[ S V V S Evening Meeting - The Plough &
Furrow, Smallfield - August ] ::
Rapid onset of darkness heralded our last evening meeting of
the season. The following text is based on the SVVS Magazine
report by Chris Cuss, and the photos were taken by Bozi Mohacek. Please
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At last a dry evening. After the wettest summer in living memory it was
a joy to be able to spend an evening kicking tyres without getting damp
in the process. The venue was a new one to the writer being the Plough
in Smallfield, a little way to the east of Horley. It was very pleasant
although the car park did get rather gridlocked as the evening wore on.
Luckily there was another car park only yards away that accommodated the
As so often happens there were more M.G.B.s than any other model.
Roadsters were driven by Karen McBride, Alan Rothwell and a visitor.
GT's belonged to Alan Pratt and another visitor. Staying with the
Abingdon marque Tim Ralph brought his 1938 TA, Roger Chamberlain his
1948 TC and Colin Mulford his 1954 TF. The Alderton 1948 Y type saloon
was also in attendance as was a late model 1275 c.c. Midget. The largest
vehicle on show was a Rolls Royce Phantom III with the bonnet opened to
show the complexity of its V 12 engine.
Also V 12 powered was Peter Clark's Jaguar XJS coupe. Continuing
with Jaguars we noted Peter Smithson's 1954 Jaguar XK120 roadster and
Peter Clark s 1970 55100 replica. Older post-war cars included the
chairman's Rover 110, Colin Fytche's 1953 Austin Somerset saloon and, of
similar vintage, Bill Ray's Jowett special. Of indeterminable vintage
were the Citroen powered Avion tri-car owned by David Cox and the
Hillman based hot-rod belonging to Graham Appleyard. Younger cars were
David Ralph's 1963 Sprite mark II and Drew Adams' 1967 Triumph Vitesse
Continuing with pre-war cars we noted Chas Moody's 1928 Morris Cowley
saloon, John Kirkby's 1924 11 h.p. Humber, Desmond Peacock's 1921
Amilcar type CC, Bruce Glover's 1928 Lea Francis 12/50 tourer Jon
Quiney's 1940 Triumph Dolomite, Tony Tester's 1929 Chrysler 75 and Mike
Gorman's 1934 Morris 10/4.
The well known Mr. Mohacek displayed his delightfull 1932 Rolls Royce
20/25 shooting brake painted in a fetching shade of Wall's Ice cream.
Rileys were represented by Tim Brown's well used 1930 9 h.p. tourer,
recently returned from a French trip, and of similar power and age was
John Manvers' Monaco saloon. Brian Lloyd Jacob brought his 1935 Lynx
tourer and Robin Vince exercised his just-back-on-the-road 16/4 Kestrel
Visiting vehicles from this era were a Ford Capri, a Mercedes SL coupe
and a Triumph Spitfire. Finally coming bang up to date but generations
apart design-wise were the Morgan 4/4 owned by Michael Harvey and the
Lotus Elise belonging to Graham Whyte. So the rather soggy summer season
thankfully ended with an excellent turnout on a fine night. However
despite the weather most of our members have been out and about enjoying
their cars. Let us hope that 2008 will be drier, especially on the last
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