Out & About/Chat
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 5, 2016 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
Keeping away from motorways to our overnight stop at Chartres, Via Pacy-sur-Evre & generally heading south avoiding the larger towns. Chartres like many larger French towns in this area, have a light show in the Old Town throughout the summer, we had to sit outside in a bar in the Old Town Square waiting for darkness which arrived at 23.00pm and a bottle of wine later, but it was well worth the wait, following blue lights set in the ground it took us about an hour to walk round, no real distance, but something to take time over, really worth the effort. The next morning, another scorching hot day we drove to our Hotel in Le Mans, just 2 miles from the Mulsanne Straight on the circuit, on Friday we went to the circuit to get the lie of the land ready for Saturday also to do our 2 laps in the MG, our pre-booked time was 11.20am. Wow that was something else, after being told to hang back so you can go flat out before catching up with the pace car, the only thing that spoiled it were some drivers were so slow, we were over taking modern sports cars, (will be putting in car filming on you tube) will tell you when we do, or should I say when a friend of ours does!! The rest of the weekend just got better, with fantastic racing, GT40's & Shelby Cobra's going wheel to wheel, Mary & I were in our element. We were still in shorts & T shirts at midnight when we went back to the Hotel for a few hours sleep, also it was 25c, not often that would happen here. We have put just a few pictures of Chartres & Le Mans on website, Fabulous weekend & very British, most of the races were won by Brits & the largest percentage of the crowd were British as well.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on June 6, 2016 at 9:45 AM||comments (1)|
With free coffee, tea & biscuits on the ferry, on the 13th May 9 cars drove down to Laon, checking the weather forecast that looked awful, we ended up with a beautiful few days with temperatures in th 20's. Based at a Campanile, with good parking & easy access, though never enough staff even though they knew they were full up, on the Saturday with 1000 cars to register I thought it would be very chaotic, but it only took 10-15 mins to get parked & registration was very slick. The Saturday run was lovely with so many wide flowing almost empty roads to choose from, the organisers are so lucky, lunch was at Parfondeval, village voted one of the prettiest in France, but still not a patch on our villages, if only it were possible to organise a run on French rural roads through Kentish villages, what a run that would be, 7 cars did the run while Martin & Anita & Frank & Lesley opted to spend the day in Laon old town. Sunday again stayed dry, with 1000 cars to run around the town the organisers had 4 starting points all starting at the same time, this worked very well with less hold ups than usual, with large crowds it was really good, we then opted to park our cars & watch the others, a good move as the cars then did start to grind to a halt. On Monday Doug & Helen & Steve & Jayne followed an organised route back to Arras for lunch & then on to Calais. While the remaining cars headed south west across country to Beauvais, stopping of to visit the Train at Compiegne where the Armistice was signed at the end of WW1. After getting lost for a while in Beauvais & getting tangled up in a cycle race we arrived at our Hotel for the next 2 nights, with the grumpiest waitress I have ever met, the only reason she kept her job was the fact that the chef was having his wicked way with her. Next morning in beautiful sunshine we drove 44 miles across country to Monets Garden on what turned out to be a really lovely drive. The gardens are always busy but we were lucky with parking (always a problem with several cars) we had pre-booked tickets which was a good move, the Water Gardens & Lily Pond were beautiful not a bit disappointing, by walking round slowly I even managed to take photos with hardly anyone in them, Monets House was also lovely (see photos) Because of the grumpy waitress, that night we all went to a Chinese Restaurant & were very well looked after by the boss One Hung Lo. Wednesday we said goodbye to grumpy drawers & headed north to Amiens for our last night & a visit to the Floating Gardens, I found the day a little disappointing as it was a bit cooler, so we couldn't sit outside by the Canal for lunch, it is wonderful on a sunny day, the trip around the floating gardens was also a bit af a let down as the last time we had an English speaking skipper giving loads of info, but not this time (you would think knowing they had a boat full of English it would have been only right to have someone who spoke at least a little bit of the language) the other boat were luckier. Thursday Ian & Jackie, Ken & Silvia & Frank & Lesley travelled to Bolougne to a fish restaurant that you have to book days in advance, while the remaining 4 cars headed north across the Somme via Albert, the Lochnagar Crater & the Circle of Remembrance before all meeting in Calais. But with all MG trips things don't always run smoothly, while loading our cars on the last morning, there were Blue lights & black smoke everywhere, the roundabout at the end of the duel carriageway was blocked by protesters with pallets & tyres, after a while we decided to go down the duel carriageway the wrong way only to be met by 2 French mototcycle Police who just smiled stopped the traffic & waved us straight through, meanwhile the other 3 cars encountered roads blocked by protesters going into Bolougne, after asking Motorcycle Police how to get round the blockade to the restaurant the Police decided it was easier to lead them through even stopping traffic to let them straight through junctions, Lesley said she felt like she was in an episode of Chips. I must say the French Police went up in our estimation no end.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on May 12, 2016 at 6:20 AM||comments (0)|
A good turnout of 8 cars from the club went to Motors by the Moat, with the best day of the year so far, blue skies all day and being parked really close to the Moat. One of those days where after sitting & talking most of the day, at 4.30 we were still not really ready to leave. The Castle was well worth a visit much better than expected. A fabulous day out. Have added some more photos to website.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on April 26, 2016 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
Drive it day this year was a slight improvement on last year, in as much as it did not actually rain all day, but it was still cold & grey especially on top of the Lookout, and we did have sleet when we arrived in Rye. Kevin organised the day suggesting meeting in Rye & spending some time visiting the old town & having a coffee or as in the case of Jayne & Mary a glass of wine. Then a run back across country to the Dog & Duck at Plucks Gutter for Sunday Lunch, 6 cars met up in Rye, giving the cars a good run, with Rick & Julie & Steve & Jayne going down the coast to Ramsgate & meeting us at the pub, Buster & Marie as the run finished near them decided to do a walk it day, ie: from their house to the pub, a distance of about 200yds, Buster said after that he really needed a drink. On our way to Rye we saw David & Andrea on their way to meet up with friends for a run. It was nice to see other cars out on the run back from Rye, Joe spotted some series 1 Land Rovers, a Mustang, Sunbeam Tiger, Morris 1800 with leather luggage on roof rack, Lotus Elan & a Morris Minor who totally ignored us , proably the local Vicar on his way home & not interestedin cars at all, anyway a very good day out. Thanks Kevin
|Posted by Joe & Mary on April 12, 2016 at 8:55 AM||comments (0)|
The Cobweb Run this year, organised by Doug & Helen, started at The Alkham Cricket Club, with a lovely sunny morning after a week of rain was a real bonus. The route took in some narrow country lanes & flowing roads to the coffee stop, with homemade cakes at The Bull Inn at Bethersden, passing through Etchinghill, Newchurch & Woodchurch, Andy & Sandra did even more villages than the rest of us ,( but thats another story,) after coffee the sun had a beautiful halo around it, a pretty rare phenomonen, (see photo's)
The second half took us through some lovely country lanes with Bluebells, Primroses & carpets of celandines stretching for hundreds of yards in places, Doug worked very hard, determined to find some new roads we had not used before, just north of thre A20, bringing us out at Denton. We finished at Broome Park Barham, A magnificent stately home, once owned by Lord Kitchener, famous for his posters pointing his finger and saying "your car club needs you" or was it Country! With a superb meal to finish the day & in wonderful surroundings. Well done Helen & Doug
|Posted by Joe & Mary on February 20, 2016 at 3:15 PM||comments (0)|
Another superb weekend on our annual winter trip to one of the Warner Hotels organised by Jackie & Ian, 8 couples ventured down to Hungerford & with it being Valentines some of the men wore Dinner Jackets for the 14th, Joe had to be reminded of the significence of the date!!! with love hearts & chocolates supplied by Jackie & Ian alltogether a lovely evening, Joe even had a dance with me WHOOPIE. Over the weekend some of us went to Bath for the day, others went to Swindon or a walk to the nearest pub, nothing changes, with good entertainment & good value for money. well done Jackie for organising the whole weekend. See photos
|Posted by Joe & Mary on January 29, 2016 at 8:45 AM||comments (0)|
Monday 18th January saw our first meeting of the New Year & to our surprise 25 members turned up, 21 eating at The Black Robin Kingston near Barham.
The meeting ended with the awards won throughout the year being presented again & photos taken, the group one to be in the March issue of Enjoying MG
The winners were :- Steve & Jayne, Cobweb Run, Kevin, Fastest Le Mans start at Cobweb Run, Andy & Sandra, End of Season Run, Ian & Jackie, Furthest travelled again 5,618mls, Kevin, Member of the Year, Doug, Brightest Shirt at the Christmas Party, & Harry Rook, winning Lets Race, he has not been invited this year, we oldies need a fighting chance. see photos on website.
|Posted by Joe & Mary on January 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Martin Ulbricht on August 6, 2014 at 1:20 PM||comments (0)|
I wonder who on earth they mean?
|Posted by Marie & Buster on August 6, 2014 at 11:50 AM||comments (1)|
After many months of planning Ken & Silvia and Ian & Jackie set off in the MG’s to tackle the run from Lands End to John O’Groats. From the outset it was decided that it would not be a race but a holiday! Leaving Folkestone on the 12th June we headed to Bodmin (Devon) for our first stopover. It was a hot and sunny day and once we cleared the Motorway system it was a lovely drive along the A303/A30 to Exeter and from there across Dartmoor on the B3212/B3557 and eventually to Bodmin for a two night stay. The next morning in glorious sunshine we headed to the Eden Project at St. Austel for a full day there. What an interesting place it was too. We returned to the Travelodge via Fowey a beautiful port and still a big exporter of china clay although you would hardly notice it.
Day 2 and a southerly route along the south coast via Truro and Helston to Lands End with a picnic lunch overlooking the harbour at Porthleven. Finally we arrive at Lands End for our photo shoot and the start of our journey to John O’Groats!
Day 3 and we head for Kidderminster crossing the River Seven at Bristol/ Chepstow and make the Travelodge for our two night stay and in time for a drink before dinner! We spend the next day at the Iron Bridge Gorge Museums near Telford, can’t believe how good the weather is!
Day 5 and we head for the National Memorial Arbouretum at Alrewas, what a marvellous memorial to all those who gave their lives for this country. Heading further north we reach Stoke, for our next two night stay. The cars get a rest day and we walk along the canal towpath to the Wedgewood Factory for a tour of the works and marvel at the craftmanship of the artists painting the plates and vases.
Day 7 we head over the Peak District and up into Yorkshire on our way north. In Yorkshire we find ourselves on roads being decked out for the forthcoming ‘Tour de France’ and the road surfaces are as smooth as can be! We finally arrive at Chester le
Street in County Durham for a two night stay at yet another Travelodge, at £29 a night what would you do and the Pub next door was excellent! Next day we are off to the Beamish Open Air Museum a place Silvia & Ken last visited in the late 1970’s. What a change now that it is all completed. It is a re-construction of life in the mining communities of the Northeast in the first half of the 20th Century, there was much to see and remember from our younger days!
Day 10 and we head for Edinburgh via Consett, Corbridge and Carter Bar where we cross the ‘Border’. At a picnic lunch in Jedburgh we were presented with a kilo of Bavarian smoked sausage by a German coach driver who admired our cars. The last of the sausages was consumed at Scourie and they also kept the midges at bay!
On our free day at Edinburgh the cars were given a well earned rest and we used buses, £3.50 for ‘all day’ travel. We visited the Royal Yacht Britannia at Leith, brilliant. Edinburgh Castle, quite a climb and of course Princess Street for some retail therapy!
Day 12 saw us driving into the Highlands, first to Perth then onto the A93 for Blairgowrie, The Spittal of Glenshee, Braemar, then the A939 over Tomintoul and down into the Spey Valley for the A9 to Inverness and our overnight stop. The days drive was spectacular, empty roads, magnificent scenery and no speed camera’s!
It rained overnight in Inverness, our first rain so far but the morning dawned fine and sunny for day 13 and the drive up the A9 to John O’Groats. The road hugs the coast for most of its length and we passed through pretty villages along the way. No visit to Scotland would be complete without a visit to a Whisky Distillery, so no surprise then that we had a tour of the ‘Old Pulteney’ distillery at Wick. Finally we arrive at John O’Groats for the obligatory photo shoot and congratulation all round!
Two nights at a B&B in Mey and a full day trip to the Orkney’s from JoG visiting Scapa Flow, Kirkwall, Skara Brae (Neolithic settlement) and the Standing Stones, bit like Stonehenge. A nice relaxing day smooth crossing and luxury coach travel!
Day 15 and we head due west visiting Dunnet Head the most northerly point of mainland Britain, Thurso, Tongue, Durness and finally Scourie for our nights stay at the Edrachilles Hotel with spectacular views over Badcall Bay. We experienced fantastic scenery and views on this days drive and mostly on single track roads.
Day 16 and we head south on the A894 & A835 to Ullapool where after we take the A832 right round Wester Ross to Poolewe and Kinlochewe. Now we take the A896 via Glen Torridon all the way to the Kyle Of Lochalsh. Another spectacular day of driving, scenery, mountains, Glens, Lochs, cattle grids and sheep, it had it all! We arrived at our B&B in Balmacara in need of immediate sustenance!
Day 17 and it’s a round trip of the Isle of Skye for us happy travellers. What an interesting place, everything you want to see in Scotland is all on this Island. From sandy beaches to mountains, from sheer cliffs to flat pastures, it’s all there.
Day 18 We leave Balmacara heading south again visiting Fort William and Glen Coe, Oban, Inverary and the ‘Rest and be Thankful’, where we are joined by friends with their MGB for the final leg down to Helensborough on the banks of the river Clyde.
Day 19 and the homing instinct is setting in as we head south again! We cross the Clyde on the Erskine Bridge (take note all bridges are free in Scotland!), down to Ayr then onto Dumfries for the nights stay in a B&B with huge four poster beds and 42” flat screen TV’s, and more flowers than Covent Garden!
Day 20 and we make our way to Gretna Green and actually see a wedding taking place whilst there. Onwards to Carlisle and then of to the west on the A595 to Cockermouth. From here we tackle the B5289 ‘Honister Pass’ and eventually arrive in Keswick after a challenging and beautiful drive in the sunshine. After Keswick we pass through Ambleside, Windermere and Stavely Bridge before pitching up at the Derby Arms in Witherslack for a couple of nights. This Pub has the highest bed you
have ever seen, they even provide a stool to help you climb in! Excellent beer is available here and the food was good too! Next day we explore Grange over Sands and Arnside before going to friends for an evening meal at their house. We also discovered that the ‘Furness & South Lakes MGOC’ meet in the Derby Arms, when they all turned up wanting to know who our MG’s belonged to!
Day 22 and not long to go now! We leave Witherslack for Kirkby Lonsdale, Settle and Skipton. On route we make a quick deviation at Ingleton to see the Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle railway line and re-join our route at Settle. We continue cross country to Wetherby and join the A1/A1(M) heading south to Ollerton, near
Newark, for our last night on the road, all together now, Ah! The Hop Pole Hotel turns out to have the cheapest beer prices anywhere on our trip and with comfortable rooms what more could we want.
Day 23 and we take the A1/A14/M11/M25 to the Dartford crossing where we are stuck in a traffic jam for an hour. We keep calm and think of Scotland’s quiet roads! The final whiz is down the M2/A2 and we are home.
Now for some facts and figures, we never had the hood up once whilst driving, we covered 2900 miles, used 370litres of fuel, averaged 35.5mpg and neither car gave a spot of bother throughout the trip! Ian & Jackie’s V8 averaged 30mpg. Total cost of the trip, don’t even ask!!!