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Standard International Rally 2014

Results & Reports of the 2014 Standard International rally

Report from Lynda Homer

No one has posted a report of the International Rally so I thought that I would remedy the situation

Report on the Standard  International Rally 2014

After a very rainy and wet drive we arrived at Craxton Wood Hotel on the Friday afternoon, then set off immediately to the National Waterways Museum at Ellesmere Port. We were greeted by a drenched Frank Williams, directing traffic in the car park. The museum proved to be very interesting, telling the story of the development of Ellesmere Port and the people who worked there. The road run then took us to Port Sunlight, built by Lord Leverhulme. After exploring this attractive Garden Village  we found solace from the rain in the Bridge Inn.

Back at Craxton Wood Hotel there was an opportunity to catch up with old friends and meet new people. The Friday evening buffet provided a satisfying spread, and a good end to a very wet day.

On Saturday the rain had cleared a bit and so off we went in the Avon, following the road run route to Llangollen. We pulled into the café at the top of the Horseshoe Pass, in low cloud, so little view to speak of.  Lots of other rally participants joined us, the car park soon filled up with Standards, Triumphs and other makes of car. Then we drove down a long descent into the town of Llangollen, where our cars all parked in the school car park. Some ventured on the canal boar trip over the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, others toured the Llangollen Steam railway workshops. We visited the Llangollen Motor Museum, we know the owners there. Another Bridge Inn at Llangollen was a great, central place for lunch.

The Road run continued to Chester. This was the highlight of the day.  A “Roman Centurian” led a parade of our cars through the pedestrian streets to much applause from the local shoppers!

Back at the hotel, time to freshen up and get ready for the Saturday Gala Dinner.  The music through dinner was provided by a local lady playing a Welsh harp. The after dinner speaker, James Gaskill, told us about his experiences at Bentley Motors.

Sunday dawned a much brighter day. Everyone soon transferred the half mile or so to Foxes Riding School. Marshals parked the cars in class order.

What an excellent display of cars, Standards and other makes, spanning almost 10 decades! Members appreciated the spares Bring and Buy sale, which has now become a firm favourite, and a new “Guess the Part” competition, as well as the raffle. Refreshments were available all day and club regalia was available to purchase.

The prize giving took place and the winners were lined up in a parade allowing excellent photo opportunities. All too soon the event was over. Thank you to Bryn Heeley and the North Wales and Cheshire group and all the organising team for a full programme and a great event. Thanks, too, to Club Members Jan and Brian Davey for hosting the event at Foxes.

We look forward to meeting everyone again at the next International Rally in Gloucestershire on 19th/20th/21st June 2015.

Phil Homer has posted a large selection of photos on the Internet, here is the link. ENJOY

Lynda Homer

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