[ SVVS Evening Meeting - The Star, Lingfield - October
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Our regular 'scribes' did not come to enjoy the ultimate outside meeting
of the year at The Star and, by the time any of us noticed, it was too
late to prepare a report as some had already departed. Most notable
among those who were present was David Smart and his fascinating Model
‘F’ Cadillac which is V.C.C, registered as 1904. Interestingly it
has a dismountable top and is called a 'Detachable Limousine'. Perhaps
more interesting is the acetylene headlight which declares its British
manufacture and has a dipping mechanism. David gave it a run to
Lingfield in preparation for the London to Brighton Rally.
An incident which disturbed me at the Star, and sent me into an
incandescent rage, occurred when I asked for a ginger beer for
'you-know-who'. The bottle was served onto the bar and the teenager,
(who else), then asked in a strong antipodean accent 'A glass? ' .
Another mount which caught my eye was Alan Reid's 1930 Douglas S6 600
c.c. motorcycle. I much enjoyed seeing this lovely machine which was
given an all-too-rare outing for this meeting. My father should have
enjoyed this as his name was Douglas but, strangely, he always rode
Nortons, graduating later to a JAP engined Morgan Aero on which he was
caught on Brighton Marina doing the 'Ton'. (Not possible as it happens,
as I believe that this model could not do more than 90.)
Unfortunately I felt obliged to leave the meeting just before closing
time so I was unable to report the arrival of S. Bishop, Esq., who had
had, of course, to navigate a tiny fraction more than a quarter of a
mile to the event. I'll try to remember to send him a map next time -
and an alarm clock.
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