Cars to the Claydons Classic Tour
Last Saturday, 3rd September Oxford Motor Club promoted a classic car tour starting at the Cotswold Wild Life Park at Burford and club members Chris & Gethin Phillips wheeled out their 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite to support the event. Not a long event that culminated at Claydon Manor near Milton Keynes at the first running of the Cars at the Claydons classic car show taking in a sixty mile route through the scenic rural Cotswolds.
A modest yet quality entry of 23 cars left at 09:45 led away by a 1924 4.5lt Bentley Le Mans after sampling the delights of the now regulatory bacon butty - albeit the start for the Brecon Motor Club crew was some 97 miles prior leaving the Peoples Republic of Talgarth at a little before 7! Having tackled the route without mishap Claydon Manor was reached by lunchtime where crews were to free to enjoy the delights of a small but interesting collection of classics from a 1914 Fraser-Nash race car right up to an original road going Ford RS200 still on its original Pirelli P7 tyres. The rain had just started to fall and as some of the "polishers" ran for their car covers (what's that all about??) the BMC crew relented, dug out the soft-top and headed West for the 120 mile home ward jaunt through some pretty horrendous rain.
Fortunately the weather had eased by the time they reached Three Cocks enough to enjoy an alfresco pint at The Old barn and just in time to see fellow BMC crews of Craig Jones and Dai Bloc pass on their way back from the Woodpecker Stages dragging their respective BMW cars behind them - obviously too focused to enjoy a beer! A successful first time classic run for Oxford MC and well worth the effort particularly as several of their members are very supportive of Brecon's events.