Events

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.

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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

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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

AGM, Sywell Aerodrome, Sunday 30th April

The AGM is to be held at Sywell Aerodrome, Aviator Hotel, Northants NN6 0BN http://www.aviatorhotel.co.uk/ on Sunday 30th April 2017, with the meeting starting at 2pm. There is a bar on site from which members may purchase lunch beforehand and we have arranged for sandwiches and tea/coffee after the meeting.

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.
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Past events in 2016

2016 Autumn Tour, 16 to 18 September, Four Castles Tour of Snowdonia.

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Colin Mackenzie’s 1930 Hyper Replica heads the line-up at Caernarfon Castle on Sunday. Photo: Robin Sawers


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

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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.

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Lea-Francis 14hp Saloon, Special & Sports with a 1928 P type, on top of the North Yorkshire Moors at the Lion Inn.


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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Inset left: Horst Meinert (Germany), Trevor Smith (Northern Ireland) and in the background Phillip Rogers (Australia) were some of our overseas visitors this year. Main picture: Steve & Margot Chittock sample a drop of the brew Horst brought over for our enjoyment. Inset right: Even the picnic basket fits in. Colin and Sarah Poynter enjoy lunch before resuming their Club duties of Judging & Chairmanning.

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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French member Vincent Bihr negotiates the Driving Tests in his attractive 1950 2.5 litre Sports at the 2014 Annual Rally.

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.

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In front of the Town Hall in Newtonards through which the TT circuit ran and where the Ards TT memorial now stands.

Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June: Annual Rally Weekend

Our Diamond Jubilee Rally weekend.

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A fine display of cars built between 1938 and 1953 at Much Park Street, Coventry at Broughton Castle on June 9th for the Lea-Francis Owners’ Club Diamond Jubilee Rally....

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...and pre-war cars built at Lower Ford Street, Coventry. And this was just the P Types!

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.

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Lea-Francis cars at Glamis, from left: 14hp Sports, V type coupe, 14hp Utility, 14hp 4 light saloon. Photo: 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.

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Leafs line up at the Tintern Abbey Hotel ready for the Saturday run to Blaenavon Big Pit and the Brecon Beacons

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.

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Mike and Val Neale cross Burnsall Bridge in their 1929 Hyper. Ignition problems on the journey from Lichfield resulting in a coil to magneto swap en route turned Mike’s 3 hour sprint into a 12 hour saga. But he made it! Photo by Steve Jones

 

Regular Social Meetings

On the second Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December starting about 8pm (although members often arrive earlier if they want to eat) at:

The Cat and Custard Pot

Shipton Moyne

near Malmesbury

Wiltshire

Organising member

Rod Holt, Tel: 01453 520092 Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The December meeting is our Christmas Dinner, which last year was held on the 8th December 2015.
The picture below shows a recent meeting.

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Mid-summer meeting

Visit to Gloucester Waterways Museum, Sunday July 14 2013

Seven Lea-Francis cars and twelve people braved the centre of Gloucester on a very hot day to tour the National Waterways Museum and take a boat trip along the Sharpness Canal in the 1936 Dunkirk Veteran Queen Boadicea II river steamer.

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LeaFs at the Gloucester Waterways Museum, from left, John Blundell’s 14hp Sports, the Stevens’s P type, Jim Jenkins’s !4hp Sports, the P type of Chris & Clare Cooke and Westland of Graeme & Peter Baynham. Two LeaFs are out of view.

New Year Meeting

Shardlow, late January, early February

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Above: This now traditional New Year gathering at the Clock Warehouse, Shardlow, Derbyshire, has proved popular with North Midlands members. The 2017 meeting was held on Saturday 11 February with a very good number attending for lunch. The picture shows Peter Cork & Anne Croasdell standing in front of their wonderful newly restored LeaFabric saloon P Type which they had battled over from Bakewell on a bitterly cold day.

VSCC and other events

Lea-Francis drivers have enjoyed considerable success in recent years in all types of competition, especially trials, navigational rallies and speed events.

Trials

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Graham White and his 1929 P type trials car, now supercharged, have been the most successful Lea-Francis combination recently. They are seen here (above) on the 2015 VSCC Herefordshire Trial.

Navigational Rallies

Members and their cars often compete in VSCC rallies. Below: Here Allan Lupton (1938 12.9hp Corsica) navigated by David Kirkham is seen on the VSCC Spring Rally in 2016. Allan came 2nd in the Expert Class.
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VSCC and other events


VSCC and other events

Above: Also on the 2016 Spring Rally, a 95 mile run in Surrey, Hampshire & Sussex held on 16th April 2016, and newly promoted to the Expert Class, are Colin & Sarah Poynter in their 1928 Hyper which was the practice car at the 1928 Ulster TT, won by Kaye Don in Hyper 14053, now in the Coventry Transport Museum.
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Speed Events

VSCC and other events


Above: The famous supercharged Hypers feature prominently in vintage speed events. Here is Jeremy Brewster’s very fast example at Chateau Impney on July 11 2015. Photo: Peter McFadyen.

VSCC Prescott Vintage Speed Hill Climb, run at the beginning of August each year, is a favourite venue for Lea-Francis owners. The pictures below are all from the 2015 meeting.

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Pic1: Colin Poynter, the Club’s Registrar for Pre-1937 cars, storming the hill in perfect conditions for a best time of 53.59 seconds in his un-supercharged Hyper Ch:14056. Pic2: Peter Tierney made the ascent in a best time of 52.72 seconds in supercharged Hyper Ch:14175 which he has recently acquired from Charles Cook. Pic3: Hypers in the paddock preparing for their runs, Richard Houlgate’s on the left and the Delaney car shared by father Geoffrey and daughter Lucy on the right. Pic 4: Simon Bowyer at Orchard in his 1928 P type. Pic5: Many interesting cars also park in the Orchard. This 1927 M type, one of only four in the Lea-Francis Owners Club, belongs to Dr Mark Jackson. Pic 6: The VSCC Prescott event also includes a ‘Long Course’ Hill Climb, which includes Ettores Bend, held on the Friday. Here Colin Bullock sweeps through the Esses near the top in his Aero-engined Lea-Francis Cirrus Special.