[ New Year's Day Meeting - The
Beehive, Woodhatch -
January 2010 ] ::
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A NEW YEAR AT THE BEEHIVE.
Back in March a 'Barbecue Summer' was forecast which turned out to be
one of the wettest on record. In October the same genius with the
seaweed forecast a mild winter, those of us who suffered in a Reigate
gridlocked by snow and ice in December would beg to differ. The New Year
dawned and it was no warmer which may have accounted for the smaller
than usual turnout of older vehicles in the car park at the Beehive.
Nonetheless there was a very good crowd of our members in the bar, so
many that the staff had problems coping with the food orders at one
Hero of the day was Roger Bishop who braved the freezing drive from
Westcott in his 1913 Berliet AM3. Roger will be our speaker at the
February meeting when he will be talking about the marque. Next oldest
car and equally rare was the 1926 Gwynne owned by our former member
Geoff Duck. The final car from the vintage years was the 1929 Chrysler
75 driven by Tony Tester. The only post-vintage car was the 1937 Riley
12 hp Falcon owned by John Mountain. Moving to post-war we noted Thelma
Alderton's 1948 M.G. saloon; Ray Hobb's 1972 Rover 2000 TC and Barbara
Scott's Alfa Romeo Spyder. Bob Drew and Derek Wright both brought 1970
Morris Minors, saloon and estate respectively whist Rob Hubbard was in
his 1975 MGBGT Jubilee model. Finally we can mention our chairman's 1984
Jaguar XJS as it now qualifies under our 25 year old protocol.
Bryan Goodman had hoped to arrive in his Amilcar but found the
battery to be lacking amps so accepted a lift in Mary's modern. Desmond
Peacock now has a choice of 4 Amilcars but none was on parade despite
living close by. We also opted for a modern as our Riley Kestrel was
booked for a wedding the next day and we wanted to keep it clean having
spent a day with the wax polish. By way of digression the wedding went
very well with our Hon Chairman following us to the church in his Rolls
with four bridesmaids and the bride's mother aboard!
As mentioned there was a good turnout spread across the pub and it
was difficult to note all who were there. We can report that Tony
Russell was still alive although clutching a Coca Cola and trying to
avoid bright lights. Simon Bishop arrived late as usual and our new
secretary was keeping a watchful eye on the proceedings.
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