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SVVS at the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

  :: [ SVVS attend London to Brigton Veteran Run  - November 2018] ::
A number of SVVS Members have cars that are eligible for the London to Brighton Veteran Car run and at least two were on the run: Michael Doughty in his 1902 Wolseley 10HP Tonneau, and David Smart in his 1905 Cadillac Limousine.
Some SVVS Members who had been spectating met later as has become traditional at the Black Horse in Hookwood for a noggin and natter. This year the weather for the Run was fine. There seemed low turnout of spectators along the route, which was a shame.

SVVS visit to Alvis/VSCC at Dial Post

        :: [ SVVS Visit to Alvis/VSCC meeting at Dial Post  - July 2018] ::
The VSCC and the Alvis Owners Club meet at the Crown Inn at Dial Post in West Sussex for an informal Noggin & Natter. Many of the SVVS Members are also members of the VSCC so many of our Members often attend these gatherings. This was a typical meeting to which Michel Gosset drove his wife Helen and SVVS Chairman Bozi Mohacek to have lunch at the pub and view the cars.  Although many SVVS Members were present at the meeting, the majority of cars did not belong to the SVVS.

SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath

   :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath - October, 2018] ::
The Red Barn is our last outside mid-month meeting of the year and signals that Christmas is not far away. The weather here can be quite unpredictable. Last year it was lovely with a turnout 32 proper cars; this time quite gloomy cold and drizzly with an unimpressive turnout of only eight proper vehicles. The pub was packed out with sunday-luncheaters so we huddled together outside in the breezy but quite nice pergola which had glass in-between the rafters to stop the rain coming through.

SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display

    ::[ SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display - September 2018 ]::
The SVVS again displayed our vintage and classic vehicles in the old Tunnel above the Reigate Caves in the support of the National Heritage Open Day Scheme. This is no longer under the auspices of the Reigate Business Guild and it seems the town is no longer putting much effort into the event. At one time you could not miss the day for bunting and jazz bands and events all over the town. Our 18 cars did create some interest in Tunnel Road,  but by no means overwhelmed by the crowds !

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Star, Lingfield

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Star, Lingfield - September 2018] ::
The Star in Lingfield signals that the 'summer season' is drawing to the end, which is a bit of a shame. The date was altered to tie in with chages to the Reigate Tunnel event. The weather at this time of year can be iffy, but this year it was on our side. The sky was blue with shades of grey, the sun did shine but a jacket helped. The turnout was some 16 proper vehicles and some moderns. Interesting Holden car was brought by ex-member Leo Smith who threatens to rejoin, as he does annually!

SVVS at Charity Tractor Run, Jolly Farmer, Horne

::[SVVS at Charity Tractor Run, Jolly Farmer, Horne - September 2018]::
An unusual event was held at the Jolly Farmer, Horne, the SVVS's previous winter indoor venue which was a "Charity Tractor Run and Family Fun Day", all in aid of the Brooklands School for children with additional needs. Being in the countryside, it was very interesting to have a day devoted to the implement most often seen but not fully noticed, a humble Tractor. These days many tractors are no longer humble,  but are massive machines brimming with computer wizardry!  

 SVVS Evening Meeting - Three Horseshoes, Sidlow

:: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Three Horseshoes, Sidlow  - August 2018 ] ::
Rapid onset of darkness heralded our last outside evening meeting of the season. We will now be returning to our winter venue The Dog & Duck, Outwood for formal evening meetings. The Three Horseshoes has had since the refurbishment a tarmacked carpark, and an additional overflow car park, and relatively good outside lighting which is needed for an evening meeting, - no more darkness to hide invisible deep puddles to soak our socks. Good turnout of 27 vehicles plus moderns. 

S V V S Summer Picnic, Horne

:: [ SVVS Summer Picnic - Church Farm, Horne - August 2018] ::
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic was held again  this year at  Church Farm,  Horne, at the invitation of Julie and Bozi Mohacek. This year after the six weeks of drought, it threatened to rain so in the true SVVS tradition most people stayed at home, just in case. In the event it did not rain, much, and 26 interesting vehicles were on show and about 60 people in the Tithe Barn. All visitors received usual free glass of wine and a hot dog. The SVVS Quiz raised 190 for the Alzheimers Society.

SVVS cars support 'Orchard Court Care Home', Lingfield

:: [ SVVS supports 'Orchard Court Care Home' Lingfield - August 2018] ::
Orchard Court in Lingfield is a provider of residential care for elderly people who have dementia or physical disabilities. Being within our local area it is a home that has featured in a number of our Member's livels caring for their elderly relatives. Two of our Members have current connections with the home and were asked
to muster SVVS cars for the day when mainly the Residents are given the opportunity to bring back memories by seeing the cars of their youth. Ten SVVS cars attended.

SVVS Evening Meeting - The Bletchingley Arms

       :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Bletchingley Arms - July 2018] ::
The Plough re-branded Bletchingley Arms is on the A25 with lots of passing traffic and when the weather is fine it draws our best, or second best, attendance of the year. Weather this time was glorious, being the continuation of this year's heatwave of not having any rain whatsoever for over seven weeks.They had not cut the meadow of the 'grassy knoll' as the grass war brown and dying and the earth below was utterly solid and rock hard. 60 Members were present with 49 vehicles of interest.

SVVS  Visit the  Leigh Summer Fayre,  Leig

       :: [ SVVS  Visit the  Leigh Summer Fayre,  Leigh  -  July 2018] ::
Drivers in their classic and vintage cars assembled at the Plough in Leigh where the hostelry kindly provided Pimms and Sandwiches for the participants. Although not a formal SVVS event, at least eleven SVVS Member vehicles attended. Once fed and watered, participants drove in a parade to the Leigh Cricket Club ground a couple of miles away where there was a formal car display. Unliuke last year when rain poured down buckets, this year the event experienced a heat-wave and brown grass!

SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of Jaguar Enthusiasts Club

     :: [ SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of JEC - July 2018] ::
As has become traditional, the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, Surrey Region, invited the SVVS to join them at their Thursday July evening meeting at the Brooklands Motor Museum in Weighbridge to display their cars along with JEC's impressive Jaguars. The SVVS contributed eight suitable cars to the splendid gathering. We were again not able to visit the museum, so were parked in the famous enclosure adjacent to the Motor Village, and both retired to the very splendid Brooklands Club 'Members Bar'.

 SVVS supports 'United Against Dementia' Day, Horne

:: [ SVVS supports 'United Against Dementia' Day, Horne - July 2018] ::
Julie Mohacek is an active Volunteer for the Alzheimer's Society and is involved in their local fund raiding activities. Being the wife of the Chairman of the SVVS, she roped him and also some of the other Members of the SVVS to display their vehicles at the Alzheimer's Society's "Commemorative Vintage Celebration of 100 Years of Great Britain", held at Church Farm. Another volunteer has connections with the Motor Guzzi owners who also displayed some lovely motorcycles. 

SVVS Summer Saunter to Wings Museum, Balcombe

:: [ SVVS Summer Saunter to Wings Museum, Balcombe - July 2018] ::
T
he SVVS SUMMER SAUNTER is non competitive run into the countryside organised by our Hon Sec Malcolm Bailey and his wife Sheena. The destination is different every year but the start is generally in the Morrisons Car park in Reigate. This year the destination was The Wings Museum, near Balcombe, West Sussex RH17 6JT, a distance of 17 miles. A map of possible routes was provided and, for the enthusiasts, a Tulip Route! Fascinating gem of a Museum for all interested in RAF & WW2. 

SVVS attends HCVS Meeting at Jolly Farmer, Horne

:: [ SVVS attends HCVS Meeting at Jolly Farmer, Horne - July 2018] ::
T
he Historic Commercial Vehicle Society (HCVS), they of the Commercial London to Brighton Run, organised a "Bring Your Vehicle Evening" at the Jolly Farmer Public House in Horne. Many of our Members are also Members of the HCVS, including their Chairman Fraser Clayton. A number of other SVVS Members were there in vintage and classic cars, and a vintage van! Lots of lovely local ales in the pub and burgers and ice-creams outside. A well attended evening enjoyed by all who came.

 SVVS Evening Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley

       :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley - June 2018 ] ::
Themed olde-worlde pub situated at the end of a narrow lane, adjacent to a 14th century church on the banks of the meandering marshes of the river Mole yet within immediate sight of Gatwick Airport. Another bonus for us is that the car park has space for about 150 cars, so for once we do not cause parking chaos to a public house. Lovely hot weather so Chaiman came topless in the Citroen 5CV, pleasant evening, so good turnout of 43 interesting vehicles to view, and some moderns.

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

 :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June 2018] :: 
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. Pub has changed ownership, car park much enlarged and packed. but fortunately all remains much as before. Beautiful warm sunny day so superb turnout of proper vehicles, 34 cars, hot-rod, and some moderns.

SVVS Evening Meeting at the Skimmington Castle, Reigate

 :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May 2018] ::
Skimmington Castle is just off Reigate Heath  with  good beer  and food. Normally The Skim is one of our best outside meetings of the year and parking can be at a premium. This time the weather was good, warm and sunny, and turnout was up on last year with a show of 45 vehicles, some perhaps new members? We again tried to ensure that no moderns crept into our half of the car park but the pub was packed when we arrived so there was not much space as it also had a couple of lorries!

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Dog & Duck, Outwood

        :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Dog & Duck, Outwood - May 2018 ::
Now a slightly later date for the outside visit to this venue which is our winter HQ. The refurb of the Dog & Duck has been great, it now has  new management, with lovely new  restaurant and good grub, so the place was absolutely  packed out, helped by our 24 proper cars including a number of moderns. Seems place for showing infrequently seen cars including Mr. Chairman using Mrs. Chairman's A 35 because his 1921 Citroen 5CV died on the way, trying to summit east face of Outwood Hill!

SVVS Treasure Hunt 2018

      :: [ SVVS Treasure Hunt &  Black Horse, Hook wood - April 2018 ] ::
The 2018 Treasure Hunt combines the regular April pub meet at the Black Horse in Hookwood, with the FHBC's Drive-it-Day. This Treasure Hunt was organised by last year's winners Christine and Ian Scott and started at their lovely home where they provided coffees and Bacon Butties! The  Hunt is a case of driving to a specified location, parking, and walking to find the answers to clues defined on the questionnaire. Winners were Liz and Bruce Glover, and second Sue and Peter Downing.

SVVS Dinner at the Reigate Manor Hotel

        :: [ SVVS Dinner - Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate - April 2018 ] ::
Reigate Manor Hotel was again the venue for the 2018 Annual SVVS Dinner and was attended by 73 people. This was our 50th Anniversary so it was an important milestone in our history. Our Publicity Officer Tony Russell gaveng a pre-dinner talk on the formation and history of the SVVS. Later Guest Speaker Sergeant Tom Stimpson MBE gave an informative and moving speech on his experiences and subsequent mental problems following combat in  Afghanistan,  Falklands  and Iraq.

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Plough & Furrow, Smallfield

 :: [SVVS Lunch Meeting - Plough & Furrow, Smallfield - March 2018]::
This is the second of our Spring meetings where we would well be into de-cobwebbing hibernating Vintage and Classic oldies and trying to forlornly find a vacant parking slot in the normally very busy Plough & Furrow car park. However the Mini Beast from the East had managed to shut down large chunks of Britain and the car park was deserted but for intrepid SVVS Members. The only proper car which actually made it was Chairman's XJS V12. The rest were Japanese,  apart from five Jaguars !

SVVS visit Surrey Oaks Breakfast Club, Newdigate

 ::[ SVVS visit Surrey Oaks Breakfast Club, Newdigate- February 2018]::
This is the venue for our normal June Lunchtime Meeting but the pub has recently introduced a Breakfast Club open to all Classic car and Bike owners; just turn up! They say "A social rendezvous for owners of classic and iconic cars and motorcycles with exclusive parking and breakfast; bacon rolls to epic one-pan full English with delicious coffee, a renowned specialty! It's an informal affair attracting a mix of vehicles from Surrey and Sussex, and taking place every 3rd Sunday monthly."

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Cock at Headley

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Cock Inn, Headley - February 2018] ::
The Cock at Headley is back in our programme after a couple of years following its sudden shut-down just before one of our due meetings there. Now under new management, the pub seems busier then ever with the car park and pub packed out with dining families. Weather was sunny but freezing and a few snowflakes fluttering. Needed gloves which I did not bring. Not a bad turnout with 20 cars, some moderns! Joined on the day by a new member with a 1938 Railton Little Fairmile.

SVVS New Year's Day Meeting at the Beehive, Woodhatch

:: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime - Beehive, Woodhatch - January 2018 ] ::
New Year's Day 2018 was a thoroughly wet day with locally flooded lanes which required use of Land Rover to get out and get there. Initially only one other SVVS car there, the Dodge. Heavy rain seemed to have discouraged most to come, and others to use moderns. Rain did subside a little so eventually three proper and six modern cars were found to have turned up. An interesting new vehicle was unveiled by Tony Tester being a Chrysler 70 part swapped for his old open Chrysler.

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