Visit to RAF Cosford
Yesterday, October 30th, 15 Wye Dean members and 2 from Glavon group met at the Wyevale garden centre in Hereford for the drive to RAF Cosford. We set off in a convoy of 8 TRs various, and 1 Jaguar. In addition to the adults, Jeff & Caroline's grandchildren Alfie & Bella joined us.
So.... the outward journey - Alan had made the original suggestion for the visit, and Beryl planned the route, but explained to the assembled throng that the route was 'unseen', therefore begged their indulgence if things didn't go to plan! Well, within 5 minutes we instituted a 'detour', though to our credit we did leave the car park by the exit, not the entrance as on a previous occasion. Deft map reading got us back on course pretty quickly without the need to backtrack.
A route to Craven Arms that had looked complex on the e-map I used for planning turned out to be very well signed posted, so we in the lead took the 'executive decision' to detour off the printed route, and to their credit, everyone followed! Then on to Bridgnorth, where the ring road produced an extra roundabout that threw one car off course, but they made it to Cosford a little after the rest of us. The lead car attempted to park in a staff car park, but Alan had previous knowledge of the route to the public area, so saved the embarrassing spectacle of 9 cars doing a circuit around said CP. So 7 of the cars turned into the car park around 2 hours after setting off, 1 arrived a few minutes later, and the 9th arrived later again, but at last, all were safely gathered in! The drive was good - through beautiful countryside, on mainly fun roads (ie lots of bends). Martin also from Glavon group joined us at Cosford.
The museum is amazing, and would take many visits to absorb all that's on show in the huge hangars - we each went our separate ways to tour, and crossed paths over coffee & lunch. Karen managed to take a picture of the line-up of 'lovelies', which you'll find on the Gallery section, together with a few pictures taken inside one of the hangars.
Alan & his satnav took the lead from Cosford for the remaining 4 cars on the drive for a meal at the Salwey Arms, which was warm though strangely empty when we arrived, but filled up later. Thanks to all who supported this, the last drive of the 2016 season - we'll look forward to meeting more members on drives in 2017.