Corinium Run 2015
Sunday 19th April 2015
Corinium Run 2015
Sunday 19th April 2015
The 19th of April saw the return of the hugely popular Cirencester Car Club’s 12th Corinium Run. This year a full entry of 66 cars alongside the very important 8 travelling marshals had entered all hoping to achieve their nominated MPG’s – if not a little bit more! The tour this year was to be the second of the HRCR Scenic Tour Series kindly sponsored by Cotswold Classic Car Restorations based in nearby Cirencester - who had also provided a beautiful Aston Martin DB5 and Maserati to add a bit of class to the start line.
The paperwork prior to the event was as always, excellent, and after filling the cars to the brim at the Burford Road Services; crews were able to follow the simple tulip style directions to the start venue at the Corinium Stadium in Cirencester. Alongside this, those wishing to calibrate their on board trip meters were also given the option of a measured mile- another key detail which I am sure proved popular with many entrants.
This year’s run drew a wide range of vehicles and crews from all over the country bringing with them vehicles ranging from a 1931 Riley through to a couple of very smart 2015 Ford ST’s. However one notable exception this year would be that of Mike and Hilary Stratton and their Austin 1300 GT after Mike’s sad and untimely death in January.
After signing on and consuming the very tasty bacon sandwiches, the first car - a 1931 Riley Nine Biarritz of Keith Wilson and Andrew Swann at 9; 31 left the Stadium to start the first part of the tour. This section would take us from the Corinium Stadium to the Cotswold Water Park, a total distance of 32.1 miles, passing through the pretty villages of Preston, Ampney Crucis, Quenington, Coln St Aldwyns and Down Ampney (the birthplace of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams) to name but a few. During this stretch of the tour we also passed the former American air base at RAF Fairford where the Royal International Air Tattoo is still held every year. And if the scenery was not enough to keep us entertained then the descriptions in the route book of the local landmarks was sure to keep the navigators busy!
After leaving the check point at the water park the second leg of the tour would take us a distance of 28 miles to the AV8 café at Kemble Airfield which was to be our lunch venue for today. So excellent was the planned route that larger towns such as Cirencester, Malmesbury and Tetbury (home place to yours truly) were all avoided in favour of small villages such as Hankerton, Minety and Rodmarton – testament to the great effort that Martin Saunders and his team had put into the route.
It was about half way through this leg of the journey that we began to wonder if we had missed any of the “secret” checkpoints that were not given in the route book, but must be spotted by the crews. About 30 seconds later a shout from my navigator revealed a sign telling us there was a checkpoint 100 yards ahead. After a signature had been gained on our route card we arrived at Kemble Airfield at around 1;10 where an ample 75 minutes had been allocated to all crews for their lunch break., giving us our leaving time of 14;28.
Despite starting the tour in relatively warm sunshine, the weather had now become quite windy (as it always is on airfields) and we were both surprised that many crews in open topped cars had still kept their roofs down. We for one were pleased we had not entered in our TR6 today – must be made of stern stuff these seasoned tour goers!
At 2;28 we left Kemble Airfield to start the third route which would take us to the Cotswold Lion Café at Northleach. This part of the tour being the longest at 34 miles was to be the most challenging part of the day to both drivers and navigators, involving very steep hills on narrow lanes. It was on more than once occasion that I remarked how pleased I was I was not driving a large car such as the Daimler Majestic Major of Peter and Ann Bristow. Such is the skill of the organisers that again large towns were bypassed for small country villages such as Sapperton, Yanworth and Compton Abdale.
At around 12 miles into this section and on the approach to the village of Dunstibourne Leer we noticed the very nice Triumph TR4A of Geoff Tebby who was the Driving Standards Official for today. Holding us at his control point for 30 seconds to enable one car to pass through the village at a time – (to keep the residents happy!) Geoff recognized our surname of Amor and my dad reminded him that he had been his physics teacher at school over 40 years ago! Whilst passing through the ford at the bottom of the village, the photographers were there to catch the cars going through – some going at quite a speed compared to others.
Arriving at The Old Prison at about 3; 50 with an out time of 4; 11 there was just enough time to enjoy a quick cup of tea, piece of cake and the vital toilet break before hitting the road once again for the final part of the tour. This was 25.3 miles in length and would return us to the Burford Road Services where our tank seals would be removed and we would have to refill our cars under a marshal’s supervision. This section took us through more villages with chocolate box cottages and unusual names such as Coln Rogers, which the route book explained was an example of a “Thankful Village’” meaning every man from the village that served in the First World War returned home safely.
Taking us through the delightful Bibury with its famous trout farm we returned to the filling station at 5;20. Once the seal had been broken I refilled the car with £13.31 worth of fuel (I had put in about £40 in the morning) the marshall supervising exclaimed that this was “the lowest he had seen so far” though I was still doubtful of my success, knowing the newer cars were still to refuel.
Leaving the services a simple route took us back to the start venue at the Corinium Stadium where Clerk’s of the Course Martin Saunders and Jeremy Wells were there to greet each crew’s arrival. Asking me how much fuel I had put in, Martins comment of “you must have been coasting it around” was met with my explanation of a light right foot and navigator’s advice!”
New for this year was a hot 2 course buffet which could be enjoyed by the crews at the finish whilst waiting for their photo finishers certificates to be printed. Whilst no awards are given for overall achievement the Mike Webb Trophy presented in memory of Mike, a previous tour sponsor and entrant was awarded to Phillip and Tracy Watson and their Ford Anglia which was agreed by Martin and Jeremy to be ‘the car the organisers would most like to take home’.
Thanking the organisers for all their hard work, I was grateful I only had 11 miles to drive home from the finish and we left with one question in our minds – “I WONDER WHEN THE ENTRIES OPEN FOR NEXT YEAR!!”
Results sent out on the Tuesday revealed that the 1993 660cc Suzuki Cappuccino of Simon Herring & Jane Hawkes had won the overall mpg challenge with a result of 59.11 mpg. We had come in 4th overall with 49. 22 (a lot higher than my estimated 40 mpg). Scoring better on the pence per mile with second overall with 10.70 we were beaten by Simon in his Suziku with a score of 8.71.
Our thanks go to all organisers, marshals, and other competitors who made our first ever-scenic tour so enjoyable.
Ben & Chris Amor (father & son duo)
2001 Ford KA Collection.
2004 saw Cirencester Car Club Ltd promote its first Touring Assembly and Economy Run. The event was very well received by participants who enjoyed a scenic tour through many of the traffic-free roads that are to be found in the Cotswolds, once clear of the main highways. In the intervening years, the Corinium Run has grown to become one of the most popular events in the Scenic Tours calendar; a prompt entry is advised to avoid possible disappointment.
Starting and finishing near Cirencester, the run takes in the pretty villages and the dry-stone walled majesty of the Cotswolds as it covers approximately 120 miles on a tulip roadbook. Normally split into several sections, with route checks and a lunch halt, opportunity to stop and pose for photographs or stop for a picnic.
The Economy Run part of the event is only for fun and not compulsory, should you wish to take part we as ask participants to nominate the economy figure that they expect to achieve, we then calculate the deviation from this target but we add in MPG and Pence per mile.
Petrol or Diesel powered cars of any age can enter the Run.
For 2015 we aim to enhance the Corinium experience, for those of you who have been before we are relaxing some of the pre event formalities allowing you to arrive a little later, gone are the achievement certificates replaced by a printed photo finishers certificate and at the finish there will be a two course buffet style meal in line with similar HRCR events.
Martin Saunders and Jeremy Wells
For more information please contact Martin Saunders, quoting ‘Corinium Run’ by email: email@example.com.