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Standard International Rally Report

2006 International Rally - Friday and Saturday

Standards gather at the start of the Saturday roadrun

This year I decided to take the Flying12 Drophead to the National Rally. So I set off on Thursday evening, shutting up the website for the duration, to collect the 12 from it's home in the Cotswolds. On Friday morning I set off down the "Fosse", that well-known Motorway for old cars in drizzling rain. I prefer to keep the roof down in such weather, as most of the rain tends to blow over the top of the car enabling me to remain relatively dry, until of course one is forced to stop by traffic lights and the like! Making good progress, I arrived at my rendezvous with other members somewhat early. Our meeting place was the "George" Inn in Longbridge  Deverill on the A350 just south of Warminster. Here I was joined by Dennis and Shelia in their Flying 12 saloon, Bob and Val Richardson in the '34 Avon and Steve O'Hara in the '35 Nine. Following a quick lunch, Steve fixed a sticking stop light switch with the aid of my WD40 and we set off south again over Sailsbury Plain. A couple of steep hills caused the car transporter behind our little convoy to become a little bit frustrated so we pulled over to let the ignorant driver past!

Arriving at Bovington about 2.30pm, several of the cars and members had already arrived. We busied ourselves putting up a fence to keep non-attendees out whilst watching the dangerous brothers attempt and fail to put up the Club flagpole.

Evening meals were taken either in the "Ship Inn" in Wool or the "Seven Stars" just a mile or so down the road, this being distinguished by enormous meals that no-one could finish!

Cars assemble for the start of the roadrun

Cars at the mid-morning stop at Hardy's Monument

The base of Hardy's Tower can be seen in the left of these four  pictures

Saturday dawned a much brighter day and soon the Rally field was buzzing with members signing in for the organised Roadrun. Set by a couple of locals this was planned and succeeded in finding some of the remotest and prettiest roads and sights in Dorset. Our thanks must go to David Lovering and Kim Henson for organising such a splendid route. About twenty miles out, after a steep climb, the cars paused beneath Hardys Monument, a local viewpoint with fine views out to sea and across Chesil Beach. From there we moved on to the pretty Dorset village of Abbotsbury where there were plenty of options for lunch. The run back was over more major roads.

A view of some of the Standards from the top of Hardy's Monument

Picture: Steve O'Hara

Near collision in Abbotsbury

Kim Henson's Flying 14, an early Vanguard and Werner Maurer's Flying 8 arrives from Switzerland

Highlight of Sunday evening was a dinner prepared for 70 or so members which was arranged at tables set up in the main hall of the Tank Museum itself

Members assembling for the Saturday evening meal in the spectacular setting of  the main hall of the Tank Museum

Picture: Steve O'Hara

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