Speedsters & Spyders Club - 2015 Event Review
In preparing this report, I looked back at events summaries that I had written between 5 and 10 years ago and couldn’t help noticing the difference compared with today!
The year always started with a weekend gathering in March at the Sidcot Arms, including dinner and drinks on the Saturday evening, before the AGM plus lunch and other activities on the Sunday. The Kit Car Show at Stoneleigh Park in May also included an overnight stay at the Baginton Arms for many members, with at least a dozen of us present for dinner. In most years, over 30 cars were displayed in front of our marquee on Sunday, with 20 or more on Monday.
During the rest of the summer, we attended another 7 or 8 events, with at least 10 to 15 cars turning up at Castle Combe and TIPEC and almost comparable numbers at Stonor Park and Brooklands.
How times change! These days we are fortunate to get more than 15 cars at the biggest event (Sunday at Stoneleigh Park) and a mere handful at most other events, other than Castle Combe, which is still well supported, although we never fill the 12 spaces allocated (in times past, I usually had to persuade the organisers to give us extra tickets!)
With less interest from members than in the past, plus a reduced events list and some personal holiday commitments, I was only able to get to a few events myself this year and one of them, at Brooklands, was so badly affected by rain that we only stayed for a couple of hours.
I believe that Castle Combe saw a reasonable turn-out, but Stoneleigh Park was disappointing, given the decent weather, although our numbers saw a slight improvement on the last couple of rain-affected years. But only Rob and I stayed overnight at the Baginton Arms, where we enjoyed the company of Peter and Viv Bailey from Chesil.
So what of 2016?
Sat/Sun 2nd & 3rd April:
Volksworld Show, Sandown Park
Usually attended by a small number of members let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org or 07899 654543) if you are going and we will meet on the day (preferably the Saturday).
Sun/Mon 1st & 2nd May:
National Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh Park
We will have our usual marquee on site and expect a good turn-out on both days. I will be staying overnight at the Old Mill in Baginton and anyone wishing to join me for a meal there on the Sunday night is most welcome.
Sat 5th June:
Simply Porsche (TIPEC), Beaulieu Motor Museum
Great news from TIPEC (the Independent Porsche Enthusiasts Club), whose annual event, (usually at the Heritage Motor Museum), we attended for many years until they stopped it a few years ago. We have been invited to attend their Simply Porsche event at Beaulieu and I think it would be a great show for our members. There are no designated club sites, so if we want to have our cars together, you will need to contact me and meet up on the day.
Sat 5th June:
VW Expo, Stonor Park
Some members have always attended this event in stunning countryside near Henley on Thames, but less so in recent years and we may prefer the TIPEC show on the same day. Let me know which you might attend and we will decide which to prioritise.
Sat 25th June:
Classic Kit & Retro Action Day, Castle Combe
We will have our usual display area and free entry for a dozen cars let me know if you wish to attend and I will send out tickets when I get them (probably in late May/early June)
Sat/Sun 23rd & 24th July:
Club AGM, plus Brooklands Retrojumble & Classic Car Show
Rob Jones has arranged to hold the AGM at the famous Fairmile Hotel in Cobham, Surrey (close to A3 and M25) on Sat 23rd July (more details soon). Members may wish to stay overnight and enjoy a meal together, before going next day on our regular visit to the iconic Brooklands museum and historic race circuit.
Other events may be arranged for later in the year information will be added here in due course.
Tony Tucker, Events Co-ordinator
2014 EVENT REPORTS
Report by Tony Tucker - Cranleigh Classic Show - August 2014
Report by Tony Tucker - Castle Combe Action Day - June 2014
Report by Tony Tucker - Stoneleigh Kit Car Show - May 2014
Below are links to detailed reports, with photos, of some of the clubs main events held in 2013 and previous years:
Tony Tucker - TIPEC Show & our AGM - September 2013
Tony Tucker - Cranleigh Classic Show - August 2013
Tony Tucker - Brooklands Classic Show - July 2013
Tony Tucker - Castle Combe Action Day - July 2013
Tony Tucker - VW Expo - Stonor Park - Julne 2013
Tony Tucker - Stoneleigh Kit Car Show - May 2013
Tony Tucker - Slough Swap Meet - November 2012
Tony Tucker - Porsche Picnic - September 2012
Tony Tucker - Cranleigh Classic Car Show - August 2012
Tony Tucker - Brooklands Aerojumble - August 2012
Tony Tucker - Castle Combe Action Day - June 2012
Tony Tucker - Stonor Park Aircooled Show - June 2012
Tony Tucker - TIPEC Porsche Show - May 2012
Tony Tucker - Stoneleigh Kit Car Show - May 2012
Tony Tucker - Cars@TheCourse/Porsche Picnic - September 2011
Tony Tucker - Cranleigh Classic Car Show - August 2011
Tony Tucker - Brooklands Aero/Auto Jumble - July 2011
Tony Tucker - Castle Combe Action Day - June 2011
Tony Tucker - Stonor Park Aircooled Show - June 2011
Tony Tucker - Stoneleigh Park, National Kit Car Show - May 2011
Tony Tucker - Pocket Classics - Brooklands - November 2010
Tony Tucker - Slough Swap Meet - November 2010
Terry Watson - Thatcham Classic Car Show - October 2010
Tony Tucker - Porsche Picnic - September 2010
Tony Tucker - Cranleigh Classic Car Show - August 2010
Tony Tucker - Brooklands Aerojumble - July 2010
Tony Tucker - Castle Combe Action Day - June 2010
Vernon Mortimer - Stoneleigh Kit Car Show - May 2010
Vernon Mortimer - Annual Planning Meeting - March 2010
Tony Tucker - Hampshire Motoring
Pageant - August 09
Tony Tucker - Classics at the
Castle - July 09
Tony Tucker - Castle Combe
Action Day - June 09
Tony Tucker - TIPEC 09 at Gaydon - May 09
Tony Tucker - Stoneleigh Kit
Car Show - May 09
Tony Tucker - Annual Planning Meeting - March 09
Tony Tucker - Review of Porsche
Picnic in the Park - Sep 08
Tony Tucker - Review of Hampshire
Pageant - Aug 08
Tony Tucker - Review of TIPEC 08
at Gaydon - August 08
Tony Tucker - Review of the Le
Mans Classic - July 08
Tony Tucker - Review of Castle
Combe Action Day - June 08
Tony Tucker - Review of Stoneleigh
Show - May 08