[ SVVS at Reigate Tunnel - September 2010 ]
The SVVS was again invited by the Reigate Business Guild to display our
vintage and classic vehicles in old Tunnel Road above the Reigate Caves
in the support of the National Heritage Open Day Scheme. The event was
held in conjunction with the
Cave Society. The following text and the photos are by Chas
The vacuum windscreen wiper motor in the vintage Morris is not a
particularly effective device. The one in our Cowley takes a while to
get going these days but by the time we reached Reigate it was clacking
away merrily. This did not bode well for our display however, as the
rain which had been forecast for around mid-day and setting in for the
afternoon had apparently arrived early and could well deter any would-be
Any apprehension was dispelled by the welcome sight of John Anson with
his 1924 Bullnose Morris Cowley four seater tourer. John had arrived
early having motored the thirty odd miles from Farnham and opted to stay
dry by heading up the section of the display in the tunnel behind the
area occupied by the Wealden Cave and Mine Society who were giving
guided tours of the East and West Caverns which lead off from both sides
of the tunnel.
It is good to have something low and sporty in the front of the display
so it was a pleasure to greet Edward Lake with his immaculate 1959
Austin Healey 3000. This early model was one of 212 sold to the British
market in 1959 whereas around 4000 went to the USA, some returning to
these shores many years later.
Next arrival was Will How with his 1958 Lancia Appia Forgoncino, which
is Italian for van, I was informed. This interesting commercial has a V4
engine of 1090cc capacity with a 5-speed gearbox and cost a mere
Julian and Thelma Alderton are Reigate regulars with their 1947 M.G.
Model Y Saloon, .....
.......as is co-conspirator Tony Russell with the 1937 7W Ford 10
We were pleased to welcome newcomer Robert Pull with his very smart 1963
Ford Consul Capri which he has owned for 28 years. This car was first
registered in the Isle of Man and Robert attaches the original
registration plates for display purposes.
Vehicles in the tunnel comprised the previously mentioned Bullnose of
John Anson, Mike and Cynthia Ireland's impressive 1920 Dodge four seater
tourer, the delightful 1929 Austin Ulster driven by John Rennie, Lionel
and Denise Higginson's 1963 Series 1 E Type Jaguar and Alan Reid's 1932
Austin Seven special.
By now our display in front of the tunnel was
complete and the rain had almost stopped. Our
vehicles created quite a bit of interest in Tunnel Road on this National
Heritage Day, so many thanks to all SVVS members who attended despite
the grim weather forecast which turned out to be nowhere near as bad as
predicted. We had a couple of showers but most of us had a dry ride
home, in fact furthest travelled John Anson reported having to stop
first to put the hood down and next to find his peaked cap to keep the
sun out of his eyes!
Report by: Chas Moody
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