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Alastair Pugh

1990-1993    Alastair Pugh

My spell at the helm can be described as ‘inversion, coercion, diversion and submersion’. Inversion because my first act as Captain was to overturn my Anzani at Donnington Park, bending both myself and the car; co-ercion because it was my lot to try and restore some order to the Christmas Party, which had thoroughly got out of hand; co-ercion also because of a long battle with the Advertising Standards Authority over misleading  ads for Nashes; diversion because  on the first Pyranees Raid to Quillan, where the Nashes competed in the Col du Portelhillclimb, the hotel cancelled all our bookings. We moved at short notice to the splendid Chateau des Ducs de Joyeuse at Couiza and parked all our cars in the interior courtyard. When they ran out of beer and Freddie Giles set up shop with welcome adequate supplies. ‘Submersion’ to cover all of the other activities –the Continental ‘trefoil route’ 1000miles in 24 hours centred on Laval; the Club’s own sprint at Cornbury park; a Frazer Nash Day at Brooklands where we swapped rides in visiting aeroplanes with rides in Nashes; and etc, etc, all made possible by an active committee with John Terry as Secretary and Phil Champion as Comp.Sec.