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2011 QMC Tour 12th Jun

THE FIRST QUINTON MOTOR CLUB TOUR 2011

 

Congratulations to Jaci and Malcolm Hutchinson for the superb organisation of the inaugural Quinton Tour which took place on Sunday the 12th of June. Sadly, the rain gods had not taken note of the running of this event and before the first car had set off from the Bromsgrove start, the worst was happening. Mike Adams did a first-class job in his role as Scrutineer despite the weather conditions and all 25 entries were checked and ready, awaiting the due time out of 10.30 hours for Car 1, crewed by President Mike Broad and Terry Moore.

 

Dippy and crew were seeded at number 5 and we left the start at 10.34 hours. The route went via Belbroughton, Enville, Ditton Priors and Hope Bowdler to the Station Inn at Marshbrook for a very welcome lunch break. The food was first class. The 57 miles to here had taken in some very interesting and extremely quiet roads, but, sadly, the weather was still spoiling the views.

 

Lunch over, there was now an option for another run over the Long Mynd in the opposite direction from that used on the Kidderminster Tour a few weeks ago. A very interesting, 16-mile trip with thick cloud on the top of the Mynd kept both crew members busy.

 

Back to the Station Inn for a short wait before our due time out of 14.34 hours to start Leg 3. The route now went due south to Seifton before turning north-east towards Bridgnorth. Many of the roads now resembled continuous fords and leaks around the screen and floor pan of Dippy were in evidence.

The direction then changed to south-east and we passed by Enville, Kinver and Caunsall to the final control at the Talbot Inn at Belbroughton – a hostelry where many QMC functions had taken place in early days of the Club’s history – some 51 years ago. The third leg of 53 miles again offered some excellent, quiet country roads that tested both crew and car.

 

Shortly after finishing, all the crews were presented with their finishers’ certificates - another very nice touch from the organisers. The organisation, paperwork and road book was equal to many of the long-established tours that we have entered. The road book even included OS Grid References for all the tulip numbers - a great idea for those crews who prefer to plot the route onto a map.

 

We look forward to next year’s event and hope many other crews will feel the same.

 

Our sincere thanks once again to Peter Fieldhouse for all his help in producing this report.

 

Hilary and Mike Stratton plus Dippy

Photographs courtesy of Mark Colston

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