[ New Year's Day Meeting - The
Beehive, Woodhatch -
January 2013 ] ::
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New Years Day 2013
was a bright, dry, sunshiny day, which made it quite a change from the
deluges and storms and floods that preceded it. The driest spring earlier in 2012
when strict water rationing was introduced (!) was followed by the
wettest summer and autumn on record. Serious floods in various parts of the
country with many towns under water. All fields in the local area are waterlogged making walking, and farming, very difficult. It is interesting to ponder if the
authorities took advantage of all this water to refill the agauafers
and reservoirs, or are we in for more hosepipe bans as soon as the
current rain stops ?!
Anyway, 13 cars attended the now traditional New Year's Day meet at the
Beehive in Reigate. As it was dirty from the preceding weeks
of muddy country lanes, Mr. & Mrs. Chairman came in the supercharged
XJR state landau which is being kept unwashed so that it sees some use.
While it is actually a 'modern', it has got only two seats and does
sound and look quite sporty and nice.
Mr & Mrs Michael Ireland came in their 2.5 L Gangstermobile Dodge,
grabbed a seat in the one of the alcoves of the pub and started lunching
quietly. This was not to last as the rest of the SVVS who came decided
that this alcove was best and crammed into the tiny space, leaving the
rest of the pub quite empty. Impossible to hear yourself think in the hubbub.
Next to them in both car park and pub was Chris Geary who had decided to
exhibit the Alvis TA21 from his collection.
The Bentley Mk6 saloon
taking up most of its allocated parking place was being aired from
another collection owned by Mike Gorman and Pam. We were pleased Pam
was looking so well. Also looking well, and pleased to be there, was Simon
Pearce who had undergone some rather nasty therapy which seems to have
resulted in him being given a clean bill of health, which is no doubt
great news to Jackie who has also had a rough time. 'Martha' the mighty
Siddeley, which is coveted by Mr. Chairman, looks regretfully as if it
will continue to be the Pearce transport for some time to come.
Looking very sprightly and full of the joys of spring and new year were
Julian and Thelma Alderton in their perennial MG Y which was seen to
have been collected by a woofler at the back of a tractor coming the other
way late last year. I suppose that the Y being green, is easily mistaken
for grass? Meant to ask if had been repaired. Mr. Simon Bishop, another
one with a vast collection of cars, campaigned the 13/34 Singer
Two-seater & Dickey which took a few attempts to park in the corner
slot and was left with the sidelight flashing. Didn't think they had
flashers in 1927?
The blue Capri is always seen when ever Ian Maclennan requires transport
in the wet so despite it not being in the register, has to be assumed to
be his? Another regular is the white Moggi of Bob and Jean Drew both of
whom were bemoaning the Lingfield of old when Bob had the garage in the
high street. Seems now that almost every shop in the high street has
been converted into some sort of an exotic restaurant. Driving trough
the village in the evening with the window open is reminiscent of wafting
through Bombay at mealtimes.
MGBs were the most popular make at the Beehive, two being GTs. There was
the green one owned by Robert Hubbard, a Jubilee, and there was a gray
one owned by Jeremy Bishop who left it there with the keys in it! And
there was the shining blue roadster much polished by Alan Rothwell.
Showing no signs of polish at all, was the well used hotrod phaeton
unwashed by Tony Tester.
It was noted that the ex-Chairman Derek and Jacquie Wright have given up
old cars because nothing old was found in the car park which could be
matched by their presence. Or perhaps comfort is gaining more importance
in their retirement.
Glorious day, lovely grub, nice real ales and jovial company seemed just
the right way to commence yet another New SVVS Year. Compliments of the season
to one and all!
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