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Standard Register Rally
This year's Standard Register Rally was based at the Stratford Manor hotel which was also the venue of the 2011 Standard International Rally. The rally is open to pre-
Arriving early on Friday morning in our 1921 Standard Model SLO, we found the cars preparing to set off on a short Road run around the Stratford area. Following Len's excellent instructions, we stuck to minor roads, eventually arriving at Mary Arden's farm in Wilmcote. Whilst we sat in the courtyard over a cup of coffee, some of the more energetic in the party toured the farm including " the sights, sounds and smells of a Tudor working farm" which included a Falconary display, goats and horses. The weather was great so we followed Mary Arden's example and sat in the pub garden named after her for lunch.
A short run back to the hotel allowed the more energetic to indulge in the pool and spa before an informal dinner in the Salmon and Avon suite.
When we awoke on Saturday morning it had started to rain and things got considerably worse throughout the morning. The objective of today's rather longer roadrun was to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the 1924 Model V3 Kenilworth by assembling 3 of the cars in the grounds of Kenilworth Castle. To help us celebrate the event we were joined by the Major of Kenilworth who arrived not in the mayoral car, but in a 1926 Standard Charlecote, a far more fitting form of Transport. The Mayor John Cooke greeted all the participants wearing his mayoral regalia ( and under an umbrella). Our attempts to photograph the 3 Kenilworths with Kenilworth Castle in the background were so wet that it was decided to continue the proceedings in the pub where a buffet lunch awaited us.
It did brighten up a little so it was back to the grounds of the Castle where we were able to take the photographs and have an optional visit to the castle. Then off again on our tour. Several of us stopped at the Saxon Mill for a coffee break, but after that the weather set in with proper heavy rain and we completed a "first", putting the hood up on the SLO without getting out of the car.
The run took us through bendy roads all round Warwick Castle and avoided the busy A46. Then along back lanes which we would never have discovered alone, back to Stratford Manor, in time for a thunderstorm. The rest of the afternoon was free to for everyone to do as they pleased, have a nap, use the leisure centre for a swim or sauna or carry on chatting and comparing notes, swapping tips on restoration or where to get spare parts etc.
Later we assembled in the Salmon and Avon Suite again for the annual Register Dinner. A delicious meal was served and by now everyone was relaxed and happy. Thanks to Anne Blakeney for organising the raffle.
Len Barr presented awards to :
Rally to the Event Class 1 Edwardian Clive Watson in Brighton Torpedo 01 2292
Rally to the Event Class 2 Vintage: 3rd Guy Singleton in a V3 Kenilworth HP 9565, 2nd Conan Lewis in a V3 Kenilworth XU 548, 1st Phil Homer in an SLO 2 Seater XD 9979
Most Improved car: Paul Newsome SLO4 Charlecote YM 7724.
Paul Newsome was also presented with a special award for his assistance in organising the Rally.
The sun shone again on us on Sunday as we set off for Walton Hall Hotel, where the Standard Rally was held in 1974. We tried to recreate photos from that event as some of the Standards attending this year had been present then.
The best part of the day was having the opportunity to drive each others' cars, noting the differences and similarities between models. After coffee and biscuits it was time to depart.
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