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5th September 2005


Ride-Along to the RC Rally

If your RC Rally ticket arrived in the post a couple of weeks ago, then you're probably eagerly awaiting details of the utterly informal ride-in to the campsite. So here they are!

First off, apologies to those people who haven't pre-booked their places on the inaugural RealClassic Rally - there's no spaces left so this item isn't going to interest you very much! Sorry… but you're very welcome to come along for a single day on Sunday Sept 18th 2005 to the Stinkwheel Show at Beaumanor Hall. See www.oilyrag.co.uk for all the info about this super classic bike show.

Now then: everyone else who has pre-booked a place on the RC Rally on Saturday 17th should, by now, have received a green ticket for the Stinkwheel Show and blue ticket for the RC Rally. If your ticket hasn't arrived and you sent a payment ages ago then we've - ahem, surely not - goolied up, so email tp(at)realclassic.co.uk so we can rush your ticket to you.

RealClassic Ride-Along

RC regulars will be gathering together as they trundle towards the site in Leicestershire, and you're welcome to join the crocodile as it nears Beaumanor Hall. Graham Ham will be leading a collection from Kent (including, we hope, the Kent Correspondent, KarlB and ChazzyB among others). The planned itinerary looks like this:

  • 10:00: Depart DARTFORD in Kent
  • 13:00: following lunch at BUNTINGFORD, the group will head off on the A10 until...
  • ...ROYSTON where they'll take the A1198
  • 13:45: arrive GODMANCHESTER/HUNTINGDON, at the A1198 and A14 junction
  • 14:30: arrive ROCKINGHAM, just north of Corby on the A6003
  • 15:00: arrive OAKHAM and pick up the A606 to Melton Mowbray
  • 15:15: arrive MELTON MOWBRAY pick up the A6006 for the final leg around...
  • ...Loughborough to Woodhouse and the Rally site
  • 16:00: arrive BEAUMANOR HALL and crack open a tin of Sporran in celebration!

    Join Graham (left) at Dartford, or Paul(right) at Buntingford...

    Obviously, all these timings are approximate and rely upon an increasing number of old bikes making sensible progress. You're advised to reach your chosen area 15 minutes early, and be prepared to wait for half an hour or so for the gaggle to galumph along. It's probably an excellent idea to check the Message Board a couple of days in advance to finalise meeting points.

    A Nice Idea: If you know someone who isn't on the internet but who is coming along to the RC Rally, then why not print off these details so they can join in, too?

    Do remember that this is an informal ride, not an organised parade. It is not marshalled or sign-posted. As with Rowena and Emm's Round Britain Ride you are welcome to join in and do so entirely at your own risk. All two and three-wheelers are welcome, of any age, although the group will be riding at a pace which befits classic bikes so modern machinery will need to be firmly fixed in bimble mode. If you do come along - bring sunshine!

    General Rally Info

    You should have received a green ticket which will give you admission to the Show, and a blue ticket which lets you into the campsite on the Saturday night. Your blue ticket includes your food for the evening - we're having a hog roast (providing Rowena doesn't set the place on fire with it!) plus a vegetarian alternative, and soft drinks.

    Can the toilets possibly hope to live up to the standard set by these? Hold on a minute....

    There is NO licensed bar on site so please bring your own with you if you want a tinny or two. Your Rally ticket also gives you a place to pitch your tent, access to the toilet and shower block, and breakfast with the RealClassic Crew (we'll be laying on croissants and fruit juice but if you'd rather have a cooked breakfast you'll have to hang on until the burger vans start serving on the showground!).

    The camping area will be open from 5pm on Saturday. It's likely to be in a different part of Beaumanor Hall to the Stinkwheel Show, so ask the attendants to send you to the campsite, not the Show. There is a wedding booked for the Saturday afternoon, also in a different part of the Hall - be nice and don't frighten the bridesmaids!

    Can the toilets possibly hope to live up to the standard set by these?

    When you get to the camping area, look out for the RC pagoda and banners; come over and we'll show you where to pitch your tent. You can bring a car (although it won't win any prizes in the concours!), but please remember that all vehicles should be in a roadworthy condition and you are responsible for your own safety at all times.

    Don't Like Camping?

    There are a few B&Bs which are close to Beaumanor Hall (but we haven't stayed in any of them so can't vouch for the facilities…)

    LANE END COTTAGE: School Lane, Old Woodhouse, Loughborough, LE12 8UJ. 01509 890706, email mary.hudson@virgin.net. Rooms from £35

    MOUNTSORREL HOTEL, 217 Loughborough Road, Mountsorrel, Loughborough LE12 7AR. 01509 412627, Email: info@mountsorrelhotel.co.uk. Rooms from £35

    QUORN GRANGE HOTEL: 88 Wood Lane, Quorn, LE12 8DB. 01509 412167, mail@quorngrangehotel.co.uk. Rooms from £65

    Where Is Beaumanor Hall?

    It's in the village of Woodhouse is between Woodhouse Eaves and Quorn, some four miles south of Loughborough and 12 miles north of Leicester.

    Google Maps Link

    To find it from the old A6 at Quorn take the Woodhouse Road, signposted Woodhouse Eaves and Swithland. This road takes you over the Great Central Railway Bridge and after approx. 2 miles, on into Woodhouse, the turning for Beaumanor Hall is immediately on your right as you enter the village.

    Random Camping Stuff on eBay.co.uk

    Top Tip: Drink cans make great sidestand pucks, but you have to actually put them *under* the sidestand.

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