CLASSIC CONTEMPLATION

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While we’re re­mem­ber­ing an­niver­saries, a far more im­por­tant one com­mem­o­rat­ing 100 years since the end of the First World War will be tak­ing place this Novem­ber. A few weeks ago we went over to Ypres in Bel­gium to­gether with a group of UK-based en­thu­si­asts and took part in a lo­cally or­gan­ised Flan­ders Fields bat­tle­field tour.

This tour takes place ev­ery two years and 2018 is ob­vi­ously a very spe­cial time to tour the area. To mark the oc­ca­sion, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the Sun­beam Tal­bot, Alpine Regis­ter (STAR) laid a wreath at the im­pres­sive Menin Gate memo­rial dur­ing the Satur­day evening’s Last Post cer­e­mony.

An im­pres­sive line up cars rang­ing from a cou­ple of Austin Sevens and ‘Thir­ties flat fronted Mor­gans to a Mini Moke and a 2002 reg­is­tered MGF made the jour­ney from Blighty and once in Ypres, we met up with the group of lo­cal en­thu­si­asts tak­ing part on the tour.

Need­less to say, our jour­ney from the Mid­lands into the heart of Bel­gium wasn’t with­out in­ci­dent but when any­one ex­pe­ri­enced trou­ble with their car, there was al­ways some­one ready to pitch in with a help­ful re­pair or some use­ful ad­vice. As the car we were driv­ing is set be a fu­ture Clas­sics Monthly long-term project, I won’t spoil the sur­prise and re­veal what it was just yet. I’ll save that to later and also re­veal the is­sues we ex­pe­ri­enced in a fu­ture is­sue – so get ready for some re­ally in­ter­est­ing read­ing!

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