Nottingham Classic tour Sunday 30th July 2017
Sunday July 30th saw Carlton’s premier classic car run have another successful day.
This year as part of the organising team my main job of the day was as closing course car . However prior to that myself and friend Robert ; together with Dennis Cook and friend [of Mid-Derbyshire motor club] made easy work of parking everyone in the specially reserved car park . An extra bonus [only made aware of on the morning] was the privilege of having some cars in front of the hall [so that was cars 1-10]
An assortment of 49 cars assembled at the magnificent new start venue of Kelham hall Newark where they treated to a bumper bacon cob & coffee [or tea] whilst admiring the historic hall and grounds .
[Kelham hall is a beautiful Victorian stately home located in the Trent Valley near Newark, Nottinghamshire. within 44 acres of stunning parkland. ]
An earlier start than usual was necessary due to there being Jousting at the Hall from 10.30 am.
All cars were despatched before 10.00 am and soon looked forward to an excellent selection of roads [ably put together by co-organisers Mick Hollis and wife Carol] .
A proposed mid morning stop at a chocolate factory/shop had to be removed as they no longer open on Sundays . However there was an optional stop at Heckington windmill where a large number of entrants took advantage of the upgraded facilities.
The tour continued to the half way halt at Woodhall Spa [last visited by the club 9 years ago] ,. We had the privilege of exclusive parking at the local bowls club . In addition to the parking their club house was available but luckily the rain mainly held off . Tea/coffee was laid on by the ladies of the bowls club [incl in entry fee] and entrants were also able to use the toilet facilities .
A slightly longer than normal stop was allowed so that entrants could have a taster of what the village offered [various leaflets and map courtesy of cottage museum tourism].
The weather had turned slightly worse for the return journey although the sharp showers were very hit & miss and generally short-lived . None of this was to spoil the superb roads of the second half.
The finish venue was Papplewick pumping station and this year entrants were treated to a massive jacket potato and choice of two fillings . Although the queue seemed long I was quite surprised [being one off the last to be served] that ALL had been fed well before 5.00 pm .
Papplewick staff kindly supplied the teas and coffees and underground tours were available of which quite a few took advantage of .
A selection of photos elsewhere