International rally 2013
This year we travelled with 4 cars to the International rally in Winchester. Bas and I had already prepared a route and a sightseeing stop. we saw lots of cool Austin's and other interesting stuff.
This is a route we followed to Winchester and Enfield this year! A 890km round trip!
After departure in Holland at 5 in the morning we didn't anticipate any traffic, still we were an hour late. Waiting at the ferry in Duinkerke
My little A30 with the tyre on top, that bas and I didn't have to use
The Austin's on the boat, they put Hans on an other queue on the boat.
White cliff's in sight!
The "cultural stop". We usually stop somewhere along the route.
This time we stopped at Yesterday's world in Battle they had a lovely collection of old memorabilia
This was our second attempt at making a small line-up.
This was the Optimus I brought to play with, we actually used it to heat the tent... it was soooo cold
The next day we went to a museum in Gosport: the Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Impressive entrance, they also had a small submarine outside.
Always trying to get in small spaces, luckily I was able to get out again
This is the inside of a small mini-sub. we really enjoyed the museum while we had to wait for the tour of the big sub
They split the mini sub to get a better view inside for the visitors
Here is a view of the outside of the sub, it was used to deploy mines, of which you can see one attached on the side.
This is the front torpedo bay of the big sub, an old navy sailor told us all about the sub, a really nice story with lots of jokes.
These where the 16 cylinders of the sub. with me standing in between
The inside off the cylinder
view through the periscope
this is the periscope and you can see the pilot station in the back, amazing that 70 men lived here for months
Theo looking at the Holland, this is the first submarine used by the royal navy, it was recovered from the seabed after it was lost whilst towing it to the scrapyard many years ago
here you can see the sub from the front, the building was specially made for displaying the sub
Saturday morning we went for a stroll through Winchester, it was really nice weather and super that the town centre was within walking distance
this picture was taken inside the great hall. It belonged to the castle and is the oldest surviving part
this is the outside of the great hall we arrived here a quarter to ten but they absolutely wouldn't let us in before 10. Afterwards we enjoyed a pie from the local pie shop.
The rest of the day we spent looking at Austin's, buying an interior for my Austin, selling panels and enjoying the English sun
at 4 'o clock we took the old king Alfred bus around Winchester, great fun with the bus driver and the conductor
Couldn't keep my eyes open, what a relaxing sound that engine made. Very dangerous to fall asleep though, look at the steel bar in front of me.
the sun was very welcome what a nice surprise!
we always enjoy ourselves on the camp-site/rugby field
The Sunday began with some lovely Austin's in a line-up we where told that some 200 Austin's attended
Austin and other cars
A view of the rugby field
A really nice combination of an Austin and a superb motorbike
Austin front end
Austin's and blue skies. What a lovely sight. We got really red this weekend
amazing, I can't imagine the work that has gone into these panels
They left a bit out! Looks pretty good
More line ups, lots of Austin's.
Ok, the last picture of a line-up before we move to Enfield
Bas probably wouldn't like to be reminded on this, but his leaky bed didn't make it home
This was the set-up at Enfield
My dad packing the car, Enfield is getting bigger and more cars in contrast with previous years in the foreground we can see one of my new (old) seats that used to be in Erik's car. I actually drove the first few times on these seats
almost home, hope we can make it again next year, thank you for the super weekend!