It was a lovely day for this event, staged in the small town of Bromyard. It was only the second time the event had been organised and the town was closed off completely to allow the entrants to do parade laps through the streets. We parked up in a central car park within easy walking distance of the action and passed the paddocks where the entrants waited for their turn. The streets were lined with adults, children and dogs all eager to see an amazing variety of cars and motorbikes pass by. A break for lunch gave us a chance to explore the many small shops that were open for the day and do some shopping. We took a picnic and ate it in the peace and quiet of the car park, but there were many places to find food in the town. An ice cream in the afternoon finished off a very pleasant way to spend a day.
The Elf and I had a lovely morning meeting up at the La Chasse inaugural meeting. The idea is of a sort of high tech treasure hunt on the best roads and places in this country and eventually abroad. I don’t imagine this will be cheap but I am hoping it will be a lot of fun.
The chap with hat was the chef for the morning in charge of bacon, sausages and burgers.
The gardens of the hotel were very well cared for.
A lovely gurgling Noble.
A rare example of a silver Porsche I could live with.
Little SilverBeast was welcome but he didn’t get in the front car park with the big boys.
This was the interior of a Maclaren. Impressive but not for me. I wouldn’t be able to see out for one thing.
This was a modest grey, not silver, Lamborghini which was quietly elegant but still looked like a Transformer ready to pounce.
It was a spectacular display of cars and the Elf and I will be going on one of their introductory events at the end of April to see what goes on. There are more planned for Cheddar Gorge and Wales, but the week long event in Italy has stolen my heart.
This was my carriage for a trip to the Queens Square Breakfast Club at Castle Combe. It was not my car but I was kindly taken by Andy Williams. It was a beautiful morning, and turned out to be sunny all day which made a pleasant change to the awfulness of the last few days. All sorts of cars were there for us to see, everything from a McLaren to an ageing Peugeot 206.
As a treat now that all the work at home is done we joined up with the Welsh Mini Group for their Raglan meet. It was a gorgeous morning, bright and crisp and driving to the rendezvous was a joy with the bright autumn colours. Our meeting point was The Steel Horse Cafe which is a favourite with bikers in mid Wales. We started with hot drinks enjoyed outside in the sunshine while we chatted. We then moved inside for breakfast.
This is no greasy spoon with everything from a variety of baked goodies including muffins to a full English or pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. The Cafe was warm and decorated with biking photos, boxes for storing helmets and a cosy wood burner. Once we had finished we had a short run to Raglan Castle where we parked up for photos. It was becoming cloudy and the sunshine had by now given way to a bitterly cold wind, so it wasn’t an ideal day for seeing the castle. As we were both cold we soon took off for home. It was great to have a catch up with the lovely people on WMG.
While CooperBeast is no longer at Beastie Folly his new owners have very definitely decided to keep him a member of the 500 club. He now sports new 500 plates that also reflect the family surname and they display his name “CooperBeast” along the bottom of the plate. The 500 roof decals remain in place too. It means a lot to us that his heritage is not being forgotten. Just as you shouldn’t change the name of a boat perhaps if a car has a name that should not change either. Or maybe in this case CooperBeast over the years has just made that name his own. He really is looking fantastic in the flesh and his adventures and escapades will continue to appear on here.
We got up at school time and were out of the door at 8.30 in order to be at Reading MINI for a get together with fellow MINI fanatics at an event organised by LUXE MINI.
We have made a lot of new friends in the MINI community as a direct result of being in the Welsh MINI group and we enjoy meeting these people once again as well as old, old friends from the MINI scene such as Andy, who now rides a wicked looking black F56 MINI JCW. Coffee, tea, pastries and burgers were provided by LUXE MINI, which was very kind of them, as they did all they could to ensure it was an enjoyable day for everyone. In truth beautiful sunshine all day ensured this.