[ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Dog &
- Outwood - July 2002 ]
& Duck is
located on Outwood Hill in Surrey not far from the famous Outwood
Windmill which is still in full working condition and a local tourist
attraction. The Dog & Duck public house is about a mile away and is
now popular having been privately modernised a few years ago and under
new Management. The following text is based on the SVVS Magazine
report by Chris Cuss and the photos are by Bozi Mohacek.
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For many years now our July evening meeting has been the best attended
of our gatherings. Last year Mike Erroll counted over 90 classic
vehicles at the Plough in Bletchingley although many belonged to
non-members. In late May we learned that the Plough would be closed for
refurbishment and rebranding, a fate shared by so many hostelries these
days. Gone are the days when you could navigate by instructions of the
’turn left at the Red Lion’ variety. Now pub names seem to change as
fast as the landlord. Indeed that had occurred with our alternative
venue ‘The Dog & Duck’ which in a previous existence had been
the ‘Prince of Wales’. My Surrey map still showed the original name
but a telephone call to the Hon Ed, a local resident, soon put me right.
In the event my navigator failed to warn me of the approach of the pub
so we sailed past closely followed by another Riley and a Bentley
saloon, all of us having to execute a U-turn at the next road junction.
We were not alone as later in the evening there was much squealing of
Despite their tendency to rush past the pub entrance Rileys were much in
evidence. Robin Vince came in his 1936 six light Kestrel. Already in the
car park when we arrived was a cream post-war three-seat drophead 2½
litre RMC that I guessed was made around 1950. The owner left before I
could note his name. Tim Harding brought his 1929 fabric bodied 9 h.p.
Monaco saloon, and Brian Lloyd Jacob’s 12/4 Lynx of 1935 vintage
followed my 1935 12/4 Kestrel. The E type Jaguar belonged to Frank
Carson, also a Harley owner and the husband of Jackie who is the E &
O Show Secretary, who came with their son Christopher to have a look at
the SVVS with view to joining.
Mr. Bozi Mohacek made sure that his yellow 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25
shooting brake did not escape my notice and was kept busy organizing
conducted tours around its cavernous interior. Simon Bishop, for once,
was not last in his 1925 Singer 10/26 four-door tourer (but despite
this, the photo was too dark to include ED). That dubious honour
went to Tony Tester in his stately 1926 Chrysler Imperial. Jon Quiney
brought his very chromey and impressive 1940 Dolomite from his garage
full of Triumphs whilst Clive Mellor brought his 1935 Gloria. David Cole’s
Austin 12/4 with two seat and dickey body was on show as was a similar
model the details of which I failed to note.
Alan Benewith chose to bring the Jason from his pair of Jowett saloons.
Incidentally I saw both Jon and Alan at the Leatherhead classic car show
the previous weekend held in aid of the Queen Elizabeth Foundation for
the Disabled. It was the first time that I had attended and was most
impressed by the number and diversity of vehicles on show although most
were post W.W.II. Messrs Picnic Orginisers came in their Morris 8
tourer, Fraser and Linda brought their 1938 Wolseley 14/56 saloon and
another Triumph was the 1974 TR6 owned by Bruce Glover. Mike
Erroll brought the older of his pair of Jaguars, the pale blue XK120,
and nearly suffered the indignity of being run over by a white van man
rushing through the car park. Brian Lloyd Jacob almost suffered a
similar fate when he stepped into the path of Mike Gorman’s M.G.
Spriget but a quick blast on its squeaky hooter moved him out of harm’s
Having started on M.G.s I as ever am confused by which was what. Hon.
Ed. Julian’s Y type saloon was easy to identify parked as it was
next to the Amilcar Grand Sport owned by Hon. Sec. Desmond Peacock.
September’s speaker Richard Clark came in his TF. I noticed Ron Smith
in a red sports variety but was not sure if it was his TD. There
was an M.G.B GT and at least two more post-war T types. The adjacent
Armstong Siddeley was Mike Fay's 1933 Long Wheelbase Saloon and the
Dellow was Mike Wolletts 1950 Trials car.
The large perpendicular Austin that has been puzzling me for the last
three months arrived driven by David Smart with Nigel Walder in the
passenger seat. David Rolfe brought his 1935 Austin Kempton with
Bibendium mascot. Alan Reid came in the 1932 Austin Seven Special and
David Ralf bought his 1932 Austin 10 Drophead Coupe which had been
parked in the Register as 'Restoring'.
Thankfully returning to more familiar cars I recorded the Thrupp and
Maperley d.h. coupe Bentley of John Chapman, the Alvis TA21 belonging to
Chris Geary parked next to the as yet unidentified Bently, the 1946
Standard 8 belonging to Graham Martin, and the Alfa Spyder owned by
Derek Bashford. Another maiden SVVS outing was that of Roger Bishop's
new AC. Mention should also be made of Jackie and Simon Pearce who came
in a modern as indeed did John Sheldrake. Numbers attending were well
down on previous years due possibly to a combination of the change of
venue and also the fact that it had been raining steadily for most of
the day although the evening itself was thankfully dry.
The highlight of the evening was the first appearance at an SVVS event
of the 1928 Morris Cowley saloon owned by Chas Moody. Chas purchased the
car over 30 years ago and has been restoring it for the last 16 years.
It is a locally registered car with a Surrey number and Chas is only its
second owner. Thankfully as befits a car in its price bracket he has not
fallen into the trap of over restoration. So often we see a standard of
finish and colours that would never have been applied by the factory.
The exterior was immaculate in sand and black and whilst everything
under the bonnet was clean and tidy there was not an excess of gloss and
polished copper that would have been out of keeping with the vehicles
relatively humble origins. One noteworthy feature was the rear lighting
arrangement. Chas had kept the original single small red lamp on the
number plate but had a white trailer lamp bar attached by two wing nuts
so as adequate modern lamps were available for road use but could be
removed in a moment for authenticity’s sake.
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