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South East Branch Kent Coast Run

MX5's at Dargate on A299

Convoy comprised sixteen MX's & five Eunos's meeting on the A299

MX5's parked at Dargate

The New Thanet Way at Dargate on 27th April 2003

MX5's Dargate with people

Fearful of the weather

MX5 owners around cars

The day turned out to be mostly dry bright & windy with literally just a spot of rain. Except for the hard top & timid it was tops off all day

MX5's in line Dargate

About to leave for the first stop Whitstable

MX5's parked in Whitstable

Parked up on the Gorrell Tank opposite Whitstable harbour

Alternative view cars in Whitstable

Ready for coffee cockles whelks & other fruits of the sea

MX5 owners by RNLI lifeboat

The RNLI crew work on regardless as some of the team pose by Whitstable inshore lifeboat at the station a popular meeting place

MX5's parked at Reculver

Via Hampton, Herne Bay, & Beltinge the next scheduled stop was at the ancient church ruins at Reculver

MX5 line Reculver

The church towers in Roman times were over a mile from the sea but are now perched on the edge of high cliffs above the sea

MX5 bonnets Reculver

Reculver is just East of Herne Bay

MX5's rears Reculver

The fleet enjoying admirable comments from other visitors

MX5 Arizona bonnet Reculver

Bright girl

On move rear view of MX5 fleet

'Cross country; Marshside, Boyden Gate, Chislet, & Upstreet

MX5 row at Manston

Crossing the River Stour at Grove Ferry the journey took us through Preston, Stourmouth, Plucks Gutter, & Monkton before lunch at Manston airport where the longest airfield in the south was once home to RAF Spitfires now preserved in the museum

MX5 & museam

Cars look good outside the Spitfire & Hurricane exhibition

MX5 side row & public Manston

Many members of the public came & viewed the cars

MX5 bonnets from above Manston

Towards the other museum

MX5s outside RAF museam

Which covers the airfield's role with the RAF

MX5's & Manston Tower

The control tower at Manston now known as Kent International Airport (London) is large enough to accommodate Concorde

Air sea rescue helicopter

Rescue helicopter takes off to patrol the North Kent & Essex coasts

MX5's Jumbo 747 & helicopter

Freight is the main business at Manston a 747 cargo plane with remains of a former air sea rescue helicopter in museum yard

MX5 car group

The future of Manston is entwined with the Governments plans for a new airport in the south of England. Also earmarked are ambitious & controversial plans at Cliffe on the Hoo peninsular

MX5's parked on seafront in line Broadstairs

From there we ventured to Margate, Cliftonville, Kingsgate passing the North Foreland Lighthouse

Close up of cars in line Broadstairs

Arriving at Broadstairs once home to Prime Minister Ted Heath who still frequents The Tartan Frigate at the harbour

The last stage was through Ramsgate, Sandwich, Deal, Walmer, St Margaret's at Cliffe then Dover, Folkestone & finally Hythe where we parked by the Royal Military Canal

Thanks to the runs organisers Frank & Sheila Humpherys

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