[ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June
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SURREY SUNSHINE, VINTAGE AND CLASSICS Surrey Oaks, Sunday 8th June
In the immortal words of Marianne Faithfull "the morning sun
shone brightly on the eyes" not on those of Lucy Jordan, but on the
eyes of your Publicity Officer. A glorious day filled me with enthusiasm
for the demanding ½ mile drive up the road to my local, the Surrey Oaks
Newdigate. As is customary the loyal 1937 Ford tourer was loaded with
our new banners and sail flag, signs etc.
I arrived early at 11.30am. to set up and found local villager
Keith Weller with his 1966 MGB GT already there, accompanied by Alan
Rothwell with his 1972 MGB roadster. Also ready and waiting was the
first of our guests, Jim Whitehouse in his meaty 1956 Chevrolet 300
pickup truck, its metal flake paint sparkling in the sunshine .Jim and
his lovely lady immediately offered to assist with hanging the Club
banners, and assembly of our new flag. Much appreciated.
The new owner of the Surrey Oaks, Nick Rogers, an avid classic car
enthusiast, had roped off most of the car park for us, and was very
welcoming to all. He had also ridden in to work on his super, and
surprisingly quick, 1963 Lambretta LI 150 scooter, just for us! Nick
also owns a very tidy early "Frogeye Sprite". He recently sold
his Healey 3000 to pay for the new pub kitchen, a big sacrifice
methinks, hope the food is going to be worth it!
Next to arrive was another guest, Paddy Moore, piloting his
thunderous Chevrolet small block powered Allard J2 special, followed
closely by yet another VIP guest, no less than Darryl Allard, yes, he is
of the Allard family, aboard his glorious 1951 Allard P1 saloon.
I was beginning to think that the Allard Owners Club had hijacked our
meeting but it was wonderful to welcome them and their splendid cars,
after all I had invited them via my friend Mike Knapman, vice president
of their owners club.
Just then I thought I heard a clap of thunder in the distance, but as it
got louder I realised that the noise heralded the arrival of two of my
very good hot rod buddies, Geoff Cousins hanging on to his amazing
400bhp. Chevy powered 1948 Ford Anglia and Mark Tanner in his very rapid
1928 Ford Model A pick up, also Chevrolet powered, of course. They were
under strict instructions not to unleash the combined 750bhp of their
cars across the pub car park!
These type of vehicles may not be to everyone's taste, but one has to
admire the standard of engineering that goes into them, and the
undoubted enthusiasm of their owners for "our type" of motor
cars. They were both very welcome indeed. Back to reality, next to
arrive were our very own Derek and Jacqui Wright sitting comfortably in
their sweet 1961 Wolseley 1500.
Chairman Bozi and Mrs Chairman swept in aboard the XJS "pozermobile"
Jaguar V12. Not too late this year, well done Bozi! He likes mornings
even less than your Publicity Officer, but that's another story.
"Proper" SVVS cars were now arriving in droves, Colin Dawson
with his 1926 Bullnose Morris Cowley, Nick Woodward in the magnificent
1934 Rolls Royce 20/25, Will Howe with the lovely little 1956 Lancia
Appia. Fellow Newdigate villager Graham Capel was next to arrive in his
very rare 1979 JPS Lotus Esprit commemorative model, number 33 of the
only 100 ever made. John Quiney with his beautiful 1939 Triumph Dolomite
roadster bagged a good parking spot.
Yet another Allard rumbled in, our friend Mike Knapman piloting his V8
Allard roadster special. Mike regaled us with the story of being
overtaken by one of his rear wheels last week when the hub bolts failed
and the wayward wheel shot past and disappeared in to the roadside
undergrowth! You will recall that Mike is vice president of the Allard
Owners Club and gave us a great talk at a recent SVVS evening meeting.
Our very own Desmond was next on parade, this time driving his much
loved little 1923 Amilcar C5. Loyal Club members Julian and Thelma
Alderton parked up their reliable 1948 MG Y saloon and very soon were
making conversation with their many friends, Julian of course having
first ordered a pint of Surrey Oaks real ale! Next in was Simon Bishop
and friends aboard his 1927 Singer 14/34.
Membership and vehicle registrar Peter Clark arrived in his neat NG TD.
Paul Scott, driving the ex-Frank Hayter 1934 Morris Oxford six was given
pride of place in front of the pub and then had the somewhat tricky
manoeuvre of turning it round to face the road. This entailed holding up
passing traffic while Paul expertly reversed this substantial saloon
Also given a prime parking slot was the Derek Graham 1927 Trojan which
announced its' arrival with the unique popping sound of exhaust and haze
of blue two stroke smoke , a wonderful motor car. By now the pub car
park was getting pretty full, but space was made for our friend Mike
Gorman with the 1934 Morris 10/4.
Still they came! James Smith, secretary of the Allard Club, burbled in
driving his very original and indeed rare, 1948 L Type Allard. New and
very enthusiastic Club member Guy Fancourt cruised in with his 1988
Mercedes 300 SE saloon. Many thanks to Guy for his help in dismantling
our Club publicity material after the event. Would you believe yet
another Newdigate villager, Gerald Thorpe, turned up in his immaculate
1921 Ford Model T. Gerald is not YET a member, but your Publicity
Officer is working on it. It is very apparent that my village is a nest
of interesting cars!
Regular Club magazine contributor Tony Penn graced the meeting with his
spectacular 1964 Ford Falcon, It's a very big machine, so space was
found at the back of the car park next to Gerald's Model T. Very welcome
indeed was friend Robert Way, ex Managing Director of TVR Cars and
previous Club speaker. Rob came in his very quick 1995 TVR Griff 500. I
have driven this thing several times, quickly, and can personally vouch
for its' spectacular performance. Club Secretary Malcolm Bailey slotted
in driving his desirable 1975 Opel Manta, accompanied by his lovely wife
By now the car park was virtually full of glorious vehicles, and more
were still arriving. John and Jenny Curtis managed to squeeze in with
the immaculate 1958 Jaguar XK 150. Just when we thought that there was
absolutely no more room, Chris Newton drove in with his 1961 Daimler
SP250. Finally Malcolm Ward just about fitted the big Mercedes 500 SEC
in alongside his son Darren's very nice 1967 Ford Mustang. I think we
had more V8 powered cars in one place than any previous Club meeting.
Delighted to see our good friend Terry Mistry after several years'
absence, a very welcome visitor indeed. I also spotted previous club
speaker and bodywork specialist Martin Thaddeus admiring the cars. A
vast ex-military Hannomag of some sort parked for a while on the road
outside but drove off before I could get a good look at it.
Nearly 35 vehicles attended what must rate as one of our best Sunday
meetings ever, Club members, guests and friends made it a day to
remember. The new display material looked great. Special thanks to
landlord Nick Rogers and his staff for hosting us all, the Allard Owners
Club for supporting us, the hot rod boys for helping put up the banners
etc., and especially our super Club members who came out to enjoy the
sunshine and eclectic mix of vehicles on display.
Yours Happy with empty Biro; Tony Russell
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