Mayflower MCC, 29th Pilgrims Rally, August 2004
The following participants met on Friday, 6 August 2004, for the England tour: Hans Mondorf (BMW K100RS), Walter Trappe (Yamaha XV535 Virago), Wolfgang Daun with his son Felix, 16 years old, (Suzuki V-Storm 1000). We were able to manage the journey to the port in Calais, the crossing by ferry to Dover, and the onward journey this time to the pub "The Sun and Anchor" in Steeple, Essex, in bright sunshine without any technical problems.
(page 1) Mayflower MCC Presents 29th Pilgrims Rally 2004 Welcome ! (page 2) Pilgrims Rally 2004 Welcome to this, our 29th Pilgrims Rally. We hope you had a pleasant and trouble free ride on your way here and we hope that your stay with us will be enjoyable. For your pleasure, we have 'DJ Caveman', playing 50's Rock 'n' Roll on Friday and Saturday night and a band 'Luck Strike' playing 50's rock 'n' roll and a bit of rockabilly on Saturday night. James with his 'Apple Cart' Catering Van (please note, it's not just a burger van) will be supplying the food this weekend with a good selection of very appetising food. James will be open 'until the last one drops' he says, for bacon sarnies and munchies. If this is not to your taste you can try to book a table in the restaurant but space is limited, see the staff in the Pub. We will be supplying free toast and spread on Saturday and Sunday mornings from the marquee and free tea and coffee is also available all weekend. There are wash basins in the Ladies, Gents and Disabled persons toilets for your use and should be open from 08:00, sorry but we couldn't manage showers this year. There will be four portaloos available as well as the toilets in the pub which will be shut overnight. Heather MacGregor and Victoria Tongs have each produced a brainteaser for you all to try for which there will be a small, probably alcoholic, prize for the most correct answers for each quiz. If you fancy a ride out, the very pretty seaside town of Burnham on Crouch, with lots of pubs and restaurants, is approx. seven miles away. Maldon with it's interesting town centre, riverside walk and Thames sailing barges, not to mention a Jaguar Museum, is only 10 miles away. At Tilbury there is a Fort which is apparently very good and at South Woodham Ferrers is Tropical Wings a butterfly and bird garden and Marsh Farm Country Park. There are numerous pretty roads in the area if you fancy an amble through the countryside. If you fancy going a bit further Finchingfield with it's 'Lovejoy' scenery is approx. 35 miles. That's really all we have to say, on the next page in this programme you will find an approximation of the hours for food and drink and even what beers may be available! Any problems please go to the Control, the Committee are all in contact via mobile phones this weekend so we should be able to respond fairly quickly to any situation. Thanks, The Committee (page 3) Programme of Events Bar Opening Times At the time of going to print the pub and marquee bar is officially open all day from 11:00 to 23:00. Beer in the marquee Gates - Summer Hog Whychwood - Pole Jolter Hopback - Summer Lightning Burnt Oak - Oscar Wilde Mild Rosies Cider Lager - Carlsberg In the Pub Greene King - IPA Greene King - Abbott Ale Lager - Carlsberg, Fosters & Stella Guinness Food from the Apple Cart From early to late, meals, burgers, bacon butties and breakfasts. Food from the Marquee Free toast, margarine and marmalade/jam from 08:00 to 10:00 Free coffee and tea all weekend in the marquee. Music Friday 21:00 'til late DJ Caveman 50's Rock 'n' Roll Saturday 21:30 to 23:30 (ish) DI Caveman & 'Lucky Strike' 50's Rock 'n' Roll (All times are approximate) Raffle & Awards Sunday 10:00 in the marquee Enjoy (page 4) Mayflower Motor Cycle Club 29th Pilgrims' Rally 2004 Fluent Motorcycling spoken here ! Mayflower MCC Committee Members: Chairman Graham Butler Secretary Paula Fidge Treasurer Dave (Radar) Day General Purpose Members Heather MacGregor John Flitney Alan Giddens Harold Knight Goodbye, and thanks for coming, Ride Home Safe !
Also this year a marquee was set up behind the pub on a large meadow.
After setting up Wolfgang's large dome tent with two inside cabins, we refreshed ourselves with cold water. For internal cooling we preferred some pints. After a hearty meal in the pub, we spent Friday evening in the marquee.
On Saturday morning after breakfast we drove to Southend on Sea. Here we visited the tourist attractions and took the Southend Pier Railway out to Southend Pier Head.
After dinner in the pub, we also spent Saturday evening with many friends in a relaxed atmosphere in the marquee.
On Sunday morning after the obligatory raffle and the award ceremony, we said goodbye and drove our well-established route via Sevenoaks, Tunbridge, Bodiam Castle, Rye, along the coast to Marton Mills to the Hawthorn Farm Campsite & Holiday Park. Also this year we ended the last evening with dinner and a few pints of beer in the nearby pub.
On Monday morning a short journey to the ferry and then, after checking in, breakfast on the crossing to Calais.
Our journey home through France and Belgium and Germany also went without any problems.
Another year that all participants look back on fondly.
- Hans Mondorf