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Lower Ufford/Suffolk Rally - 1st April 2017

Lower Ufford/Suffolk Rally

31 March/1,2 April 2017

This is a very informal gathering organised by Foppe d’Hane in the pretty village of Lower Ufford, an event which has become well-established over the years. It is very well supported by many pre and some post-war cars, and indeed last year there were no fewer than 17 Talbots present out of a total of more than 100 cars!

Friday is a ‘gathering’ time for people coming from further afield, including last year a splendid party from the Netherlands/Belgium (more affectionately known as the Maastricht Mafia); we head for our B&Bs/hotels for a relaxing supper to be ready for the main event of the weekend.

Saturday sees the gathering from mid-late morning next to the village pub (well sign-posted in the village), where we display our cars in the best tradition of the ‘Village Fete’ for the afternoon. Bring your own food or enjoy the great hog-roast/beer tent run by the pub, or savour the gastronomic delights of the pub food itself. All a very jolly gathering with a great deal of tyre-kicking and chatting, and you will be amazed at the variety of vintage cars taking the Spring air.

We have arranged an informal supper for the early evening on Saturday, at The Ufford Crown, a super supper (sorry) pub, less than 5 minutes from the display ground. Please let me know if you would like to join in – you will not be disappointed with the great menu on offer.

Sunday will see the gathering of cars on the field by the pub, for the cross-country run to a suitable pub for lunch (is there something of a theme here?), after which we will disperse to our respective homes. You could take great advantage of the weekend, to arrange a longer break in this fascinating, yet relatively unknown part of England – pre-Easter means you will miss the seasonal crowds.

This is a free-and-easy  weekend for you to turn-up to and enjoy after the usually dismal months of February and March; sort a B&B out, let me know you are thinking of coming, and then just look forward to another Spring break ‘of style’. My spies tell me that there is going to be another ‘invasion’ by the Maastricht Mafia – let’s give them another resounding welcome and make sure we outnumber their cars!

David Booth

  

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