cc moped (these used to be everywhere when kids were learners on mopeds), a Suzuki, Morini, Guzzi, several Hondas (including a rare 1000cc 6 cylinder CBX), an AJS 33CSR (with Norton Atlas engine and cycle parts) and a beautiful early 1960’s Triumph Thun- derbird.
Thanks as always must go to all who attended, whether showing a vehi- cle or not. Also to Andy and crew for the fine food he prepares; to Anne and team for the bar (which did a great job); to Maureen and Carol for the cakes and coffee, to Julie for selling raffle tickets, to Debbie, Sue and Pippa on the gate, to Brian for helping marshalling and to all the support- ers who lend a hand as and when. Also, thanks to Beanie at the Plough for donating a raffle prize, and belated thanks to Scott at the Wheatsheaf and Sandy Begy for each also donating a prize at the previous Gathering (Sorry – I didn’t know until too late last month).
Pictures from this Gathering will be posted on the Gathering website (www.GreethamGathering.co.uk) in the coming days. We shall only post the rarer ones this time as we may soon run out of web space. We plan to hold the Gatherings again in 2017 on the 3rd Thursdays of May to Septem- ber, but will keep you all informed of any changes or news. We shall also be making our annual donation to the local Air Ambulance in the coming months (once we have done our sums) and we will keep you posted on that.