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Surrey Vintage Vehicle Society caters for veteran cars, vintage cars & classic cars, as well as commercials and motorcycles.

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SVVS Christmas Social at The Jolly Farmer

   :: [ SVVS Christmas Social - Jolly Farmer, Horne - December 2015 ] ::
The event that brings the year to a close continues to be a great success. The Christmas Social is get-together to which ladies can come along with their husbands without having either to listen to boring talks on old cars or having to stand in drafty car parks watching husbands kicking tyres. Nice buffet was laid on by the pub with good choice of food. Quantity was adequate with not much left over!!  Good turnout of about 50,  lots of chats  and  merriment, and  great fun  was had  by all.

SVVS post 2015 Brighton Run Lunchtime Meeting

      ::[ SVVS Post Brighton Run Meeting, Horley - November 2015 ]::
The SVVS Members who have been watching the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run normally meet up at the Black Horse in Hookwood, Horley, for a noggin and natter. This year the weather for the Run was a bit iffy, it being very foggy and relatively cold. There was a low turnout of general spectators along the route, which was a bit of a shame. Our Publicity Officer Tony Russell had liaised with the pub and reserved a couple of snug tables,  where lunch was had by a dozen SVVS Members.

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at Red Barn, Blindley Heath

   :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath - October, 2015] ::
This was our last outside mid-month meeting of the year and the weather was relatively kind to us. This meant that the turnout was actually quite good at 25 vehicles. We had a visit from a lovely Aston Martin and an Alvis, friends of Andrew Randall. Michel Gosset came in his French-museum Citroen 5HP, and therefore  insisted that Mr. Chairman  bring his. They were both made in France and a matter of days between each other. Both got there and back without breakdowns!

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Star, Lingfield

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Star, Lingfield - September 2015] ::
The Star in Lingfield signals that the 'summer season' is drawing to the end. The weather can be iffy but this year it was a lovely autumn day. The sky was blue, the sun shone and it was quite warm. The net result was a rather disappointing turnout of only nine proper vehicles and a couple of moderns; although a couple of Astons and a couple of Benleys was quite impressive. The Star is under new management and by all accounts, there were no significant grumbles about the service or food.

SVVS attend the Reigate Tunnel Heritage Day

    ::[ SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display - September 2015 ]::
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 Reigate is no longer putting much effort into the event. The venue was shared with the Wealden Cave Society, who were conducting tours of the caves. Our cars did create interest in Tunnel Road,  so many thanks  to all of  the  SVVS  Members  who came.

SVVS at the Outwood Show

:: [ SVVS  Visit the  Outwood Carnival, Outwood  -  August  2015] ::
Outwood is a lovely village in Surrey near Gatwick which has the oldest working windmill in Britain in the middle of the common. Once a year the village holds a Carnival which starts with a procession of Vintage Cars from the Windmill to the Carnival site adjacent to Lloyd Hall. The Carnival is frequently opened by Dame Judy Dench, who is an Outwood resident. The ground was drier this year, nobody got stuck, and request from the organisers for car numbers was  smaller  than it was last year.

SVVS Evening Meeting at the Three Horseshoes, Siddlow

:: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Three Horseshoes, Sidlow  - August 2015 ] ::
Rapid onset of rain and darkness heralded our last evening meeting of the season. We have been returning to the Three Horseshoes after a number of years of absence and found most of our gripes resolved. There is now a brand new fully tarmaced carpark, and relatively good new lighting which is needed for an evening meeting- no more darkness to hide invisible deep puddles to soak our socks, plus a dry overflow car park - closed,-  perhaps just as well as lousy weather so lowish turnout.

SVVS Summer Picnic at Church Farm

:: [ SVVS Summer Picnic - Church Farm, Horne - August 2015] ::
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic was held again  this year at  Church Farm,  Horne, at the invitation of Julie and Bozi Mohacek. Although the Tithe Barn was ready with tables and chairs, the weather remained fine, if a little dark, and drizzling rain did hasten the eventual departures. About 33 proper vehicles were present and about 100 people.  All were welcomed as usual with a free glass of wine and a hot dog. After the picnic Julie Mohacek with the help of Tony Oakes, ran couple of Quizzes.

SVVS Evening Meeting at the Bletchingley Arms, Bletchingley

       :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Bletchingley Arms - July 2015] ::
The Plough has been re-branded again and is now A Barons Pub. It 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. They had cut the meadow of the grassy knoll beside the pub to accommodate our cars but this year because of the cool weather it was less than full. Most of our cars were in the car park. The hotrod brigade, which are actually nothing to do with  us, also join us regularly  which  swells  the  numbers.

SVVS at the Dial Post, West Sussex

        :: [ SVVS Visit to Alvis/VSCC meeting at Dial Post  - July 2015] ::
The VSCC and the Alvis Owners Club meet at the Crown Inn at Dial Post in West Sussex every third Friday 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 in their suitable cars. This was a typical meeting where Michel Gosset drove Chairman Bozi Mohacek, so Bozi had to buy him a lunch. The lunch of fish & chips was lovely,   as was the selection of  interesting variety of  vehicles present.

SVVS Summer Saunter to The Spa Valley Railway

:: [ SVVS Summer Saunter to The Spa Valley Railway  - July 2015] ::
The meeting point for the Saunter was Godstone and then a slow meander through the lanes of Surrey/Sussex/Kent to the High Rocks Pub car park. Then to the Pub for coffee, and later to the pub's own railway station platform on the Spa Valley Railway. Train runs between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge, stopping at High Rocks and Groombridge. One way diesel and back by steam engine. After lunch to Tunbridge Wells,  and to the guided tour of the Spa Railway Engine shed.

SVVS visit the Brooklands Museum

     :: [ SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of JEC - July 2015] ::
Our Membership Secretary Peter Clark is past Chairman of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, Surrey Region, who meet at the Brooklands Motor Museum. Just like last year the JEC Regional Committee invited the SVVS to join them at their Thursday July meeting to display their cars along with JEC Jaguars. Due to another meeting at the Clubhous, this year we were not able to visit the museum and parked in the Motor Village. Members retired to the Brooklands "Members Bar" and balcony.

SVVS at The Six Bells, Horley

       :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley - June 2015 ] ::
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. The inside of this establishment is very 'themed' with pine furniture and the height of bar ceiling  caused  discomfort  for our less  vertically challenged  members.

SVVS at the Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June 2015] ::
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 and this time again no rain put a damper on the day.  This also seems a popular place for unveiling new cars; a couple of Hotrods and what seemed to be a Model T Special.

SVVS at " Motorsport at Crystal Palace"

  :: [ SVVS  Visit  'Motor Sport at Chrystal Palace'  -  June 2015 ] ::
This is the second year the SVVS had a stand at the " Motorsport at the Palace" , an event orgaised by the Sevenoaks & District Motor Club on the remaining portion of the old grand prix race track. This is now primarily a Sprint Event with a Classic Car Display alongside. SVVS contingent was Chas Moody and the Morris, Malcolm Ward and the Mercedes, Darron Ward and the Mustang, Bozi Mohacek and the XJS, Nick Woollett and the Dellow, and Tony Penn and the Falcon.  Nice day!

SVVS Evening Meeting at the Skimmington Caste, Reigate Heath

 :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May 2015] ::
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 remained good, if coldish, and the turnout was a magnificent 51 cars. We again tried to ensure that no moderns crept into our half of the car park but had to form a third row and krept into the other half. Just to make matters worse it started to rain about 9.30 and suddenly the carpark was empty

SVVS at the Plough & Furrow, Smallfield

 ::[SVVS Lunchtime Meeting, Plough & Furrow, Smallfield - May 2015]::
We always seem to get good weather at the Plough & Furrow in Smallfield despite it being early on in the outdoor season. The SVVS turnout was quite good with a reasonably fair selection of 28 vehicles. The attendances however, seem to always fluctuate and many of the local regulars and Committee were not present. The Chairman made the arduous journey of just over one mile in his Citroen 5CV, and got back? Also pleased to sign up new member in a rather nice open Bentley VDP. 

2015 SVVS Treasure Hunt starts at Denbie's

      :: [ SVVS Treasure Hunt &  Black Horse, Hookwood - April 2015 ] ::
The 2015 Treasure Hunt is now combined with the regular April pub meet at the Black Horse in Hookwood, and with the FHBC's Drive-it-Day. We met at the Denbie's Vineyard in Dorking where the first set of clues were within the building. Then off to Brockham and then to Newdigate. We re-assembled at the Black Horse in Hookwood where we met other  SVVS  cars out for the  Sunday meet and where the Navigator Tony Oakes and Driver Bozi Mohacek were declared winners !

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Dog & Duck, Outwood

        :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Dog & Duck, Outwood - March 2015 ::
We were supposed to have been visiting the Cock Inn at Headley but it seems this shut rather abruptly with lots of local stories. We therefore had to undertake a very rapid change of venue and returned to the pub which used to be our winter HQ for a number of years until this too closed rater abruptly following mysterious fires. The refurb of the Dog & Duck has been great, with lovely new  restaurant and, by all accounts, good grub.  The place was full, -  and fuller when our 28 old cars arrived. 

SVVS Dinner at the Reigate Manor Hotel

     :: [ SVVS Dinner - Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate - February 2015 ] ::
Reigate Manor Hotel was again the venue for the 2015 Annual SVVS Dinner and was attended by a smashing turnout of 90 people. Not much could be faulted with the quality of the meal and the efficiency of the service. We were lucky to obtain services of Phillip Dixon as the Guest Speaker whose talk can be summarized from the title of his current book out now 'Dairy Cows and Duck Races - a Northumbrian Farmer Remembers'.   Brooklands School  in Reigate was his nominated charity.

SVVS Meeting at the Beehive, Reigate

 :: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime - Beehive, Woodhatch - January 2015 ] ::
New Years Day 2015 was not a particularly nice day but the rain did hold off so some quite polished machinery attended. It was considerably better then the year before when we were in the midst of the Christmas floods and only two cars turned up, one being a Land Rover with a snorkel. This has now become the traditional New Year's Day meet at the Beehive  where one of the annexes was again packed with  SVVS  Members and their smiling wives consuming lunches,- cooked by others.

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