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October 2017

Glemham Hall Antique And Classic Car Fair – review by Mike Smith

9 out of 10 time’s we start our write up’s with referring to the weather, sun, rain or the odd hot day but this time for a change it was misty and foggy, however the roads stayed nice and dry with the sun trying to break through but with no effect just yet. With 8 cars, 16 members and 2 dogs meeting up at one of our most common spots, Morrisons Beccles. With a quick hello and chat we departed the car park and got on the road at 09:10am heading towards Glemham Hall, as we had to be parked by 10am. This must be one of the slowest runs we have had for some time going to an event/show, top speed 40 miles per hour all the way, stuck behind a small car and caravan which so happens to be turning into Glemham Hall grounds as well as us. One good thing, no one got left behind or lost, yes we can do it! Once we arrived the mist had disappeared and it was starting to warm up a bit, but the clouds ruled the day holding back the sun. Driving past the front entrance of the 15th Century Manor House we ended up in a field just beside the hall. Most of the classic cars were parked in a half moon shape facing the antique stalls. As a club I must admit we always seem to have the biggest circle of chairs of all the shows we attend, whilst chatting, drinking tea and coffee.

Our first point of call was to have a stroll around the vintage/ classic cars so not to miss them before they slowly left throughout the day. A few cars we haven’t seen before: Mercedes, Bugatti’s, Maserati, Jaguar, GT40, Morris Minors, Ford’s, MGs and so on, the most popular model of car on show was the MG Midgets, but best in show a stunning cream 1960 Mercedes 190. Next stroll was to see if one of us could pick up an antique bargain or two because we are all experts in this line of field. A bit like the TV shows but with a difference we’ve all seen them. Time for a well deserved lunch, back to our circle of chairs, more hot tea, coffee, sausage rolls and pork pies etc. Once fed and watered off we go for a third stroll but this time for a quick snoop and good old nose through the windows of this 15th century hall and a team photo. By this time David had phoned ahead for food arrangements for most of the members on the way home.

It makes a nice change to try somewhere just that little bit different. This was a good little show and the weather was not too bad just a bit fresh at times. Next summer, when the hall and gardens are open it could be one for a future visit.

Thanks go to Mike for arranging the club’s entry and congratulations go to Dave and Carol for receiving the Runner Up award for Best Car of Show with their Jaguar XK150.

September Club Night Run

The September Club Night Run saw a smaller group meet up at Morrisons, Beccles, for the run to Giadinos Italian restaurant at Lowestoft. Mark and Bev led the convoy at a brisk pace along some lovely country lanes, as the sun slowly set on the horizon. With fewer cars the convoy managed to stay together – even Geoff and Viv got to the restaurant without getting lost (a first!).

We joined the rest of the club, who had made their own ways to Giadinos, for pre-dinner drinks before being shown to the table. The food and service was great and the company even better.

Many thanks go to Mark and Bev for organising the evening.

Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake

It was another early start for the run to Fornham St Martin and the 2017 Classic and Sports Cars by the Lake event. We arrived just in time at the Billingford lay-by and were given a large round entry sticker/pass with Broadland MGOC printed on it by David. With the sticker fixed to the windscreen we were off following the rest of the group along the A143 towards Bury St Edmunds.

The show attracts over 600 cars but entry to the site was fairly smooth this year and the queue wasn’t too bad. Broadland MGOC had a good pitch and with all the cars lined up, including Ray and Molly’s smart Jaguar XK8, we got the chairs out and had a well earned coffee.

The large marquee in the centre of the show, which featured supercars such as Ferraris and McLarens last year, was dedicated to the Blackpool based car manufacture TVR. However, these beasts seemed tame compared to some of the other cars on display. There were cars from all marques and eras so there was something to appeal to everyone.

The rain held off until the end of the day, but with dark clouds forming many people packed up a little earlier than normal hoping to get home in the dry. Some BMGOC members stayed behind and made their way to South Lopham for a meal on the way home.

Another classic Classics and Sports Cars by the Lake. Thanks go to David for organising the club’s entry.

Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club Sandringham Charity Rally – 8th October 2017

Those who have entered the Norfolk and Norwich Rover Owners Club Charity Rally and want to drive in convoy to Sandringham, please meet at the usual layby on the A47 Norwich Southern Bypass, just past the A146 slip road for Lowestoft, for 9:30am.

Sunday Lunch Run to the Furzedown Hotel, Great Yarmouth – 29th October 2017

David has booked Sunday lunch at the Furzedown Hotel, Great Yarmouth for 29th October 2017.

The meeting point will be the usual Roys of Wroxham car park for 11.00am , stopping for coffee en route to The Furzedown, where the cars can be parked at the back of the hotel.

The price for a 3 course meal, including tea or coffee, is £20. Please make your selection from the menu and Email it to David before Saturday 20th October.

MoT Exemption for 40 Year Old Classic Cars

Mike Smith has recently sent me details about the Department of Transport’s plans to extend the current MoT exemption for classic cars to include those over 40 years of age. Currently, UK regulations allow pre-1960 classic cars exemption from the MoT test requirements, but as of May next year cars and motorcycles built before 1978 will no longer need to undergo the yearly roadworthiness test.

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