The first of our Heretics meets is always a cracker. Local enthusiasts have spent the winter tinkering, or even buying new projects and head down to Shoreham, itching to show them off come to Springtime.
With big numbers expected and excitement running high, owners were rocking up at Heritage HQ from 5 pm. We can fit around 150 vehicles in our yard and car park, but we soon overflowed onto the street such was the attendance.
Warm weather = winner
With temperatures to rival many Mediterranean resorts, the South Coast climate was spot on for tempting drivers out to come and see us.
Couple that with a public holiday the next day and it was only as the sun started to set that spaces appeared, with cars and buses heading home to enjoy a long weekend with friends and family.
From day 1 (ten years ago) Heretics has always been inclusive, and because of that, we see a real variety in the vehicles that visit each month.
April’s meet must be up there as being the most diverse… We saw the biggest campervan: which also happened to be the tallest, courtesy of the ‘Managon’ from Campervan Culture.
Talking of variety, how about Ant Jones’ DIY Turbo VR6 Caddy. It’s pushing close to 400bhp, before nitrous, and will be good for 600bhp by the time he’s finished. You wouldn’t guess it from the tatty green exterior!! While we ‘re on the subject of fast trucks, we also had a pair of 20vT T4s, both built at home and with performance to shock most road (and track) users.
It was great to see even more of our ‘friends from Stuttgart’ in attendance, with vehicles spanning 356 through to 997 turning up throughout the evening.
Particular favourites include Ian Harris’s
72 911s, one of only three RHD Viper Green examples ever made (it’s probably worth £250k) and Alan Sproule’s stunning white 964 fast road/track car – one of 3 964’s he owns, and part of a collection of 13 mainly Volkswagen and Porsche vehicles.
Wait for the ‘wurst to happen.
The popularity of the traditional German Bratwurst could be seen by all – with queues 20 people long most of the night.
As always they are well worth the wait, in fact, some even go back to the Bay for seconds!
Eliot and Julian, as usual, were the friendly faces manning our shop counter for those requiring late-night retail therapy. If you’d planned ahead and placed a click and collect order online, you will have been served by Lidia from our Trade Team – you should have received a free #driveheritage t-shirt too, to say thank you. This offer will run throughout the year for click and collect orders placed online and picked up at Heretics.
Tunes and thank you
A few special mentions before we wrap things up for this month. A shout to Kenny for spinning the tunes for us. Thanks to Mark and Bev at Camper Vanatics for the cooking.
To all of the Heritage team who worked extra hard to make our Heretics evenings happen – whether it be manning the car park, working in the shop, taking photos, picking parts in the warehouse or clearing the yard a few day’s before – without this commitment, Heretics couldn’t happen.
Lastly – thanks as always to everyone and anyone who comes along, and even more so if you share your pics online afterwards – tag us #driveheritage.
See you next month on Thursday 16th May, and we’ll do it all over again!!