We entered the Cotswold Classic Run as it seemed to be something different to our usual Austin Seven runs. It certainly was. We were one of only four pre-war cars entered of the 100 cars that the run was limited to. Held in memory of Roger Cook a motoring enthusiast and businessman.
In the words of Stuart Cook.
This Classic Run has been developed to take Classic car run to another level. We will be starting in a superb location for breakfast followed by a 65 mile run going through some of the prettiest cotswold villages around, finishing around 1pm for a presentation with a twist.
We will then be able to enjoy some fantastic food and beverages we will also have the Travelling pub. Then you will have plenty of time to have a look at some of the most beautiful classic and historic vehicles on the market today in the most stunning location.
This run will run again in 2018 on the 2nd September. BBM69 will be there.
Meeting at the AV8 cafe at the Cotswold Airport we enjoyed a delicious sausage bap and a cup of coffee. The place was packed out, due in part to the very inclement weather, it managed to rain all day. We were snug in the Ruby but entrants in number 1 were in an open racer with no mudguards! Not just the OLDEST but also the COLDEST.
Before we set off we were asked to lift the bonnet, I thought they were just interested Ruby enthusiasts, Dianne, however was not so sure. More of that later.
After having our photograph taken in front of a Bristol Britannia, possible one I had flown in when in the RAF, we set of on the 60 mile run. A well documented run followed, we were glad we had the sat nav to record the mileage travelled between instructions. The Ruby speedo only records full miles.
We finished the run at the Classic Motor Hub in Bibury, it houses a wonderful collection of classic and vintage cars as well as others for sale. Hot food and drink, music and a mobile bar were also on offer.
The three selected winners. 1974 MG BGT V8. 1936 AUSTIN RUBY. 1961 ALVIS TD21
I parked BBM in the first available slot only to be asked to move next to the Alvis please. I still did not catch on. Then an award winner notice appeared on the windscreen. Must be best pre-war car I thought. then the tannoy announce the best in show was the Austin Ruby owned by Mrs D J Davies. It turned out that the organisers had selected their best three cars then asked the entrants to pick their Best of the Best. That explained the look under the bonnet, just to check we had an original engine perhaps.
Dianne makes the top step of the podium.
Definitely the biggest and heaviest trophy BBM69 has been awarded.
Incidentally the card table is the same vintage as BBM69, 1937.
We drank the bubbly, kept the small trophy and medal. We had the big one for the year.
An Austin Seven Ulster look alike for sale.
All in all a wonderful day out with some special cars and very friendly people.