The Welland Valley Wander will take place on Sunday 14 August. The start will be at Blackthorn Wood Golf Club, close to the Welland Valley. Travelling into Rutland and Leicestershire, the tour will visit Grimsthorpe Castle near Bourne for a lunch halt before venturing further into Lincolnshire to finish on the banks of the River Welland at The Meadows in Stamford.
There was one vote in it to decide the car that most participants would like to take home. Winning the popular choice was Ray Mill’s gorgeous Mercedes 190SL. A close run second was the immaculate Riley 1.5 Saloon of David Pipes, with past winner Richard White’s 1934 Aston Martin Le Mans in third.
The furthest travelled was Colin Clapshoe from Bexhill on Sea who added a wee bit more mileage to his journey by going via Edinburgh to pick up his passenger, Jean Allen.
Once again, the most original car was Richard Egger’s 1962 Austin MIni Seven, a car that has never seen the flame of a welding torch.
The weather gods looked down favourably on the 2021 Welland Valley Wander, with a warm, sunny day for the 80 participants. The lunchtime picnic halt took place at the glorious Boughton House with Wanderers able to get out the blankets and chairs for an alfresco spread.
The entry list for the 2021 Welland Valley Wander shows 80 cars starting the event. The oldest car being the 1928 Sunbeam of past Monte Carlo Rally winner, Paul Easter from Old Stratford. Seven pre-WW2 cars head the field, whilst the youngest on the tour will be a 11 year old Aston Martin Vantage.
The 2021 Welland Valley Wander will start from Kilworth House Hotel near to Lutterworth in Leicestershire, before journeying through North Northamptonshire going eastwards to arrive at Boughton House, near Kettering for the lunchtime halt. The afternoon section will travel through Rutland and Leicestershire to finish at Leicester Airport at Stoughton.
The 2021 Welland Valley Wander will take place on Sunday 15 August. Start venue is the Staging Post at Kilworth House, near Lutterworth, close to Junction 20 of the M1 Motorway. The finish will be at Leicester Airport at Stoughton, just east of Leicester. The lunch halt will be at a venue in Northamptonshire, details will be released later.
The ‘car that participants would most like to take home’ award was a convincing win for Pete and Susan Walton’s Stylish ‘Blue Train’ Bentley. Second went to previous winners of the title, Stephen and Jocelyn Kemp’s’ Citroen Light 15 roadster whilst in third place was John and Annabel Briggs’s Aston Martin Ulster.
Over eight years, the Welland Valley Wander’s fundraising efforts have achieved a figure in excess of £25000 for LOROS, The Leicestershire and Rutland hospice.
An 80 strong group of participants took part in the 2020 WVW event, with the 100 year old Vauxhall 30-98 of Tony and Jenny Lees leading off the cars on the 110 mile route from Leicester Airport. The weather was good for the duration of tour, allowing picnics at Burghley House near Stamford before the finish at Sywell Aerodrome.
The provisional starting list, showing times of departure from Leicester Airport at Stoughton, is now published and can be accessed by clicking here or on the Start List 2020 tab above. Additionally, Final Instructions are also viewable by clicking the respective tab above. NOTE that both sections have multiple pages that can be viewed by clicking on the down arrow at the bottom of each opening page