Just when you think that you have covered most of the area, a run like the one organised by Lynne and Mick on the 17th July opens your eyes to yet another facet of the region. The fact that the countryside can change in just a few short miles.
Starting off from Newmarket in glorious sunshine the 14 cars skirted the affluent edges of this equine town before heading north to the very edge of the vast Mildenhall airbase, past glimpses of huge USAF cargo and tanker aircraft before heading further west into the edge of Fen Country and six or so miles of what must be one of the most undulating sections of road anywhere in the area before heading on towards Thetford and a superb sun dappled run through the quiet forest towards Santon Downham and then on to Kilverstone. A further 15 or so miles of empty back roads brought us to our halfway stop at the famous Bressingham Gardens and Railway museum. Here a familiar face was there to greet us in the shaped of a relaxed and tanned former AC David Poulter. Most people headed straight for the garden centre restaurant where everything from full Sunday roasts to pannini’s were consumed with relish.
After a leisurely lunch most then opted for part two of the run, the return, via some of Suffolk’s better back roads to Newmarket. After Bressingham the cars swiftly left the main road and headed via Knettishall Heath towards Euston. Here we were reminded of another type of horsepower when we passed several horse and carriage outfits presumably on their way back from an event at Euston Hall. As we proceeded carefully past them there was, I felt a distinct feeling of mutual respect between both classes of driver. From there on more open and flowing roads we quickly passed by RAF Honington and on past the Anglo Saxon village at West Stow before heading once more through the pretty, small villages flanking Newmarket and after some 95 miles, to a happy and enlightened return to our starting point.
With the faultless route instructions, and superb roads and sights it is difficult to believe that this was Lynne and Mick’s first time as run organisers. As others said on the day, let’s hope that this will be the first of many!
By David Marsh