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Coventry Parade

After several weeks of regular rainfall, Sunday 11th August broke fine for an early start and the 64th Coventry Parade; the Warwickshire Section’s premier event.
Apart from a rather muddy entrance to the event field at Coombe Country Park, the lush grass was well-drained and provided a picturesque venue for this special annual event.

As usual, the early morning set-up team were Robert and James Thomas and myself and by the time the first entrants started to arrive at 08:30am, the field was looking very purposeful with suitable delineation, banners and organisers control point.

A fine array of machines were entered, ranging from 1911 to 1980 and the fine weather brought some welcome additional entries on the day, on very interesting machinery. The former Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, Councillor John and Lindsey Blundell graced us with their presence and they were provided with an informative tour by a member of the organising team; both of them taking a keen interest and chatting eagerly with the entrants about their machines.

Many entrants are regulars, some travelling a good distance to the event and an annual gathering, such as, this brings with it a jolly atmosphere of like-minded individuals; this year’s event being no exception, the sight of the riders, machines and event field against the backdrop of trees and summer blue sky was truly resplendent.

The first machine away on the 50 mile road-ride around the Warwickshire countryside was at 11am; following riders heading out, in date order, waved off by John Blundell, using the Coventry Civic Flag, following a short commentary about each respective rider and machine, delivered by the organising team through our public address system.

This year, the en-route lunch stop was at the Pailton Ex-Serviceman’s Club where we were welcomed with a well-stocked bar, tea, coffee and food provided by an on-site burger van. A brief but heavy shower ensued whilst most were parked up but the clubhouse provided welcome shelter whilst the black clouds quickly blew over. Clear skies prevailed and provided a dry ride back to Coombe, where riders parked up in their allocated spaces, signed off at the organisers control point and once again, enjoyed each other’s company and tranquil surroundings, whilst the final judging took place for the various awards.

Throughout the day, a collection box was available for member’s to donate to Prostate Cancer Research, something that potentially affects all males in all walks of life; something that cruelly took the life of my beloved Father earlier this year, so here is a personal message from me to everyone who put their hand in their pocket:-
“You all did me proud and with my promised “top-up” donation, the amount sent off to the charity is £300 – THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR GENEROSITY – all monies help to ensure that crucial research continues apace – research that will, one day arrest the biggest killer of males in the world.”

Thank you to everyone involved – all members of the organising team; Robert, James, Julia, Bianca, Alan for doing gate duty, businesses who supported the event with an advert in the programme – namely:

www.davidsonmahon.co.uk  01926 357555

Mention that you picked them up from the Coventry Parade Programme - Use them or lose them!

Finally, a big thank you to all of the entrants, without whom, there would, of course, be no event – keep those entries coming in – we need support to keep the section’s premier and Coventry’s most established and historic event alive and thriving.

See you all next year, we are provisionally planned for the second Sunday in August!

Our thanks go to the organising committee for an excellent event.











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