Stags and Pigeons????

Sunday morning and the sun is out – thats the first thing to celebrate!! Second thing to brighten our day is that we are off out with the Stag Owners Club, and today a nice drive will be followed by a bit of clay pigeon shooting at Raunds Clay Pigeon Club.

Two yellow stags met up for the last part of the journey – to be honest it was just a half hour down the road but it gets the ole girls out, and the cars too!!!

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Once the throng was assembled it was off for the all important safety briefing, to be honest having never picked up a gun in my life before it was a little daunting but the guys at the club were very professional and helpful so they eased any nerves that were there.

So we all got our box of shells and split up into groups of 5, we then had a go in 3 different traps where the clays either went sailing past left to right, straight at you or from behind towards the hedge.

Most of mine I have to say survived – as they say very few clays where harmed during the making of this blog!!

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Pleased to say that the rest of the Stag Owners were a little better than me!!

Thanks to Roy – our able tutor I did manage to get a few, well 3 to be exact but have to say thats 3 more than I was expecting.

All done and we lined up for the group photo, Dave in the middle is responsible for organising today so a great big thanks to him, its always a pleasure to try out new things with a great bunch of folks.

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So after the exersion of the morning, refreshment was required so along to a local hostelry where we had a wonderful lunch and some pretty good pudding too.

Cars all looked great lined up in the sunshine too.

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Drive it Day 2014

So folks, Drive it Day…. the day in the spring we all wash, polish and proudly get out there in our beloved Classic Cars to show them off and have a jolly good day out to boot!!!

Heres the highlights from this year as posted on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…..

Our first picture is from Frank McGregor – About to go for a spin in my 1977 Stag. Rego is a STAG and it lives in Hobart Tasmania!!

About to go for a spin in my 1977 Stag. Rego is STAG and it lives in Hobart Tasmania from Frank McGregor

Next up Suffolk and N.Essex Dirve It Day Highlights

Couple of nice pictures via Instagram

Carlo Maria Del Conte all the way from Italy

Carlo Maria Del Conte

Aberdeen Drive It Day.
From the Beach to the Royal Deeside Railway Centre for a coffee stop then on to Leith Hall. Over 80 cars took part from a 1912 Stanley Steam car to a new Focus. More pics from Aberdeen – Click Here

Aberdeen Drive It Day. From the Beach to the Royal Deeside Railway Centre for a coffee stop then on to Leith Hall. Over 80 cars took part from a 1912 Stanley Steam car to a new Focus.

More Stags enjoying days out

From Warwickshire area SOC a drive out through the lanes crossing into Leicestershire and a drive out in Haarlem in Holland

Nice montage from the Stilton Cheese run (is that a Stag warning a Stag???)

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And lastly, Classic Car Weekly promised to print EVER picture sent to them from Drive It Day – and here are the Stags that featured in the 10 pages they printed – well done guys a great memento to a great day…Till next year!

Stag Surprise!!!!!

Those wonderful peeps at the SOC have been at it again, this time a father was surprised by his son and one of our members, here is their story…….

A few months back I got in touch with the Triumph Stags Owners club, to ask if anyone could help me surprise my Dad with an afternoon drive out in a Stag. My Dad has never been able to afford one but really likes the car, and at home he just keeps on saying he would like to own one, so what would be better than to surprise him with a drive in one?

Kindly, Carl Fuss put me in touch with a chap called Andrew Smith who was the Coordinator for the Essex area. Our emails went back and forth trying to escalate planning an afternoon out in his car, but with the weather being poor and family commitments our plans were promptly stalled. Weeks went by but we both still stayed in contact, when I received an exciting email from Andrew saying “I can make this weekend how’s about meeting at the Hawk at Battlesbridge?”

A beautiful morning started off mine and my Dad’s day on Saturday 1st of March. We made our way to the Hawk pub where we had this surprise in store. Finally after meeting Andrew for the first time after all these emails, we had a nice drink and a chat over not just Triumph Stags but Triumph Vitesse’s too as my Dad owns two of them and has had them recently restored.

We were lead out to a beautiful well restored Stag which was glowing in the sun, with this in front of me and my Dad we couldn’t wait to be driven around. We made our way through the town and country roads and the car handled so well dipping in and out of corners with power and gracefulness, I myself  personally am not a big fan of classic cars but this one was an exception the ride was so smooth and could near on match a modern car, Andrew should be proud.

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Andrew on the day was most helpful with a lot of information and passion given, we both were so grateful for the kindness he showed and how he went out of his way to make our day as this is a rarity in this modern fast paced world. So would just like to say a massive thank you to Andrew and the impression he left on us both not just of himself but of the club too.

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Chris and Steve Wayling

Chilly Cover Story

So wondering about our fab cover photo…..

Well…..here’s the story, sent in by Chris Liles from the Norfolk Area

The Frostbite Run (by Simon Goldsworthy, Editor, Triumph World)

Remember when all that freezing weather brought Britain temporarily to a standstill in January 2010? Well, it takes more that a little snow and ice to stop some Triumph enthusiasts from enjoying their cars, as we found out.

The rumble from the twin tailpipes rises as the wheels scrabble for grip. Willing helpers bounce on the rear bumper to help the tyres find that extra ounce of grip through the hard packed ice as the driver tries desperately to balance forward momentum against an excess power and wheel spin. Bit by bit the Stag fish tails up the side of the mountain, finally cresting the ridge with a gasping leap. Ah yes, this is what rallying is all about!

It is not, however, what you would expect from a gentle 25-mile club run around the English countryside. And while I may have over-played the drama in that little description of events, I can assure you that everything I wrote really did happen, and at the time it really was that exciting. Even the mountain bit, and since we were in famously-flat Norfolk, that was a big surprise.

But then again, the whole day was full of surprises. The New Year’s Run had been planned by Club Triumph members Alan and Christine Hancock and, as I have intimated, was meant to be a non-competitive 25-mile run following Tulip diagrams. As so often happens at the local level, there is considerable crossover of both cars and owners between the various Triumph clubs, and members of the Stag Owners Club had also been invited along to share the fun – they call it the Frostbite Run because of their preference for going topless even in the depths of winter. And I in turn had been offered the navigator’s seat in Chris Liles’ Stag.

So far, so good. But when I woke on the morning of the run, it was to be greeted by a thick blanket of snow and ice – it looked like the Frostbite Run might really live up to its name. Still, I carefully slithered my way across Norwich to the meeting point at the Caistor Hall Hotel and was soon joined by Chris and two more Stags, one driven by Peter and Val Herwin, the other also owned by them but lent to friends Peter and Jean O’Neill whose own Stag was currently enjoying an overdue engine rebuild.

While we were chatting, three more SOC teams slid into the car park. Among them was another Stag (this time with a hardtop firmly in place) owned by Donald and Jane Mickleborough, as well as a Mazda MX5 driven by Brian Thompson (currently between Stags) and the Mercedes coupé of Dean and Tina Barker (their Stag is nearing the end of a total rebuild). Club Triumph cars included a Herald Coupé and a TR7, as well as a couple of moderns.

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The pre-run briefing was a good-news/bad-news affair. The good news was that the hotel had laid on coffee and hot chocolate; the bad news was that Alan Hancock was not happy about the road conditions. He had already been forced to revise the route once to avoid a couple of river fords that were flooded, and while the new route had been passable with care the day before, the snow and ice of last night had made them even more tricky. He suggested that it might be wisest to put the run on hold for a week or two.

In the end, the Club Triumph crews decided to postpone the run on the eminently sensible basis that if they rescheduled it for a less icy day, more members would be able to enjoy the fruits of Alan and Christine’s hard work. After a bit of discussion, though, the SOC crews decided to give it a go despite the weather. As we gathered our Tulip notes, I had a momentary twinge of conscience that they might be doing this for my benefit rather than because they thought it was a good idea (I was soon disabused of that notion).

I wasn’t the only one having a twinge of conscience, either. Chris later told me that he was a little worried it might look as though the SOC had hijacked the Club Triumph event but that, as Area Co-ordinator for the SOC, his members regarded him as their ‘gob on a stick, and if I hadn’t suggested going despite the weather, they would never have forgiven me.’ Fortunately I don’t think either of us needed to worry, as inter-club relations appeared undamaged when we eventually met up with Club Triumph for lunch in Wymondham. As for the SOC members – well, I soon discovered that they are completely barmy and the adverse weather conditions only added to their enjoyment of a great day out.

So off we set in convoy, me wondering how I would manage to talk, write notes and scout for photo locations whilst also fulfilling my role as navigator and following the Tulip directions. I needn’t have worried though, as Stags are not the only classic items to find favour among the Norfolk branch of the SOC. There were also three CB radios in our little convoy, with Val in the lead Stag calling in warnings of ice and tricky turns and Jean keeping us up to date with progress at the tail. And that included the occasional wiggle from the back end, to which Val replied: ‘Don’t worry, that red car likes a little bit of arse wiggle now and again.’ Remarkably, this passed without further comment, proof if ever proof were needed that the ladies had control of the CB in their cars and that Chris is a bit of a gentlemanly gob-on-a-stick!

Now, I don’t propose to give a blow-by-blow account of the entire journey, so you can wipe that worried look off your brow. Suffice it to say that what should have been a 45-minute jaunt took us nearly two hours and the 25.5 miles measured over 27 on Chris’ tripometer – whether from inaccuracy or the spinning wheels, we are not quite sure. But the centrepiece of the day does bear relating, and that of course will be forever known as the Norfolk Mountain incident.

It started off benignly enough, just a shallow ford across a river to provide a little extra interest and a photo opportunity. On the other side of the water, we paused while Peter and Val gave in to peer pressure and put the roof of their Stag down. As we set off again, a passing dog-walker waved and wished us luck getting up the hill. We thought that was a bit pessimistic, at least we did until we turned a corner and saw that the road was a single track, surprisingly steep and with a nasty 90 degree bend right near the top. Fortunately there was a fresh carpet of snow over the ice that gave the tyres something to dig into. We watched Peter and Val power steadily up the hill and round the bend without a hitch, then set off after them.

And that’s where the fun began. Just around the corner and only yards from the top of the hill, we were brought to a stop on the incline by a VW Polo trying to come in the opposite direction. ‘We tried to warn them that there were more cars coming up behind us,’ said Val over the CB, ‘but they thought we were just waving friendly like and kept on going.’

What then ensued would have graced the finest of Keystone Kops movies. The VW backed out of the way to get a good vantage point for watching proceedings as Chris struggled to find grip for a standing start on ice which had just been polished by Peter and Val. The helpful suggestion that he should put his wallet on the back seat to aid traction fell on deaf ears, so I hopped out to give a little extra shove. So did Brian and Dean in the cars behind, and that did just enough to get Chris moving forward and over the hill.

The same was done with Brian’s Mazda, at which point there was a shout from Tina in the passenger seat of the Mercedes. This was slowly disappearing round the corner and sliding back down the hill. Off Dean sprinted, heroically leaping into the car but then wondering how to stop it sliding if the handbrake was already on and it was in gear. Fortunately, before re-designing the front end of Donald’s Stag (which was reversing at quite a rate of knots downhill and away from the danger zone), Dean stopped the slide by parking the rear bumper gently into the bank. The Merc was then manhandled back onto the road and pushed, pulled and generally coerced unwillingly up the hill.

Unfortunately that left the remaining two Stags with a longer (and now very shiny) hill to climb. While the rest of the gang slipped and slided down the hill on foot to help, I got my camera out and took up residence at the best viewpoint. The driver of the VW joined me. Apparently, he only wanted to get down to one of the three houses at the bottom of the hill where a family Sunday dinner was being prepared. I apologised for holding him up, but he was more than happy to wait – dinner wouldn’t be ready for another hour anyway, and this was far more entertaining than peeling vegetable and stuffing a chicken.

Donald actually did rather well getting up the hill, with Dean sat on the bootlid for extra ballast and everybody else pitching in with a shove whenever they found enough of a foothold. But Peter and Jean were then faced with a virtual Cresta Run in reverse and my abiding memory of the day is seeing the red Stag inch its way up the hill, piled high with bodies and slewing from side to side. Like a rugby scrum defending a narrow lead under their own goalposts, when one body fell off (I won’t say who because Brian asked me not to!) they ran round the back and jumped on again. Peter Herwin didn’t fall off though, because he got hooked on the aerial. Like the captain of the ship, he was thus the last to leave his loaned-out Stag when it finally crested the hill.

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That brought the day’s drama to a close, the second half of the route proving to be less treacherous and giving us all the opportunity to look up and finally see just how beautiful the Norfolk countryside was on this sunny, icy day. Every junction was still a bit of an adventure, but by keeping the speed low and using the Stag’s ability to pull well from low revs, we reached the pub in Wymondham for lunch with nothing more dramatic than the occasional tail wag and spinning wheel. Not that the slow pace mattered one bit. As Brian said, it was not about miles per hour, but rather about smiles per hour. And we had loads of those.

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The James Bond Stag

One of our members sent in some wonderful pictures of his envious visit to the JB stag before it left for its new home in the US. Here’s Johns account of his day, Thanks John!!!

My friend and I got wind that the James Bond museum in Keswick was closing and thought we would take a trip over there to see if we could get a closer look at the JB Stag. On the way there over the moors we bumped into the Top Gear crowd testing the Porsche Panamera but they would not let us take pictures. When we got to the museum, as you can see from the pictures, they give us full roaming rights of the Stag (LD14, I checked the Comm Number)) and the other JB cars except the DB5. So I have a pictorial record of the JB Stag (which is now in America) and most of the other JB cars and associated gadgets. As you can see from the pictures I got to sit where Sean Connery has sat. (big wow!!)

I tried to get the owner to pull the Stag out so I could get a picture of it beside mine but he would not, I even tried to buy it but he said I could only have it if I bought the other cars as well!!! The Stag was standing next to the White Toyota used in “You Only Live Twice” of which only two convertible versions were ever made by Toyota, both for the film.

So the beautiful Stag was of course the star of the show in Diamonds are Forever with the best JB – Sean Connery!! Can you name all the other movies from the montage above????

So what did we do last summer, part 1…

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So as the nights are starting to draw in, the weather is getting colder and wetter (well for those in the east this weekend that’s a little bit of an understatement!!!) and the opportunities for us car lovers to get out there and enjoy a bit of topless driving are disappearing until spring. We thought you would like to see some of the best bits of this summer as told our social following and friends.

So here’s some highligts of the summer from Twitter….

8 May 2013  @derek_maxwell Perfect symmetry at Woodhenge on Wiltshire area drive it day

8 May 2013
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Perfect symmetry at Woodhenge on Wiltshire area drive it day

18 May 2013 @StagOwnersClub European Stag Meeting

18 May 2013
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European Stag Meeting
and STAR 90

4 June 2013 @alanhymers Freddie loves the Triumph Stag, especialy with the hood down!!

4 June 2013
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Freddie loves the Triumph Stag, especialy with the hood down!!

12 June 2013 @markgiudici After 12 year restoration my 1971 MK1 Triumph stag is finally on the road! Yippee!!

12 June 2013
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After 12 year restoration my 1971 MK1 Triumph stag is finally on the road! Yippee!!

22 June 2013 @nickwheatley1 A new acquisition. Wanted one for years

22 June 2013
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A new acquisition. Wanted one for years

7 July 2013 @derek maxwell Bath motor pageant

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Bath motor pageant

7 July 2013 @drgoon2001 Seaton Tramway in Devon today

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Seaton Tramway in Devon today

9 July 2013 @drgoon2001 At West Bay – does this count for being on tour?

9 July 2013
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At West Bay – does this count for being on tour?

13 July 2013 @gingereagle Just back from a 1500 mile trip to Scotland stag didn’t miss a beat

13 July 2013
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Just back from a 1500 mile trip to Scotland stag didn’t miss a beat

14 July 2013 @markgiudici Enjoying the sun at Barton Marina

14 July 2013
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Enjoying the sun at Barton Marina

14 July 2013 @scottb061081 Stag spotted in Monaco

14 July 2013
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Stag spotted in Monaco

15 July 2013 @Derek Maxwell Panoramic view of stags at Atwell-Wilson Show in the sun

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Panoramic view of stags at Atwell-Wilson Show in the sun

7 August 2013 @Derek_maxwell Crown inn bishops cannings run out

7 August 2013
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Crown inn bishops cannings run out

11 August 2013 @Derek_maxwell Gorge’eous day at Cheddar, stunning!!

11 August 2013
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Gorge’eous day at Cheddar, stunning!!

27 August 2013 @nickwheatley1 Bank Holiday but the river. Couldn’t be better…

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Bank Holiday by the river. Couldn’t be better…

24 September 2013 @nickwheatley1 Late afternoon Pint me thinks!

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Late afternoon Pint me thinks!

28 September 2013 @jhoggarth89 Photo shoot

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Photo shoot

6 October 2013 @derek maxwell Carmine stag out in the forest, King Alfred’s Tower bathed in sunlight behind

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Carmine stag out in the forest, King Alfred’s Tower bathed in sunlight behind

26 July 2013 @DrKenBMoody Triumph stag summer 1976

And lastly a memory of a summer past
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Triumph stag summer 1976

And not quite sure this is the sort of Stag we were looking for…

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Stag at Burleigh house but no badge

Stag Reunited

We love to hear about our members and fellow Stag owners stories of ownership and what they have been up to with their pride and Joy. Here is a great story from Andrew…..

When I bought my car in early 2007 it came with quite a large history file going back to 1989 including receipts for huge amounts of restoration work, mots, tax discs etc but no Heritage Certificate which I sent for within a few weeks of buying the car.

Surprisingly all the numbers still matched including all the keys but it also showed the car no longer had it’s original registration number. But as my 2000 estate had lost it’s number at 3 years old due to having a private plate fitted I wasn’t really bothered. However, unlike the 2000, the certificate did show the original number of KCK42N.

This must have been in the back of my mind as to why this happened. Had the car been written off? Did someone want to keep the original number? By 2011 whatever the reason I decided I wanted to know and contacted DVLA who advised me to fill in form V888 which I did and sent it off with the £5 fee.

The information which was copies of all the previous owners documents arrived a couple of days after the Norfolk National and I found the 1986 -1989 owner, Mark Balfour had lived about ½ mile from the hotel we were staying at. Had the information arrived a week earlier I would have gone and knocked on the door to see if he still lived there.

It also explained the change of number. In 1978 the car was bought by a Henry Travis who had the number HST 99 fitted to the car and at this time the original number was lost. When he sold the car it was issued with it’s current JTA608N.

The car was supplied new by Hebden Bros, Springs Garage, Todmorden and was supplied to F&T Lumb Ltd of Hebden Bridge  and over the next 11 years it had another 10 owners, one for 4 days so presumably a dealer and was twice sold without documents. It also moved around quite a bit, going from Yorkshire to Lancashire, Devon, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Norfolk and back to Yorkshire before I brought it to Derbyshire.

Having worked in Todmorden at one time and knowing the area quite well, when I was told there was a good Vintage Weekend in Hebden Bridge it seemed like a good idea, so form filled in, a room booked in a local pub and we were all set for the weekend. Knowing that if owners put something on their car telling it’s story people do tend to read it so I decided to put a note on the car along with the usual information asking for information about the supplying garage and F &T Lumb. I didn’t really expect to find out much but was hoping it might turn up a dealer sticker, a key fob or possibly someone who knew of the original owner and possibly remembered the car.

We hadn’t been there that long and we had had a walk round when a man, whose name I didn’t get came and told me he had probably done the pre delivery inspection on the car as he worked at the garage during the ‘70s and although they were a multiple BL dealer he did mostly Triumphs. He told me the garage is still there but has been redeveloped and is a filling station. The next person introduced himself as Derek Carlton Crabtree who told me F&T Lumb were egg producers and poultry farmers and suggested I went to the visitors gate and ask for Derek Sutcliffe  as he was part of the family and he may be able to help. It turned out it was his car, he had it new as a company car. He had seen me drive in but obviously didn’t recognise the number so thought no more of it so was quite shocked when I told him the story. We also met Stephen Barker, a friend of Derek’s who was at the show with a Ford GT40 replica who also remembered the car well.

As this is a Rotary Club event and Derek is involved with the weekend we had our photos taken for their newsletter and a photo also appeared in the Hebden Bridge Times which Derek very kindly sent me along with a couple of  photos taken while he owned the car.

He had the car for 3 years and during that time it had the head gaskets replaced twice after overheating near Keighley and then Penrith. It overheated again in Bristol when Derek’s brother had borrowed it, which apparently took some time to repair as British Leyland were on strike and there were no parts for it.

In March 1978 the car was sold and went to a dealer friend of Derek’s, Geoff Gladsbrook at Hawksclough, Mytholmroyd who used the car for a while until he also encountered overheating problems and sold the car on, presumably to another dealer in Blackburn called Charles Pavelyn as this is the second name the car was registered in. In April 1978 the car was sold to Henry Travis who transferred the private number on to the car.

All in all this was a very good weekend and I think 2 of us had our day made. We were asked to go back next year which we will as it is such a good weekend. Due to the number of exhibits we were there on Saturday, Sunday being for pre 1971.

For info on this yearly event see Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend

And take a look at the photos from this years event Photos from 2013

SOC Treasure Hunt (aka where do we find lunch??)

It started at the area AGM in February; “anyone have any ideas on events we can do this year?” said our great leader Bill…. It was then I piped up that a car treasure hunt could be fun as Tony and I had done them a few years ago when we worked in Groby, back then we had one every year and they were really popular and fantastic fun.

So the idea was born, but we had also volunteered ourselves to set one for the area for this year. So the planning began.

First we had the challenge of finding a weekend where most of us were going to be available and then there was the route, questions, place to finish were we can feed everyone and park all the cars, let alone try and make it amusing!!

Up take for the event was good, although I do recall some saying that we could be responsible for several divorces in the group should our little event take place (thank fully all members are still shackled to their better halves). We settled on a date only to find a few days later it did clash with another pre-booked event, re-arranging was not easy but we eventually had the honour (I think anyway) of taking over Drive It Day for the area and putting on our little event.

We decided to run a modified version of a previous one that we had kept from 2006, there were some changes – the end location was one as the original pub that was is now a gourmet restaurant that didn’t really see themselves as a the watering hole for 10 or so thirsty Stags after a run through parts of Leicestershire.

The day arrived and in all we had 8 Stags taking part with Doug on his own following a willing Paul and Elaine.

We set out from our Leicestershire monthly N&N pub off into the unknown, well it was for some who didn’t read the first set of instructions!!! The route included some lovely villages, passing the beautiful park in Market Bosworth and a gated road just to make things a little interesting for the passengers too.

They were challenged with finding the number of the house called Treacle Warren in on route, the colour of the 3 kisses on the barn wall and the phone number in the phone box in a small village. They were also given a bag to fill with items they needed to scavenger on their way around, or as most did, in the pub car park at the end!!! Lastly was a nice easy sheet of general knowledge questions, and yes naming all the cars and drivers from Wacky Races is easy!!!

All arrived at the end point a lovely pub in Higham on the Hill for a wonderful lunch (best carvery I have had in a long while) thanks to Helen and all her staff at the Oddfellows Arms.

Frantic marking (felt like a school teacher) later Tony and I had our winners, congratulations and first prize to Steve and Bernadine, second to Ian and Fran and third to Lesley and Roger. The booby prize (nice new sponge to wash the car with) went to Bill and Kate.

Prize Giving

Prize Giving

All had a great time and hopefully someone else will set it next year!!!

What A Triumph – an SOC birthday surprise

It all started with a question posted on our Facebook page – “do any of you know where I would be able to hire a stag for a birthday treat for the wife?”

The Stag Owners Club did much better than that….. lets hand over to Virginia, she can tell us.

You can’t get much better than this, driving around the Essex country side on a lovely sunny (overcast really but use your imagination) Sunday afternoon in an open top “Triumph Stag” wind blowing through your hair (for those who had some) listening to the throbbing roars, and feeling the power of the engine, hanging on as the superb handling was put through its paces around the twisting lanes, and being treated to tails of adventures and insights it to this great piece of British engineering.

This iconic car has always been a huge favourite of mine from way back, and every time I see one I have to take a second look or point it out to whoever I happen to be with at the time, usually the husband. This must have sown a seed, because whilst sitting in the Hawk pub beer garden at Battlebridge enjoying a drink with family and friends this bright yellow “Stag” appeared, the driver introduced himself as Andrew and said he had come to take me for a spin. This had all been arranged as a surprise for my birthday, I thought I was visiting the nearby antique centre to look for a butler sink for the new kitchen.

Andrew very kindly showed us around the car and gave us the details of is history, after which both me and Mark climbed on-board (husband in the back, said he had plenty of room) and off we went with big smiles all-round. The time flew by and after a fantastic drive we returned to the Pub for another small one and to come back down.

The afternoon brought back some very happy memories of family days out and even my first driving lessons with my late father in his old Triumph 2000 MK1 the closest I got to having a “Stag”.

The debate has now started, New kitchen, New Caravan (another hobby) or maybe a small British sports car…….. ( a nice blue Stag)

A huge thank you to Andrew for taking the time to give me this wonderful birthday gift, and also to the Stag Owners Club for putting him in touch with Mark in the first place. This club looks like a very friendly group of enthusiasts and we were impressed by the club magazine and all the help and advice it contained as well as the social activates you all seem to enjoy.  If all your members are as kind as Andrew we can see why it is such a great success.

More happy memories for me, this one will be hard to beat…

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An Evening with Fuzz Townshend

Classic car owners in general were given a real treat last evening (18th July) in the picturesque village of Hallaton in Leicestershire.

A few of us from that area decided to go along, some after a lovely day out around Rutland water, others later after they finished their lovely days in the office/workshop etc.

The event was a general get together of classics of all shapes, sizes and ages to enjoy some excellent food and drinks and meet, greet and otherwise grill the front man from Car SOS – Fuzz Townshend. The whole event was put on by Carole Nash so a special thank you to them for a really good do!

All lined up in the sun

All lined up in the sun

The Stags managed to get to park up together (cos they do look very classy when all lined up) in the first car park, that soon filled up and the remaining cars ranging from vintage Austin’s, MG’s, E-type, Mercedes, Aston Martin to a very nice Ford Cortina, filled the remaining spaces and then overflowed onto the fields adjoining.

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After the obligatory greetings and general chat it was time to get down the the serious part of the evening – the food!!! Well not quite the cars and having a chat with Fuzz was of course the highlight but have to say the grub was a bit special. We did sit close so got in quickly, well hard day at the office and some of us were starving!

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Lesley and I chatting to Fuzz

After a quick intro Fuzz spoke to the throng and then gave his whole evening over to mingling with the crowd; listening to our projects, problems, highlights of our classic ownership  and giving advice, help and most of all enthusiasm to all. I had gone up to talk to him and joined in with a young lad of 12 who was discussing his dream car and how he had only 5 years to go before he could start to drive. For us Stag owners it was that extra special to meet one of the crew from the show that got one Stag owners beloved car back on the road. Fuzz and his team took a Stag and converted it from manual to auto so the owner could again enjoy his car, the program was wonderful and showed that what is important is that the owner can enjoy his car and it doesn’t have to be perfect in every way (still not sure about that bonnet though!!)

All in all the evening was enjoyed by all, lots of stories shared and not all about cars, I for one was hugely jealous of a fellow Stag owner who’s partner had treated her to a Bon Jovi concert in Hyde Park where she was luck enough to be very close and admire the very yummy Jon!!! (yes now thats a complete give away of the writer !!) But I also got to chat in large quantities of my favourite thing, old cars and how one day I will have a 4 post lift or similar in my garage and lots of tools 🙂

Till next time……

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