Victors View

What-ho readers! My name is Victor and welcome to my column. I cannot believe how quickly time flys! It only seems like yesterday that I was telling you all about my exciting time at the Wrotham Classic Steam and Transport Rally 2015. Well, fortunately for me, Invicta is the annual sponsor of the event so I was absolutely thrilled to be in attendance again at the Wrotham Classic Steam and Transport Rally on 11th and 12th June 2016!

This year we were delighted to be sharing our stand with our spiffy friends from our sister company Vintage Financial Services! I was also nicely positioned in full view of the main show ring with my splendid colleagues and their spiffy marquee! Every year I’m always the centre of attention at our exhibition stand, but this year more than ever as I was featured in the ‘Guess the original 1959 cost of Victor’ competition! So many people admired me, crawled under me and sized me up in the quest to be the winner of a wonderful luxury ‘Regency’ hamper!

The lucky chap who won the competition was the charming Mr Watkins from Pettswood who came within £2.00 of my original purchase price! So, how much was I originally? Well on the 1st September 1959 you could have picked me up for a mere £397 2s 6d. A bargain at half the price I would say!

Mr Wilkins was not the only prize winner of the day as we also had our ‘Win a Year’s Free Classic Vehicle Insurance Competition’. We had a very special winner for this competition; a 1948 Prototype Land Rover owned by Mr John Smith of Sevenoaks! This amazing vehicle was number 11 of the production line and has 11 stamped on its chassis! The vehicle has been driven all over the world including the Arctic Circle and Moscow, which sounds like far too much hard work and too chilly for my little Austin engine!

The weekend weather was unpredictably English of course but I was delighted that there was so much to do at the Rally. I was allowed to pootle around the ring and show off in the post 1945 commercial vehicles category, I also had announcer Neil Munday jump in and conduct his commentary as we drove around. What a lovely chap and so complimentary about me!/span>

Additionally, both days were packed with stunt performers, the best classic vehicles, vintage cars, steam engines, traction engines and military vehicles. It was everything a nostalgic, old chap such as myself could have desired although I kept well out of the way of the traction engines as they were enormous and could have squashed me without noticing!

This year there were even more incredible stalls offering a great variety of food, clothing, jewellery, books, face painting and home wares. I also found a few sparkling chrome accessories for myself at the auto jumble!

So what new adventures are coming up next! Well, you will probably see me at a lot classic vehicle shows throughout Kent and Sussex this year, but we are specifically sponsoring the following:

The Darling Buds Classic Car Show in Bethersden on Sunday 10th July 2016

The Biddenden Tractorfest & Country Show on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016

At each of these events we will be having competitions, giveaways and lots of fun! In fact, at the Tractorfest we will have a whole field to ourselves as we’re hosting the 100+ car Invicta Insurance Services Classic Car Attraction! So please come along and say hi!

More updates coming soon!

Cheerio for now and toot-toot!

– Victor

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