Several of the local club meets organised events and runs on April 25th for the National Drive It Day. I attended one such run, organised very professionally by George Wilder.
It was a most enjoyable day with 23 cars starting with breakfast at Spencerâ€™s Farm Shop, before negotiating the back roads of a picturesque North Essex countryside, then finishing at the Colne Valley Railway Vintage Vehicle Show. Here some of our members displayed their cars in the show and had rides on the vintage railway trains.
The National Drive It Day is becoming more popular each year and is a wonderful extension of the use of our classic cars.
The hard working organisers of the annual Regency Run gave us two new and most interesting routes this year. 329 MGs wound their way from Brooklands to Brighton before members parked their cars along the historic Madera Drive.
Walking along the parade of cars at the finish, I was impressed by the presentation of so many of the vehicles. None more so than the fabulous 1966 MG Magnette Mk 4
Owned by Anglia members Ray and Ross Osborne of Rayleigh. I include the photograph for you to drool over.
The day was very cold but mainly dry, but the scenic route took us along roads skirting Devils Dyke and over the Sussex Downs and gave us a day when we could forget the hurly burly of modern life. Long may the event continue.
As you receive this magazine Silverstone Live will be about to take place with many Anglia members competing. I will give full report next month.
You might just have time to obtain a place on these years Mid Summer Run organised by Margaret Beresford on June 13th. See website or phone Margaret on 01394382096.
Natter Open Evenings
An open evening will take place at The Crown, Sandon on June 16th. Contact our Chairman, Roger Latham on 01702 580472 if you would like to attend.
On June 25th Burble Nat will hold their open evening at The White Lodge, South West of Attleborough. Stuart Middlemiss runs this one and can be contacted on 01603 811675.
The Anglia Summer Picnic
This years Summer Picnic will be held at the National Trust property of Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire on June 27th. You can find an entry form within the May issue of Safety Fast, but you can also find detail on the Anglia section of the club website or from Roger Latham himself on 01702 580472.
Anglesey Abbey was built on the site of a 12th century Augustinian priory, it houses an extensive collection of antiques and fine art, a working watermill and within the 98 acre site you can find some of the countries grandest formal garden designs and an outstanding arboretum.
The summer Picnic is now a well-established event in the Anglia region. If you have not attended in the past it is a must do event for your diary as the many members who attend each year will confirm.
Roger puts an enormous amount of effort into this event, ware else can you picnic alongside your MG in such picturesque surroundings. The day is the perfect event for the member who wants to experience the classic atmosphere of MG ownership.
You now only have a month until the first round of the Anglia Centre Autotest Championship, to be held on July 4th, with a venue this time in West Norfolk. If you would like to enter, or indeed help out, contact Peter Thompson on 01362 668101.
You saw how it was done at Silverstone Live, why not give it a go in this most friendly of sports.
Also in July, on the 18th and worth noting now for your diary is the ever-popular Queen Victoria Concours and Charity Summer Fare held at Billericay and organised by Dave Tynan. Tel. 01277 634703. More detail next month.