2018 Classic car rally

What a fantastic day !

Wow, Sunday 8th July was certainly a hot and sunny day; perfect for the Kelvedon & District Rotary Club’s fourth Classic Car Rally. Twenty three classic cars were welcomed at Park Farm House in Inworth, all keen to try their hand at our carefully selected route around Essex. The club takes a very relaxed view of what is a classic car and although most of those taking part are old classics we also allow more modern vehicles which may become classics of the future. The rally is not a competition so it doesn’t matter. The slower, older cars just have more time to enjoy the lovely scenery while driving the course!

All the cars were sent on their way at minute intervals to the sound of a Scottish reel or two thanks to piper Jackie Allan from the Essex Caledonian Pipe Band. They then worked their way around Colchester, through Earls Colne and Halsted before stopping for some refreshment at Spencer’s Farm Shop in Wickham St Paul. At least that was the planned route, unfortunately someone decided that urgent road repairs were needed and the main A1124 just before Earls Colne was suddenly closed, requiring some innovative detours. Where would we be without Google maps on our smart phones?

Back on track, the cars continued around Braintree to Dunmow followed by a very scenic drive through The Easters and another stop for a comfort break and more refreshments at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. It’s only 50 miles but many of these are cars without power steering or servo brakes and have a clutch to test the left leg of a weightlifter. The drivers deserved a stop and some coffee.

It was then across country through Margaretting, Great Baddow and Boreham before joining the A12 for an easy final drive back to Feering and Park Farm House where a cold drink and a BBQ meal awaited them. All the drivers enjoyed their drive round the Essex countryside and made just one request – can we come again next year!

The rally is not intended as a major fund-raising event; the aim is to have a fun day and raise the awareness of Rotary. However the Rotary Club does try to make a small profit from the event. Last year over £800 was raised on the day and was sent to the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – as our President’s young grand-daughter had recently died from a heart condition. This year over £1,100 was raised and will be put towards our Rotary charitable activities and will be used to support worthwhile local and international projects.Wow, Sunday 8th July was certainly a hot and sunny day; perfect for the Kelvedon & District Rotary Club’s fourth Classic Car Rally. Twenty three classic cars were welcomed at Park Farm House in Inworth, all keen to try their hand at our carefully selected route around Essex. The club takes a very relaxed view of what is a classic car and although most of those taking part are old classics we also allow more modern vehicles which may become classics of the future. The rally is not a competition so it doesn’t matter. The slower, older cars just have more time to enjoy the lovely scenery while driving the course!

All the cars were sent on their way at minute intervals to the sound of a Scottish reel or two thanks to piper Jackie Allan from the Essex Caledonian Pipe Band. They then worked their way around Colchester, through Earls Colne and Halsted before stopping for some refreshment at Spencer’s Farm Shop in Wickham St Paul. At least that was the planned route, unfortunately someone decided that urgent road repairs were needed and the main A1124 just before Earls Colne was suddenly closed, requiring some innovative detours. Where would we be without Google maps on our smart phones?

Back on track, the cars continued around Braintree to Dunmow followed by a very scenic drive through The Easters and another stop for a comfort break and more refreshments at Hylands Park in Chelmsford. It’s only 50 miles but many of these are cars without power steering or servo brakes and have a clutch to test the left leg of a weightlifter. The drivers deserved a stop and some coffee.

It was then across country through Margaretting, Great Baddow and Boreham before joining the A12 for an easy final drive back to Feering and Park Farm House where a cold drink and a BBQ meal awaited them. All the drivers enjoyed their drive round the Essex countryside and made just one request – can we come again next year!

The rally is not intended as a major fund-raising event; the aim is to have a fun day and raise the awareness of Rotary. However the Rotary Club does try to make a small profit from the event. Last year over £800 was raised on the day and was sent to the charity CRY – Cardiac Risk in the Young – as our President’s young grand-daughter had recently died from a heart condition. This year over £1,100 was raised and will be put towards our Rotary charitable activities and will be used to support worthwhile local and international projects.