Mini driv­ers en­joy tasty stops at top at­trac­tions

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

The KE Ash­ford Big Quiz is on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 16. Here are some test ques­tions to get con­tes­tants in the mood. Scores of Mini-en­thu­si­asts toured the coun­try­side around Ash­ford in their prized cars with pit­stops at the bor­ough’s hotspots.

A to­tal of 37 teams took part in the mass drive to Ap­ple­dore as part of the an­nual Ham Sand­wich Run, or­gan­ised by Kent Mini Cooper Register.

The event’s name comes from its ori­gin in the mid-nineties, as teams used to start in Deal and travel through Ham into Sand­wich for lunch.

But the Mini- en­thu­si­asts event was re­vived by Justin and An­n­marie Rid­yard three years ago and now takes driv­ers around var­i­ous Kent at­trac­tions.

This year, on Sun­day, Au­gust 31, mo­torists took a 69-mile route around Ash­ford bor­ough, stop­ping off at the Gus­bourne Vine­yards near Ap­ple­dore, the Bake­house tea rooms in Bid­den­den be­fore fin­ish­ing up at the Five Bells pub in Brabourne.

All teams made it to the end point, where prizes were pre- The Kent Re­gion of the Mini Cooper Register took on the an­nual Ham Sand­wich run, this year around Ash­ford sented for nav­i­ga­tion, spirit of the event and best teddy bear at the lunch stop.

Mr Rid­yard, one of the or­gan­is­ers, said: “This year’s stop off at the Gus­bourne Vine­yard was su­perb. We all en­joyed the tour, tast­ing and a few spe­cial pur­chases, the car was much heav­ier for the af­ter­noon run!

“We also planned a week­end trip to Cham­pagne to tie in with this year’s event but the in­dus­trial ac­tion at the ports forced us to post­pone that till next year.

“We had an ex­cel­lent day, the weather was fan­tas­tic and we’re al­ready look­ing for­ward to – and nearly booked up for – next year’s run. The bar is now set very high.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Mini Coop­ers Register group, visit www.face­book.com/mini­coop­er­reg­is­ter

‘We had an ex­cel­lent day, the weather was fan­tas­tic and we’re al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year’s run’

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