Many thanks to Andrew Sharp (Andy2000) for this great reports on the Norfolk Boads Meet:
On 16th August Norfolk played host to a meet around the Norfolk Broads. The weekend started on Friday evening with some members meeting for a meal in the pub and then heading back to Steve and Sharon’s (Minvo) for a few drinks. Cars came from as far as Nottingham and Surrey and on Saturday morning eleven S2000s met for a sensible 10:00am departure from Thickthorn services. There was a good mix of cars, with of course Silverstone being the dominant colour.
As usual, Steve had organised things in detail, right down to a full route guide that made everyone’s life really easy while we were ragging it through the narrow roads around the Broads. We headed East towards the coast with some beautiful scenery for a first stop at the Woods End Pub down by the river Yare. However we were all psyched up for driving so this became a quick comfort break before heading off again.
The next leg took us onto Thurlton. Steve backing everyone up on a number of occasions before releasing us on to some fabulous roads where we could really stretch the legs of our S2000s in full VTEC. This accompanied by the growl of a number of induction kits, all drowned out of course by Jack’s (Jack_ako) exhaust mod !
The morning concluded with a run into Great Yarmouth. Unfortunately most of the rest of Norfolk seemed to have the same idea so we picked our way through traffic gradually getting split up into smaller groups. The good news was that we didn’t have the headache of parking as Steve had lined up our cars to be on display outside Joyland on the sea front.
Fortified with burgers and chips from the American diner next door, cue 16 fully grown adults eager to make the most of the rides. First up was the Spook Express Kiddie Coaster – strangely enough there was some nervousness in the queue, which proved to be well founded once the ride disappeared into the blackness at high speed. So this set the scene and we were all keen to jump in the famous Snails and the Tyrolean Tub Twist which bought some of us a lot closer together than expected. The Tub Twist is the only remaining ride of its kind left in the world and people come from all over the world to ride it.
That left one more challenge left, the air hockey challenge between Sarah and Steve, which fortunately didn’t result in any blood being spilled. One final Ice Cream (well this is Great Yarmouth) and we hit the road again, our S2000s not seeming quite so exciting after our roller coaster experience. A quick cruise down to the Pleasure Park and back again and we left the chaos behind us along the 7.6 mile Acle Straight. The traffic didn’t put us off holding back and then accelerating hard into VTEC from time to time, although getting past the slow moving holidaymakers proved to be impossible.
By this time we were starting to run behind schedule. Next stop was to be a comfort stop at Fur and Feathers Inn. Big mistake – how could we resist trying a few of the local ales before we left. (Of course just a half each). A few empty spaces in boots were filled with some takeaway brews too.
So now well behind schedule it was onto the final stretch of back roads that ended at Horsey Windpump. A lovely place to finish the run.
That evening Steve and Sharon opened their lovely house for a BBQ for us all and it was late into the night that we were all huddled around the fire pit, savouring Steve’s homemade cocktails. I think many of us held off downing too many drinks realising what was to come the next day.
So Sunday the pace was far more leisurely. 16 of us hired three boats and headed out from Wroxham in the rain onto the Broads. Fortunately the rain cleared shortly after leaving a warm, if somewhat breezy day.
Despite the restricted speeds of the boats (5 mph) that didn’t put us off trying to race. Sadly Mark’s (senninha1994) boat didn’t have VTEC available and made for easy pickings, slowly disappearing in the wake of the other boats.
Once we had reached Horning it was time for a quick stop and also time to realise we hadn’t really given much thought to how to park one of these things. Cue loads of forward/reverse; steer left, left, no right. More power. .... Eventually the job was done and everyone was onshore. At this point the Broads police decided we were not to be trusted and accused one boat of picking someone else up on route....we was framed Guv !
Off again, this time the slower boat taking point so we all stayed together. In true S2KUK style the destination was a lovely pub in Ranworth for lunch. Not sure they were ready for such a large group but they somehow seemed to get all our food and drinks sorted in quick time. Gary (Bucksfez) did us proud by ordering the double burger with ALL the toppings on the menu, respect.!
Suitably fed it was off for a walk to the nearby medieval church to burn off some calories. Most of us still had some energy to climb the top of the steep stairs and two ladders to the top of the tower for some spectacular views over Norfolk
Sadly, it was not long before we had to head back, a little bit of mixing up of the crews and a spin around Wroxham Broad and we arrived back in port late afternoon. The amusing bit was trying to park the boats back where they had come from – resulting in a more than a few close encounters with other boats. Perhaps we should stick to cars in future.
For many of us it was time to head home. A really great meet and a lot of fun. Thanks Steve and Sharon. Looking forward to next year’s event.
Andrew Sharp (Andy2000)