St.Georges Day Classic Car Run

An interesting article from CCCA member Peter Davis who entered two classic cars for this event, held in the New Forest in the UK

From your New Forest correspondent!

The 5th St Georges Day Run – Sunday 21st April.

Our first run of the year (!) took place in glorious sunshine with the temperatures soaring into the low teens! – yes, it reached 14° C at one point – a real balmy Spring day!

This event has grown in popularity over the years to be one of the most popular and well supported classic car runs in the UK. In fact the maximum entry of 70 cars plus 10 reserves was reached within days of the entry being open!

Organised, as ever, by the enthusiastic members of the CSMA – Salisbury Group and headed up by Chris Derbyshire, Ade Heckford and Dave Wilson, stalwarts of many European adventures and very experienced UK marshals.

Starting just outside Brockenhurst in the New Forest, at the National Girl Guide Centre, Chris and his team managed to put together a 90 mile run entirely within the boundaries of the New Forest, and they didn’t use all the roads available!

A fine collection of Aston Martins has assembled – it is their 100th birthday this year, as well as a wonderful display of Ferraris including a Dino, an F40, a Testarossa and a 355 (apart from a Daytona what more could you want?)

Apart from a Landrover, which was a substitute vehicle, all entrants were real classics – including 2 Reliant GTC’s – one would be a rare sight today! A Lotus Sunbeam (drool drool!) A 2.5pi Estate and a wonderful 1972 Vauxhall Victor.

      We entered our usual team, my beloved Datsun 240Z, which recently met up with the crews on the recent ‘Tour Clasicos La Mancha’ when we drove down to Toledo. (What a fabulous few days we had meeting up with you all – can we do it again next year?) Also our 1962 Mercedes 190SL considered by many to be the prettiest car on the event driven by my wife Jackie and my youngest sons girlfriend Kathryn, who never put a foot wrong on her first ever event!

Lunch was taken at the splendid ‘Empress of Blandings’ pub near Cadnam, where many quotes from PG Wodehouses wonderful book were inscribed on the walls –

I particularly liked ‘ Cricket always seemed to me to be organised loafing’.

We finished at Sammy Millers world famous Motorcycle Museum at New Milton where tea and apple pie was much enjoyed.

A truly memorable day out.

Will we do any more runs in the UK this year? Who knows! Last year with the foul weather Blighty is currently experiencing we only managed 2 outings!

You don’t know how lucky you are in Southern Spain!

I attach a few photos, in particular the ‘convoy’ of a Testarossa, an F40 then us in the Z (well it is painted Ferrari red!) with the Dino bringing up the rear.




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