Out & About/Chat
|Posted by Joe & Mary on October 30, 2016 at 6:35 AM||comments (0)|
At our monthly meetings our club has a raffle, the proceeds going to charity. This year we donated the £300 raised to KELLY TURNER a sixteen year old from Dover, with a rare desmoplastic small round cell tumour cancer, that she needs to go to America for treatment as it is not available in the UK, Marcus & Cathie handed the cheque over at a fund raising event at the Dover Working Mens club, see photo of hand over in photo gallery
|Posted by Marie & Buster on October 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Joe & Mary on September 30, 2016 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Joe & Mary on September 29, 2016 at 8:05 AM||comments (0)|
Nine cars attended, after winning best club stand last year the pressure was on to repeat our success, with an array of flags & Teddy Bears, always popular with the children, and all the members on best behaviour (who am I kidding) low & behold we did it again, well done everyone. The show coincided with Capel having it's annual Garage sale, so we could all enjoy looking and buying other peoples pre loved items.
|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