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 Quiz on Wheelz 2017

Wednesday 26th July

 Mike and Jane did a great job (especially under difficult circumstances, holidays, new kitchens....) of organising the Quiz on Wheelz, it was only 13 miles from the Golden Cross (I'm sure we did over 20 and we still didn't win!!) but there were lots of questions to answer on the way.  Jane had warned us we needed to "get inside her head" but I don't think anyone managed it!! 





14 cars managed to make their way to the Wheatsheaf Inn in Badsey where we enjoyed a Chinese taster menu, which was very good. 

Steve had arranged for us to use the overhead projector and persuaded Graham to produce a series of linked videos of past events run by the Club which was great fun trying to see your own car passing by.  Graham has said anyone can have a copy and he is happy to down load on to a USB memory stick (minimum 8Gb) for them.

Jane read out all the answers, with Mike in the background reminding everyone of Rule No 1



The Judge is always right (even when they are wrong, only happened a few times!!!).


The winners were:


Graham and Fiona and yes they have agreed to set the Quiz next year.

There was also another quiz when we got to the pub to test our memories and observation skills on the route (though I'm sure I didn't see 365 sheep, refer to Rule No 1) and the winner for this was:


Peter and Julia.

There was also a celebration going for someone's birthday (I couldn't divulge the age though) and they did eventually remember to bring out the cake but as half the folk had left it was decided to actually cut the cake at the Club Night on Tuesday, don't miss it.





Stratford Races Day Out Report

Sunday 21st May 2017

Another great day out, this time organised by Nigel. He had arranged a dedicated parking area for our MGs, in pole position facing the entrance gate. We all arrived in good time to go out onto the course (before the event program started) to get up close to the fences and Nigel explained the differences between the 'Hurdles' jumps and the 'Steeple Chase' jumps. We were left to imagine what it was like to be on the horses heading for these jumps, especially after he pointed out where the horses start their leap and then where they land on the other side, rather them than me!!!

Next Nigel took us into the changing room and saw the pegs with saddles ready to be used, the girls especially enjoyed this bit as the jockeys were not holding back in getting changed ready for their races. Onwards into the weighing room, an important part of the handicap process!! A few of us were brave enough to step onto the scales and we could all see the displayed weight, I'm not sure Diane realised this!!!

From there out into the stables area and exercise ring before walking over to the parade ring. We were all now ready for the racing but how do we place the bets (there were quite a few betting virgins). Nigel was again on hand to explain the differance between the various bets and the tote or on course bookies, the only complaint was he didn't tell us who the winners were going to be, well I didn't lose too much but the kids might have to forgo their inheritance!!

Our offical photographer for the Day, Graham Robson:

has put together a photo montage video, which can be accessed on youtube by clicking this link:

Stratford Races Day Video

Our 'Cheerleader for the Day - Nigel:

Into the Changing Room

Through the Tunnel

The Parade Ring

The Races

The photos above are thanks to Andy Bourne, here are a selection from John Stevens

The Cars

Nigel gets everywhere

Picnic Time

Back to the Races

Thanks to John for those, now we have a selection from Norman Large

Cars lined up

Nigel leading the 'Pack' onto the course

Checking the Hurdles

Nigel 'walking on water' at the water jump

Nigel explains the weighing room

Who is risking the scales?

Punters at the Parade Ring

Thanks for that selection Norman. Now for some of my photos

The Cars before we took the flag down due to the strong wind.

Walking the Course

We can't forget Nigel

A busy day on the course

And now for the Action

Over the Jumps

A great day out, thanks Nigel. 


Chilly Willy 'WARMER' Run 2017

Sunday 14th May 2017

Willowbrook Garden Centre, Catshill to The Golden Cross, Ardens Grafton

As this year's Chilly Willy Run was a bit of a washout with the rain, Graham asked "why don't we do it again in the summer? It was such a scenic route it would be good to see it rather than in the rain."

As you can see from the photos below the sun did come out for us but only after a short shower just before we left the Garden Centre. It was definately warmer for this re-run. At the 'Cross' Matt had laid on a Sunday Lunch Menu which was enjoyed by all.

Cars on route - in the sunshine!!

Lined up in the orchard car park at the Golden Cross

We even let Carl join us in his Classic Mini

A new member who joined us just for the run, nice car though. It is a RAILTON of circa 1989 vintage, designed by William Towns for the Railton Car C0 of Wixford!! It is based on a Jaguar XJS.

Time for a well earned lunch

As we were leaving some of you will have seen Nick Godfrey's daughters taking your photo, here are the results. Well done to Ella & Amelie.


Quiz on Wheelz 2016

After picking up the question sheets at the Golden Cross and some tricky questions we finished at the Neville Arms for a well earned drink and sustenance. This year Caroline and I just missed out on the top prize but we had another presentation to make of a birthday cake to Julia Cleobury before the winner's prize was awarded to Mike & Jane Green, well done and they have agreed to set the quiz next year. Many thanks to David & John for an enjoyable (if wet) evening.













Quiz on Wheelz

Tuesday 14th July 2015

Starting from The Golden Cross, Ardens Grafton

Many thanks to Nigel & Stephanie Hook for an entertaining Quiz, that took us around the lanes of South Warwickshire and we all learnt about the 'Shakespeare Rhyme' and for those not familiar with the rhyme it goes:

 Piping Pebworth, dancing Marston,
Haunted Hillbro, hungry Grafton,
Dudging Exhall, Papist Wicksford,
Beggarly Broom and drunken Bidford.

The story is that Bidford was famous for it's beer drinkers and that one day a group from Stratford came to the village and started drinking with the locals. Amongst the Stratford visitors was a young man called Shakespeare who tried and failed to out drink the Bidford men. The group fell into a drunken sleep and the story is that Shakespeare spent the night sleeping under a tree. When he woke next day Shakespeare is said to have declined the offer of more Ale by saying that he had drunk all the places in the rhyme.

The rhyme did cause some difficulties for most of the teams but three of them were tied on 25 points.  A tie break question was eventually chosen but no one wanted to win  with the prospect of having to set the quiz next year, when the threat was removed Graham & Fiona triumphed.

Here is Nigel reading out the answers: