Mendip Vin­tage and Classic Tour

Big­ger and bet­ter than ever – and more driv­ers en­joy a tour of Som­er­set

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - David Burnard

’It’s very well or­gan­ised and ev­ery­one is so friendly’

The Mendip Vin­tage & Classic Tour re­turned big­ger and even bet­ter than be­fore on Sun­day, 14 May with the Classic & His­toric Mo­tor Club host­ing a to­tal of 164 en­thu­si­asts this year.

This ma­jor classic so­cial event fea­tures a lovely mix of pre- and post-war ve­hi­cles and even a va­ri­ety of mod­ern clas­sics.

The Mendip Hills pro­vide an al­most Ital­ian in­fused Bri­tish driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for any classic en­thu­si­ast as the lime­stone gorges chan­nel you down through this pop­u­lar area of out­stand­ing nat­u­ral beauty.

This year’s en­try list ac­com­mo­dated ve­hi­cles as early as a 1915 Model T Ford, a 1935 Rolls Royce Phan­tom II and as mod­ern as a 1990 Mazda MX-5 and a 1996 993-se­ries Porsche 911 Targa. Par­tic­i­pants ar­rived early in the morn­ing to sign into the so­cial drive and as­sign their ve­hi­cles to their al­lo­cated slots.

Start­ing from Pux­ton Park, classic own­ers nav­i­gated through a well-or­gan­ised route fea­tur­ing Bur­ring­ton Combe, an idyl­lic Som­er­set vil­lage called Priddy and the pop­u­lar sum­mer driv­ing spot at Ched­dar Gorge; stop­ping briefly at Web­bing­ton Ho­tel and Spa in Lox­ton for lunch, with fan­tas­tic views across the Mendip Hills. The tour­ers sub­se­quently ar­rived on the green at Wells Cathe­dral.

An as­sort­ment of ‘Best of ’ awards were pre­sented at the fin­ish, in­clud­ing one for the ‘Best Dressed En­sem­ble’.

Bob Den­ning and Brenda Clarke, who won the ‘Best Fam­ily Car’ award says: ‘The Mendip Tour is one of our favourite classic car events. It’s very well or­gan­ised and ev­ery­one’s so friendly. We haven’t owned our Wolse­ley 16-60 for long – this was the first event we’ve done in it – so we’ve over the moon to have won an award.’

the lunch stop at Web­bing­ton en­thu­si­asts line their cars up out­side A bird’s eye view as ea­ger classic the back­ground. with views of the Mendip Hills to Ho­tel and Spa in Lox­ton, Som­er­set Brian and Wendy Nor­man en­joy the splen­did scenery of Ched­dar Gorge in their 1971 MGB GT as they make their way to­wards the lunch stop. Mendip Vin­tage & Classic Tour spon­sor, Deb­bie For­tune, waves off the first car – Derek Philips’ 1915 Ford Model T – at Pux­ton.

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