[ SVVS Summer Picnic, South Godstone - August 2002 ]
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic
was held in the Chairman's paddock. The following text is based on the SVVS Magazine
report by Julian Alderton and the photos are by Tony
Oakes and Bozi Mohacek, who has also provided the additional text.
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The annual SVVS Picnic at South Godstone, at the invitation of Chairman
Mike Erroll, (with Dianne's permission), was a great success if only to
witness the skillful way in which Derek and Jacquie's granddaughter,
Polly, having very quickly mastered the controls of Mike's toy tractor,
managed to tip Jacquie out of the trailer in the middle of the field,
and Mike did not even know that it was a tipper! Incidentally, Polly's
reference to Derek as 'Grumps', instead of 'Gramps', said it all. The
tractor was later used for some amusing driving tests but none of the
competitors equaled Polly's expertise and, unfortunately, Desmond
Peacock was unable to come and show us how to do it.
The turnout was quite good with 19 proper cars. The weather remained
mostly sunny, warm and fine and the field had been cut especially for
us. Starting at the left of the top photo was the ex Dianne Erroll
Triumph Herald, now owned by the Clemmey/Tucker-Brown family. Although
Dianne was a bit melancholy about seeing it there, the car was in
excellent fettle and being enjoyed. Next to that was the Harry
Scott Lancia Lambda, the Alan Pratt Crossley Regis sports saloon, the
TR5 of Roger Horstman, the Don Bingham Singer le Mans and Stuart Owen's
Riley Kestrel saloon.
The Oakes/Mohacek clan brought their biggies (cars!). The O'Akes group
was in the Humber 27/70 Snipe Saloon while the Mohacek contingent
was in the 12 seater Rolls Royce 20/25 site office/shooting brake complete
with cousin George normally resident in Monaco or Bangkok. Slowly
getting rid of his wedding Humbers was Gordon Tapping who came in one of
the remaining Humber 16/50. Adjacent was the David Locket Ford model T
speedboat and Chas Moody's recently restored Morris Cowley. Another
special was that of Bill Ray, being one of a Jowett
Jupiter variety. Adjacent was the Morris Oxford bullnose of Peter Dingle
and the bullish XK 120 of host Mike Erroll.
Guarding the SVVS banner was yet another special being the Austin 7 of John
Sheldrake. The aforementioned granddaughter Polly can be seen adjacent
to GRUMPS in the 'Twindipsticks' Morris 8 and Editor/author Julian
Alderton in the MG Y. Bringing up the very noisy rear were the raucous
Bentley Vandenplas of Gordon Self and the wholly understated and most
quiet and totally underpozed XK 120 driven by the shy Clive Bracey. Also
seen but in a modern were Messrs. Tester whose Chrysler had failed to start twice in one day so the
Mercedes had to be pressed into service.
And now for a few pickies to give the general flavour of the day !! It
must be admitted that during the tractor slalom one of the few who did
not reverse the trailor correctly was Bozi but then he is entirely horse-less
carriage orientated unlike some with horsy trailors who do it every
day !! And he went first anyway. Oakes-the-horse naturally got it
in one! Some even did it carrying a load.
At the end of the day Polly took centre stage again to present the
flowers to the undoubted star of the day Dianne Erroll who coped with us
all maginificently, including her houseguests! We were all very pleased
to see that she is getting back to her old chipper self. She has even
taken up painting and is attending the same classes as O'Akes. If she can
put up with that she is well on the way !
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