We attended the Haynes 100 this year as spectators for the first time, after several years of taking my hubby’s car. (which we did try to sell last autumn but it was not to be – probably too late in the season – but is in dry dock just to fix a little something – I’m not really sure what but I try to nod in the right places)
It did not disappoint and there was an abundance of people, cars, stalls and displays. It was a truly a village fair and more. The event is so well organised. Army cadets arrange the parking and the procession of cars, which go twice around the village. The cars are arranged in years, trying to cover each year for the last 100. This makes it a bit quirky.
There were lots of oohs and ahhs over this one – a Rohan Atkinson’s car lookalike from Mclaren:
.. but these vintage old ladies earned many respectful looks of admiration at the other extreme:
I love reading the little stories attached. There was one car owned since the 1960’s, bought with a reluctant £70 loan from the bank. Fifty five years later the humorous comment was that the bankers posh car would have long rusted away – a pretty good investment, I should think.
The owners are passionate about their cars and puff with pride. There are the quirky ones which make me smile:
Did you know minis where once produces with a trailer including a sink and burner for brewing a cuppa! Very English!
And the tiniest camper I’ve ever seen:
And finally a photo of our old dear, a Mark 2 which features in my murder mystery, Murder, Now and Then. She will have to go now my hubby has retired – we know that, but we’ll just enjoy it a couple of months more maybe. Isn’t she lovely.
Bedfordshire may not be well known, but if you visit you’ll find many great pubs and hotels, some of which feature in ‘Murder Now and Then’. The closest one to both murders in my novel is The Greyhound in Haynes.(real in 1919 and imaginary in 2019!) It was here that the police, incognito, listened in to local gossip, and it was the pub frequented most by the accused, Joanna Thomas.
The Greyhound is a friendly establishment with good food at lunchtime and evenings, where the locals do meet to have a good gossip. I first went to this pub back in the 1980’s when I lived in Haynes. As a church bell-ringer, it was a must to end our practice nights at the pub.
The Haynes 100
It is a typically English country establishment in the heart of the lovely village of Haynes – a great place for refreshments at the end of a good walk in the surrounding countryside. It adds flavour and a touch of realism to the lives of the characters in my novel ‘Murder, Now and Then‘ and it is only a mile or so from Haynes Park. Above are some of the locals enjoying the passing by of classic and vintage car at The Haynes 100, which will take place on 21st June this year.
This is the first of a short series of blog posts about pubs and hotels featured in my latest novel.
Instead of my usual event inviting friends and family along to a book launch this year, like the cover competition, I’m doing things a bit differently. I’m having a stall at the Haynes 100, the village in Bedfordshire truly at the heart of my novel ‘Murder, now and then’.
What is the Haynes 100?
Each year for the last eight years, at least 100 cars have driven to the village green in Haynes, but it is not just another classic and vintage car event. No! They try to have a vehicle – could be a camper-van or even one year there was a hearse – but it is usually a car, to represent each year for the last 100 years. My husband’s Old English Jaguar, which incidentally is also features in ‘Murder, now and then’, attends regularly. It may be the last year it features because, if he decided to retire, it may have to go, so we’ll enjoy it while we can.
I held a book stall last year selling ‘Ancasta ~ Guide me Swiftly Home’ and the Riduna series and there was much interest when I spoke to locals about my murder mystery, inspired by a true unsolved murder at Haynes Park army camp in 1919 just after the end of the Great War. It is always a most enjoyable occasion. Anyone is welcome to join, especially to wave on the parade as all the cars drive around the village. It’s quite spectacular.
Many take picnics although there are food and drink stalls available and even rides for children. It is a family occasion. If you come to admire the cars and watch the parade, do come and say hello to me at my table right next to the white Jag. The more the merrier!