Finally, our AROnline team’s adventure started officially when we were flagged off at Land’s End.
Words and photography: Alexander Boucke
Please excuse these grainy mobile phone pictures, but they are currently the only way I can show you the impression 13 ADO16s leave when lined up in front of the Land’s End hotel. The international section of the 1100 Club was represented very strongly with four cars from France and one from Germany (ours) present at the starting line. The variety is great, from a humble Morris 1100 to a few Vanden Plas 1300s and including an Innocenti I5.
Cornwall was bathed in sunshine in the morning hours. Sadly, though it did not take long for the first rain showers to appear and, as we reached the location chosen for the lunch break at Drogo Castle, near Exeter, the showers turned into torrential rain. We did not dare to venture any further than the tea-room, whilst the cars were thoroughly tested for leaks in the parking lot.
Soon everyone continued in small groups heading for Bradford-on-Avon, today’s final destination. An impromptu ford on one of the small roads in Devon’s countryside caused the ignition to stutter again – but, this time, it cleared itself without the need to have a look under the bonnet.
When doing a little evening walk around Bradford tonight, we counted 13 ADO16s parked close to the evening meeting point in the town centre…