Representatives' Event Reports
UK Lancashire and Cumbria
Southport Classic and Speed event
UK West Midlands & North Wales
Shropshire and Herefordshire Black & White villages
Long delayed due to Covid, but finally we had 11 cars starting from Queenswood Arboretum near Leominster. Sarah King from the Club was there to meet us and wave us off on our 45 mile trail through lovely villages lined with iconic 16th & 17th Century Black and White timbered houses.
Dilwyn, Weobley, Pembridge, Eardisland and Kingsland, before arriving at Ludlow with so many such historic buildings along our route through the Town Centre. Stokesay Castle near Craven Arms had reserved an area of their lawn, where we lined up our cars, close to the Tea Shop, for our picnic. Here we were joined by the 12th car and by expressions of admiration from the English Heritage staff and other visitors to the castle.
Photos from Queenswood and Stokesay show a red MGC intruder belonging to Martin Reynolds, Rep for S. Midlands, who still awaits the completion of his XK150 restoration.
A good day out in great company.
UK Gloucester, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Oxon
Tewkesbury Classic Vehicle Festival
“A great event with a marvellous range of cars - from the Marina to several Bugatti,” writes Martin Reynolds.
Good weather certainly helped. We hope to have some pictures shortly.
UK South Midlands
Congratulations to Rob and Annie Powell, who won ‘The
Treasure Hunt’ on 11 August, writes Martin Reynolds. The start
and finish point was The Evenlode at Eynsham, Oxfordshire,
a pub that has undergone a transformation to a lovely and
friendly venue in recent years. The route took in Standlake,
Bampton, Alvescot, Great Barrington, Taynton and Swinbrook.
Rob and Annie’s prize was a bottle of Roebuck Estates
cuvée. One of the best English cuvées available. Thoroughly
deserved considering some of the questions were considered
‘ambiguous’. Well done to everyone involved.
Dorset Club Run
Our little annual August Gathering of the Clans in Darkest Dorset looked a bit doubtful for quite some time because the folks at the main chosen venue, Barrington Court, a National Trust property, were simply not prepared to commit to anything until very close to the date we had chosen.
Then they tried to tie us up with red tape. What third party liability did the club have? Was everybody prepared to put a drip tray under their car? And at one point they wanted us to commit to quite a large number of their lunches, because it could be that they were facing low revenue because many club members may not be National Trust members! Anyway, all was resolved in the end, and the date and venue were set.
XK Club member Geraldine Wills had very kindly offered her home for the final stopping point of the day. Then it looked like we might be approaching 30 cars, because of the euphoria of getting out and about in old cars post-Covid restrictions, and this was too many for them. Undaunted, Geraldine talked to her close neighbour Russell Willcox (a V12 E-type owner), and he and his lovely Spanish wife Ana very graciously offered their beautiful home as an alternative for the final stop.
So, Sunday 8 August finally arrived and most of us awoke to rain lashing against the windows. Ouch! Inevitably, there were some who decided
not to venture out on such a ghastly day, and that was fair enough. Philip and Julie Porter were staying with us (as were Ted and Hilary Rollason), and we set off from home in Ted’s XK 120, Philip’s 140, and our 150 to see if we would be the only people mustering at Queen Mother Square, Poundbury. Our minds were slightly set at rest when, peering through the feeble efforts of 60-plus-year-old wiper technology, we could...
UK East Midlands
(Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire)
Open day at P & K Thornton
“We love to smile, but we love making other people smile more! We had a fantastic day inviting the local XK Club members.
The weather held up, breakfast was sensational and it was very good to see so many people and cars turn up for our event,” writes Chip Nistorica.
Turner Classics Open Day
"The Kent area of both the E-type and XK Clubs had a very enjoyable and successful gathering at the premises of Turner Classics in Manston (as advertised in the Club magazine). Despite a very unpromising weather forecast we had 11 members and their cars in attendance, and the rain showers mostly stayed to the west of us."
Many thanks to Keith Baker and his E-type Club counterpart for coordinating.
UK West Midlands & North Wales
Scenic DrIve to Snowdonia and Lake Vyrnwy
Much delayed by the pandemic, we finally succeeded in getting together and driving 197 miles through great scenery and good weather over two days.
15 cars had signed up, but at the last moment Covid consigned one couple to self isolation and another being “pinged” by track & trace. So 13 cars completed the route.
Martin Reynolds, Rep for S. Midlands, his XK not yet finished, brought his 420, and three members from his area. John & Margaret Ellison’s XK140 was being worked on at CMC, so they came by Volvo.
Nine cars met for coffee and an interesting guided tour at CMC Bridgnorth and then set off to the Horseshoe Pass above Llangollen where we were joined by the other four cars at the Ponderosa Cafe.
After lunch the 13 of us meandered through Snowdonia National Park to Bala Lake and then an exhilarating and, at times scary, mountainous route to Lake Vyrnwy where the hotel has a commanding position above the lake. Our private dining room that evening gave us superb views over the lake as the sun went down.
Next morning we were joined by another local member and were back up to 14 cars for the drive through more of the National Park and over Llanberis Pass to Betws y Coed, where we had lunch before departing our own ways home.
A recce of the route five days earlier showed that one important road was due for closure on our due date, necessitating last minute amendments to the route book. Good job we checked!!
With the exception of a faulty fuel gauge, which resulted in one car taking a shortcut, all cars performed well.
This two day drive and its location attracted participation from a far wider geographical area than the normal 40 mile drive to lunch. Some had not visited Snowdonia since their school days, others not at all.
Two lunches and an evening dinner, gave time for conversation, exchange of technical info and advice and generally making good friends. And the good weather was the icing on the cake.
For older event reports, please check past issues of the XK Gazette