Annual Rally – Hatfield House
26th June 2016
Hatfield house, built in 1611, with other parts dating back to 1485 is a magnificent house set in a large park on the eastern side of Hertford. Many examples of Jacobite craftmanship are on show such as the grand staircase. Elizabeth I heard of her succession to the throne whilst under house arrest in the old part of the house. The rally is held on the cricket pitch!
Rally report by John Banks
AN EARLY MORNING get-up was needed for the annual rally at Hatfield House, even earlier for Mayflower owners who hadn’t taken refuge at a hotel overnight.
With my white Mayflower polo shirt on and umbrella to hand, the chairman and I set off ready for a day of typical summer weather.
In our modern car the journey was uneventful and the weather greeted us with a damp and cloudy outlook. After arrival when conditions improved, the Triumph Mayflower Club gazebo was pieced together and put-up with the protective sides added to allow for whatever the elements could throw at us.
With camera in hand, a hint of sunshine and a great backdrop of Hatfield House, the Mayflower cars started arriving and created a wonderful lineup next to the club’s awning.
In total, five Mayflowers attended: Dave Gibbs’ Mayflower (MSK 250) along with John and Barbara Albion’s Mayflower (XAS 929) glistened in the sun, showing-off their own individual nuances and razor-edge looks.
Three awards were presented: Peter and Brian Winston won best in show (PMV 97), which even avoided a skirmish with a tank to collect the award.
The distance prize went to Nico ten Wolde (DM-42-72) who travelled from Holland to attend. The chairman’s cup went to Chad Brown (617 YUA).
After enjoying the refreshments, beautiful surroundings and Triumph Roadsters and Renowns on display, the Mayflower Club’s stand was deconstructed ready for the next event.
With my co-driver hat on, the 100-mile adventure home commenced in Chad’s mischievous Mayflower!