[ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Red Barn, Blindley Heath -
October 2010 ] ::
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This is as relatively new venue for us which is
proving quite popular among our Members. The Red Barn has a very large
car park which is frequently full during mid summer Sundays. Relatively
empty on this occasion which gave us a chance to line up a very nice
display. We had some 25 cars turn up on a really lovely and quite a hot
day for October. It was noted that many members ate outside. There had
been complaints last year that it was not possible to get a table, and
mutters this year that quantities of food were variable.
Vehicles included the lovely Sunbeam motorcycle belonging to Chas Moody
which many had not seen before. The infrequent Gossets turned up with
two (!) cars, the Moggy Traveller and the XK150.
Also quite impressed that O'Akes and Big T managed the long drive of
less than 100 yards from their home, - but it was noted that they
departed first, very early; obviously the potential unreliability of the
Humber over a full 100 yards worried him considerably.
We also had a visit from a go-faster red Ferrari friend of the Tester's
and a nice 1968 3.4 Jaguar saloon of a Malayan flying comrade of Julian
Alderton. Julian came in a modern as he has not yet managed to work
out the spaghetti wiring behind the dashboard of his MG Y. Apparently
left him stranded at a 'do' miles from home and in the middle of the
The Peacock Amilcar struggled in and then later struggled out amongst
some very uneven spluttering leaving some of us wondering about the
precise length of the return journey under own steam.
Vintages included the aforesaid Humber and Amilcar, and the
Chairmanoilian Rolls Royce complete with latest Patterdale micropuppy
Dippy undertaking the maiden sniff of carparks. Also nice to see Don
Williams and the droptail Trojan, while Derek Graham's driver bought him
in a modern awaiting driving lessons in the Trojan Tourer. Peter
Dingle and Mrs. came in their immaculate Morris Bullnose and dined al
Ian Maclennan campaigned the well patina-ed 4.5 Bentley having just
returned from a tour of France, and Frank Hayter bought the lovely large
Oxford 6. American contingent included the 2.5 Dodge of Michael Ireland
and the assemble-as-go Chrysler Python [sic] of Ian Tester,
Local contingent of Alan Reid and the Austin Seven Special, and the
Simon Bishop and the wind-up Singer were noticeable by being late. No
prizes for guessing which one was last. While on Singers, Chris
Woods bought out his lovely patinated Singer 9 Tourer.
Amongst the classics was the Triumph TR6 of Richard Purcell, the
MGB GT of Jeremy Bishop and the MGB GT of Alan Pratt, as
well as the Opel Manta of Hon Sec Malcolm Bailey.
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