English Lakes are always delighted to host Car and Bike Clubs. They make such a grand spectacle lined up in all their resplendence at the entrance to the hotels, or as they sweep out of the car park en masse for a day’s adventure in the surrounding countryside.
Recently we welcomed two such groups – the Jaguar XK Club to The Midland, at the start and finish of their Coast to Coast rally, and the Harley Davidson Club to Lancaster House.
International Jaguar XK Club
Cars Made for Driving!
The emphasis of the Jaguar XK Club is very much on using the cars – “the XK was designed to be driven!” With club members in more than fifty countries around the world, the club boasts Sir Stirling Moss as their Patron, the XK playing an important role in his early career.
Michael Griffiths, the Club’s northern representative, remembers The Midland from earlier in his life.
As a teenager I came to dances at The Midland. In the 1960’s we held our Car Club committee meetings in the Rotunda and our Illumination Rallies always finished at The Midland.
The 2016 Coast to Coast drive brought members from all over the UK together and many were eager to experience The Midland for the first time.
They thought the hotel was wonderful. In fact, they have insisted that we book again for next September. The staff were absolutely superb, from ensuring the cars were looked after in the car park to the wonderful meals that we enjoyed in the restaurant overlooking the bay.
Harley Davidson Owners Club
Lancaster House welcomed 47 members of the Bristol-based Great Western Chapter Harley Davidson Club. They enjoyed fine weather for their long weekend tour through the Cotswolds to Bletchley Park, on to Whitby through the Yorkshire Dales and Lancashire before heading home.
Yvonne Roberts, tour organiser said,
We enjoyed our stay at Lancaster House and we were pleased that parking had been reserved for our 30 bikes. Chef even organised a 7 am breakfast for us so that we could get on the road bright and early.
Club members enjoy fortnightly rideouts, led by Harley trained Road Captains and experienced marshalls. Mid year they have their own rally ‘Hogs in the Hayfields’. The group have lots of fun touring scenic Britain but are also involved in valuable charity work. At the moment they are supporting Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service, a Blood Bikes charity based in the South West of England.
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There’s so much to think about when planning a tour for a group of individuals – from food choices, venue, type of bed, time of breakfast. Our sales team has a wealth of experience in tailoring arrangements to meet your specific needs. Whether you are considering the beautiful Lake District or delights of Lancashire, whether your group is 5 or 105, call 015394 39455 and we will help get you on the road to your next adventure.