2011 Winter Newsletter

Hampton House Farm near Kineton in Warwickshire was the venue for the Club's Autumn rally. The site offered superb views with direct access to some good walks and there wasn't a single wind turbine to be seen from anywhere in the rally field. There was a good mix of vans but unusually, Caribbeans were

2011 winter rally photograph

absent - their owners came in their 'other' vans for this rally. The photo shows the vans grouped mainly to make the most of the EHUs - One Commander was 30 yards away to the left where the next EHU was. Also in evidence is the Club Pavilion, on this occasion made up from a Trio and an Isabella awning back-to-back, but pitched alongside a third awning, belonging to the adjacent Contintental. This arrangement gives quite a large covered space, not 100% draught-proof, but adequate for the social niceties of the rally. It is a tribute to the Club’s ralliers that it goes up quite rapidly (and comes down even quicker). The marshalls' arrangements went like clockwork, the Thursday fish & chips appeared on time, and it was unbelievable the amount of goodies which emanated from a Casetta on the Friday evening for the Get-together. The buffet looked great and tasted even better. Saturday night was spent in the convivial atmosphere of the Swan at Kineton. Sunday noon saw the nibbles, noggin & natter being held in the pavilion, and this time it was noticeable that more members were able to stay for this event. The weather behaved itself, there was plenty of sunshine, the Pavilion was dismantled and dry-packed late Sunday afternoon and everyone got away in dry conditions on the Tuesday. A truly memorable rally.

2011 winter rally photograph 2

Metheringham. Dan Clough reports — the second Joint Rally was well attended by COC members with 13 outfits, compared with 27 from the Carlight Enthusiasts Club. The rally programme seamlessly combined elements of both club's traditional activities, so COC members enjoyed a welcome cup of tea & biscuits on arrival from the marshalson the Thursday, followed by a fish & chip supper shared with the CEC in the hall. Friday saw the usual evening Get-together. Thanks go to all those, in both clubs, for the organisation and effort put into these communal repasts. We welcomed several new members to their first COC Rally.

2011 winter rally photograph 3 (Rolls Royce)

Two other new members dropped by on the Saturday in their Rolls-Royce Safari, which awaits a towing bracket to pull their Continental.

The main event Saturday, the Factory Open Day, was well attended and it was obvious a lot of preparation had gone into the event. Representative models from the new ranges were available for inspection, as were the workshops. The new sales brochures were as impressive as ever and it was nice to see the re-introduction of the old model names from the 70s, The refreshments, especially the hog-roast, were excellent. Sunday saw some departures, whilst others went to the 'Coach & Horses' for a lunch organised by the CEC.

CEC Thursford Winter Rally 2012. The organisers invite members to join them in December 2012 at Barney, North Norfolk. The 5 day rally includes a ticket to the Thursford Spectacular Christmas Show and a meal out after the show on the Saturday night. Phone Liz & David Tydeman on 01449 711277 to see if you can be squeezed in as a late entry.

Written by P White Hon Sec. Edited by R Magson for website January 2012

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