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August Monthly Meet 2016

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2016

Now in its 29th year the Passion for Power Classic Motor Show at Tatton Park is one of the UK’s favourite Classic Car Events with around 2000 classic cars on show and over 80 Car Club displays.  Plus the usual 200 or so autojumble, specialist and general trade stands. There was the collectors Car-Mart attracting great cars for sale. Not forgetting the Dream Cars Pavilion displaying the finest high-performance, competition and super cars of the latest models from some of the world’s exclusive car manufacturers.

The weather forecast wasn’t very promising for the weekend and when Dave, Shirley, Catherine and myself made our way to the Showground on Friday afternoon with the view to setting up the stand ready for Saturday’s show the weather had other ideas, it poured with rain, so after some basic tidying up and “waying-up” the plot we decided not to erect the event shelter and bunting for fear returning the next morning to find it in a crumpled heap. So we called it quits and made our way to the Swan Hotel where lots of classic cars were gathering in the car park. We had a very enjoyable evening chatting to friends and had dinner with members who had driven down from the North Region.

As our members arrived on Saturday morning we lined them up in what we thought was a good colour display of mk1’s and 2’s. The aforementioned weather forecast put many visiting public away (we did have a number of rain showers and at times we ran for cover in the event shelter), but for those who ventured out it was a good day, and thanks to all the efforts of our members we were awarded 1st Place Best Club Stand. We were also pleased to sign up two new members.

Sunday was the better of the two days, even sunglasses were required. We had a number of different cars on display and there was very many more visitors in general in the park and also looking around our cars. We had another successful day as Ian Howe was proud to have won 1st Place for the Best MR2 and David Lycett was very pleased to receive the 3rd Place award.

So a big thank you once again to you all for making this a very successful event for the 5th year in succession.

Bodelwyddan Castle Sunday 30th July 2016

The Bodlewyddan Castle was built around 1460 as a manor house and is now a Grade ll listed building and is open to the public as a historic house museum. It is a beautiful back drop for the 7th Classics at the Castle show.

For the 4th year in a row a number of us met on Saturday evening at Harvey’s American Diner in Llandudno, 15 to be exact and enjoyed the various dishes they have on offer, steaks, burgers, pizza’s etc. with lots of chat and amusement.

On Sunday morning we had a mini convoy on entering the grounds either by fluke or just perfect timing, David Hudson was the first on the park and patiently waited for the rest of us to arrive, Janet and Rob, David Hall & Shirley, Nic, David Blackburn & Linda, David Maley & Maxine, followed by Jean, and then no not another David but two Brian’s – Flanagan and new member Brian Woodhouse, Danos arrived and would you believe it accompanied by - David Booth. Pete, Cody with Crumble and Jagger in the Merc. and Catherine and me in the Scirocco.

It was a good day with sunny intervals and we had plenty of interest from the public and other car enthusiasts as the cars were lined up at the top of the hill giving an impressive display.

July Monthly Meet 2016

Our first return visit to the wonderful parkland of Leighton Hall for the 17th Lakeland Classic Car Rally was eagerly anticipated as we had a great day here last year.

We arranged to meet at Lancaster services at 08.30am for the 16 mile drive in convoy to the Hall.  There were 10 cars in the convoy, not all MR2’s – 1 Scirocco, 1 MX5 and 1 Mercedes van taking up the rear.  We were directed to a good spot in the grounds and were joined by 2 more MR2’s one of whom Dave signed up new members, welcome Stuart Shearer and Margaret Morris.

Once we had set up the shelter, bunting and flags Jean soon had the sausage muffins on the go, which everyone really appreciates.

It was a good atmosphere with competitions throughout the day, the last class of the day was the 1980’s to 2000’s, there was a good variety of cars entering the arena, Ian & Viv Howe entered with their immaculate low mileage light metallic blue Mk1.  He was very pleased to be awarded the winner of this class.

The winners of every class over the day go on to enter “car of the show”.  With a lot a support from the members Ian was surprised and delighted to be presented with the plaque for “car of the show”! which made a brilliant end to the best show of season so far (no rain!).

June Show 26th June 2016

We were all looking forward to the 4th Lymm Historic Transport Day, over the past two years that we have attended they have been exceptionally good days and once again this year proved to be so too.

There was everything on display on the May Queen Field buses, bikes, bicycles, large model planes, a lot of attention was paid to the complete replica spitfire.  The live Rockabilly, music by the Runawayz and Lucy Barlow could be heard coming from the far side.  Plenty of food stalls, a bar and market too and treats for the children and fair ground rides... Oh and by the way 350 cars and classics.

Around the village centre were traction engines and a great model railway.  The historic working boats and barges could be seen on the Bridgewater Canal which runs through the centre of Lymm, where you could take a boat trip too.

Our stand was reduced in size due to the ground conditions which made it a bit of a squeeze as we had 15 cars on display, we were pleased to welcome our friends from the Midlands, Lynn & Tony Gardner, Anne & Steve Loffman, Gerry & Chris Moore, Dorothy & Ken Morgan and Bryan & Grace Elliot, Jan & Duncan Evans and Tony Cook from the North, Mags, Janet & Rob with a car each, Pete & Nik, Brian Flanagan, Jean & Sky, Dave & Shirley, David Blackburn & Linda and Ian & Vivienne, thanks to them for their support.

As the weather turned dark grey early in the afternoon the usual presentations were cancelled, but Janet was pleased to receive a prize for her Red mark 2GTI.

June Monthly Meet 2016

Youngtimer Car Show Gawsworth Hall
Monday 30th May 2016

Celebrating cherished classics open to cars and motorcycles manufactured between 1970’s to 1990’s or fitting the ethos of a Youngtimer classic, with static displays and an informal concourse event within the walled Elizabethan pleasure gardens of Gawsworth Hall.

This event was supported by Carole Nash Insurance who provided live music on the front lawn during the day. Guest judging by Fuzz Townshend.

This is a new show although small it was a relaxing day in the gardens enjoying the music and sunshine. There 8 cars on display in the shade of the trees, 6 Mk2’s and 2 Mk1’s. Much discussion took place over the day about the 25th Birthday Bash and all looking forward to great day next Sunday.

April Monthly Meet 2016

This was such a good venue last April we decided on a return visit and booked the conservatory just for us, overlooking the river Weaver.  It was a lovely sunny day and we gathered in the beer garden.  We had excellent attendance by our regular members and again by newcomers.  Mark Walker and family joined us for the first time, Mark driving his blue Mk2 turbo which has a body kit.

We raised our glasses in memory of Paul Moores who sadly, recently passed away and long standing members will remember him as the North West co-ordinator from several years ago.  Paul and Nicola recently re-joined the Club and we met them in February at the Sunday Lunch at the Swan.  Our thoughts are with Nicola and the family.

As there were 22 of us altogether there were a number of different conversations carrying on at the same time as we shared our news and discussed the first show of the season which is at Gawsworth Hall on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May and the other events taking place throughout the summer.


March Monthly Meet 2016

As Mothering Sunday coincided with the March lunch date we re-arranged our meeting to Sunday 13th March, this proved to be a good move as we had a total number of 18 members at the Moorings, Boothstown including re-joining members Ian and Vivienne Howe, and new members David Blackburn and his wife and also Sean Woolfenden.

Ian and Vivienne arrived in one of his four MR2’s, this one an Mk1 Metallic Blue with only 178 miles on the clock which is an impressive sight. David’s MR2 is a work in progress and is hopefully to be on the road in approximately 4 – 6 weeks just in time for the beginning of the show season.

We actually had 4 MR2’s in the carpark which is a good number for our March meeting, belonging to Moe and Les - Red MK1, Nik’s White Mk1, Dave and Shirley’s Green Mk2 and David’s aforementioned Blue MK1.

There was also a variety of everyday cars and even a motorbike!

We have new sponsorship from Cheshire Flooring and Dave brought a sample of the new carpet tiles supplied to show the members, which the Club will have full use of for any indoor show which will improve our Club stand displays.

Plenty of discussions taking place whilst we enjoyed our meals and coffee and we gradually left the pub at around 3.30pm


 February Monthly Meet 2016

North West Sunday Lunch at The Swan Inn, Bucklow Hill, 7th February 2016.

Our first Sunday Lunch meeting for 2016 was very well attended.  We were especially happy to welcome new members for lunch, Danos Damianou, David Booth, Chris Eaton and re-joining members Paul and Nicola Moores for the first time and it was good to see them all arriving in their MR2’s.  Danos and David in their Silver Mk2 rev 5, Chris in his Blue Mk3, Paul and Nicola in their fully restored Mk2 turbo. Rob, Janet, David, Maxine, Jean, Sky, Nik, Pete, Cody, Shirley, Dave, Catherine and myself bought our number to 18.  David Porter called in for drink and a chat with us too, also in his Silver Mk2 rev 5.

There was a great deal to catch up on, we discussed the 2016 Show Guide and which shows we will be taking part in this year.  We have made a couple of changes from the original version, the first as Mothering Sunday falls on 6th March we have re-arranged the next lunch date to Sunday 13th March and secondly from Hebden Bridge on 6th August as a number of us have shown an interest in joining the Midlands event at Newark Air Museum and the Vulcan Bomber.

This looks as though it is going to be a very busy season once again and we have already received all the application forms for our planned shows through to September.  I would like to thank everyone for joining us and getting this year off to a great start.














December Monthly Meet 2015

North West Festive Lunch Sunday 6th December 2015 at Hartshead Inn Mossley Lancs.

As we enjoyed last year’s Festive Lunch at the Hartshead Inn we decided to return this year to this lovely converted farmhouse with good views across Manchester. The staff were most welcoming and joined in our banter at the table. The festive food was very enjoyable with a good variety for those who were looking for a change from the usual turkey dinner.

The final number was 13 – as unfortunately Dave, Shirley and Sky were unable to make it. So Catherine and I were joined by Rob and Janet, Brian and Sheila, Jean, Nic, Pete, Pops and Cody, and David and Maxine.

Once again this was a lovely end to what has been a very successful year. We left with Good Wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2016 and look forward to seeing everyone in February at the Swan, Bucklow Hill, Knutsford as January is our winter respite and so there will not be a lunch meeting.

November Monthly Meet 2015

The Ainsworth Arms Radcliffe 1st November 2015 Sunday Lunch.  We booked the Ainsworth Arms again as we all enjoyed our Lunch here earlier in the year, as usual I booked the table two weeks in advance.  When we arrived at the reception we were most surprised to be asked if we had reserved a table as there were 10 in our party, which we had, but the Manager explained that the restaurant had changed hands within the last seven days and no bookings had been transferred!  At this point we were worried that we would not be accommodated but the Manager was extremely helpful and within 10 minutes he organised a table for us.  As was it was now a Toby Inn carvery, most of us ordered the roast dinner followed by desserts and coffee.

As it was only a few weeks away from the Classic Car Show at the NEC much discussion was had about visiting this event as this will be the final show of the year.  We also chatted about the AGM last month and Nic and Catherine demonstrated their barn dancing expertise in the car park.  So although there was a bit of a hiccup at the start we still had an enjoyable afternoon together.

October Monthly Meet 2015

Hare & Hounds Werneth Low 4th October 2015 Sunday Lunch.  The Hare & Hounds is an 18th Century former farmhouse perched on top of Werneth Low it is a rustic country pub which retains its farmhouse feel with low ceilings and exposed beams with panoramic views over five counties. This was a return visit as we enjoyed our last lunch here.

There were 16 of us in total and so were seated in a very nice and snug area in the restaurant, the staff made us very welcome and served us with a good variety of food from the menu.  We celebrated Sky’s 9th birthday with a lovely cake that Jean brought for us to share, she was thrilled when we all sang happy birthday to her.

July Monthly Meets 2015

North West Event Lymm Historic Transport Day Sunday 28th June 2015

This was the third Lymm Historic Transport Day and our second year in attendance. This was a very well organised event, the May Queen Field was well underway to being transformed into a spectacular array of side shows, traders, rides for the children and the live stage when we arrived. We set up our stand with the usual shuffling of the cars to get the best effect.

The drive in parade at 10.30am filled the field with a variety of cars both individually displayed and car clubs and veteran and classic motor-bikes and very soon the public were showing an interest in our cars and chatting to our members.

The live Rockabilly, Swing and Country & Western music could be heard in the background throughout the day. There was plenty going on around the village too with Model Railway Exhibition, and the Lancashire Traction Engine Club putting on a good display. The historic working boats and barges could be seen on the Bridgewater Canal which runs through the centre of Lymm. The Historic Sail past began at 4.30pm

Fuzz Townshend was the patron of the show, you may know him from Nat Geo UK TV and More 4’s “CAR SOS”. Dave and myself were honoured to be presented by Fuzz the award for the Best Car Club Stand. Thanks to all our team for their great effort over the day resulting in our being given this award.







Leighton Hall 16th Lakeland Classic Car Rally - Sunday 5th July 2015

This event organised by Mark Woodward, was a new event for us which was recommended by a long standing Classic Car enthusiast and featured over 400 classic cars, motorcycles, stationary engines, commercials and vintage tractors and was held in the beautiful grounds of Leighton Hall, Carnforth, Lancashire.

We arranged to meet at the Lancaster Services on M6 to arrive at the Hall in convoy of nine cars, which looked very impressive as we entered the grounds. We were shown to our pitch which was in a good position next to the Hall, the grounds soon filled up with a variety of vehicles, auto jumble and catering facilities. Discounted entry to the Hall was available to all exhibitors.


We had lots of interest shown in the cars and a few enquiries about the Club membership. There was the competition arena with commentary throughout the day. It was a fine day until as forecast the rain came down around 3.30pm, we quickly packed the flags, bunting and event shelter away before heading home, the motorway drive was pretty difficult through the heavy rain and spray.

The next event in two weeks’ time is at Boddlewyddan Castle North Wales looking forward to another good day.


Boddlewyddan Castle Sunday 19th July 2015

The Classics at the Castle including North West Vauxhall Open Day at Boddlewyddan Castle, North Wales now in its 6th year and this was the 3rd year we have attended, with just four cars and the event shelter we had plenty of room to spread out.

As we had done last year we each made our own arrangements for the overnight stay in the area and we met up for our evening together at Harvey’s American Diner. Nik, Pete and Cody, Dave, Shirley, Catherine and myself were joined by two members from the North Wales Area, Denise and Alan Warner.

On Sunday morning we drove up to the Castle and secured our spot with a good view of the whole field, Paula and Duane drove down that morning to be with us. We were lucky once again that the weather was hot and sunny. Sun lotion was needed to protect us. There were arena competitions throughout the day which we entered but alas we had no success this year but that didn’t spoil an enjoyable day and we will definitely put this is the calendar for next year












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