Lavender Run


Once again the entry for this years’ Lavender Run was oversubscribed before the end of April.   A great array of classic or interesting cars supported this event, the oldest being an Armstrong Siddeley from 1952 and an Austin Healey 100 from 1954.

We started the event at The Stratford Garden Centre, after breakfast of sausage or bacon baps, all cars were flagged away enthusiastically by HRCR Roger Kerrison, who himself left it too late to get an entry. The first car away was our Vice President, Miles Chamberlain, with Lisa Parry in their recently acquired Humber Super Snipe.

The weather was a little unpredictable and we did experience a couple of showers throughout the course of the day, but not enough to dampen the spirits of those taking part.

The coffee and cake mid-morning stop was at Halford Bridge Inn, under new ownership since the New Year. The building is very historic and is said to have a bullet hole in one of the oldest walls from around the time of the battle of Edge Hill.

On to Compton Verney for the lunch break, a charming place, part Art Gallery, Stately house, leisure grounds and surprising Chapel, and all supporting facilities.  We were allowed to drive up the drive and park next to the house, they were a pleasure to deal with during the planning and on the day.

The afternoon Run took us to our regular Lavender Farm stop, they have recently tripled the amount of parking place and extended their facilities. The Lavender was wonderfully fragrant and in full bloom in all its different colours.

We finished back at Stratford Garden Centre, who looked after us very well, serving a two course meal that all entrants had chosen at the start from menus provided.

We were once again sponsored by EJM Preparation (Edward James), who also entered his Wolseley 1500 with Steve Peddlingham, the car was literally completed in the early hours of that morning, and needed some TLC during the day, but made it to the finish.

Photos taken by Cliff Porter, and marshalled by Club members, thanks to all.

Once again I requested any Wow moments, here are a few:

A heron in the middle of the road.                                            Sunflowers at a farm shop at Ebrington

Crossing the passenger ferry at Compton Verney                  Wide open panoramic views.                      

Lovely Churches                                                                            Fabulous views,                                                                          

Smell of Lavender,                                                                        Buzzard overhead of an open car

Pretty villages and cottages                                                         Great road book and route.

Whole Run itself

Thanks for all the complimentary comments and the support of all the entrants, some of whom have entered every year!

Mary And Peter Machin, Organisers.

Please see the link below to see photos of the event  (Photo Credits Clifford Porter)

Lavender Run Entrants as at 6th July 2017



Lavender Run Entrants 2016

The Lavender Run was again a great success.  Please take a moment to have a look at the event pictures in the Gallery.

You might also like to read the Lavender Run 2016 article Courtest of The Old Stager Magazine written by Donald Farr, photos by Cliff Porter.

Competitors were asked for the ‘WOW’ Moments of the event.  Here are a selection:

‘The smell of lavender in the air’

‘the lavender fields in all their glory and colour’

‘the small villages’


‘found our dream home!’

‘spotted a deer’

‘railway crossing, had to wait for the train – haven’t done that for a long time!’

‘the drive down the private track to Croombe Court’

‘mine was seeing the 1923 Bentley drive through the gateway into Croome, it looked so right’