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Group Visit to Jodrell Bank
Thirteen classic cars began the journey from our Organiser’s house to Jodrell Bank, through 21 miles of narrow Cheshire lanes which were ablaze with autumnal colour. No lost sheep or reported mechanical problems on the route and on arrival we were joined by others in various classic marques to form a 35 strong group, despite a wet morning.
Jodrell Bank history began in 1945 when Bernard Lovell, who had been observing Cosmic Rays at the University of Manchester, came to this site to build a huge paraboloidal reflector Radio Telescope from scaffolding poles and miles of steel wire. Since 1957, using the gigantic 3200 tonne Lovell Telescope, the Jodrell Bank site has been quietly probing the depths of space as one of the biggest and most powerful radio telescopes in the world. Impressive to our Standard group was the telescope’s ability to turn relatively quickly on its circular railway track, and the need for 63,000 litres of paint costing nearly £120,000 to paint one sixth of the telescope every year which makes ‘rubbing down’ a daunting task!
Our cars were put on show under Standard Club banners, and we headed off for a group lunch and 3D film on solar and planetary matters, suitably attired with those wonderful 3D spectacles, that some readers some may remember from the past days of cinema. A short history of Jodrell Bank was confidently delivered by our Organiser Dr. Bryan Jones followed by a further 3D film showing a "virtual" trip to Mars. All the cars were then placed under the afternoon sun in front of the Lovell Telescope for the group photograph.
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Thanks to Alex and Lynne Robertson for making all the arrangements for this interesting trip. For details on our future events please see here or contact:
Bryan Jones, Organiser, Manchester Standard Triumph Group, Standard Motor Club [Bedabrammerjones@aol.com 0161 483 7121