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2011 Woolbridge CC Tour 14th August




Supporting “Action for Children” Dorset Nightstop


As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, Woolbridge Motor Club had put a car tour into their already full calendar. With the start at the Wiscombe Hill Climb and finish at the Bovington Tank Museum, this tour did have many attractions. For Dippy and crew, the main one was the start being just a 10-minute drive from home - in over 50 years of motorsport this has never happened before. Also joining us on this event were fellow HRCR and Quinton Motor Club members Nick and Jill Jones, making their first appearance in the recently-acquired MGB.


After the signing-on formalities at the top of the hill, we made our way to the lower paddock to join the other 107 entries. At 10.00 hours on a beautiful sunny Sunday morning, the cars started to make their climbs up the hill. Although this was not a competitive run, it was still very nice to make one’s own time check. Dippy took the hill in his stride and our stopwatch said 1 minute 10 seconds at the finish banner - nowhere near the hill record we suspect! Great fun, but the suspension on our Austin 1300GT would need some serious attention to make it into a hillclimb car.


At the exit to Wiscombe, the route turned left and then used the superb country roads through Southleigh, Colyton, Whitford and Musbury. After a short run on the A35 and B3165, it was back to more scenic roads, passing by Beaminster, Tollerford, West Common and Uploaders. The views above Abbotsbury were just stunning; on such a clear day one could see for miles across to Weymouth and Portland.


As there was no set place for lunch, we chose to take a break at The Hardy Monument, which was just about halfway through the 100-mile route. We were joined by the Jones’ MGB, which was not having a good day. After about 15 miles of country roads the car was falling onto 3 then 2 cylinders. The cure here was a fresh set of cold plugs and then an immediate fire up for another 15 miles or so.


The route now continued past the Winterbournes, Woodsford, Moreton, Owermoigne to West and East Lulworth - again superb views from the high roads in this area – before going onto the tank ranges’ road above Tyneham and then on past Creech, Worget, Stokeford Heath, Gallows Hill and Clouds Hill. At this point, a short yellow road took us to the main entrance of the Bovington Tank Museum. Arriving mid-afternoon gave the competitors time to visit the first class museum. Another trip must be made here as there was so much to see from both world wars.


The event was very well organised with a good choice of rural roads and very little traffic seen during the whole route. The road book was very informative, excellently produced and accurate mileages. Well done Woolbridge – let’s hope this tour is in your calendar for next year.


Car 39 - Hilary and Mike Stratton plus Dippy

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

Photographs courtesy of Geoff Pickett and Philip Eliott.