September Report 2017

Lincolnshire Group  –  September 2017 Report

Yorks. Group – August Heather & Honey Run

We are very fortunate to belong to the Pre-War Austin Seven Club whose various local group secretaries organise rallies and events.  We have supported a great number of them in the past but this was our first time on the Yorks. Group’s Heather & Honey Run. After a damp start we all met at Berry’s Farm Shop for coffee, but more importantly to peruse the excellent selection of pre-war & post war motor cars. Naturally Austins were to the fore however there were some superb examples of pre-war marques and an early Aston Martin took my eye.

The 32 mile run had been advertised as challenging and this certainly proved to be the case when just under a mile down the road we turned right up a narrow and twisting 25% uphill road which took us, mostly in first gear, up on to the top of the moors. We felt as if we were on top of the world. The heather was gloriously in full flower and we stopped to take in the view and take photos of our Austin Heavy Twelve “on top of the world”. Eventually the route led to an equally steep descent then it was cross the road and repeat the climb on the other side of the valley before descending and returning to Berry’s Farm Shop via Asgarth Falls which were in full spate. Upon returning we were given our goody bag containing a jar of honey before sitting down to a sumptuous two course buffet luncheon. In order to attend we had travelled 147 miles from Lincolnshire and received the long distance award, with my wife Sue also winning the raffle which was a voucher for Berry’s Farm shop. She requested her prize be added to next year’s raffle. The icing on the cake was the fact that everyone had a super day driving through some magnificent scenery whilst at the same time raising lots of money for a very worthy cause.

The committee are to be congratulated for all their hard work which resulted in such a successful day. I shall certainly be promoting next years event to all my Lincolnshire club friends.


Cumbria Run  Organised by Malcolm Parker

Exhausting, coming on top of the previous week’s foray in Yorkshire, but incredibly rewarding. We travelled in tandem with Tony & Brenda Johnson staying at the White Bear in Masham along with some lively Yorkshire members. That night all ten of us sat down to an extremely delicious evening meal. The following morning we all assembled in Masham square to sign on and meet up with Paddy & Ande Malone, Bruce Robinson & grandson Max along with all the other entrants. The route was a one hundred mile journey through stunning scenery by way of some challenging inclines with the regulation first coffee stop at the highest pub in England, namely Tan Hill. We arrived at The Netherwood Hotel for 3 pm giving us time to relax before the celebratory evening meal. Next morning it was off at 09.15 after a hearty breakfast and a 156 mile drive home arriving at 4.15 pm having covered a total of 360 trouble free miles. If you have never been on any of Malcolm Parker’s runs then I highly recommend you put The Cumbria Run on your list for 2018.

Cumbria run

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Alford Manor [ ]– 10th September

Nine Austins turned out at Alford Manor to support Heritage Open Day.  It was also very good to have the support of Roger & Deb Coomber from Pickering who were holidaying in the Wolds.  Ashley Vincent had requested support as he is heavily involved in the museum and olde rural life machinery. Everyone had an excellent afternoon watching the old threshing & bailing machines powered by two magnificent steam traction engines. Also on working display was a 1957 combine harvester powered by an Austin straight six cylinder engine. I particularly liked the steam lorry that had been exported new, in 1907, to Chile where it had, until 15 years ago, spent all its working life.  A vintage tractor run had taken place the previous day and it has to be said that the lady club members took great delight in taking it in turns to sit on a Field Marshall!

 A pre-booked enjoyable lunch was provided in the marquee by Kath & her band of volunteers. As an  added bonus because it was heritage day there was no charge to tour the Manor and attached museum. Thanks must go to Ashley for offering us this opportunity and I am sure we will support it again next year.

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 Heritage 1

September Meeting Wed. 13th Sept.  Syston Park Speed Trials, Grantham:

 Speakers Richard Powell  and Mark Boswell

 It certainly was a full house with forty seven persons attending for the first of our monthly events at The George Hotel, Leadenham. We were treated to a superb illustrated talk form two very knowledgeable and dedicated speakers. Syston Park speed trials started in 1906 and ended in 1939, but now as a result of a dedicated team the trials have been restarted over the last three years and gone from strength to strength. Syston Park was the start of what we know as motorsport . By 1928 it had become so popular that it attracted between thirty & forty thousand spectators. Timing and loudspeakers were introduced in 1928 for the benefit of the huge number of spectators.  Both cars & motorcycles took part and serious works teams brought their motorbikes here to test out prior to the Isle of man TT. Fourteen laps were the order of the day and speeds of 80 m.p.h. were obtained on these bikes. Many car racers went on to become famous names in motorsport. 1934 Raymond Mayes raced in his single seater ERA. 1937 Gordon Brettell raced his Austin Seven. This talk certainly whetted the appetite of the audience and many of us vowed to give it our full support next year – Sunday 26th August 2018. I believe this was one of the most entertaining and stimulating talks we have listened to in a long while.


Peter Rowlands

Programme with Current Confirmed Diary Dates – 2017

 Wed. 11th Oct.      7.30pm Stuart Ulph’s Media Night

 Sun. 22nd. Oct.      Autumn End of Season Run [ 39 ] miles, Beefeater, Mill Lodge  Lincoln, to Robin Hood & Littlejohn pub, Aslackby  for Sunday luncheon .

To reserve places Tel. Ande Malone on 01522 751994

7.30 pm Wed.       8th Nov.       Quiz & Chips Night [ Teams of Four ]

7.30 pm Wed.       13th Dec.     Christmas meal at The George


22nd April              Sevens to the Sea.

 26th August           Syston Park Sprint, Nr. Grantham.

 Lunchtime Meet 12 noon @ The Woodcock, Burton Waters , Lincoln.

Next date  12 noon Wed. 18th October.


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