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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

             :: [ SVVS Christmas Social -  Horne - December 2019 ] ::
Having already had a few goes at holding the SVVS Christmas Social at the Mohacek home, Mrs Chairman has now got it down to a fine art and the evening was really full and buzzing. Bags of food and booze and lots of sitting accommodation throughout the house. We had requested for everybody to advise us, for catering purposes, well in advance of their intention to attend. We had an all time high with 68 booked but only 60 turning up. It is a little difficult and disappointing in a private house to cost and ensure there is enough for all, and then have 10 as no-shows. 

SVVS attend London to Brigton Veteran Run

  :: [ SVVS attend London to Brigton Veteran Run  - November 2019] ::
Some SVVS Members who have been spectating on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run traditionally meet up later at the Black Horse in Hookwood, Horley, for a noggin and natter. This year the weather for the Run was glorious and relatively warm. The sun shone and the sky was blue. However there seems to be a steadily decreasing number of general spectators along the route, which was a great shame. There was also low turnout of Members at  Black Horse, only six suitable cars.

SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath

   :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Red Barn, Blindley Heath - October, 2019] ::
The Red Barn at Blindley Heath is our last outside mid-month meeting of the year and signals that Christmas and New Year are not far away. The weather here can be quite unpredictable. Couple of years back it was lovely with a turnout 32 proper cars. This time it was gloomy cold and drizzly with an unimpressive turnout of only 7 proper vehicles. A number of Members also came in moderns.  Red Barn is a very popular eatery with a lovely smart barn restaurant and has big roomy car park. 

 SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Star, Lingfield -

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Star, Lingfield - September 2019] ::
The Star in Lingfield signals that the 'summer season' is drawing to a close, which is a bit of a shame. The weather at this time of year can be a bit iffy, but this year it was great and was on our side. The sky was blue and the sun shone brilliantly; no need for jackets this year. The turnout was some 16 proper Member vehicles and a couple of modernish Aston Martins paying us a visit, hopefully to join. It also provided the annual visit of the serial ex-member Leo Smith, hopefully to rejoin !

SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display

    ::[ SVVS at Reigate Tunnel Historic Car Display - September 2019 ]::
The SVVS again displayed our vintage and classic vehicles in the old Tunnel above the Reigate Caves supporting the National Heritage Open Day Scheme. No longer under the auspices of Reigate Business Guild, it seems Reigate is no longer putting much effort into the event. We did have to share the venue with the Wealden Cave Society who took up the middle of the tunnel, splitting us into two displays. Our 22 vehicles did create interest, but we were by no means overwhelmed by the crowds.  

SVVS at the Blidley Heath Tractor Fest

     ::[SVVS at Tractor Fest, Osney Lodge Farm - September 2019]::
The Blindley Heath Tractor Fest was held at the Osney Lodge Farm, South Godstone, in aid of the Brooklands School for children with additional needs. Last year it was held at the 'Jolly Farmer Pub' but  included Classic cars.  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 - Fox  Revived, Norwood Hill

    :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Fox  Revived, Norwood Hill  - July 2019] ::
This was a new venue for our last outside Evening Meeting of the year. The Fox Revived is a thriving busy pub and highly popular eatery so that the car park was entirely packed with no spare spaces available at all. Fortunately they have an overflow paddock a little away from the building which was very quickly grabbed by us and also totally filled. The evening weather was fine and dry and the sun was setting just as we were arriving.  We therefore had a quite good turnout of 26 proper cars.

SVVS Summer Picnic - Lakeside View Pub, Capel - August 2019

:: [ SVVS Summer Picnic - Lakeside View Pub - August 2019] ::
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic was held at the Lakeside View Pub in Capel adjacent to Henfold Lakes. The weather had threatened rain but sun shone most of the time; a bit windy at times. The arrangements were made by our Publicity Officer Tony Russell  but the organising logistics precluded the supply of the usual free glass of plonk and hot dog. The pub is next to a lovely lake used for fishing and they kindly allowed us to use the adjacent field where we mustered 21 proper cars.

SVVS Evening Meeting, Bletchingley Ams, Bletchingley

      :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Bletchingley Arms - July 2019] ::
The Plough now re-branded Bletchingley Arms on the A25 is normally one of the best attended SVVS Meetings of the year if the weather was kind to us- which it was! Glorious evening despite promised doom and showers, and severe floods in the Midlands. Hence a very good turnout here of about 48 proper cars as well as some moderns. Pub had cut the meadow of the 'grassy knoll so there was plenty of space to park. There were a number of cars not seen previously and a batch of motorcycles. 

SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of Jaguar Enthusiasts Club

     :: [ SVVS Visit to Brooklands at the invitation of JEC - July 2019] ::
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 six suitable cars to the splendid gathering. We were again not able to visit the museum, and were parked sideways in the famous enclosure next to the Motor Village, and retired to the very splendid Brooklands Club 'Members Bar'.

SVVS Summer Saunter to Chiddingstone Castle, Kent

:: [ SVVS Summer Saunter to Chiddingstone Castle, Kent  - July 2019] ::
he SVVS SUMMER SAUNTER is non competitive run into the countryside organised by our Hon Sec Malcolm Bailey and his wife Sheena. The starting point this year was Priory Farm in Nutfield and the destination was Chiddingstone Castle in Kent, a privately owned museum. Two routes were suggested, clockwise or anticlockwise, involving a distance of approximately 18 miles of mainly country lanes. The day was just perfect and we had a record turnout, for this event, of 27 proper cars. 

SVVS attends HCVS Meeting at Jolly Farmer, Horne

:: [ SVVS attends HCVS Meeting at Jolly Farmer, Horne - July 2019] ::
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 pickup! 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 - Dog & Duck, Outwood

        :: [SVVS Evening Meeting - Dog & Duck, Outwood - June 2019 ]::
The June evening meeting has traditionally been held at the Six Bells in Horley. One memorable evening we arrived to find the pub closed because one of the chefs had been arrested for murder. This year, a week or so back, on the TV News they showed that the Six Bells had been significantly damaged by a fire in the Kitchen and was closed. Unlikely this was going to be fixed in time for our meeting, so the venue for this evening was changed to our winter HQ, The Dog & Duck in Outwood where we had a good turnout of 43 proper cars, 55 Members.

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

 :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - June 2019] :: 
The Surrey Oaks is a timeless English country pub with lots of alcoves and low beams and gloomy lighting and is usually one of the better attended of our venues because it is fame for real ales and ciders, and also for its own wood fired pizza oven! The weather on this occasion started out gloomy with promise of rain, which did not materialise but did deter some of our Members from attending. Eventually we had some 25 proper cars including local 'hot rods' and swarm of tractors ! 

SVVS at The Jolly Farmer, Horne

     ::[SVVS attends Street-Rods at Jolly Farmer, Horne - June 2019]::
The Jolly Farmer in Horne used to be our winter HQ until it closed down. It subsequently re-opened with new management and has held a number of vehicle events in the extensive fields around the pub. It seems the events have become known via Facebook by the general 'Classic Car' fraternity with very free-n-easy relaxed atmosphere. Bit like the 'breakfast meets' but at lunchtime. Cars were mainly modernish classics with of 'go-faster' non-standard or modified street-rod types. 

SVVS Evening Meeting - The Skimmington Castle, Reigate

 :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May 2019] ::
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 very iffy and it had been raining. The turnout was down  considerably on last year with a show of only 14 proper cars. A number of Members came in moderns.  We therefore had no trouble in ensuring that no moderns crept into our half of the car park as the turnout of general public to the pub was low.

SVVS visit the Caterham Model Flying Club

          :: [SVVS visit the Caterham Model Flying Club - May 2019 ]::
Few weeks ago we had a very interesting talk from our members Brian Rice and James Gordon who are also a members of the Caterham & District Model Flying Club. They had brought with them some of the model aircraft, some of which were literally quite enormous taking two people to carry them. As a result of this talk, the Club invited the members of our Society to visit their little airfield to see the models in action. Some had petrol engines,  some electric, and some were gliders. 

SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Dog & Duck, Outwood

        :: [SVVS Lunchtime Meet - Dog & Duck, Outwood - May 2019 ]::
Now a regular date for one of our outside meetings to a venue that is our winter HQ. The refurb of the Dog & Duck has been great, and the new management has provided a new modern restaurant with lovely grub, so now the place is absolutely  packed out, helped by our 17 proper vehicles including a number of moderns. Seems the place for showing infrequently seen  or newly refurbished vehicles like the petite Fanny Barnett two stroke just finished being rebuilt by our Chas Moody. 

SVVS Treasure Hunt 2019

      :: [ SVVS Treasure Hunt  &  Black Horse, Hookwood - April 2019 ] ::
The 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 Liz and Bruce Glover. The  Hunt is a case of driving to a specified location, parking, and walking to find the answers to clues defined on the questionnaire. The Run started at Denbies Vineyard. Eventual Winners were Christine and Ian Scott, and 'The Spirit of the Event' prize to Bozi Mohacek and the AA-assisted XJS !

SVVS Dinner - Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate

        :: [ SVVS Dinner - Reigate Manor Hotel, Reigate - April 2019 ] ::
Reigate Manor Hotel was again the venue for the 2019 Annual SVVS Dinner, and was attended by 67 people. Not much could be faulted with the quality of the meal and the efficiency of the service. We were lucky to have polar explorer Patrick McIntosh as our Guest Speaker who gave a Video presentation on being the first man with triple cancer to reach the South Pole ! His chosen charity was St Catherine's Hospice for whom we raised by raffle, and later buckets, an impressive total of 524.65 !!

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Sportsman, Mogador

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Sportsman, Mogador - March 2019] ::
This is a new venue we are trying out this year, one which is located at the northern perimeter of our catchment area. The Sportsman is an eatery type of pub built on the site of a historic hunting lodge believed used by Henry VIII while out hunting. The pub is nearly impossible to find being at the end of a lane leading to the Downs. Hence pub was packed and carpark overflowing. Notwithstanding, we had a relatively reasonable turnout of about 20 vehicles, of which 15 were proper cars. 

SVVS Lunchtime Meeting at the Cock at Headley

    :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Cock Inn, Headley - February 2019] ::
The Cock at Headley was put 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, and dog friendly, the pub seems busier then ever with the car park and pub packed out with dining families.  Weather was iffy having rained and was blowing an icy wind. Pretty poor turnout of only seven cars especially from the 'westeners' who had been asking for a venue in their neck of the woods.

SVVS New Year's Meeting, Reigate

:: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime - Beehive, Woodhatch - January 2019 ] ::
New Year's Day 2019 was, for a change, a normal winter's gray day with no rain or snow, no Beast from the East and with nice not slippery/dirty dry roads. This resulted in a relatively reasonable turnout of 15 proper cars and a couple of moderns. New additions here were a French registered Caterham Cosworth Seven, and a Sunbeam Tiger Coupe; as well as a Audi looking Dodge? A person much missed and a regular at this event was Pam Gorman who had sadly passed away during the Christmas break following a prolonged illness.  Our sympathies to Mike.

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