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48th Standard International Rally

Report on the Sunday's events

First time out for this newly restored Fabric bodied Teignmouth with its owner, Steve Birt, right, and friend

Some of the cars present on this, the main rally day, are pictured here.

SUNDAY 1st JULY 2007

Sunday began with a weather report which left us uneasy as it had rained all night and the forecast was gloomy. However at 7.30am the rain stopped and the sun came out. By 8.30am almost all signs of the rain had gone except for one puddle near Rally Control.

Quickly the PA system was set up and the first announcements were made and some background music was played while the indoor room was prepared to take Regalia Sales and the Standard Ten Rally presentation with Richard Sandilands and Tony Pounder. Their  rally prepared Ten was parked outside the room, wheels removed, videos playing, and photographs displayed. It proved to be a very popular feature with many members taking an interest and asking about uogrades to their own cars.

Disc Brake conversion on the Standard 10

1943 14/12 Utility

Coverdale Carpets set up their display tent and arranged with owners to take measurements for carpets. Thanks to them we are now able to take orders for Vanguard 3 and Flying Nine, and should soon have Vanguard 2 carpets ready.An autojumbler arrived with a mass of pre war items which proved popular. 

A new member had been trying for months to get a hard to find item for a 1935 Nine, within 5 minutes of the setting up of the stall he found the very part he needed. Steve O'Hara started talking to drivers about their cars, and the Childrens, Guess the Advert, and Guess the Classic Competitions got underway, also

the Grand Raffle. The sun shone and cars continued to arrive, while marshals organised the car displays in sections around the Abbey.

Regalia sales had to be restricted to 1.5 hours and that was a hectic time with record sales. 115 Ploughmans lunches were served in that lunchtime, then at 1.30pm the Tribute to the Vanguard began.

After completion of the Vanguard festivities it was  time to commence the Grand Raffle draw with the First prize of a set of car carpets, and this was won  by our magazine editor.. Following that was the Guess the Advert and Guess the Classic Competitions and then the Childrens Competition which was themed on Denny Abbey and Standards. The Lucky Number was drawn and then the auction of a framed exclusive Vanguard print. Thanks to the generosity of Rob Hebditch a final figure of £65 was reached. Rob had already sponsored entirely one of the competitions.

It was then time for the concours awards which you can see separately, and fittingly a Vanguard won car of the show. The final round of speeches saw the 48th International Rally end at 4pm.

A video of many of the highlights will be available at £10 from August. Order from Ian Leggett.

Thanks should be given to the team who planned this rally. They had not been involved in such a large event before and they performed their tasks admirably, they were, Tina Walker, Steve King, (with son, daughter and son in law),Peter Lee, Pete Foster, Conan Lewis and Vera Leggett. Also the Committee who carried out their tasks in the usual efficient way.

Report by Rally Organiser, Ian Leggett

Photos by Steve O'Hara and Phil Homer

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