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Social Scene Report - TR Action Issue 302

Social Scene Report - TR Action Issue 302

TR Action 302

Publication Date: 11th December 2017

Derbyshire Dales Social Scene Contribution

Alan Ford says:

Well, as the old year slowly (slowly? Some chance!) fades away, please allow the Derbyshire Dales Group to wish all and sundry in the classic car fraternity a merry Christmas and a prosperous and happy New Year.

At the time of writing Derbyshire has had its first really deep frost and some salt has begun to appear on the roads. But some of the inevitable damp and dank autumnal days have been interspersed with beautiful, sunny, spot-on TR motoring days, so it will be some while yet before our TRs are parked up in the garage for the duration. In any case, my TR6 has a chronic case of chassis rot and is due for a re-mount onto another, hence driving it for longer into the impending gritting season makes some sense. It seems I should have used Heineken instead of the product I did use to wax-proof the further reaches of my chassis.

Time for a catch-up of new members. So far this year we have been privileged to welcome Mark & Federika Hamilton, Penny Heath, Jamie & Angela Adams, Thomas Boyd, and Andrew Blatherwick & Cathrine Westcott. New members not properly welcomed so far are Steve & Ellen Cox - who are currently in the process of refurbishing an ex- Earl's Court show TR5 and have been around TRs for the last 20 years, and Christopher & Nicky Thirtle - who own a recently-acquired TR4, having previously owned a TR4a some 18 years ago . After retiring from the RAF, Chris has taken on the rôle of River Keeper for fly fishing on a section of the River Wye. I've a feeling that he might become very popular amongst some sections of the TR Register.

In terms of activity, during the last month we have held our last run of the season, this one being a run through the northern peakland roads in glorious sunshine. The difference for this run being that we began with breakfast at the Yondermann Café, recently voted the best wayside café in Derbyshire, then stopping off at the David Mellor cutlery factory café nr Hathersage for coffee, where some wallets were stripped of cash in their specialist shop. We finished at The Anchor pub at Four Lanes End, Tideswell for lunch. Altogether we had fourteen cars and twenty-five attendees. Our photo shows three new pairs of members with their cars in front of the Mellor Cutlery Factory – Chris & Nicky Thirtle at the front, Andrew Blatherwick & Cathrine Westcott behind them, and Peter & Maggie Sloss, from the Trent Group, just hiding their TR6

It is always nice to see new members, from any Group, and very refreshing when they want to come along to meetings, and, possibly, get involved. We hope that we make you all suitably welcome.

The pie & pea Club Night at The Amber went well at the end of a very sunny November day, with 29 attendees. Many thanks to our two able pie-men Darren Salmon & Paul Hodgkinson. No TR's in the car park, however, just a very nice classic Maserati.

In the meantime the NEC Classic Motor Show will have been and gone with Dave Burgess' TR5 on display in the TR Register stand, and Dave's TR5 and Darren Salmon's TR6 will have featured in a 'head-to-head' article in Classic Car Weekly. But don't ask Dave about the unscheduled coming-together between his TR5 and a Mercedes during the photoshoot - the lengths our members go to for the benefit of the press!

Forthcoming Events for 2017

Sunday 17th December – Pre-Christmas Lunch at the Blue Bell Inn, North Wingfield

Forthcoming Events for 2018

Wednesday 10thJanuary - Club Night will take place at Proctor Cars, Wessington where there will be a presentation covering Car Preparation and Detailing, after which we will retire to the nearby Horse & Jockey.

Saturday 3rd February – Post Christmas Bash at the White Hart Inn, Moorwood Moor

6th, 7th & 8th April – National Spring Ball, Casa Hotel, Chesterfield – please book early, we are expecting high demand!

May, dates t.b.a. – run to Wisbech Brewery with overnight stay at the Le Strange Arms, Hunstanton, organised by Maggie & Peter Sloss.

Derbyshire Dales Group

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