Classic & Sports Car Tour June 11th 2017 Report
From the feedback, we have had it seems once again the event proved to be an enjoyable day’s motoring by all. This year I did not compete as I was given the honour of filling Melody’s shoes as Secretary of the event. It was disappointing the entries were down this year, I had apologies from some previous entrants apparently our date this year clashed with many other events.
However, we had a good variation of vehicles with ages from 1956 to up to more modern versions. Pete again as Clerk of the Course did an interesting route and I received compliments on the route book he produced. The start was at Padstow from the quay car park, signing on was held in the nearby Walkers restaurant. Tony did a good job multitasking, firstly checking the cars over before departure, then changing hats as navigator in a very nice Morgan.
First car away was our course car manned by Dave, Karen and Allen, in a very nice Focus ST with only 150 miles on the clock. Followed by Pete & Heather also out helping the course car with setting up and signage etc. This first section took entrants to the very picture postcard Port Gaverne. After I finished signing on I was able together with Nora to get to Port Gaverne to do the control, with us at this point were Roger & Kath with their trusty video camera. From here they went up to St Kitts Herbery manned by Chris & Joanna on route taking in a visit to Delabole slate quarry although not open there was an opportunity to use the viewing platform. From St Kitts, there was a stop at the RAF museum Davidstow. This is a very interesting museum run by a couple who do not charge admission but rely on donations, well deserves a visit. From what I can gather there was some confusion here as their competitor the War museum was being over enthusiastic and directed some entrants into his place.
The route then wound its way around to Jamaica Inn for teas & coffees, this control being manned by Melody & Henry, from here on to Pencarrow House. Here we assembled for the lunch break with pasties and cakes on the menu. After a fine lunch, it was on to Portmellon manned by Chris & Joanna, after which there was a drive through the Caerhayes Castle grounds. It was then on through some more beautiful Cornish scenery to King Harry Ferry taking them across the water to finish at the National trust Trelissick House. Here we were treated to a Cornish cream tea (jam with cream on top!). Once the course closing car manned by Richard & Jeremy came in we started to work out who was voted best car in the event.
All entrants were given a voting slip to let them decide who they considered to be the best/most interesting car on the tour. This year the car obtaining the most votes was a glorious 1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster driven by Simon Hendra and navigated by Vanessa Hendra. You do not need a classic car to do this event, we accept cars from year dot up to present day as long as they are road legal, taxed & insured etc. I’m sure in due course Roger will be putting the video of the event on line where you will be able to see the selection of cars that took part. I had two favourites both Minis however if I had to choose it would have been the 1968 Mini Cooper S.
Thanks to all entrants and helpers, watch our website for next year’s Coast to Coast date.
Part 1: https://youtu.be/jiulq_zmLSM
Part 2: https://youtu.be/GNPhfKfqpjQ