16 Sep Hamsterly Classic and Vintage Vehicle show and Cambridge Oxford Owners Club Tour
Sunday the 16th of September, saw members at the inaugural Hamsterly Classic and Vintage Vehicle Family show in Northern England, some having driven up from North West England (Manchester) the day before. The local car classic car club had been asked by the Forestry Commission to help organise the show, with a view to making it an annual event and have bigger show next year to celebrate 100 years since the creation of the Forestry Commission. The early morning rain cleared away around 1030 and the sun shone for the rest of the day. The organisers provided a variety of stalls to entertain family members and raise funds for the Air Ambulance Service, a small auto jumble along with a drink’s gazebo and an excellent fish and chip van, all were well supported. There was a total of 90 exhibits comprising cars, tractors, stationary engines, motor cycles and emergency vehicles. Of particular interest was meeting one of the organisers, who brought along his stunning Series 3 Wolseley 6/90 which provided the opportunity to study the differences between the Series 1 and the Series 3 Wolseley 6/90’s of which there are many.
On 1st September, some Wolseley Owners Club members met up with Cambridge Oxford Owners Club members for their week Tour at their rendezvous point on the summit of the Horseshoe Pass, Wales. The large car park and café made for easy parking and a nice cup of tea to make introductions over, before travelling in convoy to the Barmouth/Talybont area on the coast. People had made their own arrangements for accommodation, meeting up in the local pub most evenings to co-ordinate meeting times etc. for the following day. The itinerary devised by Steve Turner from COOC was quite a full one with something planned for most days, however there was no obligation to attend everything shown and most people picked and chose what they were interested in or took up alternatives – some pre-planned, others on the spur of the moment. Members thoroughly enjoyed the week and had lots of laughs, of course there were times when things didn’t go as planned – both for us and others. One couple finding that the B&B booked was in Talybont, Monmouthshire rather than Talybont, Gwynnedd. Others forgot medication necessitating an unplanned journey home, some nearly got their cars stuck whilst traversing the heights of an off-road rally route in the middle of nowhere. The adrenalin junkies amongst the group didn’t want to go down the Slate Caverns with the rest of us and booked the Zip Wire experience instead, only to find it was actually on a site 20miles away that they had to get to in record time to achieve the booking time!! This tour was highly recommended and see Events for 2019 where Steve has invited Wolseley Owners Club members again to join Cambridge Oxford Owners Club members again to join in with their Tour in Somerset and Devon.