Out & About/Chat
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 1, 2017 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
Ever since us both driving my MG around the Nurburgring in 2011 Mary & Myself have always wanted to do the Ring Taxi, in fact we put it on our Bucket List, this is a BMW M5 standard except for racing tyres, and always driven by a professional racing driver who knows the track inside out, we stayed in the Hotel an der Nordschleite at Adenau, 5 miles from the entrance to the circuit, but only metres from the track, the Hotel is where all the petrol heads stay, so the car park was full of Motor Bikes & various heavely tuned cars, a garage just down the road with a pump selling 102 octane fuel and a constant queue of Porche's etc. waiting to fill up, this in itself made good spectating. Sunday morning we went to the circuit early so as to watch the very interesting array of cars going through the barrier to do their lap, in the car park we started talking to a bunch of English lads who had set themselves the challange of buying cars for £250 only, driving to watch Le Mans 24 hour, then through the Alps & Stelvio Pass back to the Nurburgring & driving the circuit, they only lost one of their 6 cars along the route with a broken cam belt. Perhaps this is something we ought to do!!! I am sure the Ladies in the club would love it!!! So to our turn in the Ring Taxi WOW, Mary sat in the front so she could brace her feet on the Bulk Head, to save strain on her back, with 450 B.H.P. at his disposal the driver was a very cool character, telling us the names of the bends, the lowest & highest points sometimes while doing in excess of 150 M.P.H. The car's handling & brakes were astounding, we did 13.2 miles in 8mins 27secs, an average speed of 93 M.P.H. with 73 bends AWESOME!!!
|Posted by Joe & Mary on July 6, 2017 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by Marie & Buster on April 24, 2017 at 7:25 PM||comments (3)|
The day began by meeting at Chilham Car park. It was a bit chilly, tho the walkers that were there looked very well wrapped up! Once we had our sheets we set off one by one on our 20.6 mile journey to Macknades. The journey was not eventful, winding our way through Chartham Hatch, Dargate, Druidstone, Graveney and into Faversham to our destination. Almost everyone arrived following the directions except Jim and Josie who had a detour to Whitstable! During the run we had a photo sheet of various people and had to write down who we thought they were, so after refreshments it was time to see who had the most correct questions. Gill and Roger and Helen & Doug both tied, so after a tie break Helen and Doug were declared the winners and they received a very nice box of chocolates.
Once we had all finished our shopping at Macknades, a very well stocked farm shop, It was onto part two of the run, On leaving the car park, we went along towards Painters Forstal, we were warned about a few pot holes along the route, some of which were quite big! so thanks for that Ian & Jackie. The views as we reached Waterditch Road and turned by the 'White Bungalow' were amazing, especially as the sun had made an appearance, onwards we went through Charing, some of our cars made quite alot of noise through the highstreet!! On through Hothfield, Faversham, Wye, A28 passing the Compasses Inn, into Crundale and then Huntstreet, which was full of horses and their riders out for a afternoon ride! There was horse s**t everywhere and so many horses that most of us got caught up behind them! So once pass them it was into Waltham, Elmstead, Hastingleigh and into Stelling Minnis, where we finally finished the run at the Rose and Crown.
The food at the Rose and Crown was awesome, everything was cooked perfectly and the puddings were very large and tasted gorgeous. Many thanks to Ian and Jackie for orgainising a fabulous run out, our first one as a club this year.
Photos I took are in the Photo Gallery
|Posted by Joe & Mary on January 19, 2017 at 8:35 AM||comments (0)|
Our first meeting of year held again at the Black Robin, with a good menu to choose from 22 club members decided to have meal before the meeting and awards for club members exploits during the year.
Brian burnett the MGOC regional secretary came along to intoduce himself, and tell us about some of the ideas he has for future joint events with other clubs, sharing a list of good MG friendly venues etc. He then presented the awards.
I felt I had to try and appear efficient and organised, (I failed as usual)
Ian & Jackie furthest travelled
Buster & Marie cobweb shield
Joe & Mary end of season shield
Rick for putting himself about a bit (doing lots of shows)
Marcus won the member of the year award which is voted on by club members, another worthy winner, well done every one.
An enjoyable evening on a cold winters night.
|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.