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:: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Star, Lingfield - October 2004 ] ::

The following text is based on the SVVS Magazine report by Julian Alderton and the photos are by Tony Oakes. Please click on any thumbnail picture below to see the full size picture. To return to the thumbnails please click the Explorer "Back" arrow (top left of screen). Pictures have been prepared for speed of loading, and the page has been sized to be viewed at 800 x 600. 

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Our regular 'scribes' did not come to enjoy the ultimate outside meeting of the year at The Star and, by the time any of us noticed, it was too late to prepare a report as some had already departed. Most notable among those who were present was David Smart and his fascinating Model F Cadillac which is V.C.C, registered as 1904. Interestingly it has a dismountable top and is called a 'Detachable Limousine'. Perhaps more interesting is the acetylene headlight which declares its British manufacture and has a dipping mechanism. David gave it a run to Lingfield in preparation for the London to Brighton Rally. 

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An incident which disturbed me at the Star, and sent me into an incandescent rage, occurred when I asked for a ginger beer for 'you-know-who'. The bottle was served onto the bar and the teenager, (who else), then asked in a strong antipodean accent 'A glass? ' .

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Another mount which caught my eye was Alan Reid's 1930 Douglas S6 600 c.c. motorcycle. I much enjoyed seeing this lovely machine which was given an all-too-rare outing for this meeting. My father should have enjoyed this as his name was Douglas but, strangely, he always rode Nortons, graduating later to a JAP engined Morgan Aero on which he was caught on Brighton Marina doing the 'Ton'. (Not possible as it happens, as I believe that this model could not do more than 90.)

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Unfortunately I felt obliged to leave the meeting just before closing time so I was unable to report the arrival of S. Bishop, Esq., who had had, of course, to navigate a tiny fraction more than a quarter of a mile to the event. I'll try to remember to send him a map next time - and an alarm clock.

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