Lea-Francis cars assembled in pub car park

As the slightly damp members who had persevered through the morning’s rain turned up for lunch at the designated pub prior to the scatter rally, the rain clouds started to part and this turned out to be the end of the rain and set the tone for what would be a great Lea Francis weekend.

Sarah had organised a brilliant scatter rally that proved a real challenge with some serious head scratching, not only from the members taking part but also the public in the villages who couldn’t work out why, and I quote ‘’All these people in beautiful cars are driving around the area and keep stopping counting stuff on signs!’’. That said, huge fun was had by all. On behalf of myself and the members, thank you Sarah.Ace of Spades Special setting off on Rally

It was then back to the Holt Hotel for our AGM, which was done and dusted in the promised time so we could spruce up for our annual club dinner. The hotel had really stepped up their game and the food was delightful, with great service. With over 50 members enjoying the evening, the banqueting suit was abuzz with much laugher and motoring tales.

Pub Car Park before start of Scatter Rally 2

On the Sunday, members gathered at Broughton for our annual rally where our secretary, Rod, informed me that this was the best turnout in several years. We even had Phillip Rogers join us all the way from Australia! I assume this was the lure of the tea and cake in the marquee. Thank you to everyone who bought a cake with them, however, a special mention must go to Peter Cork and his cake (see picture) to celebrate having owned his 14 Sports for 50 years that month.Photo by Tom Baston of Peter Cork and his cake

With all our members’ vehicles on display, it was a stunning sight; this coupled with the enthusiastic driving tests, band and tea and cake made for a great day (which became the envy of the Aston Martin club who had also visited Broughton that day).

Judging commenced and was made difficult by the quality of vehicles on display- I say vehicles as it wasn’t just cars that won awards (note 1st Vintage Concours d'Elegance). A full list of winners is below.

Thank you to all of you that came along and made the weekend a success.

Finally, the proposed date of next year’s weekend will be 13th/14th June 2020. Add it to your diaries now.

Enjoy a happy summer of motoring.

Tom

Tom Baston (Competition Secretary)

Westland bodied 14hp

 

 

 

 

 

 

1903 Bicycle

 

 

The Awards

Driving (Gymkhana) Test:

Derrington Trophy (overall winner) - Barny Creaser- 1948 14 Sports

1st Vintage - Nigel Wadlow -1928 P Type

1st 'Post Vintage' - Ian Pawson - 1950 2½L sports

Salad Servers - John Blundell - 1948 -14 Sports

Concours d'Elegance:

Directors' Trophy (overall winner) - Peter Whitestone—1951 14hp estate

1st Vintage - Peter Whitestone 1909—Pedal Cycle

1st 'Post Vintage' - Ian Pawson - 1950 2½l sports

George Andrews Memorial Trophy. (Best restoration) – Rod Holt - 1932 Ace of Spades

Long-haul Award

1st Vintage - Richard Houlgate – 1930 W type Hyper replica

1st 'Post Vintage' – Peter Baston – 1949 14 Sports

Best period dress

Joint winners – Bill and Jo Harrision - Andy Baston and Jane Symcox

Annual Awards

L.T. Delaney (Promotion of the Lea-Francis using a Lower Ford Street built car) - Jeremy Brewster

Ken Rose (promotion of the post-war sports cars) - Barney & Gillian Creaser

Albert Ludgate (Services to the Club awarded for organising of Autumn Tour) - Nigel & Sue Fowler

Harry Spence (Best aggregate performance in competitive events throughout the year in a Lower Ford Street built car) - Colin Poynter

Cliff Wright (Promotion of the 14hp) - Peter Whitestone

Bill Boddy (Best Article in the Leaflet over the year) – Jack Leonard

Unihorse

 14hp saloon and estate

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