Warwickshire 7s Summer Cotswold Blat and BBQ 2009
Warwickshire 7s Cotswolds Blat and BBQ 2009
The Warwickshire 7s mustered a total of nine 7s, one Porsche, one Morgan and a Jaguar for the Cotswold Blat on Sunday 9th August. Mustered was hardly the word as a 10 for 10h30 start became 11h00 as some finished breakfast at the Café, others fuelled up their cars and in one case push started it. No sooner were we off than we had stopped again! Nigel's VX engined car suffering a split radiator hose, discovered before things got serious.
Finally out of Chipping Norton, we stayed in convoy for the first of Jamie's photoshoots, only to be interleaved with motorcyclists and a pedal cyclist!
The bridge and traffic lights at Burford provided another lengthy holdup before we hit the open road. Blatting at last! to Bibury and then across country through Chedworth Woods to Withington and the fuel halt at Andoversford, which turned into more of a people stop for loos and ice creams as we were blessed with a warm sunny day.
We headed east (another photoshoot) then north past the Cotswold Rare Breeds Farm, through Ford and down Stanway Hill, to pose through Broadway (busy like Burford), getting a clear run up Fish Hill (marvellous!), before stopping at Broadway Tower for a stretch break (more ices for some). The run to the BBQ at Charlbury took us through Stow on the Wold but only after another enforced halt for running repairs to the cycle wing of Colin Swinson's R400 after it decided to unglue itself at warp factor 9 on the B road before Stow. The final leg used the fast, open and scenic A424 towards Burford followed by the B4437 switchback / roller coaster ride to Charlbury - hindered slightly by a Dutch motorist choosing to drive at 40mph max.
Out of the cars and into BBQ mode, we met up with Nigel and others who had not been able to do the Blat for various reasons, and said goodbye to others unable to stay. Yours truly turned his hand to cremating some of the food, while others opted for that which had been meticulously prepared earlier by Gail Ambrose and Mo McCreadie.
As the afternoon drew to a close, those remaining were treated to the sight of a flypast by XH558 - the only remaining airworthy Vulcan bomber in the world. A perfect end to a perfect day.
Story by Philip Ambrose
Pictures By Jamie Jones and Kevin Scott,
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