Out and About - 2018
Here you will find a brief summary of the events in which our Branch members have been involved. Full accounts are published in the members' Branch Newsletter each month.
New Year Lunch - Sunday 21 January 2018
This is always a great social occasion and 49 members and friends enjoyed a lovely meal at Ferraris Country House Hotel, Longridge. We were also joined by members from the N E Lancashire Branch and shared stories of Christmas antics and plans for 2018. A most enjoyable gathering with lots of fun and laughter.
Branch AGM - Monday 22 January 2018
Our first meeting of 2018 was on a cold winter's evening but was well attended. After a review of 2017, and all the many and varied events in which Branch members were involved, the new committee was elected and the Branch trophies were awarded. We are looking forward to another excellent year and hope to be involved in even more events.
Outgoing Chairman Russell Fisher (left) and new Chairman Terry Traylor (right)
Steven Leadbetter presenting Shirley Riley with the Frank Leadbetter Memorial Trophy for exceptional service to the Branch
Richard Lancaster (left) presenting the Branch DAFTA (Hard Luck) Trophy to Mike and Louise Gott
Mechanics Day - Saturday 10 February 2018
It may have been a typical winter's day but that didn't stop 10 members from enjoying the first Mechanics Day of the season. These are always a great way for members to work together on each others car sorting out those mechanical problems.
Manchester Transport Museum - Sunday 25th February 2018
Branch members once again enjoyed the annual visit to the Manchester Transport Museum. This is usually the first event of the season and when Manchester MMOC hold their Winter Rally. It's great to meet up with friends and members from other Branches and there are always lots of interesting vehicles and displays to see in the museum.
Mechanics Day - Saturday 10th March 2018
Several members turned up eager to get their hands dirty but the first job was to get the water boiler working for that all important tea and coffee. Once that was sorted several jobs were done including a couple of oil changes and a few minor adjustments and tweaking to get those engines running smoothly.
Hunt the pie - serious business this!
Branch Ten Pin Bowling - Sunday 18th March 2018
Our annual Ten Pin Bowling Challenge is always great fun and several members enjoyed an afternoon on the lanes followed by a group meal at a local pub where the trophies were presented to bowling winners.
Chairman Terry Traylor (left) presenting the Michael Pemberton Trophy to winner Steve Blundell (right).
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway Meet - Good Friday 30th March 2018
Good Friday saw 13 Morris Minors take to the road for our annual drive to Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. This was another lovely drive through the beautiful Lancashire and Yorkshire countryside to Bolton Abbey Station where we were again made very welcome. Our cars took pride of place outside the station building and attracted lots of positive attention. Rides on the steam trains, and tea and cakes, all added to make this a great event.
1940s Seaside Weekend and Classic Car Show, Fleetwood - Easter Sunday 1st April 2018
Several Branch members attended this event which was at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood. Over 90 vintage and classic vehicles were parked in front of the hotel which made for an interesting and very enjoyable display. There was also live music, lots of stalls and excellent Easter meals on offer inside the hotel.
Mechanics Day - Saturday 14th April 2018
April’s Mechanics Day fell on the same day as the MMOC AGM in Derby so there were some absentees but that did not deter ten or so members from working on the cars and enjoying the most welcome sunshine – as well as the numerous contributions of cakes and biscuits. Oh, and the tea and pies of course! One car was provided with new plugs and is now firing on all cylinders while another (late Austin van) was fitted with new steering gaiters and track rod ends. There was some debate about whether an Austin version of our beloved vehicles should be allowed to attend at all but we will leave that argument for another time. We also worked on a Traveller which was given a full service including gearbox oil change and sounded champion as it left the site.
The chat and friendliness at these days is as important as the work which is carried out and there is certainly no need to have to do work on your car if you want to come along. You may be roped in to position some axle stands, but hey, that is what it is all about!
Drive It Day - Sizergh Castle – Sunday 22nd April 2018
13 Minors gathered at Sizergh Castle in Cumbria after a drive in convoy from Burton in Kendal services. The cars, as usual, drew a great deal of attention parked as they were outside of the café - and a great display they made too! One or two other classic cars also appeared including a lovely Ford Prefect, an immaculate white MGB and 3 Austin 7s, but undoubtedly our Minors won the day – well we would say that wouldn't we!
BVPG Jubilee Gardens - Sunday 6th May 2018
This is an annual show run by the Blackpool Vehicle Preservation Group. This year the sun was out and so were the crowds admiring the large number of wonderful cars on the gardens showground. Eleven Branch cars met up at the River Wyre Hotel Poulton before driving in convoy to the show and a splendid sight they looked too! It is always great to have a club presence at an event where so many lovely cars are on show but as always we thought ours looked the best!
Wray Scarecrow Festival – Sunday 6th May 2018
The theme this year was 'Lights, Camera, Action'. Some were very topical such as the Royal Wedding, the Australian Cricket Ball Tampering, Ant & Dec and the Salisbury poisoning. Others put a new slant on film titles but as usual it was an excellent effort with weather to match. This is always an enjoyable and entertaining event.
Bleasdale Tower Gardens – Sunday 20th May 2018
This annual event is a lovely low key day at a beautiful house and gardens in the heart of the Lancashire countryside. Club members in their cars met at Whitechapel before driving in convoy to Bleasdale where we were displayed altogether amongst lovely Rileys, Triumphs and Rovers. A brass band, plant stalls, and food stalls with lovely cakes and sandwiches on sale all made the day one to remember. The best part though must be claimed by the magnificent gardens with rhododendrons, and azaleas blooming at the side of the pristine lawns. A lovely day to remember.
Chipping Steam Fair - Saturday 26th May 2018
A glorious day, beautiful surroundings and a field packed with classic cars made Chipping Steam Fair a really special occasion. Always a good event, this year there were no problems with wet fields or mud and nine Morrises were lined up looking spectacular in the sunshine. Our new club flags made sure everyone knew we were from the Lancashire Branch and the cars attracted a lot of admiring attention and interest. There was no formal judging, just good humoured banter, but everyone seemed to agree that the car of the show was a lovely, battered 1957 Ford Popular, dragged from a barn after 41 years and left exactly as found with rusty scabby paint and tired interior. Priceless! Always well organised and friendly Chipping Steam Fair really is an event not to be missed.