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53rd International Rally -
Ian Leggett's Phase II Vanguard at the Leighton Buzzard Railway
Saturday, as usual, was the day for using the Standards on the road.
Horwood House served us a splendid buffet breakfast and pretty soon everyone was outside fettling the cars. The first part of the run was less than 15 miles but there was a penalty for being late at the end point, there was a train waiting for us, so anyone who was late would miss it!. No one did however, everyone was there in good time.
The Leighton Buzzard Railway is not usually open on Saturdays, but the Club had arranged it's own charter train. This consisted of a first-
above: Guy and Suzie Singleton's V3 Kenilworth
one of our guest drivers, John Pollard on the footplate
Unusually for this summer, the sun was shining as the train ride took place -
The next part of the ride was the most scenic, with lots of opportunities for stops to admire the views or to take in lunch. The run climbed up Dunstable Downs with a stop at the Gateway centre to see the view over the Vale of Aylesbury, then on past Whipsnade Zoo followed by the steep incline of the Chiltern Hills. Some of the party stopped at the appropriately named "Traveller's Rest" before arriving at Pitstone Rural Museum.
Again, opening at our special request this collection of farm buildings contained a wealth of interesting exhibits manned by an enthusiastic grouo of willing volunteers, everyone willing to explain the history of their exhibit.
Everyone visitor found their own favourite exhibit, some liked the sawbed slicing up huge tree-
a rare Standard Sportsman
You might be able to make out Robert Browett on the Lancaster's flight deck
The last part of the roadrun took us over the Grand Union Canal then on past Mentmore Towers. Some of our party bumped into Dave Lee Travis who was out walking his dog............ you can read more about this encounter in the August edition of the Standard Car Review. By 4pm the cars started arriving back at Horwood House and started lining up on the drive in position for the static Rally on Sunday.
By 7.30pm the participants were all in the bar associated with our dining room, the Cooke Suite. Lots of noisy chatter about the success of the day's events. Then a silver service dinner followed by coffee. The table quizz this year proved to be an excellent icebreaker and all ten diners sitting at the winning table received a prize for achieving the most correct answers.
Then a few prizes -
A busy but highly successful day.
Some of the cars at Pitstone
Below: Club Chairman, Paul Newsome, left, with Chris Cunnington, guest, right, present the Chairman's Cup to Lynda Homer