“A Year To Remember
The Classic 300 Series
“From the Lake District to Lands End, to many varied venues such as Brands Hatch, the Crich Tram Museum and the Isle of Man, The Classic 300 series of Fun Runs for cars, motorcycles, military vehicles and PSV vehicles has been held from May to October this year to help commemorate three hundred years of Freemasonry in England.
“The National Start was staged at The Long Walk in Windsor on May 21 with more than 100 classic vehicles in the line-up. The United Grand Lodge of England’s Grand Master – HRH The Duke of Kent – waved off the participants on a nominal 25-mile trip of the Berkshire countryside. This public event attracted hundreds and hundreds of visitors (and their dogs) who were able to meet the drivers, see the vehicles before they departed, enjoy the garden party atmosphere and listen to the music of a brass band. A really festive occasion.
“The numerous Fun Runs did not journey from Masonic Centre to Masonic Centre, but travelled to motoring venues in the North of England, The Midlands, the East of England, the South-East, the South and the South-West, carrying a travelling gavel (a con-rod from a racing Jaguar). This was passed around the country, from vehicle to vehicle. It even managed to be on-board a marshal’s motorcycle during TT week on the Isle of Man course. The bike was recorded – plus gavel – at an average speed of 124mph on this iconic (closed for the TT) 37-mile mountain course! Castle Combe Race Circuit and Brands Hatch & Lydden Hill Circuits, both in Kent, were stopping points for other participants who were allowed to travel around Castle Combe in convoy behind, and under the strict control, of a race marshal. One of the oldest motor sport facilities in the UK – Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, in Worcestershire - was visited on July 9, a week after another Fun Run travelled from Bristol’s Ashton Gate Football and Rugby Stadium to Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset.
“The Coventry Transport Museum, Blenheim Palace, the Lakeland Museum in Northumbria, the Isle of Wight and Gaydon’s British Motor Museum have all hosted Classic 300 events during the year, either as Start or Finish points.
“The Classic 300 year culminated with the National Final at Brooklands, the oldest purpose-built race track in the UK. The Brooklands Museum and Circuit were the hosts on Sunday October 1, when the entrants climbed the famous Test Hill. Built in 1909, this 352-foot hill starts with a 1 in 8 slope, quickly becoming 1 in 5 and finishing at the top with a 1 in 4 gradient! Quite a challenge for some of the older cars to even get to the top! Memento photographs were taken at the Classic 300 Finish Arch and under the shadow of the British Airways Concorde, on permanent display as part of the unique history of this motoring and aviation museum.
“John Skuse travelled from Maidenhead in his Alvis TD21 to take part in this historic occasion.
“A fantastic year for The Classic 300 and a milestone year for the Tercentenary of Freemasonry in England. The public were invited to all these Masonic motoring events to share in the enjoyment of seeing these historic vehicles in action.
The Classic 300 Organising Team.
October 5, 2017
Have Just found some pics by Rob Rowe, from the Starting Event for the Classic 300 at The Long Walk in Windsor on May 21
Anthony McGarel-Groves explains the differences between a Speed 25 and a Speed 20 to HRH The Duke of Kent in less than 25 seconds
Anthony McGarel-Groves illustrates some of the differences between a Speed 25 and a Speed 20 to HRH The Duke of Kent
Michael Blunt with his Alvis Speed 25 meeting HRH The Duke of Kent