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BTM DRIVING GROUP TORS AND MOORS TOUR


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his was our second Brooklands Trust Members’ visit to Dartmoor for a weekend


of driving around the lovely countryside in Devon. Once again we used the Two Bridges Hotel in the centre of Dartmoor as our base and it provided its usual high standard of food and ac- commodation. For 2017 we were limited to just 17 rooms and so the event was sold out very quickly. It was nice to welcome some new members as well as many regulars – most of whom had experienced the previous (and very wet!) first visit in 2013. For 2017 we were really lucky as the weather was beautiful and we saw Devon at its finest. Saturday had an 80-mile scenic route which included optional stops at Buckland Abbey, Cotehele House and Cotehele Quay followed by Lydford Gorge, Brentor Church and finally Tavistock before returning to the hotel for the evening meal and entertainment. Sunday had a 70-mile route which provided spectacular views of Combestone Tor, Widecombe in the Moor, Hay Tor and Bovey Tracey followed by stops at Canonteign Falls and finally on to Castle Drogo for afternoon tea and a visit to the gardens, with an optional visit to the roof to see and learn about the ongoing major repair works. Some crews then made their way home from Castle Drogo whilst the majority returned via Postbridge to Two Bridges for another evening meal and festivities. As with all our BTM events, new friendships were made and old ones renewed.


Malcolm Grubb, BTM Driving Group


Iain and Katy Colquhoun with their 1968 MGC roadster (Malcolm Grubb).


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Jeremy Dawe’s 1997 Roadcraft AC Cobra replica (Malcolm Grubb).


A participant’s comments Our four-hour drive to the Two Bridges Hotel was broken by a stop at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, a small village close to Yeovil. A visit here is a must for any car fan, especially as it’s been created by a man who knows a thing or two about cars – John Haynes. Surely most of us at some time have purchased a Haynes workshop manual. The museum is home to hundreds of cars, as well as having a cafeteria. We arrived at the hotel by mid-afternoon and by 5.00pm all 17 cars had appeared. Each evening the hotel reserved a lounge solely for us to enjoy a pre-dinner drink before going into the dining room where we enjoyed fine food and good company in this very hospitable establishment.


Tony and Duncan Saunders brought their XK150 (Malcolm Grubb).


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