Ian, George, John and Paul report: “March club night at The Horns Lodge, South Chailey. Paul Lucas's picture quiz went down a storm. Trying to identify make, model and prices from an early sixties motor show newspaper pull out proved a challenge to most. Our memories were put to the test trying to decide whether, from the grainy photograph, it was a Ford Cortina or a Ford Cortina Super, and how much we would have had to pay to own one in 1963! Robin Powell aided and abetted by Colin Salvage, proved to have the most reliable memories and walked off with first prize. A thoroughly enjoyable evening (even for those who did not do quite so well).
March 22nd - Sunday Skittles Match with Thames Valley TR Group. As in previous years, the weather was good and bracing for the run to The Bull at Henfield, where a fine display of TRs graced the car park. The pub was situated on the route of The 2015 Pioneer London to Brighton Motorcycle Run, which was celebrating the 75th running of the event. Only motorcycles, tricycles or sidecar combinations made before 1915 are officially eligible to enter, although, as always, motorcycle enthusiasts with bikes of all ages accompanied the entrants. Many marvellous machines stopped at the pub for refreshment, and, together with the TRs, provided a fascinating motoring display. We had to pull ourselves away from the spectacle in order to have lunch and start the skittles match. It was a closely fought affair, with SDG just edging the two 17 a-side mixed matches, and TVG prevailing in the ladies match. We all made our way home in the sunshine, having had a most enjoyable and varied day. Many thanks to Thames Valley for joining us and making the day such fun.
Eastern side Club Night had to be relocated as the usual venue, the White Hart Inn, was undergoing refurbishment, so it was off to the Squirrel Inn, which made a very pleasant alternative venue. We will be back to Netherfield next time to see the improvements... watch this space as they say... (squirrel's beer was recommendable! )
April Chailey club night saw a Touchy, Feely evening. This time the concealed items were prepared by the ladies, so not so many trunnions or antique suspension parts. But it certainly wasn't easy... I am not sure anyone guessed the sewing pattern tracing wheel correctly! So, which of the men proved to be a domestic god? Well, flushed from his triumph last month, once again it was Robin who triumphed. Well done Robin - clearly a man of many talents.
Coming soon: A scenic Spring Run for you and your TR has been arranged for Sunday 17th May. Glynn will be leading this with a morning start from Heathfield to go via East Dean, Beachy Head, Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne and finishing at The Moorings Restaurant, Seaville Drive, Pevensey Bay for a late lunch booked at 2.30pm. Our Continental Trip for 2015 will be to Soissons in France from 5th to 9th June, taking the Newhaven/Dieppe Ferry and staying four nights in the Best Western Plus Hotel des Francs. Keep an eye on: www.southdowns-trs.org.uk for the latest events and dates and more detailed information.”
John, Martin, George and Ian report: “Even when overcast, East Sussex is a beautiful county. This year’s ‘Autumn Leaves’, which took place on Saturday 25th October, was well attended by nine TRs plus a couple of SDG members who decided to come along in their MX5s. Glynn led us on a most enjoyable run starting in Heathfield, on little used country roads and through sleepy villages, eventually ending up at the Black Duck in Warbleton. This excellent, recently re-furbished pub, provided a super lunch with excellent service and we will most certainly be paying it another visit in the not too distant future. Many thanks to Glynn for organising a smashing day out.
Sunday 2nd November was the 2014 date for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. A few SDG Members gathered at Hassocks on the route, some came in their TRs but the constant rain deterred most. Still a fine sight it was as the veteran automobiles trundled by. You have got to admire their enthusiasm!
Early November saw the Annual General Meeting held at the Horns Lodge, Chailey. The meeting was fairly brief, as all members of the committee were happy to stand again, and were duly re-elected. The meeting gave us the opportunity to say thank you to the out-going South East Co-ordinator, Mark Treadwell, who has been a very good friend to the group. At the same time we were able to welcome the new South East Director, Roger Hogarth and we look forward to working together in the years ahead.
In December Martin and Sue generously invited SDG members to their beautiful home, providing drinks and nibbles. Sue must have spent many long hours in the kitchen preparing the tasty spread of delights and Martin did excellent work ensuring glasses were topped up. I particularly enjoyed the tour of the garages, and seeing the Standard progressing so well. Good company and conversation in a lovely setting. Many thanks Sue and Martin.
This year's photo competition winner was Glynn for his super photo "The hills are alive" - well done, you never know you might even receive something at our Awards Lunch held in January. You can read all about that next time. But in the meantime keep an eye on www.southdowns-trs.org.uk for the latest info, another exciting year is being planned with a winter blast, skittle competition, drive it day, Magnificent Motors, BBQ, Continental trip, Autumn Getaway and many others.”
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.”