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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, Horne

             :: [ SVVS Christmas Social -  Horne - December 2017 ] ::
Having done a trial run last year, Mrs Chairman advised she would not be adverse to holding the SVVS Christmas Social again at Church Farm again where we can accommodate about 50/60 people. We had requested for everybody to advise us of their intention to attend and were very pleased that 65 people accepted the invitation, and we were close to having to turn people down. Fortunately due to late cancellations,  everybody was accommodated  at a final number of 56.

SVVS Members at the London to Brighton Veteran Run

      ::[ SVVS Post Brighton Run Meeting, Horley - November 2017 ]::
Some SVVS Members who had been spectating on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run meet up later at the Black Horse in Hookwood, Horley, for a noggin and natter. This year the weather for the Run was glorious. The sun shone, sky was blue but bit chilly. There was a low turnout of general spectators along the route. There had been a change of route going down via Reigate Hill and the Run was much delayed due to an accident on the hill involving one of the old veterans.

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Red Barn, Blindley Heath

   :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath - October, 2017] ::
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 32 vehicles including a number of new Members and new vehicles. Red Barn is a popular eatery with a lovely smart barn restaurant and has a nice big roomy car park. It can sometimes be quite packed and getting a table to have lunch can be quite difficult. Even getting a drink has been known to be a problem. But not this time. 

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Star, Lingfield

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Star, Lingfield - September 2017] ::
The Star in Lingfield signals that the 'summer season' is drawing to the end, which is a bit of a shame. The weather can be iffy but this year it was almost on our side rather than being against us. The sky was a bit gray, the sun did not shine and it was anorak summer's cold day. The attempt at rain was  bit feeble. Net result was a rather surprising turnout of some 22 proper vehicles and some moderns.  There were no grumbles about The Star service or food over the last few annual visits.

 SVVS attend the National Heritage Open Day, Reigate Tunnel

    ::[ SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display - September 2017 ]::
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. The venue was shared with the Wealden Cave Society, who were conducting tours of the caves. Our 14 cars did create interest in Tunnel Road, so many thanks to all of the SVVS  Members  who came.

 SVVS Evening Meeting - The Three Horseshoes, Sidlow

:: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Three Horseshoes, Sidlow  - August 2017 ] ::
Rapid onset of 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 tarmacked 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 an empty dry overflow car park, which was blocked closed, but was no overcrowding.

S V V S Summer Picnic, Horne

:: [ SVVS Summer Picnic - Church Farm, Horne - August 2017] ::
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 glorious, sunny and hot. Over 100 Members and guests attended with over 50 impressive cars from the Vintage, Classic and Modern periods. All visitors were welcomed as usual with a free glass of wine and a hot dog.  After the picnic, Julie Mohacek and Tony Oakes ran the Quizzes.

SVVS Evening Meeting at the Bletchingley Arms, Bletchingley

       :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Bletchingley Arms - July 2017] ::
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 not kind, grey and miserable with just enough drizzle to need an umbrella. They had cut the meadow of the grassy knoll but the turnout was down on previous years and only a couple of cars on it. We had some 31 interesting cars. The hotrod brigade, which join us, did not bring any of their machinery.

SVVS Visit the Leigh Summer Fayre,  Leigh, Surrey

  :: [ SVVS  Visit the  Leigh Summer Fayre,  Leigh  -  July 2017] ::
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 seven 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. The sky turned black and rain poured down buckets, so about an hour later most went home. Quite a shame!

SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of Jaguar Enthusiasts Club

     :: [ SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of JEC - July 2017] ::
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 in the paddock along with JEC Jaguars. The SVVS contributed nine suitable cars to the splendid display. This year we were not able to visit the museum, so were parked in the famous enclosure adjacent to the Motor Village, and retired to the very splendid Brooklands Club 'Members Bar'.

SVVS at Vallance Gatwick Aviation Museum at Charlwood

:: [ SVVS at Gatwick Aviation Museum at Charlwood, July 2017 ::
This year's Summer Saunter to Gatwick Aviation Museum was organised by Malcolm and Sheena Bailey and saw the best turnout of members, families and friends, - and cars, for this event. Malcolm had provided two detailed route maps of how to get from Morrisons car park in Reigate to the Museum at Gatwick, a staggering distance of 7.8 miles. 23 proper cars came and had a most enjoyable and successful outing to recently reopened Aircraft Museum started by Peter Vallance in 1987.

SVVS attends HCVS Meeting at Jolly Farmer, Horne

:: [ SVVS attends HCVS Meeting at Jolly Farmer, Horne  July 2017] ::
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 motorbike! 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 2017 ] ::
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. They even reserved a part of one of the dining halls for us. Reasonable weather, pleasant evening, so good turnout of 25 proper cars and some moderns.

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June 2017] :: 
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 packed and fortunately all remains much as before. Beautiful warm sunny day so superb turnout of proper vehicles, 35 cars and a veteran motorcycle, as well as some moderns.

SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate

 :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May 2017] ::
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 44 vehicles, three of which were motorbikes. We again tried to ensure that no moderns crept into our half of the car park and fortunately the pub was not very packed so there was space in the car park,  and spaces to eat.

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Dog & Duck, Outwood

        :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Dog & Duck, Outwood - May 2017 ::
Slightly later change of date for the outside visit to this venue which is now again 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 31 proper cars and also a number of moderns. Very pleased to welcome new members, a couple of them joining on the day. Interesting immaculate 'Dax Cobra'  worried  its owner  by just a trace of  coolant  on the head.

Annual SVVS Treasure Hunt

      :: [ SVVS Treasure Hunt &  Black Horse, Hook wood - April 2017 ] ::
The 2017 Treasure Hunt now 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 winner Julia Tester and started at The Fox & Hounds on Tilburstow Hill, hosted by landlady Ellie who provided the teas and coffees! The  Hunt is a case of driving to a specified location, parking, and walking to find the answers to clues defined on the questionnaire provided. The winners were Ian and Christine Scott.

SVVS Dinner at the Reigate Manor Hotel

        :: [ SVVS Dinner - Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate - April 2017 ] ::
Reigate Manor Hotel was again the venue for the 2017 Annual SVVS Dinner and was attended by a smashing turnout of 62 people. Not much could be faulted with the quality of the meal and the efficiency of the service. We were lucky to have our President Derrick Graham to gave us a fascinating talk on history of William Shakespeare and the origins of the London Globe Theatre, where he had performed. Globe was based on roadside inns with balconies and horse carts in circle acting as stage.

SVVS Sunday Lunch at the Plough & Furrow, Smallfield

 :: [SVVS Lunch Meeting - Plough & Furrow, Smallfield - March 2017]::
Our outside meetings started earlier this year as we had returned to the Dog & Duck for our winter venue. This meant slightly re-scheduling the earlier part of our Annual Calendar. Either side of this Sunday, warm sunny weather with above average temperatures. On Sunday morning clouds bit grayish but dry, - for a bit. True to form, the weather was not kind to us. The heavens then opened up and everything was soaking. Only seven proper cars turned out; two vintage cars and five classics.

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Cock at Headley

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Cock Inn, Headley - February 2017] ::
We have not been to the Cock at Headley for a couple of years as it became suddenly shut 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 obviously helped as temperature outside 2C and snowflakes fluttering. Not a bad turnout of members, 19 people, but only 5 proper cars, rest moderns! However, were joined on the day by a new member in just-proper Fiat 124 Spider. 

New Year's Day - Beehive, Woodhatch

:: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime - Beehive, Woodhatch - January 2017 ] ::
New Year's Day 2017 was not a particularly nice day, and heavy rain did hold off which discouraged some to come, so only eight polished machinery attended. 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. An interesting new vehicle was unveiled by Graham Capel being a Toyota Sera via Dubai as made for Japanese market only.

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