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West Midlands Rally 2006

 Report on the 2006 West Midlands Rally, June 17th & 18th 2006

The Roadrun is unexpectedly brought to a halt!

Photo: Steve O'Hara

A pictorial record of the Roadrun on Saturday:

Photo Steve O'Hara

This year's West Midlands Rally, organised as usual by Alan Withey, took place at Dudmaston Hall near Bridgnorth in Shropshire. Alan cajoled and encouraged over 20 members to bring their Standards, from the late Mike Randall's 1934 Ten saloon, now in the safe hands of Roger Sims, to the 1960 Vignales of Patrick Brotherton and John Worby. A notable visitor was the ex Bill Dolling Standard Atlas pickup, now owned by Keith Oliver of Shrewsbury and nicely lettered for his business. The Webmaster brought his 1937 Flying Twelve drophead and it made a fine sight alongside John Matson's flyer; John came all the way down from Scarborough. A new sight for most of us was Mike Wilkes' Flying Nine.

Eights and Tens were well represented; Michael Gough came from Aberystwyth, Phil Hetherington from Loughborough, Mike and Kate Sully from Derbyshire, along with other fine examples.

The Saturday was hot and sunny and the road run, led by Steve O'Hara in his 1935 Nine, wound its devious way to Coalport in the Ironbridge Gorge. Here there were three visitor attractions: Coalport China, the Tar Tunnel and Jackfield Tile Museum. Many of us felt too hot and lazy to do much, so we had a pleasant lunch in a pub or picnicked by the river. Sadly Mike Wilkes' Nine succumbed to a misfire on the road run; Alan Withey stayed with him while he was ferried back to Dudmaston to collect his trailer.

In the evening Alan had arranged a meal at a Bridgnorth Gastro-Pub, but we were informed two days before that it had gone bankrupt. He hastily made new arrangements and we all sat down to a leisurely meal in the Danery Pub, with a room to ourselves.

The Sunday was much cooler, with rain. We stayed at Dudmaston all day. Some Standard Motor Club members had a go at archery, although no-one could be persuaded to balance an apple on his or her head for target practice. Another attraction was a group of Downs Syndrome youngsters who put on a twenties Chaplinesque performance of a melodrama, in the style of a silent movie. They needed a period car, and Roger provided his Ten as a very large theatrical prop. They were very good.

Best pre-war car was Roger's Ten - Mike Randall would have been proud - and best post-war the Atlas. George Thorn won the Eights and Tens trophy with his very original Eight.

Thanks go to Alan and May Withey for the organisation.

Some of the cars at Dudmaston Hall on Sunday:

My apologies that all the photographs on Sunday are not up to my usual high "Standard". They were taken with a different digital camera, that I won't be using again! (  Lynda won it in a Christmas raffle!)  It wasn't worth putting the enlargements on the site. I have now put the camera in the bin!

Mark Gray has sent this Slide Show ( Adobe PDF Reader required. Broadband recommended)

Story credits: Steve O'Hara

Except where annotated, pictures credits: your Webmaster