Classic Runs and Displays
Around mid-summers day we organise a Classic run. Entry forms will be
available the from Forms page when ready.
19th Classic Run 2016
With a very much-reduced entry the Classic Run was held on the favoured third Sunday in June, this also being Fathers’ Day. Starting at Haselbury Mill the route followed a course through Chard over the Blackdown’s to Wellington. Heading Northwest we passed through Dulverton, over Wimbleball Lake before heading North onto the western edge of Exmoor and a lunch stop in the grounds of Dunster Castle.
Val and myself took a shortcut and managed to watch a few passing through Timberscombe on their way to Dunster along with around another 50 or so Classics visiting all the stations along the route of the West Somerset Railway. We also were able to assist an elderly couple of ladies in an open Austin 7 who were having some problems trying to find the way to Tarr Steps. And all this in the mist and rain which was to be par for the rest of the day.
Lunch was spent picnicking under the trees at the Castle car park in the rain by some – deep joy! whilst others favoured local pubs/cafes or the comfort of their car. The homeward part of the day took us along the North Somerset coast of Blue Anchor and Watchet before passing through a few of the villages in this rugged area, and on to Bridgwater and Taunton returning back through Chard again to finish at the Windwhistle Inn for refreshments and a cream tea. Yum yum.
Awards were made to Kevin Salter for the best car of the day a Fiat 131 Miafiore Sport Abarth. Ian Beaver from Salisbury was the furthest travelled to the start in his MG Midget, with cub members Nick & Lorraine Gibbs (1979 Mini 1275 GT) and Terry Cladingboel (1996 BMW 840) collecting awards for best 1970s and post 1980s cars respectively. Best pre 1970s car award was presented to Brian Kenyon for his 1955 Sunbeam MK 3 DHC.
As usual Paul Bagnall with Alison Lock were first car away ensuring the route was clear and Gary, Liz and Katy Hobbs acted as sweeper giving assistance as needed. Many thanks to them and to Jerry Shepperd for helping me with the organisation again, and finally to Lesley Shepperd and Val for organising the signing on and handing out the route books etc.
Despite the rather indifferent weather (first time the run has been wet) those who took part seemed to enjoy the day even though there appeared to be cars going in several directions off the suggested route. But hey, that’s what classic motoring is all about, getting out in our old cars and having a bit of fun.
Peter Young
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