PAST EVENTS 2014
OCTOBER 5TH MIDDLETON HALL
Eleven of our members made the trip to this monthly meet and all enjoyed it very much. Although this was the last show for this year, it is well worth attending next year and it is held on the first Sunday of the month between 10am and 1pm.
SEPTEMBER 28TH SYWELL AERODROME PROPS AND PISTONS
A very early start for the motorway haul to Sywell. Tony, our advance party had already erected our banner at our allocated spot so all we had to do was park up. Another great event with drag cars, racing cars and bikes together with aerial displays and lots of classic cars and car clubs. The weather was good and this show was a fitting finale to the Claymills Classic Car Club show season.
SEPTEMBER 21ST DARLEY DALE TRANSPORT FESTIVAL
A lovely early morning drive into the Peak District led to the venue for this show. On arrival our Staffordshire contingent had blagged us a prime spot and we were able to quickly erect the catering tent and the smell of bacon and eggs soon wafted over the show site. A mixture of hundreds of classic cars, commercials and trucks were on show at this event, with the inevitable small autojumble, craft and beer tent. In the parade of classics towards the end of the show, one of our number was lucky enough to win best in show. Modesty forbids me from naming the winner, suffice it to say his name is Paul and he drives a Humber! We didn't experience the congestion of last year and several of our members had a pub meal on their return journey home to finish off a lovely day.
AUGUST 31ST ROVER P6 RALLY RUFFORD PARK
Two of our members attended the P6 rally at Rufford Park. Andy a P6 owner was keen to eye up the competition and swap tips. Even for a non Rover owning visitor it was a great event with plenty of non Rover cars attending.
AUGUST 24TH COVENTRY FESTIVAL OF TRANSPORT
An easy drive to Stoneleigh and not to early as well! We soon assembled in our allocated spot and ate of a hearty breakfast. Then it was off to wander around the show. There was such a lot to see at this show it was hard to take it all in, but we weren't complaining. One big beef, our parking spot was positioned right next to the lawnmower racing. Consequently with it being a very dry day, our cars were covered in a very fine brown dust chucked up by the racing lawnmowers. You couldnít make it up!
AUGUST 17TH LUPIN FARM
A great turnout for this local event, with a total of fifteen members vehicles on site. The weather was a bit hit and miss but this didn't stop a huge variety of vehicles turning up for this event in aid of the Air Ambulance
AUGUST 6TH CLUB BARBECUE
It was with some trepidation that the committee decided to organise a club barbecue at the pumping station. Would the weather play ball, would anyone turn up, could we feed everyone if lots of people did turn up, how much food we should order.
As it turned out all our fears were groundless, the weather was fine, lots of people arrived with friends and family, not too many queues for the food, and very little left over at the end of the evening. Speaking to people at the event it seemed to be enjoyed by all and hopefully we can hold a similar event next year.
The barbecue took a grand total of a few pence over £154-00 and after paying for the burgers, sausages, rolls etc we raised a grand total of £103-00 for our chosen charities.
Our thanks go to Claymills Pumping Station for allowing us to hold the event, and a special thank you to Mark Davies, John Hewitt, and Robin Cann who ably wielded their tools at the barbecue all evening.
JULY 13TH ROVER RALLY LINCOLNSHIRE AVIATION CENTRE.
The weather did not bode well for our trip to the Rover Rally at East Kirby. Due for an early start from our normal assembly at the Y-Pass garage, our number was depleted by one after Vic and his Mustang hit some wildlife en route, causing damage to his vehicle. He still managed to bring us the gazebo though. Much appreciated Vic.
Eventually we set off and after diversions, nature stops and not sure why stops we arrived at our destination without further mishap or getting wet. Unfortunately that was not to last as the heavens opened before we had chance to erect the gazebo. This was the pattern for the rest of the day, showers on and off. We didnít let this spoil the day and after a cracking breakfast we took in all the show had to offer.
After the Battle of Britain flypast we made our way home and apart from Julie Davies having a failing to proceed moment at virtually the same place as our Chairman last year all thirteen members returned home safely after a good day out.
JULY 12TH STRETTON COMMUNITY DAY
Twelve members and their cars together with a stray E-Type Jag formed the Claymills Classic Car Club display at the Stretton Community Day. Mark Davies had done a brilliant job erecting the gazebo on his own and organising the voting for the best in show. Members of the public were urged to vote for their favourite car and Philip and Sheila with their Mercury Montery came out worthy winners. Congratulations Philip and Sheila from everyone in the club.
JULY 6TH CARS IN THE PARK , LICHFIELD
A good turnout of cars headed out to Cars in the Park. Unfortunately this year we arrived from the direction of Lichfield and got stuck in a classic car traffic jam, a bit different from your normal rush hour congestion. We eventually managed to enter Beacon Park and were directed to our stand where we erected the club gazebo. The Claymills Catering Facility was then opened and we had a good breakfast. Everyone then went for a wander around this large event to admire the myriad of cars on show. The weather stayed fine apart from a heavy rain shower late in the afternoon, and we left the same way in a classic car traffic jam.
JUNE 8TH CASTLE RALLY, LINCOLN CASTLE.
Ten members returned to Lincoln Castle on a lovely day for a very good classic car show. Lots of cars to look at, a great town to wander round and Ions cooking. What more could you ask for?
MAY 26TH ROLLESTON TRANSPORT FESTIVAL
A low turnout of members at this event, as several of our stalwarts were holidaying in the Isle of Wight. It turned out to be a busy for us all, as we had volunteered for gate duty. The event itself was as busy as ever and apart from a slight downpour towards the end of the day was mercifully blessed with good weather.
MAY 18TH SIX HILLS STEAM AND FAMILY SHOW
Great weather heralded a trip by eleven of our members to this new steam and family fun show. A great day out was had by all and the club gazebo came in very handy shading us all from the very warm weather. Towards the end of the show several members paraded their cars in the show ring and then we packed up and headed home after a great event.
MAY 4TH SPALDING CLASSIC CAR SHOW
An early 7-00 am start et the Y-Pass Garage and a good job to as this was the day when half of the committee were either unable to attend, or broke down due to mechanical maladies. First Andy had a case of the black sludge in his petrol tank which caused his non attendance, and then Mark turned up with his car not charging, meaning he was reluctant to turn it off for fear heíd need a push to restart it. Then shortly after setting off we had our third incident when Ianís fuel pump gave up the ghost.
We all eventually arrived in Spalding after a breakfast halt and spent the rest of the day looking at all the cars on display together with the craft show and all the retail outlets.
Soon it was time for our return journey and after a stop at a welcoming hostelry; we had our fourth incident when yours truly had the Humber grind to a halt shortly after leaving the pub. Much prodding and poking eventually got it going and we all carried on with our journey and returned home safely.
APRIL 27TH DRIVE IT DAY 2014
The weather forecast was a little foreboding but we were hoping for a good turnout for this annual event organised by Tony and Pauline Blake. Several members partook of a hearty breakfast at Wellys Cafe in Burton before heading to the second pick-up point on the A38. Nine cars now carried onto the Arboretum where some of our club had already arrived and set up. We now had to assemble our new club banner framework, which went together surprisingly well. Everything set up and most people went for a look at the assembled cars or for a welcoming coffee.
The weather held off long enough for us to eat several of Judithís excellent homemade cakes, but then it started to rain and most people retired to their cars. We hung around till about 3:00pm but were then able to leave for home after another excellent event and our thanks go to Tony and Pauline.
MARCH 30TH RAF SCAMPTON DAMBUSTERS TOUR
The day started with a fine breakfast for some of our members at the OK Diner followed by assembly at the Y-Pass Garage. A mixture of classics and moderns set off for the journey to RAF Scampton. The trip was progressing well until one member decided that Scampton was located in Boston and headed off in that direction, Martin use your sat-nav next time. The convoy duly arrived at Scampton at 10-45 and filled the small car park. We were one less in our party as another visitor had decided that the Dambusters flew from RAF Conningsby and had promptly arrived there. Must be something in the water at Burton.
We were issued with passes by the Heritage Centre staff and headed off in follow my leader formation to park outside the Grade II listed hangers from where the Lancasters set off on Operation Chastise that fateful night in May 1943. We split into groups and were informed of the history of the airfield and of the part it played together with 617 Squadron in World War 11 and beyond. At the end of the tour we received a welcome cup of tea whilst Ian passed the hat around and we raised approximately £150-00 for our friends at the Heritage Centre.
We then assembled for a group photograph opposite the hangers and headed off for a late lunch at the Woodcocks at Burton Waters. A pleasant meal was had by all and with full stomachs we wended our way home.
Our thanks go to Ian for organising a great day out and to the staff at RAF Scampton Heritage Centre.
FEBRUARY 23RD JOULES BREWERY TOUR
A 10:30 pick up in Stretton saw our members and friends eager to board our coach. After a pleasant drive and stops to pick up our further afield members, we arrived at the town of Market Drayton. After a mystery tour of this ancient market town a representative of Joules Brewery was dispatched to guide us in the last half a mile to our destination.
On arrival we disembarked and our party split into two. One half undertook a tour of the brewery and an excellent explanation of the brewing process, whilst the other half of our party headed straight for the free beer!
We all enjoyed a lovely carvery before returning to the coach, some of us with a feeling of overindulgence, and headed off to Trentham Gardens. We had a leisurely walk around the various branded outlets and some of our members undertook a spot of retail therapy.
It was soon time for home and we boarded the coach for our return journey, eventually winding our way back to our start point of Stretton. A lovely day out and our thanks must go to Tony Thorpe for organising the visit to Joules Brewery and our Chairman Ian Roach for arranging the transport.