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Standard Motor Club International Rally, 2018
Our major Standard Motor Club event took place over midsummer weekend this year. It all began on Friday 22nd June when we had a great afternoon at Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford on Avon. An area of the car park was reserved for our group of around 35 Standard cars. The staff at the farm were very helpful. Many were in Tudor costume and we all enjoyed the Tudor atmosphere created by the wonderful buildings and guided tours. Here we enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells at this working Tudor Farm, part of the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust. Mary Arden was Shakespeare’s mother and she lived at the farm as a child. We learned that left handed people at that time were considered to be “the devil’s spawn”, that a bed was a really valuable piece of furniture so most people slept on the floor in a half sitting position so that Satan could not steal their souls through their open mouths when snoring. Refreshed by tea and ice cream, club members made their way to the Mercure Walton Hall Hotel, our base for the weekend. Thanks go to Len Barr for the return road run which avoided the busy roads round Stratford.
In the evening over 90 of us were treated to very enjoyable buffet with a choice of hot and cold food in the Moncrief Room of the old Manor House.
Our destination on Saturday was Sudeley Castle. We set off bright and early for our route, which was plan B. Plan A had involved a run over Camden Hill. Unfortunately the water board had closed the road to do repairs, which we discovered when Phil, Len and I checked the route two days earlier. However Plan B worked very well, with the Cotswold hills and villages looking beautiful in the bright sunshine. Sudeley Castle had provided an area within the Castle grounds for our pre-
Later that evening a three course dinner was served in the Courtyard Suite at Walton Hall and our guest speaker, Graham Robson gave an entertaining talk.
Sunday was our static rally. The site, by the lake at Walton hall, was picturesque, and the field soon filled up with our cars, including the open class, Triumphs and the cars joining us from the Bristol Owner and Driver Association. Steve O’Hara organised the parking and worked very hard indeed.
We were entertained by our band, Willow and Tool, who played two sets during the day. The bring and buy stall was a magnet for those seeking bargains, and this was organised by Steve Smeltzer. Most classes had self-
The day went all too quickly. After the raffle was drawn we had the procession of prizewinning cars as the awards were presented by Graham Robson.
Thanks to everyone who helped to make the rally a real success. Just over 100 cars attended. Thanks to Paul Newsome for all his work liaising with the hotel, and to Danielle Kelly at the hotel for her patient help.
The Devon Mob would like to thank all the committee and organisers of the rally weekend. It was very well organised with a variety of events for all those who attended.
We especially enjoyed Mary Arden's Farm visit where we arrived early and were the last to leave. The visit to the castle was a lovely run, both to and from, despite the last minute changes to the planned route.
Great hotel in a lovely location helped by the georgous weather, a most enjoyable weekend all round.
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Thank you all once again for all your hard work and we look forward to seeing you at next years rally.
Chris & Linda Bowden, Carol & Gerald and Karen & Steve