Monoposto's most closely run, and rigorously judged, competition of the year was fought out in the paddock of Thruxton. While mighty 800hp truck racing behemoths thundered around Hampshire's proudest blacktop, some of England (and indeed Europe's) most finely honed culinery skills brought their best baking to the clinically controlled conditions of the plastic Mono table to be assessed for presentation and taste. The judging team was unchanged from last year, but has expressed a wish to remain anonymous to avoid the inevitable gifts and offerings which we definitely don't want during the coming year (the preferred Porsche colour is titanium, since you ask).
The entries were as follows:
With the World Cup starting in the week of the BGP, Kevin's entry (below) was not only beautifully decorated but very topical. To be an accurate represenation of England it should surely have been a let down with no good points, but in fact it was a very nice sponge. Ron Dennis would have loved Joanie's combined cake tin carrier, cover and safety shield with its clever clips and restraints, it was a triumph of detail. Sarah's Vegan Tiffin, produced without animal products and therefore suitable for lactose intollerants was a lovely gesture for Emma, who sadly can't usually enjoy a piece of cake. She pronounced it delicious (or to be more accurate "dedishush" as she was still eating it). There was tragedy in the cake assembly area, as 2013 Silver Trophy winner Sharon's delightful sounding Raspberry Red Velvet failed to appear by the end of judging and was therefore declared a reluctant DNQ.
So with lunch for the judges consisting of small pieces of 13 wonderful offerings, a concensus was reached by the anonymous Judith and Tony. We agreed that all entries varied between good and fantastic, and there was not much to choose between the top few. For this reason we give only the "podium", which really couldn't be closer, of:
With Jayne and Alice being from the same team, there was definitely a flavour of the Rosberg/Hamilton rivalry, and we had mental pictures of Jayne emulating Nico at Monaco by "accidentally" locking the store cupboard just as Alice was about to go for that secret ingredient which would have tipped the scales....although come to think of it, tipping the scales would be the sort of trick Maldonado would do.....