Another very successful event. Since this is our 50th Anniversary year, it was decided
to add the option of an extra days motoring on the Friday.
Friday - a run through the Vale of Belvoir to Belvoir Castle the home of the
Duke of Rutland. We parked our cars on the North Terrace, and had a guided tour of the Castle. The return
route to Scalford Hall, our base for the weekend included a tea stop at a local Nursing home, where we had been asked if we
would call to show the residents our cars.
Saturday - The main Rally day, today we headed north and then west towards Leicester.
Our main stop today, was Stonehurst Family Farm and Motor Museum at Mountsorrell. Towards the end of the morning
road run, we found a road that was flooded. Most of the entrants decided to find a detour, but several cars braved
the flooded road, including Clive Watson driving his 1913 model 6M Brighton Torpedo. He later told me that the
water came up as high as the running boards! After a buffet lunch of local pork pie and stilton cheese, a tour
of the Motor Museum, we set off on the afternoon road run, with several members opting for a ride on the Great Central Railway.
Saturday evening was the occasion of the 50th Anniversary Dinner.
The menu of which, was inspired by a copy of the 1932 luncheon menu, when the Duke of Gloucester
opened the Works Social Club.
After an excellent meal, the few presentations and awards.
Butterworth Cup (most improved car over the last 12 months)
Awarded to Steve Smeltzer and his 1927 V4 14/28 H.P.
Barr Cup (Rally to the event - overall winner and Class 2 winner)
Awarded to Steve Smeltzer with 128 miles from Bristol
2nd Place (Class 2)
Awarded to Phil Homer with 75 miles from St Albans. Even more of an achievement since the
car has been laid up for the last ten years and was only put back on the road and MOT tested in the week prior to the event.
Class 3 winner
Awarded to Dennis Brown with 110 miles from Raglan, Monmouthshire.
The competition in the Rally Packs on Place Names was won by
Phil and Lynda Homer with 20 out of 22 questions correct.
A special award as a thank you for help with organising the event was made to David Groom.
Sunday morning provided a short road run to Belvoir Brewery at Old Dalby.
All members had coffee whilst a film show provided information on the Brewing process. Several members then opted
for a guided tour and buffet lunch. All to soon it was time to return to Scalford Hall, load our trailers and
say our farewells. My thanks to all those taking part and my apologies if a picture of your car is not included!