Lunchtime - The Inn on the Pond, Nutfield - September 2006 ] ::
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Golf fans had the delight of watching Paul Casey win the World Matchplay
championship at Wentworth, on what the commentator described as a
perfect Indian summer's afternoon. The more discerning of us enjoyed
wandering around the car park of the Inn on the Pond and admiring the
selection of vehicles arrayed there. I listed 23 cars and one motorcycle
of which 7 were vintage and 7 post vintage. For once the post-war cars
were in the minority.
The oldest car present was the 1923 Amilcar CS belonging to Desmond
Peacock. The second Amilcar, Bryan Goodman's Italian built CGS that he
has now owned for 50 years, was three years younger. On this occasion
Bryan was in the passenger seat whilst his elder son Simon was allowed a
drive. Second oldest car present was David Smart's delightfully original
3 litre Bentley tourer. Another equally original Bentley was Ian
Maclennan's 1929 4½ litre.
Bruce Glover arrived in his 1928 12/50 Lea Francis tourer shortly before
David Woodburn's Star 12/40 of similar vintage with a full complement of
passengers plus a motoring dog. The final vintage vehicle was the
Douglas Dragonfly motorcycle ridden by Alan Reid. Tony Russell's 1937
Ford 7W drophead needs no introduction nor does the cream shooting brake
on a Rolls Royce 20/25 chassis owned by web master and vehicle registrar
Three 1½ litre Rileys appeared. My 1935 Kestrel was parked alongside
the 1936 Kestrel owned by our member from Italy, Stuart Owen. Those
interested could decide whether the extra four inches in both width and
length the later car gained was an improvement or not. Certainly the
narrow track cars handle better but then I am slightly biased. Also on
the narrow track chassis was the 1937 Falcon, belonging to Jon Mountain,
that is just back from a lengthy refurbishment. A car that I do not
remember having admired before was the 1934 Lagonda Rapier driven by
Howard Palmer. Another regular attendee at our meetings is Frank
Hayter with his majestic Morris Oxford six cylinder saloon.
Chris Woods joined us as recently as April this year so I had not seen
his rare 1947 Singer Roadster before. Another rare car noted was the
left hand drive Jowett Javelin belonging to James Fisher. Peter Clark is
another who joined this year with his 1967 NG and he has been a regular
at meetings throughout the summer. Our chairman Derek, accompanied as
always by Jacqui, brought his Rover 110 saloon. The Aldertons were in
Thelma's 1947 M.G. Y type saloon, Karen McBride brought her yellow MGB
roadster and I also noticed a late model Midget. Bob Drew arrived in his
white Morris Minor and Mike Erroll in his pale blue Jaguar XK120.
At the end of August Harry and Barbara Scott had driven to the Lancia
centenary celebrations in Italy in their 1924 Lambda. On the return
journey a spring had collapsed although they managed to limp home. The
rear springs have now gone away to be fettled. Hence Barbara was driving
her Alfa Romeo Spyder with Harry in the passenger seat. Hopefully Harry
may write a few lines on the Italian trip for the magazine.
Some members ate outside in the sunshine in the company of a number of
cyclists. Others preferred to eat in a cosy corner inside whilst some
simply had a swift half before getting home to watch the golf or tackle
the weekend chores.
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