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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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Bryan Goodman and the 1900 Benz

     :: [  SVVS Meeting  -  London to Brighton Run - November 2005 ] ::
A number of SVVS Members entered cars in the 'London to Brighton'. A number of other SVVS Members followed the run in relatively ancient machinery, and yet others refused to clog up the A23 and stayed put at suitable vantage points. One of these was Tony Oakes who went to Redhill and snapped away with his Box Brownie and got amazingly wet. Afterwards many of us met up as usual at the Black Horse Hookwood.

    ::[ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - The Dog & Duck - September 2005 ]::
The Dog & Duck is located on Outwood Hill in Surrey not far from the Outwood Windmill. A slightly reduced turnout of members which is becoming quite traditional for this venue, which is a shame. Mohacek Junior brought along his two new purchases, the Honda S2000 and the racing micro-bike. He tried to persuade Oakes GrandJunior to try it and failed, so ex-racer Mohacek Senior showed them how it should be done.

 :: [ Edenbridge & Oxted Show - Historic Car Display - August 2005 ] ::
The Edenbridge & Oxted Show again had over 50,000 visitors enjoying quite good weather and good turnout. "Health & Safety"  regulations and their enforcement are however beginning to much encroach into the enjoyment of this event which has traditionally  been great fun. The latest demand is that all cars have to be in position by 08.00h and may well be the last time the Mohacek team is involved in the organisation. 

      :: [ SVVS Summer Picnic - Church Farm, Horne - August 2005] ::
The Great SVVS Summer Picnic was held this year on a pleasant day at a very rural location of Church Farm beside the rather lovely St Mary's Church in Horne. As usual free drinks greeted the Members on arrival and this time hosts Julie and Bozi also provided Hotdogs. A few minutes of drizzle did not spoil what was otherwise a lovely day which finished off in funny driving tests round the field,  and won by Mohacek kids !!.

  :: [ SVVS at the Lingfield Steam and Country  Show - August 2005] ::
The Lingfield Steam and Country Show is now a regular feature at the Blue Anchor site near Lingfield. Attendance again seemed to be a bit  smaller this year as far as the cars and commercials were concerned. Steam however was as magnificent as ever and had some rather gorgeous traction engines, steam rollers and steam lorries. SVVS cars were represented as usual in a well presented static display paddock.   

   :: [ Ardingly Vintage Vehicle Show  - Ardingly, Sussex  -  July 2005 ] ::
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 interesting photos. 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 Plough, Bletchingley - July 2005] ::
The ever-popular meeting at the Plough on the A25 in the village of Bletchingley is normally our best attended meeting. Not this time! There was steady light rain and very low cloud. Coupled with a high degree of humidity everything became very wet indeed. This time we achieved a record low as most members and spectators decided to stay at home. Wet roads and every 4 x 4 on fog lamps meant a very tricky journey.  

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate - July 2005] ::
So far there has been no report on our meeting at The Surrey Oaks in Newdigate and our regular snapper Bozi Mohacek was on holiday. Fortunately Malcolm Bailey was there with his digital and took a detailed record of all those attending. We always seem to have a very good day when visiting The Surrey Oaks and this visit appears from the photos to have been no exception. Amongst the cars a Lotus not seen before.

:: [ SVVS Evening Meeting - Skimmington Castle, Reigate - May 2005 ] ::
As is traditional, our summer evening season started with a visit to the Skimmington Castle, a pleasant olde worlde pub hidden on Reigate Heath. The landlord had once again ensured that no moderns crept into our half of the car park which was again completely filled. So many cars in fact came that the central isle was also filled, which meant some interesting shuffling of precious cars when earlybirds wanted to leave.

   :: [ Wednesday Wander to Leonardslee and Outwood - June  2005 ] ::
A number of  SVVS Members, and others, took a day off to spend a fascinating day driving their ancient machinery all the way from Reigate to Leonardslee Gardens along the local country lanes to be there for lunch. Some got lost so were late! After visiting the Gardens and the Museums, a further leisurely amble along more country lanes took us to the Outwood Mill and later to Outwood Cricket Club pavilion for Tea. 

   :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Black Horse, Hookwood - May 2005 ] ::
About a couple of dozen members came along to the lunchtime meeting at the Black Horse on Sunday, to enjoy the first of our 'Summer Season' outside meetings and they were not disappointed. The SVVS weather prevailed and the sun shone brightly upon us and on our cars on the lawn. There was much exchange of gossip and a little imbibing as well;  it was a very enjoyable and most successful start to the SVVS season.

  :: [ SVVS Lunchtime Meeting - Inn o/t Pond, Nutfield  - March 2005 ] ::
The SVVS Sunday Lunch season got off to a very good start with some 20 proper cars lining up in the car park of the above-mentioned hostelry adjacent to Nutfield marsh. Those so inclined repaired indoors to await their roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, followed by enjoying a plate of fruit crumble. More hardy souls obtained and  hung onto their drinks with frozen fingers and kept warm by kicking old tyres in the car park.

      :: [ SVVS Dinner - Reigate Hill Hotel, Reigate - February 2005 ] ::
The Annual SVVS Dinner was held at the Reigate Hill Hotel and was again a great success having been attended by over 110 Members. The highlight of the evening was the speech given by Fredrick "Nosher" Powell, a heavyweight boxing champion, now in his 70's. His checkered career included having been a doorman in clubs, bodyguard for such stars as Frank Sinatra and having been a stunt double in many films. 

 :: [ New Year's Day Lunchtime - The Beehive, Woodhatch - January ] ::
The Beehive used to be as regular summer evening venue but the car park became too small to house us all. We returned last year for New Years Day, which normally has a lower turnout, and got a nice welcome. Also there was no problems in getting a cooked lunch. Judging by the turnout this year the grub was good because most members were tucking in and the car park was full.  It is now again an 'official' event. 

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