A combined group visit of the Derbyshire Dales Group and the Stag Owners Club to RAF Coningsby, organised by Alan & Liz Ford and Steve & Julie Buxton. Due to the large number of attendees (over 60) we were taken round in three separate tour groups before travelling to the Ebrington Arms for a late lunch.
A very enjoyable evening BBQ at the Amber and the weather was kind!
A very successful tour to Vannes in Brittany organised by Mick and Linda Forey and TR Tours. Out of a total of 20 cars, 3 were from the Derbyshire Dales group - Alan and Liz ford, John and Lynne Biggin and Alan and Val Jones. Courtesy of the overnight Brittany Ferries service we arrived in St Malo at 08.15 on Saturday and drove to our hotel, Best Western Le Roof in Vannes for a 4 night stay. Suggested itineries to explore during our stay were the Salt Flats and Briere National Park and Quiberon (via Carnac) before journeying to Caen/Ouistreham for our overnight ferry back to England.
Our club night this month consisted of a run organised by Peter Jenkinson. 14 cars left the Amber on a dry, sunny evening and the route took us to the Blue Bell Bar and Restaurant car park in North Wingfield. From there we took a brief stroll to the adjacent St. Lawrence's Church for a very interesting tour of the belfry and a quick lesson in bell ringing! Needless to say, the party ended up in the Blue Bell for a quiet drink afterwards!
Another very successful Derbyshire Dales event organised by Dave Worne and Gwen Walvin with support from Ian Walker and David Sygrove. Based again at Alison House in Cromford our Saturday run was over a distance of approximately 90 miles, stopping for 'elevenses' at the Millstone in Hathersage and continuing on to the Bulls Head in Castleton for lunch before returning to Alison House for dinner. Sunday morning's 37 mile run departed Alison house at 10.30am and passed through Ashover, Calver, Bakewell and ended at the Peak Village shopping centre where 6 of our cars were invited to be shown in the pedestrianised main concourse.
A 56 miles run organised by Liz and Alan Ford taking in many of the lovely villages of the Derbyshire Dales. Starting at The Highwayman on the A619 our route took us past Robin Hood's Stride and The Grey Ladies then through the village of Elton, which at 271m a.s.l. has, reputedly, one of the finest views in the Peak District. Following a coffee stop at Carriages Bar and Restaurant we then proceeded along some of the roads proposed in 1965 as part of the Peak District International race circuit before stopping for a group photograph, then heading off to the picturesque Saxon village of Ilam at the end of the Manifold Valley. A well earned lunch was enjoyed at the Bentley Brook Inn on the A515. Thanks to Alan Ford and Hannah Cowling for the photographs.
This run was organised by Alan Jones and was a mid week run. Nine cars met at the Monsal Head Hotel on a lovely sunny morning and drove down through Cressbrook in Monsal Dale and up towards Tideswell. The route then took us through Chapel-en-le-Frith, Kettleshulme, Pott Shrigley and into Woodford. We enjoyed a guided tour around the museum which included sitting in a Vulcan cockpit before parking our cars beneath a refurbished Vulcan. Lunch was at the Legh Arms in Adlington.
Drive It Day was organised by David and Val Sygrove. The run started at the Grouse and Claret in Rowsley and stopped for coffee at Tittesworth reservoir before continuing on to Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in Longnor for a very enjoyable lunch.
Our first run of the year organised by Alan and Liz Ford. The run commenced at The Amber Hotel and a pre arranged coffee stop at The Angler's Rest in Bamford saw several other cars join the group. We were not blessed with any sunshine and the rain was quite persistent. Some amusement was caused by an irate cyclist on the 'off road' section who was convinced that cars were not allowed until Alan Ford (Peak Park Ranger) soon put him straight! Lunch was arranged at The Derwent pub in Calver.
This year's dinner was held at the same venue as 2016, namely the White Hart and attracted our largest number of attendees yet! We were honoured to have our Chairman Paul Hogan together with Wayne Scott, Editor and Press Officer. We also welcomed Norwegian visitors Bjarne and Tove Refsnes together with members from Red Rose, East Riding Leicestershire and North London Groups. Great entertainment was again provided by the Pitz.
Our lunch this year was at Bateman's Mill Country Hotel and Restaurant in Old Tupton, organised by Val and Alan Jones.
November club night starting with a presentation by Wayne Scott and Alan Jones on the new website closely followed by a Pie and Peas supper by Darren Salmon and Paul Hodgkinson.
Our last run organised by Ian & Ryan Walker and Christine heading out to Nottinghamshire. Following a coffee stop at the Dukeries Antique Centre, the run concluded with lunch at The Bromley in Fiskerton.
Congratulations to Barry Cockayne in this year's Vintage and Classic Vehicle Section. He won 1st place in the 'Cars 1950 to 1959' group and also the 'Best in Show' Trophy! Barry was up against 130 contenders including the White Rose Group Leader's entry. The prizes were presented by Her Ladyship The Mayoress of Rotherham. This added to Barry's previous success in 2009!
A run organised by Dave and Val Sygrove to drive along two proposed race circuits using Derbyshire's public roads. See our Social Scene Report - TR Action Issue 294 (November 2016) for more details.
Four cars from our group out of 26 Triumphs in total participated in this run, staying at the 5 star Hotel Dunloe in Killarney. The event was organised by TR Tours and hosted by Mick and Linda Forey. Please refer to TR Action Issue 293, September 2016 for a full report.
Alan Hawley's TR3A winning the Meguiars Concours d'Elegance in the Non Standard TR2/TR3A/Derivatives class at Lincoln Showground. Also Stephen Butter's red TR3A scoring 729.5 points.
Congratulations to our three prize winners! Alan Hawley won the Lincoln International Meguiars Concours d'Elegance in the Non Standard TR2/3A/Derivatives class with his powder blue TR3A. Barry Cockayne won 'Best in Show' at the Langold Festival Classic Car show with his red TR3A. Steve Buxton won first prize in the 'Pre '73 Class at the Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend.
A visit to the British Motor Museum at Gaydon where some members of our group joined in with the Stag group.
Our annual BBQ held at the Amber Hotel on a pleasant, dry evening. Thanks to Darren and Wendy Salmon who ably carried out the cooking.
Our big 3 day event of the year organised by Dave Worne and Gwen Walvin. Saturday's morning run comprised of a run through some Derbyshire villages and over the Weaver Hills to the Railway Inn at Froghall. The afternoon runs were split between Heage windmill and the Churnet Valley steam railway. A very enjoyable Saturday evenings dinner was held at Alison House in Cromford followed, on Sunday, by yet another run into the White Peak and Peak District National Park, finishing at Denby Potteries.
A pleasant evening run organised by Peter Jenkison along Derbyshire lanes culminating in a fish and chip supper in Belper. The original intention of taking our F&C's to a local pick-nick area was changed due to the weather but fortunately the chippy had a restaurant so we all ate indoors!
Our Drive It Day run on 24th April starting at the Grouse and Claret in Rowsley, passing through the grounds of Chatsworth and ending at the Queen Anne pub in Great Hucklow for lunch. Organised by David and Val Sygrove. Photo's by Alan & Liz Ford.
An early run on 20th March starting at the Amber Hotel and culminating with lunch. Organised by Ian Pidcock.
A run to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Derbyshire Dales Group starting at the Sherwood Foresters' Memorial at Crich Stand and ending with a barbeque at the Bulls Head, Ashford in the Water. Please refer to 'Social Scene Reports' for more details.
Dave Burgess's freshly restored TR6 on display.
Excellent Fare on Pudding Hill!! - Thanks David & Val Sygrove
Seventeen members' cars appeared for the FREE BBQ. Thank you to Sean and staff at The Amber and to Darren and Wendy for cooking all afternoon. We have all lived to tell the tale and no doubt reminisce!!