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June 1st 2013

No Trailer Queens Run - The Wilds of Haldimand County

We started off from BIG ALs' Mini Farm in Wainfleet Township just 1/4 mile away from Haldimand County on the North Shore of Lake Erie and just 25 miles across the lake from Dunkirk NY. 13 Brit cars and about 21 people headed out in true rallye form.

Leading the pack was BIG AL in a 1980 classic mini pick up, with his Wife of 56 years acting as the navigator. This has never worked before, usually resulting in a fight, outbursts of screaming and then the deathly silence that comes when you know you are wrong.

Our first viewing was Mohawk Point just inside Haldimand County, a dead end road that runs out into the Lake. There was not much to see but water. Leaving the point we travelled a short distance to club member Mark Mulhollands' home and toured his shop, looking at many of his projects in progress. We then went south to the lake Shore and gazed out at the Gull Island Light House about 1 1/2 miles off shore. Built 160 years ago, it is no longer in service but still stands tall in the lake as a guiding point for the large lakers that ply the waters.

Gull Island Light House

Leaving there, the first of only 2 problems occurred. The Triumph Spitfire 1500 had an electrical problem, which was quickly fixed by inboard Brit Car mechanic Bobby Johnson. Then the lead car the Mini Pick up died, due to a flat spot on the starter, no probs, just leave it there and jump into another mini and lead on.

We entered Dunnville, crossed the Grand River and journeyed on 5 miles to the Hamlet of Port Maitland at the mouth of the Grand River where it empties into Lake Erie. We stretched our legs, some walked out on the pier & then we were off to the former RCAF Air Base, CDU9, 2 miles up the road. There at the No 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum , we viewed the many artifacts and also a few WW II vintage aircraft which are still air worthy. This base still carries a special spot for me as my Father C M "RED" Guest and my Uncle Lorne were both stationed there thru out part of the war. The Service Flying Training School # 6 (SFTS #6) graduated 1500 pilots from all parts of the Empire thru this base. In this training environment 47 airmen were lost, a very nice memorial garden commemorates these heroes.

No. 6 Service Flying Training School Memorial Garden

We then headed west along the North shore of Lake Erie, enjoying a bright sunny cool day, all Brit cars running smoothly. Turning North we stopped at Rainham Centre for lunch and our group of hungry ralliers more or less over whelmed the 2 staff members serving up the food. Even with the delay for lunch we were still on schedule and we wanted to check out the Gas Drilling Museum also located in Rainham Centre but sadly due to the lunch delay we missed the museum as they are open for limited hours in the spring.

Undaunted our hardy fully fed group moved north to view a great show of Lilacs at tiny Mount Olivet, they were just past their peak but still an outstanding show.

Muddy the Mudcat

Leaving there we motored back to Dunnville about 15 miles and visited "MUDDY the MUDCAT", a 50 foot long statue of a Grand River mudcat (Channel Cat) which reveals the towns heritage as in the Mudcat Hockey Teams have done well over the last 100 years. We left the Mudcat site and drove 2 miles to the shop of Bob Johnson where we viewed his many Brit Car projects, especially the early Morris Minor Convertible that is a real ongoing challenge.

At that point the group broke up and headed home.

From the pictures you will see we had a varied collection of Brit cars in the rallye.

Thanks to all of you who came out, and also a big Canadian welcome to Nicola and Hamish Dondaldson who have just emigrated from Scotland for a new future in Oakville, bringing with them their two classic minis.

Remember our fledgling NTQ Chapter of the Niagara division of the BSCCOC are still looking for new members in and around Niagara.

Big Al
No Trailer Queens

Big Al

Gathering at Big Al`s Mini Farm

Darrell McDonald

The Pole Positions, BIG Al and Don Fletcher

Darrell McDonald

Triumph Spitfire 1500 owned by Don Fletcher
NTQ stands for No Trailer Queens, or maybe None Too Quick.
Try adding your own suitable words to the initials.

Darrell McDonald

Keith Courchaine`s Anglia 105E, Scott & Mary Erion`s 1978 Mini, Darrell McDonald`s Minor

Darrell McDonald

This Morris Minor is owned by Dunnville Brit car mechanic, Bob Johnson
It has a radio!

Darrell McDonald

Here we are at Al Guest's place for the start of the NTQ run. Al is fond of Minis!

Darrell McDonald

1961 Anglia 105E owned by Keith Courchaine
What a shiny car! And the beaming occupant waiting for her driver to come back.
This littlest of all the participants carried a full complement of passengers.

Darrell McDonald

Parked in the shade here, we had just arrived for the beginning of the run.
It was a beautiful day but just then it was colder than charity.

Darrell McDonald

Ford Consul Classic of Jim Farr

Darrell McDonald

Left, Bob Johnson`s Minor
Right, Mary and Al Coutts of St. Catherines own this '62 Hillman Minx DeLuxe

Darrell McDonald

The group assembles at Mark Mulhollands' home.

Darrell McDonald

Still at it - shout louder Al :-)

Darrell McDonald

Darrell McDonald

At Mark Mulhollands' home we had time to look at a number of projects. This Austin Somerset Convertible is a very rare car owned by the Mulholand family.

Darrell McDonald

Equally as rare is this Mulholand owned Austin A50 Somerset.

Darrell McDonald

And We Are Off!

Darrell McDonald

Ignition repairs were quickly performed, with tools and materials carried found by people on the run, on this Spitfire.

Darrell McDonald

With all of these British cars there has to be enough parts and expertise fix just about anything

Darrell McDonald

Here we are all lined up at the Service Flying Training School #6.
It is a very interesting display, I'd recommend that everyone should see it.

Darrell McDonald

At the Service Flying Training School #6.
The five large hangars are from the original steel construction in 1940

Darrell McDonald

At the Service Flying Training School #6.
Young men from Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA who trained at the No. 6 SFTS and served during World War II in the European Theatre.

Darrell McDonald

At the Service Flying Training School #6.
The Museum is housed inside of Hangar 1

Darrell McDonald

At the Service Flying Training School #6.
The Museum is run by an all volunteer members.

Darrell McDonald

There are a lot of Morris Minors around but Bob Johnson`s Minor was the only other on our outing.

Darrell McDonald

The Jag was along to add a little class to the tour.

Darrell McDonald

1978 Mini owned by Scott & Mary Erion

Darrell McDonald

Mary and Al Coutts of St. Catherines own this '62 Hillman Minx DeLuxe
A lovely Hillman with an automatic transmission!

Darrell McDonald

Ford Consul Classic of Jim Farr

Darrell McDonald

Big AL`s Mini driven by Hamish & Nicola Donaldson, newly arrived from Scotland, starting their new life in Canada.
They brought 2 classic minis with them to their new home in Oakville. We will no doubt see them at club functions with their minis.

Darrell McDonald

1961 Anglia 105E owned by Keith Courchaine

Darrell McDonald

If this car appears more often - it is mine and I had the camera :-)
It is really a high light 1950 Minor with a low light grille added to give it the four headlight look that was beginning in 1957 when the work was done.

Darrell McDonald

A kit car MG with Volvo running gear. It sure is pretty!

Darrell McDonald

BIG AL`s 1380cc, super charged Mini

Darrell McDonald

Triumph Spitfire 1500 owned by Don Fletcher

Darrell McDonald

Mulholland family Sunbeam

Check out:
No 6 RCAF Dunnville Museum
The Service Flying Training School
The Canadian Drilling Rig Museum
Big AL`s Site
Haldimand County Tourism





































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