[SVVS at the Sissinghurst Country Fair - September 2013 ] ::
There was no better way to spend the first day in
September than to bring the car and all of the family to the
Sissinghurst Country Fair and Sheep Dog Trials at Sissinghurst Castle in
Kent. All proceeds went to the "Kent, Sussex and Surrey Air
Ambulance", whom the SVVS has supported in the past as the charity
of the day at the 2007 SVVS Dinner. The event was organised by Anne
Harries and Cherry Caddy, with John Caddy doing much of the layout and
organising of the 'old cars'. John and Cherry are well known to many at
being neighbours of the SVVS Hon Chairman and attending a number of SVVS
meets. We understand that this event raised in excess of £10,000 for
the Air Ambulance, which made a very dramatic entrance by swooping
dramatically across the field and parking in the car park. It left a
short time later as it was needed in earnest at a nearby road accident
There were many stalls at the Fair selling a huge variety of products and home made
produce, and an abundance of food outlets including a Hog Roast,
delicious coffees of all types, teas from the National Trust, and
a beer tent from The Old Brewery in Rolvenden. And no Country Fair would
be without a funfair and a coconut shy. And it was all crowned off with
the much acclaimed Cranbrook Town Band belting
away for most of the afternoon.
And, oh yes, there were stacks of interesting vintage and classic cars,
many changing as the day progressed. Even had a visit from a newish
replica Blue Train Bentley which was one of three built on a Phantom Rolls
chassis. One was recently sold for £400,000; (- for a newish
replica??) Also there for a short while was a Dutch registered
stylish sportscar which turned out to be a Dutch built Burton based on a
Citroen 2CV Chassis and engine.
The SVVS were represented by two cars from the Rick & Gosia Hone
collection being a Morris Minor and MG Midget, three from the Mohacek collection
being Daniel's Lotus Exige, Simons's MG Midget and Bozi's Jaguar XJS.
Also there an impressive left-hooker Jaguar of Michel and Helen Gosset,
the much polished Morris Oxford of Peter Dingle, and the Opel Manta of
Malcolm and Sheena Bailey. The Caddy collections provided Aggie the
Austin Seven and la minuscola Fiat.
Those that did not come missed a wonderful opportunity as this event was
the second, and last, of a two-off, and will not be repeated !!
The photos are by Michel Gosset. Please click on any thumbnail picture below to
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