The main event of the Club Year is the annual Devon Coastal Run which takes place on the third weekend of July (2018 will be the 40th. anniversary) and takes in some 70 miles of Devons most picturesque and glorious scenery. Commencing at Haldon on the outskirts of Exeter, entrants proceed along the side of the River Exe through rolling countrytside to Starcross, then stopping in the lovely town of Dawlish for morning refreshments where we have the Strand closed off for our use. Here there are many shops and cafes and a brass band will be playing in the bandstand on the green where we will also be parking the entrants. After this interlude the vehicles will move off in their own time and pass through Teignmouth and continue over the picturesque Shaldon Bridge which crosses the River Teign and on to Torbay. The route then turns inland to Totnes, Buckfastleigh, the charming old town of Ashburton, passing the lovely old church and then through the centre which is known as "The Bull Ring", then onwards to the Rallyfield at Mill Marsh Park at Bovey Tracey.
Vehicles assembling here from Mid-day on, drivers and passengers then go on to enjoy hunting through the various autojumble stands, admiring up to 250 assembled vehicles from Motor Cycles, Vintage Cars (pre 1930) Post Vintage (pre-war), Classic Cars up to the early 1980`s, Vans, Lorrys, Fire Engines, Busses, Coaches, Heavy Commercials and Military/Emergency vehicles.
A Band is usually on hand to supply the musical entertainment and an Autojumble where you can search for this elusive part plus food and ice cream vendors if the inner self needs refueling..
Until 2018 we have always stopped on Teignmouth Sea-Front but it is not available for our use this year. So for the 40th anniversary of the event we have instead been invited to visit Dawlish. Hence most of these pictures were taken at Teignmouth over recent years.
A rare V8 AEC Mandator on the 2016 Run, owned by member Richard Edmonds.
John Manley from Truro with his AEC Matador and Fordson tractor in Bovey Tracey at the end of the Run.
A nice line up in Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey.
Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey. The finishing venue of the Run.
Teignmouth Sea-Front 2017, the Rally Secretary with the Club's 1949 Leyland Octopus of which he is the custodian.
The Den Road, Teignmouth 2017. These O series Bedfords are regulars on the Run from Colyton in East Devon.
A 1941 Austin K2 fire-tender owned by John Corah and Brian Beard since 1972
Two Leyland Octopuses at the start of the Devon Coastal Run at Exeter Racecourse
1934 Austin Heavy 12 van owned by John Woodley, member and regular entrant.
A line up of commercials at the end of the Run in Bovey Tracey
1954 Albion owned by Mr. Cudlipp of Paignton.
Standard 8's on the Den. 2016 Run
A Saturday evening run out prior to a Coastal Run some years ago.
2012 Coastal Run. Another regular is this Bedford OL
All the way from Loughborough to be with us.
A lovely Bedford OB on the Den Road in Teignmouth
Atkinson Borderer owned by Bill Underhill on the Run in 2015
A line up of some of the cars entered
Dawlish, our morning stop for 2018, the 40th Run
Devon General AEC Regents at journey's end in Bovey Tracey
Guy Arab ex Exeter City passing through Teignmouth with Atki Borderer following on the Coastal Run
Leaving Dawlish on the 2016 Coastal Run
A Rolls Royce on the Den at Teignmouth
A rare bonneted Volvo from M.Way & Son.
OB and Foden 8 legger at the end of the Run
A pair of Standard 8's
Thames Trader all the way from Kent to be with us, and Chris and Mick Holder never miss a year
Riverside Hotel, Bovey Tracey as entrants congregate
And now the very first Devon Coastal Run in July 1978. The end of the run for the thirty three entrants we had then and some of the commercials on show in the field we then used. It is hoped to get as many of those early runners back with us for the 40th.
The 1984 Run ending in that year in the car park of the Riverside Hotel in Bovey Tracey.
A regular on the Coastal Run. This Austin Heavy 12 is owned by our Club Secretary, Jonathan Bye.
Early 1980's Coastal Run. In the days we did judging and cups. A Lagonda up for an award.
The Rally Secretary's 1934 Riley Lynx with his wife, Jenny, driving. John sold the car some years ago and is now in Brighton.
A 1911 Rover receives a cup.
Some more pictures from the first Devon Coastal Run
John Corah and Brian Beard have owned this Austin K2 since 1972 and here she is on the first Run in 1978; she will be back on the 40th now in original grey livery.
We had yet to acquire a bell or ladder.
Greeline AEC that used to come from the Home Counties to our event. One of the owners in those days, Brian Roberts, still helps with marshalling.
A brace of Reliant three wheeler vans.
Rally Secretary at the wheel of LTA. This handsome Bristol is still a regular on our Runs.
Colin Shears had a hand in this coach; Dasvid Hoare of Chepstow has been the owner for many years.
We used this field in Bovey Tracey for the end of the Run for the first couple of years before moving to behind the Dolphin Hotel one year, followed by using the Riverside Hotel car park, before settling in the Council owned Mill Marsh Park where we have been for thirty five years.
Another Coastal Run regular is this lovely Beetle owned by the Rally Secretary's daughter, Katie Sandford.