Wolseley Register National Rally – 3-5 August 2018

The Wolseley Register’s 2018 National Rally was held at the Royal Agricultural University at Cirencester over the weekend of Friday 3rd to Monday 6th August. The university has many beautiful old buildings set in a parkland setting, and was an ideal location for the rally. The venue offered us an opportunity to try a different approach by having the vast majority of participants staying ‘on site’ for the whole duration of the rally, with half board accommodation available to all.

Register members came from far and wide to join the rally, including England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Jersey, France, and the Netherlands. Most members arrived on Friday when they were able to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Saturday offered a packed itinerary, although everything was optional with the emphasis on having a relaxed and enjoyable time. Many members enjoyed a scenic 60 mile tour of the Cotswold countryside and villages, whilst others chose to do their own tours using different parts of the suggested route. Many thanks to Don Gray for organising the run!

Later in the afternoon, the Register offered a different activity that it had never previously run at a National Rally before! A series of driving games had been devised and setup on the RAU’s sports field, where each participant attempted 4 different exercises.The first required the driver to guess the narrowest width between 2 poles that his car would go though. The second involved timed manoevres in and out of coned ‘garages’, whilst the 3rd required the driver to drop tennis balls into buckets without stopping his car. The last was possibly the trickiest, requiring the cars being driven around a course with an open tray of water placed on the bonnet ….Thanks to Clive Button for setting the games up and to both the volunteers and many participants for making them so successful.

The final event for Saturday was the Raly Meal in the evening, held within the RAU and with over 100 participants attending.

Sunday saw the main static rally with over 60 Wolseleys on the sports field, with those who were present for the whole weekend plus many more coming for the day only. The rally followed the usual format, with cars parked in model order, and being voted for by rally participants to decide the best cars in each class. Club merchandise was on sale and a raffle held in aid of club proceeds. At the end of the rally, the Annual Awards were presented for both best cars in the various classes, and also to members who the committee considered had made huge contributions to the running of the club throughout the year.

Comments received confirmed that everyone had enjoyed the complete weekend, and whilst there were a few problems with some of the accommodation, the food was very good and generally the venue was excellent value for the price paid. It was also agreed by most members that staying together in the same venue for the whole weekend was definitely a worthwhile bonus.

Bob Langston