VSCC New Year Driving Tests

Event: The Vintage Sports-Car Club New Year Driving Tests
Date: 29.01.2017
Location: Brooklands Museum, Weybridge (Directions)
Admission: £30 Family, £11 Adult, £10 Student, £10 Senior Citizen, £6 Child (Under 5’s go free)
Facilities: Tea & CoffeeFoodToiletsPlay Area
Website: Brooklands Museum

The VSCC New Year Driving Tests offered something different at Brooklands today. Instead of the usual display of cars, the pre-war vehicles taking part had to complete a series of complicated courses that were laid out across the museum grounds in the quickest time possible.

It’s really quite something to watch these 1920’s and 30’s cars speeding around tight circuits and tackling the Test Hill. The wonderful thing I find with VSCC events is just how much the drivers enjoy themselves and they’re not at all afraid of getting their cars muddy or pushing them to the limit… it makes for some great spectator viewing!

I’m looking forward to going to more VSCC events in the future, if this and the Lakeland Trial are anything to go by they’re certain to be a great day out.

Keep an eye out for the the full report in Classic Car Weekly

Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show

Event: Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
Date: 11.11.2016 – 13.11.2016
Location: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham (Directions)
Admission*: £48.50 Family, £28.00 Adult, £13.50 Child (Under 5’s go free)
Facilities: DrinksFoodToiletsCash MachineWiFi
Website: Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show
*Ticket prices vary depending on which day you visit, please click here for further details.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is one of the biggest classic car shows of the year, with 270 car clubs attending and over 2,500 cars and motorcycles on display this year it was event not to be missed. There were plenty of things to see, do and buy across the five giant halls of the NEC which you can enjoy across three days.

As ever there was an extensive Autojumble and auctions held by Silverstone Auctions for visitors wanting to purchase anything from memorabilia to celebrity cars. The Resto Theatre had live bodywork restoration demonstrations and The Sporting Bears Motor Club were back again to offer Dream Rides to raise money for local charities. The Live Stage this year was host to Wheeler Dealers Mike Brewer and Edd China, Building Cars Live’s Ant Anstead and Car SOS’s Fuzz Townshend as well as the Practical Classics Practical Challenge.

There were many stalls to visit and  projects to support throughout the show, but one in particular caught my eye… the Dadandlad team are hoping to to gain enough votes for LEGO to produce a Land Rover kit. You can follow their progress on their Lego Landrover Facebook page and vote for them on the LEGO Ideas website.

The NEC has plenty of facilities including restaurants, cash machines and free WiFi to keep you refreshed and entertained during your visit. Don’t miss the the full report in Classic Car Weekly and come along to the show next year!

P.S. I must give a mention to the following shows that I simply didn’t have the time to blog about due to wedding preparations and family events taking up all of my spare time; Prestatyn Classic Car Show, Classic & Performance Car Spectacular, Cholmondeley Power and Speed, Passion For Power, Ormskirk MotorFest, The Manchester Classic Car Show, Castle Combe Autumn Classic and the VSCC Lakeland Trial, they’re all great events and hopefully next year I’ll get the chance to write about them properly!

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#WeekendCoffeeShare: If We Were Having Coffee on 6th November 2016

Thanks for joining me for this Weekend Coffee Share, created by Diana at Part Time Monster!

If we were having coffee today, I would once again welcome you to mum’s place as it’s my younger sister’s birthday today. We’ve just come back from a birthday lunch and are about to cut the cake, would you like a slice?

This week has been very busy for me with one thing and another. Monday was taken up with Halloween festivities such as carving pumpkins and baking pumpkin pie, I spent Tuesday doing freelance work (which I’m looking forward to seeing in print later this week) and Wednesday was the only day I had free to get the housework done, so I did 9 solid hours of it… I was in so much pain afterwards!

On Saturday my husband and I went to the Honister Slate Mine in Borrowdale to cover the VSCC Lakeland Trial, which puts vintage cars from the 1920’s and 30’s to the test by seeing which can make it to the top of Fleetwith Pike. Later that evening we had a small Bonfire Night celebration with the family with some fireworks, sparklers and plenty of cake!

If we were having coffee today, I would ask how your week has been? Do you have any exciting news? The latest for our family is that my cousin got engaged on Thursday to the lovely lady who made my wedding dress earlier this year! I seem to be at that age now where everyone I know is getting married and/or having babies… I think a clothes shopping trip is in order soon!

I’m currently taking part in the #BookishScavengerHunt16 on Instagram. It’s been great fun so far going through my books and it’s also a good excuse to sort out my bookcases. You can see my pictures so far on my Instagram here. Are you taking part in any daily challenges? Which have been your favourite? I would love to hear about them!

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It’s been lovely to see you! I hope you have a great week and don’t forget to visit my fellow bloggers for a cuppa and a catch up!

Over the Hills and (somewhat) Far Away

I’ve already decided on one of my New Year’s resolutions, which is to make a posting schedule for this blog and stick to it! All too often I find myself thinking “I’ll write about that when I get a chance” but before I can sit down long enough to form a sentence I find myself busy doing something else.

It would also mean I can attempt to do some justice to the wonderful places I’ve visited and the shows I’ve seen, rather than a hurried paragraph in a long catch-up post. I have a few ideas I’d like to try next year so hopefully I will have the time to do them.

In the meantime, the catch-up posts will have to continue as I have been busy wedding planning (designing the decorations, sorting the guest list, choosing the flowers and attending the all important Wedding Dress fittings) among other things! In my last entry, I mentioned I was going on a 007 adventure in London… Specifically Madame Tussauds with my mum to see the six James Bond wax figures.

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David and I went on a day trip to Norwich, which I would love to visit again and stay for longer as there was a lot to see but we only had time to do a little bit of Christmas shopping and see the Castle before most places closed due to it being a Sunday. Norwich Cathedral will be first on my list! We’ve also been to Keswick, Carlisle, Newcastle and the Metrocentre on our travels.

Another weekend was spent at the Honister Slate Mine to watch the VSCC Lakeland Trial, which has to be one of my favourite car events. It’s a fantastic sight to see vintage cars clambering up the side of a fell and guessing which ones will make it to the top. This year it was rather foggy, which made for some very dramatic scenery.

Speaking of cars, we have visited Brooklands Museum, Bicester Heritage and of course the The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC. I’m particularly pleased with the latter event as Classic Car Weekly used some of my photography from the show.

Finally, we we went to see Spectre which I was 99% happy with aside from the ending… I can’t put my finger on it but I just don’t like it, even after a second viewing. It’s not as good as Skyfall, but I am thrilled that the gun barrel is back where it ought to be!