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High Summer Run 17th July 2016

A good turnout of 14 MHVC eligible vehicles were present for this run, with 4 vintage/prewar and the remainder post war classics. The weather was kind with bright sunshine becoming stronger throughout the day and ideal conditions for hood down motoring. The run commenced again at the Chapeau Café, Marton, a venue which is proving to be a most suitable location for starting Club events, with easy parking and excellent facilities. Suitably fed and watered, drivers and passengers set off on the 30 mile route. The first part was a fairly challenging section (at least for those with mechanical brakes!) offering a picturesque drive through North Rode and up towards Bosley Cloud which provided fine views across Cheshire and the Peak District, only a couple of miles away. Although a height of 343 metres above sea level the name, surprisingly, takes its name from the word ‘clud’, an old English name which means rock. Then on via Biddulph and again upwards, with another fine view, this time across Cheshire Plain towards Frodsham Hill and North Wales and then through the village of Mow Cop. The village features a steep 1 in 4 gradient known as Killer Mile and which is used in an annual race introduced by Kidsgrove Athletics Club.  Cars arrived without difficulty at the much welcomed refreshment stop at the Bleeding Wolf Pub in Scholar Green. The Pub speciality, a breakfast bap containing bacon, sausage and melted cheese was popular, although the size defeated some! The Pub, a charming arts and crafts building, complete with thatched roof, was an ideal photographic backdrop for the vehicles.

Following refreshment drivers and passengers set off on the final leg of the run, which was a much less strenuous (and mostly level) drive through Alsager, Barthomley and the quaint little village of Wybybunbury, arriving at the Dagfields destination in time for lunch. A reserved area had been arranged so all vehicles were parked together, providing much interest to all the visitors. The Dagfields Crafts and Antiques Centre is the largest such establishment in the North West and so there was plenty of opportunity for browsing in the multitude of stalls and units, a mecca for enthusiasts of old books,  collectables and curios, in particular collectors of dinky toys and vinyl records! The café also was very popular.  Everyone spent some time at the Centre before setting off on their return journey home. Altogether a very pleasant day, much enjoyed by those attending.

 

Cath and Andrew

 

 

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