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Start at the Redhill Aerodrome, South Nutfield
Finish at the Black Horse, Hookwood
The Winners and the Organiser:
Mr. & Mrs. Nick Wollett
SVVS Treasure Hunt - April 2013
by Bozi Mohacek
The 2013 Treasure Hunt was moved
from March to April, which was perhaps just as well as in March we were
under a couple of feet of SNOW. It was also decided that we would
combine the Treasure Hunt with the regular April pub meet at the Black
Horse in Hookwood with the hope that more Members would join the
Treasure Hunt. The concept of the Treasure Hunt was a non-timed
non-competitive visit to a number of local villages, where it was then
necessary to park, get out of the car and walk about the village to find
all the clues.
The tradition of the Treasure Hunt has it that the person who wins,
organises the next year's event. The event is also establishing a
reputation for shenanigans with people cooperating (cheating), taking
part while not Members, and coming in moderns. Moderns has become
acceptable because of the 'winter' climate but it seems that not being a
Member has also become acceptable. Matt Tester, son of the reviver of
the event Tony Tester, won the Treasure Hunt last year, but we did
insist he joined in order to receive the cup!!
He therefore organised this year's event, and well organised it was
too, apparently with the help of his class at school. The entry form was
a lovely coloured map of the area on the back, and on the front a list
of 35 questions typed in script size that could be read without glasses.
Now that's thoughtful !!
The day was absolutely glorious with blue skies and no rain or snow.
This turned out to be the first warm day of the year and temperatures
reached the dizzy heights of 22. It was windy and blustery though,- not
a day for toupees. We met up at the Redhill Aerodrome at 10.00 and had
reviving cuppas in the surprisingly full cafe. Seems a very popular
family Sunday venue with all the little aircraft and helicopters buzzing
Those taking part in proper cars were Messrs Moody in the Morris, Messrs
Woollett in the Dellow, Messrs Mohacek in the Jaguar XJS, Tester
Senior in the Hot Rod, Messrs Brooks in the MGBGT, Messrs
Gorman in the Bentley 6, and new members in the Triumph Stag. Them in
Moderns was Messrs BIS MOV in a pozy Merc and Messrs Pearce in a very
The first set of questions was related to the Buildings at the
Aerodrome. Next lot of questions was about South Nutfield Railway
Station, then about Smallfield and later about Mill Close in Horley.
Questions were actually quite hard but we were advised my Matt Tester
not to take it very seriously, - just go out and enjoy ourselves. Seems
this did not get through to the Bishops and Pearces who looked very
earnest and serious about it all. Mrs Chairman, on the other hand,
marched round purposefully ignoring all suggestions put forward by Mr.
Chairman. Hence Messrs Chairman did not win again! All were regularly
overtaken by Messrs Woollett who are into open-air mugplugging motoring
which must keep one very alert and clear headed, and totally frozen.
We re-assembled at the Black Horse in Hookwood where we were met by a
few other SVVS cars out for the Sunday meet. The little Midget in the
photos turned out to belong to one of the barmaids. Good Taste!
Tony and Matt Tester had arranged with the Black Horse for the
participants to have reserved places for lunch, which was just as well
for we took up some 30 places. The service was very good and quick
and food was reasonable. During lunch, Matt, daughter and family did the
count-up and announced that Messrs Woollett had won with 30 out
of 35 right, so hats off to them. Roger and Pam Bishop tied with Tony
Tester at 30 points, and Jackie & Simon Pearce tied with Pam and
Mike Gorman at 29. Messrs Bishop and Pearce then got into a huddle to
compare notes as to where they went wrong, no doubt planning a coup for
next year. Messrs Chairman got a mere 24, so there is absolutely
no chance of us having to set next year's event!!
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