Classic car rally July 17th 2016

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  Rotary Club of Kelvedon & District

2016 Classic Car Rally

The daisies and harebells nodded lazily in the sun by the North Essex roadside until suddenly awakened by the roar of ancient exhausts and carefully nurtured old engines. Yes, it was Sunday 17th July and the Kelvedon & District Rotary Club’s Classic Car Rally was taking to the road again. Last year’s rally took place in a continual downpour so it was a pleasant change to have perfect weekend weather this year. The 2016 rally took the cars on a very scenic route from Feering Community Centre, through Fordham and Wormingford to Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds before returning via Haverill, Sible Hedingham and Halstead to a grand finish at the Marks Hall Show in Coggeshall.

As usual MG cars were well represented and were joined by a Mini, a TVR, a Triumph TR4A, a couple of lovely Jaguars, a Mercedes 300 and a gorgeous 1934 Daimler.

These cars were all made well before modern luxuries such as power steering, power brakes and computer-aided stability controls were even thought of and driving them can be quite challenging. The course therefore included stops at The Rushbrooke Arms in Sicklesmere and The White Horse at Ridgewell where the drivers could get refreshment and stretch their legs. The stop at The White Horse was particularly appreciated due to the unexpected appearance by a group of Morris Dancers.

The rally is not a competitive event, it is simply an opportunity for the owners of these great old cars to drive them and for the Kelvedon & District Rotary Club to increase awareness in the local community. Raising a little money towards the Rotary club’s charitable projects is also a welcome outcome.

Only one car did not manage to complete the course, returning home due to over-heating problems. Actually some of the volunteers were suffering from the same complaint and were also thinking of returning home but they stuck with the task and ensured all the cars had a warm welcome as they arrived at Marks Hall.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and we now start work on next year’s event. Rain last year, sun this year; who knows, it could be snowing next time!

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Any queries to Ken Aldred

Secretary, Kelvedon & District Rotary Club

(email: ken.aldred.ka@gmail.com )