Most of the people there were welcoming as we were in a car, not on a bike, but a few were not. Comments like " What's that car doing there" and "Why don't you park it over there with the other cars". One man in particular was more obnoxious than the rest and the fact that we were members of the club, and there with the agreement of the organisers didn't seem to make any difference to him.
We had an early track parade which was good as it gave us the rest of the day free, but not so good as there were few spectators there so early.
Once that was sorted it was time for refreshments before heading off for another wander. Thanks again to Pam for some of these pictures.
Once again we met friends old & new and had some good craic.
The atmosphere was subtly different from previous years and it took us some time to figure out what it was. The "nostalgia" element wasn't there. Fewer military displays, 30s/40s re-encators were missing. The music was from much later years. Croft had grown better and better over the years and was deemed by many to be the Goodwood Revival of the north. All gone in a flash. We spoke to one stall holder who caters to the re- enactors and he said it was the worst year for trade in all the time he had been coming to Croft. "It was hardly worth the effort" he said.
The pre event publicity was pushing the 60s & 70s with no mention of the earlier years. This must have felt like a slap in the face to all those who had played a major part in the event in previous years and it's no wonder that they weren't there this year.
The usual best dressed competition was held again today and I wasn't dressed for it.
Soon it was time to head for home after an OK weekend. It cerainly wasn't as good as previous years.