The weather was never really settled but Saturday afternoon and Sunday were hot and sunny most of the time so in the recent scheme of things the 2009 VBOA National Rally at Billing was blessed with good weather and a great turnout of clubs and cars.

Thanks go to John Ankerman for yet again organising a superb event, despite being on a course for his employer and away from home for the two weeks immediately before the show. Well done John! Thanks too to Ian Till who successfully took over the autojumble administration and took it into the computer age, Barry Harvey, Anne Norris, Colin Roberts and the one man lining machine that is Mike Booth for the lining out on Thursday, Angie Coope and Anne for the raffle admin, Andrew Duerden for the commentary on Sunday, Vera Harvey, Margaret Coomber and Thed and Marian De Wilde who ran the Chairman’s Cup admin and many others who helped put up flags and banners or tried to fix our malfunctioning PA system on Sunday morning.

Special thanks to the club reps and raffle ticket sellers and to the donors of the prizes. We will let you know the total raised shortly. Thanks to you all.

The winners of the VBOA awards were as follows:

The Chairman’s Cup for best in show – Andy Cooper and his magnificent 1956 E Type Cresta from the Vauxhall Cresta Club

The Victor Cup for the best custom/modified car – N Jackson and his 1993 Nova from Just Opel Vauxhall

The Treasurers Cup for the best post 1975 car – Brian Morrison and his Mk1 Astra GTE from the Vauxhall Opel Drivers Club

The Griffin Trophy for the best pre-1975 car - John Allan and his Opel GT from the Opel GT Club

Best Club Stand – Vauxhall Vectra Owners Club

Stands were again of a very high standard and getting better every year. Lots of fun was generated by the VX4/90 Drivers Club with “Vauxville”, their version of a Wild West theme complete with FE covered wagon and by the Vauxhall Owners Club (1903 to 1957) who re-enacted a day trip to the seaside such as the Vauxhall Recreation Club would have laid on in the 50’s complete with Bedford OB “charabanc”. Their creation of Billing-by-the-Sea fortunately didn’t turn out to be prophetic as too often in recent years we have gazed out from their stand across real water!

Andrew Duerden has kindly provided a random selection of photos taken on Sunday which are now on the gallery section of the VBOA website,
Apologies to those clubs who paraded in the arena on Sunday morning at their appointed time to be met with silence but the PA system gave up before it really started and we had to get assistance to fix it. However, once we did get going more people seemed to settle down and watch this year which is a welcome trend. We also had a record number of votes for the Chairman’s Cup competition.

The VBOA hopes that you and your members had a great weekend. We have not finalised the date next year with Billing as the Land Rover clubs are debating moving back a week so John wants to see how this works out first. We will let you know as soon as it is fixed.

Kind regards
Ian Coomber