DECEMBER 4TH CHRISTMAS MEAL COORS VISITOR CENTRE
It was that time of year again, the Clay Mills Classic Car Club members assembled at the Coors Visitor Centre in all their finery, not a boilersuit in sight. Everybody sat down to a good meal with good company and good conversation. As the beer and wine flowed Ian our master of ceremonies undertook the raffle. This resulted in a considerable sum of money raised to be donated to our nominated charity for this year Prostate Cancer Research. Eventually it was time for everyone to leave after a marvellous time and hope for the same again next year.
Our thanks go to Ian Roach and Mark Davies for organising the evening, and also to everyone who donated a raffle prize.
NOVEMBER 17TH SPALDING CHRISTMAS LIGHTS RUN
There was a good turn out of cars for the run to Spalding to see the lights. Three Morris minors, a Hillman imp, an mg, and crazy Dave in his open top triumph special. We had a good run down and a bit of retail therapy was had by the ladies and a nice carvery at the local Witherspoon's. We had a slight hic-up on the way back, nothing serious, due to fuel problems but as always it was dealt with and all cars returned safely back to their homes.
OCTOBER 6TH SHIREBROOK MARKET PLACE
A good little non bookable local event. Two of our members attended this meet which took place in Shirebrook Market Place on a sunny but cool day. Approximately sixty cars were in attendance and this event is well worth taking a look at.
SEPTEMBER 29TH PROPS AND PISTONS SYWELL
A meet point at the inevitable Y-Pas garage for an early start for the journey to Sywell Aerodrome for this new event. The organisers had billed this event as a mini Goodwood so we were all keen to see what they had in store for us. Tony Thorpe and his son had been our sole representatives on the Saturday, but a good turnout of eight cars were representing the club on Sunday.
The event itself consisted of historic racing cars running down the runway, an air show with historic fighter aircraft, wing walkers and an aerobatic display, `lifestyle stalls’, musical entertainment together with classic car club displays. All were very good but if we attend next year it will be interesting to see if the show expands. Another dual carriageway and motorway trawl saw us all arrive home safely.
SEPTEMBER 22ND DARLEY DALE TRANSPORT FESTIVAL
A start point of the Salt Box Cafe for an 8:30am start, for a steady run to a new venue for this event north of Ashbourne. The weather was kind to us, as speaking to fellow show goers, the previous days visibility was down to 100 yards due to low lying mist. We bathed in warm sunshine whilst undertaking our normal routine of mooching, chatting, eating and drinking.
There was a good turnout at this new venue, although previous attendees of the old site stated there were not as many steam exhibitors as previously, but still a good mix of classic commercials, tractors and cars.
Leaving the site was quite onerous as all the tracks converged at one point causing a bit of a bottleneck. A quick drink in Ashbourne and a meal for some topped off a lovely day.
JULY 20TH ECCLESBOURNE RAILWAY
Several of our members attended this event in support of Ecclesbourne Railway. A good breakfast in the restaurant car, a ride on a steam train and good weather, a recipe for a good day out.
JULY 14TH EAST KIRBY, BOMBER BASE, ROVER RALLY
Another good turnout at our regular meeting point of the Y-Pas garage for a return trip to East Kirby. A slightly diverted run due to roadwork’s led us through some light rain, which caused the soft toppers to hunker down in their seats, but we were soon cruising along in good weather. On arrival we set up camp, almost literally as our gazebo could have been used to house the Lancaster bomber on site. Not quite but we were all able to get out of the sun in some comfort.
The event itself is organised by the Mid Lincs Rover P4 Club so as to be expected there was a great turnout of Rovers in all their different in carnations, together with a good selection of other marques, approximately 400 cars all told. The highlight of the rally for many visitors is when `Just Jane’ the Lancaster bomber in residence starts its engines end undertakes a brief taxi run. To watch peoples hats blow off and see some of the ladies retrieve their skirts from above their heads is quite amusing; couple this with a flypast from the Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Flight, the sound of those Merlin engines it really does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
Much tea drinking, eating, thanks to Ian for being barbecue master, and cake eating, thanks Judith, was done by all, but eventually the time came to head on home. Unfortunately we had an incident on the way home when the chairman’s diff gave up the ghost on a busy roundabout. We pulled in to assist, but as with all good leaders he forced us to carry on and save ourselves, or rather the RAC will be here in a minute and we’re going to cause an accident if we all hang around this roundabout. We carried on with our journey home and apart from Andy losing his clutch near Retford everyone got home safely. Another good day out.
JULY 7TH CARS IN THE PARK, LICHFIELD
An excellent turn up on the day event, with several of our members taking advantage of the glorious weather and having a good day out.
JUNE 30TH LULLINGTON FESTIVAL
Thanks again to Tony and Pauline at Forge Garage for organising another great event. Good weather, a nice pub, convivial company and lots of cars. What more could you ask for.
JUNE 9TH LINCOLN CASTLE
Ten cars assembled at the Y-Pas Garage for a leisurely drive to Lincoln. Apart from the group getting split up in Lincoln itself we all arrived safely. The grounds of Lincoln Castle form a marvellous backdrop for a classic car show and we assembled in the shade of some trees. As is our usual practice bacon and egg butties were consumed with tea to follow. Some of our number went on a vintage bus tour whilst others elected to relax in the lovely surroundings.
Lunch was cooked and served by our chairman, very nice thanks Ian, and this was followed by two of Judith’s famous cakes. Very nice. The rest of the day followed its usual pattern of car watching, good conversation, tea drinking and cake eating. At the prize presentation one of our members won a trophy for best post 1955 vehicle. Well done Paul. All good days must come to an end and we all had a pleasant drive home.
MAY 27TH ROLLESTON TRANSPORT FESTIVAL
The weather was great for this event that goes from strength to strength. You have to turn up early to get a prime position at this increasingly popular festival, and we got a nice position by the church wall. Some of our members volunteered to help with gate duty and everyone basked in the sunshine and good company.
MAY 5TH SPALDING CLASSIC CAR SHOW AND FLOWER FESTIVAL.
An early 7-30 start from the Y- Pas garage for the pleasant drive to Spalding. The journey was blessed with lovely weather with only one thing to mar journey, no toilet break! On arrival at the showground cars were hastily parked followed by a mass exodus to the toilet block where there followed a collective sigh of relief. This was followed by tea and bacon and egg butties all round. Thanks Ian.
The fine weather encouraged a walk around the showground to view the many assembled cars on display, this was followed by a visit to the many retail outlets on site. One of our members `Crazy Dave’ was interviewed by Radio Tulip, the local station with regard to his epic trip around Europe in aid of Help the Heroes. Well done Dave. A few afternoon siestas followed and we were ready for a steady drive home. Everybody arrived home safely after a very enjoyable day.
APRIL 28TH PIPES IN THE PEAK.
Another run out organised by Tony and Pauline at Forge Garage to hear a concert played on an old organ rescued from a cinema and installed in a working garage in the middle of the Peak District!
Our start point was the Co-Op in Stretton to head off for lunch prior to the performance. We had a lovely drive towards and through Ashbourne until we got within approximately a half mile of the pub. We could see the pub but unfortunately could travel no further due to a bridge being closed. We then all had to turn around and make a 10 mile diversion to reach the pub where from the pub car park we could see the bridge we couldn't get across! Everyone had a first rate lunch and then it was onto the main attraction.
Words can hardly describe the sight that greets you when entering the garage and see the organ resplendent in all its glory and the organist in full flow, you need to go and see it at least once. We all left having enjoyed a different afternoon just as the rain started to spit with the Dambusters theme still ringing in our ears. A great day.
APRIL 21ST DRIVE IT DAY MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
The day dawned dry and bright and cars started to assemble at the pub at Centrum Park. A great breakfast was enjoyed by all, one to remember for next year Ian, and we headed off in convoy to our second assembly point at the old Little Chef on the A38. There we met the rest of the club and headed off to the Arboretum.
On arrival we were shown to our allocated spot on the grass, parked up and got a brew on. Anyone who has been here before will know the fine selection of vehicles that display here and this year was no exception.
The day got a little chillier as the day wore on and we left just as the sky began to darken. A great day out and our thanks go to Tony and Pauline at Forge Garage for organising this great event.