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Breakfast at Bengry's 22 April 2012
Members of the South West Midlands Area MX-5 owners club took full advantage of the early morning sunshine on a very chilli but very bright Sunday morning in April. Thanks to a lot of preparation and hard work by club member Dave Scott the day started with breakfast at Bengry Motors in Southern Avenue Leominster. As you can see from the photographs the team at Bengrys had emptied their forecourt in preparation for the arrival of up to 25 of the world’s bestselling roadster coupes. With the sunshine completing the setting the first MX-5 to arrive all the way from Stratford upon Avon was a beautifully presented mk2.5 being driven by Terry Manders with his co-driver Sam. By the time the final car arrived we had a selection of Mazda MX-5’s of all different ages, shapes and colours but all had one thing in common, the passion of the owners themselves for this iconic little sports car.
On arrival everybody tucked into the superb breakfast laid on at Vivian and Cynthia. Bacon, sausages, (all with lots of brown or red sauce), coffee, tea, orange and apple juice. What a spread! Also an opportunity to meet the owner Vivian Melia, General Manager John Hollingshead and Simon Hughes the link pin for us MX5ers in the South West Midlands Owners Club. Also an opportunity to look at the new Limited Edition Ventura in crystal white with the chocolate brown leather seats etc. Nice car? I did note that there was one on the drive today.
Well done Lesley and David.
After breakfast the group of very proud and enthusiastic owners set off in two groups with Dave Scott leading the way out of Leominster towards our destination. Sun still shining, roofs down but dark clouds ahead!!
Dave planned the route to keep away from the usual highways and to travel across country, admire the beautiful scenery, especially as we followed much of the Offa’s Dyke. Someone suggested that we should have called the route Offa’s Dyke Trail but hey!!
What with stopping twice to put roofs up and down and apart from one bad move, when the planner got his finger on the wrong number key, a 5 instead of a 6 on the route plan all managed to get to the Castle. We did lose a small group of three from the first group but they managed to find their way to the Castle.
Unfortunately the weather really turned for the worst with a heavy pour just as we were about to either eat lunch or move up to the castle but with a song in our hearts some picnicked in their cars whilst other made for the
castle cafe for lunch.
What a difference an hour makes when the sun came out again with enough blue sky to make a whole fleet of sailors some nice new blue collars even though the wind had a little chill in it.