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Past Events - 2019


Midhurst

31st July 2019 - Club 'Night' run to Midhurst - by - Judy

July club night was replaced by a lunchtime meet and drive to Midhurst. 14 of us met at Chiddingfold and after coffee took the lovely lanes to Lurgashall where we had lunch at the excellent Noah's Ark pub on the village green.

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After lunch we drove through Lickfold and turned right to Bexley Hill which was a fantastic "Austin road" with grass up the middle and a 17% hill.This brought us down into Easebourne and then Midhurst where we parked at the rear of Cowdray Castle .

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In the grounds of the ruined castle there is a beautiful walled garden where they served us tea and delicious cakes/scones.

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A very un-challenging day but thoroughly enjoyed.

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End of the World Tour

17-28th May 2019 - End of the World Tour - 'Robin's Holiday' by - Roger H

Why 'The End of the World Tour',mainly because we were driving 'The Camino de Santiago' one of the pilgrims routes to Santiago de Compostela. The Romans believed it was the end of the world, (their world at least). Eight Cars left Portsmouth for Santander on 18th May. We had a pleasant enough crossing (both ways) - the Bay of Biscay can be tricky as we know from old. Robins 'quizzes' keep us entertained on the way out, that and eating and drinking!
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We drove the Camino from Santander to Santiago along the Cantabrian, Asturian and Galician coastline through some wonderful villages and small towns.

We stayed in a number of magnificent Paradors. We even stayed in an old monastery where the local wine is still made today. We revisited some favourite places en route and drove through some of the foothills of the Picos de Europe we had not driven before.

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A problem with one car saw it going home on a trailer but I am glad to say the occupants joined other cars and continued their holiday.

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Santiago is a wonderful atmospheric place and well worth the visit. As is tradition walkers reach the square and lay down on the hallowed ground celebrating with friends and family. We sat and had an ice cream after visiting every building around the square.

All too soon we had completed our pilgrimage and were back in Santander on May 26th awaiting the ferry back home.

Thank you Robin for yet another "Robins holiday" it was a lovely trip.


Buttercup Bounce - 2019

11th May 2019 - Buttercup Bounce - by Judy

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some of the Austins

We had a great Buttercup Bounce in Robin's garden. We BBQ'd and enjoyed great music supplied by Bob Webb, Saxophonist extraordinaire. The Grandchildren of our late friend Bob Smith judged their favourite car and this years winner was Robin's CV which was actually sitting in his garage.Nothing gets past them!! Thanks to Robin for his hospitality.

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music, music, music

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Paulo presents Robin



Cobham Trial organised by Brooklands Centre, 750MC

28th April 2019 - This year for a change the weather was kind and we enjoyed warm sunshine for most of the day.

35 entrants attempted 2 circuits of 7 hills before lunch, 1 circuit after lunch. Final Results can be found here

At Hill 6, probably the easiest hill in the Warren area, make of it what you will, clears: Round 1 - 13, Round 2 - 23, Round 3 - 14. Ground conditions improved between rounds 1 and 2, but Michael's course alterations caused errors after lunch. However of those clear on Round 1, 6 cleared it again on Rounds 2 and 3, but only one made it into the prizes, the Section 4 and Overall Winner.

Thanks to Michael and Colin Weeks for organising the event and all the officials and marshalls whithout whom it could not proceed.

Thanks are due to Nick Salmon took part in his 1934 Special, and took many photographs, some repoduced with permission below. His full gallery is may be viewed here and this year a video clip to give a participant's eye view of off-road trialling here

And thanks to Mark Hughes for this video clip here

*** If anyone would like to submit their account of the day or other photos your webmaster would be pleased to hear from them ***

Some of the winners:
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Some organisers:
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Some repairs:
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Some getting serious - I think there is an A7 cylinder head!:
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Some needing a push:
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New Year's Day - part 2

1 January 2019 - New Year's Lunch at Elstead Mill - by Judy

What a day for the first run of 2019. The sun shone and car roofs were down for a short Surrey lanes drive with a few teasers written into the route. After coffee at Judy and Len's new abode,we drove past a shocking pink telephone box (or lilac Robin) a multicoloured cow, a gin factory, and Wanborough Manor where in W.W.2 Special Operations Executive (SOE) were training.

Well done Robin and Bev for winning prize and we won't mention the time it took you to complete the run. Lunch was at Elstead Mill and was excellent. 26 Brooklands folk attended. Roll on the next outing.

Thank you to Judy for organising the meal and the weather.

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New Year's Day - part 1

1 January 2019 - Brooklands Museum New Year's Classic Gathering - by Roger B

Whilst many of our Club Members were starting their New Year's Day Lunch run to Elstead Mill, I joined the Brooklands Museum event.

I'd heard how big and busy it had been in previous years, with queues waiting to enter and traffic choking the roads outside. So I set out at 0845 and went down Brooklands Road for the Campbell Gate. I approached from Weybridge Station, joining three or four cars waiting to turn right at the entrance. I don't know how long the queue was coming up the hill from the other direction, the end was not in sight. Marshalls directed traffic into three lanes at the turn in, merging to two lanes beyond JTI. Balancing demand on Brooklands Road, it was about 5:1 left turn vs right turn traffic. Then stop/start, nose to tail to the ticket hut (behind a Ferrari which thought it had been idling for too long), members and ticket holders were then waved through and down the hill. Pre-war cars were directed to the Paddock whilst there was space, and I was able to park handy for the outdoor buffet by 0915 - not bad going.

I'd never been to this event before, but knew it was very popular. There were already a lot of cars on site when I got there, so the gates must have been open well before the advertised 0900 start. Until about 1130 a double line of cars was queueing down to the bottom of the hill from the Campbell Gate and Marshalls were quickly directing cars to their appropriate parking areas. And also another queue of cars was entering via the Vickers Bridge behind MB World. There were event cars everywhere - in front of and behind the Pits, between the car sheds, motorcycles behind the cafe, the Paddock, the Finishing Straight, the banking both sides of the Bridge, the Aircraft park, and everywhere in between. There was also additional event car parking (modern sports and supercars) at the back of JTI offices adjacent to the Pits area.

If there was enough space to park a car, there was a car parked there. I think the Marshalls (volunteers mostly?) did a good job under pressure with efficiency and patience and deserve a vote of thanks from all participants.

The outdoor buffet queues were quite long, but moving steadily and my bacon bap and coffe were welcome.

Apart from the sheer numbers, there were an amazing variety of cars on show. I think the definition of 'classic' could usefully be revisited - it now seems to include anything on wheels pre 1989. I hope these photos convey the flavour of things. The influx had eased by 1230. I'd seen enough by then and sneaked out (assisted by Marshalls) through a side gate and round the back of JTI. I did debate whether or not to try and gate crash the lunch at Elstead, but one can have too much excitement so I went home.

In all a very interesting experience, but I'll probably not be rushing back next year!

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