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Cream Tea afternoon  22 June 2017

What a gorgeous summer we are enjoying and when George suggested a cream tea at Heybridge Basin, we thought yes please!  Being by the water in hot weather is the place to be isn't it, and how nice it was.  Twelve of us enjoyed fabulous scones, jam and cream, washed down with Assam tea from teapots that didn't drip.  But that is what you would expect from the Tiptree jam chain of tea shops after all.

A stroll along the quayside and then, well, have you seen the Humphrey Bogart film, "The African Queen?"  That little boat that chugs along in that film was not unlike the one we all decided to board for a cruise down the Chelmer.  It could only take 12 passengers so she was full as we chugged away, sedately heading upstream.   Now when I say sedately, so it was, but we did all have a giggle and laugh as you can imagine!  Dave Wackett's mosquite bites were real prize winners (previously acquired), and George almost got a date by calling over to two ladies enjoying a glass of wine on their boat.

So let's hope we can do another cream tea soon .... in the meantime, here's to the summer and happy days out in our classics.

Jenny Stone

 

Club show night June 2017

Our annual show night where the judging takes into consideration the annual mileage as well as the condition. 

The only entrant, and therefore winner of the non-Triumph category was George's Mazda MZ5.  The top three of the Triumphs were:

3rd Richard and Jenny's TR4A with 276 points

2nd Tony B's Spitfire MKIII with 278 points

1st Peter and Maureen's Peerless with 291 points

 

Brands Hatch Masters series historic racing May 2017

A sorching day with some great cars on track

 

Battlesbridge show May 2017

Once again a great day at Battlesbridge and nice to see a good range of Triumphs on display.

 

Used car awards - 1 June 2017

For one night only CTE will meet at the Duke of Wellington PH, The Street, Hatfield Pevereal, Chelmsford, CM3 2EA.  Our annual used car awards will take place during the evening, so please bring your classic car out and see if it wins a prize.  From 8pm, ample parking and food is available.

 

Maldon Motor Show

Sunday 1st July saw the first fully sunny day for what felt like a very long time and as a result lots of vehicle were in attendance at Promenade Park.  Below are a few pictures from the day

 

FBHVC survey

Survey now closed. 

 

Battlesbridge appeal lost

According to the Battlesbridge website they have lost their appeal against the enforcement action taken by Chelmsford City council regarding the use of the showground. However, they can still use the showground for 28 days a year without planning permission. The good news is that they will continue to hold the May classic car show and the grand motorbilia days in September. Both events will be attended by Club Triumph Eastern.

 

Monte Carlo or Bust Banger Rally

Paul, Tony and Nigel ready for their epic journey to Monte Carlo in a car that cost less than £300.

Posing at Battlesbridge Bus depot visit

The aim of the trip was to have a good time while raising money for the Essex Air Ambulance Service. If you would like to make a donation you can visit their money giving page HERE.

Or visit the Facebook page HERE.

The Boys set off on Thursday morning (16/7/15) leaving from Barking bus garage to head for the registration point in Saint-Quentin, France. Once in France they took the scenic route visiting a war memorial on the way.

They arrived safely in Saint-Quentin where they registered before heading to the bar for refreshments. Quite a lot of refreshments apparently. Then it was off to bed to get some sleep before the official start at 9am on Friday.

Set off 1  Set off 2 War memorial

War memorial 4 War memorial 5

 

Inter-Club Quiz Night 2015

This years quiz night was a great success due to the 85 extremely generous classic car enthusiasts who attended. As usual there was a great fun atmosphere and the scoring was very close. Club Triumph Eastern almost got a full house when one of our teams won the wooden spoon and the other CTE team came equal first but were pipped at the post by the Essex Imp Owners Club who won the tie breaker question. A representative from the Essex Air Ambulance Service was presented with a cheque for a fantastic £882.

Malta Mdina Rally 2014

Paul, Lisa, Tony and Lynda visited Malta for some relaxation in the sun. Their visit was timed to coincide with the Mdina rally which was held over four days and included a Concours de Elegance, a hill climb and a circuit race.

 

Inter-Club Quiz Night 2015

The annual classic car clubs quiz night in aid of the Essex Air Ambulance Service will be held at

The Shepherd & Dog, London road, Crays Hill, Essex, CM11 2YA on the 7th February.

This is the 5th inter classic car clubs quiz night hosted by Club Triumph Eastern which has so far raised over £2300 for the air ambulance service.

Entry is £12 per person which includes a carvery meal before the quiz starts.

Teams comprise of up to eight people. We expect around seven clubs to attend and teams are limited to two from each club.

This is a fun night with lots of like minded enthusiasts and not taken too seriously.

Contact Paul Bagshaw through the club email address or the contact us page to book your places.

 

 Chris Georgiakis

Sadly our friend Chris passed away recently. Chris was a well liked and respected member of our club for many years. Our thoughts are with Gloria and their family.

Chris's funeral took place on 30th December at the Basildon & District Cemetery.

The family welcomed classic cars.

 

Battlesbridge Motorbilia Day 2014

 Club member Ray collected the trophy for best car on a club stand at the Battlesbridge Motorbilia Day 28/9/14.

This topped off a very good day with temperatures in the 70s. We had 19 cars on our stand and attracted a lot of interest from visitors. There was hardly a space left in the showground with hundreds of cars on show.

Roadster Battlesbridge Sept 2014 Ray Battlesbridge Sept 2014

 

 

Laon Historique 2015

CTE have secured rooms at the St Vincent Hotel, Laon at 2014 prices.

The prices are £229 per person sharing a room and car on the Dover - Calais ferry

or £429 for a single occupant in a room and car on their own.

To book, contact Scenic & Continental Car Tours quoting Club Triumph Eastern

Tel 01732 879153

 

 

Brands Hatch Historic Festival May 2014

Our club parking area was on Clarke Curve looking out onto the start straight. It couldn’t have been better. As usual we pitched the gazebo which acted as our field kitchen for the cooking of a lunch of burgers and sausages and the making of many cups of tea & coffee.

There was a great variety of races with just about every type of historic racing. There were also some famous F1 cars on display a walk around the paddocks got us close up to some fantastic racing machinery. The weather was kind and we enjoyed some lovely sunshine for most of the day.

Hedingham Castle May 2014

 The Hedingham castle vintage fair was blessed with the best weather of the year so far. Around 70 classics attended this event including eight from our club.

There were many stalls selling various retro clothes and bric-a-brac and some great entertainment from a big band.

 

 

Valentines run to Lower Stondon Motor Museum 16/2/14

Considering it hadn’t stopped raining for two months we were very lucky with the weather for the Valentines run to Lower Stondon Transport Museum. Fourteen people in ten cars made the trip which started at Boreham services. We did have one short breakdown when Reg’s Alpine decided to make his feet wet but a joint effort had us back on the road after about thirty minutes. There is a real mixture on display at this museum. Some cars are in very nice condition while others could do with a bit of TLC. Expensive cars line up alongside everyday stuff and there are motorbikes and military vehicles too. Lunch had been booked at a nearby hotel where we arrived fashionably late and with more people than booked. The manager of the hotel was quite taken by the cars and asked us if we would arrange them in front of the hotel so that he could take a picture for the hotel website.

Full report in the club magazine.

 

 

 

Inter-Club Quiz Night 2014

Yet again the quiz night was a great success and a lot of fun with a packed house full of classic car enthusiasts from several local clubs. The scoring was very close and it was impossible to guess which team would win. In the end it was the MG owners who were the victors and wrenched the title away from the TR Register who had won it for the previous two years. Thanks to the generosity of those who attended, the hard work of the organisers and the manager and staff of the Shepherd & Dog a fantastic total of £662 was raised on the night for the Essex Air Ambulance Service.This was the 4th annual quiz night and the total raised by this event so far is £2344

Photos from the night can be seen HERE

Quiz Night 2014.15

 

Spa Classic 2013

CTE members took six cars to Belgium for this weekend of classic racing. We had every kind of weather over the weekend, particularly during the Triumph parade lap when it poured with rain. This didn't spoil a great weekend which included the racing, trips to Spa town, Durbuy and the Nurburgring.

 

Inter-Club Quiz Night 2013

The third annual inter-club quiz night was another fantastic success. Once again The Shepherd & Dog was packed with 100 classic enthusiasts for a night of quizzing fun. After an excellent meal we prepared for the intellectual battle ahead. The clubs involved were Club Triumph Eastern (3 teams),  Club Triumph (2 teams), TSSC Essex (2 teams), TSSC M25 East (2 teams), TR Register, Essex Imp owners and The Chelmer Valley Meet (2 teams)

There was a great atmosphere, particularly as the TSSC M25 East teams were split into Boys Vs Girls, and Oh boy did those girls make some noise. It all made for a really fun night. There was a good variation in questions. Thankfully not too many difficult ones. At the end of the night the scores were announced and the winners and retainers of the title were the TR Register. Well done to them.

Well done to everyone else too as you all managed to raise £554 on the night for the Essex Air Ambulance Service.

 Quiz 2013.1      Quiz 2013.2Quiz 2013.3

 More photos can be found on the gallery page.

Second show, second award

Phil and Annette Browns Vitesse wins yet another award on only its second trip out. This time it was at the All Triumph Show at Duxford.

Phil presented with award Phil & Annettes Vitesse

 

Prize winning maiden show

Congratulations to Phil Brown whose hard work was rewarded when his Vitesse received the highly commended award at Battlesbridge.

Phil receives award  Phils highly commended Vitesse

 

Latest Press
Release from FBHVC

EU Roadworthiness Testing - 23 August 2012

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When the European Parliament Historic Vehicle Group (EPHVG) met in May, Szabolcs Schmidt the head of the EC Road Safety Unit, mentioned that proposals for revisions to the Roadworthiness Testing Directive, following a 2010 consultation, were expected ‘in the summer’. In July, the European Commission published the detail which turned out to be a proposal to replace the current Roadworthiness Testing Directive (2009/40/EC) with a completely new Directive.

The draft of the new Directive has implications for all motorists, not just historic vehicle owners. Amongst other things, the draft includes requirements to test all trailers (which in turn implies a registration system) and requires tests to make reference to a vehicle’s original ‘technical characteristics’. The meaning of this expression is not defined. National governments are granted the right to make their own testing arrangements for ‘vehicles of historic interest’. A vehicle of historic interest is then defined as one that:

  • Was manufactured more than 30 years ago

  • Is maintained by use of replacement parts which reproduce the historic components of the vehicle

  • Has not sustained any change in the technical characteristics of its main components such as engine, brakes, steering or suspension; and

  • Has not been changed in its appearance.

FBHVC considers this definition to be unworkable and completely unacceptable. FBHVC also rejects the suggestion that Roadworthiness Testing should relate to a vehicle’s ‘technical characteristics’, whatever the age of the vehicle. Modifications, alterations and improvements are all part of the history of motor vehicles and the older the vehicle, the more likely it is that it will have been altered at some stage. At present the basic tenet of a UK MoT test is that it is one of mechanical fitness. There is no database of original specifications for UK vehicles, so testing to original 'technical characteristics' is simply pie-in-the-sky.

Earlier this month, the Department for Transport asked stakeholders for comment on the proposals. FBHVC will be responding formally to this request when further analysis of the detailed proposals has been completed. FBHVC will be discussing the implications of the proposal with the international organisation, FIVA, and through them with the EPHVG group as well as with the All Party Parliamentary Historic Vehicle Group in the UK.

It should be remembered that this is still just a proposal. It has to have approval by each EU member country before it is adopted. Some media commentary on this topic has tended towards the ‘we’re doomed’ end of the scale. It is certainly a serious issue and FBHVC is treating it accordingly

 
 
 
 
 
 
Jubilee Weekend away
 
35 CTE members set off for Faringdon on Saturday morning for a long jubilee weekend away. Brilliantly organised by Lisa and Paul, we enjoyed excellent service from the staff at our hotel and even though the weather tried to spoil things we enjoyed a great weekend. A visit to Blenheim Palace on Sunday saw everyone soaked but it was still a good day out and lunch in the Indian room was excellent. Monday was spent touring the Oxfordshire countryside in much brighter weather and lunch was taken at one of TV detective Morse’s favourite pubs, The Trout. The weekend ended on top of Folly Hill for the lighting of the jubilee beacon.
 
 
 
Inter-Club Quiz Night 2012

Once again the Inter-club quiz night saw a packed house at The Shepherd & Dog with one hundred classic car enthusiasts from seven Essex classic car clubs taking part. The generosity of everyone attending and those who donated raffle prizes was excellent and lead to us comfortably beating last year’s total raised. When all of the figures had been totted up we were very happy to present the representatives from the Essex Air Ambulance Service with a cheque for £658.

There was a great atmosphere all night, but particularly as the results were announced. Everyone did well but there could only be one winner and this year the title went to the TR Register who received the winners trophy and a bottle of Champagne to celebrate.

Thanks to all who helped make it a great night. The clubs attending were :

 Club Triumph, TR Register, TSSC, The Essex Impers, Chelmer Valley Car Meet, BMW Owners Club & Club Triumph Eastern.

More photos HERE

Quiz night 2012.10 Quiz night 2012.9

    Air ambulance volunteer Ray receives the cheque                The TR Register's winning team receive the trophy

 

NEC Classic Car Show 2011
Twenty five of us travelled together to Birmingham for this annual end of season event. With six halls full of cars it took all day to see them all and visit the trade stands. The club displays were excellent and just about all makes were on show. Triumph cars were particularly well represented with just about every model on display.
 
 
Battlesbridge Motorbilia Day
Fourteen cars made up our display for the end season show at Battlesbridge. Lovely weather ensured a good turn-out and the private entry field was full to capacity. The auto-jumble was better than I've seen before and as usual included stalls for bikers and car owners alike. There were a lot of cars at this years show that we hadn't seen before which made it all the more interesting and the live band were good too.
 
Battlesbridge 9.11.1 Battlesbridge 9.11.2 Battlesbridge 9.11.3
 
 
Bangers & Mash Night

The annual sausage & mash night is always popular and this year was no different. Once again George did a great job organising the evening and provided us with a new venue. More than forty members filled the function room at the Crown, Sandon where we were served top quality bangers.

Fitting everyone in was a squeeze but this meant there were plenty of people to chat with as we sat at our places. As usual, spare bangers were sent Paul’s way and he managed to finish off seven of the top quality bangers.

The staff of The Crown did a good job making sure everyone had everything they wanted and I’d certainly recommend the service and food.

Well done George. Another good night out enjoyed by everyone.

 
On- line membership up and running
New members can now join on-line using Paypal and most major credit cards. The cost of £26.50 includes a surcharge of £1.50 to cover costs. We have had to do this because the club operates on a very tight budget to ensure that members get the most from their subscriptions. To avoid the extra charge it is still possible to apply using the down-loadable application form accompanied by cheque payment. If you would like to join on-line click HERE
 
Barnards Farm Visit 2011
Although so close to where many of us live, few had even heard of Barnards Farm so we were not sure what to expect. I can happily report that this place is a gem for anyone interested in cars, gardens and sculptures.
We were allowed to enter and park our cars at mid-day, a full two hours before the general public are admitted. This gave us time to arrange our cars and explore the gardens before they became busy. At 2pm the gates were opened as were the doors to the Barnards private vehicle collection. The collection was larger than we had imagined and the quality of every vehicle was outstanding.
Later, some of our group took the guided tour of the large grounds while others made the most of the shady trees. This was after all the hottest day of the year so far with the sun beating down all day.
There was far too much to include in this short report. The vehicle collection and gounds were excellent and I'm sure we'll return again next year. If you didn't make the trip this time I thoroughly recommend a visit.
 
You can see a video of the day produced by "Your Thurrock" HERE. CTE cars feature at the 2 minute mark.
 
 
 
Laon Historique 2011
A large group of CTE members made the trip to this years Circuit Historique de Laon and enjoyed a weekend of sunny weather. Saturday saw the group touring the French countryside and Sunday was spent driving the streets of Laon and mingling with hundreds of classic enthusiasts.
 
 
Drive it Day 2011
A lovely day was had by all who joined up with TSSC club. We all met up at the Half Way House on the A127. On arrival we were give a rally plate for the front of our cars, a route book and voting slip to vote for our favourite car. All vehicles set off at approximately 1 minute intervals. The run was about 20 miles ending up at the Meadowcroft Garden Centre for afternoon tea.
Thankfully the sun shone for us all. It was a really lovely day. The best car was won by our very own Paul Bagshaw for his TR. Thanks go to John from the TSSC club for arranging such a lovely run and for inviting us from the Club Triunph Eastern to join them.
 
Jackie & Richard Sutton
 
 
Inter-Club Quiz Night 19th February
Over one hundred classic car enthusiasts filled the Shepherd & Dog for the Inter-club quiz night in aid of The Essex Air Ambulance Service. The quizzers represented six local clubs and friendly rivalry was encouraged. There would be a trophy for the winning team and a wooden spoon for the team in last place so there was club pride at stake.
There were six rounds of general knowledge questions and the pub fell silent as everyone concentrated on the questions.
Finally with all questions answered the place became very noisy as cheers rang out as each teams score was read out.
 
The winning team was "The Four Trumpets" and the winners of the wooden spoon were "The Over 50s". Both teams were representing Club Triumph Eastern. The awards were presented by our host Simon, landlord of the Shepherd & Dog.
With the entry fees, donations from food sales and takings from the raffle we raised a total of £470 on the night and representatives of all six clubs presented the cheque.
 
The clubs attending were the Chelmer Valley Meet, TSSC Essex Group, TR Register Essex Group, Essex Imp Owners Club, Club Triumph Essex Group and of course Club Triumph Eastern. Thanks to everyone for their generosity and for making it a great night.
 
Quiz Night Full House Quiz Night Winners Quiz Night Cheque
More photos HERE 
 
Valentines Run 2011
 
After a blast up the A12, I arrived at Boreham services to find Richard and Jackie and Peter and Chrystal waiting in the car park, shortly afterwards Graham and Arlene arrived in the Vitesse. 
 
After a while Tony B arrived in the MKIII Spitfire and led us across to the pub.  When we arrived we found several other club members waiting for us in the bar.  I think there were 23 of us altogether.
 
Arlene had organised a Valentine themed quiz which kept us all occupied between courses.  Well done to Ken and Chris who scored the most points and won some chocolates, which they very kindly shared out amongst us all.
 
It was lovely to have a nice relaxed lunch and be able to catch up with everyone again.  Many thanks to Tony for organising everything.
 
Karen
 
 
 
New Year 2011 Run to Finchingfield
 
It was a lovely bright sunny morning, but still very cold - several of the smaller roads were still covered in frost which made for a bit of a hairy journey in the TR7.
 When I arrived at the pub, the car park was full, but fortunately the landlord was outside and allowed me to park in front of the gates which were cleared marked "do not park here"!  It was nice to see a few other Triumphs in the car park.
 The food and service were really good, and the open fire in the restaurant was very welcome.  It was great to have a catch up with everyone after the festive break and start planning trips and events for the summer.
 After lunch several members had a wander round Finchingfield before heading home.  I decided to set the sat nav to shortest route and see where it took me.  At one point I found myself on a single track road with grass growing in the middle of it!
 
 
Club Triumph Eastern AGM
 
The AGM of Club Triumph Eastern took place on Thursday 6th January with approximately 40 members present.
The existing committee who were prepared to stand again we all re-elected, they are as follows:
 
Treasurer      Lisa Bagshaw
Shows Organiser    Tony Bocarisa
Membership Secretary    Graham Chambers
Advertising Officer    Andrew Fisher
IT Officer     Jamie Hill-Lonergan
 
Karen Jones confirmed her decision to resign from the position of Magazine Editor after 15 years.  This left three vacant positions: Chairman, Magazine Editor and Social Secretary.
 
Karen Jones was elected as the new Chairman.
 
Unfortunately, there were no volunteers for the positions of Magazine Editor or Social Secretary.  The committee will be looking into alternative options for the magazine production. The AGM was concluded with a free raffle.
 
NEC Classic Car Show 2010
 
I met up with the others at 7am in Gt Leighs and we set off in the minibus for the NEC.  After a slight detour (only a small one this time!) we parked up and made our way into the show.
There were 5 halls crammed full of gorgeous cars - just about every model you can think of was on display.  From Audis (including the Quattro that was used in the filming of Ashes to Ashes) to Skodas and everything inbetween.  There were plenty of Triumphs on the various club stands - it was great to see Peter's Peerless on the TR Register stand creating a lot of interest and looking absolutely fantastic.
I think my personal favourite was the Maseratti display - they were all set out as if they were on the starting grid of a race. 
Also on display were a couple of F1 cars - the Brawn from last year (but in Mercedes livery) and Ayrton Senna's winning Renault. 
Stirling Moss was at the show all day and we were lucky enough to get close enough to get a couple of good photos of him. 
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and am looking forward to next year's show already.
 
Karen
 
 
 
The AGM of Club Triumph Eastern took place on Thursday 6th January with approximately 40 members present.
The existing committee who were prepared to stand again we all re-elected, they are as follows:
 
Treasurer      Lisa Bagshaw
Shows Organiser    Tony Bocarisa
Membership Secretary    Graham Chambers
Advertising Officer    Andrew Fisher
IT Officer     Jamie Hill-Lonergan
 
Karen Jones confirmed her decision to resign from the position of Magazine Editor after 15 years.  This left three vacant positions: Chairman, Magazine Editor and Social Secretary.
 
Karen Jones was elected as the new Chairman.
 
Unfortunately, there were no volunteers for the positions of Magazine Editor or Social Secretary.  The committee will be looking into alternative options for the magazine production.
 
The AGM was concluded with a free raffle
 
Battlesbridge Motorbilia Day Sept 2010
Although the rain held off until about 3pm it was pretty cold and windy all day. Compared to last year numbers of cars were down but there was still a good turnout. On our stand we had fourteen cars and Peters Peerless attracted a lot of attention, as it should.
The stand looked good with so many lovely cars and we were busy with visitors all day.
As ever, Paul & Tony were busy cooking bacon and sausages for any hungry members. The sausages were particularly well done.
 
 
Colchester Show 2010
 
For various It's been a few years since I've been able to participate in the Colchester Castle Park show - last year because I didn't have a car, and prior to that because it always seemed to clash with something else.
 
Well, this year, as it didn't clash with anything and as I only live about 1/2 a mile away (if that!) I thought there was no excuse. 
 
The weather was absolutely beautiful, but I have to admit I was lazy and didn't bother taking the roof down - it just didn't seem worthwhile.
 
It was a very relaxing day with lots of cars on display that you don't usually see at the other shows.  The TR Register very kindly invited me to join in their display, but as I'd arrived quite early my car had already got blocked in by that point. 
 
Jim & Sue and Chris & Freda were invited to take their cars into the arena and give a little bit of commentary on their history.
 
All in all it was a lovely day, and definitely one for the calendar for next year.
 
Karen
 
 
CTE Summer Fayre & awards presentation August 2010
 
In the region of 50 club members and friends gathered together for a relaxing afternoon.  A huge thank you to Graham, Phil, Tony and Richard for cooking all the meat and to Lisa, Annette and Jenny for their help with the salads and cakes.
 
The fun and games began after the bbq.  Richard and Jenny had brought along a couple of games which kept us all entertained, and the children enjoyed badminton, swing ball and football. 
 
After that there were the awards presentations for last year. The winners were :-
 
Car of the year non-Triumph  Chas & Sheila Seymore's Ford 
 Charlies Zodiac
Car of the year Triumph          Peter Hudspith's TR4
 
 
Special Effort                           Phil & Annette Brown
 
Dipstick                                    Ann Reed
 
Clubman's Award                    Andy Fisher
 
Premium Award                      George Bentley
 
The awards were quickly followed by tea & cakes and all in all it was a great day, definitely one for the diary for next year
 
 
 
West Bergholt 2010

I clambered out of bed early to polish the TR7 before leaving for the show (it was still covered in dust from Le Mans).  The 3½ mile journey was a doddle, although I did smile when I reached the roundabout outside North Station at the number of classics approaching me from all directions.  By the time I pulled into the show site there was quite a queue following me.

 

As I was driving across the main field I saw George and Doreen were already in position and shortly after I parked Chas and Sheila parked up next to me, quickly followed by Phil and Annette and Jim and Sue.  Later in the day we bumped into Wayne, good to catch up with you again Wayne.

 

After a bit of a dull start and a quick shower, the weather improved and in the afternoon it was quite warm.

 

The show was the usual mix of classic cars, motorcycles, commercial vehicles, tractors, stalls and events in the arena to keep us all entertained and even a fly past in the afternoon by what I’m reliably informed was a Lancaster. 

 

Karen

 
 
Classic Le Mans 2010

We definitely couldn’t have asked for better weather for the weekend, it was perfect topless weather all weekend (apart from a couple of showers overnight). The journey down to Dover was fine (albeit a very early start) and the journey through France to the gites was uneventful, apart from a slight misfire from the TR7.

 On the Friday we hit the track and had a good look round the paddocks before returning to the gites for a group BBQ (after temporarily fixing a broken TR7 in the supermarket carpark!)

 On the Saturday (after major surgery on the TR7) we set off for the track and the start of the racing. Again this year we managed to grab a good position in the Dunlop grandstand and watch the racing. There were a few spins and slides round the Dunlop esses, but no-one came to any harm. The heat got the better of us and we didn’t see much of the night racing at all, but headed back to the circuit on Sunday for the close of the racing.

 All in all it was a good weekend and I’m definitely up for the next one!

 
 
Motorsport at the Palace 2010
 
May bank holiday weekend saw motorsport back at Crystal Palace for the first time in ten years. Organised by the Sevenoaks and District Motor Club this was a sprint event with each entrant having three timed runs. We went on the Monday as this was the day that would see the classics racing. The entry list was mainly cars of the 60's, 70's and 80's but there were some earlier cars and some more modern models as well as a few electric sports cars.
The surroundings were as beautiful as the cars and large crowds enjoyed the sight of these lovely cars being driven as hard as the owners dared. This will now be an annual event and we will certainly be there next year. This is definitely one for the diary.   See the video HERE
 
 
 
 
 
 
Battlesbridge May 2010
 
What a cold day it was. We spent a lot of the day sheltered in the marquee wrapped in blankets. Unfortunately because of the weather numbers were down on the usual turnout for this show but there were still a good number of very nice cars on display. We had thirteen cars on our stand including new member Dave's very nice Dolomite.
 
 
 
 
 
Air Ambulance Cheque Presentation
 
At the clubs March meeting we were pleased to be able to present the Essex Air Ambulance Service with a cheque for £700. This money was raised by donations from members, raffles and at the clubs family fun day which is held annually in aid of the air ambulance. The cheque was received by air ambulance volunteer Teresa James with around fifty club members present.
 
Air Ambulance Presentation  aee
 
 
Mad March Run 2010
 
A beautiful spring morning, perfect top down weather - well I thought so, although none of the others were "topless".
 
Karens TR7
 
The cars all set off from the diner between 10:30 and 11 having worked out their route round the churches.  I set off with a plan of going to two or three of the churches on route and taking some photos.  Although that plan didn't work - I only came across Graham and Arlene leaving Galleywood as I arrived!
 
Everyone made it to Heybridge Basin without too many difficulties, although the accident in Danbury caused a bit of a delay and there were lots of pot holes on the way round too.  I had four answer sheets handed in with the winners being Phil and Annette Brown who were joined by Clive Sharpe.  They obtained a total of 13 out of 14 points.  Well done guys.