Caroline Lucas, Hugh Adkins Glynn Boyd and Ian Squire report: “On the 10th July eight cars took up the invitation to join the local Alfa Romeo group at their Bolney Stage club night on a lovely evening. With a car park full of beautiful cars, classic and modern, there was a vote for Best Presented and Car You'd Most Like To Take Home. Sadly no TR winners but we were the guests.
Wheelbarrow Farm was once again the venue for the SDG BBQ, Martin and Sue providing the glorious venue for this annual event. The judging for Best Presented round one also took place with chief chef Dave entering his freshly hatched TR3A. Dave and Sandra organised the food for the day, ably assisted by John B (sous chef), Rose (dessert organiser), and Sue, Sue and Gill specialising in the desserts, all very tasty. Unfortunately Robin P's freshly restored TR3B got to within a mile of the BBQ before coming to a spluttering and banging halt. Fortunately a cracked distributor cap was the cause rather than anything more serious. Part of the day was an enhanced gymkhana where George showed amazing ball control to win the event by some margin, giving himself the pleasure of presenting himself an award! Many thanks to all those who helped organise this event, with particular thanks to Sue and Martin - same again next year, please?
Netherfield club night saw an excellent turnout of members and their better halves, nine cars in total. Aug 12th Club night (Chailey) brought out an excellent array of TRs, plus a Jag, for an evening of Beer & Banter at our regular monthly venue, the welcoming Horn's Lodge. It too was supported by a good number of 'significant others'!
On a sunny Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend, an intrepid group of TRs ventured into unfamiliar territory and made their mark at the Hellingly Festival of Transport. Overall twelve SDG members showed their cars amongst a huge array of transportation vehicles. Plenty of interest for all walks of life, from two wheels upward. From the restored classic to buses and commercial vehicles, steam engines, both mobile and stationary, to military, and of course agricultural and, much to the delight of one of our TR enthusiasts, tractors in all forms, shapes and sizes. At a show like this it is great to see the enthusiasm of others in keeping alive vehicles from yesteryear. An event well worth polishing up the TR for, getting out that picnic basket and meeting up with friends. Thank you Hugh, another success, your organisational skills are second to none, and thanks to Roy Hunnisett for suggesting it.
Coming soon - Hastings Classic Car show, now fully booked, but well worth a visit. Maybe an Autumn Leaves run in October, and early November the London to Brighton old crocks run. See http://www.southdowns-trs.org.uk for the latest info.”
John Bancroft, Hugh Adkins and Caroline Lucas report:
On a very pleasant Sunday morning (1st June) SDG members in eleven TRs, one Alfa and one very red Jaguar, assembled at Dungeness Station, to enjoy a trip on the 15” gauge Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway. Sitting two by two in very cosy carriages, pulled by the super one third scale steam loco, “Dr Syn”, we journeyed the 13.5 miles to Hythe, making a break at New Romney. Here, we visited the engine sheds, workshops and also the excellent model exhibition which had a large and impressive working model railway. Rejoining the train, we continued to Hythe where, after a short (or long) walk (depending on fitness) we enjoyed a super Fish and Chip lunch overlooking the sea. A big thank you to Glynn Boyd who did a superb job in planning and organising this splendid day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Another good turnout for the now infamous 'Cannonball run'. Paul and Jenny took us through some lovely country lanes on a beautiful June evening, to our secret beach destination for fish and chips al fresco... and boy was it al fresco! Many thanks to them for organising this annual extravaganza.
Our thanks to Sean at The White Hart, Netherfield, for organising a scrumptious BBQ in celebration of Sussex Day. A lovely setting, looking out at typical Sussex countryside, appreciated by more than twenty SDG members.
Friday June 20th saw eight TRs depart for our annual continental foray travelling the Newhaven/Dieppe ferry route to France and onwards, via lovely rural (and smooth) roads, to Chartres which is located about fifty miles south west of Paris. Our ninth car had to miss the ferry, having discovered an expired passport the day before. They joined us later that evening at our hotel, following a very early start to get new passport in London and a drive via the channel tunnel.... 420 miles to our 150. Now that is dedication to the cause.
Chartres is famous for its cathedral, which is widely considered to be the best in France and is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The cathedral did not disappoint and we spent all of Saturday here, wandering around the markets, the old town, and along the river, lapping up (literally) the local café/bar culture. As it was the summer solstice, that evening we were treated to a very vibrant, and free, music festival with many varying styles being performed all around the town, and this was topped off with a sensational seasonal sound and light show projected onto the cathedral.
Sunday saw us driving along a section of the Loire valley, passing through beautiful villages and countryside, with the occasional chateau crossing our path. There seemed to be a recurring theme of TR6s with bonnets up every time we stopped, mainly with injector problems. Sadly, we had to return on Monday with two 6s limping on five cylinders, but we all made it home safely. A terrific trip and all spent under lovely sunny skies. A big thank you to George for organising this.
Coming events – see: http://www.southdowns-trs.org.uk for more details.
George Jackson, John Bancroft and Ian Squire report:
“It was great to see over 100 TRs from all of the South East assembled at Hever Castle on Drive It Day 2014. Many thanks to Mark Treadwell for initiating the day, and to Rod and his helpers in Kent Group for making the arrangements. Hever Castle and Gardens is a super location, with lots to keep visitors entertained, and its appeal was further enhanced by the magnificent array of TRs displayed in the beautiful parkland surrounding the moated castle. The weather was overcast and threatening, but the rain held off until after the assembled cars started their homeward journeys. South Downs Group was well represented with fourteen cars attending from all points of our catchment area and we were particularly pleased when Glynn Boyd’s beautiful TR3A was chosen as car of the day. This was a fitting award for Glynn who spends a lot of time on his car as well as actively contributing to SDG’s committee work.
A bright and sunny Sunday morning greeted day 2 of the 10th annual ‘Magnificent Motors’ show in Eastbourne, on the 4th May. The show is jointly organised by Eastbourne Borough Council, Eastbourne Historic Vehicle Club and East Sussex Omnibus Society. Fourteen SDG TRs joined historic and classic cars, motorcycles, scooters, buses, military and commercial vehicles, totalling in all some 400 exhibits. British motoring heritage was well represented with fine examples from the 20s through to the 70s. Worth a mention was an immaculate 1933 March Riley in British Racing Green - superb! However, the oldest exhibit was an 1897 Henriod, built in Switzerland. As the day progressed, the temperature increased and so did visitor numbers, reaching an estimated 30,000.
May club night at Chailey was due to be Best Presented round one, but this was rained off - such a shame as the following day was wall to wall sunshine. Oh well, at least we had the opportunity for a chat and a beer. A week later John B had organised a visit to Oldlands Mill in Hassocks. We congregated at the Thatched Inn, ordered our food for later, and then walked up to the mill. As we strode up the hill the Jill windmill (of the Jack and Jill pair) came into view on the South Downs, but no sign of Oldlands Mill. Near the top the mill appeared, partially surrounded by trees. Surely even some locals are unaware of this treasure hiding in their midst. Built in 1703, Oldlands Mill saw over two centuries of service before being abandoned in 1912. Restoration started in 1980. It took fifteen years to strip the mill to its bare bones and then it was rebuilt by hand, by skilled volunteers under the guidance of an experienced millwright. The mill is a reconstruction masterpiece, beautifully engineered and fully working, but mind your head as you tour around its confined interior. Thanks so much John for organising this visit, and the meal at the Inn.
Coming soon will be our second visit to Raystede Classic car show on the 6th July and the SDG summer BBQ on Sunday 20th July. See http://www.southdowns-trs.org.uk for more details.”