[ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Star, Lingfield - June 2002 ]
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report by Chris Cuss and the photos are by Tony Oakes and Bozi Mohacek.
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For a fair number of our members the journey to the east of the A22 is
largely uncharted territory but nevertheless a large number took
advantage of the fine sunny evening to exercise their vintage motors.
But for some of us the dayís vintage motoring had started in a much
more sad vein rather earlier. You may have heard
elsewhere of the sudden death of our good friend and long standing SVVS
member Eric Parsons who had edited the SVVS Magazine for ten years and
who had served on the societyís committee for far longer. His
cremation took place earlier on the afternoon of our club night. In some
ways it was fitting that this was so. There was a good attendance from
the SVVS as well as from the Surrey Sporting Car Club at the Committal
Service conducted by the assistant vicar of Kingswood where Eric had
lived for most of his life. After the service there was a reception in
the restaurant near the crematorium where our cars were seen by other mourners.
As this is the meeting when we enjoy the longest daylight we take
advantage to travel to where, for most of us, is the furthest outpost of
our catchment area, Lingfield, by the Racecourse. Messrs Oakes, Mohacek, Erroll and Co may
ignore the previous sentence. At the Star in Lingfield the car park was
packed solid when we arrived and continued to be even more jammed
with later arrivals. Luckily some moderns left, which made more room for
us, thankfully everyone was good-humoured and there was no road rage
exhibited by those who were blocked in. The car above is a recently
restored 1930 Austin 7 Ulster Sports owned by David Ralph,
who also has a Guy Bus.
Members whose cars I could identify included Michael Doughty with his
wide bodied 1930 Alvis 12/50 and Desmond Peacock with his 1927 Amilcar
Grand Sport. There were a number of Austins this month. Alan Rees drove
his 1932 Seven special and David Cole his 2 seat and dickey 12/4. In
addition there was another open Seven, a concours 1933 Austin Seven Box
Saloon owned by Richard Clarke and the large saloon that has appeared at
our last two meetings but whose owner continues to elude me. John
Chapmanís 1937 Bentley Thrupp and Maperley drophead tourer was tucked
into the far corner and although a late arrival Tony Testerís large
Chrysler also found a wee parking space, whereas John Shelldrake was in
the middle of everything with his go-faster modern.
Bozi Mohacek was worried that I would overlook his small Citroen so made
a point, several times, of telling me where it was hidden. (Ed: Only because
you manage normally not to see it !!) Mike Erroll had brought the
custard coloured Ford model A whilst John Kirkby came in his small tan
coloured Humber and parked alongside Boziís Citroen. Local resident
and photographer Tony Oakes was one of the first to leave in his large
1930 25/70 Humber Snipe. After he had left Clive Bracey roared in with
the cheese grater bonneted Jaguar XK 120. Our editor Julian Alderton was
in his Y type M.G. saloon and our past temporary editor Colin Mulford
was in his polished TF two seater.
Frank Hayter came in his 1934 Morris Oxford 6 and from the previous
decade P. Dingle brought his 1923 bullnosed Oxford tourer. The third
Morris was the 1934 10/4 owned by Mike Gorman. There were only two
Rileys this month the 1935 Lynx of Brian Lloyd Jacob and my 1930 tourer
which was running in its rebuilt engine following last seasonís broken
crank. Simon and Jackie Pearce brought their magnificent Siddeley
Special whilst Don Bingham came in his Singer Le Mans. Don Williams just
managed to squeeze in with his 1927 boat tailed Trojan. We are
pleased to report Nigel Walder arrived in a magnificent 1934
Lagonda M45 tourer that he has be restoring for some years.
Other interesting vehicles were a yellow Harley Davidson motorcycle
alongside a black BMW with sidecar (of Oriental or Russian origin !)
and Derek Bashford brought along his British 1960 650cc Matchless.
The Dellow Special that we saw at the Skimmy put in a second appearance
and was parked by a Deux Chevaux based trike special. Around the corner
was an interesting Jowett Special, being blocked in by a Volkswagen
Beetle Special, the origins of which were well within our catchment
period. An open M.G.B. wore an SVVS sticker on its windscreen saying
David Kennett has got it back on the road. Simon Bishop sneaked in late
as usual in his 1925 Singer 10/26, for which there is very little excuse
as he only lives 50 yards away down the same road.
Much interest was created by the appearance of a Wolseley Hornet fitted
with a Trinity body by Meredith Coachworks of Birmingham. The body was
so named because it gave three styles; an open four seater or by pulling
the rear seat squab up and across it became an open two seater then by
removed the fold down hood from the boot is became a closed four seater
with glass side and rear windows. In all the body was fitted to five
BSAs, 9 Wolseleys and 17 Rileys before Meredith closed down in 1934.
This was a rare and well-restored car that belonged to a local resident.
Period touches included an RAC handbook for 1934 as well as other period
accessories. The 'hat' being worn by Colin Mulford is famous for being
banned from the London Queen's Jubilee Parade (which he led in his MG)
for being too ostentatious; well it was an MG! In view of
the long drive home we left as dusk was falling but not before Bozi
again reminded me that he had brought his Citroen.
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