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:: [ New Year's Day Meeting - The Beehive, Woodhatch - January 2006 ] ::

The following text is based on the SVVS Magazine report by Chris Cuss and the photos by Bozi Mohacek. Please click on any thumbnail picture below to see the full size picture. To return to the thumbnails please click the Explorer "Back" arrow (top left of screen). Pictures are sized to be viewed at 800 x 600.

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Once again our Society got off to a flying start with a good turnout for lunch at the Beehive in Woodhatch on New Year's Day. As in previous years about 60 members, friends and family had gathered together and must have accounted for about 75% of the pub's lunchtime trade. 

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On a cold and damp day I made a couple of trips into the carpark to collect registration numbers. Sensibly everyone else preferred to stay in the warmth of the bar. Four of our members were brave enough to have come with hoods down. 

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Your reporter brought his 1930 Riley 9 tourer and was followed down the A217 by Harry and Barbara Scott in their 1924 Lancia Lambda. Bryan and Mary Goodman travelled in Bryan's 1926 Amilcar Italiana and had used the car during the previous week to visit Leonardslee. Desmond Peacock brought a neighbour in his 1927 Amilcar Grand Sport. Gordon Tapping arrived later in his 1929 Humber 16/50 but with the hood up.

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The only other pre-war cars that I noted were the 8 hp Jowett owned by local resident Alan Benewith and the immaculate 1928 Morris Cowley saloon belonging to Chas Moody. Early post-war cars of note were Will How's 1956 Lancia Appia, Chris Geary's 1952 Tickford bodied Healey and Derek Wright's Rover 110. Bozi brought his 12-cylinder Jaguar coupe and Brian Daley his sporty Triumph TR5A. 

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I always have problems with the identification of M.G.s. This time whilst I could recognise the models it was the owners who eluded me. John Mantripp's MGB does appear in my list but the ownership of the other two BGT's is a mystery as is the ownership of a late model Midget.

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Members spotted in the bar who had come without proper motors included Mike Erroll, Bryan and Jennie Shepherd, Tony and Doreen Simmons, Tony Russell and family, Bob Drew, Julian and Thelma Alderton plus Clive Bracey and Hilary. There were, of course, many more enjoying their start to the New Year.

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