Saturday 21st June saw the Society’s Annual Road Run return to the village of Broom from where it took place a few years ago. Unfortunately the weather was gray and overcast to start with, followed by on-and-off rain; however, it failed to dampen the spirits of those taking part.
The run started from the Broom village green, passing through Upper Caldecote and the picturesque village of Ickwell, stopping for lunch at The Crown in Northill where a barbecue was available along with the usual liquid refreshment. From here, the entourage passed back through Ickwell, down through Old Warden and wound through the woods to Southill before crossing the main road back to Broom, a total distance of 10 miles. Arriving back at Broom in stages, a special mention should go to the 3 miniature Burrell's driven by Dan Sansome, The Millard family and Nick Allen and family, which were the first to leave and last to return.
Taking part were a selection of engines, miniatures, commercials and tractors. Engines on the run were Burrell "Lord Kitchener" and Fowler Showman's "Carry On" from the Saunders Collection, Paul & Ian Vickery's Aveling & Porter Roller "Mona", Matt & Dan Barklem's Aveling & Porter Roller "Silver Streak", Duncan Marston's Foden “The Icklingham Flyer”, David Davenport’s Allchin, Pete Norton’s Fowler and Bob Jakes Aveling & Porter "Margaret". Marshall 76751 stayed at Broom for anyone visiting the Beer Festival while the run was out-and-about. Miniatures were well supported with 6" Foden's from Mick Cox, Andy Holmes, Allan Young and the Worbey family, Terry Young's 6" Garrett "Master Potter" staying at Broom with the Marshall, Kevin Strawbridge's Burrell and Vincent & Marie Lee's Foster. Many tractors came from the local area with a range of Nuffield's, Ferguson's, Fordson's, Marshall and a Minneapolis Moline from Peter Wheeler's collection. Irene Cooper's Standard 10 Pick Up was joined by Mick and Andrew Simmonds' lorries in matching livery, and Mark Smith's two Scammells.
Back at Broom participants enjoyed a Hog Roast and evening entertainment provided by popular group "Off the Record".