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September Monthly Meet 2016

This months meeting took us to the Tetbury Classic Car Show.  We were so impressed with this show last year we decided to return this year but this time display our own cars.  As the show is open to car clubs and friends we displayed 4 MR2,s and a very tidy Mazda RX7.  All the cars drew a lot of interest during the day resulting in a few enquiries about joining the club.

The highlight of the day belongs to the TVR owners club that were parked behind us.  As lunch time approached we sat down with our sandwiches and bottles of water only to look round and see the TVR club setting up tables and table cloths.  Next came 3 tier cake stands complete with fancy cakes and other delicious looking food all to be washed down with champagne.  They also unrolled a back drop of an Italian Riviera scene.  They were quite a friendly bunch and did offer us some of their fancy cakes!

Many thanks to Les for making up the brilliant information boards on all the cars and about the club.

August Monthly Meet 2016

Due to the planned August event being cancelled, it was decided at short notice to visit the Gloucestershire Vintage and Country Extravaganza, held at the South Cerney airfield, just south of Cirencester.

Early morning weather looked a bit ominous but by mid-morning the clouds had lifted and the day was bright and sunny, which is how it remained.

The event itself is held over 3 days and so on a one day visit it is impossible to see everything

Exhibits ranged from Steam Engines, Tractors, Buses,Coaches and Lorries to Motorcycles and Cars.

My understanding is that the cut off year for vehicles was 1989. Anything registered after this date was deemed too new.

Thanks to Les for the suggestion.

July Monthly Meet 2016

This months meeting was held at the Classic and Supercar show in the fabulous setting of Sherborne Castle.The long estabished charity show is one of the biggest and most exciting car shows in the South West. With over 1600 classic and supercars on display the show is not-for -profit and exists solely to raise money for Rotary charities.As well as the classic cars on display Mclaren Lamborghini and Ferrari were well represented. We decided to have our picnic lunch by the lake located behind the castle which turned out not to be such a good idea as we were plagued by ducks some of them coming so close they were nearly helping themselves to our food. Also at this time the sky opened up and it started to rain.This caused a problem for the many car owners who had left their hoods down. There was a mad dash to go and put them back up. A most enjoyable day.

June Monthly Meet 2016

Two meetings this month.  1st an enjoyable day at the Birthday Bash.  2nd a visit to the Bath Festival of Motoring.  Originally called the Bath Pageant of Motoring it has now been renamed as the Bath Festival of Motoring.  Since its inception in 2012 it has grown in size and developed into a real family event and in the process raised many thousands of pounds for charities supported by the Rotary Club of Bath.  With over 500 cars and motorcycles on display, together with trade stands and live music on stage, there was enough to interest everybody.

May Monthly Meet 2016

This month we met up in Marlborough. After lunch we paid a visit to The Merchant's House in the High Street. Thomas Bayly, a silk mercer and prominent Marlborough citizen ran his business and brought up his family at what is now 132/3 High Street in a time of great change both locally and nationally. In 1642 one of earliest Civil War battles took place in the heart of the town and Marlborough gained a reputation for its firm commitment to the parliamentary cause.

Eleven years later the town was destroyed in a huge fire necessitating a rebuild of which the Merchant's House was part.

The house is a rare and remarkable survival. It provides an insight into the lifestyle and interests of a middle-class family during a century when modern Briton-an outward looking,emerging capitalist country and one with a maturing political life-was coming into being.

Many thanks to Rita and Jeremy for organising this event.

March Monthly Meet 2016

This month we paid a visit to the Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon.  The day did not start very well as I had a senior moment when Colin and myself tried to get into the car park.  I tried to put money into the card slot on the barrier at the entrance not realising that we had to pay by ticket on the way out..!  The museum is situated in the old Swindon Railway Works that were opened in 1843 as a repair and maintenance facility for the new Great Western Railway.  By 1900 the works had expanded dramatically and employed over 12,000 people.  At its peak in the 1930s the works covered over 300 acres and was capable of producing three locomotives a week.  The works closed in 1986.  The museum its self has 8 locomotives and a selection of rolling stock together with machines and equipment used in the repair and manufacture of locomotives.  Altogether a most enjoyable and informative day.

February Monthly Meet 2016

This month we held our planning meeting for the coming year at the Hunters Hall.

This year the landlord gave us our own cosy room.  We passed the suggestion list round as usual and members ticked their preferred events.  Counting the ticks at the end gave us our final list.

December Monthly Meet 2015

This month we held our Christmas party at the Bristol Golf Club. We enjoyed a delectable three course meal followed by a 1960's disco. Some of the other groups at the venue really got in the mood and dressed in 60's outfits. No meeting in January, our next meeting is February when we will plan our events for 2016.

Happy Christmas

November Monthly Meet 2015

This month we met for lunch at the Lockside in Bristol.  The Lockside is a waterfront cafe on the edge of the Avon Gorge, with great views of the Clifton Suspension Bridge.  The site, which is under a flyover, has been an institution in Bristol since 1963.  It is also famous for being Sid's Cafe in Only Fools and Horse's which was filmed in the city.  The food was excellent and enjoyed by all.

September Monthly Meet 2015

This month we paid a visit to Tetbury Classic Car Show held at Sir William Romney's School Tetbury. Trying to find the School proved a bit difficult as the organiser had used his home post code instead of the School post code to advertise the event.  This is the 2nd year the event has been held at this location much to the annoyance of the local residents as we found out later on in the day.  It took most of the day to look and admire the 500 cars and motor cycles on display.

We will certainly think about having a club stand here next year.  Leaving the school was a nightmare as there is only 1 road going to and from the school. This road is in a built up area so with residents cars parked on both sides of the road, and with traffic coming the other way, passing them was a bit of task with most people leaving at the same time.

August Monthly Meet 2015

This months meeting was a joint meet with Central South at Stourhead estate nr Mere in Wiltshire. The world famous landscape garden covers 2650 acres with its centre piece a magnificent lake reflecting classical temples, mystical grottoes and rare exotic trees.  After lunch in the restaurant we set off on a tour of the gardens followed by a cream tea along with some annoying wasps.  A warm welcome to Geoff and his wife. Hope you enjoyed your day.

July Monthly Meet 2015

This month we paid a visit to Kiftsgate Court gardens nr Chipping Camdon. We arranged to meet at 11.30 but had to wait until 12 for them to open. After a light lunch we dodged the showers to look around. Kiftsgate is a series of inter-connecting gardens each with its distinct character.

Before our departure Rita and Jeremy bought two large plants which they managed to squeeze into their Mk3 - who said the Mk3 was impractical !!

June Monthly Meet 2015

The meeting was held a bit later this month. Colin and Eileen, Dave and myself took our cars to display at the Classic Car Event held at Tyntesfield a national trust house and gardens. When we arrived to check in they told us our names were not on their list of entries. We told them we had emailed twice. They then apologised and said that they had mislaid some of the emails but would fit us in somewhere, which is exactly what they did! They parked us up in a courtyard at the back of the house along with a nissan figaro and an AC cobra kit car. All the MGs, Triumphs and other british cars had a prime position at the front of the house. It made us wonder because our cars were japanese they would park us out of sight! As it happens a few people managed to find us and we managed to enjoy our lunch in a real suntrap!

After a tour of the house we decided to leave early saying that we would not be returning next year!

February Monthly Meet 2015

For our February meeting we met for lunch at the Hunters Hall in Kingscote. After the meal we set about the task of selecting and planning our events programme for the coming year.

November Monthly Meet 2014

For the November meeting 5 members from the South West travelled to the Jack O'Newbury pub near Bracknell for the return "Southern region challenge" skittles match against Central South and South East.

Again we did not win any prizes but still enjoyed ourselves!

Many thanks to Tony and Dora for organising this event and the excellent lunch.

October Monthly Meet 2014

This months meeting took us to Tredegar House near Newport.This was our second visit within a month to the estate as we had 5 cars on display at the Tredegar Park classic car show in September.We started our visit walking through the walled gardens to the Orangery to be impressed by a 42 feet long table cut from one piece of wood.We then entered the house to be greeted by a guide who gave us a brief history of the house and estate. For more than 500 years the house was home to one of the greatest Welsh families, the Morgans.The Morgan family owned more than 40,000 acres in Monmouthshire, Breconshire and Glamorgan at the end of the 18th century. Their lives impacted on the population of South-East Wales socially, economically and politically and influenced the heritage of the area.The house is popular for filming.The television series Being Human and The Hairy Bikers have both recently used the house as a location.Many episodes of Doctor Who, since the programme was revived in 2005, have used the house for location filming. A tour of the house was followed by lunch. A very enjoyable and interesting day. Many thanks to Alan and Jill for organising this event.

September Monthly Meet 2014

This month a group of us went to Prescott to watch a round of the British Hill Climb Championship. It was an almost perfect Autumn day. The relatively high temperatures were ideal for fast times and this resulted in several class records being broken by the single seater racing cars, as well as the outright course record.

Photos of some of the fastest cars are attached including last years champion, Scott Moran in his Gould. There was only one MR2 competing on the day, in a class for road-going cars, but unfortunately I was unable to get a photograph.

Many thanks to everyone who attended, hope to see you at Tredegar House, Newport in October.



July Monthly Meet 2014

The weather again was very kind to us for our June meeting held at The Courts Garden at Holt nr Bradford-on-Avon. We met up in the village hall car park then took a short walk to the garden entrance. Before our tour we sat down to an excellent meal in the garden cafe. The garden which is owned by the National Trust consists of a arboretum with its wonderful species of trees, water features and herbaceous borders. All in all a very peaceful day in a lovely setting. Many thanks to Colin and Eileen for organizing this event.

June Monthly Meet 2014

We met up at Bowood House just off the old A4 between Calne and Chippenham. As luck would have it we experienced one of the few recent warm dry days and it was a pleasure to drive the roadster across the Wiltshire Downs and through the historic village of Avebury on our way to the meeting. We had a stroll through the impressive grounds to the main house where we all enjoyed an excellent carvery meal served in a very elegant setting. We then took some time to view the parts of the house which are open to the public including, as well as all the usual family portraits, an eclectic mix of family memorabilia including the room in which Priestley discovered oxygen as an element, Napoleon’s desk mask, Queen Victoria’s wedding chair and some very poignant letters from members of the family who were subsequently killed during both world wars. After that we had a stroll in the magnificently maintained grounds originally laid out by Capability Brown. We then felt we had earned a cup of tea and enjoyed chatting about a whole variety of subjects, including of course, Colin and Eileen’s brand new twin grandchildren. With the sun still shining and the hood down we enjoyed the return trip home through the beautiful countryside.

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