10th June 1984 – Eastern Regional Rally

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On Saturday 9th June there was a barbecue being held at the Blue Boar Pub opposite the Oulton Community Centre, Oulton Broad and camping was free for rally entrants.

Sunday 10th June was the rally day and attractions included Concours, Condition and Master Class judging sections, Tug o’ War, Trade, Charity and Autojumble stalls, Club regalia, Lucky entry draw, Children’s fancy dress, competitions and amusements and a grope! Entrants were asked to send their details in with a fee of £2-00 or £2-50 if after 20th May. Anyone wanting an autojumble stall was to contact Bryan Gostling. A report of the event in Minor Matters Sept/Oct 1984 is as follows.

“Once again the Eastern Regional Rally was blessed with good weather, for this we must thank Tony Walker, of our Rally Committee, as he put in the order to Michael Hunt (at Anglia TV) at the beginning of this year. The Saturday evening enabled everyone to get their strength up in readiness for the next day by way of a Barbecue and hot potatoes. We then sat back as a local folk group provided the musical entertainment together with an unexpected fire-eating act, which was very effective in the late evening light. The locals then took the opportunity of having a knees up. The evening raffle takings of £100 are again being donated to the Children’s Ward at the local hospital.

Ninety-two cars checked in on the day and there seemed to be almost as many stalls including our own Branch ‘Good as New’ stall which was very successfully manned by Margaret Buglass, Jenny Game and Chris Walker.

It was good to see the vans and pick-up class increasing in numbers and we were very pleased to have a G.P.O owned Royal Mail van in the line-up. David Norman showed his prowess in the ‘Superstar Changer’ Competition by jacking the car, changing a wheel, changing the plugs, replacing the distributor cap and leads and starting the engine in less that 3 minutes. Our Horace did not show any ill effects from all the changes he received that day we are pleased to say. The Eastern Feel (Grope) proved to be too easy and the winning entries had to be drawn for prizes.

The Tibbett family were the lucky finders of the Golden Scroll and won a £20 voucher which was very kindly donated by Henric’s. Gavin and Ian Radforth won the Children’s Fancy Dress competition dressed as clowns. We all felt rather envious of the lady who won the stereo car radio/cassette in the raffle which was very kindly donated by Lucas, Lowestoft.

We would like to say a very big ‘thank you’ to our sponsors – Yvonne and Mike Stewart of the Blue Boar and also for the assistance they gave during the weeks before as well as during the event. Our thanks also to Lloyds Bank Plc for their sponsorship and to the following for their very kind donations:- Morris Minor Centre, Norwich Brewery, Duckhams, Practical Classics, Century Oils, Home Tune, Identicar and Kenning Tyres. We are very grateful for the super prizes they provided.

We would like to thank the Rally Committee in assisting us to make this year’s rally another success. Next year there will be a new venue, as we are now retiring from the organisation of the Eastern Regional Rally. So, finally, thanks to all of you who have patronised us over the last 3 years, it was all of you who helped to make the events a success.”

Chris and Carl Smedley.

Class winners were:-


  1. Bob Finch – 306 1/2, 2. Ray Newell – 304 1/2. 3. Bryan Gostling – 304.


  1. Chris and Mary Hall – 294. 2. Amanda Wright – 285. 3 P. R. Mills – 274.


MM 1. Henry Cooper. 2. Mike Hupton.

SERIES 11 1. John Dowley. 2. Cliff Clover.

1000 CONVERTIBLES 1. Bill Burrows.

1000 TRAVELLERS 1. Clive Vandome. 2. Mick Pask. 3. T Machin. 4. David Cooper.

948cc SALOON 1. John Crosier. 2. Tony Walker.

1098cc SALOON 1. A.R. Braime. 2. Andrew Hemsley. 3. Suzanne Pratt. 4. John Skelsey.

VANS & PICK-UPS 1. Dave Game. 2. P.R. Jones. 3 Mike Seaman.

CUSTOM. 1. Nick Lake.

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