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In view of the constantly increasing size of the Website by end of 2001, which had by then reached many thousands of photos, and the difficulties in the very early pioneering days of the internet of getting adequate hosting space at a relistic cost, we were forced to remove some of the Events on the 2001 page to make space for new meeting reports and also for the sudden rush of many hundreds of photos which started coming in to the Help Pages. Therefore, only those events during year 2001 which have a green heading remain openable, with others having been deleted, regretfully permanently. Subsequently, memory storage has become much more easily available and at a reasonable price that we have had no further restrictions. We now host  50,000 +  photos.

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    ::  [  SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate -  May ]  :: 
Historically our visit to the Skimmington Castle just off the A25 on the Heath west of Reigate is one of the two best attended evening meetings of the year.  Our jovial landlord forsook the bar to act as car park attendant for the evening and he counted no less than 57 vehicles into the reserved section. Several cars were in pristine condition having been obviously subject to a great deal of fettling during the winter. 

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    ::  [  SVVS Charity Event - Clackets Services M25 Motorway -  May ]  ::
Our esteemed Chairman had coerced us to do our bit for charity by turning up at the most unlikely of all charitable destinations, a motorway Service Station serving the M25 London orbital motorway, the worlds largest car-park. There we were to join the Oxted & Limpsfield Rotary Club in extracting loads of cash from unsuspecting transiting burger eaters for  The  Marie  Curie  Cancer  Research  Fund.

      ::   [   SVVS Evening Meeting    -    The Star,   Lingfield   -   June   ]   ::
The Star is for those who live in the west of the region the furthest venue for an evening meeting. For the likes of Messrs Bishop, Oakes, Mohacek and Erroll it is the nearest. Lots of people had their bonnets up so the first batch of photos is mainly of mechanics. No prizes for guessing but some you don't often see. Yet again the weather was superb. Driving home at 10 p.m. the sky in the west was still quite light.

   ::  [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting -  The Surrey Oaks, Newdigate  - July]  ::
I was was very pleased to bring along to this meeting my cousin and his young son who were visiting me from Croatia. Apart from having had a bit of a messy recent war where a lot of things got damaged, Croatia is not a country renowned for collecting vintage cars. It was therefore their first experience of massed vintage machinery and the strange English bods who collect them, not to say the first taste of English beer.

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    ::  [   SVVS Evening Meeting   -  The Plough,  Bletchingley  -   July]  ::
Once again The Plough on the A25 in the village of Bletchingley turned out to be the most popular venue for an SVVS evening meeting.  Those counting made note of some 71 cars and motorcycles that fit our criteria, not all of which were listed in our membership records. A walkabout of the field and car park indicated a total of no less than 91 eligible vehicles. Were the visitors were outnumbering the home team ?

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    :: [  Ardingly Vintage Vehicle Show   -  Ardingly, Sussex   -   July  ] ::
The Ardingly Show is not one that is noted in the SVVS calendar but is a Show that is attended by a quite number of our Members including Tony Oakes who took along his trusty Box Brownie and provided all the photos. Some very interesting Steam Engines were there, there was a large Tractor Section and Sections for Commercials, Busses, Fire Engines, Military Vehicles, Stationary Engines, and model cars & boats. 

     :: [     SVVS Family Summer Picnic    -    Hookwood    -    August    ] ::
The SVVS Summer Picnic is normally a light-hearted affair which is great fun and generally held 'in the country'.  The event was somewhat dampened by the awful weather. In the morning the rain was absolutely terrible and bucketed down to the accompaniment of much thunder and lightning. Inevitably, this put many Members off setting out and therefore the attendance was a lot down on that of previous years. 

    :: [  The Lingfield Steam & Country Show   -   Lingfield   -   August   ] ::
The Lingfield Steam & Country Show is one of the larger local historic vehicle shows and takes place over a  Saturday and Sunday in early August. Although covering a vide band of historic vehicles including cars, lorries, busses, fire engines, tractors, military vehicles, & models,  it has always been Steam that was the star of the show. The big Russian military ballistic Rocket Transporter was also really quite impressive. 

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    ::  [ Edenbridge & Oxted Show -  Lingfield - August Bank Holiday ]  ::  
The E & O Show takes place at the Ardenrun Showground, Lingfield,  over two days during the August Bank Holiday (Classic and Vintage). The Show is an Invitation Only event and many SVVS members attend, making the Historic Vehicle Display a part of the SVVS calendar. The Show is primarily a Country Show which visited  by some 40,000 people on the Sunday and Monday and is a great day out for the whole family.

 ::  [ S V V S Evening Meeting - Three Horseshoes, Sidlow - August ] ::
The summer months have sped by all too fast as witnessed by the rapid onset of darkness for our last evening meeting of the season. The reporting is made more difficult when one needs a torch to read the radiator badges. This is the second year that we have enjoyed the hospitality of the Three Horseshoes. It is great to have a landlord who is interested in our kind of vehicles and pleased to welcome us on his pub. 

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    ::  [SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Dog & Duck, Outwood - September]  ::  
The Dog & Duck is located on Outwood Hill in Surrey not far from the famous Outwood Windmill which is still in full working condition and a local tourist attraction. The Dog & Duck appears to be at the declining end of SVVS Members summer keenness to take their cars out for a Sunday constitutional. Today, bright sunshine and fluffy clouds and just cold enough not to be sure whether or not to put on an 'anorak'.

       :: [ S V V S Charity Event  -   The Reigate Festival   -  September ] ::  
Reigate Tunnel Event is one of a number of Charity Events which the SVVS attends throughout the year to help raise funds for worthy causes by showing our cars. The SVVS Vehicle Display is held in the now closed Tunnel Road which includes the famous Reigate Tunnel. The 'toll' Tunnel was opened in 1824 by Lord Somers beneath whose private land the new road passed. This is one of the very earliest British road tunnels.

   :: [  S V V S Lunchtime Meeting   - Burford Bridge Hotel   -  October  ] ::
Normally the last outdoor meeting of the year is held at The Watermill in Dorking. There was, however, a last minute change of venue because an electrical fire at the Watermill caused so much damage that the owners do not expect to be able to reopen the pub until next spring. They were good enough to us know which gave us enough time to arrange our gathering to take place at the nearby Burford Bridge Hotel. 

   :: [  S V V S Meeting at the  -  London to Brighton Run  - November   ] ::
A number of SVVS Members entered cars in the 'London to Brighton' and all got there. A number of other SVVS Members followed the run in relatively ancient machinery, and yet others refused to clog up the A23 and stayed put at suitable vantage points. One of these was Tony Oakes who went to Redhill and snapped away with his Box Brownie. Afterwards many of us met up as usual at the Black Horse Hookwood.


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