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Register Rally 2008

Bound around Bedfordshire

Unfortunately, Lynda and I were unable to attend the Standard Register Rally as we had committed to our Great Southwestern Reliability Trial, taking place at the same time. This report has been sent to me by Steve O'Hara who attended in his Teignmouth.

A grey day for the Standards gathered at the Garden Centre

The 2008 Standard Register weekend was held at the Holiday Inn at Sandy in Bedfordshire. More than 10 pre-1931 Standards gathered under the hotel's conference suite on Friday 8th August. Later Paul Newsome, Steve Smeltzer and I ventured into the town for a pint or two of real ale before the Friday evening meal at the hotel.

Saturday started bright, and after breakfast we started on the road run. But rain was in the air, and when we got to our elevenses venue, Milton Ernest garden centre, it was gloomy and wet. Most of the cars were open and hoods were duly raised. Later we meandered through gentle Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire countryside to Odell, where we enjoyed a pleasant buffet lunch.

The afternoon took us down more wet lanes to Thurleigh and the 306th Bombardment Group Museum. It was really wet here and we ran from the cars to the little brick building, which told the story of the people who lived through the war - no aircraft, no engines, just lots of memorabilia, and very evocative it was too. We carried on in the rain and returned to Sandy. The Saturday evening was the formal meal at the Holiday Inn.

On the Sunday, which was dry and sunny, we visited the Shuttleworth Collection - absolutely fascinating, with nearly all of the planes airworthy. Then it was the long drive home. I did 273 miles over the weekend in my Teignmouth. Thanks to Len Barr for another excellent weekend.

Report and Photos by Steve O'Hara

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