It was a glorious, if cold, sunny Saturday morning and we left the house about 7am to meet Jim (Bucks85th) and Paul (NaughTTy) at the top of the road. We met up with Colin as we drove through High Wycombe and a quick run up the M40 brought us to the Oxford services at Junction 8a where we were meeting most of the others. Ian (ianttr) and his dad Bob, and Andy (wallsendmag) and Val (mrs wallsendmag) were waiting for us, whilst Vic (ttvic) and Jim (TTitan) were already making use of the facilities!
The others slowly arrived. Three Mercs from the Midlands arrived together; Steve (Redcar), Andy (Wild Woods) and Bethany, and Paul (FinFerNan) and Alice having left in the middle of the night to arrive on time. Nick (LuTTon) tooted his horn when he arrived just in case we hadn’t seen him, followed by Stu (Suge_K), George (Geo 555), and Filippo (nippo_) with Floretta.
We had a mix of cars for the cruise through Oxford to the Mini Plant; MK1 TTs, MK2 TTs, Minis, Mercs, a BMW and a Fiat. Luckily the traffic through the city was fairly quiet at that time on a Saturday morning and we arrived at Mini in good time to meet Dave (davegill79), Andy (TWISTFERRET) and Liz, and Mervyn (B16TTC). We were also joined by Kate and Janice who had arranged to come along through a friend they had at BMW. By this time it was freezing and blowing a gale, so we were all pleased to get inside!
Well, on waking up on a very cold Sunday morning, looking outside my bedroom window i was thinking to myself...... is it worth going today??
The temperature was -2c and outside it was very misty and very very cold! Looking over at my TT on the driveway, it had turned to white flakes overnight and needed a good defrost in the morning before i set off, if i decided to go in the end,... which, of course i did
Went along to our first meeting point, which was RAF Cosford in Shropshire. This is the place where every other month, a car show is held for any car club wishing to attend. This is called the Breakfast Club.
So, we had met up a mile or two away, and we convoyed in. In attendance was myself, VSPURS, Hark, DAZTTC and bozzy96.
We all lined our cars up on the front of the stand as we were one of the first clubs there, and then we all decided to take cover from the cold, and move into the RAF Cosford Cafe to grab ourselves a coffee or two
It was a good morning apart from the cold, some of us had a quick wander around the RAF museum, and also around the car stands to see some other motors on show.
What started as a throw away comment on the TT Forum ended up with me volunteering to organise a weekend TTrip in Galway. Before I had even a chance to organise the weekend, I had ten confirmed TT’s, 04dtt (Dec and Cáit), Blackers (James, Karen and Adrian), KevtoTTy (Kevin and Wendy), Petesy (Pete and Yvonne), phodge (Penny and Dave), Sniper Sam (Sam and Dawn), StevieMac (Steve, Denzie and Elliott), Steve (and his bike!) VicTT, and V6SRS. The weekend of the 15th to the 17th August was chosen and the venue was the Delphi Mountain Lodge resort located in Leenaune, right in the middle of Connemara.
Little did I know that when choosing Delphi that it would provide such a dramatic background for the weekend! The planning began in earnest with, Blackers taking charge of the logistics of getting the international crew to Ireland and StevieMac on graphics, who once again came up with a superb logo for the weekend.
I meanwhile began planning the routes for the weekend and the timetable for the weekend activities. I even found time to contact Audi Ireland who very generously donated Polo Shirts and Baseball Hats for all the attendees for the weekend.
The cruise started for us locals at Frankley services. In attendance were RokinRobin and Alison in their lovely MKII coupe. Stu_tt with Lou, Meg and Greg in their super clean MKI tintop, Matt (aka Hark), timdu and Nicola in their amulet red coupe and finally Jackie and myself in the only cabriolet of the day.
At 10:00 am we were off down the M5 in the autumn sunshine, with one of us topless, en route to Blooms garden centre at Cheltenham.
After a little to much time in Blooms, we all set off to see the lovely villages of the Cotswolds, taking in Winchcome, Broadway, Morton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold and then to Bourton-on-the-Water, where we all parked up for a very short walk-about and coffee.
We then set off via more than one or two twisty/narrow roads to Kingham and our lunch venue at the Mill House Hotel.
We saw some superb villages, cottages to die for and the weather was well… perfect.
Phil (aka TT4PJ)
Day 1 – 10th May 2008
For some TTer’s the TTOC Alpine Tour really began on Friday 9th May when each of us started our own journeys from across the UK and Ireland to make an evening rendezvous at a Dover hotel and then across on the ferry.
On Day 2 of the TTOC Alpine TTour the crew left beautiful Kaysersburg and headed south east for Austria… TThriller had planned the 500km route to avoid Switzerland. So we would be travelling from France into Germany and along the northern shore of Lake Constance before heading down into Austria and Hotel Enzian in Landeck.
Day 3 of the Alpine Tour
Blue skies, magnificent sunshine and snowy caped mountain peaks greeted us as we opened the curtains of the Hotel Enzian in Landeck. We knew that it was going to be a good day! The route for the day was to be a 360km loop via Vipiteno, Merano, Spondigna, Malles and Nauders.
The First South Wales Meet of the year
Despite the winter weather i wanted to get the South Wales area meets off to a start. Off West this time to the beautiful Gower Peninsular, a superb coastal area with a great, dramatic coastline. Always an attraction in the summer and hopefully a a great day out for the local TT'ers even in Febuary.
With a months notice and one eye on the weather the Febuary meet grew closer, interest and enthusiasm was building and the day was apon us.
An early start and and a crisp - 5 night meant a heavy frost. MattyR's car was white with frost as he got it prepared for the day ahead.
What a turnout for a cold February evening!
With 9 TT's in all coming out for the evening and 16 people sat around 3 tables pushed together I think we had the best attended East Mids meet to date! With an almost 50/50 split of new and old faces it made for interesting conversation all evening.
Thanks to all who came, hope to see you at the next one.