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Report from the East Anglian Roadrun

East Anglia Run 2008

For those who like to use the cars, the East Anglia Roadrun is eagerly awaited. Ian Leggett has sent in this report:

The Tour Party at Holt Station on the North Norfolk line

The 11th East Anglia Road Run. May Day Weekend 2008.

If the weather is the icing on the cake then we had it thick and sweet.

With a joining point at Cambridge most of us met for a convoy along the busy A10 towards Kings Lynn. We took a brief stop at Denver Windmill to refresh and join others at this point. The short downpour coincided with the stop and just added a sparkle to the bodywork in the sunshine that followed. As we were making good time two detours were made to Castle Rising and Sandringham for a short stop.

Eventually arriving at the hotel in Hunstanton at 6pm where we were joined by more members, and an evening meal nearby.

Pause at Denver Mill

The webmaster is not allowed in the gates at Sandringham!

Conan Lewis with family, dog and Standard 10  at Holt Station

Two 1934 model Standard 10s and their owners, at Holt

Saturday morning we were off for a coastal drive to Holt and the North Norfolk Railway, a reserved carriage and special parking arranged to display the cars at their best. “Standard Motor Club on tour” signs were erected at every point of this run. Taking a steam train trip to Sheringham and back we then drove to Beeston Regis in Sheringham for a visit to the Priory Maze. Our numbers swelled even more as the day went on and 31 people were enjoying finding their way through the maze. We then drove through an excited crowd in the town centre of Sheringham in a parade before leaving and onward to Wells on Sea for a harbour drive and a trip on the harbour miniature railway. Then a short drive for our evening meal and back to Hunstanton.

Line - Up of cars at Holt station

The Webmaster complaining about his portion size!

Sunday saw us at the Heacham Lavender Fields for a guided tour and morning coffee, then another scenic parade towards Holkham Hall and a prominent display in front of the hall in glorious sunshine. There were so many opportunities for photo shots with windmills, water mills, old AA boxes, Nelsons birthplace, that many diverted on the return route to take advantage. 

The evening meal on Sunday was the Event Meal when a few speeches are made and on this occasion it was followed by a quiz, and as it was International Humour Day we were all invited to tell a joke. This took us up till 10pm, so it can be considered a success.

Heacham Lavender Mill

Lavender Still

John and Rachel Maxwell's Flying 12 at Holkham Hall

Peter Foster's Vanguard Vignale

Monday was the final day so it was a process of getting the convoy closer to the homeward route and this was done after a parade along the seafront at Hunstanton, and a refuel stop before travelling via Kings Lynn into the Largest Beer Warehouse in the country open to the public. With baskets full of strange and wonderful beers we continued to Collectors World at Downham Market for coffee, and a look at the quirky, interesting and outrageous exhibits before lunch, and then the animal sanctuary afterwards before all going separate ways in the early afternoon.

Alison and Ivor's Pennant at Holkham Hall

Brian Parkes with the 14 outside Beers of Europe

From the comments a good time was had by all, and a few new entrants expressed a wish to repeat next year, along with many regulars. If this is the type of event you feel you would enjoy why not give it a try next year. It does require a certain amount of discipline to keep the vehicles together, and a commitment to join in at the arranged visits to get the group rates. If this bothers you then this is not the event for you.

The group outside the Linksway Hotel

A Concorde engine is surprisingly small

Some of the cars outside Collectors World

Next year could well see us on the Essex coast, possibly at Walton on Naze. Always on May Day weekend. 

Look out for the announcement later in the year. If you wish make an enquiry or reserve a place now, contact me here

Report by Ian Leggett

Photos by Ian Leggett and Phil Homer

Read a Review of the event:

Dear Ian,

This was a fantastic day out for us, this was our first connection with the club, and we must both say that we felt we had been there all the while.  People are so friendly it was unbelievable; we would really love to do this again.

I took loads of photos and during the transfer to PC and delete from camera lost the lot, gutted or what?  However am sure I will see the cars again and get some more pics.

Stuart and Zena Lucas 

We look forward to your International Rally Entry, Stuart and Zena

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