The Solstice Blade has been abroad in darkest South East Cornwall, the location of the novel, over the bank holiday weekend with a stall at the Great Trethew Vintage Rally.
Great Trethew lies between Liskeard and the fishing town of Looe and the rally was held for the first time this year after the Morval rally ended in 2016 after many years. The organsiers of Great Trethew have certainly done a great job, it was a fantastic location and very well organised and executed.
The Solstice Blade stall was located in the craft marquee, close to the main event arena, and therefore in a perfect position to attract new readers in the intervals between events.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet some of the people who had bought the The Solstice Blade at previous shows, and to hear what they thought of the book. It was also an opportunity to meet lots of new readers and other people with a wealth of local knowledge, some of which will no doubt find its way into the next book.
I have always had a soft spot for the lines of a vintage British sports car and we were spoiled for choice with MGs, Triumphs and Jaguars amongst others at the show.
The standout event for me was definitely the tractor pulling which, for the uninitiated (count me in that number until this year), involves various tractors trying to drag a flat bottomed weighted sledge along a field. As the tractor progresses along the course the weight is shifted towards the front of the sled making it more and more difficult to pull (as far as I could tell!) resulting in some serious “tractor wheelies”. By far the coolest tractor in my novice opinion was The Atlantic Storm, which looks like a dragster and apparently is powered by an ex Russian tank engine! I am almost certain that this tractor would perform a lot less well if it were not for the flame graphics on the mudguards! They certainly worked for me!
If you find yourself in South East Cornwall during late August, The Great Trethew Vintage Rally is well worth a visit.
More information about the Great Trethew Rally can be found here.