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July Monthly Meet 2016

The sun shone again for the Midlands Region at Cars in the Park, Beacon Park, Lichfield on Sunday, 3 July 2016. Most of us arrived early having been stuck in horrendous traffic in previous years. Unfortunately we had another small area sandwiched between two other clubs that were obviously going to utilise all their allocated space so we did the best we could.

We had 8 cars - Bryan Elliott, Simon McMurray, Ken Morgan, Tony Gardner, Ron Alcock, Steve Loffman, Richard Davies and Lance Swatland (a first timer at Lichfield).

The event was once again a massive affair with around 1,500 vehicles on display of all shapes and sizes. There was plenty of interest in the cars but no new sign ups this year though quite a few MR2 owners who would "think about it".

We didn't have the best position in the Park but the event is so big now the Rotary Club are having difficulty fitting everyone in.

A good day out with plenty to see.

May Monthly Meet 2016

The Midlands Region's first show of the season was, as usual, Catton Hall nr Alrewas. We had 8 cars of all marques and were positioned much nearer the arena than ever before so were able to pop over to see the shows during the day. The new organisers had a continuous array of vehicles to see.

Richard Davies took his mk1 'beast' to join in with the cars producing the most decibels. Unfortunately he was beaten by a VW Beetle but was given a commemorative pen for his efforts.

Bryan Elliott and Richard Davies both exhibited their mk1's in the arena showing cars from the 1980s.

The weather was not kind to us with rain and wind and it was very cold but we all put a brave face on it, managed a BBQ and had a good natter and catch up.

We had two new members joining us for their first shows - Andy Brown and his son Ben with their cosmos blue mk2 and Gerry Ison and partner Lisa with their white mk2.

The day was wound up a little earlier than normal as it was so cold but was quite an enjoyable show all in all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Monthly Meet 2016

The Midlands Region visited the Donington Grand Prix Collection on Sunday 3 April.

We all met up in the museum café and had a good half hour of chat and coffee before setting off to see the vehicles in the collection.

There were 17 of us and we wandered around the cars and military vehicles ar our leisure. We had the opportunity of passes to see the MG racing which was happening on the adjacent track and a few of the group took advantage while the rest of us went back to the café for an enjoyable lunch and more chatting.

April Monthly Meet 2015

The Midlands Region visited the museum at RAF Cosford on Sunday 29 March. It was an eventful journey on the way to the museum as the M54 was closed with no signed diversion so we all separately had trips around Bilbrook, Codsall and Albrighton before we arrived at the museum.

Once we'd had a coffee the ten of us battled the weather between the hangars to see the exhibits and eventually made it back to the restaurant for lunch and a catch up.

The Midlands Region visited the Donington Grand Prix Collection on Sunday 3 April.

We all met up in the museum café and had a good half hour of chat and coffee before setting off to see the vehicles in the collection.

There were 17 of us and we wandered around the cars and military vehicles at our leisure.  We had the opportunity of passes to see the MG racing which was happening on the adjacent track and a few of the group took advantage while the rest of us went back to the café for an enjoyable lunch and more chatting.

Our next meeting is Catton Hall on Sunday 3 May.

February Monthly Meet 2015

Our first meeting of the year was a run out and lunch.

Richard Davies planned a short drive for us on Sunday, 7 February from Bassett's Pole (Sutton Coldfield) taking in Barton Marina, Barton under Needwood, Yoxall and Kings Bromley and finishing at The Hedgehog, Lichfield for lunch. We had 10 cars and welcomed Richard Probert and Ron Alcock to their first meeting. Although it wasn't a very long drive (approx 30 miles in all) the sun was shining and we had a very enjoyable and relaxing Sunday lunch.

December Monthly Meet 2014

Our Christmas lunch this year was back at the old faithful Whittington, Kinver as the venue we had booked had gone into liquidation earlier in the year. We were once again ensconced in the "Directors" room which this year was warm even if not "toasty". We were a small but perfectly formed group and once again welcomed new member Mike Browne and his wife Heather - they are either gluttons for punishment or they really do like us! We had a very enjoyable 3 courses and said our goodbyes and Happy Christmases around 4.30pm.

November Monthly Meet 2014

Staffordshire Villages run

Richard and Sue Davies arranged a run around some of the villages in Staffordshire for our November meeting. The weather was a bit miserable but it didn't stop us from having a good day out. There were 8 cars in all and we welcomed two new members, Roger Needle and Mike Browne who had joined the club the week before at the NEC. We arranged to meet in the car park of a retail park near Cannock but Bryan and Julian still managed to get lost! Our route took in Cannock Chase, Colwich, Tixall, Amerton, Chartley Manor, Uttoxeter, Abbots Bromley, Blythfield, Colton, Blithbury and Rugeley around 50 miles of (mainly) country lanes.

We had a mid morning coffee at Amerton Pottery and lunch was a very enjoyable affair at the Coach & Horses in Abbots Bromley.

Our day was cut a little short as we took longer to have lunch than anticipated (probably due to the chatting) and we went our separate ways around 3.30pm.

Once again our thanks go to Richard for sorting out the route and to Sue for her navigating.

Black Rock Sands 2014

Our annual BBQ on the beach at Black Rock Sands has morphed into a weekend away over the last couple of years and this year saw us descending on Bodlondeb Hotel on Friday 11 July in some glorious sunshine.

After beers in the garden sunshine on Friday afternoon, our party of Richard & Sue Davies, Bryan & Grace Elliott, Duncan & Jan Evans, Steve & Anne Loffman, Chris & Gerrie Moore and Tony & Lynn Gardner had another enjoyable meal at the Bodlondeb (affectionately now known as The Blonde Cobweb due to one of our party's inability to pronounce Bodlondeb!!).

Richard had kindly organised a run for our Saturday entertainment and his report is below:- "We started at the Bodlondeb Hotel at 09.45 am and drove to 3 lovely beaches with a stop for lunch at the Ship Inn at Llanbedrog.

The drive took in beaches at:-

Morfa Neffyn, with a stop for coffee and a comfort break; Porth Oer (The whistling sands), where we met some cyclists, who were a bit wobbly (one lady fell off and the ensuing collection of help from the MR2 drivers and other cyclists resulted in her rescue with only her pride being badly hurt); and Aberdaron village and beach.

Unfortunately, we had to miss out Porth Newgl (Hells Mouth) due to the poor weather. I think everyone enjoyed the trip, which is around 50 miles door to door and mainly on B and unclassified roads.

Then we tried an unclassified gated road just outside Portmadog Cym Y Stradllyn via a glacial lake Lyn Du to Prenteg village, this was around 5 miles of single track gated roads over moorland with an EXTREMELY steep finish, fabulous views over Snowdon and an equally steep descent into Prenteg.

The consensus was that it had been an enjoyable day's driving."

We were all very grateful to Richard for his endeavours in preparing this route resulting in a fabulous days driving which could only have been better if the weather had been on our side as the views over and around Snowdon would have been spectacular.

Saturday evening saw us wandering down into Criccieth village for a fish and chip supper and then a meander back to The Blonde Cobweb for a few more beers before bed.

Sunday morning dawned with differing weather reports offered for the day, however, we ventured into Criccieth for our shopping trip to Tesco for lunch supplies. A pleasant surprise greeted us in the car park at Tesco when we saw the familiar J10 JAF registration of Julian's red roadster parked and waiting for us to join him. Shopping done we set off to Black Rock Sands to pitch our event shelter and get ready for a day on the beach with the BBQ and the kites. The weather forecasts that we had been given were neither correct nor incorrect - it was sunny and windy and there was a little rain but all in all the event shelter withstood the weather and kept us covered though at times it looked as if there was more sand on the inside and all over us than on the beach!! We were very grateful for the guest Mercedes of Duncan & Jan which provided a good anchor for the guy ropes!! The sun did show itself, the BBQ was another success and Duncan and Steve got to fly their kites without injuring anyone!

On our arrival at the beach we had spotted 3 MK2s on a nearby campsite and Richard popped round to let them know we were on the beach. Later in the afternoon the lads whose cars they were came and joined us and lined up for the obligatory photo shoot and chat.

Towards early evening we packed up and began our separate routes home though Bryan led a group of 3 through some more fabulous scenery along fantastic roads up to the A5 where we split up. Another very successful and enjoyable weekend with good friends.

July Monthly Meet 2014

Cars in the Park, organised by The Rotary Club, has got bigger each year and this year saw 1100 vehicles! It is held in Beacon Park, Lichfield and this year unfortunately saw us with the smallest pitch we have ever been given - there was just enough space to 'park' 6 cars! Needless to say we spoke to the organisers who found us another area to move to which enabled us to spread out a little and have room for the maiden outing of our new event shelter.

We had 1 mk1, 3 mk2's and 2 roadsters to show and attracted a fair amount of interest in all the cars.

 

 

On a walk round the show we spotted a mk2 as an individual entry and left a card with the owner after having a chat with him. We also saw a couple of Ferraris that weren't! Both were MR2's with body kits - the Dino was quite special - pictures attached for you to make your own minds up.

We BBQ'd and enjoyed the sunshine which lasted right up to around 4pm when the heavens opened but we'd had a good day and were kept dry under the shelter.

Hampton Ferry Show June 2014

Hampton Ferry Annual Car & Bike Show at Evesham is in its 4th year and the Midlands region attended for the first time on Sunday 29 June.

 

We did not know what to expect but were all very pleasantly surprised. The location was picturesque right next to the river and the variety and number of different cars was unbelievable. It was a change not to be surrounded by other car clubs but instead we were treated to a vast variety of vehicles from bicycles to motorbikes, vintage to classic sports, military vehicles to camper vans. This show had marketed itself as having no trade stands, no loud music just genuine car and bike enthusiasts and it completely lived up to the billing - it was very informal and very welcoming.

There was restaurant on site which some of us used for breakfast sustenance and it was a treat to have 'proper' toilet facilities.

We had a BBQ lunch and for the majority of the day enjoyed glorious sunshine. We had a visit from an old club member who some of you might recall - Steven Miller - who asked to be remembered to several of our current members and who wistfully checked out the cars wishing he still owned one.

We had all completed a small registration form on arrival and read that there would be a small number of awards towards the end of the day. As there were no big announcements we very nearly missed the presentations but arrived just in time to hear that Simon McMurray won an award for travelling the furthest distance to get to the show - his prize was a Sunday lunch for 2 at the on site restaurant Raphael's. Simon promised to treat Carol for their wedding anniversary! We all had a really good day and will endeavour to visit again.

June Monthly Meet 2014

The Spring Bank holiday weekend saw the Midlands region at Ragley Hall.

We only had 4 cars but displayed all 3 marques which, along with our gazebo, overfilled our small area so the organisers moved the adjoining pitch so we could spread out!

Despite a fairly reasonable day with the weather the public appeared to have kept away from this show. However we had quite a number of people visiting the stand who were reminiscing about their previous MR2 ownership and membership which was very nice. A couple of people were interested in joining so we will see if they do.

also had chance to catch up with Ali & Ralph and Simon & Marie who were on the Lotus stand.

 

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