Photo: Vehicles at the ‘Drive It Day’
The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs ‘Drive It Day’ takes place every year to help raise awareness of the large and important extent of the classic vehicle movement in the UK. It is also an ideal opportunity to raise funds for charities and other good causes whilst having a little fun.
This years run by W.L.MG.O.C on Sunday 24th of April (the nearest sunday to St Georges day) was organised by one of our members Ray Travies with all money raised going to our club funds so as we can make charitable donations throughout the year.
With the weather a little chilly and overcast we all met up at Briars Hall Lathom at 10am to set off on a run that would cover part of the north-west 12 MG’s turned up for the run 1 original TF and TD, 5 MGB’s,2 MGB-GT’s one a V8, 2 “modern” MGF’s, 1 TF and also 2 everyday cars in all 28 members ranging from married couples to dad’s and lad’s.
So at 10.30 one by one we set off on our journey the 2016 route was 60 miles long and would take approximately 4 hours to complete plus stops.
Each entrant received a ‘tulip’ style set of road sheets “so no one should get lost” and a rally plaque, starting at Lathom and finishing in the picturesque village of Croston passing through Rivington,Bolton,Darwen and Chorley although we would be travelling via a hill climb or two!!The first coffee stop was at the last drop village (near Bolton) where all are members took advantage to join in the refreshments (coffee or tea nothing stronger) and have a bit of a stretch of the legs and to also have a chat.
And so with the coffee stop over it was time to make our way to Croston unfortunately by now the weather had taken a turn for the worse and it had started raining heavily but some of the convoy did not let the rain spoil there open top motoring they just put a cap on and kept on driving! Which made driving along the A666 and over the Darwin moors a little difficult at times.
When we arrived at Croston village we had a leisurely sunday lunch and a drink at the Grapes public house (unfortunately out of our 28 starters only 24 made it for lunch with a few falling by the wayside). The Grapes was chosen because it was one of the many buildings that was flooded in Croston over the winter and was thought that we could give a little bit back by supporting local businesses in and around are local areas and filling up one of there rooms with hungry diners would be good for them and also show people that Croston was still open for business!
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