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Sue’s Scribbles July 2011

Hi Guys,

The National Rally at Knebworth was a great weekend, although very busy for Chris and I with being part of the Rally Team and it is a very hard working weekend although enjoyable for all involved. Andrew Stone the MMOC Rally organiser is a very laid back sort of guy though and keeps us all reasonably calm!!!

We decided this year to set off on the Thursday afternoon instead of braving the A1 into Hertfordshire on the Friday, we were glad we did as the run down apart from the odd traffic hick-up was reasonably swift (about four and a half hours) and uneventful. With working we went in the Navara with the caravan, there isn’t really any point in taking a Moggy as we are too busy to see to it. What a beautiful old house Knebworth is.

Dating back to the fourteenth centaury it is extremely imposing with its Russian type turrets, although not a particularly high building it sits majestically on a slight hill over looking beautiful park land. Most of you will probably have heard of it through the big Rock type Music Festival that takes place every year there. This festival was on the week after the National and the sight was bussing with the staff gearing up for that with us in the middle of it all!

The weather was really hot and sunny which drew around 500 + cars over the two day period. The theme this year was the 1940’s so the Branch Avenue displays were festooned with war time memorabilia. Paul Temple and his Mad Mog branch won the best ‘Avenue’ display for the third year running and very rightly so. Paul also does the Punch & Judy Shows over the weekend and I must admit the bits I caught I ended up shouting and screaming along with all the little kids who absolutely love it!

There were 40’s re-enactment people with stands full of authentic war time stuff, they must have been hot dressed in suits and furs though! All weekend in the Marquee there was 40’s music and dancing if anyone wanted to take part.

This year the AGM was held on the Saturday afternoon (usually it takes place at a hotel in Derbshire in October) it was always held at the National Rally years ago so the decision was taken to try the format again, considering the amount of people who were on the site the people who attended was about the same and the same old faces as well, but it was a quick and very laid back affair as we were all sweltering in the marquee! It was also Ray Newell’s 60th birthday the following week so ofcourse with everyone being together we couldn’t let him get away without a rendition of Happy Birthday and a cake made by his assistant secretary Chris Haigh.

Saturday night was the official wartime party night, the fancy dress was amazing, we had dashing RAF Officers, American GIs, girls in authentic suits, firs and hats, Spivs and raconteurs. Chris went as a Spiv and I went as a 40’s Matinee Queen. As always we had a great laugh and everyone threw themselves into it whole heartedly.

One thing that did strike me this year was how the young membership seems to be growing, there were a lot of 18/20 odds with a Moggy including one lad that sported a fantastic punk Mohican – although it did get slowly droopier through the weekend!

Yesterday we drove over in my ‘Green Bean’ to Lancashire branch rally at Leighton Hall. This is another good venue as the Minors have a display of their own but are in cooperated into a larger classic car and bike show. We deliberated on Saturday whether to go in the convertible as the forecast wasn’t good, until she gets a new hood if it rained hard we would be rather wet!! Anyway Sunday morning looked OK as we set off at just gone 7am. We decided rather than the motor way we would go A64 to York, then Otley, Ilkley, Skipton to Lancaster. We arrived at about 10.45 to mugs of coffee and tea, then to top it all the sun came out and it was a gloriously hot afternoon without a drop of rain. It was really nice after the frantic weekend before to have to do no more than wander round the stalls and the cars with a leisurely lunch thrown in. Steve Rose the Lancashire branch Chairman always carefully plans the formation of the cars, this year with it being the 30th anniversary of the branch he had the cars park so that they represented the numbers three zero. As Area 1 Liaison Officer he kindly asked me if I would make the celebration presentations – every car driver was given a commemorative engraved crystal whiskey tumbler to mark the occasion. I will cherish mine as they are really lovely. We left around 4.15pm for the 3 hour journey back, hood down in beautiful sunshine. One reason for wanting to take my car is we are trying to decide whether or not to fit seat belts as being a 1952 MM she doesn’t need them but after being used to wearing seat belts for so many years the issue was how safe we both felt either driving or as a passenger – and the decision is a resounding no from us both we are not going to fit them after all!

Don’t forget that it is our own rally at the end of this month so it will be all hands on deck, if you feel like you may be able to help out somewhere see either Chris or Paul.

We are also planning a Run out on the Saturday afternoon with a couple of pit stops for those who are interested in going.

 Sue, Lotti & Charli XX

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