The Bright Light City Charity Road Run 2012
In true Wacky Racers Style.......
...And now their here, they are the most daredevil group of friendly drivers who whirl there wheels in the wacky racers, as the cars are approaching the starting line.....
From the right we have all the way from Lincoln “The Persian Biscuit” known for its SNaX Reg.
Then we have “Bryan The Brave” well he had to be to wear that hat.
Beside him we have “Puffer” named so for having a large pile of cigarettes on his dashboard.
And close by we have the “The Maltese Mayhem” in the smaller lesser wedge.
Then the “Swedish Meatball”.
All the way from Bolton we have “The Phantom Photographer”.
and with a roar from the V8 we have “Spandau” Gold with the power to go.
And not forgetting “The Blackpool Barnet” a Shadow of his former self.
…...And their off
with all in sight except the Phantom Photographer they head down the first straight, where they sharply loose Puffer, only to be joined from a lay-by by The Mystery Machine.
All is well until 4 miles further along the route.
What's this smoke bellowing from the rear of The Maltese Mayhem..... could this be the end of the manic maltese wedge.....
Oh what fun we had hurtling up the winding country lanes from Blackpool to The Lakes with hoods down all the way, wind blowing by our ears and the sun shining upon us (yes the sun was out in September). We had a short rest break at The Stork, Conder Green by the River Lune Estuary. Once we got past Lancaster I got a phone call from The Maltese Mayhem who at this point was back on the road after de-ceasing his rear brakes but heading the wrong way (doh!!).
When we arrived at The Lakeland Motor Museum some of the gang went for lunch whilst others assembled a gazebo to draw attention to our cars which gave us the opportunity to shake the rattle cans for Donnas Dream House. Then we were shortly re joined by Guido “The Maltese Mayhem” (you have got to give him credit for his perseverance). After Lunch and a good look around the museum we shot off down the road to head back to Blackpool with the usual display of heroic driving formations which mysteriously happen when a gaggle of TR7's are formed.
We drove our cars over one of the UK's smallest Toll Bridges (across the River Wyre) after negotiating a reduced rate for Charity! With a short drive into Elswick and the home of Bonds Ice Cream creating another opportunity to shake the rattle cans.
A short trip down some more winding lanes passing Weeton Army Camp and back to the starting point of The Clifton Arms Pub. We enjoyed a bite to eat just before I was sat upon a table and sheared like a sheep for its winter coat. Fortunately by this time the rattle cans were feeling a bit heavier and we were also joined with some more cars and lovely people from the St Helens Classic Car Association.
It was then time for the grand finale, a drive down Blackpool's Golden Mile in glorious technicolour. Blackpool Illuminations was in full swing and it was dry evening which allowed the full effect of The Bright Light City with our hoods down all the way.
A few days later when all the money was in I was able to have proper count up and arranged to present it to Mr Len Curtis MBE the founder of Donna's Dream House, who was thrilled with our haul of just over £480 for his charity. It was also felt necessary that for his determination and dedication to complete the run when the odds were stacked against him that Guido “The Maltese Mayhem” should receive a prize so I created “The Guido Cup” and Len Curtis presented it to him at Donnas Dream House Thursday 13th September 2012.
This has proved to be fun and very successful charity road run which I would like to make into a annual event so here's to next year….....
Bigger - Better - Brighter