In 1996, two years after the opening of the Eurotunnel, the operators had probably noticed that their ticket prices were too high compared to the ferries. They started an offer which at that time was only 5 Deutsche Mark above the prices for the ferries.
We wanted to try the drive through the tunnel and so the following participants drove towards England on Friday, 20 September. Hans and Ute Mondorf (BMW K 100 RS), Gunter Korte (Honda ST 1100 Pan European) and Axel Bodeit (drove my BMW R 90 S because his Moto Guzzi T3 had electrical problems).
The outward journey went without incident. Only the temperatures were a little low at the end of September.
We spent the journey in the railway wagon standing because, if I remember correctly, we were on the English side in 35 minutes.
We continued, on two wheels, to Welford on Avon and The Four Alls pub.
Both evenings in the pub we were provided with good food. We also drank a pint or two in good company.
On Saturday we drove to Stratford on Avon. My wife Ute and I went on a boat tour on the River Avon. However, we did not understand much of the explanations given by the skipper. (Whose fault it could have been?)
From there to Wellesbourne Airfield Market. Once we had walked round the market stalls we had some refreshment. Then briefly to the Burton Dasset Hills to enjoy the view over the landscape.
On Saturday evening in the pub we received two tankards as prizes. One as usual for the longest journey from the continent. Axel received the second for my BMW R90S - the Worst Bike. I didn't understand why. Everything was installed that you need to drive. And the different colours weren't too bad either.
The journey home on Sunday was also uneventful.
To this day it has been my only trip through the tunnel because the prices are higher than those on the ferries and because there is a real little sea voyage to be experienced by boat.
The original programme, written all those years ago by Heather MacGregor. Hans saved it for posterity.
Heather MacGregor's word search is on page 3. It is now interactive. Select the names with your mouse until you have solved all 22.
The Merry Wives of Windsor SHAKESPEARE MOTORCYCLE CLUB - STRATFORD-UPON-AVON ------------------------------------------------- "Wife, bid these gentlemen welcome... Come, we have a hot venison pasty to diner; come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down well all unkindness." Act I, Sc. i. Welcome to the Four Alls for our Autumn 1996 Rally, 'THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR'. The bar will be open from 11am to 11pm Friday and Saturday, 12 noon onwards on Sunday. Meals and bar snacks will be served 12 noon to 2.30pm, and 6.30 - 10.00pm. If possible, please book tables for meals for Saturday evening. There is a 'Shakespeare' pub at the far end of the village, approx. 1 mile, which also serves excellent food and beer. Shakespeare Club T shirts and sweat shirts are available at control. Prizes will be presented late on Saturday in the Four Alls. "Oh, what a world of vile ill-favoured faults Looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year' Act III, Sc. iv. HEATHER'S QUIZ -------------- (Answers on next page) Here is a 'Castle' word square for you to waste time with. I decided against any frgie and Di connections even though a list of partners was a little tempting! Strange as it may seem, there are a lot more Castles in England, so I decided to hide some of them. See me for prizes. The rally badge design was inspired by the quotation below. "Have i liv'd to be carried in a basket like a barrow of butcher's offal, and to be thrown in the Thames? Well, if I were serv'd such another trick, I'll have my brains ta'en out and butter'd, and give them to a dog for a New Year's gift." Act III, Sc. iv. Hope you will have a very enjoyable weekend, and a safe journey home, and that we shall see youin January 1997 at 'The Houndshill'. WARWICK CORFE LUDLOW BERKELEY NUNNEY DUNSTER DOVER BOWES LANCASTER LOWTHER BODIAM CLUN CALSHOT SHERBORNE TUTBURY BELVOIR EYE WALMER ALNWICK BEESTON SIZERGH HEVER
- Hans Mondorf