Event Reports
Short reports of events, holidays and shows enjoyed
by our members in the past four months.

Our members are always out and about with their 'Sevens'

The main aim of CA7C is to encourage members to drive their 'Sevens' whenever possible, even throughout the winter months.  Surprisingly quite a few members do enjoy being out and about on the colder winter-time runs.  However, we do draw the line on the very wettest of days as there is no point in driving in bad weather with the non-optional water entry around the ill-fitting windows and doors!   Mostly we are able to enjoy warm, sunny days with Cornwall's splendid inland and coastal scenery at its best whatever the season of the year.

These edited reports were written by members and are taken from our monthly magazine, Seven Focus.


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Jack up day - 18 March

The Saturday's forecast was not great and it actually turned out to be worse than the forecast with gusting wind and rain. However, un-deterred by the poor weather, two cars set off from Callington.  Unfortunately another member had a far worse journey from Camelford, having to drive without a hood on a 4-seat tourer as it was off being replaced due to many years of use.  Along with an Opal/two seat tourer and a Ruby there was a good mix of cars.

Jack up 1
There was still quite a cold wind blowing across the Moors and into the garage area, but we set to, jacking up several cars mainly looking at the steering, brakes and lights.  We were able to carry out some improvements, which I hope all who attended felt was useful.   A Helicoil repair on a carburettor bowl went to plan as did a review of a few other bits.  We decided that the weather was still not going to let up to allow us to try out the Tapley brake meter, so decided it was a good time to return home via Camelford after a jolly day.  

 

 

Sevens + seven = a good day out - 11 March

The last of the monthly Unstoppables runs before we revert to our normal Tuesday evening slot each week.  We arrived at Lanivet Pub car park almost simultaneously and found that the extensive alterations were already under way.  They are extending the building to include a splendid new dining room, so in times to come we shall perhaps be able to enjoy a quick bite before setting off on our jaunts.

We were soon all present and correct - four Sevens and their crews making seven people in all.  We set off, skirting Bodmin and following the Judges Road for some of the way, stopping briefly in Shell Woods to check all was going to plan.  One driver had found that his side lights had failed on this short stretch and all the technically-minded clustered around the car to see if they could help.  Since the sun by now had decided to warm the proceedings, it was decided that side lights were unnecessary anyway, so the little convoy then set off again towards St Teath.

Seven + 1

From there we enjoyed a glorious run towards Tintagel, the signs of spring with daffodils and primroses along the hedgerows adding to the lovely scenery as we sped along the winding lanes.  We encountered very little other traffic and most drivers were very courteous, giving way to the little convoy of our elderly ‘ladies’.  We had made such good time that we parked near to the Norman Church of St Materiana’s and followed one of the clifftop paths for a while to enjoy the dramatic views.  Before leaving, several of us also visited the church which is well worth seeing.

 

 

By this time, we decided that a bite of lunch would be a good idea, so we made our way, via more of our steeply winding lanes, ending up at Trebarwith Strand, where a good meal was enjoyed by everyone.  It seemed that wherever we went, there were many members of the public who were interested in seeing and chatting about our cars, with recollections of their families owning similar models in years gone by.  A good day out indeed, with no major problems.  

 

A week in North Devon - 10 to 17 March

We arrived on the Friday for a break based at the Hidden Valley camp site near Ilfracombe.   A local member joined us on the Saturday and took us around the coast road through Woolacombe, Baggy Point to Saunton Sands and various inland roads before heading back into Braunton to book a Sunday Roast. 

Sunday started from the camp site towards Combe Martin along to Valley of the rocks onto Lynton and Lynmouth, next to Porlock weir and back to the camp site.  Most of the day was very misty but didn't spoil the fun that was had.   An evening carvery was enjoyed by all in the Williams Arms, Braunton.

Holiday 2

On the Monday the convoy set off along various steep hills and down hills, which tested our cars to the limit, to Ilfracombe to see Verity the pregnant lady statue on the sea front.  A picnic on the sea front was enjoyed by all and then back to the camp site.  Tuesday a return to the valley of the rocks for a walk via the toll road with beautiful sea views and a trip to Lynton for dinner.  Various testing roads was once again on the agenda for the journey home.

 

 

Holiday 1

Wednesday a trip to Arlington Court for a picnic lunch and onto Barnstaple for some shopping.  Thursday was a trip to Appledore for coffee and onto the Burrows country park for a picnic lunch.  Once again we found all the roads that no one else wants to drive on.

 

 

Because the carvery was so good on Sunday we returned to have another that evening.   Friday, with just two of us left, we had a trip to Exmoor and onto Dulverton for the day and a Fish and Chip supper.  Thanks all those that helped out through the week and made it a very interesting time with roads and places not visited before.  With nearly 400 miles covered in a week the only problems were two cars with plug leads fallen off and one car boiled over.  These little cars always surprise me what they can do whether home or away, so why not get yours out and join in with a local run or spend time away?  

 

Coffee Morning - 26 February

Coffee 1a
Although the weather was far from perfect, 5 cars turned up at Maenporth Beach café together with two walking members who joined us. As we arrived the sun started to break through, warming the air and making the beach look wonderful - a dog walkers favourite. The dogs took full advantage of the beach to have a good long run, so two panting dogs were lying on the floor of the café while the rest of us chatted.

 

Coffee 2aCoffee mornings are intended to get members out during the winter months, not necessarily with their car, to just be sociable, and, if the weather and inclination suits, to then move off for a run or perhaps a pub lunch. Weather was not particularly conducive to a run so some of us decamped to Trebah Garden at Mawnan Smith where we had either a roast or just a bowl of soup.   If nothing else it got us out into the open air which can’t be bad.  

 

 

Change & Chat - 18 February

Change 1About a dozen cars in Morrison's car park.  Although the weather was fine there was a cold wind.  The convoy set off westwards, heading through Illogan and on towards Bell Lake then up the steep hill in the direction of Kehelland.  The first stop to change passengers just before the village.  Soon afterwards a turning was missed by some of the leading cars which left the following vehicles to take the lead, unaware the rest would have to turn around to catch up.

 

About a dozen cars in Morrison's car park.  Although the weather was fine there was a cold wind.  The convoy set off westwards, heading through Illogan and on towards Bell Lake then up the steep hill in the direction of Kehelland.  The first stop to change passengers just before the village.  Soon afterwards a turning was missed by some of the leading cars which left the following vehicles to take the lead, unaware the rest would have to turn around to catch up.  

Change 2Onward under the A30 and off in the direction of Penponds, Barriper, Carnhell Green then after Reawla the Fraddam road where, soon after was the next stop for passenger change BUT there were no Sevens waiting because, it transpired after a couple of phone calls, the lead cars had found no one waiting so carried on.   On towards and through Goldsithney heading in the direction of Marazion then Penzance where everybody met up again in the Sainsbury's car park.  

 

Here one hours break for lunch in the café overlooking St Michael’s Mount.   From here the convoy headed in the direction of St Ives on the B3311 through Nancledra and Cripplease then turning in the direction of Trencrom and a short way along this road the convoy stopped by a grass triangle for the third passenger change.  It was along this stretch heading towards Hayle that one Seven experienced fuel supply problems but a temporary repair was made and the convoy was rejoined in Hayle on the road beside the George V walk.   

Change 3

Passenger changes were made and the convoy was off again, turning up the very steep Phillack Hill then right and on to join the North Cliffs road, through Gwithian and Portreath and just past Bridge turned left into Old Penny's Tea Shop for a cuppa and a slice of home-made cake.  It had turned out to be a lovely day so a very enjoyable 40 miles, or so, through the lanes, showing the first signs of spring.

 

 

Sixes and Sevens’ in January and February         

In the ‘window’ between Focus publication dates a couple of ‘unstoppables’ runs have taken place on Saturday mornings, with both starting at the usual place at Lanivet. On each occasion, six cars arrived for a 10.30am departure, hence the title.

Sixes 2As mentioned before, where we go is largely dependent on who turns up, the aim being to finish in time for lunch in a pub near one of the participants so that only a few have a lengthy journey home. As we arrived at the Lanivet Inn on January 28th it was evident that the split was divided equally between the North Cornwall locals and those from the St Austell and mid Cornwall areas.  Where should we head? There tends to be a bias towards the North throughout the year, so we decided to head for new hunting grounds, “How about Gorran Haven area?”  Having established that parameter, some discussion ensued as to which route we should take beyond Ladock (or if we should even go near there). 

The first section headed out over Goss Moor and around the verges of china clay country to St Stephen and on to Grampound Road, where, as we reached the end of the village, the lead changed. A short stretch of major road took us to Trewithen, where we rejoined the back lanes, heading across the Roseland, through Tregony, rejoining the coastal lanes through Caerhays.

Sixes 1
On to Hemmick beach, reaching the ford (stream) at the bottom by a really steep winding downhill route before heading up a similarly steep ascent to the gated clifftop lane where the 5 Sevens and 1 Ten halted for a photo shoot. This area was featured in the opening shots of ‘Poldark’, but there were no glimpses of galloping horses (or Demelza)!  Onwards and downwards into Gorran Haven and finally to Gorran Churchtown where the Barley Sheaf Inn was invaded for a welcome and excellent lunch.

 

The weather had been really kind to us until we rejoined the cars when the heavens opened in a brief squall, so we headed for a most welcome cuppa. A great trip all round, and the next run was duly arranged for February 11th

Sixes 3This time we headed for Zelah via some new lanes.  Climbing out of Lanivet towards Withiel and St Wenn the route initially took us along some familiar (to Unstoppables) back roads, until we found new territory around St Columb Major, which we skirted well to the south and crossed the main St Austell – Newquay road before heading towards Indian Queens.  A short stretch of main road through Fraddon linked to the next section of by-ways running parallel to the A30, which we passed under at Mitchell, and continued by the back routes towards St Erme and Trispen, where the main road to Truro was crossed.

Heading through St Allen we joined the Shortlanesend – Goonhavern road, passing under the A30 again before turning towards Zelah and the warmth of the Hawkins Arms. An excellent run was the unanimous verdict, followed by a really good lunch, enjoyed by all present, and plans were made for the next Saturday morning winter run – 11 March 10.30am at Lanivet.

 

New Year Run & Lunch - 7 January

We welcomed in the New Year with a run which started at the Carnon Downs Garden Centre, one of our favourite starting points, as there is ample parking and a large coffee shop.  One by one, or actually it was two by two for the most part, members arrived and availed themselves of refreshments before sitting with the rest of the group and were soon discussing the previous Xmas, cars and other matters.

Around 11.30 we started to leave in small groups and headed towards the King Harry Ferry but then turned off towards the pretty village of Feock with its lovely church.  From here we made our way along the old tram road towards Devoran where, for a short while, we joined the A39. As soon as we had passed the Norway Inn we headed off towards Mylor by turning left following a sign for Carclew. This was quite a climb up onto the top of the hill with large sweeping bends with adverse camber making me feel that I had to make extra effort steering the car around a particular right hand bend. My car felt as though it would rather have headed for the verge!

Through Mylor we went, then through Penryn and Falmouth, ending at the Falmouth Hotel on the sea-front. Lovely drive, just goes to show there is some fabulous scenery only yards from our back doors!  The meal at the hotel was very well organised and the food was excellent.

 

A 70th Birthday Run - 3 January

It was Christmas Eve when I called round to see one of the regulars to wish him and his wife the compliments of the season and see when they would be around in January for an ‘Unstoppables’ run.  Having settled on a date towards the end of the month, a 70th birthday on the 5th was mentioned and what about a possible Austin Seven outing to celebrate?  What a good idea, and with the prospect of dire weather forecast for the actual birthday, mutually agreed to do something on the Tuesday before which looked far more promising.  

ALand1Phoning round for possible companions proved difficult with many already committed or already away for the festive break, but in the end, 3 Austin Sevens and an Austin 10 met at the Lanivet Inn at 10.30 ready for the first informal trundle of the year.  It’s always tricky to devise a route until we know who is actually there and what people have covered in the past, not to mention which pub to end up in for a birthday ‘party’.  I try to include sections  which will be new ground to recent ‘Unstoppables’ participants, but since those present were regulars on most Tuesday evenings, where to go was somewhat challenging.

 

In order to get to the lunch destination of St Kew, the route devised ‘on the hoof’ took us through the lanes to Nanstallon and down the Camel Valley to Polbrock Bridge.  Normally we turn left, and cross the river to run along the winding lane to Sladesbridge, but for a change we forked right and wound our way up and down steep hills to the main Wadebridge to Bodmin road at Pencarrow.  More steep and bendy lanes found us crossing the A39 and on through the villages of Chapel Amble and St Minver.  ALand2

A brief halt allowed for a change of leader who took us to the seaside at Port Quin before heading along more lanes to St Kew, and through the obligatory ford through which most people took very cautiously.  A few hundred yards later found us without mishap in the St Kew Inn car park where we hurried in for an excellent lunch.  

 

Was this the first foray of the New Year?  This was one of those ‘ad-hoc’ runs which fall outside the events page in Focus, but was a success - the Austins and their owners all behaved impeccably, and most importantly, the Birthday Boy enjoyed his 3 score years and 10 celebration albeit 2 days early!  

 

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