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route66
11-09-03, 03:42 PM
Hi all,

August’s meet at Swan Cottage, Norton Subcourse was our annual Summer Barbeque. Many thanks to Simon and Sarah Finlay for their wonderful hospitality – and for agreeing to have 12 cobras parked all over their front lawn!
The weather was excellent, the food and company equally so and I think I can speak for all of us there in declaring the day a resounding success.
Simon provided very comprehensive directions to the venue, plus the route was signed pretty much back as far as Beccles!
As well as familiar cobras, Rowland and Lisette brought along their newly purchased BRA for comparison and inspection as a prequel to their wedding at the end of August. It seems not all brides-to-be panic about ‘the big day’. Congratulations both of you (for the wedding as well as the cobra purchase ).
Completing the afternoons entertainment was friend and colleague Jermey Davey who gave a fascinating talk and video presentation about the World Supersonic Land Speed Record car, Thrust SSC. The final record attained stands at 763.035 mph (mach 1.0175) and is a major achievement for a small, low budget operation. Jeremy wound up the talk with a short quiz (prizes being copies of Richard Noble’s book ‘Thrust’) and a question and answer session.
On behalf of us all, many thanks Jeremy.

At the end of August, some of us again enjoyed the sun and the hog roast at the Lavenham Rare Breeds Car Show and Carnival. We had a good showing from our region and were able to ‘rally around the banner’ as can be seen in the photo over the page.

…..and so, to this month’s meet on Sunday 21st September at 11:00 (eleven) at the Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall, east Norfolk. Last year’s event here was so popular that we have decided to return to Coltishall again. Coltishall is on the B1150 about 6 miles north of Norwich, the hotel being just behind the church. Directions are here: http://www.norfolkmead.co.uk/directions.asp . The Norfolk Mead is owned by club members and cobra owners Don and Jill Fleming. Don always apologises for not being able to get to the meets as they are working doing Sunday lunches for his guests, so, as before, we’re bringing the meet to them.
As previously mentioned, the Norfolk Mead will host our Family Road run and Treasure hunt and act as the start and end point. This consists of a fun drive around the immediate area for about 15-20 miles taking in local points of interest and collecting answers to fiendish questions set by Chris Wicks (last year’s winner). It should take about 1½ to 2 hours maximum and is mostly over quiet country roads. Ladies bring your purses (or your husband’s wallet) as there may be opportunities for frivolous purchases en-route. We stress this is not a race, merely a pleasant drive around northeast Norfolk.
On your return to the Norfolk Mead, Don has arranged either a barbeque or buffet lunch (depending on the weather) with dessert for £11.95 so we can spend the rest of the afternoon in the garden eating. Chris Crane at RPI V8 Engineering has very kindly agreed to donate some prizes and give a talk on V8 Tuning.
We’ve also had a special word with Michael Fish so, hurricanes excepting, this should be a great social day. In order that you can complete the course, buy some early Christmas presents, and have an early afternoon lunch, we’ll be at the Norfolk Mead from 11:00 and would suggest you arrive in good time to be sent out on the run with your question papers and directions.
As is usual, and polite, in order that Don has a fair idea of numbers to plan and cater for, please confirm if you’ll be joining us and eating by the Thursday before the meet so that we can confirm numbers. We’ll also have a fair idea how much photocopying of the quiz sheet to do.
See you on Sunday 21st. Bring your cobra, your Vauxhall, your Ford, your scooter, anything as long as it’s got an odometer (reasonably accurately calibrated!)

We’re in the early stages of arranging the CRC East Anglian annual Christmas meal. It looks likely that we may return to the Chequers in Bressingham. However, if you have a favourite venue that has a Christmas menu and fancy a change, let us know.

Here’s the list of East Anglian meets for 2003.
October 19th – East Suffolk – Ramsholt Arms, Ramsholt - and a visit to Sutton Hoo?
November 16th – West Norfolk – Red Lion, Caston
November 29th – East Anglian Cobra Club annual Christmas meal
December 21st – West Suffolk – White Hart, Boxford
Plus local (and no so local) car events (dates to be confirmed)
Sept 13th to 14th - The National Kit & Performance Car Show, Castle Donington, Derbys.
Sept 27th - DAX Autumn open day, Harlow, Essex

Thanks to all you cobrateers, keep calling, and mailing.
Bye for now,
Eileen Call me on 01206 863804, or mail me at route66@hot2trot.freeserve.co.uk
**Please note my changed e-mail address**