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Manchester and Northwest Group Rally
The Standard Motor Club visits the Churnet Valley Railway
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Mrs Webmaster and I decided to attend this event to support the Northwest Group's Annual Rally. We set off on Saturday and had booked bed and breakfast near Leek, not far from Alton Towers. And very good it was too! Sunday dawned very bright and we were blessed with glorious early autumn sunshine. We arrived at Froghall Station on the Churnet Valley line just on 10 am on Sunday.
Andrew Davis takes up the story of the day:
Postwar 8 Tourer
A good head of Steam and a good turnout
Vanguard Phase 1A Estate
We reintroduced the Manchester Group Annual Show, after several years, with a successful visit to the Froghall Station on the Churnet Valley Railway in Staffordshire on the 20 September. The Group’s annual show was previously abandoned when we moved to our present Heywood venue, because the car park was simply not big enough to accommodate an increasing number of cars.
We enjoyed sunny and warm weather for the show, and a good turnout of nearly 50 vehicles, including 14 Standards, 11 Triumphs and an excellent collection of Open Class cars.
We had great support from the Triumph 2000/2500/2500.5 register with some remarkable cars, and word had got round to other classic car owners in the area, resulting in quite a few people wanting to join us at the show. We were pleased to accommodate them.
The attraction of a classic piece of railway line and the delights of steam was so irresistible that many doting car owners simply abandoned their vehicles for the pleasure of a free train ride. Back in the car park Phil and Lynda Homer presented the Award for the best Open Class Classic (non Standard/Triumph) to John Seddon for his magnificent Austin 16.6 Berkley Saloon.
Vanguard Phase 1A Saloon
The Group organiser presented Phil Homer with an Award for the best ‘Standard or Triumph’ for his 1937 Flying Standard 12 Coupe. This is the only model of its kind on the road today, and Phil and Lynda had driven it all the way from St Albans to be with us .
At the end of the day the Station Master at Froghall appeared very pleased with all his visitors, and invited us back next year.
As it was more than 140 miles home, Lynda and I decided to set off home relatively early, about 3-
As its late in the year, it got dark around 7.30pm so we only had the last 15 miles or so in complete darkness, having covered 285 miles in the weekend
The Railway really is worth a visit, and thanks to Andrew, Bryan and all the enthusiastic members in the area we had a memorable weekend. Look forward to future events. Please do as we did and make an effort to attend, wherever you are.
Photos by Andrew Davis and Phil Homer
Below: Classic Standard Vanguard Vignale with Classic Train
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