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Club BBQ and Social – 20th July 2014

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Club BBQ and Social – 20th July 2014

Well what can we say?  The weather running up to the BBQ left a lot to be desired, we were even having talks of it becoming an ‘in-door-b-q’.  The Saturday, well rain is an understatement, it was monsoon weather but not just a short sharp burst, and thunder storms.  I trundled over to my mums, slowly due to the rain, to make cakes as it was close to the clubs birthday.  Finally at about 3pm the rain stopped and the sun tried to come out.  We all had our fingers crossed that that was it for the weekend and we would have a dry day on the Sunday.

Sunday arrived and the sun was shining, thank goodness, so we packed the car with the cakes and our meat for the BBQ and off to Dawns to help to set up before the rest of the ‘rabble’ arrived.

A great turn out and nice to have whole families there, the kids running around the garden whilst the grown ups of us chatted and ate, yes I have to mention it as food and Nick always go together!!!  He ate 4 burgers in rolls (without the salad stuff – too healthy)!!!

After the BBQ we had some cakes and again Nick – he had 2!!!

Then we tidied away and people departed all full and content, when it began to rain, at least it held off until we were driving home and even then it didn’t come to much, not like the day before.

Many thanks to Dawn for being our hostess for another year.

Next year Rich and Seb have offered their home and services.

Atwell Wilson Motor Museum Annual Classic Vehicle Show – 13th July 2014

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Atwell Wilson Motor Museum Annual Classic Vehicle Show – 13th July 2014

There was a special feature this year being "80 years of the Morris 8". 

The show proves to be a very popular local Classic Car Show and draws people in from far and wide, those who love to show off their classic car and those who simply wish to look at classic cars of days gone by.  Of course, there is also the added benefit of the Motor Museum which is included in the entry fee and displays some beautiful classic cars including the 9X Prototype Mini based car and an ERA Turbo Mini.

The show which is set in the grounds of the Atwell Motor Museum in Calne, welcomes those who have a keen eye for classic vehicles but also those with families.  With various competitions throughout the day, trade stalls, food and beverage stalls, an auto jumble and even a play park, there is something for everyone!

There was a vast selection of vehicles on the day from the Morris 8's to classic Fire Engines, Tractors and of course Mini's and everything in between.  Everyone who attended had the opportunity to vote for their favourite classic car of the day.

This year there was a strong turn out of Minis from several local mini clubs which was nice to see and a chance to catch up with some old friends.  The show was attended by 6 club members and their cars plus we had the opportunity to put up our gazebo so that we could relax in the grounds whilst people admired our cars.

BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon Motor Museum – 6th July 2014

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BMC and Leyland Show, Gaydon Motor Museum – 6th July 2014

For the second year visitors celebrated a host of British cars when the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon hosted the nostalgic ‘BMC & Leyland Show’. The show was launched in 2013 to celebrate the fantastic marques that were part of the pre BMC related manufacturers, The British Motor Corporation, British Leyland, and the Rover group as well as commercial and military vehicles.

The show attracted 80 different marques including names such as Daimler, Alvis, Wolseley, Austin, Morris, Riley, Standard, MG and Land Rover. This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the Austin Morris 1800 and up to 40 plus models were on display.  This year also marked the 30th Anniversary of the Austin Montego and visitors were given the chance to see the last Montego that came off the production line on display within the Museum.

As well as up to 800 models on show, there was also an Autojumble and motoring related trade stands. A show highlight was to see 6 different vehicles from the reserve collection that are not normally on display in the Museum. The show also featured the traditional Mini Concours with a £100 cash prize for the winner. Plus there was the traditional Cowley convoy from BMW Mini Cowley to the museum.

The show was a real enthusiast’s event aimed at enthusiasts celebrating the iconic British marques. The show had something for everyone and for many; it was a great trip down memory lane!!