Photographer's Note

I know that, like me, John Maenhout has an interest in old cars - so this picture is for John.

This was taken early in the morning of the day of the annual Biggar Vintage and Veteran Car Rally this year - just as people were arriving with their cars prior to setting off on the morning's "Regularity Run".

Obviously car racing is not allowed on public roads in Britain and the idea of the "Regularity Run" is that you decide what you believe will be your average speed over a 30 mile course before you set off. At this point, of course, you have no idea where the route will go and only find that out when you are given the route details as you start. At the end of the event, the person whose car has travelled at an average speed nearest to their estimate wins a prize.

I must confess that the weather that day was glorious, the sun was shining, and my own little car was running like a dream - she just felt so happy as she sang along the road that I just couldn't hold her back. And I ended up with 12 penalty points for going far too fast!

In the picture is a beautifully cared for 1934 Wolseley Hornet Special. Although a very sporty looking car, the Hornet was not very fast though it did have a fine six-cylinder overhead camshaft engine, but only of 1271cc., the same engine also being shared with some MG models.

In the background is a more recent MGB GT from the early 1970s.

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