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Cotswold Caper

5th July 2015


The Gloucestershire MG Owners Club Cotswold Caper has been going since June 2006 and this year was to be the celebration of 10 years worth of rallies.  In that time we have provided entertainment for hundreds of MG enthusiasts across the UK, raised nearly £30,000 for charities and showcased our part of the world to thousands of people.  As a club we were looking for something special to mark the achievement


The tale started back on 11th June 2006 when we held our first MG run and 115 cars attended our inaugural run starting from Stroud Leisure Centre.  The run was the brainchild of Graham and John our then Chairman and Secretary.  Together they created the route and we all joined in to help.  We even managed to get Air Vice Marshall Tony Mason to wave off a few cars. We finished at the world renown Slimbridge Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and managed to raise £500 in the process.


 
Trevs in Control!!!!

The following year we were raising funds for our friends at St Roses Special School in Stroud and aided by Sharron Davies MBE Olympic swimming medallist who was kind enough to see the cars off we had a great day


2008 saw 143 cars from all over the country converge on the Gala club in Gloucester and were treated to a send off by Fiona Fullerton – she of Bond girl fame.  The following year, 2009, saw 120 cars visiting the highways and byways of Gloucestershire with the 2010 rally concentrating on South Gloucestershire
For 2011 we decided to see North Gloucestershire and were lucky to secure the services of Sir Geoff Hurst who scored a hat trick in the 1966 World Cup winning hat trick.  He was very personable and was a great hit with both sexes.  There was one problem though when one of our members told him that they were married on the same day as the match and all the men at the reception went into the TV lounge to watch the game.  After a quick kiss on the cheek all was forgiven


We then decided to cover the Forest of Dean the following year and ended up at the Speech House Hotel in the centre of the Forest. 143 three cars all enjoyed the run and the cream teas afterwards
Once again we changed venues and in 2013, we started from Stow Rugby Club and concentrated on that part of Gloucestershire.  After the 100 miles around the narrow roads of the county we finished up at the Cotswold Wildlife Park


Finally last year we started from the Corinium stadium, home of Cirencester Town Football Club and after going through the beautiful Colne Valley, down the Roman Fosse way and even going through the Badminton Estate  we finished up at Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club in the south of Gloucestershire
So, why is the Cotswold Caper growing over the years?  Each year we have different start and end venues as well as half way breaks.  We never repeat the same run and most of all we love welcoming new friends.  As well as many returning guests we also have welcomed many furry friends over the years with Paddy the Westie being at the very first event and often joins us.  Bosun and Q are also regular visitors. 


Our stalwart supporter is Jelfs Ventilation who have supported from the beginning and are still supporting us.  With their help we have raised monies for various local charites across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds.  We would like to recognise their contribution and thank them for the past, and hopefully future, support


 

Now you may ask what distances do people come from to sample our event.  Our record is the man who shipped his car from the USA to Portsmouth for the run.  Unfortunately it was delivered to Southampton but they were reunited in time to take part. 


A new organising team was formed for 2015 with several “old stagers” continuing.  After protracted deliberations it was decided that we should go into the Forest of Dean for this anniversary event.  The start and finish venue are usually what determines a run so we decided a new approach this year and would start and end in the same place.  In this way we hoped to avoid the typical packing and unpacking of the raffle prizes and stands for transporting them to the end of the run which could be a 30 mile trip whilst everyone was enjoying themselves. 


 

 

The Speech House, a seventeenth century hunting lodge being in the centre of the Forest was decided upon.  It was also the home of the Verderers Court. The Verderers are the sole remnant of the organisational structure developed after Norman times to administer Forest law. Paul was despatched to do the route in early December with a brief to get as much of the Forest of Dean in as he could. 

 

 


There were too many delightful sights in the Forest and with the Wye so close we decided to “do” the Forest in the morning and the stunning Wye Valley in the afternoon after our obligatory lunch stop.  The Forest of Dean has a rich Mining history so passing by places such as Hopewell Colliery was inevitable.  We even passed the Dean Forest Railway where several people stopped to watch the steam locomotives do their stuff.


Flaxley Abbey, founded around 1148 forms part of the religious heritage of the area.  From there we travelled to the delightful Ross on Wye which was the birthplace of the British Tourist industry where in 1745 the Rector Dr John Egerton started taking boat trips along the Wye


The second half of the run was also studded in history passing by Tintern Abbey founded in 1131 and also the spectacular Chepstow Castle.  The castle was started in 1067 and was a part of a chain on the English Welsh border.


So, after 94 miles of meandering beauty the cars ended up right back where they had started from ready for a cream tea.  In the meantime the Marshalls had watered the field the cars were parked in (well, it was a thunderstorm really but it sounded good).


 

 

 

 

Once again the Southampton and New Forest Club won the prize for most cars attending bringing 13 cars to the event.  They were closely followed by our new friends at Tamar who fielded 10 cars and were just pipped at the post

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our new friends at Tamar didnt look too disappointed!

 

 

 

 

 


John and Sandra Barton were fairly late entries but they drove an impressive 190 miles from Middlesbrough to be with us and won the prize for this years farthest travelled entrant

 


All the feedback we received from our guests was that it was a truly memorable way to celebrate our tenth anniversary.  We were hoping to beat our previous record of £4,500 raised for our nominated charity but this year we broke that barrier with ease raising a staggering £5,700 for our nominated charity this year - Allsorts.  This was the icing on the cake after providing a full days entertainment for hundreds of people.

 

 

 


 

 

It  was a tiring but satisfying day for all concerned, we welcomed new friends and old as well as doing “our bit” for charity.  But what was my personal highlight of the day?  I think it was Mike from Southampton who said “it doesn’t look like it does in the film”.  Dreading his answer I asked “What doesn’t?”.  “You know the film, the one with Alec Guinness – The Bridge over the River Wye”
To me that summed up the fun of the day. 

 

 

 


Finally Gloucestershire MG Owners Club would like to thank all involved for their contributions to a great day – all those who helped organise it and took part in the run on the day as well as anyone else who participated in any way.

 

 

   
Male marshals
The Pink Ladies

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Thank you for your email & particularly the stunning photo of our MGA fhc. (GVS 726) at the start point, it was lovely to have an 'action shot' of the day.'s run.

May I also thank you all very sincerely for a splendid day out, it must have involved a tremendous amount of work by you all & we send our heartfelt congratulations to all concerned, the organisation & the rally directions were first class & everyone we talked to was most friendly.

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Thanks to all the team at Glos MG for an enjoyable day in the Forest.

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Both Geraldine and I, probably the most local team (we travelled 2 miles to the  Speech House), enjoyed the meander around our beautiful Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.
What a sight the collection of the MG marque gathered at the start.
Thanks to you and the team for such a professionally presented Caper.
Be assured  we'll be back.
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Many thanks for yet another great Cotswold Caper. We thoroughly enjoyed the run and during the ‘downpour’ our MG umbrella proved extremely effective in our open MGA whilst parked up outside a pub!!

We look forward now to next years event.

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A great run, Exeter MGOC enjoyed the day and the rain was only part of it.
Hopefully we will see you next year
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Just want to say many thanks to you and all the event organisers for arranging such an excellent 2015 Caper, unfortunately we never made it to the finish line car my BGT kept overheating so we decided to call it a day and limp back to Malmsbury.

All the very best, looking forward to the Cotswold Caper 2016   

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I think it is us runners who should be thanking you and the Glos team for such a wonderful day !

An extremely well organised event, and a pleasure to take part. As always, my home county came up trumps with weather and scenery and interesting roads. Was nice to be back on home turf for a day.

Would be very interested to know how much the club raised on the day.

looking forward to next year already.

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Good to meet you on Sunday after a cracking run.  Everyone that I spoke to and those that I overheard, were really delighted with the day.  The amount of work that went into just producing the directions booklet were phenomenal, without the preparations for the run and the organisation behind it.  Thank you all so much for entertaining us so royally, I only hope that you will field a strong team in Plymouth at our People and Places Run next year, it will be advertised in the Magazine.  I would hope that you would win the largest club represented trophy, and not come 2nd to Southampton!!

Thanks again and many congratulations to everyone involved – Fantastic Day.

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We ( 9 of us) all had a great run on Sunday, it was our first Cotswold Caper and it certainly will not be the last. We travelled down on Saturday and stopped overnight making it a very enjoyable weekend for all of us.
We thought the route was excellent, the route book/guide the most helpful and informative we have ever used! The organisation by the Gloucestershire MG owners Club was second to none, to cope with so many cars in such an efficient manner was very impressive to say the least.

Please pass on our thanks to all concerned for making it such a super day and we hope to see you again next year!

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I think we inadvertently created a little bit of chaos on your Cotswold Caper this morning. Independently, we drove our Green MGB roadster from Ross to breakfast at Harts Barn this morning. We saw some of the run entrants going the other way looking a bit confused. On the way home we realised we needed garlic and had to try several destinations in Mitcheldean before we found some. This involved driving through the village in several directions. Each time some of the run followed us by mistake and then turned round and came back again. We particularly liked the olive coloured RV8 which we think we saw 4 times. Pleased to note that we did eventually find some garlic in the Co-Op. On the way home from there we again managed to cross run traffic going the other way. To avoid this situation occurring again next year do please invite us!

If it is any consultation, years ago we followed an M type on the Kimber run in a group of about 20 cars. After about 10 miles he pulled in to a garage. "I don't know why you are following me. I'm on my way home".......

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Just a line to say thank you and all your club members for all the hard work in making a great
Cotswold Caper.
We had a great day out and looking forward to next year.
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I should like to thank you very much for the effort you and your team have put in to organising this year's Cotswold Caper.  My wife and I thought it was a superbly run event, displaying a level of professionalism which many clubs would do well to emulate.  Your club is indeed lucky to have such beautiful countryside close by in which to tour your cars.  Having organised this year's Cwm to Coast run for the Bridgend MGOC, I know how difficult it is to cover all eventualities, so congratulations to your team for putting on such a good show.  I was particularly impressed with the route book, indeed, I 'borrowed' some of the techniques you used in last year's route book to enhance our own route book for the Bridgend run and we have received several favourable comments from those who took part as a result.

Anyway, once again, many thanks for putting on such an enjoyable event and I hope to hear eventually that you have collected a large sum of money for Allsorts.

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Thanks to all the team at Glos MG for an enjoyable day in the Forest.

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Well, what a success!

It was our first Caper and it was great. The route was great, so well researched and well laid out and the instructions, in tulip and with words plus additional info, were easy to follow.

Well done to all the team at GlosMGOC - you are all as great as the day.

Many thanks and looking forward to next year already.

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Just a few words to congratulate all at your club involved in the organisation of the run. We had a fantastic day and will definitely book early for next year.

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Thanks for the link and thanks to you and everyone else involved for an excellent event.

Unfortunately due to a puncture on the way to Speech house, (wire wheel inner tube expired due to age) we decided it was prudent to just head home  after the start before any other inner tubes expired.  Made sure we bought some raffle tickets though, and will probably try the route at some point over the summer.

Thanks again for all your efforts, and hope to attend properly next year.

 

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