May 1st – Woolmer Green Car Show
Again an early 0900 start and a very quick convoy across to Woolmer Green enabled us to park up together at this popular and well supported show. Great to be a brace of E types out. Best in show went to a beautiful little Austin Metropolitan.
April 2nd 2017 – First Run of Year 2017 – Brooklands MG Era
Left a little bit early to take advantage of The Tilbury breakfast and headed off to Brooklands for the MG meeting. Geoff had special reason to attend as he had an interest in one of the cars on display. He also got close to the famous banking
This 1934 Railton Terraplane sports tourer has a straight eight cylinder 4169cc Hudson engine and was driven at a maximum speed of 83mph averaging 18mpg.
September 4th – Chapel Manor Classic & Vintage Vehicle Show
After a hearty Bacon Butty Graham took us on a wonderful morning drive through the leafy lanes around Hertford, Bayford and Cuffley to pop out at the entrance to Capel Manor. We had an international element to the day as we were joined by Geoff’s cousin and his wife from Perth, Australia. In all we had a total of 8 cars out all of which happened to convertibles – great to see Janet and Tim’s MG out.
Charlie and James were seen to be testing the sleeker, lighter, more aerodynamic racing look on the TR – (well until they refit the front bumper anyway!)
The Aussies connection or DCCC(AU):
Ian and Corrie were visiting from Perth in Western Australia as part of their world tour. They are members of the Jaguar Car Club of Western Australia. Ian is the licensed inspector for cars which have to be examined for originality for concessional club licence. Corrie is the advertising and publicity officer, and previous social secretary.
They attend as many club events as possible and also the National Rallies which are held each year in a different state of Australia. We always take one of our classic cars to the interstate events. Their cars are pictured below:
The Etype Roadster is a 1966 model which Ian restored and upgraded, a task which took two years. The colour was to be Old English White, but they wanted a creamy white rather than a stark white….finally they chose a mini colour called pepper white. Ian also added an air conditioning unit which he obtained from the USA and a five speed gear box. The car has a detachable hard top in pepper white.
The 1965 Etype was imported from California as a wreck and restored. The car is said to have been owned by Michael Landon of Bonanza and Little House on the Prairie fame. The story goes that it was crashed by one of his sons just before Michael became ill and the car left in a panel shop. It was eventually sold to pay the storage costs. As Ian started the restoration he found a service sticker which indicated that the mileage was 14,300 miles which was proven to be correct. The car has now done only 35,000 miles…some of which included driving across the Nullarbor from Adelaide to Perth.
August 21st – Tewin Classic Car Show
Tewin were again spot on with their weather – glorious sunshine all day. Our advance party got a prime spot followed by breakfast at The Country Bumpkin, but it seems others have now cottoned on to this cunning plan. The later arrivals parked up next to a rather splendid red Merc gull wing that was probably worth more than all the other cars there put together (I bet it’s proud owner was praying that rust couldn’t jump!).
August 7th – Ashlyn’s Classic Car Show
Graham took a group over to the B&M Care Home next to Ashlyn Hall in Berkhampsted for their 2016 fund raiser show. There was a wide range of cars and bikes and a fun day had by all. Apparently Graham has pre booked a room for Sid in his retirement!
July 6th – Classics in the Walled Garden
Graham led a picnic party up to Luton Hoo for the annual midweek Walled Garden show. As always it was a great event and a perfect excuse to chill out and share hampers. Graham didn’t manage to get a photo of the assembled cars but did get a shot of the next most important thing…………
July 3rd – Classic Motor Show at Hatfield House
A few of us ventured across to the new classic show held on the grounds in front of Hatfield House. Glorious weather and a good turn out with a real mix of cars. Mustang managed to get on a display run and ended up in the drive way of the House so managed to grab a rather nice shot. Great to see the Interceptor out again having cured a slight oil leak. Graham had his eye on something a little older in an attempt to beat the queue’s !
One ticked off the Bucket List
Everyone said you would never manage to get 6 foot 6 inches into a GT40……..they were wrong! Very low, very cramped, very noisy, very hot, very very fast and absolutely brilliant.
June 11th – Datchworth Village Fete
The weather was very kind to the annual fete and a great number of people joined the fun on the village green. A good selection of vehicles attended and it was great to see such a wide range of vehicles – new and old, working and leisure. Good to see the Stag and Mog on the Green. The DCCC banner did make an appearance – if anyone managed to get a photo please send it on to me.
June 2016 – 51st St Albans Steam Fair
After a dull week the Sun finally broke through on Sunday morning as we arrived at St Albans Steam Fair. Joined by a new member in a rather nice Classic in the making – a Jag SK8 – welcome Jim.
The Steam fair had a wide range or traction engines, rollers, steam lorries and agricultural machinery and thankfully a very pleasant craft and beer tent. Having seen the beasts below I did point out to the wife how lucky she was that my interest is in classic cars not 20ton plus steam engines.
May Bank Holiday – Woolmer Green Carshow
Bank Holiday was forecast to be cold and overcast until mid afternoon when it was going to get wet – fortunately they got most of it wrong and it turned out to be bright sunshine all morning. A couple of us nipped over to the 2nd Woolmer Green Carshow that was an interesting and pleasing mix of old, new, classic, custom, hot rod and American. After enduring the grueling 200 yard drive to get there, John’s MG took the Best in Show Runner up Trophy (a trophy that he will cherish on his mantelpiece for years to come).
May 2016 – Bedfordshire Classics at Turvey House
A few brave soles headed North to the Bedfordshire Classic Car Show at Turvey House. An imposing country mansion and beautiful location for the show previously held at Woburn. The weather was extremely kind to us and we managed to stay in bright sunshine all day. Despite a few concerns with a flapping sound coming from the front of Mats E type we made a cross country route up to the A6 then dual carriageway up to and around Bedford. Keith enjoyed being able to open up the Morgan to the speed limit to give it, in it’s new red paint job, a bit of a blow out. The Mustang bubbled along perfectly and enjoyed a bit of hawk watching through the Lilley Bottom Road valley.
April 2016 – 1st run of the year to Shuttleworth Collection
The club’s first outing was on Sunday 3rd April 2016. Thankfully the sun broke through the clouds as members, fortified by bacon butties and coffee provided by The Tilbury, headed off to the Old Warden Classic Rally and Autojumble meeting at the Shuttleworth Collection near Biggleswade.
An assortment of earlier outings