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2015 - Lavender Run - July

JULY 2015

A short note from Dippy, as he was not invited to take part on this event. After an exhausting Taith Cymru and a trip with four people in the car to Belgium, a short rest was taken by Dippy and driver Hilary before  an afternoon out at the Crash Box & Classic Car Club’s President’s Picnic playing games in a field. 

All good fun followed by a few trips to the shops (boring!). After a service and an MOT Dippy will be ready for a run out on the Classic Harvest Tour Weekend 19th /20th September and  a trip out on the Ludlow and the Marches Classic Tour 11th October this will complete our Year.

Graham Davies and myself made the trip from my cousins house in Redditch to the Jinney Rings Craft Centre, Hanbury in his MGB, which was to be my transport for the day.

The Lavender Run had its usual high standard of organisation and the mileage between tulips was a navigator's dream to follow. Even a lollipop on the tulip to show where the organiser had measured to from the previous instruction A welcome coffee break was taken at Hiller’s Garden Centre with first class coffee and cake a little time spent re-focusing as I am sure we should not have passed through the same check point twice. My comment was we enjoyed the scenery so much the first time I thought we would go round again.

No more mistakes were made and a very interesting section took us in the direction of Harvington, Throckmorton, Evesham and Eckington to the lunch break in glorious sunshine at Croome Park. A place well worth a return visit. Refreshed we set off to do the afternoon section with an optional break at the Lavender Farm or Broadway Tower. 

This section took us in the direction of Tewkesbury, Bredon, and Gretton to Winchcombe to start the last section which would take us to the finish. On our way to Snowshill my driver mentioned, “I don't know if we will have enough petrol to get to the finish!!’’ Reply ’’Do you have a can of petrol in the boot?” “No not today, but I usually do.’’ 

Well we did make it to the finish that fortunately had fuel on the approach.

The roads chosen for this tour were just perfect very little main road mileage, country lanes that were neither too wide or narrow. The entry list of 56 made very good reading with such a wide variety of cars entered. 

There were Morgan, Mini, Triumph, Porsche, Mercedes 230SL, Datzun , BMW Isetta 300 plus an Austin Atlantic and a Hillman Avenger. Even an Austin Mini that had come all the way over from France to do the event.

It was lovely to meet up with Graham Moore who had entered this event with his wife. He and his son had very kindly helped Mike and myself on one of our Belgium trips when our headlights decided to play up. The lights went out with a bang while we were travelling at speed down a narrow lane with 6 foot high maize on both sides!

The event finished at Evesham Country Park where a first class carvery was laid on the food and service was excellent.

Thanks must go to the whole team for making this event so enjoyable also Cliff Porter for supplying the photographs. I checked on Dippy when I got home and he was OK with me doing the event in an MGB but is also looking forward to going out on the Harvest and Ludlow events this year. 

Hopefully to be followed by a return visit to Belgium in 2016.

Off the record: Oops!!A certain friend managed to turn over two pages of the road book but quickly realise what had happened…..