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May 23rd 2016

2016 Woodstock's Victoria Day Parade

The City of Woodstock in Southwestern Ontario held it's 69th Annual Victoria Day Parade this past Holiday Monday. This is one of the best 'Traditional' parades left, and the inhabitants of this fine City still call it "Victoria Day" as opposed to "May Two-Four" or "May Long." For the second time, the Club was invited to take part, and we managed to double last year's participation, with six fine examples of British automotive engineering on display.

It was undoubtedly the hottest Parade Day in many years, and it seemed that most of Woodstock's 38,000 inhabitants turned out to watch. The Club was placed behind the Mocha Band, and in front of Spiderman. (Always slightly discouraging when you hear kids squealing, "Oh look, here comes Spiderman behind these old cars!") But it was good publicity for the Club, and we even had a bit of fun, when Susan Newby decided to do a few 'donuts' around the Chairman's Austin! We'll have to practice that a bit more for next year so we can do it a bit faster!

Readers of my facebook page will probably know that I embarrassed myself about 100 metres from the end of the parade when the Austin died and the battery refused to restart it. Something to do with running at very low RPMs for an hour on the hottest day of the year. My fault I know, I should've kept those revs up!

Anyway, I think we all had fun and we'll do it again next year. Maybe I'll replace the generator with an alternator by then ...

John Griffith

Spiderman kept us safe!

Susan Newby heading into one of her 'donuts'

Dick Wagner's beautiful Silver Cloud was the only cloud we saw all day.

It was so hot that the glue holding Her Majesty together melted and she fell apart!

A fine looking group!

Dick Wagner and Philip and Sandy Allen discussing Rolls-Royce stories, no doubt.

Philip and Sandy Allen leading the BSCCoC contingent.

The local police service assisted the Austin for the final lap.


































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