This year I had the kids so used the "Flying Log" Dolomite complete with baked bean can bodged exhaust. I only got as far as Southampton, about 45 miles before the exhaust blew big time making the flying log extremely LOUD but having got a ferry booking to catch I didn't stop and just pressed on for the last couple of miles. Once at the ferry terminal and in the queue for the ferry I checked out the damage and it was surprising to see that the baked bean can repairs were fine, all that had happened is that the joint between the downpipe and centre box had disconnected. Not having time to fix it before the ferry went I bodged it up with a guy rope from my tent tieing the exhaust up to keep it off the road and limped it to the campsite ready to fix properly in the morning. A reasonably easy fix but the exhaust was left hanging pretty low and was frequently grounding out. Still it survived the perils of the Island Roads and the journey home so all was well in the end.
|Bodged up exhaust tied with a tent guy rope|
|The Log queueing for the Ferry|
|After a drinking session in the bar on Friday evening and up early to fix the exhaust it was time for the first drive out to Robin Hill Adventure park. The Isle of Wight Triumph Club had negotiated free entry to anyone in a classic Triumph as we parked our cars inside the theme park as a visitor attraction. This was a bit of a challenge as the grass area was a bit waterlogged and on a hill. I managed to get the Flying log stuck and bogged down and splattered with mud as I tried to wheel spin out!|
|Jason's TR6 on the campsite before the run to Robin Hill|
|My Daughter Alice wrapped up warm in Anne-Marie's Spitfire.|
|Nice Fiat Twin Cam engined Vitesse that is owned by Martin from the Island.|
|The log before departure|
|Darren in his Mk2 2500 Saloon|
|Cute Herald Pick up|
|Cars lining up before the convoy to Robin Hill|
|Jason and Poppy in the TR6 en Route|
|Triumphs in the mirror en route|
|All parked up at Robin Hill|
|Nice Courier Van|
|I love the NOB number plate!. This car also featured in the TV drama ashes to ashes|
|Me in the Sunshine|
The following day after a barbecue breakfast there was a convoy to Appuldurcombe House which is only a few hundred yards from the campsite. However we went the long way round on the convoy and did a trip of about 10 miles to get there including Ventnor Seafront and the infamous Zig Zag Hill which we do every year.
We all parked on the lawn at the front of Appuldurcombe house which was an impressive photo opportunity. The house looks great at the front but is in ruins behind the facade as it was hit by a bomb during the war which a German bomber dispatched before he crashed a few miles further on. There was an excellent Falconry display in the grounds as well.
|Triumphs outside Appuldurcombe House|
|Bald Eagle at the Falconry Display|
|Buzzard at the Falconry Display|
|Very Fast Gyr Falcon at the display|
|Triumph' through the window|
|The ruins behind the facade of Appuldurcmbe House|
|Lightnin' McQueen styled GT6 convertible from Essex|
Also on Sunday evening was the quiz which our team always do well at, this year we came 2nd.
On Monday there was a convoy out for lunch at the White Mouse pub. After this and putting the tents away I called in with the kids to Carol's grave on the way to the ferry to pay our respects.
|Triumphs at the White Mouse|
|More Triumphs at the Mouse|
|The Mouse again|
Many thanks to Angela, Graham and the Isle of Wight Triumph team for impeccable organisation of another excellent event.