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An American Cars Day At Heage Windmill

Published on Tuesday 12 October 2021

The 'Stars and Stripes' flag was raised at 8.30 on Sunday morning and final preparations started for this event at Heage Windmill. First to arrive was the Burger Van lady, and the Burger Van was up and running in no time as the Van was already parked up ready. Then the Bric a Brac team swung into action setting out their tables, and as an added bonus there was a Tombola.

The Mill itself needed preparing and fencing off, as there was just enough breeze to turn the sails, though the cap had to be turned to better face the wind, a job for the two millers.

The Visitor Centre Staff and Guides prepared the Shop and the rest of the site, making sure all the usual signs were in place, and by 10 o' clock the site was ready. Perhaps as well because owners and visitors were now arriving. A special Parking Team were at the main gate and on the access road. Bowmer and Kirkland had kindly allowed us to us their Car Park. This was a tremendous help, and many thanks to this local firm, our neighbours, who are always always supportive.

Attila Csorba, a great friend of the mill and the instigator of this event, was there with his team organising the parking of the American Cars and other vehicles and so, even with the tremendous number of owners and visitors, the day was excellently organised and a great success.

The American Car Day is always a great fun day. The owners are full of good humour and totally relaxed, and of course immensely proud of their 'beauties'. Also, every time an engine starts up there is that wonderful V8 throaty sound.

The Visitor Centre organised tours in and around the mill throughout the day and over 60 people were taken round the mill, and the feedback in the Visitors Book was very encouraging. Sales of ice cream, flour, tea and coffee, souvenirs kept the shop staff busy. The two 'Bs', the Burger Van and Bric a Brac, were, as ever, very popular, but the main joy was to be able to walk among the wonderful vehicles, to talk with the owners and enjoy the sight of the mill with its sails turning, knowing that Heage Windmill Flour was milled here. And we must not forget the glorious weather.

One needed to be there to experience the superb atmosphere of another great American Car Day at Heage Windmill.

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