From 2011, the Club’s main annual event became the rally held in June based at Broughton Castle near Banbury, with a run and a dinner on the Saturday and an assembly with a concours and a driving test on the Sunday, at which the annual trophies are also presented. In the picture post-war cars line up in the castle grounds at our 2014 event.
In recent years longer trips have been organised, with attractive tours in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Yorkshire and the Lake District, which have given us the opportunity to meet up with members in other areas and drive our cars in some splendid scenery. Here we see a 1927 P type 4 seater tourer at the top of Rosedale Chimney Bank on our 2015 North Yorkshire Moors Tour. Photo: Willi Meinert
We have a number of very friendly social meetings (see below), and patronise other local events alone or in groups. The more sporting element among vintage owners in particular compete, often with great success, in other clubs’ events, especially VSCC navigational rallies, trials and speed events. Click here for more detail.
The Club is registered with the RACMSA for the purpose of holding competitions.
Events in 2017
Annual Rally 10th-11th June 2017
The Saturday venue is at Waterperry Gardens OX33 1LA, to the east of Oxford and close to junction 8A of the M40. Accommodation has been arranged with the Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston OX25 5QQ and is also the venue for our Saturday night dinner, please see the current LeaFlet for booking details. Sunday will once again see us meet in the beautiful surroundings of Broughton Castle near Banbury OX15 5EB. Last year’s jazz band will be returning as is the invitation for participants to arrive in period dress. We will begin proceedings around 10.30am, judging will start at 11.30am with prize-giving at 3.30pm. There is no entrance fee but Broughton Castle will be open for part of the day for a modest charge and there is a good tea room. The Club’s regalia will be on sale in the Marquee.
Autumn Tour, Derbyshire, 15 to 18 September 2017.
We have reserved the Crewe and Harpur, a former pub which has been converted to provide a good standard of self-catering accommodation for large groups in the village of Longnor, about 6 miles from Buxton and about 12 from Leek. Longnor is a small village in the Staffordshire area of the Peak District National Park.
The Plan – very sketchy at this stage.
Assembling on the Friday there would be a Fish and Chip supper in the evening provided by the local chip shop. On the Saturday there would be a run and possible visit to some local attraction and in the evening we would eat at the Crewe and Harpur. The Sunday would follow a similar pattern but in the evening we would go to the Pack Horse Inn at Crowdecote. Monday morning would see us leave the Crewe and Harpur by 10am. Those who have the time may drive to a suitable spot for lunch before saying their farewells.
Past events in 2016
2016 Autumn Tour, 16 to 18 September, Four Castles Tour of Snowdonia.
Continuing on from our highly successful tours of North Yorkshire (2015) and The Rhine (2014), North Wales members Bob & Pam Parkes kindly organised for us an exciting itinerary of visits and tours around the Snowdonia National Park based in Betws-y-Coed at the Royal Oak Hotel. Saturday’s run took us through Beddgelert and the Aberglaslyn Pass to Tan-y-Bwlch Station on the Festiniog Railway and on to the Italianate village at Portmerion, then the Bala Lake Railway and returning via a fabulous moorland road in stunning evening light. A shorter run on Sunday took us to the slate mining museum in Llanberis and on to Caernarfon Castle, returning via the gardens at Plas Brondanw and the former slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. 16 Lea-Francis cars took part of which half were 14hp Sports. Click here to see more pictures and a report.
Saturday 11 June and Sunday 12 June: Annual Rally Weekend
We returned for the sixth time to the peace and tranquility of Broughton Castle near Banbury, Oxfordshire. The weather was initially reminiscent of our first visit in 2011 when it rained all day, but luckily it had stopped by lunchtime. Quality not quantity was the order of the day with numbers slightly down on recent years. Organised superbly by Hugh Price, period dress and a jazz band were new for this year. Per-Eric Ericsson drove his white 14hp six light saloon from Ålmhult, in Southern Sweden. The oldest car attending was the 1926 K type two seater plus dickey recently re-united into his family by Jeremy Crowther who brought the car down from Yorkshire. The main picture (from Jim Jenkins) shows Steve Chittock standing beside his cream 1950 14hp 4 light saloon. Below that from left to right, Maggie Smith poses by the 1928 P type 2 seater plus dickey and Peter Baston and Colin Poynter stand with their Hypers prior to the 1928 Ulster TT (photo from Sarah Poynter).
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Past events in 2015
Friday 18 September to Monday 21 September: North Yorkshire Tour.
12 Lea-Francis cars have completed the 2015 Autumn Tour based in Scarborough on the North Yorkshire coast. These included 5 14hp Sports, 1 14hp Saloon, 1 14hp Estate, 2 14hp Specials, 1 S type Hyper, & 2 P types. Over 225 miles were driven without major problems over the four days including the 33% ascent of Rosedale Chimney Bank. Superbly organised by club members Steve & Margo Chittock, a combination of fine roads and unusual locations, including Sledmere House and Oliver’s Mount race circuit, ensured a highly successful and entertaining tour.
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Saturday 13 June and Sunday 14 June: Annual Rally Weekend
Around 35 cars attended our 5th Annual Rally held in the grounds of Broughton Castle.
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Past events in 2014
Wednesday 3 September - Tuesday 9 September. LFOC Annual Rally in Germany
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Saturday 7 June and Sunday 8 June: Annual Rally Weekend
Over 30 cars attended the 2014 Annual Rally once again held in the grounds of Broughton Castle, the enchanting home of Lord & Lady Say & Sele.
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Past events in 2013
Friday 27 September - Tuesday 1 October: Ulster Autumn Weekend
Crossing by ferry from Great Britain on the Friday, we spent two nights near Bangor just East of Belfast, with a run South on Saturday as far as Downpatrick. On Sunday we toured the Ards TT circuit followed by a visit to the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum before driving North West of Belfast to spend two nights at Dunadry. On Monday we then drove North to explore the beauty of the Giant‘s Causeway and its coast, finishing with dinner and prize-giving at the Hotel.
Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June: Annual Rally Weekend
Our Diamond Jubilee Rally weekend.
Events run in 2012
Saturday 7 July and Sunday 8 July: Glamis Transport Extravaganza
Poor weather did not deter the Scottish Lea-Francis owners at Glamis, attending the Transport Extravaganza which is the largest gathering of vintage, veteran and classic vehicles in Scotland. The Lea-Francis Owners’ Club have become regular exhibitors with their own marquee and stand, ably organised by Stonehaven-based member Trevor Bradley.
Friday 28 September to Sunday 30 September: Wye ValleyTour
Based on Tintern, itself a fine location with the ruined abbey by the river, this highly enjoyable and inexpensive weekend tour was superbly organized by Jim Jenkins and attended by 19 LFOC members in 9 Leafs, 1 Morgan and one modern car.
Saturday‘s tour in lovely weather took in Llandegfedd Reservoir, Blaenavon Big Pit, where most of us descended into the old colliery, The Newport & Brecon Canal at Llangynidr, Crickhowell and Raglan Castle, around 90 miles on varied and sometimes quite narrow roads with spectacular views. Sunday’s run was shorter, around 60 miles, but equally as hectic, with Symonds Yat, Goodrich Castle, The Forest of Dean Railway, Lydney Harbour, Chepstow Castle and Caerwent Roman Town all visited. The Hotel at Tintern was very good value with excellent food and attentive staff, and the company dedicated to having a memorable Lea-Francis weekend.
Events run in 2011
Friday 30 September to Sunday 2 October 2011: Yorkshire Dales Tour
Building on the success of the superb Lakeland Tour last year, we ran a memorable event in the Yorkshire Dales, based at the Harefield Hall Hotel in Pateley Bridge, with a baking hot dry Saturday and not so hot or dry Sunday. Two runs through stunning scenery were devised by organisers John and Mary Follows. On Saturday we drove via Kettlewell to medieval Castle Bolton followed by a conducted tour of the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, then Fountains Abbey and/or Brimham Rocks. On Sunday our route took us via Burnsall and Malham, past all three Yorkshire Peaks, Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough & Whernside, through the cobbled streets of Dent village for lunch at the Hawes Creamery, and finally over the moors to Grassington. Thirteen Lea-Francis cars attended, plus four modern cars. Two local members brought their cars to meet us at Kettlewell and Hawes respectively.