Ian Squire reports: “On the 19th January the annual SDG Awards Lunch took place at the Bear in Burwash. The day dawned fine and bright, resulting in a good selection of TRs (3, 4, 4A, 5, 6, Dove), and one Sebring, glinting in the sunshine, though (as expected) only Willie was in top down mode. Food was excellent, as was the company. Following the culinary delights came the awards: Clubman of the year - Hugh Adkins, Best Presented - Glynn Boyd, Members favourite - Glynn Boyd, Event Attendance - Martin Jane, Club Nights in TR - Willie Felger, Photo Competition - Rosemary Jackson, Special award for overall contribution - Paul Lucas, Club Spirit award - James Kearney. Also Glynn presented a bottle of wine to George in recognition of the hard worked required from a group leader. Well done one and all, and many thanks to Dawn and Bob for arranging this event once again.
SDG often attend the Southdown Stages, but this year the early start and the appalling conditions on the day appear to have made a Sunday lie in much more appealing.
Many thanks to John B for the following report:-
“Well, at least it is not raining” was the general feeling as intrepid SDG’rs set off on the now famous ‘Midwinter Blast’. George, our GL, had planned the run to take in the fine Sussex countryside and had included a ford, which surprisingly, in view of the torrents of rain we have had this year, was pretty shallow. Although many of the main roads had managed to dry out quite well, the less used were still fairly testing of underbody treatment. The run of around 50 miles took in little used country lanes, where the main obstacles seemed to be horses and bicycles, but these did not prevent us from enjoying this first run of the year. John and Jill in their TR3 were the bravest, being the only ones with the top down. The rest of us, one TR4, two TR4As and two TR6s kept our weather gear firmly in place. Turnout was completed by three ‘Euroboxes’. Finishing up at the Cat Inn, West Hoathly, for a glass or two and a traditional Sunday Roast, experiences were shared before heading home to spend the rest of the day (and I suspect the rest of the following day) removing the mud and checking the underside. All in all a really good day out.”
We are now just a few weeks away from Drive It Day 27th April, the Spring Burn Out 4th May, the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway trip, and monthly club nights in both South Chailey and Netherfield. As always check out www.southdowns-trs.org.uk for the latest information.”
Ian Squire notes that the Christmas period sees a lull in TR activities on the road, but: “Tucked away in warm pubs and homes, there is a hive of activity on the planning front. 2013 was another in a long string of busy years for SDG, and it seems 2014 will be keeping members equally active.
Before whetting your appetites with what is coming, I should report on what has happened. Both our eastern (Netherfield) and western (Chailey) club nights have remained popular, with quizzes and touchy feely competitions making for interesting evenings. Christmas nibbles were enjoyed and the western meeting has moved a half miles south to the Horn's Lodge, where we have been made very welcome. The annual Awards Lunch in Burwash is happening just after this report is submitted, so you will have to wait until next time to hear about the recipients of the awards and booby prizes. Also a few hardy members of the club will head out to the South Down Stages at Goodwood on 8th February to watch the action. Fingers crossed for a bit of warmth and sunshine this year.
So what's the plan for the next few months? I hear you ask. On Sunday 23rd February George will be organising the Mid-Winter Blast, a good target for getting your TR in fine fettle after a few months of inactivity. The run details are still in the planning stages, so visit www.southdowns-trs.org.uk to find out where and at what time. The Bull at Mockbridge will be hosting a skittles match on Sunday 16th March, and on Saturday 5th April Glynn has arranged a tour of CKL Developments in Battle. CKL are specialists in Jaguar race and sports cars from the 50s and 60s. Being a very thoughtful chap, Glynn is providing an alternative to the engineering experience by way of a nearby large garden centre. So our group will split for a few hours before merging together again at a local pub where stories can be exchanged. Sunday the 27th April is Drive it Day, then a week later Paul and Heather's Spring Burnout is another event not to be missed. Following on, we will have round one of Best Presented, the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch railway visit, the famous Cannonball run, Framfield car show, a continental trip in June, summer BBQ at Wheelbarrow Farm, Wings & Wheels at Dunsfold, Shoreham Air show and the Autumn Getaway. Events are still being finalised, so keep a close eye on our website for the latest and greatest.”
“South Downs group have continued to be very active in recent weeks, with our Autumn Leaves run being the only casualty to bad weather. On Saturday the 12th of October seven TRs were bathed in autumn sunshine on Hastings seafront next to the controversial Jerwood Gallery in the old town. Glynn worked hard organising the SDG entry for the Hastings Classic Car Show and thankfully chose the sunny Saturday to participate, as day two, the saturated Sunday, saw the show terminate early due to the foul weather. Glynn's efforts were handsomely rewarded. As well as the thanks of SDG members, he was also judged "Favourite of the Day" for his beautiful TR3A. Well done Glynn.
Our club nights both at Chailey and Netherfield remain popular, with Hugh and Glynn recently providing entertaining quizzes and Paul L organising the raffles. All your efforts are much appreciated.
A bright crisp November morning greeted participants in the London to Brighton veteran car run on Sunday the 10th. As usual, SDG members gathered at the Friars Oak in Hassocks to watch this cavalcade of rare and ancient machinery as it "sped" by. Some 6 TRs joined a couple of Austin 7s, a 1929 3 litre Bentley, an elderly Lea Francis estate, and a number of MGs and mid 50s Americana. Well wrapped up drivers and passengers took advantage of the hot bacon rolls and coffee on offer at the pub. An enjoyable day for us motor enthusiasts, one and all.
On Tuesday the 12th November the venue for our AGM was switched at very short notice to The Horns Lodge, half a mile down the road from our usual meeting pub. Change of ownership at The Five Bells may result in a permanent change of venue, keep an eye on www.southdowns-trs.org.uk for further details.
The AGM was very well attended. Fiona revealed hidden talents by selling the largest number of raffle tickets ever recorded. What was her secret? During the serious business of the meeting the current committee was re-elected in its entirety, and a new committee member was added to the ranks, welcome Neil. Mark Treadwell (South East Group Coordinator) attended the AGM giving a Register overview and explaining some of the fun and games at the TR Register AGM. The sale of the SDG calendars commenced at a good pace at the AGM. 12 superb TR photos on quality printing revealed what the committee judged to be the best of this year's photographs. Rose's winning photo adorns the front cover. Well done Rose and thanks to Paul L for organising the calendar production.
The committee is already working on plans for 2014 runs, shows, competitions, skittles, BBQ, and long weekends away both here and across the water. Keep an eye on www.southdowns-trs.org.uk for more details. Happy New Year!”