In 1992 the police told us the jam was almost back to the motorway and if it reached the motorway they would close the gates of Billing and turn all the cars away.
In desperation we did away with the club field, we parked cars amongst the caravans and all around the lake. reported, "this is just like California, the sun is shining and the road is jammed with American cars".
This worked to our advantage after much arguing the vans were moved to better locations then we hit them with a bill for £90 for each van.
Finally, we were told their electrical system would not meet our demands and we would have to supply our own back-up generators. On the plus side we had our first ever live group Silvy and the Silver Dollar Band, this was thanks to Worcester rep Shaun Jinks whose brother played in the band.
The event was great success and we made enough money to keep us running until the Summer Nationals at Billing in June. It was typed up, laid out, literally cut and pasted, photo copied, folded, stapled, packed and stamped. It would be some years before we could afford a professional printer. Billing management had already decided they didn't want us there again and they put every obstacle in our way.
About this time John and Alan both took a lesser role in the club's organisation and the club seemed to sink into the doldrums. my wife Pam became treasurer, Graham and Lin Harris, looked after membership and Derrick Lean was editor, several other club members from Worcester and Redditch helped out in an unofficial capacity.In 1987 there was a big change in the committee, Dave Coles became secretary, I was P. The club's finances were in a bad way, an accountant studied the books, and his advice was, "close it down before it goes bankrupt". At the time I was the workshop manager at an engine reconditioning company and I was able to use a company vehicle and telephone for club business. Around Christmas 1987, Dave Coles landed a job in America which he had applied for some months previously. The first event we organised was the Spring Nationals at Blake Hall in Essex.We did this with the help of the Damn Yankees which was then an area branch of the national club.Responsible for the day to day running of the club Views & Arranges venues, bands, catering etc for national shows Provides vehicle dating and valuations for members Arranges committee meetings Regularly liaises with other committee members Responsible for all finances of the AAC-UK Ensured Invoices for show grounds, bands, trophies etc are paid promptly Sends cheques for expense claims to committee members after approval of the CEO Liaises with the club accountant ensuring that accounts are ready for viewing by all members at the AGM Processes all new membership applications inc.sending out membership packs etc Updating of the club database on a daily basis Compiles monthly lists of new members, juniors & junior birthdays for inclusion in the magazine Produces the monthly mailing list for the magazine publishers inc.