The Rotary Club of Crewe & Nantwich Weaver staged its 8th annual classic & sports car
rally, the ‘Weaver Wander’, last Saturday, 27th May, when over 150 cars assembled at
Reaseheath College in rather changeable weather conditions.
At 9.15am., the cars were set off in sunshine by the Mayor of Nantwich, Cllr. Penny
Butterill, in Nantwich Town Square, embarking on 3 routes through the Cheshire &
Shropshire countryside taking them to their final destination at the British Ironworks near
Oswestry. The spectators were able to view Healey’s, Ferraris, Austins, Fords, Jaguars,
Lotus, MG’s, Porsches, Morgans, Triumphs, Hondas, Mazdas, Minis, Audis, Alfa
Romeos, Mercedes, an AC Cobra, Alvis’s, Rolls-Royces, and Bentleys.
The participants in the Weaver Wander are all competing for three trophies: The Fred
Bowers trophy for ‘Best Car’, which was won by Stuart Battersby with his Ford Prefect;
The Melvyn Reynolds trophy for the ‘Best Spirit of the Event’ won by James Parkinson &
partner in their psychedelic outfits; and the President’s trophy for ‘Best Club Presentation’,
which was awarded to Vera Whitehouse & the impressive collection of Triumph Stags
presented by Manchester & N. Cheshire Stag Owners Club.
The Weaver Wander, which is one of the Rotary Club’s main fund-raising events, is
backed by their main sponsor, Car Transplants, along with a number of other local
companies and was, this year, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan Cancer Support
and Foundation for Liver Research.