Leicestershire Group out and about in our TRs in May
Only 16 people for a monthly meeting in May. What? Did we get this right? Yes, it was persisting down with rain but despite this we had 6 TRs in the car park! Brave souls. However, nobody was brave enough to want to eat in the pub before the meeting, a real sign that it is time to move on, more of that later.
Out and About in our TRs
Bletchley Park was an excellent day out, well attended, and enjoyed by everyone, thank you Ann.
The Cheese Run was also a very good day, with over 200 cars of all sorts taking part.
May Bank Holiday Weekend
The 26th Traws Cambria 2017 lived up to expectations. Excellent banter, amazing drives, good food and of course topped up with just a little "Butty Bach" beer of course! Around fifty cars joined the event from all around the UK. On Saturday we enjoyed a lovely drive to Carreg Cennen Castle and were treated to just the best Bara Brith followed in the evening by a Welsh Beef Dinner accompanied by the amazing Brecon Male Voice Choir and of course just one or two glasses of Butty Bach! Sunday morning took us to the Brecon Mountain Railway to be treated to some beautiful views across the welsh mountains. In the evening we tried the local Brecon Fayre at the Wellington Arms. One of us who shall remain anonymous, other than a photo to prove it, took on the full rack I think it was still kicking judging by the size of it!! Monday morning we said our good byes apart from Reg who left his permanent mark on the hotel!! Possibly an award do you think?
5 cars went on the Friday, Saturday saw 22 cars, with 24 on the Sunday. There was no evening historic car tour of the village this year on the Saturday, as the cars were all confined in parc fermé. The whole event was much quieter than in previous years, with many other car clubs not there at all. At least it did not rain or hail. Thanks for all the help putting up and taking down the shelter.
TR and Tiara
Terry reports: We took the long way down to Lymington to attend the NLTRG TR and Tiara weekend at South Lawns Hotel, visiting NY Snowshill Manor on the way.
We had an overnight stop at the White Hart Nettlebed, then visited NT Nuffield House, where Lord Nuffield founder of Morris Motor cars had lived. Saw some lovely Bluebell woods, and an Iron Lung ( he was keen on medicine). Later met up with NLTRG. Had some fab food for the first two nights with a so so barbecue on the third. As ever Howard, Loretta and Bob made all welcome, and we were totally organised throughout the weekend. Saturday saw the silly hat competition. The men had to represent a popular car manufacturer, my entry was Ariel, but it did not get the reception I hoped for. The winner represented Austin with a can, painted with the Australian flag on his hat. Aus-tin Geddit? The girls had to make a car related hat. Lynn's below. Next night was the potato stamp competition. I crafted an admirable TR6 badge on mine only to fail by not printing it on the correct roll of wall paper, so was not judged. Neither of us won any prizes, although David Gazzetta added to his tally.
The first run out to Corfe was delightful, and the arranged steam train to Swanage was very enjoyable. But the next day we decided against Bucklers Hard and Beaulieu taking a trip down memory lane (for me) by visiting Weymouth, where it rained fairly heavily.
The weather was excellent, helping to make another really good day. Some brave souls splashed out with some tentative bets (£1 a go!), with Gaylene winning and Ann having some 2nd and 3rd places. The day was rounded off with a BBQ, including some excellent sausages, at Rob and Gaylene's.
Nene Valley Raid
11 people went to this, which is the most we have ever had on a raid. They took part in the Quiz night, coming away with first and second prizes. It was Brian's first raid, and he would highly recommend it, although he got lost on the way home (or did the rest of the group lose him?). Tony managed to get there with sidescreens off, and helmet on, but Dick, Colin and Phil were the only ones brave enough to keep hoods down there and back.
The next one will be to the Trent group on 8th June.
We were due to go to Coventry in July, but instead it was suggested going to Cotswold Vale on the 4th Wednesday in July.
Phil will send details of both of these raids by email.
Classic Car Meets
Manor House, Quorn
Tony, Phil and Sam went to the Manor House in Quorn, where there were over a hundred vehicles ranging from vintage cars to Lamborghinis. It's a bit like Ashby Folville used to be, but on a smaller scale. They meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month, so it was suggested going on the 6th June, but try to get there around 530 as it gets very busy. Highly recommended by those who went.
Tony is intending to try their regular classic car meet sometime soon – report later.
Greetham Classic Cars
They meet on the same night as us, but it's possible to go there before our meeting, as Dick does. The meeting starts at 430. There are 80-100 cars, ranging from 1910 models to modern supercars. There is also an excellent BBQ and cakes.
Possible new meeting venue
The Manor House in Quorn
They have a formal meeting room, with good food (although a bit pricey), and would be very keen to have us there. They would charge for the meeting room, which is a bit away from the cars. The car park gets very busy in the summer.
Rose and Crown, Thurnby
They are keen to have us, but in order to avoid having to pay for the room, would like either 25% of us to eat there each time, or have a major annual function there. Otherwise the room could cost £75 a night. If 10 people eat there regularly, the room could be free. Tony will be trying out the food on Wednesday 24th May at 700pm. Please let him know if you are interested in joining him. People going so far are Robert, John, Brian, Roger and Carol, Tony and Ruth, possibly also Martin and Sue.
Seagrave Golf Club
They are keen to have Tony's Rambling Club, so would probably be keen to have us too. It may be a long way out, and they may not be available in the winter months as golf clubs tend to close early then. But it may be worth investigating other golf clubs/ranges.
29 people have expressed an interest so far, including 2 from New Zealand. Please let Tony know a) if you are going, b) if you are willing to help and c) if you can take the BBQ kit. He needs to know definite numbers by the June meeting so food can be sorted.
Red Rose weekend
Tony and Ruth, and Reg and Irene are going, possibly also Terry and Lyn. There may still be some places available.
Saturday/Sunday run in June
This has now been postponed until later in the year as it was felt we already have lots on in June and July.
Standard Triumph Marque Day 18th June at Santa Pod
Mick will be going as a representative of the TR Register. Details are on the TSSC website. Some cars from Nene Valley are also attending. If anyone is interested in going, please contact Mick.