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Title: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2014, 06:43:54 PM
Well Buggers,

Grab a brew, sit back, and with the help of my friends, let me tell you a story about the International Buggy Weekend.

Now research told me very little about this event, and from what I could make out, its not a big promoter show like we have here in the UK, but more a group of Buggy enthusiasts pitching camp together in a different country each year and basically having a chilled weekend. Most of our UK weekends and cruises sounded similar, but when I heard that there would be near 250 Buggies, I kind of took a different view of it. This year, The Algemene Buggy Club in Holland were playing host.

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Now those of you reading who were not there, probably fall into one of two camps:

1) You are new to the forum, don`t know many people and are a bit hesitant about signing up.

Ok, Most of you have all heard of me, I run the forum. But let me tell you that I am also in the same position as many of you. I have not yet met all of you and I don`t actually know that many of you. But because the forum is such a great Ice-Breaker, when I finally meet people I have been chatting with, its almost as though I have known you all for years. This trip was no exception, as many who had signed up were people I had not met - so what I am saying is don`t ever let that put you off.

or camp 2) You either don`t have a Buggy yet, or you are not sure that your Buggy is up for the distance of international travel.

Well, as you will hear later, even the best Buggies can have problems abroad, but I was firmly of the opinion that there was no way my Buggy that fires reliably on three cylinders would make the distance - but when I found out that many drivers were going Solo, and after a quick chat with my mate Chad, I blagged myself a seat for the trip, and oh my word, WHAT A TRIP !!


Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Day 1 - Chorley Services
Post by: Dave DND on June 14, 2014, 07:58:17 PM
Knowing that Chad wanted to set off at a reasonable time on the Thursday, and that he lived a mere 200 miles from me, I was offered his sofa for the night which seemed a great idea. We spent the night gassing, as you do, and sorted out all of the T-Shirts and Fancy dress costumes that were to be a part of our trip. 50 odd T-Shirts and 20 or so fancy dress costumes doesn`t exactly pack up into a small bag, and despite Chad having removed his back seats, its was a tough job to fit them all in.

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But fit them in we did, thanks to lots of Bungee straps, netting, and the clever design of the Doon with an opening bonnet.

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Late that night, we also heard that Dan (Child of the 70`s) was unable to join us, as he had rushed to hospital because Gemma had just gone into labour. We felt this was a reasonable excuse and we would let him off this time. After a good nights kip, we then called round to Dan`s house to pick up some spare parts for Dave Dream and then headed off to Chorley Services on the M6, where we met up with some of the MBC crew, namely Karl and Dyliss, Lee, Allan and Vanessa, Jayson and Lawson and Dave Dream.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Rothwell Services A14
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 08:19:02 AM
Snoopy and Vicky were waiting nearby on a bridge, and joined us as we went past towards our next stop that would be Rothwell Services for some food and fuel.

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We even had a surprise visitor here, as Andy Robinson couldn`t resist the temptation of joining us for a mini cruise and a great opportunity to film some cruise footage.

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And off we set on our next leg with Andy weaving in and out of us, with a camera pointing from every orifice.

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After a good few miles of fun with Andy, he waved his farewells, and we settled down for our next cruise to Duxford

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It was good to see Andy joining in with us, but next time, we must remember to tell him to turn all of the cameras on before setting off  ;D
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Duxford Services
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 09:03:03 AM
We arrived at Duxford after a pleasant afternoon crusing, and stopped for a fuel and coffee break

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It was here that my new best friend Dyliss quietly asked me why everybody called Dave Dream "Mad Dave". I think she worked it out very quickly, I mean you only have to look at him - and yes, he did drive all the way with that mask on.

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The long trip so far had thrown up a few niggles with a couple of the Buggys, for some reason Allans didn`t want to start that easily, and Lawson was having issues with the throttle return springs, but after a quick bit of fettling, we were good to go.

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But not until Chad had taken a group selfie

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And then it was off into the late afternoon along some very nice roads on our way to our next post of call, Harwich, where we were hoping to meet up with a few others before boarding our night ferry.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Pizza Hut
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 09:26:47 AM
Apart from Lawson losing an Air Filter (recovered) the drive to our next meeting point was really quite good - some very pleasant twisting and turning single track roads through some very nice villages, and it wasn`t long before we pulled up outside Pizza Hut in Harwich for a bite to eat.

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We were supposed to have met Flags and Ollie here, but found out that they had already eaten an hour previously and had gone off to the port ahead of us, but that was no matter, as we picked up Big Clem and his family instead.

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With full bellies, it was time for the quick belt down the road and to catch our evening ferry at Harwich.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Meanwhile, Up North
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 07:06:04 PM
Meanwhile, a good few hundred miles up north, there was another gathering of Buggies, ready to set out.

The starting point was Agent Oranges house, where Jon, Mags, Ryan, Davydoff and two of their friends from Sweden, Stephan and Roger were ready to set off for Hull, where they would catch a different ferry and rendezvous with us in Holland

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The weather was not as good as we were having it down south, and they had to nip into a fuel station to take cover.

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But by this time, they were wet anyway, so decided to make a run for it

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It did clear eventually, and they headed into hull for the ferry.

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Where they checked themselves and the dog in, and headed off in search of the bar.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Queing for the Harwich Ferry
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 07:48:53 PM
Clems car was just shimmering in the twilight - it looked stunning.

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We eventually caught up with Flags and Ollie just outside the port, and we seemed to be the only group there

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We found out that Dai was only about fifteen minutes away, so we decided to hang on for him also

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Now if you are of a certain age, you will remember the cartoon Whacky Races, and thats exactly what it was like when someone shouted "GO!"

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And I`m not sure what the passport office made of all of these lunatics heading towards them at full throttle

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Of course, it was now time to divulge the dodgy passport photo, and Allan was clearly in tears as he handed me Vanessa`s passport

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She, however, didn`t seem too impressed when she realised I had my camera in my hand also

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But this was now it, we were exited, and ready to hit the ferry

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And looking back, Vanessa was also now smiling, so she had obviously forgiven me

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 10:30:57 PM
Well now we know why the other car park was empty, everybody is in this que instead. Seems just about every type of auto club is heading for Holland this weekend.

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Wait a minute, the guys have just spotted a camera - they just cannot help themselves

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Meanwhile, I have to console myself that its now night time, and I`m sober

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But at least not for long - its just turned 10:30pm and we are moving

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And finally, our ferry is in sight

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Most of us even got on together, which will make things easier when disembarking tomorrow

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And with all the cars in place, its time to say goodnight to them, and go and find our cabins.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 11:00:23 PM
The Ferry crossing was around 8 hours, and because its an overnight one, its a good idea to book a cabin, as it can leave you a little more refreshed in the morning. As a passenger, the cabin and crossing cost around £84 return, which I thought was very good value, but what took me by surprise was the cabins themselves.

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They were really nice, and the bathroom / shower area was significantly better than I have at home.

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A quick wash, and then down to the bar to have a drink with the others.

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Technical issues somewhere meant that we didn`t leave port for a few hours, and after a relatively good nights sleep, I headed out to the deck to catch the sun coming up, and as you can see, the water is flat calm.

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Its a busy old place though, I thought we did well playing wacky races yesterday, but it seems that these guys also play it, but on a much bigger scale.

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And it wasn`t just outgoing traffic either, we had quite a few boats following us in too.

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And there, in the distance, was my first glimpse of our new home for the next few days.

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Time to find some breakfast and then head down to the Buggy.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Disembarking
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 11:13:54 PM
We had arrived in the Hook of Holland, but despite our best attempts to stay together and disembark together, things went badly wrong. Quite a few of us managed to get out in one hit, and we pulled over about 100 yards in front of the ferry to wait for the others.

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We could see over our shoulders that there were a few Buggys that had pulled over about ten feet in front of the ferry, which we thought was a little stupid at the time, and then a great procession of Lorries and HGV`s proceeded to drive in a huge convoy across their path. We figured that they were going to be there for a while, and it was apparent that the customs kiosk ahead of us were not over happy that we were not making headway and clearing the port. So we decided to leave the others and find somewhere to pull over outside of the port so we could regroup.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Oh Bugger !
Post by: Dave DND on June 15, 2014, 11:30:31 PM
We found a nice little lay-by just outside the port and managed to get most of us together, except the stragglers that had been blocked by the lorries coming off

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And then came the phone call.

It was the sort of phone call that sends a shiver down your spine.

It was from Flags, one of the group still by the ferry.

It transpired that as Ollie had started his engine and driven off the ferry, that he had snapped a rocker arm and killed his engine. Now Ollie has one of the sweetest and smoothest engines out there, which just goes to prove that a break down can happen to anyone. None of us had any spares on us to fix this, and it seemed pointless for our group to now remain where we were, so it was decided that we should push on to the next meeting point and have a think about what to do.

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I can`t tell you much about this leg of the journey, as Chad and I spent most of it on various phones trying to see what we could accomplish, and we came up with a possible solution. The solution was our good mate Patrick, who many of you know as the Crazy Guy from Belgium. You see, Patrick will not have the language barrier that we do, and will know how to explain the situation - besides, Patrick knows everybody, so may well be able to come up with a workable solution. We managed to get Patrick and Flags communicating together, and thought it best to just leave them to it. Nothing more that we could now do.

Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - LA Vlaardingen
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2014, 08:00:24 AM
We arrived at the 1st official meeting point, some 25 miles away from our Ferry, to be met by the crew who had arrived via the Hull to Rotterdam Ferry. It was a welcome sight to see that they had made it safely.

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A quick call to Flags let us know that they had been able to arrange a tow / lift from the AA to a local'ish VW classic workshop / shop / museum place arranged by Patrick. They had all the necessary parts for Ollie to do his magic, to allow him to get to the show. By all accounts the place was brilliant with the guys, eventually only charging them 40 euros for all the parts, giving them a bay to work in, tools if needed and even supplying them with drinks and some lunch - brilliant.

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And then came another one of those phone calls, but this time it was from Dave Dream. He had been caught out by the wake up call on the boat, and forgotten to bring his bags down. By the time he had reached his car, he was caught up with Flags and Ollie, who sent him through customs to come and meet up with us. Trouble is, Dave had no plans, no sat nav, no idea where the meeting point was, and we couldn`t spell the towns names let alone pronounce them over the phone. So Chad and I decided that we would head back to the Ferry to recover him, and told the others to move on to the next meeting point 85 miles up the road, where we would catch them there.

As we approached the Ferry, we had an update from Dave, that Clem and Dave Doon had found him, and they were on their way to the second meeting place. This was good, all present and accounted for, except that we were now a good 20 miles behind a moving convoy.

Having such a good time by now, and nattering to each other as we went along, Chad and I missed our turning, and promptly ended up on the ring road that went around Gouda, instead of the direct route the others were taking straight through it. However, this was not as bad as it sounded, as whilst a gentle cruise is an excellent way to spend the day with your mates, the same can be said for sitting at motorway speeds giving chase, and about an hour later, we spied some cars in the distance.

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And they seemed just as pleased to see us too

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Nagele (Halfway)
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2014, 08:22:58 AM
We pulled up at Nagele, our halfway stop for some refuelling

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And promptly raided the shop for some lunch, so another little break was called for.

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Thats what I loved about this trip, gentle cruising around 55mph, and a stop every 80 miles or so for some refreshments and a natter with your mates. It was a great way to share stories and get to know each other.

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And now it was time to move on, as with the exception of Flags and Ollie, we were now all together, refuelled and ready to enjoy Holland.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2014, 01:36:46 PM
Initially, we hadn`t expected to keep us all together as one group, as we thought that there would be too many of us to do this

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Buggies behind us

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Buggies in front of us

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In fact, pretty much a convoy of Buggies as far as you could see

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Holland is pretty flat - OK, consider that an understatement - its VERY flat, which does mean that there isn`t actually that much variation in the way of scenery. So instead, they have lots of "interesting" things dotted about, like this full size concrete house with smoke coming out, and a boat on the smoke. Very strange indeed.

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But not as strange as their windmills - somehow I was expecting something different.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Day Dreaming of Noordbroek
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2014, 07:40:21 PM
We were having such a cool cruise now, and with most of the problems now sorted, my mind was starting to drift and I was beginning to wonder what I was letting myself in for - yeah, I know, a bit late for that, but in all seriousness, I had little idea of what to expect.

Chad said that if I could imagine something along the lines of the event we call N.E.W.S. with nothing more than a bunch of like minded idiots in a big field, chilling out, but on a much larger scale. Well, I was sold from that point onwards, as N.E.W.S. is still one of my favourite events on the Buggy Social calendar.

Ok, so we were going to a proper campsite, and a quick google showed that they also had B&B facilities, a bar, a big indoor barn, and they often hosted events like this. Excellent - that meant proper facilities and the chance that the toilets may still work the following morning, as unlike the British campsites we go to, the Dutch just wouldn`t put up with it if things were not good.

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Another unknown to me, was the strange deal they had with the food - for an extra 10 Euros on the gate price, it would include breakfast and an evening meal for the whole weekend, which not only sounded very cheap, but did concern me a little as I like my food. But I was willing to give it a go. I was told that they also have a bar where they serve cold beers at 1 Euro a glass, and this did appeal quite nicely.

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I also found out that they were building an off road track, and judging by the pictures of the large digger on the website, these guys were not messing about and I was quite looking forward to watching some off road action.

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Must stop dreaming now as the next meeting point is coming up.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Zuidbroek
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2014, 10:46:47 PM
We reached our last meeting point just a few miles outside of the campsite to top up with fuel and have a quick natter.

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One of the locals came over for a chat, and I soon interrogated him as to where the nearest shops were, where we could go to buy bread, milk and beer, and I couldn`t resist asking where you go to buy "sum shmokes". He gave a very straight reply of the local co-op down the road, whilst I was trying my hardest not to laugh.

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It was then time to drape a few flags over the cars and go and make an entrance
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - We Have Arrived !!
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2014, 11:12:37 PM
And make an entrance we certainly did

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I think Chad should get a graphic done for his bonnet as I reckon this really suits his car

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Where we were met by a man with a very smiley face, and we booked in. The guys here were very excited and also very appreciative to see so many of us turn up from the UK, and when we asked him how many were here so far, I`m sure he said about 250. Yes, you are now having the same thoughts in your mind as I did. 250 Buggies? Wow !!

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Setting up Camp
Post by: Dave DND on June 16, 2014, 11:15:41 PM
As we entered the field, we were greeted by Pat & Bee Masters (Team-X) who had arrived the day before and cordoned off a huge camping area for us. Once we said our Hello`s, they disappeared back into their own tent and collapsed on their sofa. I can`t believe that they dragged a sofa all the way from the UK to go camping, but then they are completely bonkers.

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Someone looks just a little happy to be here, don`t you think?

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And then it was all hands to the pumps, as we started to set up camp.

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There were a few air beds and seats to be blown up, and thankfully Karl had brought a pump with him. I was given instructions that our chairs should be as squidgy as Ruth`s bum, and Chad seemed happy with the amount of air that I had put in. I`m just glad he didn`t ask how I knew, else I may have been walking home.

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And then it was time for a mad dash to the local supermarket that we had passed on the way in for some beer and supplies for the night.

Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Local Spa
Post by: Dave DND on June 17, 2014, 08:22:10 AM
We nipped back to the local Spa to stock up on some essentials, namely Beer, Crisps and Cakes. Beer was really cheap over here and we picked up a couple of crates (48 bottles) of Warsteiner for a mere 12 Euros. The only thing we struggled to find was milk. The only stuff we could recognise was either long life or uht, but by this time Chad was chomping at the bit for a cuppa, so it didn`t really matter.

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A quick ice cream in the sun was had, and then we made our way back to camp
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Breaking News
Post by: Dave DND on June 17, 2014, 08:27:39 AM
As we reached camp, word came through that Flags and Ollie were not only fixed and running, but they were only about half an hour away from the campsite.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 17, 2014, 11:13:28 PM
Back at the campsite, the tents were now all up

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The flags were flying

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And I must admit to not usually being this patriotic back home, but for some reason, here it felt really good, especially as all of the other countries had done the same.

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Don`t ask - some things you just don`t want to know

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And everyone settled down to a nice cup of tea

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Whilst raiding the goodie bags we had been given on the gate

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And then came the call that we had been waiting for. Flags and Ollie were in the town, and upon hearing this, a few of us grabs what beers we could and ran for the entrance. Whilst I cannot condone drink driving, I think its fair to say Flags should have been well over the Dutch limit by the time he moved from the road to the entrance gate - they`d had a rough day, although chatting with Ollie, I think that he actually had quite a blast with his new found friends at the repair centre.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 17, 2014, 11:28:56 PM
A slow walk back across the campsite suddenly revealed just how many Buggies there were, and how very different they all looked compared to our ones.

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Although I have to say, that our GB line up was still my favourite

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Teatime Friday Night
Post by: Dave DND on June 18, 2014, 08:57:39 AM
Back at Camp GB, Dave Dream had broken out the Sugar Puffs, and much hilarity followed whilst he was trying to both catch and eat them.

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Happy Campers everywhere, and whilst I was taking a picture of Vanessa

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She seemed to be taking a picture of me

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But things were starting to get serious now - we were all hungry, and people had started to break out the food

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Although we couldn`t work out whether Lee was cooking tea, or had lost a bet

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Time however, for me to grab my meal voucher and go off in search of some food.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Teatime Friday Night
Post by: Dave DND on June 19, 2014, 08:14:15 AM
For those that had paid the extra 10 Euros for food, it was now time to find out what that meant as a few of us headed over to investigate. Just to help you understand the layout a little, The big glass door you see to the right of the coach is where the food is being served and where we are now heading.

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The menu, from what we could make out as we entered, was Soup and a roll. The ticket was presented, the date was punched and we joined the que, sort of canteen style. The food was simple, very tasty, and more than adequate after a long days adventure.

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Once the food had been collected, it was then either a seat inside, or on one of the many tables outside. Just a quick note on these outside table groups, they work very differently to how they would in the UK. Over here, we would fight for a table and then fiercely guard it all night. That is not the Dutch way. The Dutch way is far more sociable, if there is a group of people - you go and join in. If there are people you do not know, then you go and introduce yourselves. Its a concept we are unused to as Brits, but its incredibly easy to slip into it.

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And once the food was over, we headed a few feet towards the tent in the background, as that was where the beer was. Its still fairly early in the evening and most are still eating at this point. The mobile van you see behind is a chip van that also has a whole host of unpronounceable foods on offer, and something we will investigate over the next few hours.

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Even the concept of the beers was something a little different, it sounds strange, but again, once you get into how its done, it works very well. Rather than buying a beer, you buy little tokens at 1 Euro each at the tent just to the right of the food hall. Once you have your tokens, you take them to the bar and exchange them for a beer, a bit like we do with our beer festivals here, and I guess its something to do with licensing laws maybe. But don`t be expecting a choice of beers, they have one, and one only. But before you turn your nose up at this, let me tell you that the beer they picked is icy cold, and one of the most refreshing beers that they could possibly have served - it was universally accepted by everybody as damned near perfect. There were trays for holding multiple beers, and rather than buying a conventional round of drinks, the way to do it was to simply add to the growing pile of tokens on our table when you could, and whoever went to the bar came back with a tray of beers and put them on the table. If you wanted a beer, you just took one. It was a fantastic idea.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Enter Flags
Post by: Dave DND on June 20, 2014, 08:43:07 PM
Although we had been having a great day, we were mindfull that two of our mates had been missing, Ollie and Flags.



Hmm . . . .  Flags . . . .  What can I tell you about Flags ? . . . .



For those that have not met him yet.



Our good mate Flags is a former soldier, not your average squaddie though, this man is a former Tank Commander, This man is a former Drill Sergeant and when he barks at you, you will jump. In a previous life, this man was one of her Majesty`s loyal protectors, this man was in the Household Cavalry.








Are you forming a picture of this man now?











Does it look like this? as pictured here with his best friend Isla ?















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Well, let me tell you something . . . . . .

















The years have not been that kind to our mate Flags . . . . . . .



















Because this is how he dresses when amongst us 


















Enter  Flags  !!

And it pains me to say this, but No, Flags had not lost a bet - for him it was just another Friday night.























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Patrick was very glad to see him, especially after all the phone calls they had made to each other during the day


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And I`m not sure what our International counterparts made of him to start with either, there was a lot of pointing, giggling and picture taking as Flags went up to buy some beer tokens.


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And his attention to detail was impeccable, as here he was comparing the things you should carry in your handbag with Vicky, who I think was quite envious of some of the stuff he had concealed in there.


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And by this time, Flags can no longer contain himself either, as he has just realised how much Chad has had to drink


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We were all laughing too, but not at drunken Chad, we were laughing at the girl behind Flags in the orange hat who was now uncontrollably crying with laughter so much that she was now stood in a growing puddle as the tears were literally running down her legs.


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And of course, Flags now found the ultimate accessory to add to his costume, several perforated sheets of paper you can`t write on.


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But whilst stood here at the chip van, an unsuspecting Dutch lady spotted the toilet paper and turned around to have a quiet word with what she thought was someones mother, and almost died on the spot when she saw Flags turn around - a priceless comedy moment.


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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Friday Night
Post by: Dave DND on June 21, 2014, 09:14:13 PM
And then all of a sudden, the doors to the main barn opened up, and we found a new party going on inside

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It was a great party atmosphere, as all the different nationalities were really starting to get to know each other by now

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Some of the GB Buggy contingency were even still able to stand

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And some of us could be found on the floor. This was a lady from Switzerland who was trying to get as many as she could to sign her jeans, although the prize went to Dave Doon for the highest signature on her inner thigh, who then tried to rub it off so he could do it again.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Saturday Morning
Post by: Dave DND on June 21, 2014, 09:40:32 PM
The following morning, one thing was very clear - and that was that the heavy drinking Northern crew couldn`t keep up with the rest of us, who were now up and about and ready for breakfast. This consisted of a very respectable plate of bread, meats, cheese, eggs, or what you would probably call a full continental breakfast. Not sure that these guys made it that far though. Even the dog was dead.

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With Breakfast out of the way, the Dutch Town Cryer started his rounds of the campsite, making sure that everybody knew what the days events would entail.

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But first, we had an important job to do ourselves, and that was to don our T-Shirts that Chad had printed up for us. Most of the clubs had also adopted a similar idea, and it was then easy to the recognise who was from where. This is just a few of us that were sober enough to stand at this point.

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At home, we come from many clubs, SDBC, MBC, SWBC and even a couple of forums, beachbuggyclub.com and of course beachbuggy.info - but when we are abroad, travelling internationally, we all go under the same name and banner of GB Buggies. So when you hear that name, you now know where it has come from.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Saturday Morning
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 08:58:25 AM
Its now Saturday Morning, Chad and Dave Dream had jumped in Dave Doon`s Buggy and headed off to the village  for more supplies - although I suspect it was actually n search of as much Paracetomol as they could carry.

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Turning to look at our line up of Buggys in the morning sun, they looked good.

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So I thought I would have a quick wander about the camp to see what else was here

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The airbrushing detail on this car was simply awesome

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But for some reason, the same level of details had not been applied to the engine, which was a shame

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A line up of Maplex Buggies

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For some reason, they are more commonly known as "Toilet Seat" Buggies, but I cannot see where they have got that name from

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Someone who`s Buggy throws out more crap behind it when towing than mine does

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And there were quite a few engine variations too

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And whats this? The town Cryer has come over to tell us something

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But I didn`t quite catch what it was, as Pat had jumped in his car and shot off like a scaulded cat

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Off Roading
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 10:10:11 AM
A new line up had appeared of trailers, but no one was here

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But there seemed to be quite a few people gathering in the distance where the Off-Roading track had been made

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And sure enough, there was some mild racing taking place

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And our own Pat Masters was showing how it should be done

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Which we, of course, had to go and show our support

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And then the inevitable happened, and he got well and truly stuck

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We didn`t laugh at him at all, and in return, he didn`t scrape off whatever he was driving through and throw it at us, which of course did not hit various members of the crowd, and luckily didn`t give the small child next to be a large brown nugget right between the eyes - it didn`t happen.  But then when have you ever believed anything I have written.

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A large Dutch giant offered to pull the car out

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But it was left to one of the other Buggies instead

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Presentation
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 10:38:14 AM
Dave Dream had returned from his shopping trip with a present for Flags. An orange lion hood ornament. Not sure of the significance of the lion, but in Holland, everything is orange - its not just a National colour, it seems to be a way of life.

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Flags was so pleased with his present, that he stuck it to the bonnet of his car

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And then kicked in the British tradition of "Elevenses" - and we all stopped for a cup of tea

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And this gave a chance for the kids to come out and start crusing

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They even joined in with the Buggy line ups

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And then we noticed that they had more beer than we did

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And for the Brits abroad, that was unnaceptable, so it meant only one thing

Road Trip !!

Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Zuidbroek
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 11:14:13 AM
The other day, I had learned about the location of another supermarket in Zuidbroek, only a couple of miles down the road, and Dave Dream kindly offered me a seat in his car if I would show him the way

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And off we set, through what is actually a very pretty village

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and we had a few cars behind us too

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You would be forgiven for thinking that these houses are all new, as the village is absolutely immaculate, but I spotted a few numbers on them of 1879 which I do not believe to be the house number. They may be a lot older than you think. By contrast, I also live in a house from around 1880, and it looks absolutely knackered.

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We then found the Supermarket,  a Co-op, orange of course, exactly where our guide had told us it was. So we parked up and went beer shopping.

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Just behind the large town square where we had parked was a river and  a few boats, it was quite picturesque

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And as the midday sun was now fast approaching the mid thirties, we had to stop for an ice cream

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We then set off back to the camp before the beers warmed up too much

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Their town centre seemed somewhat deserted for a Saturday

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As we approached Nordbroek, we spied an Aldi and pulled in where we waited patiently for what seemed like many hours as Vanessa tried to run up the National debt.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Grass Track Racing
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 11:34:13 AM
Meanwhile, back at the campsite, there appeared to be another gathering of people, but this time in a different area of the field

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and they were doing some very fast grass racing

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 11:48:40 AM
Wandering back to the tent through a few more cars

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And I noticed that Lee had been customising his Buggy

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Whilst Chad was trying to convince us that he was now sober enough to drive

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However, drunk or not, Chad came up with a brilliant idea, and that was a cruise to a town about 20 Km away, where the map showed it to have a beach also. As the temperatures were now starting to hit the high thirties (reports of thunderstorms back home) this was easily sold to us, and off we went.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Delfzijl
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 12:33:05 PM
I jumped in the car with my driver for the day, Dave Dream, and Dave Doon took my place as a passenger with Chad.

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An international convoy to the beach on a summers day with your mates - does life get any better than this?

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AS we approached Delfzijl, it appeared that the town was cordoned off due to a Bank Holiday festival that they were having over the weekend, and we were diverted down a side road towards the coast, which suited us, as we were looking for the beach anyway.

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Ok. So the industrial looking mud flats that Holland describe as beaches were not quite what we had hoped to find

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As any Buggy driver will tell you, you keep one eye on the road, and one eye open for a photo opportunity, and when we passed a jetty sticking out into the sea with a service road below us, we couldn`t turn around fast enough.

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And again, as any Buggy owner will tell you, when someone shouts "Catalogue Pose" it means that you probably have a camera pointed at you.

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It was good to see that a few members of the MBC Air Bike Display Team had even brought their gear with them

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Thankfully, in this soaring heat, someone in our party has spotted that the small building on stilts in the distance was actually a cafe, so it was time to stop for refreshments

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Delfzijl
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 12:54:58 PM
And so, up on the Cafe balcony, we took our refreshments, whilst admiring the mud flats of Holland

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Dave Dream, on the other hand, was down below us, and came out with one of his usual observational gems regarding the mud formations from where rocks had been thrown

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Don`t you think that they look like giant bum holes?

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And from there on, the conversation deteriorated rather rapidly, as the competition than followed to either make the best bum hole, or to get a rock inside someone elses bum hole

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Whilst we were now roaring with laughter on the balcony, acting like a panel of judges in a game show, awarding points for things like "puckeridge" and so on. The conversation really didn`t get any better than that, and I`ll stop reporting from here on in.

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Dave Doon reminisced on what it was like to be fourteen again, and the rest of us quickly pointed out that if we were indeed fourteen, then it was most definately a combined age of us all.



Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Delfzijl
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 01:21:19 PM
At the end of that Jetty was a car where someone was fishing, but it did mean that you could get cars down on to it, and it was probably nothing we would get deported for, so Chad engaged his OCD mode and set about reversing the cars down there in the colours of  a rainbow.

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Meanwhile, whilst I was at the top waiting to take a photograph of the line up, a couple of guys with cameras came over for a chat with me. It turns out that they were from the local Newspaper and were covering the event in the town. They had seen us drive through, and had set about tracking us down in the hope that they too could take some photos of us. We were also invited back to the town for the following days festivities, but they understood that we had some previous committents and probably couldn`t make it. But sure enough, this photo appeared on the front page of their paper the following day.

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By now, we were ready to move on, and thought we should head back to the campsite to catch up with the others before this evenings onslaught.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Off Roading
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 02:18:43 PM
Back at the campsite, the hot weather had obviously taken its toll on the off road course, and they needed to water it down a bit. Trouble was, that the only liquids on site were beer or the farm lorry. Well, they were not going to waste the beer now were they.

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And you are not going to believe what happened next

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Even Pat had a go, although I think he should win an award for the cleanest number plate

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There were lots of people looking like this, but before you can say "Dirty Girl"

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Just think on the children that were now playing once we had finished

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Saturday Knight
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 02:57:32 PM
After some good food from the barn, we settled down to a few beers back at GBHQ and reflected on what a truly fabulous day it had been

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When who should walk over but our new friend, the town cryer. I think at this point Jason was trying to ring his bell.

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You see, tonight was party night, and we were all formally invited. Tonight was a celebration of "I Love Holland" and we could show how much we adored Holland by dressing up in orange.



Now, todays date is very significant, as it marked the 70th anniversary of Englands invasion into Europe, but we were very carefull not to mention the war - that wouldn`t be very diplomatic.


And then it happened.


Someone said, "I love Holland? Pah . . . Tonight we are invading Holland"


And then Flags was heard to bellow


"All on Parade in five minutes"  and oh boy did we jump.



Flags was determined that before we went into Battle, that we needed to learn some stuff, and he then proceeded to drill us in his own special way. He was not impressed when we couldn`t count to the number 2, and made us know it.

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King Arthur has his Knights of the Round Table, and tonight, Flags had his Knights of the Camping Table

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And so we were marched into Battle - the invasion of a Dutch Party.
What could possibly go wrong.

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If at this stage you are thinking along the lines of a Carry On film, then you are  probably quite close as to how our troop now were behaving
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Saturday Knight
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 04:16:10 PM
When we arrived at the Barns, the party was in full swing

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But Flags marched us through the crowds, lined us up at the bar for a drink, and then on Parade

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Where someone on the P.A. system promptly started playing Y.M.C.A. and that was it, we were off

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We had also brought our Swedish Allies to fight with us

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But it soon transpired that they had other intentions

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The spoils of war - the invasion had been a success, and our best mate Ruben had now admitted defeat. Holland was ours.

Or at least until Tuesday, when they could have it back.

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The GB Buggies Posse were here, and now the Party could really start

Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Saturday Knight
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 04:32:05 PM
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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 06:06:51 PM
And then just like the previous night, the barn doors opened for the start of a new party, and the band was superb. Everybody was really friendly, and I knew it was going to be a good night when a German guy came up to me, handed me a beer, and said "That was funny as hell mate"

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We found Patrick standing guard at the door, grinning like a cheshire cat and wearing a Knights uniform. Worringly, it meant that somewhere inside we may have a naked night with no clothes on - and Chad was nowhere to be seen.

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And in the small hours of Sunday morning, we all crawled back to the tents, but the fun didn`t stop there. Whilst we were all drunkenly staring at the roof of the tents, we kept coming up with silly phrases that included the word "Knight" in them - and everyone reckoned we should start taking some pictures of these words, post them on the website, and call it "Extreme Knighting". I was too drunk to disagree with this, and gobsmacked when the photos started pouring in.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Sunday Morning
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 06:47:04 PM
As you can probably guess, breakfast on Sunday was quite a subdued affair, although it had to be said, very few of us had hangovers which was quite amazing considering the amount we had put away last night.

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Dave Dream`s head was buzzing though. He was certain that there was a puddle of Gravy underneath Allan`s car last night, and this morning it had miraculously disappeared. Where had it gone? His head was about to explode.

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Meanwhile Chad had surfaced, and suggested that we should line all the cars up for a mass rainbow, and who were we to disagree.

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And even at this early hour, we could still get everyone to play Whacky Races

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Delfzijl
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 07:10:49 PM
Today, the Dutch were organising a Buggy Driving Treasure hunt instead of a cruise, which didn`t really appeal to us that much, as we felt some of the translations may get a bit difficult given our fuzzy heads. It was suggested by someone that we should head back over to Delfzijl and see what the next days festivities were going to be. Chad really wasn`t up to driving this morning, and promptly threw his keys at me.

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We couldn`t get as close to the town as we did yesterday, as even more roads were now blocked off, which did cause a bit of an issue with our convoy as we got broken up a bit. The closest we could get to the coast was in the car park of the local Aquarium, but being a bank holiday weekend, it was closed.

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We even had a small following of German Buggys, also looking for the coast

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And finally, I spotted a windmill

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The weather was starting to turn a bit, so we took refuge in this overpriced hotel lounge for a very expensive and dry bit of cake, only to virtually be told to bugger off once the last morsel had been swallowed as they had guests ready to take lunch. Not quite sure where these people were, as we were pretty much the only ones in there.

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Outside the Hotel, we were trying to determine what sort of animal this was, and the general agreement we reached was that it was a Kangapoo - Yeah, I know, it had been that sort of a weekend.

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All of a sudden, we noticed that in the distance was the jetty that we had parked on yesterday, and it was very crowded with people, so we set off for a walk and an investigate.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Delfzijl
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 07:33:20 PM
And this is what we came across. Two burly chaps hosing down a young child with two firehoses. Well, I`ll admit it looked like fun, but there must be something else going on to draw such a crowd.

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And there was. It was some sort of sledge racing around a few flagpoles.

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But one thing was certain - they do like to play in the mud around here.

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There were huge ques of teams in fancy dress waiting to have a go

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And we even found what looked like the aforementioned Kangapoo

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The drizzle and rain was starting to come down, and I`m not sure our best mate Ruben was too pleased to be dumped on his own whilst we all jumped in our cars to go home. Someone had given him a lift here, but they were nowhere to be seen.

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He made it back to the camp eventually, and after a beer or three he was just fine.

Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 10:59:17 PM
And we made it back just in time for the Presidents Games.

The crowds were gathering

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And round one was Clog racing, that seemed to involve running with a pair of clogs with a cranked handle on them, riding a bike, and carrying a  milk churn. Some competitors made it look easy.

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Big Clem, Lawson and Lee however, made it look funny

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And funnier still

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But at least it looked as though they may make it to the finish line

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Presidents Games
Post by: Dave DND on June 22, 2014, 11:51:06 PM
Now one thing I have learned over the last few days is that the Dutch can make some thing very simple, a whole lot of fun. But when the tree stump came out and I heard that the competition for the Club Presidents was to knock a nail into the stump, even I was beginning to wonder how this could be fun.

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One by one, a few Club Presidents came forwards with their hammers

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Even Patrick had a go

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And before Chad could even get to his hammer, there was a problem

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Because we drove on the wrong side of the road, we should be used to using a different arm

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And apparently, the Brits have a reputation for cheating

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But I don`t know where that comes from

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And then it was time for Schmidy, the Rheinland Club President form Germany to step up to the mark, and he is a big fella. And with a very gentle Tap tap tap, he started

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Someone came over to take his photo, whilst he gently tapped away

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He was brought a drink, whilst he gently tapped away

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They mopped his brow, whilst he gently tapped away

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He took so long, they even brought him a chair

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He even had a massage whilst he gently tapped away

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Chad brought him some chips

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And all the time, his concentration was amazing

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It was hilarious, I could have watched that guy for hours, and in fact I think I probably did. But it goes to prove what I said at the start, the Dutch like simple fun, and they are very very good at it.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 23, 2014, 11:39:23 PM
Following the Presidents games, there were a few announcements

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But whatever that award was, we didn`t get it !!

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Following the afternoons entertainments, it was now time to put a serious hat on, as all the club representatives were called for, and the Presidents Meeting then took place. Behind closed doors in the main barn, this was strictly an invitation only affair, and a few of us attended as representatives of not only GB Buggies, but of our respective clubs throughout the UK. 1st item on the agenda was too see how much beer they could bring us, 2nd item on the agenda was to replenish the first item on the agenda - getting the idea?  It was actually a really good meeting for everyone to give feedback on how well the event had gone and a general debrief. Most of the conversations were understandably in Dutch and German. I can understand German, and I had a feeling that Jon and Chad were also following this quite well, but they really went out of their way to translate what they could into English and make us feel a part of it. Ok, some of the drunken translations were not that great, we knew it, and they knew we knew it. You can imagine the drunken uproar when one of the Dutch translators, after hearing our little speech, decided to translate it into something that the rest of them could then follow, and when he started speaking English to translate our English - well, you can imagine the rest. Needless to say, it was very funny.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 24, 2014, 11:08:32 PM
The sun was shining, and I thought a final trawl of the campsite was in order, especially as I had been asked to bring back lots of pictures of foreign Buggies. So here you are Lisa, especially for you, an assortment of our friends from this weekend.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 24, 2014, 11:33:47 PM
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I liked what this guy had done with the side windows

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Quite a few had side pipes, and they were also fully functional

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Interesting mirror mounting arrangement

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Now this Buggy, I have a real issue with. I know its someones pride and joy, but this has niggled at me all weekend. Yes, its a toilet seat Buggy, so what, they are obviously popular. Yes, it has a picture of a scantily clad lady showing her boobies, which whilst not be my particular thing, its popular over here on the continent

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But if you are going to make all that effort with your picture, why make it such a scary looking girl with a moustache?

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 25, 2014, 08:00:30 AM
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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Sunday Evening
Post by: Dave DND on June 25, 2014, 11:08:41 PM
It was fast approaching tea time on Sunday, and many of us were starting to contemplate food.

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Around the site, many were also very laid back and just chilling out, and reflecting on what an awesome weekend it had been

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Whats this? The Town Cryer doing his rounds again?

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Bingo ! I think most of us gave our tickets to Vicky to check over, and with the amount she had, we must have won a prize or three - we certainly had ten times the number of tickets as these guys

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I went and got some food - I cannot pronounce it, so lets just say meat / pasta / salad and it tasted damned good.

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Jon, meanwhile, was checking out the reflections in the camera lens, to see if he had a better hand than Clem

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Prizegiving
Post by: Dave DND on June 25, 2014, 11:33:06 PM
Everybody started to head off inside the barn, as it appeared that there were some prizes to be given. In fact, not just one or two, the table was absolutely littered with them. Just to the left of the stage was a large photo screen, which was showing random pictures from over the weekend (many of which you have seen in this report) and every time we saw one of the GB Buggies crew, we let out an enormous cheer, which I think may have been starting to annoy the giant carrot who was trying to be serious for a bit.

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Yes, I did say giant carrot !!

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You can imagine our surprise then, when we were called up to receive an award - thankfully Flags had dressed down for this one

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And GB Buggies is now the proud recipient of this award, inscribed:

le Prijs, Grootste Buitenlandse Club, I.B.W Noordbroek, Holland

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Which translates as:

1st Prize, Largest Foreign Club, I.B.W Noordbroek, Holland


We came, we saw, and we had well and truly conquered

Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Sunday Evening
Post by: Dave DND on June 26, 2014, 08:22:17 AM
And then the Sunday Beer drinking session started

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But it was a very different night to the previous ones. You would be forgiven looking at these pictures that it was somewhat subdued

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But it wasn`t, the atmosphere was absolutely electric, because by now, we all knew each other, we all shared the same story, and we were all frantically swapping contact details so that we could remain in touch with each other.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Monday Morning
Post by: Dave DND on June 26, 2014, 11:00:20 PM
Wandering down for breakfast on Monday morning, a bank holiday in Holland, the place seemed somewhat quiet

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Like us, many folks were taking down their tents and packing away the memories

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Vicky was catching a few last rays

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And then we all sprang into life as those words were uttered

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And those words, as you know by now were "Catalogue Pose"

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The Northern Crew were packed and ready to roll

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Dave Dream thought it would be funny to let the tyres down on Flags`s Buggy

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And Flags was showing that he was too knackered to even get out of his car

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Relying on Dave Doon to assist him

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Clem, on the other hand was having the opposite problem, as he was too knackered to get in

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And the rest of us pondered over the map and decided to take a different route home, over the long causeway to the North

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To our friends of the Algemene Buggy Club, your hospitality has been fantastic, and we have had a truly awesome weekend. It is with genuine sadness that we bid a fond farewell and hope that it is not too long before we meet up with some of you again.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Zuidbroek
Post by: Dave DND on June 26, 2014, 11:15:26 PM
We headed for Zuidbroek for the last time, where we planned to stop at the petrol station for a fill up before the next leg of our journey

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And Penny had appeared to have broken the van - but it was an easy fix

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Whilst we all waited, you could tell that Vanessa was trying to work out how to explain her few days off work to her Boss, especially as she was now returning the same colour as the car

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And one by one, there was a steady stream of our friends who stopped to say goodbye to us also

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Monday Morning
Post by: Dave DND on June 26, 2014, 11:45:46 PM
The next leg of our journey would take us around 80 miles to a rest stop in the middle of the causeway. It was good to be in such a long line of Buggies

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Those of us who were not driving, were hanging out of the cars taking pictures of anything we could

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Or sat in the cars taking "selfies"

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I know I mentioned it previously, but there are lots of things to see by the roadside, or just the way that they decorate some of their structures, like for instance, their bridges

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Yaay !! Another windmill, that`s the second one now, and I`ve only been here four days !!

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Their buildings disguised to look like cruise liners

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Or sometimes you will see an object, probably describing the business underneath

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I wonder what these guys sell in these offices?

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Some truly stunning architecture

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Especially when you see a simulated skyline against a skyscraper

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And then the open road again, on our approach to the causeway

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And after a very pleasant drive, we reached our next destination.

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Afsluitdijk
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 08:04:15 AM
We pulled up at the fuel station to grab some supplies, now that usually meant beer, but today it meant food.

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Just as well really, as Ollie was already legless

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Dave Doon was very keen to pose officially for the first Extreme Knighting picture, so that was it then - I really was going to have to go through with this crazy notion when we got back.

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We then parked up on the other side of the road and admired the view

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I have been referring to this place as a causeway, but its actually a 20 mile long Dyke called Afsluitdijk which is harder to type than it is to pronounce. Its essentially a sea barrier with the sea on one side, and a food protection zone on the side that we were looking out on. I must confess, that I didn`t really find it that picturesque, but then I have been spoilt from living down amongst the South West scenery.

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I don`t know how they do it, but whenever there has been food about, this crowd are always the first to start eating

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Lee was down on the waters edge and soon found out that these rocks were a little too big for the new Dutch game of Extreme Bum Holing

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Suddenly, our attentions focused on a Buggy and caravan that pulled in behind us, clearly in distress. The gear selector bush at the back had not only failed, but the location screw had fallen out somewhere. The British have a reputation for fabrication, and here we had the elite when it comes to making bits for a Buggy. A few bolts, a hammer and a jubilee clip, and our friend could select all of his gears once again.

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Even after it failed to start, there were enough large people around to give them a bump start, even with the caravan attatched.

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The map was then checked for the next fuel stop which was only about 50 miles down the road.

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And once we had woken Des up, we could get underway

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Schipol
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 09:16:57 AM
In our Buggy, Chad was in hysterics, as he could have sworn that this road sign said Bend Over

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And it was good for some humour, as this dyke seemed never ending

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With only the occasional watch tower to break up the monotony

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But eventually we were clear, and on a nice stretch of motorway

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That also had a few tunnels, a favourite amongst Buggy owners

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As we approached Schipol Airport, the landscape of the town was starting to grow

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And so were the length of the tunnels. For those of you new to Buggies, there is a rule (it could actually be the law I think) that if you see a tunnel, then you MUST drive through it, this shall be done in a low gear with your foot flat to the floor, with the objective to see how big a grin you are pulling from the noise you are now making.

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It was pretty obvious that Chad enjoyed that bit

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Schipol Airport was now dead ahead, and the conversation we were now having was that it was almost impossible to find a way to get a Buggy and a Plane in the same photograph. As far as I was concerned, Chad had now thrown down the gauntlet.

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So how`s this one for your then my friend? Will this do?

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As you can tell, we weren`t having a good time at all

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I wonder if Dave Dream enjoyed those tunnels as much as we did?

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I think he did, that Buggy grin is contagious

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Rijksweg
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 01:33:37 PM
Around 50 miles later, our stop at the Rijksweg Service Station would be our last one as a large group, because from here the majority of us would head back to the Europoort for our Harwich ferry, whilst the Northern Crew would split off and head back to the Hook of Holland for the Hull ferry.

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But not until Flags had thought of another little game to play, and that was hiding the orange lion. The rules were that it has to be unwittingly placed in somebodys Buggy in a position that was clearly on view from the outside (No hiding in Luggage)

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Eagle eyed Mags was having none of this, and spotted it straight away

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Unlike Davydoff, who I think may have driven off with it.

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We said our goodbyes and fond farewells to our mates, and then had a ponder over where to go next as we had a few hours to kill before the evening ferry. Looking at the map, there looked like a small beach near the port, so we were going to aim there for some tea. There are no photos of this bit, as the roadworks and diversions had the better of us, and I was now playing with a Sat Nav that had taken us through Hollands answer of a Council Estate. Some of the kids playing in the streets were stunned to see us all drive past. Once we had got back to the main road, we thought we would head for the next bay along - a town called Den Haag.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Den Haag
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 03:30:57 PM
So far, some of these little seaside towns had been a little underwhelming with their industrial themes and mudflats, but something told me that this place may prove to be a little different. A quick check behind to make sure everyone was still with us

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Because we were now entering a town with some of the largest waterfront buildings I have seen - according to the Sat Nav, on the other side was the sea.

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The traffic was directed along a very long coast road

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and ended up at a large surface car park, where we decided to stop

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The sign confirmed that this was indeed Den Haag

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As I swung the camera around, to the left was the obligatory Dutch Industrial looking beach front

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But hang on a minute, there was some sand

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In fact there was a lot of sand, this beach was huge

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Being a Dutch bank holiday, the beach was also jam packed with people, there were thousands here

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And in the background, what appeared to be some form of pier on a biblical scale

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 03:38:17 PM
And then I hatched a quick plan to satisfy one of the other rules of Buggy ownership, and that is getting all four wheels onto the sand for a photograph.

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And so we settled down to some mayonnaisse and chip (notice the singular) because what we were given looked remarkably like a 99 with a flake, except this was a cone of yellow goo with a chip poking out the top.

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And then, the weather turned. The weather turned very fast indeed, and as we all scrabbled back to put our roofs on, the tens of thousands that were on the beach all decided to create the largest traffic jam in history, and we were stuck in the middle of it.

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I`m not quite sure what to make of Den Haag. Everywhere we have been so far in Holland has been absolutely immaculate, clean and tidy, and the Dutch people are all warm and friendly beyond belief. Whilst this looked like a major city, that I will certainly try to come back and explore properly one day, it currently feels like its transforming into an Eastern European Refugee Camp. The atmosphere just isn`t the same.
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 04:11:36 PM
Turning the last corner, we were confronted by our final piece of Dutch street sculpture

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But there was no doubt that we were in the right place

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We patiently waited in the que to go through the ticket office, and for a moment, Chad did panic as he thought that they had only given us one cabin. For some strange reason, he didn`t want to share with me and my snoring.

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And on the other side we pulled over to wait for everyone else to catch up with us. It seemed a long time ago that we were parked here waiting for the others to get off the ferry.

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And whilst we were waiting, not wanting to go home, it gave Dave Doon a chance to run back to the ticket office as within 100 yards of being given it, he had already misplaced his cabin room key.

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With all of us now present and correct, it was time to board the ferry

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 05:02:23 PM
We were now loaded on the ferry, and we had a few hours before we set sail

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Just like the outward journey, there were all sorts of cars and clubs returning, and unbeknown to us, I took a photo of these three wheelers parked in front of us on a trailer. By sheer coincidence, whilst we were up in the bar having a drink the owner of this car came over to have a word with Chad. It was a small world indeed when this guy turned out to be Chad`s former boss from near 17 years ago.

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Back in the cabin, I put the telly on, and whilst its a bit nerdy, one of the channels had a camera on the stern of the boat. It was fascinating to watch us moving about, leaving / entering dock and just how close a boat of this size got to some of the others as can be seen here

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Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - Tuesday Morning
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 05:31:15 PM
I must confess to not sleeping that well on the boat. As a former Sub Aqua Instructor, I`m more used to jumping off boats than sleeping on them, so when dawn broke just before 4am, I was out on deck and surprised that we were so close to shore.

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There were a few other bleary eyed insomniacs about too

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By around 5am, the lorry deck had cleared and turned into a skating rink. It was quite funny to watch some of the trailer tugs sliding around whilst trying to hitch up.

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Driving off the ferry, we came across a sign. To those reading, it said "UK Border" but to all of us, it said something completely different. It said "You are home"

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There was a Morrisons just outside the port, and we thought it would be a good idea to stop for a final breakfast together. Trouble was, at 6:30 in the morning, no-one had told the staff that we were coming. Here we said our goodbyes to a fair few friends.

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With an instant change in scenery, we knew we were back in the UK

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Where we then drove back to a fuel stop in Suffolk that we used on the way down here.

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By this time, the holiday was well and truly over and Chad and I just wanted to get home. Chad was also very aware that I also had a 200 mile drive to do once we had reached Birmingham, so with that in mind, we decided to bid our farewells and make a run for it.

Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The End
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 05:37:07 PM
And thats pretty much the end of my story.

Without doubt, one of the best and most memorable trips away I have ever had, and I would like to thank everyone that features in any of these pictures either in front of or behind the camera, for making this such an awesome weekend. Big thanks go to Ruben and Patrick for their friendship and translations where needed. But the biggest thanks of all must go to my best mate Chad, for taking me with him.

Cheers mate - I owe you one  ;-)up
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - IBW 2015
Post by: Dave DND on June 27, 2014, 05:44:49 PM
But the story doesn`t quite end there.

Next year, we are going to do it again.

So if you have enjoyed my little story here, then why not join us next year and be part of the next installment of GB Buggies abroad.


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International Buggy Weekend 2015 -  Belgium

Details to follow in due course.

 8)
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: Chad on June 27, 2014, 09:32:02 PM
Brilliant, and just re-lived every moment.

You are always welcome as a passenger (except when Ruth is with me of course  ;-)up)

Now go and get that 2 litre, you know you want one  ;D
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: lee74 on June 28, 2014, 09:49:05 PM
Truly awesome account of one of the best road trips ever. Seems like an age away now but memories will last forever. Sooooooo looking forward to next year. Cheers to all involved...new mates n old.  8)
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: Big Clem on June 28, 2014, 11:04:42 PM
About some it up you might of missed out a few beers or 50 :D
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: Steve on June 29, 2014, 02:03:42 PM
Brilliant Dave
I was sat there this morning reading it all, apparently both my daughters asked me twice could they have breakfast, but I didnt hear them  ;D
Then my wife got up and asked me what I was reading…and I didnt hear her either …thats all true  ;D
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: Doon L001 on June 29, 2014, 03:12:17 PM
Well done Dave, enjoyed it all over again, now get those two extreme knighting pictures you took of me posted
Dave
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 29, 2014, 03:43:21 PM
Well done Dave, enjoyed it all over again, now get those two extreme knighting pictures you took of me posted
Dave

They were put up ages ago mate   ;-)up
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: Doon L001 on June 29, 2014, 05:54:35 PM
Well done Dave, enjoyed it all over again, now get those two extreme knighting pictures you took of me posted
Dave

They were put up ages ago mate   ;-)up

Cheers, I know I am getting on a bit but when did you sneak them in there? I never spotted them. PS sent a message to Mods a short while ago worth a look
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: Dave DND on June 29, 2014, 06:13:41 PM
PS sent a message to Mods a short while ago worth a look

Done and dealt with - cheers for the heads up   ;-)up
Title: Re: International Buggy Weekend 2014 - The Full (And Very Long) Story
Post by: ruben on December 14, 2014, 08:45:11 PM
as i've been a busy bee for the last months and haven't read up on your forum, i can truly say that it is awesome and hart warming to read and re live this weekend.

thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the plunge to come over and visit our country, and you are all welcome as we are always willing to help with translations (modern dutch is half English anyways, helps us keep our language up to scratch :-)Geek)

the next one will be even better for those who where lucky enough to have lived this event, as you will find everybody has remembered you and you'r character. (this can also work in your disadvantage tho we are no strangers to cross dressers and "men behaving badly" in general)

this year we are all attending once again,
and will be taking the biggest club as there's masses of dutch buggyists about ;-)up, go ahead and give us a run for our money... i dare you.. ???

i look forward to seeing you all again and wish you all a very warm holiday season in the mean time.