Sunday May 1st began wet but soon turned into one of the warmest days of the year so far.
Gathered once again at the home of Bryan and Sue Hankins in Gamlingay were a selection of engines, miniature steamers, tractors, cars, commercials and motorcycles for the Annual Road Run.
For 2005, a new route was taken, passing through Gamlingay and towards Potton before turning to Cockayne Hatley and stopping for lunch at The Chequers in Wrestlingworth where we were made most welcome. From here the run passed through Potton and out towards Everton across the Heath back to Gamlingay.
This year saw the biggest turnout of exhibits with 9 engines, 5 miniatures, around 10 tractors, and 10 vintage vehicles. Michael Pumfrey bought along Keith Honour's Fair Organ and played this at the pub and back at Gamlingay. From Norfolk, the Wyeld family bought Foden "Monarch" to the event, while Barry Freeman attended with son Jeremy's Burrell "Rosemarie". Willem Middlemiss roaded from Godmanchester with Burrell Showman's "The Busy Bee" which was joined at the event by two other Burrell's "Ex Mayor" and "Lord Kitchener" from the Saunders stable. Chris Gray steamed over with Aveling & Porter "Clementine" from the Apprentice weekend and from nearby Tetworth Dave Davenport bought a trailer behind his Allchin Estate engine. Two wagons took part with the Forshaw family's Foden and John Kilgour's "Spider 2". Miniatures were represented by two 6" Foden's being those of the Worbey Family and Rowan Clark, Liz Grimes' 6" Allchin and two 4" McLaren's owned by Terry Baxter and Ian Meike.
Making its debut after restoration, and still in wet paint was committee member Glenn Culpin's rare Cletrac tractor "The General". Once again Irene Cooper bought along her Standard 10 Pick Up and Melvin Hinson his Morris J2 Minibus.
A good day was had by all. There was live evening entertainment on site on both Saturday and Sunday evenings, with food available and plenty of space to camp but unfortunately a very low turnout of people, despite over 200 being at the pub Sunday lunchtime. A great deal of effort goes into the event and the committee would welcome your suggestions as to how we can make the event more popular to members. Is it the weekend, venue, route or something else? Please let us know.