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:: [ New Year's Day Meeting - The Beehive, Woodhatch - January 2014 ] ::

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New Years Day 2014 was the continuation of the pretty dire Christmas 2013 storms which flooded a large part of South East England and left many people without electricity for nearly a week. Not surprising therefore that only two proper cars and the Chairman Bozi Mohacek's Land Rover attended the now traditional New Year's Day meet at the Beehive in Reigate. It was therefore interesting to note that one of the annexes was again packed with SVVS Members consuming lunches, in what was surprisingly quite a busy pub. Guess everybody must have come in their waterproof moderns. The yellow MG Midget belonged to John Morgan and the white Volkswagen to the Tester family. 

The Christmas floods affected Mr. & Mrs. Chairman who had had their fair share of the recent storms which left lots of neighbours flooded and without electricity. Unlike many of their friends and relatives, they had mains power but their basement was nearly up to the ceiling with floodwater. In the front drive the water was up to the headlights of the Land Rover when Bozi was called out to help rescue somebody. A good comparison of how an average car would have (not) fared can be seen by comparing the two headlamp heights in the photo above. He was amazed he actually got out and through; lot to be said for Rudolf Diesel, and a high level snorkel !  All the flooding happened in less than an hour while they were getting ready to go to a dinner. Instead they were forced to stay at home and spent the evening waist deep outside in pitch darkness in freezing water trying to do disaster recovery. A number of big trees had come down down in the fields across the farm, but that will be a job for after New Year. A Christmas to remember!!

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