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Report on the Chiltern Rally 2004

Stay-away members miss a glorious day out

The only two Standards outside the RAF Museum

The numbers were rather down, with only two Standards, one Triumph and another member in his modern car. But, bad luck to the rest of you - who missed a wonderful day out in the late September sunshine.

Fortunately a number of members from our "other" Vauxhall club and assorted other friends in a TR4A and a prewar Riley joined us at the "Royal Oak" near Hitchin for Sunday lunch. This is an event for people who like to use their cars rather than stand about in a field, or worse still, prefer to stay at home all day, while the sun shines outside.

The roadrun took us this year from deepest rural Hertfordshire into North London, finishing at the RAF museum at Hendon. By co-incidence, the Rolls-Royce owners Club had already arrived so we made a line-up immediately opposite them in front of the museum and well away from the public parking. We would like to think that the Standards and Vauxhalls made a more interesting display!

The RAF museum is staggering in its size and diversity - and it is free. An example of almost everything that has ever flown for the RAF is there, including Lancaster, Wellington, Lightning and even the Sunderland Flying boat. Unfortunately the boat was closed, but one is normally able to walk through its huge interior. Best of all we thought was the audio visual presentation in the darkened "Battle of Britain" Hall. Against the backdrop of Spitfires and Hurricanes that actually took part, this was the highlight of the afternoon.

We caught up with most of the tour party in the restaurant later and there was general agreement about the quality of  the displays and how worthwhile the whole event had been

Brian Parkes's Standard 14

Make and Pat Beavis's Triumph Stag

Next year's event is already in the planning, it will take place on Sunday September 18th. Please keep an eye on the magazine and this website for the starting venue. Sick notes will be required if you are not there!

A report on the event that you attended with your Standard car could appear here.