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TR Action 275

Phil Starling says that: “The South East Group Drive It Day visit to Hever Castle, courtesy of Kent Group, took place on 27 April and, despite the promise of torrential rain, a small (but perfectly formed) group of GWTRs followed Paul’s ingenious route across the county, through some of Sussex’s leafiest lanes.  The genius of the route was that, having passed signs for ‘Hever Castle 2 miles’, we were treated to an additional thirty minute tour of the local area. Fortunately, at no time did we actually get lost, apparently. Only slightly damp, the promised downpour failed to materialise and the sun even came out later in the day. A great venue, a wonderful display of TRs and an excellent time had by all.

Two GWTR hot-shoes made the trip to Castle Coombe for the TRR/Revington track and test day. The day got off to a great start: leaving at 0530 the intrepid duo only encountered three cars on the A272, a rare joy - straightening out the bends on that road was great fun. The wet morning meant slippery conditions on track, plenty of sideways action, locking up and missed chicanes, but the track dried out in the afternoon and the lap times tumbled. On the return journey, the sky emptied itself onto the A34 ensuring that both drivers, with tops down, arrived home suitably...refreshed! A truly memorable day - huge thanks to Kevin Bryant for arranging it.

Thanks also to the GWTRs and Sadcases who supported the West Chiltington School vintage themed May fair.

At our May meet GL Robin was away sunning himself; we welcomed new member Don and his well-loved TR3 left-hooker and a devious quiz elicited the usual low scores - surely we can all name the world’s largest tyre manufacturer, can't we?*

In other news, Robin's TR6 restoration continues to receive professional care; Ian has realised the benefit of an emergency bonnet release; Steve's collapsed bearings resulted in a cleanly sheared stub axle; Paul has joined the dark side having electronic ignition fitted to his TR4; John’s welding skills continue to improve and resident mechanic Rob is still gazing lovingly at his engine rebuild...

Planning continues for Classic Le Mans, we have fourteen people going in eight cars; thanks to Ian and Pauline for arranging a pre-trip meet-and-greet BBQ. Coming up we have the Breakfast Club Soft-Top Sunday, St Anthony’s School vintage fete, Middleton-on-Sea village fete, TRR/Revington Sprint at Goodwood and the Breakfast Club Thoroughbred Sunday…and don't forget the 2015 calendar competition, we need summertime pics of your TRs out and about!  

Finally, we have received a tip-off that there may be a Windsor Forest TR Group 'raid' on our monthly meet at the Royal Oak on 15th July.  So come on guys, get polishing and get there - we want to put up a good show (let's face it, w will probably get stuffed in the quiz!)

Our regular monthly meets are at The Royal Oak, West Lavington, Midhurst GU20 0EP, every third Tuesday from 7.30pm. A warm welcome is assured.”

*As James (aged 7½) will tell you, it is LEGO, obviously!

TR Action 272

GL Rob Cringle says: “Goodwood TR group’s record turnout Christmas Bash at the Tollgate in Bramber went down a treat thanks to Les and Jane Thacker. The champagne prizes research was carefully carried out by Richard and Nicola Kennet. I think we will definitely need a bigger room next year! Normally I would include a gallery picture of our Christmas bash; however a certain person forgot to take his camera so it is all in the memories folks!

However, I am delighted to include a local landmark picture taken by Phil Starling deep within the glades in dryer times!

We are due to combat South Downs TR group at a return Skittles match on Sunday 16th March at the Bull Inn, Henfield ~ futher details will be at our Meet and again in our area Newsletter/s. Lunch option is usually taken up as the Bull Inn does home made pizzas of the very tasty kind.

There has been considerable interest in Le Mans Classic this year from our area and it seems that Hotel spaces are nearly all taken so if you wish to know more do please come to our next Meet or, as a last resort use email!

GWTR was created from an off shoot of Wessex group in days long gone by and in those days the monthly Meetings for GWTR were held Emsworth way but over time, migrated east to Eartham where our group have been for many years now. That is set to change with a move further westwards to the new venue pub at Lavington. This offers a closer venue to all those of our area members who live near the Portsmouth and Hampshire areas, and is also closer to Chichester: Royal Oak, West Lavington, Midhurst, GU29 0EP. Located on the A286 Midhurst to Chichester Road, 1.7 miles South from the mini-roundabout where the A272 meets the A286. Location map at: www.royaloakmidhurst.co.uk/royal-oak-midhurst-west-sussex-map.php. The Royal Oak has a great car park, has a restaurant and has ample room inside for our gatherings and folks, it is very easy to navigate to.

Our next Meets there will be 18th March and 15th April which are the third Tuesday of the month. See you there!

My preferred contact is by email at: cringle@waitrose.com  and we currently have 73 area members on our GWTR email list  ~ please do update me with your new email address if you change it. Ignition On.”

TR Action 271

“Autumn’s rich colours are gracing the leafy lanes of West Sussex at this time of the year before the light descends into dusk - many a Tr roar is heard around here!

Many great picture entries of local TRs for our GWTR 2014 calendar this year. The frontispiece honour went to Steve and Fay Young with their black TR4A, taken by Phil Starling during a late summer GWTR jolly into the deep countryside. Many thanks to Phil for checking out all the final pictures for us. We don’t hang about when we see a good thing for we sold out of all our Calendar stock inside ten days.

To continue with the theme: this issue’s galleried picture is entitled “Autumn Treasure” as it is John and Chris Wills’ TR5 being patiently restored in true TR traditions! Goodwood TR bods hold treasured TRs of all models in all types of condition… including my TR6.

At our November meet, we welcomed new members Dave and Shirly Beck and Chris Harvel, both owning a TR6. They did not do too badly with our motoring quiz either!

GWTR are NOT meeting at the George on the 17th December as we will be at the Old Tollgate, Bramber near Shoreham for our Xmas dinner bash with our beloved ladies gracing this grand occasion. However: PLEASE NOTE all those not on our active email list: OUR  MEETING PUB IS ABOUT TO CHANGE. So if I do not have an opportunity to re-advise Social Scene readers before, our first 2014 Meet will be on Tuesday 21st January at the Royal Oak, GU29 0EP, (tel: 01730 817 478), situated just two miles south of the A272 on the A286 Midhurst to Chichester road; they do decent food! Map can be found at: www.royaloakmidhurst.co.uk/royal-oak-midhurst-west-sussex-map.php.

The Royal Oak has a splendid car park and will be an ideal summer venue. We hope that this new location goes some way to encouraging all GWTR area members living in the Portsmouth and East Hants area to also become regulars and join in the laughter at our meets ~ you are hereby invited!

As usual, our free to access local newsletter is available on our website, so will I be the first to wish all a sunny crisp merry TR Yuletide and join us at the Royal Oak.
Ignition on all TR Treasures!