To all Club Members – information about our 2018 Rallies
Here is information on how to enter a BNMC event and helps ensure your Rally Entry. Although I can answer your queries about our rallies, there is a major change this year, because Caroline Wellings is looking after all the hotel and Club Services bookings, so your Entry queries and Forms must be sent to her, not to me Margaret:
Caroline Wellings, Willowford Sidings, 15 Willowford, Yateley GU46 6HQ
Here is the outline of what the Club is offering for 2018 -
Spring RallyFriday May 18th – Sunday May 20th 2018
The Oxford Belfry, Milton Common, Thame OX9 2JW
Summer RallyFriday July 13th – Sunday July 15th 2018
The Metropole Hotel & Spa, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells LD1 5DY
Autumn RallyFriday September 21st – Sunday September 23rd 2018
The Palace Hotel, Buxton SK27 6AG
Our three annual rallies have the twin aims of giving you the opportunity to meet fellow Club Members and to drive your cars on roads and routes specially selected to suit vintage Morris cars. The rallies are based at a Hotel, for Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for 2 or 3 nights: most people stay for the three nights, Fri- Sun inclusive, to take maximum advantage of contact with fellow Club Members. Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis. You can take part in the Rally whether you are staying in the Hotel or not, but this is an excellent way of using your Morris in the company of some experienced drivers as well as those who know an awful lot about maintaining their cars. The routes are chosen by local people as being particularly appropriate to our cars and leisure driving. You can drive your Morris to the event or bring it on a trailer.
Our Spring Rally is based in Oxfordshire. Using the ever popular Oxford Belfry Hotel as our base for the weekend, John Martin, Peter Meecham and Dawn West have planned the routes and chosen the venues, for our Coffee Stops and Lunches.
The Summer Rally is going to Llandrindod Wells again and we will be based at the Metropole Hotel. Monty and I have planned the routes and chosen the venues for our Coffee Stops and Lunches.
For our Autumn Rally we are returning to Derbyshire, staying at the Palace Hotel in Buxton. James Hancock and Piers Wright are planning our routes and venues.
To enter each event, you fill in all the information requested on the appropriate Rally Entry Form, and send it to Caroline together with a BNMC cheque for the Club Services, and if applicable a separate cheque for the Hotel to reserve your accommodation. Please do not send one cheque to cover more than one event, as this gives the Club Officers extra accounting work to do, which we do not want. Please check the Form is fully completed and everything signed before sending it to us; this includes full details of your Morris, otherwise your Forms will be returned to you.
If you have not entered one of our rallies before, and would like to chat to me about doing so, please feel free to telephone me 01223 870786.
To be fair to everyone, all Entries are dated and numbered on receipt; places on the Rallies are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Only completed Entries are accepted into the ‘system’. Places on our rallies are limited, so our rallies are for Club Members and their immediate families only.
If you wish to bring a friend in your car with you, please contact Caroline first to check on availability of accommodation.
Because of the volume of people, everything during the Rally is pre-booked and paid for. It is not possible to turn up at an event expecting to take part: for insurance as well as practical administrative reasons, you have to enter an event in the usual way, the same as all other clubs have to do, and we want to ensure everyone can enjoy the experience.
Once again this year, we have asked for your email address, which will be used to contact you on routine matters, instead of posting a letter. If you require contact by post, it would be nice if you enclosed with your Entry Form stamps to cover the postage costs.
We do expect the rallies as usual to fill up well before the closing date, so although we had a closing date of February 16th you might be able to enter – contact Caroline.
We welcome both new and returning Entrants -
Margaret Goding, Events Administrator