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Devon & Cornwall’s 40th + 40th Commemorative run Sunday 22nd July 2012
Following the discovery of an ashtray several years ago commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Devon Run and with the help of Brian Murrish, who provided us with an article written in 1972 of this two day event, we have now completed another milestone run.
Our run was planned to take place on the anniversary of the original run which included a trip across Dartmoor organised by local Standard dealers, a concourse and a trip on a steam train at the South Devon railway on the Sunday, with the winner riding on the footplate.
Our run was designed to take place on the one day and organised by Steve and Karen Lovegrove. Starting at the Okehampton railway station, in glorious sunshine we enjoyed a group breakfast together and we were fortunate enough to be allowed to line up outside of the station for a photo shoot. One of the volunteers stopped to chat as he had taken his driving test in a Standard 4/8a.
There was a good representation of vehicles on the run and John and Julia Pine joined us in their modern.
The run took in some classic Dartmoor sights, including Haytor and Steps Bridge which were both mentioned in the original article.
Starting at the station we passed the ruins of Okehampton Castle and on to Bridestowe. Steve had arranged for us to stop under a magnificent row of trees (I think he was inspired by the Countryfile photo shoot winner) before we went on to Lydford gorge and past Brentor through dappled sunshine and into Tavistock. Here there was a chance for a comfort stop and for Sophie to test out her new whistle bought at the station. The group voted Sophie (9yrs) as our official starter for the various stops on the route
Over the moors and past the formidable Dartmoor prison on into Princetown and past Steps Bridge.
We did have an unexpected stop when Phil’s Tourer overheated, but we were soon on our way again (radiator now in for repair).
Steve had found us a lovely lunch stop on Shapley Common and the group arranged our cars into a circle and set up camp for a picnic lunch. Everyone enjoyed the sunshine and chat.
Back on the road again we navigated some very narrow lanes and steep hills into the village of North Bovey and the pretty village of Manaton, crossing the lovely long bridge and through a gate (!?) down a road marked “unsuitable for wide vehicles” which was not an exaggeration.
Past Beckafalls with a chance to stop and enjoy the wonderful views to the coast, before meeting up again at Haytor for a comfort break and ice cream.
As the afternoon was drawing on, reluctantly Tony and Ann made the decision to strike for home and Ray, John and Phil took the direct route to Buckfastleigh station, our final destination.
Ourselves, Steve Troake and Steve Lovegrove continued with the run through the famous Widecombe on the Moor, over the lovely Ponsworthy bridge and through a ford at Fordabridge and on to the moors. Past Pixies Holt and Dartmeet and across the stunning Venniford Reservoir and down a very steep hill into Buckfastleigh.
There was just time for a slice of cake and a welcome cup of tea and another photo shoot in front of the charming little station at Buckfastleigh, before we all left for home.
Thanks go to Steve and Karen for an excellent run.
We all agreed this had been an excellent day out and have decided to make it (The Devon Dartmoor Run) an annual event, date to be confirmed. We will delighted to have more cars join us in 2013. Please contact the Group
Report by Linda Bowden
Photos by Linda Bowden and Steve Lovegrove
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