Event - National Classic Car Rally - 14th to 16th June 2019



Report courtesy of Alan Short and Chris Head


No fewer than 10 members of SLK turned up at this National event with various classic (and perhaps not quite so classic!) cars. We also had help from several other SLK members, wives, family members, and friends.


The weekend began with a good gathering of attendees at the Caffeine & Machine cafe just 3 miles from the hotel, then everyone gradually gathered at the hotel for the evening BBQ and briefing ready for the Rally Route on Saturday.


Saturday morning saw a rather busy restaurant (!!) for breakfast but once that was done we all assembled in the car park for a last reminder briefing and then National President Andrew Mackareth flagged the cars off from in front of reception.


A lovely route took everyone through various villages skirting round Moreton-in-Marsh and eventually into Bourton on the Water via Little Rissington. Many stopped for a walk in Bourton and a coffee stop.



Then it was on towards our arranged lunch stop, but as you can see on the way there  Chairman Rex decided to take a slight detour through the ford in Upper Slaughter to properly test out his Range Rover!


The lunch was arranged at a private shooting lodge. After that they visited Donnington Brewery (well worth a visit!) and on, via Broadway to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway.


Heading onward to Wichcombe they then turned the corner and began heading home, with a possibility of stopping at Broadway Tower and Hidcote National Trust Gardens for those that wished to. Apparently a great stop for tea and cake!


We then held the evening dinner where National President Andrew Mackareth thanked Alan and his committee for the efforts of putting on the event. This was followed by a quiz arranged by Ian.


Sunday morning dawned reasonably bright and, after another short briefing, everyone set off for a morning run via the Cotswold Gin and Whisky Distillery, The Rollright Stones, and Hook Norton Brewery, to finish at the National Trust Upton House and Gardens. This was once the home of the founder of Shell Oils, and there are many items of memorabilia covering this.


Overall a wonderful weekend seemingly enjoyed by all!


A video showing some of the cars leaving the hotel car park can be seen by clicking this link



A very short video clip of Dick leaving Bourton on the Water in his Mini Moke can be seen by following this link




For more, I suggest you peruse the photos (and captions) below.


1. My car cleaned, polished and ready to go 

2. The 'Reception Committee' at Caffeine & Machine

3. Rosemary and Sam were checking people in on our own reception desk

4. Meanwhile Dennis was on car parking duty!

5. The cars arrived and were arranged by Dennis

6. Some nice motors! A lovely E Type Jaguar

7. More lovely motors! 8. A classic Ferrari 9. I was busy setting up for the Friday evening briefing etc 10. An Austin Healey to partner Ian's car 11. A beautiful Alpine - not many of these about! 12. Lovely!

13. Saturday morning preparations! 14. Everyone out in the car park admiring each other's cars! 15. The final route briefing so that (hopefully!) no one gets lost! 16. The cars were flagged away by the National President ... 17. ... including this beautiful 1914 Rolls Royce 18. Rally Chairman Alan flags Ian away!

19. I get going too - things to do, signs to set up ... etc 20. Other drivers wave goodbye to those still left taking photos ... 21. At the Bourton on the Water arranged car parking stop 22. A visit to Donnington Brewery after lunch - a very picturesque spot! 23. National President Andrew thanks Rally Chairman Alan 24. The Committee members all get a little gift to say thanks for their efforts!



25. Sunday morning dawns bright 26. The route includes a visit to the Cotswold Gin Distillery! 27. Alan stops at Long Compton Garage for a quick service ... errr ... sorry, they shut 30 years ago! 28. Click above to see a full photo of Rex's escapade in the ford!    



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