Had a good time at Stafford (TSSC International) as usual, both on a trading level, but also on a social level. Same old faces in the camping area, up for the 'crack', and wanting to party!
Fewer people about this year, and the number of traders was down again, one of the larger traders was noticeably absent. At one point on the Saturday morning it threw it down with rain, so one would suppose most of the people on the site would have been in the main hall, if so numbers attending was depressingly low. Gone are the days when the top car park was full to brimming with the parking by model, a feature of Stafford that I used to enjoy a good luck around in my breaks from the stall.
Still can't complain about what we as a company achieved, managed to get two of our cars there for the displays, the Macau Spit (parked next to Bernie's lovely recreation) and the GT6 race car (thanks to John Muggleton for towing it up). We also did well on the stall, helped by the lack of competition undoubtedly, but I like to think also by our wide spread of new products and keen prices!
No something needs to be done sharpish about the dwindling numbers, and a move to a new venue seemed to be top of the agenda for most of those who expressed an opinion to me over the weekend. It's a pity because Stafford is really handy for us being just up the road, and the facilites are good, excusing the toilets on the Sunday morning!
The Saturday night 'do' didn't have the same sparkle as other years, fewer people in fancy dress, and the band? We cleared of comparatively early back to the tents for some cheese toasties done on the barbie, and some more beer.
Thanks to Jason and Zoe for their stirling work over the w/end, and to Craig and Sarah for bedecking our stand in advertising stuff.