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Group Members arrive on their specially chartered Lancashire United Coach

The Manchester Standard Triumph Group of the Standard Motor Club arranged its last visit for the 2009 Season on Sunday, the 22nd November.

The destination was the Yorkshire Motor Museum at Batley, a town in Yorkshire where many of our older members will remember the concerts that were held in the 60’s and 70’s in the famous night club that was a favourite for visiting international stars.

Some of our members treated themselves to a full English Breakfast at the starting point the Albany Hotel in Heywood, the Group’s meeting venue. Our transport then arrived for a 11 am start and some forty enthusiasts (that included members, wives and family) joined a magnificent 1966 Lancashire United coach owned and driven by John Crankshaw, one of our members.

The 1966 Leyland with Plaxton body performed well on its way to the museum attracting many an admiring glance from pedestrians and keeping up a respectable speed on the motorway sections of our journey. During the journey a large tin of Quality Street was handed round the bus for our members to indulge in and on arrival there was plenty of time to look around the many large shops in the town which of course delighted the lady members. A variety of cafes and restaurants made sure that no one could complain there was not a good selection of eating places for lunch.

Following lunch we visited the museum which houses a very fascinating collection of vintage and Classic motor vehicles most of which were owned by private individuals.

A very knowledgeable guide gave a very interesting talk on several on the vehicles on display including a vintage car that had attended the London to Brighton event for many years. This vehicle was a Peugeot 1903 model with four cylinders but twelve spark plugs in three banks fired all by different means as stand bys.

On the return journey to Heywood our Group Organiser, Bryan provided entertainment in the form of a singalong and Morwena, our Public Relations member, lead the singing with a number of well known songs. Lynne Robertson provided a fantastic selection of cakes and biscuits for consumption on the return journey and altogether everyone had a very enjoyable time.

The architect of the day was Alex Robertson, our Road Run and Events Organiser. who has excelled himself since his recent appointment to the position. Alex has lined up a fantastic programme of visits and Road Runs for 2010 to which of course all members of the Standard Motor Club are invited. The Manchester Group programme for 2010 can be seen here. Everyone attending our meetings and events will have an enthusiastic welcome. Contact is via Bryan on 0161 483 7121 or e.mail

Bryan Jones, Organiser, Manchester Standard Triumph Group, Standard Motor Club