21st / 22nd August 2004
Suzuki Storm were offered another stand at this years National
4x4 show. We decided to merge with Rhino Riders and Surrey
Suzuki Society to make on big stand.
After a ridiculously early (sub 6am) start on the Saturday
morning, and finding out that Diamond Backs don't grip too
well on wet roads during heavy breaking with a trailer on
the back, I found Nick Ingram marshalling at the gate, who
pointed my in the right direction of the stand.
Jimny safely parked up, I went for a chat with the rest of
the crew and waited for Debbie and Chris French to arrive.
Then a wander round the rest of the show.
In the evening, the mud run opened. This was a large hole,
made with a large digger, then filled with water. We watched
various successful and less-successful attempts as Nick demonstrates.
Simon shows the only way to attack it is at speed
After all the excitement and the punters had gone home, we
pitched camp at the end of the club stand. In keeping with
tradition, my truck was my tent
We made our own 'wagon train' by surrounding the tents with
And so the BBQ and cremation of food began. Thanks for the
excellent kebabs, Chris and Karen!
It started to get dusk, so off to the beer tent we headed.
A DJ was playing and also a pretty damn good Rhythm and Blues
band called Stepping Out. We secured a prime table at the
front, and drank, and talked and then drank some more.
The band finished and the DJ started taking requests. Being
ardent Status Quo fans me and Chris sent Karen up to request
a track. DJ comes on "I thought this next one was a wind
up, but here's Status Quo for Matt" Cheeky get! I'm sure
Debbie thought we were mad...
The next morning, and with a clear head I'll have you know,
we set up the stand.
Chris with the excellent truck specs board he made
Debs, who borrowed this silver Samurai for the event, while
'Blue' is in bits. Turns out this Samurai only had 3 wheel
nuts on each of the rear wheels!
Jimny parked up against James Hollands Vitara
Guess what else was there? MY SAMURAI!! I'm sure Simon though
I was mad when I went up and hugged it! (really!)
On the Sunday afternoon, we participated in the tug-of-war
match. There were 4 teams, us Suzuki guys, the Mahindra club,
the Jap 4x4 club and some other group.
Dave was elected our ground anchor! We lost the first match,
won the next 2, and lost the last, coming in second place.
Thats Debs in the pic below (2nd from right, not the semi-naked
one in the middle)
And that was it! Big thanks to Tom McGuigan for organising
another great show