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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 Evening Meeting - Three Horseshoes, Sidlow  - August 2003 ] ::
So our four summer evening meetings have drawn to their close. Weather wise it has been one of the best summers on record and we have all enjoyed being out and about in our proper cars. This means that more cars than ever turned up for our meetings which made recording then all correctly far from easy. Last year 33 vehicles were recorded at this venue and this year it was the same number plus one latecomer. 

 :: [ Edenbridge & Oxted Show - Historic Car Display - August 2003 ] ::
This yearís Edenbridge & Oxted Show had over 50,000 visitors enjoying quite good weather. It was not as stiflingly hot as it had been for quite a few weeks before and for some time after. Uncharacteristically for this summer, but not for this show, it was overcast and was threatening to rain, and rain had not been seen all summer!!!  Full house of both Classic and Vintage vehicles as usual with quite high number of SVVS Members.

 :: [ SVVS Family Summer Picnic, South Nutfield -  August 2003 ] ::
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic was held this year on a very hot day at Priory Farm beside the rather lovely lake at South Nutfield where about 30  SVVS cars displayed around the field. Once again it was a great success with weather which was quite perfect. Location was adjacent to Redhill Air Show resulting in some great displays of aerobatics being put on for our benefit. The BBMF Spitfire, Hurricane & Nimrod paid a visit.

  :: [ The Lingfield Steam and Country Show, Lingfield - August 2003 ] ::
The Lingfield Steam and Country Show is now at its new regular venue at the Blue Anchor Show site and appears to be going from strength to strength. It  has always been known for a good display of Steam Traction Engines, Steam Rollers and Steam Lorries, and this year was no exception. As usual, also present were numerous Tractors, Lorries, Busses, Motorbikes, Military Vehicles, Fire Engines and numerous cars.

:: [ Ardingly Vintage Vehicle Show  - Ardingly, Sussex  -  July 2003 ] ::
The Ardingly Show is not one that is noted in the SVVS calendar but is a Show that is attended by a number of our Members including our regular 'snapper' Tony Oakes who once again provided lots of photos and details. The Ardingly Show  has many classes of vehicles including steam traction engines, veteran, vintage and classic cars, caravans, motorcycles, fire engines, vans, commercials, tractors and machinery. 

         :: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Six Bells, Horley - June 2003 ] ::
What an outstanding venue this was. An old world pub situated at the end of a narrow lane, adjacent to a church yet within sight of the 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 any parking chaos. And to round things off, it was a beautiful summerís evening. 

   :: [ "Cream Tea Run"  - Knight's Garden, Woldingham - June 2003 ] ::
Once again, the SVVS "Cream Tea" was a huge success, even the weather was quite perfect. Some 18 cars were paraded on the lawn of Knight's Garden Centre. Equally importantly, the cream tea was, as ever, excellent. We were ushered to our reserved room through the front door and through the elegant entrance hall so that we could admire the fine architecture and magnificent decoration of the house. 

  :: [ SVVS Visit to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford  - April 2003 ] ::
Following a successful coach trip to visit the Enigma museum at Bletchley Park, this year's journey took us to the Imperial War Museum's aviation collection at Duxford, a former World War II fighter station near Cambridge. Sited on an airfield, the museum's aircraft collection is housed in five hangers, and also in separate buildings which house the American Air Museum and the Military Vehicle collection. 

      :: [ SVVS Dinner - Reigate Hill Hotel, Reigate - February 2003 ] ::
After the great success of our Annual Dinner last year held at the Reigate Hill Hotel it was decided to repeat the venue for this year's event, which proved just as successfully. The highlight of the evening was the speech given by Helen Tempest the very experienced Wingwalker and Operations Director of Aerosuperbatics, the St Ivel "Utterly Butterly" Aerobatics Team who fly Boeing Stearmen biplanes.

      :: [ New Year's Day - Fox-on-the-Hill, Lower Kingswood - January ] ::
We have met for a noggin and a natter at Fox in Lower Kingswood for a number of years now on each New Year's Day, so much so that it is now an 'official' event. The weather was absolutely atrocious with non-stop rain and serious flooding throughout southern England. Many roads in our patch were flooded and impassable. The turnout of 'proper' cars was therefore restricted and why some Members came out in 'moderns'.

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