One day – that’s all it took for a full service and a fresh MoT certificate to be printed out for the much-loved, but under-used Romahome.
Blame it on the weather – 2016 started off so well but come July the summer was clearly over, which meant that it went back into the unit and out came the Ford Escort van.
With some brake adjustment and a new CV boot, the certificate was issued, and with a full service the Citroën beetled home feeling fresher than ever. Pleasingly the usually woodenfeeling brakes now have a bit more sensitivity, and while I’ve never doubted their stopping power, I’ve always wanted a bit more information coming up through the pedal. I’m pleased to say that this is now the case.
For the past two years, the C15’s first outing of the year hasn’t been to a classic car event, but to a classic bike meeting. Last year it was a visit to the Tonfanau Circuit, not far from Towyn, but this year the missus and I headed out to the Red Marley hillclimb.
Held not far from Bromsgrove, the event sees three or four bikes running side-by-side up an increasingly steep hill, the final 100 yards or so being a one in one-and-a-half: More experienced riders hit the final ‘bump’ so quickly that they crest the hill in mid-air.
The Romahome proved to be a big hit with some of the spectators, drawing plenty of favourable comments about its condition and usefulness – and after a day trudging up the Red Marley hill a fresh brew made on board set us up for the journey home.
It’ll never be rapid, but after a great day out, when all you want to do is go home, the Romahome delivers. It’s reliable too, with great spares support. Best of all, the driver of a bay window VW camper gave us a wave on the way there and back. Clearly the classic camper brotherhood is alive and well.
Out on the Beacons.