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48th Standard International Rally

Report on Saturday's Events

A pause for some of the cars on the Saturday Roadrun


It turns out that we have made an excellent choice for our B&B. The eight bedrooms are all occupied by Standard Motor Club members, they are new en-suite rooms, huge and very comfortable with Plasma TVs, baths AND walk in showers. Breakfast is a little slow so we are slightly late at the rally site, where entrants are already queuing at rally control.

The turnout is good, helped no doubt by the improving weather that continues to defy the dire predictions made in the forecast. By 10.30 am about 1/2 the entrants have already arrived and checked in. Its time for the second planned roadrun. After passing through Ely and Littleport our destination is Denver Sluice. This is the limit of the tidal River Ouse and there is a lock to allow boats to pass upstream into the remainder of the River that is used as drainage for a large area of the Fens. Indeed much of the run was on land below the level of the River, drained in the last century. Here lunch is served very quickly, considering the numbers, at the Jenyns Arms, right on the waters edge.

The return route incorporates a visit to the Welney Wetlands Centre

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Above: Cars waiting for the roadrun departure

Above: Cars leaving on the roadrun

Arrival at the Jenyns Arms

Narrowboat at Denver Lock

Phase II Vanguard at Denver Sluice

Car Park at Welney Wetland Centre

Above: Evening Fish and chips, entertainment and a singalong at Denny Abbey

On returning to Denny Abbey we were served with 115 lots of fish and chip meals and a similar number of desserts and fresh fruit. At 7pm we started the sing a long by playing the original Standard Song from 1933. John Worby started the music with the Webmasters Song performed by Ian Leggett and Conan Lewis. This was followed by the Standard Song composed by John Worby and introduced the different people and cars at the rally. A general sing song followed helped along by Helen Sims, and as the rain started, instead of wanting to end the session the members opted to raise umbrellas and get under a tree or tent until we had finished our 1 hour entertainment.

Our Danish visitors had missed the  road run due to 2 punctures and the need to replace the 2 tubes. Thanks to the help of Peter Lee, 2 were located in different places and he spent the day replacing the tubes and refitting the tyres. Our Danish friends were then able to enjoy the Sundays events.

On return to Denny Abbey, there was an option of a "Fish and Chips" tea for those that wanted to partake, fortunately the rain stayed off for yet longer as there was only makeshift tents and rally control to provide cover. We didn't stay for it which means we also missed the community singing that followed but is illustrated above.

Come back soon for the lyrics of the "Standard Song".

Report by Phil Homer

Photos by Conan Lewis and Phil Homer

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