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August 2019

Cheque presentation to Caister Lifeboat and CPRE Summer Fair – report by Jeff Brown

A dull, wet start to Sunday morning with little prospect of sunshine for the day’s activities. Twelve carsassembled at the Caister Lifeboat Station to present a cheque of £1000 pounds from the Heritage Run. A surprise appearance of a very tall Skipper Jack, the mascot of the Caister crew. (See photograph.) Thankfully, the morning temperature was reasonable, but, even so, the outfit must have been veryuncomfortable. The large outer door was opened and MG’s lined up for the photographs to be taken of thepresentation.

From here a convoy of cars set off to Raveningham Gardens where a Summer Fair was being held to highlight the work of The Campaign to Protect Rural England. Sir Nicholas Bacon is President of the Royal Horticultural Society. After a journey which took us via Great Yarmouth, Belton, Fritton and Haddiscoe all arrived safely at Raveningham Hall. Classic cars were given an allotted space away from the main parkingarea and with the Club’s banners set up we entered the Festival. The weather remained dry but overcast for the rest of the day but didn’t deter a good number of visitors to the event.

Five main attractions were staged throughout the day: two garden tours led by Sir Nicholas Bacon; The Brook Street Band: two young ladies performing on harpsichord and cello; Hoxon Hundred Folk dancers entertained with Morris Dancing complete with bright waistcoats, stout sticks and bells; Rattlebox Norfolk Folk Band with lively tunes and a Companion Dog Show under Kennel Club Rules. Joyce entered Wilbur, her dog and he won a Rosette and a goody bag of doggy treats.

The Hall’s Tea Shop was set up in a covered area in front of the Hall with refreshments. There were a number of local award winning artisan food and drink stalls, namely, beers, ciders and gins. A most enjoyable day with something for young and old.

At the end of the day nine of us enjoyed a meal at Browston Hall. Thanks again to David for his hard work in organising another great day out.

July Club Night, Browston Manor

The July club night was well attended with members enjoying a carvery at Browston Manor, near Bradwell. Thanks go to David for organising the evening.

June Club Night run to The White Lodge, Attleborough

There was a good turnout at Harford Park and Ride car park for the run to The White Lodge at Attleborough. Paul and Geoff hadprepared a 16 mile run and we followed the ‘tulip’ typeinstructions without any problems or losing any members. The meals were very nice and we rounded off the evening bycelebrating Paul’s birthday with a delicious cake made by Viv.Happy birthday Paul!

Many thanks go to Paul and Geoff for organising the evening and to Viv for the cake!

September Club Night Run to The Plough Inn, Wangford

Mark and Bev are very kindly organising the September Club Night Run to The Plough Inn at Wangford. The number of covers is limited to 30 so it is on a first come first served basis. Prices are:

1 course £13 2 course £21 3 course £27

The meeting point will be the Beccles Morrisons car park for a 6.30pm (prompt) departure as we have been requested to be seated by 7.30pm.

Please let Mark and Bev have your food choices from the menu below. Please note they are away until the 18th August so you might not receive an acknowledgement until a couple of days after that. Email mark-bev@totalise.com.

The Plough Inn address is London Road, Wangford, NR34 8AZ and if you are going to drive straight there please let Mark or Bev know.

Menu

Starters

Deep Fried Salt and Pepper Squid with Sweet Chilli Dip Prawn Salad with Marie Rose Sauce and Granary Bread Feta, Mixed Olives and Tomato Salad
Chicken Liver Pate, Redcurrant Jelly and Toasted Foccacia

Mains

Baked Fresh Salmon with a Creamy Prawn Sauce
Braised Pork Shoulder Steak with a Madeira and Mushroom Sauce Supreme of Chicken with a Stilton, Leek and Bacon Sauce Baked Flat Mushroom Topped with Mozzarella, Tomato and Basil Above Served with Fresh Vegetables and Potatoes

Desserts

Fresh Fruit Salad with Raspberry Sorbet
Summer Fruit Meringue with Clotted Cream Ice Cream and Fruit Coulis Tart Au Citroen with Fruit Coulis and Panna Cotta and Raspberry Ice Cream Warm Sweet Belgian Waffle with Maple and Walnut Ice Cream and Maple Syrup

Wings and Wheels event at City of Norwich Museum, 30th June – report by Jeff Brown

On a sunny Sunday morning a group of 10 cars set off from the Cromer Road lay-by opposite Norwich Airport Park and Ride at 9 a.m. After a short journey to the village of Horsham St. Faiths we followed the signs to the Museum and parked up close to the static aircraft displays. As usual we set up ‘camp’ prior toexamining some of the magnificent aircraft on display. In spite of the upheaval caused by the building of the NDR the volunteers had done well to relocate each aircraft to a new space which meant that some hard standings were not yet in place. Although the taps for cleaning the aircraft were in place the water had not been connected! The range of aircraft was quite pleasing from small single engined planes to the mighty Vulcan bomber, which was originally the standby aircraft in the Falklands conflict with only 5800 hours of flying. An example of a Nimrod was open to visitors, a forerunner of the Hercules. Former passenger aircraft which once flew from Norwich Airport in the early days were on display. There was much to see: a comprehensive history of the Squadrons based at Horsham St. Faiths airbase which is now Norwich Airport. You could sit in the cockpit of a jet fighter, talk to the two enthusiasts who were restoring a helicopter, see various engines and their development. Worth a repeat visit.

Other car enthusiasts were there, too, some American cars, Mustangs, GT40s all with their proud owners and cars with large, thirsty engines.

An interesting sunny day out ending with a meal at The White Horse, Crostwick. Thanks again to David for his hard work in making the day.

Broadland MG Club Norwich Aircraft Museum 4th July 2019 – report and photos Paul Cain

8 cars met up outside of Norwich Airport prior to driving to the Norwich Aircraft museum to be at our display area for 9:30am, with the MG cars just about out numbering other marques of cars attending by 5 to 3!!! With the weather being a little blustery but at least dry.

After parking up and sorting out the sitting arrangements, we watched a steady procession of other classic cars arriving and some American Muscle cars, with special attention made to a rather supped up Citroen CV6 sporting a V8 engine with all the bells and whistles, truly bizarre!!

After a brief walk around and a cup of tea our attention was turned to the display of various aircraft, mainly jet fighters including the Lightning and Meteor etc. Also being exhibited was a Vulcan bomber, which there was a display of the lighting and opening and closing of the bomb bay doors via the powerprovided by 2 large generators, and a Nimrod, nick named the “Vomit Comet”.

Several of us decided to have a tour of the Nimrod which was provided by one of the volunteers of whom was very knowledgeable, and entertaining as he had worked on the Nimrods for a number of years during his career. The Nimrod was primary built to provide battlefield information from the air, whether on land or at sea, and has seen operations all over the world to include Afghanistan and Iraq. On board was a great array of surveillance equipment

and tracking with the bomb bay able to deploy conventional and nuclear weapons including cruise missiles. One of the main roles played by the Nimrod was submarine tracking, as well as providing air sea rescue support. When tracking submarines, it dropped sonar buoys from the aircraft via 2 drop pods from the rear of the aircraft. There were several types of buoys dropped that could detect potential targets without the target hearing the sonar emitted by the device. They had one that would make a noise like a torpedo being dropped and targeting the submarine. Below a picture of where the targets were monitored, and where the firearms officer would take control of the aircraft to monitor the progress and direct ordinance to their respective targets.

The tracking of a potential target involved the aircraft to drop the buoy, then perform a radical manoeuvre flying at 200 feet above the sea, then pull up sharply to around 1500-2000 feet whilst banking the aircraft left or right at up to 60 degrees then dashing back down to sea level, hencethe nick name “Vomit Comet” as a number of the occupants would be abit ill after several manoeuvres like this performed during a monitoring mission. Apparently the favourite food requested during mission was curry!!! As the crew believed that curry made the plane smell a bit better!!!!, during a sortie.

Along the length of the aircraft there were several observation windows, and a view of our cars seen from one of the observation stations. These were mainly used to identify shipping and when in the air/sea rescue role look outs were used for finding wreckage or survivors in the water. The tour ended with a look at the cockpit and some stories by the volunteer about hassling soviet submarines.

Other buildings were full of aviation history from local fighter squadrons to American bomber groups and various stories of valour, with many exhibits. Soon the cars started to drift off, and we were on our way to the White Horse at Crostwick for a meal before heading home.

North Norfolk Classic Vehicle Club’s Trafalgar Run – 13th October

The NNCVC have kindly invited us to join them on their Trafalgar Run on Sunday 13th October. The 45 mile run will start from Blakeney Village Hall car park and finish at Sheringham Golf Course for lunch. Lunch, which is done on a pre booked and paid for basis, is £16 per head for two courses. Please let David Johnson know if you are interested in going on the run as soon as possible.

Mains

Served with seasonal vegetables

Braised Sirloin Steak with mushroom and red wine sauce Breast of Chicken with tomato mushroom and mozzarella melt

Posh Fish Pie Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Desserts

Seasonal Fruit Crumble and CustardBailey’s CheesecakeChocolate Torte
Cheese & Biscuits

Coffee and Tea

North Norfolk Railway Vintage Transport Day, Holt 7th July – review by Jeff Brown

25 members, together with David and Gloria’s daughter Sonya and grandson, Seth met up at Roy’s car park Wroxham leaving at 9.45 a.m. 15 cars set off in convoy and managed to stay pretty much together through Coltishall, and Aylsham to the Holt Poppy Line station. The approach to the car parking area was along a dusty, bumpy track and we were directed to our parking area before assembling the BMGOC camp site. Signing in gave us our passes for vintage buses and trains. All of us took advantage of a steam train or vintage bus ride to Sheringham for a walk to the seafront and lunch on a sunny but breezy day before returning to the magnificent display of classic cars at Holt, many of which had been lovingly restored by their owners at tremendous cost and some which were in the process of being returned to their former glory. The owner of an AC Cobra replica was unable to get started and had to call the AA man who was unable to fix it in 45 minutes so was finally taken home on the back of a transporter! Soon, the signs of the day coming to a close, saw the cars leaving one by one to their home destinations. For the BMGOC members a return to Crostwick White Horse for an enjoyable meal to end a perfect day.

Thanks again to David for his hard work organising another enjoyable day.

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