Severe weather from Storm Katie ruins second day of classic car show.
The two-day show at Weston Park, organised by Gemini Events, got under way on Easter Sunday with many of the 880 pre-booked exhibitors braving chilly winds to attend this major season-opener.
Classic and modern motor enthusiasts arrived from all over the Midlands, and further afield, with one owner travelling all the way from Belfast with his customised Mazda MX5.
Enthusiasts and visitors enjoyed the ‘Decibel Duel’ and a few hardy souls turned out in their best period dress. The Glamophones entertained visitors during the day and many entrants managed to stay until prize giving in the arena at 4pm where all class winners collected their awards and the judges selected their choice for Best in Show.
Weather forecasts suggested that Storm Katie would be likely to most affect the South and South-East of England on Sunday night/Monday morning so Gemini management took the reasonable decision to continue with the show as planned for Easter Monday.
Unfortunately, Katie dumped a large amount of rain on Weston Park during Sunday night and a day-break inspection by the site safety manager and Weston Park management brought the unavoidable news that the show could not go on as the grounds were now waterlogged.
The news of the abandonment was put on social media and on the Gemini and Weston Park websites as soon as was practically possible but there was no avoiding the fact that some enthusiasts were already on their way - some from as far away as Scotland and Devon. As a result, there were inevitable disappointments when they arrived to find that the Monday part of the show had been called off. Unfortunately we inherited a paper database and have been working at getting this information online to ensure we can contact owners directly and efficiently should this happen again.
Gemini Events director, Stephen Smith, expressed his frustration at how the fickleness of the weather had caused such problems:
'We can plan everything up to the hilt but the one thing we cannot plan for is where a major storm is likely to strike.’
‘Making the judgement call on whether to proceed or call-off when bad weather threatens is always hugely difficult and we always try to do what is best for our exhibitors, traders, and paying public.’
‘It was heart-rending to not be able to continue with the Monday - especially when the sun shone through that afternoon!'
Gemini would like to thank all clubs, private enthusiasts and traders for their support and patience in dealing with the circumstances and have confirmed that they are making a special offer to exhibitors and traders in respect of the next Motorfest show on April 16th and 17th 2017.
All pre-booked exhibitors for Monday’s abandoned show should hold onto their tickets (duplicate copies cannot be produced) and they will be valid for entry to Motorfest on Monday 17th April 2017.
All traders who attended the Monday show will shortly receive a form with a ‘Rainy Day’ offer to attend next year’s show, and not have to pay for the Monday in 2017.
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