The Old Codger’s Conundrum Treasure Hunt
18th June 2007
Event Organised by Martin Emsley and Tim Murray
Report by Tim Murray
This treasure hunt was originally to be all Martin Emsley’s own work, but when he found that his employer required him to be in the USA on the date of the event I was recruited to assist and run the event on the day. I thought that this would be great – I could sit there smugly and blame any shortcomings on the absent Martin. As it turned out Martin had done a fine job, and the event ran smoothly with only the usual minor niggles.
On a beautiful sunny evening I signed up five crews in the car park of the Wheatsheaf. We all gawped at Lewis Bird’s Autosport with pictures of club member Duncan Pittaway’s horrendous-looking accident at Oulton Park the previous weekend, where his aero-engined GN Vitesse rolled over on top of him. Luckily Spence was able to reassure us that, apart from a broken collarbone, Duncan was relatively undamaged and planning the car’s rebuild.
The crews set out on the route, having all paused to count the ‘high evergreens’ in the pub car park. I retired to the bar and had a very nice meal while waiting for them to return. Martin had given them some unusual treasure items to come up with, including ‘long johns (clean)’ and I was wondering what I was going to have to deal with. Unfortunately for the competitors, but fortunately for me, they had all been unsuccessful in their quest.
The other treasure items included ‘a piece of an F1 car’ and a couple of crews presented me with pencil erasers, claiming that these were rubber, and F1 cars used rubber. I offered to give them full points for these only if they could inflate them like tyres. No takers (but they did get a few points for initiative).
When the results were totted up it was found that Michelle and Chris had taken a convincing win. Bringing up the rear were Ken and Dave, but it was their very first treasure hunt, and they claimed to have enjoyed it, and learned a lot for future reference.