2008 Club Events

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Castle Combe Action Day     14th June 2008
Report from Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator


Fortunately, in this miserable apology for an English summer, the forecasters were well off the mark in predicting rain for the Action Day at Castle Combe and Club members basked in sun all day. There may have been some absentees from other clubs, caused, we were told, by concerns about the fuel crisis, but our members had no problems and turned out in large numbers (some 14 Speedsters and Spyders being present).

Of special note were the appearance of Hero, long-cherished plaything of Martin Sergison, now owned by Peter Nobbs (yes, Martin did go through with the sale, despite common belief that he would never let it happen!) and the Vintage Speedster of Dick Turpin, over from Jersey to show off his stunning chocolate and cream machine, complete with white-wall tyres and banjo steering wheel.

Several club cars took to the track during the day and there was also plenty of opportunity to study the many other classic cars on display. My eye was taken by three Bristol 400/403s, the pick being a totally original late 1940s black beauty with pop-out rear windows and a dashboard with so many instruments it was hard to know what to look at! The TVR stand was also one to drool over, a black Griffith in particular catching the eye.

Highlight of the day was the award of Best in Show to Dick Turpin's Speedster, well-deserved for the style and elegance of the car and for Dick's efforts in bringing it over for the day. I first met Dick in October 2002. He was minding his own business in a pub in Marlow, when I turned up, accompanied by various members of the Speedsters and Spyders Club. Dick had a magnificent Porsche 993 parked outside, but decided there and then that he would one day own a Speedster - and now he does!


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Another great day at Castle Combe with the Club making a real impact! Unless you are one of the many members on the Le Mans trip in July, the next event will be TiPEC at the Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon, just off the M40 on 3rd August. This is the place to see Porsches of (literally) every type imagineable - and in their hundreds! Contact me if you need further info or intend going to the show.

The other event coming up in August (Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August) is the Hampshire Pageant of Motoring at Broadlands, just off the M27.  Always a great occasion, we will have quite a number members attending and I will have a display area booked.  Please contact me if you want to be there and I hope to have tickets available in due course.


Tony Tucker - Contact details - 07899 654543 (m) 020 8643 2531 (h) or ajt@speedsters.co.uk)

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