Out & About/Chat
|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!!!
|Posted by Marie & Buster on June 2, 2013 at 6:25 AM||comments (2)|
We were kindly invited to Brands Hatch to show our cars at the 'Masters Historic Racing' day. Rick & Julie, Clive & Paula, Joe & Mary, Kevin & Jayne, Frank & Lesley, Andy & Sandy, Steve & Jayne, Shawn & his dad, Marcus & Cathie, Buster & Marie all took their cars along. We were joined by 3 members of the Maidstone MGOC. We were parked up on the Clark Curve corner into the Brabham Straight, right opposite the pits! and with the snack bar and the comfort stop (toilets) right behind us we were set up for the day.
We met up with Tania who organised our trip around the track at lunch-time, during the break from the Mororsport racing to sort out our wrist bands and for everyone to sign up on the sheet!
It was then time to sit back and enjoy the racing and the sunshine! It was good to see some parents had got their children ear defenders to wear, I just wish I had a pair when the noisier cars came out! A few of the men went off in search of some cars and engines down in the pit lane and to see what was on offer in the shops.
Then it was time for us to do our parade lap around the track, and after a wait of what seemed like forever, it was time to go..........
Here are a few of our photos we took throughout the day. Of course I have loads more, but I have only put a few up here, and I'll put the rest in the photo gallery. We witnessed one spin off onto the dirt.... and right at the end of the day, and right infront of Joe, Mary, Buster and Marie a car spun right in front of us, the pictures are a little blurred as I didn't have time to focus in, but you can see the car is facing the wrong way down the straight, just to add that both drivers quickly got out unscathed, However their cars didn't and would require some work on them!
On behalf of the members I have contacted Tania, and thanked her and the Brands Hatch team for allowing us to join them at the Masters Historic Racing day, and that we all had a fantastic day out and would like to join in again next year.
|Posted by Marie & Buster on May 27, 2013 at 4:30 AM||comments (1)|
Report by Ken Paul.......
The Mid-Wales MGOC‘DRAGON RUN’ – 19th May 2013
Ian & Jackie and Silvia & Ken took their MG’s to Wales to take part in the above run. We drove up to the Welsh border on the day before the event without problem and checked into our B&B for two nights in the small Shropshire village of Newcastle on Clun which was about 15 miles from the starting point at Abermule. After settling into our rooms we enjoyed a very nice three course dinner and then strolled down to the village pub for a pint, as you do!
The weather on the day of the run was perfect and although chilly to start with there was hardly a cloud in the sky and it soon warmed up. At Abermule we checked in and found that there were over 60 cars taking part, ranging from a 1950’s TF, MGA’s, MGB’s, MGC’s and modern MGF’s and TF’s.
The route was approximately 90 miles long and the ‘route book’ was easy to follow, which was just as well as we could not even guess how to pronounce some of the places we passed through! The route took us through green valleys, over high moorland with steep hills and some spectacular views. Throughout the roads were virtually traffic free and in good condition, in fact it was perfect MG driving conditions. The route ended back at Abermule where tea and cakes were provided and the raffle was drawn.
The run raised close to £1800 for the Welsh AirAmbulance service.
We returned to our B&B for another tasty three course meal but unfortunately the pub was closed on Sunday night!
|Posted by Marie & Buster on March 22, 2013 at 7:25 AM||comments (0)|
On Saturday 16th April, Buster, Marie, Clive, Rick, Julie, Marcus, Cathie and Shaun met up with Bob, Sue & Gavin from the Jubilee club at Dover docks for the trip over to Arras for the 37th Car show. We were booked on the 9.25 ferry, the Pride of France - first stop was for breakfast, it was a bumpy crossing over, but none of us lost our footing!! although Julie came close one time whilst carrying hers and Rick's breakfast tray!
Once in France we all regrouped and followed Bob down to Arras. We could see that northern France had loads more snow than us, it was piled up along the roadside and at times was higher than our MG's!! We made good time to the hotel, parked up in the main square and went off to check into the hotel Ibis. Once there the lads then took the cars off to the show to park them up over night as they had supplied security overnight.
Once back we went off for a well deserved drink! We found a Irish bar in the square so all piling in we had a afternoon of relaxing, talking and some drinking the Guinness! Later that evening we found a nice little restaraunt and afterwards found our way back to the Irish Bar to do some early St Patricks Day celebrations with the locals and to celebrate Marcus' birthday!
The weather was quite good, although cold, and only a small shower of rain on the Sunday. We were parked up outside in the huge car park. There was a lot of interest in our cars especially when Marcus opened up his bonnet and the other lads duly followed suit! There was a very large hall full of ‘spare parts’ for all makes of cars, and a good show of ‘interest’ cars in the other hall where the 'selected' cars we on show. We stopped off at the Franch MG club and spoke to the members there, some of us enjoyed a glass of wine and some nibbles with them. These two halls were also very busy and it was difficult to walk around and take photos. Buster managed to purchase some polish, which he tried out straight away on some of our engine! much to the amusement of the locals, some of whom thought he was giving a demonstration!
Once we had had enough, we decided to drive back to the hotel, and park up in the hotel car park for the last night. Back in the hotel, the talk soon turned to food! and it was off to the local Kebab and burger place for something to eat. After a quick shower and change it was off out, now where to go.....uhmm Back to the Irish Bar for some more Guinness and drinks... well today was St Patricks Day afterall..
Next morning we left Arras and made our way off to St Omer to visit the 'La Couple' in Helfaut. It's a secret base at the heart of Second World War history.
The dome is 72m in diameter, 5.5m thick, 55,000 tonnes of concrete! destined to protect the room for preparing the launch of the V2 rockets.
As we walked around this exhibition you could hear the sounds of the construction and shellings. It's one objective: to destroy London. We entered the tunnel where the trains were loaded up with V2's, and a lift took us up 42m so we were under the dome. There were 2 cinemas where we watched 'Nord-Pas-de-Calais' in German hands slide show and the 'Rex' 'New German weapons' film. Down some steps there was an exhibition showing the invasion, Occupation, Collabroation, Persercution, Resistance, Repression, then the Liberation and finally the deportation and genocide area. There is a very moving Memorial to the deportees and executed of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais. Projected on the wall is a replica of where people were shot in the citadel of Lille, and a poignant letter of a young 21 year old teacher, 3 hours before falling under the German bullets is read out aloud. Also some displays of items found from that time.
Onto the next area, through a long tunnel there is a projection and re-enactment of how the bombs were erected, timed, filled with exposives and fuel, then moved through to the launch area.
That being the end, we stopped of for some refreshments before heading off towards Calais, to visit some of the hypermarkets before getting on the ferry for home.
Once off the ferry, we called into the Duke of York for some food and then off to the Swingate for the club meeting!! before finally getting home for some rest and relaxtion!
Many thanks to Marcus, Cathie, Rick, Julie, Clive & Shaun for making it a fantastic week-end away, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip, and Here's to the next one! To be sure!That's to be sure!!
There are lots more photos of our trip in the photo gallery!
|Posted by Joe & Mary on August 26, 2011 at 9:05 AM||comments (3)|
A Brief Account of our Motoring Extravaganza or Joe's idea of brief !!
As most of you know in July Joe & myself did a trip to Italy, taking in the Stelvio Pass the second highest pass in the Alps & the Nurburgring race track in Germany on the return trip. Although not an MG run, out of 13 cars that came with us 7 were indeed MG's, we have wanted to do this trip for some years & after watching Top gear when they did Stelvio some years ago we said right lets start planning. We invited friends we know with interesting cars, the only rule was no 4 door saloons. This is a short report ( so says Joe) as both of us find computers very boring (after writting this if I never see a computer again it will be to soon)
We left Calais on Tuesday morning & motored (mostly in pouring rain) to our 1st overnight in Strasbourg, the old city is fantastic & we will go back for a weekend one day. Day 2: In more rain & 370 miles & after 2 passes we arrived in Livigno (some of us had a more eventful trip) The Hotel Galli being our base for 3 nights. Day 3: We motored down to Bormio in more heavy rain, up the eastern side of The Stelvio Pass the road is wider this side, with some 30 plus hairpins, but easier to overtake a slower vehicle, then after some refreshment down the other side much tighter & 48 hairpins. Day 4: Was a rest day & for once quite good weather, a trip up in the cablecar for lunch & a bit of retail therapy did us all good. Day 5: Was a long day 400 miles, & with the first 75 being mountain passes this stretch will always take 2.5 hours or more,(that's without cows on the road!!) we knew this day would take the best part of 9 hours, but with cows,road works & getting lost in Austria (don't even think about asking) it took nearly 11, but the Sonne Hotel made it worth the effort. Day 5: Was what Joe had been waiting for, our visit ti the Nurburgring or (the green hell) as Jackie Stewart prefered to call it , 13 miles of twisting race track with blind bends & brows, it rises & falls 1000 ft in 1 lap, well they do say it's good for you to scare yourself at least once a day, Joe thinks in that case he can now take the rest of the year off. It certainly is a scarey place, I was doing joe said over 100 MPH 5500 RPM in 4th gear, I'll take his word beccause I had no time to look at the rev counter,3 Porches & the ring taxi came past as if we were standing still, A wonderful sight & you could smell the red hot brakes, after lots of discussion about the laps by everyone present we went back to the Hotel Day 6: Was spent taking a leisurely drive through some wonderful countryside to Luxembourg another good Hotel the St Hubert. Day 7: A fairly leisurely drive back to Calais through Belgium.
We have decided we are going back to the Nurburgring in 2013 7 will stay in the Sonne Hotel again (maybe even go to the German GP.
joe & I would like to thank all of you who were on the trip & helped to make it extra memorable. Thank you.
We did a warts & all DVD of the trip, if anyone wants to have a look , please ask,
Marie has said she will put some photo's on later, as she was the official photographer, (if she didn't know before she does now)