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Tour of the Moor 2019 review

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First thank you all for coming. These events don't happen with out you lot turning up and supporting our events. I hope you all enjoyed it and will join us again for next year. 

Thank you Scott for your assistance in getting this off the paper 3 years ago. What was a dream several years ago became a reality with 40+ old fords driving around the moors in glorious weather. 

My good wife for bringing us lunch and driving around with me many many times perfecting the route and getting treasure hunt questions.

@steve caf577k for stopping and getting Top Banana going again. 

Now on with the review.

Saturday morning we all gathered at the River Dart country park camp site for the start of TOTM 2019. The air full of burbling exhausts and carbs, bright vibrant colours that only old cars seem to have now. After the mingling had finished everyone was called to start their engines and line up ready for the off. Route cards were handed out and cars set off in small groups. 

We left the campsite and headed to the moors. Driving the back road from ashburton we followed the road to Saddle Tor and Hay Tor. With glourios weather we could actually see the tors this year. We then headed towards Bovey Tracey. 

Before we got to Bovey Tracey we turned right for Manaton. It was at this point we had a change of scenery from previous tours and used small back roads that only the locals know about. The narrow winding roads took us through Manaton and North Bovey. 

Once these small villages were past we had a quick blast up the main road heading north. Then a left turn to Chagford and right turn for Throwleigh. The country roads got narrow again with tight turns and sharp hills.

Skirting around the moors left a few casualties including my own with overheating. It would soon be over and once at Sticklepath the roads opened up and we all enjoyed an opportunity to open up along the A30 bypassing okehampton.

After leaving the A30 we traveled through Bridestowe and on to Lydford. Like chalk and cheese this road was long and straight. Passing Brent tor we arrived in Tavistock under the old Railway viaduct. 

It was time to head to Yelverton for lunch. Its was great to have all of us gather on the old RAF airfield for Pasties and fizzy drinks. Gave the cars time to cool down and for us humans to soak up the sun. 

Once the group were fed it was time to do a lap of Burrator reservoir. Now back on open moorland roads Sheepstor was quickly passed and on to cadover. At the highest points you could look out over Plymouth City, the sea in the distance and behind us the reservoir. 

Cornwood was then passed as we left the moors and headed back to camp via Ivybridge and the old roads before the A38 was Built. 

Back at base, it was time to chill, collect the treasure hunt questions to mark and socialise some more. With a bar on site the drink flowed and the smell of BBQ filled the air. The less we talk about the quiz the better as my reign as quiz master was shortly lived and the winners will be tasked with setting the quiz for 2020. 

I hope you all enjoyed it and we see you again next year. 

Please feel free to post photos on here. 

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My thanks to Chris and Maija for all their efforts. I just manage the admin and payments, it is Chris who has done 90% of the leg work

Who spotted the Royal Navy's newest, and largest ever, capital warship (HMS Queen Elizabeth) anchored just outside Plymouth Sound in that Sea in the distance? See 1st l shot below, she's between trees.

 

 

 

 

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We really enjoyed ourselves, even my 16 year old daughter had a good time and she doesn't like old Fords! We will be back next year, hopefully with our Mk2 Transit 

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One of the things we came across whilst doing the tour, even the locals wanted in on it 😜 Sorry no plaque no join in lol

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A few (ok lot) more pics. Some good convoy shots too. 😎

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On 24/06/2019 at 06:06, colr6 said:

One of the things we came across whilst doing the tour, even the locals wanted in on it 😜 Sorry no plaque no join in lol

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Always some cow trying to muscle their way in. Genuine leather trim though.

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44 minutes ago, Rally Pack 2000 said:

Always some cow trying to muscle their way in. Genuine leather trim though.

Not to many people like brown leather though, we let it mosey on by😲

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6 minutes ago, colr6 said:

Not to many people like brown leather though, we let it mosey on by😲

Could have always offered an invite to the BBQ afterwards. :wink:

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I was more concerned if it was going to try and squeeze between the car and the hedge, there would have been only one winner the size of that thing it was a bit on the large size. ,!!

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Didn't Clarkson carry one on the roof of a Camero or something......in USA a while back? Sure you could've got it on the Cortina if you'd tried......

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58 minutes ago, Monza said:

Didn't Clarkson carry one on the roof of a Camero or something......in USA a while back? Sure you could've got it on the Cortina if you'd tried......emoji23.pngemoji23.png

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Steak on the BBQ back at band camp?

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Picked the arrows in today. Lucky we had the weather we did as there are trees down and branches all over up there now. Tis windy.

 

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I saw the post that said you'd put them out in a few places....but never actually saw any of them!!
Obviously the pace notes were spot on.....even tho we...and a few others went right out of the camp...
Great weekend

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1 hour ago, Monza said:


Obviously the pace notes were spot on.....even tho we...and a few others went right out of the camp...
Great weekend emoji122.pngemoji122.png
 

Yes I heard many people did. Apologies.

I had wanted to park up at the entrance and direct but this would have clogged up the gravel road into the park. 

I will know for next time :P

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All adds to the adventure?
Exactly pal....

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And finally, the official photographer's shots.imageproxy.php?img=&key=309ff01cc8bb2ca0 

I initially tried to get them in chronological order of the events of the day..................it got a but confusing with all the scrolling up and down through 125 pics though. :mrgreen:🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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Some cracking shots in there 👍👍👍👍👍👍

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7 minutes ago, Mexican Gerbil said:

Thanks for uploading Scott 

It took a while! Set the computer to it at lunch time and let it get on with it whilst I got on with work

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Great pics....

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