Read all the bad press on this NG, including a few of you who had decided not to go as a result, but I was seduced by the talk of miles of junk stalls so decided to give it a try.
It's a couple of hours from W. London so we left at 6:00 to give plenty of time for a bite of breakfast on the way and still be there for the 9:00 opening. Hadn't bargained for the enormous traffic queue to get in though!
Eventually hit the field 5 1/2 hours later feeling less than happy and headed straight for the market area. What a dissapointment, mostly car boot sale tat with very few engine related stalls. It's quite rare for me to come away from a rally with any kind of market without at least a token purchase (even if it is a £5 Alco!) but nothing tempted me here and even if it had I got the impression that the prices were not what you might call keen. Give me old sodbury's sort-out any day.
It wasn't all bad; the SE display had some interesting exhibits and, though I'm no hot fog enthusiast, I did enjoy the sight and sound of some of these giants working hard in the heavy haulage area.
But worth £12 a head and a total of about 7 1/2 hours traveling time? No, not for the SE enthusiast anyway, I guess the clue is in the title - Great Dorset *Steam* Fair.