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2013 - Classic Tour of Exmoor

The Keith Hole Memorial 20th Classic Tour of Exmoor - 18th August

Minehead Motor Club organise a wide range of events for both cars and motorbikes, and on this occasion classic cars. This was the 20th time the event has run, and an excellent event it was.

The events reputation was reflected in the seventy six car entry, which included a wide array of vehicles, from a beautiful Lagonda, through to American Army jeeps and some more modern classics.  

Starting and finishing at Minehead Rugby Club's excellent facilities, the route of just under one hundred miles never left the limits of Exmoor, and included some wonderful roads, and of course some outstanding views from many points on the route.

Initially heading east we soon turned south through the tourist delight that is Dunster, and on down across Wheedon Cross towards Exton, and then turning west through Winsford and across the moor to Withypool. 

Then back north to Exford across some wonderful roads to meet the coast road near the top of the Porlock toll road, where refreshments were available at the viewing point cafe. To get here we
needed to cross a very narrow bridge, and the organisers had kindly listed the width's of some of the cars on the event to give more confidence to those not too sure that they would fit through!

Turning west we headed along the coast road enjoying the amazing views across to South Wales, before starting the long steep run down into Lynmouth, and then turning back south for a lovely long run down to Simonsbath, and shortly after we were on the highest road on Exmoor, which is also the county boundary. Soon after we came to the 'optional' special test, which most tackled with slightly too much enthusiasm!  Shortly after we passed the Sportsmans Arms, where a number of entries decided to take a leisurely lunch.

We were now heading southeast to Dulverton, and crossing the A396 near to (but fortunately not through) 
the infamous Bury Ford, and then turning north for the final quarter of the event. Initially running due north on some beautifully open and quiet roads, we turned north west to Dunkery Gate and then north along the road over the top of Dunkery Hill with its famous viewing points before dropping down yet another steep hill to Luccombe, then back onto the coast road to Minehead, where we finished with a run along the promenade from the harbour at one end to Butlins at the other, and finally the Rugby Club, where we parked on the edge of the pitch in car decade order for the judging of the various categories of awards.

A very well organised and run event, which made the most of the fabulous roads that Exmoor has to offer.

Nick & Jill Jones (and Jet the dog) - MGB