10th Classics and Sports Cars by the Lake
It was an early start for several members travelling from the east of the region to make the Billingford meeting point on time for the run to the 10th Classics and Sports Cars by the Lake near Bury St Edmunds. Paul Cain led the convoy of 12 cars to Hall Farm, Fornham St Martin for this large event which raises money for St Nicholas Hospice Care. The restricted number of cars allowed this year on club stands had one positive effect as there wasn’t much queuing when we got there, although there did seem to be a big area of grass where they could have easily accommodated more cars.
It was fortunate that the weather was fine as the area allocated to Broadland MGOC this year was on the far side of the site and down a rather steep bank. Some members experienced a bit of wheel spinning trying to park up – if it had been wet they would have never got back out. We left the cars at the bottom of the bank and arranged the chairs and tables at the top, with David getting out the windbreaker as it was rather breezy.
This event attracts a fine array of cars, from some very expensive supercars, to luxury sports saloons and hundreds of very interesting individual entries. There were over 600 vehicles entered and more than 5000 people attended the show this year.
After the event members made a return visit to the Old Ram Inn at Tivetshall St Mary for a very nice meal. Many thanks go to David for organising the event.
Sunday Run to West Runton, 8th September
Seven cars met up at Wroxham for a Sunday run up to West Runton for lunch at The Village Inn pub. We stopped off for coffee en-route at the Groveland Farm Shop at Roughton, which was very pleasant. Once refreshed, we continued on to the cliff top car park at West Runton and parked up. The previous week had seen the region enjoying an Indian Summer, but it had clearly gone back to the Great Plains for our day out as we huddled behind David’s windbreak trying to stop hyperthermia setting in. To try and warm up David set up a game of Mölkky which had been made by Dave Oliver. Mölkky is a Finnish throwing game and despite being very simple is very tricky to master. After a series of eliminations knocked out most of the members, Viv became the victor by throwing a pin to score the exact number to win (it should be 50 but it was reduced to 25 as we would still be playing it now!).
Unfortunately, and I cannot remember the reason why, we couldn’t get a table at The Village Inn so Colin and Hilary suggested the Priory Maze and Gardens Cafe at Sheringham. They were able to accommodate us so we drove the short distance along the coast road and enjoyed a very nice meal.
Many thanks go to David for organising a great day out.
A Visit to The Wind Energy Museum, Staithe Road, Repps – report and photos by Jeff Brown
Late Saturday evening, 15th September, picked up an e.mail from Steve for the above. Having nothing planned for the following day, I set off to find out more. Entering the village on the Yarmouth to Hemsby Road, take a left into Church Lane, follow this road through a farm yard (or so it appears) until at the end the Museum Site appears on your right. (Satnav NR29 5JU). I was greeted by Deborah who appears to be the co-ordinator for the Museum. Although the site is not very big it has an impressive display of wind pumps, all of which work and the usual on-going projects. The owner of an Opperman 3 wheeled tractor trailer showed off his vehicle with pride and the history of its restoration; being an engineer who could make missing parts was certainly an advantage in this.
Tractors of varying ages and restoration were present. Model water pumps and restored pumps were on diplay. The owner of a Dutch steam organ entertained the visitors with a wide selection of music which not only used the punched cards but was equipped with a computerised set up to play downloaded music from the internet. Ray and Molly turned up, Annie with daughter in the Midget and Shaun in the Porsche, and Phil and Heather in their white MGB Roadster were there too. Alan and Margaret were also there with Margaret demonstrating her spinning wheel. The Heritage hut tea room serves light lunches, cream teas and a range of beverages. There is a comprehensive history of water pumps and especially of Thurne Mill, which the Museum volunteers are prepaing to repaint at a considerable cost. There is a country walk from the Museum to the Mill which takes about 40 minutes. I took the car to Thurne. Here I found a recommended pub by the river, a shop and art gallery before a short walk brought me to the Mill.
On such a fine day, this was a worthwhile visit which we might consider for 2020.
Sunday Lunch Run, 17th November 2019, East Coast Family Restaurant
Clive has kindly organised a Sunday lunch run for 17th November to the East Coast Family Restaurant which is located between Ormesby St Margaret and Scratby. The meeting point will be the usual Roys of Wroxham car park for a 10.00am start. The menu choices with prices are as follows:-
Roasts – Beef, Pork, Half Chicken or Gammon £8.45
Homemade Steak & Kidney Pudding New Potatoes, Vegetables & Gravy £9.45 Homemade Chicken & Mushroom Pie Chips & Peas £8.95
Grilled Chicken Supreme with a Mushroom & white Wine Sauce New Potatoes & Vegetables £8.95 Grilled Salmon New Potatoes & Peas £9.95
Home mage Vegetable & Bean Chilli, Rice Salad & Tortillas £8.45
Deserts – All Priced at £4.50
Chocolate Sponge with Chocolate Sauce
All hot Deserts served with Choice of Custard, Cream or Ice Cream Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce
Lightly Lemony Ice Cream cake
Lemon Meringue Pie
Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake
All cold Deserts served with Cream or Ice Cream
September Club Night Run
Mark, Bev and Charlotte kindly organised the last club night run of the year to The Plough Inn at Wangford.
Meeting up at the Beccles Morrisons car park we headed off on the 16 mile run into deepest, darkest Suffolk following a very comprehensive set of instructions. The route was great and it was good to see a bit of grass growing in the middle of the road on some sections (in memory of Mike Dickinson?!!!). The pace of the convoy was sedate compared to Mark’s previous runs (maybe because Charlotte was navigating) and we kept all four wheels of the MG on the ground throughout!
With the evenings pulling in, we all arrived at Wangford before dark and enjoyed a very nice meal with good service. Jeff wrote a poem for the staff which is reproduced below.
Many thanks go to Mark, Bev and Charlotte for organising the evening.
MG TF ROADSTER REGISTERED 1975 PETROL 1798CC RACING GREEN
CONTACT: 01493 750486
October 13th ………………… NNCVC Trafalgar Run
November 8th-10th ………… NEC Classic Car Show