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Tony and Jane's Up and Down Rally

23rd August 2013

 

 

A lovely evening helped swell the entry for the August evening rally. Nineteen cars entered, but two were unable to make it due to work commitments. It was a splendid turnout, which makes it worth while arranging.  After much merriment and talking all cars were away by 6.40. Unfortunately Adrian lost his car and housekeys, but after much panic, Rita found them at the side of the seat!!  They left, highly relieved, with little delay. 

 

 

 

 

Another member, who shall remain nameless, found that diesel in a MG does not work, and evetually broke down!! He enjoyed his meal at the end though.  The quirkiness of this rally, as mentioned, was not to drive the whole route in reverse, as suggested by Trev, but the mixture of rural, urban and main road. The cheap meal at the end was also unusual.

The first stage was in the beautiful Cotswold countryside, Looking at its best this time of year. The route around Coberley, Winstone Woodmancote etc made for ideal rallying with mostly smooth narrow and quite roads, especially as the sun was still shining.  A main road section was followed by the well rallied Hartley Lane, more exciting after dark!!  

Then the route went through the suburbia of Charlton Kings, where the urban area made a nice change?, and on  to the escarpment of the Cotswolds, where the 'up and down' hills were provided to test cars cooling systems. The next village was Prestbury  [ nice houses] and through the urban Bishops Cleeve to the ' sting in the tail '  Another up and downer where the gradients were 1 in 4. The pub was at the bottom and provided us with excellent grub at reasonable cost. Excellent value!

 

 

 

 

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