Autumn Road Run 2020

After a wait of eight months, 1020 finally got back on the road with the socially distanced, sunshine bathed Autumn Road Run on Sunday 11 October.

A total of 27 cars arrived at Hamworthy Sports Club for the start of the 40 mile road route devised by George Parrott. Participating MGs ranged from a pre-war J2 to a new HS plus the usual hoard of MGB Roadsters and GTs with a smattering of non-MG classics making up the numbers.

With appropriate precautions at the start, the convoy headed out towards Poole and Broadstone before turning south to journey through the centre of Wareham and then onto Swanage where the seafront was especially busy as many took the opportunity of blue skies and mid-autumn sun to indulge in a paddle.

Several club members took the opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the beach before continuing on the set route that headed deep into the Purbecks offering spectacular views of Corfe Castle and then out onto the heathland of the Arne peninsular.

At three locations along this stretch, members of the BH Photography Club were stationed taking images of the club cars in action, among then this autumnal shot of John and Val Roantree in their J2.

A full selection of all the photographs taken will be available to view shortly and car owners will be able to request them as digital images or to order them as mounted prints.

Due to the tightening of rules on group gatherings, the 1020 committee had previously decided to withdraw its official club stand at the Organford Classic Car Show which was taking place on the same day.

However, as the official road run route finished at the Bakers Arms, many chose to continue onto the show entering as an individual exhibitor and joining dozens of other classic enthusiasts.

Plans are in hand for a Christmas Road Run with a few seasonal extras – club members look out for more news in the 1020 newsletter.

Photo: Kevin Roberts