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August 2018

BMGOC Caister Lifeboat Cheque Presentation and Martham Open Gardens

A group of members met at the Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Station on Sunday 8th July to present the crew with a cheque for £1,000 from the proceeds of the 29th Heritage Run. David handed the cheque over to Treasurer David Carr and father and son lifeboat crew members Zane and Laurence Billington.

After a quick coffee we drove in convoy to The Green at Martham to park up with other classic cars as part of the Martham Open Gardens event. Having done the last event two years ago, it was nice to see a few new gardens on the trail around the village this year, and it is surprising what gems are hidden away behind hedges and fences. BMGOC members Peter and Lynne had opened their immaculate garden to the public again and we were treated to tea and coffee and delicious homemade cakes – thanks to both.

The sun shone all day and walking around the gardens in the heat was quite exhausting, so we did miss off a couple of properties on the edge of the village which was a pity after all the hard work people put into preparing their gardens.

After the show we enjoyed a nice meal at the Kings Arms in the village, which rounded off a great day. Thanks go to David for organising the cheque presentation and meal.


Cars by the Lake – Sunday 2nd September 2018

If you would like to attend this event please let David know by the next club night. We will be departing Billingford at 9.00am.

Cars by the lake

The Carpenters do Vintage Transport – NNR Vintage Transport Day review by Bren Carpenter

As this was our first time visit to the event we were not absolutely sure what we had booked up for, and with the car in not such a clean state (too busy all week) we set off to meet other enthusiasts at Roys of Wroxham. Once everyone was present and correct we all set off for Holt. The sun was beating down and the day looked promising. On arrival at the exhibition we all parked up and David declared that he was not doing another thing until he had drunk coffee! Likewise we too decided that was a good idea and went off to procure an excellent cup from the refreshment area, collecting our transport passes on the way.

We then went along to look at the trains and decided to take one to Sheringham – however we were on the wrong platform and missed it!! Time to rethink – we then went to look at the vintage buses and loved this one. It was just about due to head off to Sheringham and so we managed to grab the back seat and enjoyed the ride, reminiscing about coach rides in our schooldays. Arriving at Sheringham ice-cream first and then a walk down to the seafront where the cool breeze was refreshing.

We decided to carry on along the seafront and climb to the top of Beeston Bump and enjoyed the marvellous views. We then walked back to the station and admired the steam train before boarding it and enjoying the ride back to Holt. Arriving back we had a wander around the field to look at the exhibits.

We had a really lovely day and enjoyed the journeys on the vintage transport very much (thank you Davidfor the organisation!) …………will be back next Year!


Congratulations go to Peter and Karen on the announcement of their recent engagement. Peter proposed whilst on their holiday in Portugal, Karen accepted and the wedding will be in May next year.

I know I speak for all club members when we wish them all the very best!

Best Wishes

We wish Graham and Vic speedy recoveries after their recent operations.

July Club Night Run to Filby Bridge Restaurant

The July club night was a run to The Filby Bridge restaurant. A great number of members met up at asunny Caister Tesco’s car park before setting off ,following an excellent set of notes, for a very enjoyable 16 mile run along the coast road to Winterton before heading inland to Somerton and Martham before arriving at the restaurant. It wasgreat to see Jeff’s latest acquisition on the run – a verysmart MGR V8 called Harvey (let’s hope he doesn’tbang into any walls!)

The food was excellent and the staff did a great job of serving so many people all at once.

Many thanks go to Clive and family for organising a great route and evening

August Club Night Run to the Geldeston Locks Inn 1st August 2018

Hopefully members have given Paul their menu choices by now. There will be a short but, I am reliably informed, nice run to the pub leaving Beccles Morrisons car park at 7.00pm.

Please note the pub does not take cards – CASH ONLY!

Stonham Barns Classic Car Show 19th August 2018

Those going to the Stonham Barns Classic Car Show please meet at the usual large lay- by at Billingford on the A143 for a 9:15am departure.

September 5th Club Night Run to the Plough Inn at Blundeston

Mark and Bev have arranged for the club to visit the Plough Inn at Blundeston for the September club night run. The Plough are putting together a menu for us and I will email this out to ever

Diss Heritage Transport Fayre 12th August

Phil Bean has passed on the following details of a free classic car show in Diss town centre on 12 August:
“Dozens of vintage and classic cars will fill the Heritage Triangle in the town centre and promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The historic market place is welcoming vehicles of a bygone era and as before the 1940s petrol filling station will pop up at the entrance to Cobbs Yard in St Nicholas Street.

Vehicle owners are being encouraged to wear clothes to match the era of their car and prizes will be awarded to those whose period costume is considered the best in keeping with their classic vehicle.

Suitably, the theme for the day, on Sunday August 12, will be Step Back in Time”.

Helmingham Hall Festival of Classic & Sports Cars 5th August 2018

Those who have entered this event should have received an email from me with the meeting time and venue. Please get in touch ASAP if you haven’t.

Heveningham Hall Country Fair – 30 June – 1st July 2018

We were faced with a dilemma; go to the excellent Poppy Line Vintage Transport Day with the club or the equally great Heveningham Hall Country Fair. As Jill and I had attended the Poppy Line event for several years running we thought we would go to Heveningham instead.

With the sun out the heat was already building up when we met up with some other BMGOC members at the entrance to the hall. We parked up with the other classic cars, put out our chairs under the shade of a nearby tree and went in search of a cup of tea. No problem here with the amount of stalls selling food and drink and also a large food marquee with culinary delights such as artisan sausages and locally sourcedtruffles (disappointingly they didn’t use pigs to find them).

After wandering around the dozens of craft and retail stalls we found ourselves in the immaculate gardens of the hall and another refreshment marquee. After a cup of coffee, and a piece of cake to restore our energy, we continued on our tour. The event now hosts a rather glamorous motorsport concoursd’elegance. This is by invitation only and featured some very special and expensive cars, probably the most recognisable being Nick Mason’s Ferrari 250 GTO (in you are interested a full list of cars appears on The Country Fair is becoming a mini Goodwood Festival of Speed with another new feature – Horsepower Hill. This allowed the concours’ owners to burn rubber in a timed sprintthrough the Capability Brown designed landscape. Paul Cain and I were a little disappointed, however, at the exhaust note of the Heveningham Hall owner’s Bugatti Veyron as it sped up the hill (too quiet) and we laughed quietly to ourselves when his son stalled his Ferrari LaFerrari trying to beat his father’s time (we’renot at all jealous!).

Other highlights of the day included a Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf 109 ‘dogfight’, a Shetland pony Grand National, Suffolk Punches and a dog show amongst numerous other events.

All in all a brilliant show which gets better each year, and the sunny weather was certainly an improvement on the last couple of times we went as a club when it chucked it down all day. Now, let’s hope this event doesn’t clash with the Poppy Line Vintage Transport Day next year.

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