Register Chairman, Richard Wigley, continued the light-hearted tradition of announcing fun prizes, awarded only after rigorously superficial scrutiny and secret judging of the cars on show.Read More
The AGM of the Giulietta Register Club was held on 10 April 2016 in the old classroom at Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire. Many members had gathered the previous evening for dinner together in the Abbey’s fine Dining Room and spent the night at the Hotel. There was the usual inspection of each other’s cars and gentle interrogation of happenings and health since our last get together on the North Yorkshire Moors last year.Read More
In 2010 we dallied in the fresh autumnal air of the Yorkshire Dales. Five years later we were back for moor – the Yorkshire Moors that is. For those of us who hail from the crowded south, it is hard to believe that such a seemingly vast, empty landscape, tree-less, unbroken and bleak can exist in this small country, England. In fact the Moors cover less area than Greater London but there they are, around 450metres above sea level, carpeted in heather and bracken turning brown in early October, harbouring delightful small towns and villages, and criss-crossed by narrow, near-deserted roads so beloved of Giulietta drivers.
The unpretentious and friendly Worsley Arms Hotel in Hovingham was our base for the two nights of our three day trip. Nineteen of us in 10 Giuliettas and Giulias were joined on our drives by Howard and Jacqui Bryan, and Paul and Jane Wignall who live nearby. They recommended the delightful figure-of-eight route centred on Hovingham, taking in the marvellous ruins of Rievaulx Abbey, the lively market town of Hemsley, the mist-shrouded white horse hill carving near Kilburn, the old railway yards and steam trains at Grosmont, wine tasting at Ryedale Vineyards, and much moor in between.
It was great to have Don and Lynda Sanders from North Carolina, USA joining the party again having also been on the trip to Germany in June and the Italy trip in 2014. We enjoyed meeting Martin and Liz Hunter with their beautifully prepared dark blue Sprint and hearing about their eclectic collection of classics, and it was good to see Ken Hammond back with his exquisite early Sprint with an unfortunate 2 litre transplant now happily replaced by the original rebuilt 1300 cc motor.
As for the rest, it was the “usual suspects” kicking tyres and catching up – Duncan and Bridget, Stuart and Jan, Paul and Kate, Julian and Stephanie, Peter and Marianne, Richard and Jackie, and of course Tony and Jane whose flawless organisation ensured everyone had a great weekend. Many thanks to Tony and Jane, to Paul and Jane for the brilliant routes, and to Howard for inviting us to see his big box of well-used toys.
Photos by Jane Ives and Marianne Bradnock
On a wet morning we drove from Sussex to Bovington in Dorset as the rain got ever heavier. When we arrived there was a forlorn Sprint parked on its own in the reserved parking area. New member David Roberts had driven down from Rugby on the Saturday in fine weather. Richard and Jackie, and Don and Eithne in their Spiders also drove down on the Saturday. Graham Earl turned up in his Sprint, Peter Yaxley was in his Berlina, and Andrew Stevens was with his Dad, over from Australia, in the 1750GTV. Tim Wilson joined in his Sprint GT. The rest of us were in “moderns” but at least mine was an Alfa.
Richard Wigley marshalled us in the cafeteria ready for the guided tour and gave us a potted history of the Museum and the current collections. Richard is on the board of Trustees and acted as one of our guides for the visit. We split into two groups. Our tour leader had spent 35 years in the tank regiment and knew all there was to know about the subject; he was even able to answer young Cameron Hampton’s probing questions.
We learned that tanks were brought into service in order to be able to straddle the trenches, and that the Mark one tank, known as Little Willie, right there in front of us all, was the prototype for all British WW1 tanks. It had a similar power output to a Spider Veloce and a top speed of just 3.5 mph. In 1917, Renault produced a tank with a fully rotating gun turret, a great improvement operationally. The German Tiger tank from WW2 was a magnificent piece of machinery, all welded, heavy and surprisingly modern in appearance, whereas the equivalent mass produced Russian tank was lighter and more maneuverable. We were told that Russian tank crews were chosen on height to allow the machine to have a smaller profile. Makes sense.
The modern tanks, just as superbly displayed, are, of course, much faster,we were assured, and have computer controlled gun aiming although we are told that the British military prefer not to use this feature and retain manual control of firing.
My impression of tanks in general was that they weren’t very nice places to work in, cramped, full of diesel fumes, recoil from the guns and difficult to see out of.
After lunch a visit to the “work in progress sheds” was organised where those with shoes “unsuitable” for the very wet and very muddy conditions realised the error of their ways. On the way over to this part of the museum, David Roberts discovered the joys of Giulietta motoring when he found he had a flat battery and needed a push start in the pouring rain before setting off back home.
All in 24 people came along including Paul and Kate Gregory on their wedding anniversary! They were off for a slap up meal on their way home.
By the time we left the sun had returned for the drive home
Many thanks Richard for organising another great Register event.