It was yet another extremely chilly Sunday morning when Eastern
Region members met at Beacon Hill Services at 7.30am for a day
trip to the Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire.
Seven 5s left from Beacon Hill, picking up one more on the first
part of the route before stopping at the Brampton Hut half way
point to collect four further cars. Another two 5s joined the
convoy at Daventry before we arrived at Gaydon about 11.15am.
Club members from the local West Mids group, and the not so
local NEM group also met us at Gaydon with a total turn out in
the end of 31 MX-5s. The car park at Gaydon is arranged around
the circular profile of the museum building which gave us the
chance to all park up together in an arc of 1st, 2nd and three
3rd generation cars.
The Gaydon centre is focused on the history of the British Car
Industry, (remember that!) and features many of the familiar
favourites with Minis, MGs, Rovers, as well as some of the more
exotic such as Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and a whole row of very
early Lotus 7’s. One car that we took a particular liking to was
a concept MG from the 1980’s which whilst bearing a resemblance
to later TVRs could have made a big difference to the MG marque
had it actually been put into production. The presence of
several Astons gave us the opportunity to play “spot the bits
from the Mazda parts bin”. An early prototype of my personal
favourite car from my “youth” the Ford RS200 was also on
display. Will I ever own one of those now ? seems unlikely,
The day ended with a convoy drive back home, on some nice, but
speed camera infested roads, roofs down but still very chilly.
As the first of our own official weekend runs this year it was a
good day out and particularly nice to be able to meet up with
members from a few other areas.
Thanks to all who came along and especially to Jon Elsey for
organising the day.
Martin Curtis ©
Many thanks to the contributors
of the above photographs.