Yesterday was a delight. I attended the Haynes 100, a ‘much more than’ village event where well over 100 vehicles gather, with nearly one for each year over the last 100 years. That’s the joy of it really. As people amble up and down the rows you can hear them reminiscing,
‘My dad had one of those!’
‘Oh look. That’s like our first car.’
‘Amazing, 1913 and it still runs!’
Haynes 100, oldest first please!
What I like so much about the day is that it’s always so light-hearted, with inflatable activities for the very young, local church and WI stalls as well as trade stalls, music (this year there was an excellent brass band which entertained as you enjoyed refreshments in the village hall) a variety of the usual food stands, birds of prey and dancing displays. The highlight of the afternoon though, was the parade of cars and vehicles around the village. The long trail of vehicular history, oldest first 1913 I believe, drives three times in a loop through Haynes and along lanes in the Bedfordshire countryside, with villagers gathering in their gardens and along the side of the road waving and taking photos, horns tooted on order. It ‘s a truly memorable event. We had two of our best friends as guests in our car and they dressed in their finery for the occasion.
Having a husband who is a classic Jaguar enthusiast I attend several such like events each year but usually they are static. This is the third occasion that we’ve taken part in the Haynes 100 but this year it was different for me. I decided to take a bookstall and despite the wind, and the occasional flurry of rain leading to ingenious ways of keeping the books dry and yet still on show, it made the day for me even more special.
Not only did I get the chance to talk about my writing with interested people, sell some books but I was also able to begin to promote of my next novel, a murder mystery with a large proportion set in Haynes and the Bedfordshire villages. It was a win-win situation all round and since the sun came out for the parade, the day was an unqualified success, thanks mainly to the organisers who will start planning next year’s event shortly!
My booksigning tour to celebrate three centenaries in my second novel ‘Ancasta Guide me Swiftly Home’ continues this June with two venues:
SUNDAY 23RD JUNE ~ HAYNES 100 BEDFORDSHIRE
SUNDAY 16TH JUNE ~ WOBURN ABBEY BEDFORDSHIRE, CLASSIC CAR DAY
If you’ve followed me on the journey into writing so far you will know that I enjoy getting out and meeting people. Yes, my books are for sale on Amazon. Yes, both Riduna and Ancasta Guide me Swiftly Home are available on Kindle and Riduna on many other e readers too, but I do like getting out and about, meeting readers who would rather browse and pick up a real book than browse on the internet. Due to my husband’s interest in Classical Cars I was attending both of the above events anyway and so I’ve just turned the events into an opportunity. Thinking outside the box. I will write more of that on my next post but for now what are the above events?
The Classic Car Day at Woburn this Sunday is a Fathers’ Day Special, but lots of families go along too. I will avoid being sexist here but as well as many of the guests drooling over some fantastic old cars you have the opportunity to browse along the stalls which sell anything from car parts to handbags. The handbag stall last year was something to see, with every colour and shape under the sun displayed rainbow fashion! You can also take the opportunity to visit the gardens or the house at Woburn, or even the Safari Park sometime during the day. I’ll have copies of both of my books from The Riduna Series for sale and also the memoir, ‘The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell’ I’ve compiled, which would make a great Fathers or Grandfathers’ Day pressy.
The Haynes 100 has become much more than a village event with well over 100 vehicles from the past 100 years. Having walked along the rows of cars rom the oldest to the newest there are yet again lots of little stalls in aid of the village and church. There is food and drink and a few items to entertain the youngest of the couple of thousand people who attend. I’ll be there setting up my table and will be booksigning up until about midday when the cars go on parade around the village, waved on by many in their front gardens and on the paths. It is quite a site to see and I posted a video of the event two years ago on facebook.