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The Speedsters & Spyders Club Event Organiser is Tony Tucker who can be contacted on ajt@speedsters.com or 07899 654 543

Tony Tucker's PREVIEW of 2017 Club Events

The Volksworld Show at Sandown Park (25th March) has this year put up prices, abolished the free entry for Senior Citizens (we don’t even get a concession – it’s full price or nothing!) and is charging dealers so much for a stall that the couple of traders who I know have given up attending, as the amount of stuff they need to sell in order to justify the cost of a stand is impossible to achieve. However, it remained a great show if they can get the charging and organisation details sorted.


But the Castle Combe Action Day will still be a big attraction in June, I hear you say! Well, actually...No! Last year’s worrying experience, when the show, sponsored by Complete Kit Car, saw loads of appalling kit cars and a complete disappearance of the magnificent classics that had been a regular feature for so many years, was a foretaste of what was to come. We also lost our parking base in the paddock and were sent way down the road, out of sight. This year, the date has been put back a month to late July (Saturday 22nd – the day before Brooklands) and has been opened up to all and every make of car – so expect lots of boy racers in souped-up Minis, plenty of kit cars and not a proper classic to be seen! What’s even worse is that, to gain a site for a club in the main paddock, every car will need to pay an entry fee (in the past, it’s always been free for car plus driver), otherwise parking is even further down the road than last year! So I’m going to forget that event.
All is not lost, however! We will still attend Stoneleigh Park on 30th April because we are holding the AGM there in the afternoon and awarding the Best In Show trophy as well. We will also be attending and Brooklands on 23rd July, and I have a few other suggestions that might turn out well.

It seems that TIPEC have now re-established their annual show, which we used to attend many years ago, but is now based at Beaulieu. Simply Porsche is on Sunday, 4th June and entry is from 9.30am with bacon rolls etc on sale in the Brabazon restaurant. You need a ticket, purchased online (check any Beaulieu or TIPEC website) at a discounted price for our cars. I know the organizer and he would welcome our participation. Again, let me know if you book, so that I can get sufficient space allocated on site to enable us to park together.

Then there is an event called the Blackmore Vale Revival at Henstridge in Somerset on Saturday, 1st July. This show takes place on an airfield and is gaining quite a following (now in its third year), with lots of classic car clubs attending and some air displays, plus other attractions as well. This year’s show will feature a fly-past by a Spitfire, among other things, and dressing up in vintage costume (a la Goodwood Revival) is welcomed! I have been in touch with the organiser and am told that we need to book online individually, but that we will be allocated an area to park together at the show. Have a look at their website and let me know (ajt@speedsters.com) if you have booked, and I’ll get the appropriate space allocated to us. We can review this at the AGM.

After this, there is the Brooklands Retrojumble and Classic Car Show on Sunday, 23rd July, for which I will book a club site – but, again, I’d like to know who’s going, so that I can book the right amount of space. Brooklands is such a great venue, with so much to see, that it is always worth an annual visit.

Gerald Dawson has drawn my attention to a Family Sports Car Day on Sunday, 30th July at Castle Combe - organized by the Bristol Motor Club. At first I thought that this might be a good substitute for the old CC Action Day, but it is only a week after Brooklands and I think the Henstridge event in a similar part of the country at the beginning of July might be a better option for a club get-together. However, the BMC event sounds good, so check out the BMC website and, again, let me know if you want to go and we’ll see if it’s worth arranging a meet-up.

There are two other shows that several members regularly attend and rate highly: the Wings and Wheels Retro Festival at White Waltham, normally in August; and the Pistons & Props at Sywell Classic, Northants, on 23rd and 24th September.

Unfortunately, at the time of writing, I can find no information at all about the White Waltham event this year, so don’t know whether it’s on or not. Cars are only a part of it, with antiques stalls, entertainment, air displays etc as well, but it’s strange that it’s not being advertised yet. As it’s later in the season, we’ll have time to make arrangements later on, if we want to.

The Sywell event is undoubtedly a great one and at a good time of year as well, filling a gap in late September. However, there is a mandatory requirement for any club booking a site to guarantee at least 5 cars on site on both days. I think this will be difficult for us, as I can’t imagine many members camping overnight, while to get another 5 cars there the next day is a bit unlikely. We can discuss this at the AGM if necessary. But John Mercer always attends this meeting, staying both days, so anyone wishing to go can contact him and arrange to meet up – there were several members there last year, I believe.

So, in summary, I am suggesting that we all meet at:
Stoneleigh Park/AGM (30th April); Beaulieu/TIPEC (4th June); Henstridge/Blackmore Vale Revival (1st July); and Brooklands (23rd July), with the other events mentioned above being additional possible opportunities for a few, or a number, of members to meet up.

If individual members intend to attend other events, which I know many will, then make sure you publicise the event on our website or Facebook page and maybe others will join you to give the club a bit more representation. And always send a report, plus photos, to Vernon for the magazine, if possible!

There is now a distinct sign of Spring in the air, so my car will be on the road again soon – it had an outing (hood down) on Christmas Day in the morning, but has otherwise, for most of the time, been sleeping under its cover in the garage, with just an occasional engine start-up to keep it happy (I have a battery conditioner always connected, to ensure that I don’t find that the car won’t start).

Let’s hope that we can all get out and about in the near future and, if not before, meet up at Stoneleigh Park.

Tony

Here is a link to a general list of several hundred 2017 Classic Car Events compiled by John Mercer.

 

2016 Events Reports

Sunday 1st January:
Brooklands New Year's Day Gathering

Sat/Sun 2nd & 3rd April:
Volksworld Show - Sandown Park

Saturday 23rd April:
Incarnation Brighton

Sunday & Monday 1st & 2nd May:
National Kit Car Show, Stoneleigh Park

Saturday 5th June:
Simply Porsche - Beaulieu Motor Museum

Saturday 5th June:
VW Expo - Stonor Park

Sunday 19th June:
Quex Park Classic Show

Sat 25th June:
Classic Kit & Retro Action Day - Castle Combe

Saturday 23rd July:
Club AGM at the Fairmile

Sunday 24th July:
Brooklands Classic Show

Sunday 14th August:
Cranleigh Classic Show

Sunday 11th September:
Edenbridge Classic Show

Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September:
Sywell Classic - Pistons & Props

Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th November:
Classic Vehicle Restoration Show - Shepton Mallett

2015 CLUB EVENTS REVIEW

Click here to read Tony Tucker's review of past events and details of events for 2016

Click here to read a review on the Stoneleigh Park 2015 event

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:

2013 REPORTS
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

2012 REPORTS
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

2011 REPORTS
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

2010 REPORTS
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

2009 REPORTS
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

2008 REPORTS
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

 
 
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