Vintage Owners, Cars and Ladies on the Run!

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2011vintagecar1On the 3rd of July the TLC stall set up in the field behind The Royal Oak pub in Car Colston which is the location of the "Touring Assembly" annual event.

Three lucky winners of an auction at the TLC Valentines Lunch in February turned up for a morning run through some of the prettiest villages in Nottinghamshire in three very special cars. Graham Osborne (Radcliffe Lodge) drove Carol Bassford in his 1923 Humber 8/18, Malcolm Stanley (Rivermead Lodge) drove Jane Harris in his 1972 Triumph Stag and Dr Ed Swain stood in for Chris Smith driving his 1931 Alvis 12/50 with Rebecca Brown riding shotgun.

Whilst this was happening Alex Brown (Radcliffe Lodge) manned the TLC stall which generated a lot of interest and sales of tickets for the raffle of two fundraising bears.

The sun continued to shine on a perfect summer's day as the early starters on the run began to return in time for lunch. A 1903 Humberette completed the run with no trouble, a couple of MGs broke down but were rescued by the RAC and there was an incident in Southwell when an E type Jaguar had a contretemps with two other rally cars, the Jag owner's second car bearing the brunt of the damage.

2011vintagecar2On return the competitors either went into the pub for a traditional Sunday lunch or picnicked in the sunshine. This was the time when our team of willing helpers, the landlord's two daughters Ellie and Amy and their friend Ella, really went to town selling raffle tickets which they did to great effect selling 150 to the assembled motoring enthusiasts. The first prize went to an MG driver and the second prize went to Malcolm Stanley so the bear got to ride home in the front seat of his Stag – seat belt fitted of course!

All in all a great day out thanks to all the helpers, Christine Smith, Alex and Rebecca Brown for tending our stall and running the raffle, Graham Riche and John Bassford for supporting and everyone who donated their time and cars to make this such a good day.