[ New Year's Day Meeting - The
Beehive, Woodhatch -
January 2006 ] ::
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Once again our Society got off to a flying start with a good turnout for
lunch at the Beehive in Woodhatch on New Year's Day. As in previous
years about 60 members, friends and family had gathered together and
must have accounted for about 75% of the pub's lunchtime trade.
On a cold and damp day I made a couple of trips into the carpark to
collect registration numbers. Sensibly everyone else preferred to stay
in the warmth of the bar. Four of our members were brave enough to have
come with hoods down.
Your reporter brought his 1930 Riley 9 tourer and was followed down the
A217 by Harry and Barbara Scott in their 1924 Lancia Lambda. Bryan and
Mary Goodman travelled in Bryan's 1926 Amilcar Italiana and had used the
car during the previous week to visit Leonardslee. Desmond Peacock
brought a neighbour in his 1927 Amilcar Grand Sport. Gordon Tapping
arrived later in his 1929 Humber 16/50 but with the hood up.
The only other pre-war cars that I noted were the 8 hp Jowett owned by
local resident Alan Benewith and the immaculate 1928 Morris Cowley
saloon belonging to Chas Moody. Early post-war cars of note were Will
How's 1956 Lancia Appia, Chris Geary's 1952 Tickford bodied Healey and
Derek Wright's Rover 110. Bozi brought his 12-cylinder Jaguar coupe and
Brian Daley his sporty Triumph TR5A.
I always have problems with the identification of M.G.s. This time
whilst I could recognise the models it was the owners who eluded me.
John Mantripp's MGB does appear in my list but the ownership of the
other two BGT's is a mystery as is the ownership of a late model Midget.
Members spotted in the bar who had come without proper motors included
Mike Erroll, Bryan and Jennie Shepherd, Tony and Doreen Simmons, Tony
Russell and family, Bob Drew, Julian and Thelma Alderton plus Clive
Bracey and Hilary. There were, of course, many more enjoying their start
to the New Year.
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