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Club Social BBQ – Melksham – 21st July 2013

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Club Social BBQ – Melksham – 21st July 2013

We have been trying for the past few years to have a club social gathering incorporating a BBQ but unfortunately we have been rained off well this year was an exception.  We set a date and had our fingers crossed that the weather would be good as Dawn kindly offered her house as a venue and the use of her own BBQ!!!

Dawn and Rachel organised some salads, nibbly bits and drinks as members were asked to bring their own meats and rolls.  The day dawned and the sun was shining brightly, Nick set up the gazebo which looked like it would be used to shade from the sun and not to shelter from the rain which was good news.

I think all in all there were 10 of us which was a nice number as we only had the one BBQ but at least it was not those dreaded disposable ones!!!  Rachel took charge of the cooking and almost gave Nick food poisoning by not cooking his burgers all the way through but he was being inpatient as he was hungry (as always!!).

We all scoffed our food and as always with a BBQ made / cooked too much food and ended up absolutely stuffed!!  We chatted and sat back and enjoyed the lovely sunny weather and to let the food settle!!

I think a good day was had by all, the sunshine certainly helped matters.

Thank you Dawn for providing the venue and cooking facilities.  Hopefully we can have another success story next year with a rain free day.

Atwell Wilson Motor Museum Classic Vehicle Show – 13th – 14th July 2013

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Atwell Wilson Motor Museum Classic Vehicle Show – 13th – 14th July 2013

The Annual Classic Vehicle Show was held at the Atwell-Wilson Motor Museum on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2013. It started with a road run followed by a barbecue on the Saturday evening and a classic vehicle show on the Sunday; hundreds of cars showed out for the event and enjoyed the sunshine.

The road run started from the Museum at Stockley Lane, Calne, Wiltshire, at 5pm on Saturday 13th July and took in around 60 miles of the surrounding country side before returning to the Museum for a barbecue and live entertainment and a licensed bar. There was a small charge of £5 for the road run, which included a burger and a hot drink at the end of the road run.

Sunday the 14th July saw the Annual Classic Vehicle Show return to The Museum; in 2011 they had over 300 cars on show. There was the usual variety of vehicles on display, including, Collectors Cars, Commercials, Tractors and Motor Cycles. This year there was a special feature on 110 years of the Standards and 90 Years of the Triumph (Standard Triumph).

In addition to the vehicles on display, there was an autojumble, tombola, traders, concours, The Museum itself was open throughout the day, also the Calne Silver Band played a few sets!! Tickets were also on sale for the annual Grand Prize Draw for a Mini Sprite Saloon which will be drawn at the mulled wine evening at the museum on Saturday 7th December 2013.

BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon Motor Museum – Sunday 7th July 2013

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BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon Motor Museum – Sunday 7th July 2013

A brand new show for 2013, incorporating vehicles manufactured by the British Motor Corporation, British Leyland and Rover including commercial and military vehicles.
On show, there was over 80 different marques covering a 100 year period including big names such as Daimler,  Alvis, Wolseley, Austin, Morris, Riley, Standard, MG and Land Rover.  There was also the rare opportunity to see 10 different vehicles from the Heritage Motor Centre’s reserve collection that are not normally on display!

This was an enthusiast’s show aimed at enthusiasts clubs and not only celebrate the iconic Mini but other fantastic marques. The show had something for everyone…

  • More than 800 vehicles on show - From a Mini through to the Scorpion tanks from the Alvis Fighting Vehicle Society, and all sizes in between including vans, lorries and collection of new MINI exhibitors.
  • Mini Concours with £100 cash prize
  • 80 different Marques
  • Autojumble and trade stands
  • The Mini 1959 Register – They displayed a collection of their cars by the front of the museum. There were also some VIP’s from the world of Mini’s including John Sheppard, who worked on all the BMC models from the late 1950’s onwards.
  • The Mini Traveller and Countryman Register
  • Cooper Sport 500 Register – They had at least 3 or 4 of the original “ LOE” press cars that were used by Rover to launch this final model of the classic mini in the year 2000.
  • Cowley Convoy Run from BMW Mini Cowley to the Heritage Motor Centre
  • 10 vehicles from the Heritage Motor Centre reserve collection.