Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath - October,
Still a relatively new
venue for us which is proving quite popular among our Members. We
had some 20 vehicles on display on a really lovely and quite a hot day
for October. It was also noted that some members ate outside.
Vehicles included the lovely Sunbeam motorcycle belonging to Chas
Moody and the AJS belonging to John Chapman. Mr Chairman came in
the recently revived 1921 Citroen now that the mag position has
been sorted. Interesting newish cars included a Rover
12 and a Jaguar 420 .
[ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Inn o/t Pond, Nutfield - Sept.
2011 ] ::
Bearing in mind that we have been coming to this pub at
this time regularly for a large number of years, a very harassed
Manageress indicated that nobody had told her that we were coming,
nobody had booked any tables and yes, that some our members had
got upset and ‘stormed off’ when no tables could be found. The
place was overrun by a swarm of noisy and buzzy Subarus. The few
of our Members who came had indeed left, some to find
alternative pubs and others to go home.
SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display - September 2011 ]::
The SVVS was again invited by the
Reigate Business Guild to display our vintage and classic vehicles
in old Tunnel Road above the Reigate Sand Caves in the support of
the National Heritage Open Day Scheme. Our vehicles created quite a bit of interest in Tunnel Road, so
many thanks to all SVVS members who attended. Thanks also to Serge
Tassi, the proprietor of the La Barbe Restaurant in Bell Street
for providing a bottle of wine to each entrant. Thanks to
Chas Moody and Tony Russell.
:: [ SVVS
Evening Meeting - Three Horseshoes, Sidlow - August 2011 ] ::
Rapid onset of darkness heralded our last evening meeting of
the season. We had returned to the Three Horseshoes after a number of
years of absence to find most of our gripes resolved. There is now a
brand new fully tarmaced carpark, plus an overflow car park, and
relatively good lighting which is needed for an evening
meeting. We were rewarded with a very impressive 42 proper
cars and which made it one of the best attended meetings of this
year. Now for a club room??
[ SVVS Summer Picnic - Church Farm, Horne - August 2011]
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic was supposed to have been held at the
premises of Messrs Royce in Betchworth but the 2012 Olympic
Organising Committee decided that this was to be the day they
would hold the Olympic Cycling Trials from Whitehall to Boxhill
and therefore shut off large chunk of South East England. This
meant that Royce, and a large number of our Members, were "kettled"
to the west of Dorking. So the SVVS Picnic
was held again this year at Church
[ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Plough, Bletchingley - July
The pub is on the A25 with lots
of passing traffic and when the weather is fine the Plough draws
our best, or second best, attendance of the year. They normally
remember, when remained, to cut the meadow of the grassy knoll
beside the pub to accommodate our cars which then fill it and
overflow into the car park. The hot rod brigade, which are nothing
to do with us, also seem to regularly join us which swells the
numbers. The pub did not run out of beer or glasses, but could do
with more staff.
[ SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of JEC - July
Our Member Peter Clark is also the Chairman of the Jaguar
Enthusiasts Club, Surrey Region, who meet at the Brooklands Motor
Museum. JEC Regional Committee extended an invitation to the SVVS
to join them at their Thursday July meeting in their oldies and to
display them along with JEC Jaguars. During the evening Peter
arranged for a guided tour of the Museum and for exhibits to be
laid on for both sets of club members. Some 15 SVVS cars attended
a superb evening. Many Thanks.
[ SVVS Visit to the private Mike Hawthorn Museum - July
The SVVS received a kind invitation from Nigel Webb to visit his
impressive private Museum dedicated to Mike Hawthorn which houses
many items of memorabilia associated with the famous racing
driver. It also house a fine collection of Jaguars which were
assembled in one place for the occasion. A talk on Jaguars was
given by a number of ex Jaguar Brown Lane employees and nibbles
and refreshments were laid on. Absolutely fabulous day
out, and even the weather remained kind.
SVVS Evening Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley - June 2011 ] ::
An old world pub situated at the end of a narrow lane,
adjacent to a church yet within sight of Gatwick Airport and Gatwick hotels. There were
tables behind the pub on a lawn that ran down to the River Mole. Another
bonus for us was that the car park had space for about 150 cars so for
once we did not cause parking chaos. Inside the height of the bar’s ceiling
caused some discomfort for our less vertically challenged members.
Photos taken by our snapper 'O'Akes The Photo'.
:: [ SVVS
Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June 2011] ::
If one were looking nominate a timeless English country pub
then the Surrey Oaks in Newdigate would be high on the list. With
its low beams-ouch-rambling layout, pleasant garden and variety of
real ales, there can be no better place to while away a summer's
afternoon. Weather at this venue is normally quite good
or brilliant but this time light rain put a damper on the day. This
also seems a popular place for unveiling new cars. Being a local
for Tony Russell, lots are Hot Rods resident in village.
[ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May
2011 ] ::
Perhaps it is time of year, but the Skim continues to be popular
as ever. Our unofficial stewards had once again ensured that no moderns
crept into our half of the car park, and we ensured that we
prevented all moderns coming in by occupying most of the other
half. As usual the Skim was one the best turnouts of the
year, but as usual not all the cars were ours. the Skimmington
Castle is a pleasant olde worlde pub hidden up a bumpy
lane off Reigate Heath with good
beer and food.
::[SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Plough &
Furrow, Smallfield - May 2011]::
It seems as if our Members are beginning to find the
Plough & Furrow in Smallfield because the turnout was considerably up
on last year. This time we had a quite a fair selection of 23
vehicles including the return to the road of the Chairman's Citroen 5CV,
and the Hon Auditors Humber Snipe. Mrs Chairman zoomed in flamboyantly
in the MG Miget. Desmond Peacock left the pub less raucously than
usual with petrol seeping out of a petrol pipe and hopefully, he
was not incinerated on the way home.
:: [ SVVS
Lunchtime Meeting - Black Horse, Hookwood - April
2011 ] ::
The Black Horse at Hookwood, has been on our calendar for
many years but it never seems to get a significant
attendance. Nevertheless we did get 16 cars out, largely classics.
Vintage cars were represented by Simon Bishop in a 'new' Singer
and Mike Gorman in the Morris. Also nice to see Oakes out in the
hibernating Humber. It is perhaps a bit early in the year to get the
old cars out. The Black Horse is a smart modern pub with lots of tables
and extensive menu; yet another family gastro-pub.
Lunchtime Meeting - The Cock Inn, Headley - March
It should be admitted that our visit
to the Cock at Headly was not exactly a raging success. This was
our first official outside meeting of the year held as usual in
mid March, and it was to a new venue. It must be said that the
weather was pretty grim and cloudy but that it did not actually
rain while there. In the event only four 'classic' cars turned out
and a handful of moderns which accounted for about 20 SVVS people.
Very much a Sunday lunchtime 'eatery' with lots
of tables and waiters.
:: [ SVVS Treasure
Hunt - Orienteering - March 2011 ] ::
Not actually a Treasure Hunt but a non-competitive drive between a number of villages
where it was then necessary to park, get out of the car
and walk to find all the clues. We assembled at the The Prince of Wales
in Wescott, gently
toddled off to look at old churches, and eventually reassembled at
the Lamb Inn for lunch. A carload of cheats driven by Robing Vince
but were too cowardly to put up with the flack and ceded
victory to the best ‘twosome’ of Madeleine & Steve Brooks.
:: [ SVVS
Dinner - Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate - February
2011 ] ::
Manor Hotel was again the venue for the 2011 Annual SVVS Dinner and
was attended by a smashing turnout of 110 people. We were lucky enough
to obtain the services of David Richmond-Coggan as our Guest Speaker who
gave a wonderful audio-visual presentation on the historical aspects of
the RLNI. All the proceeds of our Raffle then went to the RNLI. It should be
mentioned that first and second raffle prizes, which were cash, were
subsequently also donated to RNLI by winners!
:: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime -
Beehive, Woodhatch -
January 2011 ] ::
Our first meeting of the year took place again at the Beehive. The
New Year dawned crisp, sunny but cold which may have accounted for
the relatively smaller than usual turnout of older vehicles in the
car park. Fair-weather Members came in moderns and hid
them round the back in embarrassment. Kicking of tyres in the
carpark was relatively minimal but the bonhomie in our bit of the
bar was great fun. It seems we
consumed most of the pub's cooked
lunches as the wives had a day off.