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Anglia Run 2016

The best attended East Anglian Rally on record, 24 Classic Cars, 22 of them Standards and every one of the 24 bedrooms in the Mundersley Manor Hotel was taken up by Club members.

We met at Swaffham, at the “Green Britain Centre” around lunchtime on Friday. Some of the more intrepid (or foolhardly) made the climb of the  300 steps to the top of the Wind Turbine Tower and were rewarded with a spectacular view across East Anglia. I have to admit to being not one of them. This is the only wind turbine that is open for the public to climb.

There followed a rural run to the hotel, still perched precariously on the sea cliff at Mundersley, near Cromer. The car park did look like it had eroded away and was smaller than before but the owners did assure us that the hotel was certified to last at least another 100 years before plunging into the North sea.

Time for a quick wash and brush up followed by the first of three excellent dinners and time to put the world to rights in the bar afterwards.

Saturday saw the cars move off in convoy to join the Bure Valley Railway from their station at Aylsham, where the cars were all parked as a display in their station carpark. About a ¾ hour ride on the steam-hauled narrow gauge railway to Wroxham. This is a pretty town on the Broads with opportunities for sailing or just watching others floating by in Gin palaces. Most used the opportunity for lunch before boarding the 3-00 pm return trip to Aylsham.

Sunday was a circular tour to use the cars. We called first at Happisburg Lighthouse, the only lighthouse in the country to be privately operated. From there a short drive to Wroxham Barn, a restored 16th century Tythe Barn, which has the reputation of being the largest barn in the whole of Norfolk. We found a craft fair in progress. At Waxham, Lynda and I were told about seals at nearby Horsey Beach. Following the directions given we walked 2 miles along the beach, to be rewarded with photos of the colony of grey seals sunning themselves on the pristine soft sand.

Next came a lunch stop at Potter Heigham, another popular boating centre on the Broads. There then followed  opportunities to visit the How Hill Nature Reserve, the Broads Museum at Ludham and the Norfolk Motor Museum. All in all, a very interesting,  educational but tiring day’s touring.

On Monday the party moved south, returning to the environs of Swaffam and the Gooderstone Water Gardens. Here we said our goodbyes before heading off in various directions for our homes. The distance award went to  Charles Brotherton who drove his Avon 16 from Wales, just outdoing Geoff Winnicott who brought his Standard 10 from Portsmouth. Such are the attractions of this well organised event, that members are prepared to travel from all over.

Inevitably, there were a few casualties in the reliability stakes, such is the nature of the cars we choose to drive to be at these events. Amongst the issues resolved were lack of sparks and fuel in the Ling’s Standard 10, but fortunately it decided not to break down until it had got back to the hotel carpark, by which time there was a huge posse of mechanics all with ideas of what to put right.

The only real casualty though was Conan Lewis’s 1923 Model V3. He was getting strange graunching noises from the gearbox or back axle, so he chose to be Recovered to his home by the AA rather than risk any further damage to his beautiful car.

It was  good that there were a couple of EA “virgins” on this well attended event, clearly they had been encouraged by previous reports of people actually using their cars for the purposes they were intended, and finding good camaraderie and members enjoying themselves over all 3 days.

We owe a debt to Stuart and Zena, our Membership Administrators, for organising the whole event, with assistance from Conan Lewis.

Barry Ackroyd’s Sub-Standard

Mike and Val Wilks’s Standard-Triumph Dolomite

Stuart and Zena’s Companion with the Homers Avon at Gooderstone

Conan Lewis’s V3 Kenilworth at Mundersley

Vanguard Phase II of Ian Leggett at the Railway

On the Bure Valley Railway

Seal colony at Horsey Beach

Gooderstone Water Gardens

Peter Lockley’s 8 and the V3 in the hotel carpark

The Avon 10/12 Tourer at Happisland Lighthouse