2011 Club Events
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Castle Combe - 11th June 2011
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Once again, Castle Combe served up a day of summer sunshine and, despite several members being on holiday or repairing cars, the club had a good turnout. Several of us met as usual at Membury Service station on the M4, where we were joined by an American Ford Skylark of prodigious size, also on its way to the show.
The club had been given an excellent position, close to the track, from where we could observe and photograph some of the boy racers (many of them “old boy” racers, especially those with long beards and grey hair from the 3-wheel Morgan contingent!) as they cavorted around the circuit.
Unfortunately there were fewer spills than last year yes, I know that is a terrible thing to say, but there is something undeniably enjoyable about watching some show-off in a souped-up Mini taking massive risks at every corner, only to end up being ferried back in a safety car while the wreckage of his car is loaded on to a trailer!
The club cars took part, as usual, in the parade laps, where there were so many cars this year that the leaders, two abreast behind the safety car, actually finished their first lap before the tail-enders had begun theirs! Several club members also paid for speed laps behind the safety car, which enabled them to practice the art of finding the “racing line” at a highly respectable pace.
There were some spectacular cars on show, among the best being a superb line-up of Jaguars which included a D-Type, several E-Types, two stunning XK 120s and that rare specimen, a 220 supercar.
Two-tone coach-work was in vogue with the 1950s and 1960s Austin Cambridges, also the Austin Healey 3000s. Even better than the 3000s were a pair of Austin Healey 100s, the immaculate white one being a contender for my favourite car at the show, but probably outdone by the pre-war Alpha nearby.
Other outstanding cars included a Renault Alpine, red MGTF, two impressive Bristols and a good number of Morgan 3-wheelers of various styles and colours.
So Castle Combe lived up to its high standards again, with only a deluge half-way home to dampen the enthusiasm (this being of sufficient proportions to force me into a “Works Unit only” turn-off from the M4 to put the hood up in a hurry!)
Tony Tucker - Events Co-ordinator
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