Sunday, 24 September 2017

East Midlands Branch Rally 2017 - Newstead Abbey

The time had finally arrived for the 2017 East Midlands Branch Rally. This year saw our rally at a brand new venue, the very beautiful Newstead Abbey. With the ancestral home of Lord Byron for our setting we couldn't have wished for a more stunning or interesting venue at which to spend the day.
Our display of Minors lining the front of the Abbey was certainly a sight to behold, and looking back across the green was another line of some beautiful non-minor classics, MG's, Jowett, Morris, Austin, to name just a few, we couldn't have wished for a more varied or brilliant selection. Quickly we filled this parking and began to pack out the over-flow parking to the side situated by the beautiful walled garden with VW campers, Rolls Royce, DeLorean, and more Minors. In total 65 cars were in attendance at the Rally, no mean feat for a day that threatened rain!

It was fantastic to see so many beautiful cars and friendly faces joined together for the day. Many thanks to all those who came from far and wide to take part in the rally. To our judges Brian and Alison Fletcher, to all the marshalls and helpers who helped make the day a fantastic one and of course our wonderful hosts Newstead Abbey and all their team.
Our Tombola raised £58 for the local Air Ambulance thanks to kind donations and the work of our volunteers.

The Rally was an extra special celebration for veteran Branch member Jack Bagguley, who is one of the longest serving members of our Branch. Jack was celebrating his 80th Birthday close to our Rally, so we decided to surprise him with a cake modelled on his Traveller, and a special tankard from us of us at the Branch. Happy 80th Birthday Jack!

Alice Durose

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