Our Annual Club Rally at Bressingham Steam Museum and Gardens was held on the 26th May 2019. The weather, as always on a Bank Holiday was, 50/50 and our rally site went from freshly mown green grass to a sea of shimmering paintwork and glimmering chrome in less than 2 hours. As the last entrants arrived, the sunshine did not disappoint. The rally attracted lots of visitors and by lunchtime, the steam trains were whistling and the show was in full swing.
With an extraordinary new record set this year for the club, 116 entrants were booked in. Having had to take the step of closing entries a week early due to the fact that we had reached our maximum number and the restriction of space to park everyone on the day, a fabulous total of 102 cars arrived to take their places. Judging is done by the entrants who take part and it is always hard, but as the standards get better and better every year, it was difficult for people to pick winners.
Our special display this year was an ‘Avenue of Rovers’ to mark the 70th Anniversary of our ‘beloved Auntie Rover’ the famous P4. Sadly we could not get a ‘Cyclops’ (not for the want of trying) to put a cherry on top, but 32 P4’s lined up to form a lovely display.
A light rain shower appeared, just as the raffle was drawn, but not to be put off we continued to present the trophies to our show winners.
Trophies this year wer kindly sponsored and presented by Mark and Angie Gray from MGBD Parts and Services, who also picked our Car of the Show, a dazzling red 1989 1.3 Clubman Metro, owned by T.Morley. In my opinion the car absolutely stood out from the crowd and in its immaculate condition, was such a well-deserved winner, much to the shock of its owner, who in his words ‘ I can’t believe that’.
Our Best Club Car was picked by our long-standing Club Friend Tom Norman, being a Veteran Rover man himself, he picked out his winner as a 1961 Rover 100 P4 owned by T.Reynolds, who is one of our Club Founders.
On a personal note, as this was my very first ‘Chairman in Charge’ Rally for the Norfolk and Norwich Rover owners Club, it was an absolute joy to have been part of organising a Rally with such a wonderful team of people. I would like to thank everyone at Bressingham Museum, ALL – who helped behind the scenes (my Fabulous hard working Committee) and (our Marshall’s and Gazebo Team). To everyone who shook my hand and congratulated My Team for a successful day. Also Special Thanks to Jason Moore Classic Cars LTD who sponsored our Rally Plaques and Hagerty Insurance for their continued support.
Bressingham 2020 is already in the planning stages……ALL details will be on our New Club Website in the New Year………
Marie-Anne Read – Chairman
Trophies are as follows……..