Monday 7th July 2014 - The final post for this year!What happened to Sunday? Wireless connection became non existent so blogging was via the mobile phone network and apart from the fact I was running out of data allowance, using the not-so-smartphone as a wireless hot spot, the place was just too busy, I hardly had time to breath. We were also manning the Meccano stand, helping the guys out while they tried to get around to meeting everybody.
|Spin Master's Fraser Paterson talks about Meccano going forward|
The huge amount of posters and other banners and displays as well as the star attraction, James May's bike, really created a buzz and the show was the busiest I have ever seen it in resent years. All this was organised by Meccano UK.
On Friday, two Meccano executives flew in from far and wide. Fraser Paterson - Design Director, flew in for Los Angeles and Lawrence Rabie hopped on a plane to be with us from Toronto Canada. The guys stayed until Sunday and made quite an impression, well Lawrence did! On meeting Geoff Brown for the first time, after a few minutes of listening, he stopped Geoff from talking (politely) and said to Fraser, in a strong Canadian accent "Can you understand a word this guy is saying?" Well, I didn't know what to say - Yes it was a first! After a short awkward silence we all collapsed in laughter - including Geoff and the ice was broken. The weekend continued with Lawrence and his, shall we say, forthright personality wandering around the venue trying to talk to as many exhibitors as he could, taking photographs and making notes. He was amused buy our accents (as you know I don't have one) and by the end of the weekend we had managed to teach him how to address a stranger with the classic two word greeting "Ello mate" which he practised all weekend with differing degrees of success.
|Malcolm Hanson's Eiffel Tower stood in the centre of the Foyer|
The main event of the show for us modellers is the Issigonis Shield competition. This year there was only going to be one winner... Below is the full list of the top ten winner and runners up. The quality of the models this year is such that any one could have been a Shield winner. As far as favourites are concerned Sue and I could not possibly comment but we can't see a single model in the list that doesn't deserve to be in the top ten.
1st Terry Allen - Bugatti Type 57SC
2nd Michael Molden - Scania 6x4 Tractor Unit
3rd Richard Smith - Canberra Bomber
4th Norman Brown - AEC Tanker Lorry
5th Neil Bedford - Routemaster Bus
6th Michel Breal - Bucket wheel digger
7th Andy Knox - Kempton Park Steam driven water pump assembly
8th Ian Mordue - Spider Crane
9th Peter Hylton - Liebherr 88 self erecting crane
10th Darren Bonner - Wolseley portable internal combustion engine
|Neil Bedford, Norman Brown, Michael Molden, Terry Allen |
Marion Cotterill, Richard Smith and Geoff Brown
That's it for this year - now onward to the next one...
Saturday 5th July 2014 Post No.3
|Mini Tower Bridge|
Saturday 5th July 2014 Post No.2Another very busy day here today, The Meccano guys have not disowned me (yet) after my previous post. The best news so far is the we have just seen some of the first new sets to be introduced, spring next year. Although the models are not here this weekend I may be able to get hold of some pictures later today.
Wi-Fi has gone down here in the hall and will not be restored until next week so this is being sent out using my phone as a hot spot - until I run out of megga-wotsits!
If you are looking for pictures on models, Malcolm Hanson has been posting pictures in the NZ Gallery HERE.
Saturday 5th July 2014Good morning from a typical summer's day here in Skegness - It's Raining!
Still that is probably a good thing as far as the show is concerned as it may generate even more visitors...
Fraser Paterson and Lawrence Rabie. As Fraser belted out his version of Frank Sinatra's My Way, Lawrence was thinking about his next number while balancing a glitter ball on the back of his left hand.
More serious posts throughout the day from the venue...
Friday 4th July 2014 - Post No.4What a day! The selection of models is very good this year and we are stacked out not only with us Meccano nuts, but with lots of general public too. The Meccano display was staffed by Meccano UK today and tomorrow a shift change, one Meccano man form Los Angeles and the other from Canada. I will tell you more tomorrow.
Tonight we are off to the big (Posh) dinner and guess who the guest speaker is... I will let you know what we discover, tomorrow - I doubt I will be awake enough when we get back tonight.
Yet another short update as it is almost time to go... Mmmm... Food! ...and maybe the odd beer.
Tomorrow is another day.
Friday 4th July 2014 - Post No.3
Some pictures of the dealers stock... Guess who!
|Now that looks good...|
|Two of these, four of those...|
|Yes please... Don't tell Sue!|
Friday 4th July 2014 - Post No.2
|Does the lift go to the top floor?|
|"Smile Emma - Thank you!"|
|New Multimodel sets due soon!|
You will also see the the bike got here in one piece!
That is it for now - off to photograph some Meccano goodies for sale at the dealers stands!
Friday 4th July 2014 - Post No.1
|Skegness welcome flags proving it is 'So Bracing' here!|
Just got back from the pre-breakfast stroll and we are all set up to go. We have a connection at the venue and I hopefully this will be the first of several updated during the day. So keep coming back, must go I can smell the bacon!
Thursday 3nd July 2014Almost there. A few pictures of the day
|Now, where does that go...|
More pictures tomorrow, just about to get thrown out of the hall...But it proves it works!
Thursday 3nd July 2014Morning!
While Sue is catching up with some sleep I have been out for a bit of fresh air before the 'Full English' and anyone who thinks Meccano don't mean business take a look at this...
|Now that looks interesting...|
|Can we go and see the show, Dad?|
|Now I wonder where they got that idea from...|
Wednesday 2nd July 2014
|Ready and waiting at Beaulieu... The blue bag? Tomorrow will tell!|
|Transit size model!|
The day started with a quick 100 mile dash to the Beaulieu Motor Museum to collect a certain 'model' (that you may recognise) and then another dash back to London (...don't ask!) and then another 160 mile dash to Skegness.
|Lincolnshire at 60 miles an hour!|
Tomorrow the fun will really begin when we get stuck in to setting up the hall and foyer ready for the impeding crowds of general public all intent on getting to grips with some Meccano!
Come back tomorrow and see what we have been up to...
Ralph & Sue,
Welcome to SkegEx 14 Live!
We will be reporting on the events as they unfold, before, during and immediately after the event. We will be reporting on all the behind the scenes stuff as well as the main event. The cameras will be out and our reporters will be looking for the amusing pictures and the headline grabbing stories. Our roving paparazzi reporter 'Grubscrew' is making the journey from North East London, aluminium ladder and camera in hand so be on your guard!
Coverage will start from the evening of Wednesday 2nd July 2014 and feature the collection of the James May Motorbike and sidecar from the British Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
The motorbike is currently forming part of a special display called The Motorcycle Story. More details of this special event can be found on the British Motor Museum website, HERE.
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