Sun, sun, sun, sun, sun, SUN. Yes at last we have had a sunny
run and rumours that former Area Coordinator Geoff had in fact
taken it all with him to Australia were obviously unfounded.
The start point was West Stow Country Park and the final
destination was to be the Muckleburgh Collection Military Museum
on the North Norfolk Coast. Between the two destinations however
lay some 80 miles of road to be navigated, not via the usual
directions but by Robbie’s speciality; Tulip Diagram’s of each
and every critical junction.
18 cars left in ones and twos at intervals to give everybody the
chance to use their own navigational skills and follow Robbie’s
route. There was a prize on offer for the person who navigated
by the most accurate route and matched Robbie’s mileage. The
route started through some of the forests on the Suffolk Norfolk
border before taking us in to West Norfolk, an area with plenty
of twisty and very quiet roads. We eventually arrive at the sea
and headed West along the beautiful be fairly busy coast road
through Blakeney and Wells next the Sea. At intervals everyone
eventually arrived at the Museum where we got preferential
parking on the meadow outside the entrance under the shadow of
various bits of military hardware. Picnics were had and
everyone’s total mileage was calculated.
A few then headed home and the rest headed into the museum first
to watch a tank driving demonstration followed then by a B line
for the café for much needed cold drinks and ice cream. The
final challenge was a high speed off road ride in the museums 6
wheel drive articulated Gamma Goat across some of the off road
tank course. One or two people looked just a little bit green to
me when they got off!
A cracking day out was had by all with huge thanks to Robbie for
the route planning which I know he had to drive on quite a few
occasions to fine tune the detailed, and as it turned, out, very
And who won the mileage competition? Well to be honest Robbie
had done such a good job of the directions everyone’s mileage
was almost identical as no one had made any unscheduled
diversions. And with such cracking weather and an MX-5 we all
came out winners today.
Martin Curtis ©
Many thanks to the contributors
of the above photographs.