Slow start for the AGA man but Larkhill is a huge success, despite the dodgy playlist!

It’s 6am, the car is completely white and it is foggy and freezing outside. I’m grumpy and I don’t want to leave the house, I even put this on social media (along with a photo of me looking suitably grumpy). Mrs S is a non-runner so I hit the road on my own, along with a playlist that included Bros and Bananarama. Things can only get better, and I’m pleased to say that they did!

The steps of the Queens Building provide a good place to view the action
The steps of the Queens Building provide a good place to view the action

Double points for the AGA man for this photo (so I'm told), firstly for getting a photo of Phil York, and secondly as he is smiling (not my words Phil)
Double points for the AGA man for this photo (so I’m told), for getting a photo of camera shy Phil York!

The fog lifted around five miles from the course and as ever the welcome at Larkhill was superb, I can also confirm that I pressed the ‘select next track’ button when Bros came on – apologies to any ‘Brosettes’ who may be reading this!

Sara and Martyn have just heard what was on my playlist!
Sara and Martyn have just heard what was on my playlist!
Some wise words from Mr Barber for the champ... or were they discussing my choice of music?
Some wise words from Mr Barber for the champ… or were they discussing my choice of music?
Beazo!
Beazo!
When Len Vickery is around laughter is never faraway!
When Len Vickery is around laughter is never far away!
Another win for Storm Lantern and the Waley-Cohen team at Larkhill
Another Larkhill win for the Waley-Cohen team and Storm Lantern
Pauline Harkin (far right) does the honours following the AGA sponsored ladies open race
Pauline Harkin (far right) very kindly presented the mementoes to connections following the AGA sponsored ladies open race
L-R: Clare Gundry, Claire Hart and Hayley Finlay
L-R: Clare Gundry, Claire Hart and Hayley Finlay
Chris Barber wouldn't swap his pink AGA hat for any other colour
Chris Barber wouldn’t swap his pink AGA hat for any other colour
Pin-up boys!
Pin-up boys!
PPA Chairman, Tim Curtis and PPA Executive, Clare Hazel select their pick of the paddock before Division 1 of the Restricted
PPA Chairman, Tim Curtis and PPA Executive, Clare Hazel select their pick of the paddock before Division 1 of the Restricted
Hannah Watson and Harry Skelton - there is another version of this photo which has yet to see the light of day...
Hannah Watson and Harry Skelton – Hannah seems to have lost her new mug!
Pauline and Doug Harkin enjoyed a rare day off, which meant they were also able to join us for a very nice sponsors lunch
Pauline and Doug Harkin enjoyed a rare day off, which meant they were also able to join us for a very nice sponsors lunch
Commentator Nick Child is back in the UK, and he  did a great job picking out the winners through the mist
Commentator Nick Child is back in the UK, and he did a great job picking out the winners through the mist
More laughter with Len Vickery, although he seems to have mislaid his AGA hat!
More laughter with Len Vickery, although he seems to have mislaid his AGA hat!

Well, what a day, and Mr Grumpy was now Mr Happy, and there were only two cars left when I departed (and it was almost dark). A big thank you to Mandy and her team at Larkhill for a great, well organised day and an excellent lunch, and thank you also to the Barber team for their post racing hospitality – again! I’ll be working on that playlist before my next long car journey, although I have a confession to make, I pressed ‘repeat’ after the Bananarama track had finished!

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