[ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley - October 2002 ]
The Six Bells is a very
picturesque pub hidden away in the suburbs of Horley by Gatwick and this
was the first visit here by the Society. The following text is the SVVS Magazine
report by Bozi Mohacek who also took all the photos.
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The Six Bells is part of the same chain of 'themed pubs' as is the Blue
Anchor at Blindley Heath where we have also met in the past. The 'theme'
is that of a country pub with scrubbed pine tables and mismatched
furniture and comfy chairs, which generally works. The main problem the
Six Bells has is that everybody knows of it but nobody seems to be able
to find it. I had three phonecalls on the theme of directions to it!
One of those was Bracey who despite explanation never turned up !
Possibly because of its location or possibly because there was yet
another 'clockwork grand prix' on the telly, and as it was cold and
gloomy, not a lot of SVVS people came. In fact, the main massive car
park was empty apart from us. With that much space it was therefore a
bit of a shame that the early arrivals started parking in the dark
under the trees which has resulted in some very murky photos. It should
also be noted
that for the first time this year it actually rained at an
SVVS Meeting. Says something for the continuing good luck SVVS
has had with good weather.
So who came? Well, in pictorial order, I did, in the waterproof 1984
Jaguar XJS HE which reminded me on three separate occasions that
pushing down on the loud pedal on a heafty 5.2 litre V12 on a 'wet-after-lots-of-dry'
road normally results in sideways motion rater than
onward. That was how it got bent the last time! Anyway, already there was the
MBG GT of new member Mr. Weller and the MG SA of
intended new member Mr. Peter Roper-Hillman. Peter keeps on forgetting to
get the 'form'. No excuse, a copy can easily be got from our website!
Interesting to note that Peter will be on the telly as the
Technical Advisor to the SCRAPHEAP CHALLENGE on the 17 November;
- and NO
Mr. Erroll, it is not all about the rebuild of my XJS ! Adjacent to the MG was
the 1935 Morris mobile puppy run Eight belonging to Messrs Picnic
Organisers but who turned up sans chien.
Two blue-ies came next; the
lovely sedate dark blue 1931 Standard Big Nine Saloon belonged to
Graham Martin and apologies for not recognising it, if you will have so
many variants ! The light blue one was the 1947 Morgan Sports belonging to
ex-now-new Member Ken Berry and Yvonne Kino. Welcome back after a
few years absence. An old member came next, Hon Editor Julian Alderton and Mrs. who braved
the elements in the perennial 1947 MG Y Saloon leaving his camera
visible in the unlocked car. Was quite impressed with his speed when he
twigged! Yet another new Member was next, this being Mr. Norman Conrad
in a 1969 Austin Healey Sprite painted sunshine yellow, which stood out
on a gloomy day. Norman turns out
to be living just down the lane from me so the SVVS Lingfield contingent
is gaining ground! Lots more meetings down our end, eh what?
Then came the little 1934 Morris Minor Tourer belonging to teacher
Malcolm Bailey who lectured Mr. Picnic Organiser in the rudiments of
operating a computer. Adjacent was part of the Lingfield
contingent, Mr. David Smart in the very modern for him 1924 Austin 12/4
saloon. The lack of pickies and Web report on the Three Horseshoes meeting is down
to Tony Russell being too mean to buy a film for his camera and for Mr. Smart not busting a gut to screen grab the pickies from his video! Final
to arrive was esteemed Chairperson Sir Mike Erroll in the 1985 XJS off
which someone had cut the proper metal roof and replaced with removable
bits. I was pleased to note that Mr. Erroll was also complaining
about the sideways tendencies of this particular type of
machine in the wet. Glad I'm not the only one. He also commented that
this photo is the first where the two cars are parked together. Mr. Erroll departed smartish to go watch "automaton
clockwork grand prix".
Away from the SVVS line-up was a tidy Volkswagen
1600 saloon of the mid 1960s recently ex-Germany because it still
carried the D plate on the back. Its location suggested it was
not part of our bunch but was photoed and mentioned just in case!
While on the theme of unusual, the MG SA was a new model to me so I looked it
up on return. Seems it was made
between 1936 and 1939, and is one of 2,738 made. The book says it was
MG's return to fast comfortable touring, but not a sports car. The engine was
based on the Wolseley 18/80 six of 2288/2322cc with apparently not a lot
of acceleration. The chassis was new to
this model and was fitted with some nice coachwork by amongst
others, Salmons and Charlesworth. Love the numberplate, it was registered
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