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Practical Classics 1000 Mile Reliability Run 2018


You have seen this Westminster restoration in previous articles posted as we have worked on the restoration for Practical Classics. You may have even seen us working on it at the NEC Practical Classics Restoration Show where we working on it on the main stage where we took it from a shell and actually drove it off the stage at the end of the show. It has taken 2 years from then to raise awareness of the parts needed to complete the car restoration and we all would like to thank all parties who donated parts that allowed us to complete this amazing restoration. Now the car has completed the tour it will be auctioned at Anglia Car Auctions with all proceeds going to Lennox Children’s Hospice.

The final leg was to take the car on a 1000 mile tour around Britain, we set off from our premises on Tuesday 17th April to head down to Brooklands Motor Museum to start the tour on Wednesday 18th April.  The Tour schedule was:

1000 Mile Reliability Run
Elapsed time Estimated Mileage Cumulative Day Cumulative total
Wednesday 18th April (approx)
8.30-10.00 Brooklands Start
10.00 to 12.00 2 74 74 74
1 hour National Motor Museum
13.00 to 16.00 3 130 204 204
1 hour JLR Classic
17.00 to 18.00 1 32 236 236
Hotel Wednesday night – Plough and Harrow, West Midlands, B16 8LS
Thursday 19th April
9.00 Plough and Harrow
9.00 – 12.00 3 127 127 363
1.5 hours Bowcliffe Hall (Wetherby)
13.30 to 15.30 2 77 204 440
1 hour Angel of the North
16.30 to 18.30 2 74 278 514
Hotel Thursday night: The White Swan, Alnwick, Northumberland, NE66 1TD
Friday 20th April
9.00 The White Swan
9.00 to 11.30 2.5 107 107 621
1 hour Queensferry Crossing
12.30 to 17.30 5 216 323 837
Hotel Friday night: Farrington Lodge, Preston, PR25 4QT
Saturday 21st April
9.00 Farrington Lodge
9.00 to 12.00 3 140 140 977
2  hours British Motor Museum, Gaydon,
14.00 to 14.30 1/2 11 151 988
2 hours Rootes Archive,
16.30 to 17.00 1/2 19 170 1007
Hotel Saturday night: Chipping Campden, Charringworth Manor, GL55 6NS
Sunday 22nd April
7.00 Chipping Campden
7.00 to 8.00 1 39 39 1046
8 hours Bicester Heritage  – welcome
16.00 to 18.00 2 65 104 1150
Hotel Sunday night: Queen’s Head Inn, Nassington nr Stamford, PE8 6QB
Monday 23rd April
9.00 Queen’s Head Inn
9.00 to 10.00 1 44 44 1194
Anglia Car Auctions, Kings Lynn,

We completed the tour on time, and even though we had a few minor issues along the way, considering that it was the first decent run the car has had in over 30 years she did extremely well.  Why not check out the gallery below showing some of teh sights we saw and look out for the full story in the Practical Classics Magazine.


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