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 Run to Bradworthy Motor Museum, April 27th 2008

Devon and Cornwall Group Roadrun

Members of the Devon and Cornwall Group (left to right) John Pine (1932 & 1933 Little 9's) Peter Starbuck (1955 10) Chris and Linda Bowden (1947 Flying 8 Saloon and Tourer) Steve Lovegrove (1934 10) Brian and Dorothy Murrish (1924 Kenilworth,  1929 Falmouth and Gwynne Firepump)  Ian Stoneman, daughter Tonia and friend (1938 10) Peter Clark and friend (1947 Truimph and 1940 Flying 8)

What a lovely day! Our road run started from Sourton Services at 10.30 a.m. with our organiser for the day, Chris Bowden, in the lead and Peter Hallam in his 1930 Ensign Six behind with yours truly as navigator. Chris set a scorching pace down into Okehampton and onto the Hatherleigh road, Peter kept up very well, mind you he did have six cylinders under the bonnet. Chris had the foresight to provide us all with route sheets but that did not stop us from ending up in farmyard once! We passed through one rain shower which allowed Peter to demonstrate to me the effectiveness of a 6 volt screen wiper, who needs wipers, I use Rainex!!

When we arrived at Bradworthy Motor Museum we had a line-up of five Standards and one Triumph plus a few moderns for those whose cars were off the road – like mine!

Car details were as follows:-

!955 Ten, Peter Starbuck

1934 Ten, Colin Fry

1934 Ten, Steve Lovegrove

!930 Ensign Six, Peter Hallam

1947 Eight, Chris Bowden

1947 Triumph 1800 Roadster, Peter Clark

In addition, in moderns were John Pine and family, Ian Stoneman and family, Andrew Tillotson, Ann and Tony Skilton who were the chauffeurs of Dorothy and myself for the weekend. My apologies for anyone I have forgotten.

We all viewed with admiration all the vehicles on display, many cars, commercial vehicles and tractors. I was quite taken with Beresford-Stork fire pump, needless to say. The café provided great grub for the hungry ones and the weather stayed fine still.

Thanks must go to Chris for putting the visit together for us and if we had a long-haul award I think it should go to Peter Hallam for travelling all the way up from St.Austell, in a Standard which everyone admired and one which had only been tested on local runs and he was still fettling, just before departure, I understand. Well done Peter. Everyone is now looking forward to the Killerton Rally on 1 June, Powderham Castle Rally on 5/6 July, details from Chris Bowden on 01392-664952, West of England Rally on 15-17 August, details from myself on 01872-560477 or Peter Hallam on 01726-73834. 

Also I have undertaken to organise a visit to Bodmin and Wenford Steam Railway in the autumn. Watch this space.

left and above:  Peter Hallam's Ensign 6

Photos and report: Brian Murrish

Additional photos: Chris and Linda Bowden

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