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Austin Mackie, Trainee Events Reporter, writes: “The Kent Group’s final run of 2014, aptly named the Witches Run, took us to the Wire Mill Inn in Longfield for Sunday lunch.

What should have been a 38 mile round trip quickly became a 96 mile Rally of the Tests, as the County Highway Authorities of Kent, Surrey and Sussex decided that this particular Sunday was to be the ‘day of all days’ for B-road closures. Fragmented from the very start of the run, the majority of the circa 20 car group made it via a diversity of route options, with the old codgers easily outpacing those relying on SatNavs, who only just made it in time for lunch... but boy what a lunch, with the very bravest digging into a four foot long roast!

With the consumption of food and drink being just as popular in Kent as driving, the Group’s final events of the year were the two, yes two, Christmas dinners; with sixty members and guests sitting for the combined dates.

The Kent Group’s annual awards were presented by Group Leader Rodders, with Barry Epps being awarded ‘Member of the Year’ for his continued hard efforts organizing all of the events through 2014 and beyond, plus Martin and Libby Skinners for ‘Best Attendance’ at club nights - dedication indeed.

The year ended with members practicing statues on the dance floor.

The diary for 2015 is already being put together, so keep an eye on the Group’s helpful Calendar at http://www.groups.tr-register.co.uk/kent/future_events.html. Club nights for 2015 will continue to take place twice monthly; The Red Lion in Charing Heath on the first Tuesday and The Moat at Wrotham on the third Wednesday of each month.

Maintaining the theme of going to the pub, the Kent AGM is to be held at The Bull, Wrotham on March 18th; always a lively affair, please come along, offer suggestions for events and volunteer to help out.

The Kent Tour will take place on 10th May, starting at the Red Lion in Charing Heath, further details to follow.

The Group has again been invited by the Masters Historic Festival at Brands Hatch to provide the ‘driveway display’ inside the main entrance on the 24th May – more details to follow on the events page of the TR Forum.

We already have seventeen cars booked for the Laon Historique trip (29th May to 1st June), but if you are interested in garlic, frogs and fizzy biere, please contact Barry Epps ASAP for last minute opportunities.

Otherwise there are normally two runs per month between April and October and we look forward to meeting members both old and new throughout 2015, so get in the workshop and get her ready.”

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GL Rod Richardson reports: “The past year has been a busy one for the Kent group, and 2015 looks like to be a very busy year as well, with a trip planned for the Laon Historic in late May. As I write, we have eighteen cars booked to go.

The club nights at both meets are growing in attendance (picture of the Moat in July with over twenty TRs and over fifty members there that night).

We have just had our last run out of the year, the Witches run – a great run out to the Wire mill near Felbridge, just on the Surrey border.

Drive it Day this year is going to be over the Windsor Forest patch; we wait to hear from Windsor Forest Group Leader Jeff as to what he has planned for us.

We now have a new South-east Director, Roger Hogarth who has taken over from Mark Treadwell who was our south east co-ordinator for many years; thank you Mark for all you have done for the Kent group.

If any members would like to bring forward any ideas for the coming year or perhaps would like to organise a run out please let myself or Barry know.

John sends out emails to keep you all up to date please do not just think it is a club night reminder and hit the delete button - there is always information on other events included as well!

We look forward to a great year of TR-ing and from the Committee and myself, we wish you a very happy new year.”

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The Kent Group are looking forward to a busy summer on a number of counts.  

The recent AGM had over 30 Members in attendance and the twice-monthly club nights are also continuing to prove increasingly popular with a number of new Members attending.

With the long range forecasts suggesting that Kent is in for a scorcher of a summer (note to self, must fit that electric fan)  all are reminded that the Kent Group has an excellent ‘Future Events’ section on the Group Website http://www.groups.tr-register.co.uk/kent/future_events.html which is regularly updated by Event Coordinator Barry Epps.  

The list of events for this summer is comprehensive, so please contact Barry for entry forms or suggestions for further dates.

Two of the Groups more significant outings take place early on in the season.

The SE Inter Group ‘Drive It Day’ was hosted on home soil at Hever Castle on 27th April when the Kent Group welcomed a large number of Members from across the wider SE Group.

Over 100 cars and 150 plus Members, partners and friends were in attendance, with the Castle allowing the cars to be displayed on the main lawns, with the weather holding out for all in attendance. Glynn Boyd of the South Downs Group was awarded car of the show for his immaculately turned out TR3A.

The Kent Tour on 11th May will also involve a joint foray with the London Group into leafy Sussex; yes you read it right, the ‘Kent’ Tour is in ‘Sussex’ with ‘London’; we certainly cannot be criticised for not being inventive !

A later event, but one which is already booking fast is the 40’s / 50’s weekend at the farriers Arms in Mersham on 2nd August.  The Group have 30 places booked, but as availability is being taken-up quickly, please contact Barry as early as possible to secure your slot.

However, for what is no doubt going to be THE social event of the season, the Kent members would like to extend their very best wishes to Group Leader Rod Richardson and his wife to be ‘Kaz’ who will be tying the knot later this summer.

As the fantastic wedding invitations show, there will be a TR theme to at least part the day, with, it is rumoured, TR Wedding Cars on duty. 

With this in mind, we suspect that someone will be humming “Get Me To The Church On Time”  more than once whilst tinkering in the garage over the next few weeks !

Very best wishes to you both.