AUTUMN ROUND UP 2014
The season kicked off properly with Drive it Day on 27th April. This year we teamed up with West Yorkshire Branch for a day out to Elvington Air Field near York. We had four branch cars go along, the run officially starting off from the York Racecourse there was a mixture of vintage and classic vehicles including some pre war Austin 7's. It was a blustery venue to say the least but nestled between the cars round the camp stove it was quite pleasant in the sunshine.
May was a very busy month with lots going on.
Firstly North Lincs held a Saturday Host Day in the Town Square Scunthorpe, this attracted not only Morris Minors but also a wide variety of other classics. We visited the very comprehensive market and visitor centre which all made for a very interesting day. The second on the calender was one of our favourites, Barnsley Branch Rally at Elsecar Heritage Museum. As always a well attended affair in an interesting setting, this rally usually holds a Concours event which attracts some lovely examples of the Morris Minor.
In mid month we went a little farther afield – into South Wales for their rally weekend. As it was so far unfortunately none of us took a Morris Minor just our caravans and tents. Just as we were getting sorted out at the camp-site Adrian Pearse South Wales branch Chairman dropped by to pay us a visit and made us more than welcome with offerings of traditional Welsh Cakes, Welsh Ale and some lovely local cheeses.
On the Saturday Adrian and his Dad Alan had organised for us to visit an old Welsh Mine that has now been turned into a heritage centre, we had a fascinating journey down an old pit shaft and saw where the pit ponies where stabled when they were under ground – all the original name plates for the ponies were still on the stalls as it was only a very few years before the mine closed that they stopped using 'pony power'. Our Tour Guide was an ex miner who had worked down this same mine man and boy before becoming one of its excellent tour guides.
They showed us some of the wonderful country side and we visited the very grand Cardiff Castle with it's views over the city.
The Sunday rally was a well attended affair and no one seemed to bat an eyelid at our 'Modified' classics parked in among them!!! A really good weekend was had by all of us.
The following weekend some of us went to Birmingham for a good old wedding knees up – the happy couple were Dave and Jo Youngs, as many of you will know Dave is our MMOC insurer with Footman James. A great party that went well into the night!!
The last Bank Holiday in May saw our branch cars being displayed at Driffield Show Ground for the third Driffield Fun Day – this has now become an annual event for us and is a great day out. The whole show is a fund raiser for the Royal Airforce Cadets and attracts thousands of people. There is a very strong 1940's theme running through the whole day from the music, food, clothing and even hair dressing and make up. We were treated to an air display by a Spitfire and a more modern helicopter. Our own Tombola stall did very well for our branch charity pot, so much so our 200 plus prizes had run out by 2pm!! We are already taking donations of any unwanted articles now for next year, so please scour your lofts, garages and under-stairs cupboards!!
A really interesting night out was when once again we teamed up with West Yorkshire Branch and visited Drax Power Station. We were given a full tour that took around three hours. If you ever get an invite to go please do it's fascinating.
of course is always the month when the National Rally is held, but first of all
we had our own Area 1 Northern Regional – hosted this year by West Yorkshire
MMOC at Kirklees Light Railway, despite the weather the day was well attended
also hosted a Concours event. We all rode the miniature trains and enjoyed the
well stocked gift shop and cafe
end of the month was the National Rally once again held at Kelmarsh Hall
Northamptonshire. Eleven of our B&W branch members are part of the National
Rally Team so go down mid week before hand to get the show field, camping,
eventing tents etc put up and marked out ready for the onslaught on Friday! The
Saturday night party this year was Grease meets The Rocky Horror Show and was a
blast with some really outrageous fancy dress costumes on display. Naturally we
all took an active part in the entertainment!!
July we always support the North York Moors Railway weekend event, riding on the old steam trains and dropping into Whitby for fish n chips and a trip to the fictional Adensfield Arms for a beer (or two for those not driving)!! Some members did the whole weekend and some dropped in just for the day.
event gets better and better with space being of a premium now, certainly at
Grosemont which is the hard standing parking that we all prefer. If you would
like to go it's advisable to book sooner rather that later.
Eight branch cars enjoyed a day at Rufford Abbey – Monks & Minors Rally with the Mad Mog mob! Super entertainment with a Brass Band keeping us all 'toe tapping'!
own B&W Rally Party Weekend at the end of the month was well attended with more
folks camping than ever and thankfully the weather was glorious. The Saturday
Road Run took us inland this year through the stunningly beautiful rolling
Yorkshire Wolds. We celebrated Ricks 80th birthday on the Sunday with
a lunch time buffet party in the sunshine, cake and candles included. Again
through our fund raising efforts, Tombola, Raffle, Domino Knockout and Boules we
swelled our charity pot even further.
August it was off to Revesby for a weekend with Lincolnshire Branch. Next wheels hardly touching the ground saw our branch represented at Temple Newsam with the Leeds Branch and the following day the inaugural Around Sheffield Branch Host Day at the Yorkshire Transport Museum.
were invited to display our Moggies along the lake side at Bridlington Model
Boat Club for their annual Open Day, we had a great time and were treated to
some very 'nifty' remote sailing skills.
The last Bank Holiday in August we were out in force at the N Lincs Rally at Waters Edge Visitor Centre just over the Humber Bridge (Waters Edge is the venue for 2015 Northern Regional – 31st August). Brilliant turn out for N Lincs with 100 cars!!
Beginning of September and Isle of Wight, here we are again for a week! Four cars made the 1000 mile round trip to this lovely island. I think I could quite happily spend half my time here, it's so pretty and for a small island has a lot going on.
straight off the Ferry (the weekend after actually) we were at East Midlands
Rally at Denby Potteries although only 3 branch cars represented us we at least
still managed to fly the flag for B&W, and had a good day out to boot catching
up with other friends
October things start winding down but we always join the annual Pre War Austin Club for 'Charlotte's Run' – this run is what can only be described as an 'endurance' run through the Wolds with some very rural 'sump cleaning' roads, always good for a laugh and a good lunch, it also makes our Moggies seem very modern indeed!!
all folks for 2014's Whistle Stop Tour of the Summer months and the things that
we got up to, hope you enjoyed the ride!!
did, well come and join us for 2015!!
Next? well it's off once again to help man the stand at the Classic Car Show, NEC Birmingham for 4 days. More about this one in a future chapter!!