[ New Year's Day Meeting - The
Beehive, Woodhatch -
January 2008 ] ::
The following text is based on the SVVS Magazine report by Chris Cuss
(to follow) and the photos by Bozi Mohacek. Please click on any thumbnail picture below to
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Once again the New Year started with a lunchtime trip to the Beehive in
Woodhatch just south of Reigate. The small but select line-up outside
included Bozi's 1984 Jaguar XJS V12 and Lionel Higginson's desirable
1963 E type roadster. Harry and Barbara Scott were well wrapped up
against the elements in their 1924 Lancia Lambda. The other Lancia was
the 1963 Appia saloon owned by Will How.
Continuing the pairs theme we noted the 1971 MGB GT belonging to Alan
Rothwell and the 1975 Jubilee Edition driven by Rob Hubbard. John
Manvers brought his 1930 Riley Monaco saloon and Alan Benewith his rare
1936 Jowett Jason. Bob Drew was driving his 1971 Morris Minor 1000
whilst adding a certain presence were the 1933 Siddeley Special of Simon
and Jackie Pearce and Derek Bashford's 1980 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow.
As in previous years our members outnumbered the rest of the patrons so
the landlord must have been pleased to see us. He had even gone as far
as sticking up our flier on the bar. The weather was cold and damp so
there were not as many cars as usual on the forecourt.
Thankfully the recent rain had washed away the salt so those who used
proper cars did not have the worry of cleaning the undersides on their
return home. Sadly my Riley developed a fuel leak at the last minute so
we had to use our modern that we discretely parked around the corner.
A convivial crowd gathered in one corner of the bar as New Year
greetings were exchanged. Fish and chips seemed to be a popular choice
with the diners, perhaps a welcome change after the all the fancy food
over eaten over the previous week.
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