What is a SALT tour?

WHAT HAPPENS ON A SALT TOUR?

All SALT Tourists get a rally plaque for their vehicle.

We have fun in our Cold War era vehicles, touring scenic routes (NOT a race!), and visiting sites of Cold War interest. Every entrant gets a rally plate to affix to their vehicle and a comprehensive roadbook.

The roadbook includes comprehensive tulip maps to guide our Tourists through the best countryside our host region has to offer. Each year is different but our tours on Friday and Saturday usually start around 09.00 and can cover up to around 80 miles but we try to keep the distances down. Generally the outward trip will meander along B roads and byways whilst the return to HQ is usually more direct. We include lunch and coffee stops and the routebook lists refuelling sites en route. Sunday’s shorter run will often be under an hour to allow time for our visit and lunch.

Tourists are given a goodie back that will include the roadbook, a guide to the weekend with listings of all participants, a laminate with lanyard to you know who’s who. Past treats in the bag have included, mugs, commemorative calendars, magnetic plaques and more.

Our roadbooks include tulip maps.

Our roadbooks include tulip maps.

A highlight of the event is our Gala Dinner where we dress in our finest, enjoy a good meal, and present the quiz prizes. Finally, at the Gala dinner we award the Commissar’s Spirit of SALT trophy

The Spirit of SALT trophy

The Spirit of SALT trophy

This fine trophy is a genuine 1970s cup from the former Soviet Union, and is awarded for one year to the entry best typifying the spirit of the event – maybe they traveled a long way, or finished a heroic rebuild to be with us. Perhaps their vehicle is especially rare, or maybe the entrants joined in by dressing in appropriate period clothing – it could be anything, at our discretion.