12th August 1988 - Hedgehog MCC
It took me a while to find the rally site as a) It was in Yorkshire, a fair distance from deepest Surrey, and b) It was not the best sign-posted rally in existence. It also took a bit longer than it might have as I hadn't quite finished running in the new bike. Even given these facts, The Hedgehogs were still setting up their control tent and constructing the kitchen in the marquee when I arrived.
I used the time to recuperate after the trip and resurfaced an hour or two later. I have to admit, there is a lot of scenery there.
The party started eventually and sufficient fun was had.
I'm not sure why there was a bike liberally coated with ferns on Saturday, but I'm sure there was a good reason. Not much seemed to happen during the day, but I don't recall being unduly bored.
The evening was riotous enough, with a live band and the disco. At one point there was an ever-popular three-man-lift and Charlie Cobbe fell asleep on a chair.
One of the organisers made up for the lack of wet t-shirt contest by exposing her charms for my lens, a fact she later denied.
The music played on, and even with Charlie's snoring accompanying it, we all had a good time.
The skies were rather dramatic on Sunday. So much so, that I took a picture of my still-almost-clean bike looking mean and moody. The promised meteorological drama never materialised, and it was a not unpleasant, but rather long, ride home.
- Phil (the Spill) Drackley