Social Scene Report - TR Action Issue 304
TR Action 304
Publication Date: 12th March 2018
Derbyshire Dales Social Scene Contribution
Alan Ford says:
The winter months are meant to be quiet times in the classic car scene, but we don't seem to be experiencing such. In last month's report we mentioned the various projects that our members had embarked on; in my case, our '6' has just gone off to have its rusty old chassis surgically removed and replaced by one in somewhat better condition. I always feel envious of those who tackle these jobs in their own garages; unfortunately I don't have the time or resources for a diy attempt, as much as I might wish to do so.
Meanwhile, our January evening meeting went well. This entailed a visit to Proctor Cars, Wessington, for a demonstration as to how to properly valet our charges. This was very well attended, albeit mostly by blokes; most of our wives had determined this to be a blokes' evening about an occupation for which they neither needed, nor desired, further knowledge; congratulations therefore to Maggie Sloss for coming and for not looking too 'phased out'. Not too sure that she'll be leading with the chammy leather, though.
The first surprise of the evening were the premises of Proctor Cars. Many of us had a little knowledge of this place, having driven past on many occasions on our various ways to the Amber Hotel for our club nights, but their showrooms were set well back from the road so most of us had never clapped eyes on the place. What a surprise, therefore, to pull into their large carpark crammed full of prestigious four-wheel-drives. Then to walk into their large showroom to find this also crammed full, this time of very prestigious saloon and sports cars. Everything from Alfas to Teslas, with some desirable Audis, Bentleys, Ferraris and Porches along the way, and not forgetting a very delicious low mileage and totally unrestored Mark III E Type Roadster, barely visible under a crowd of drooling Derbyshire Dales types. The talk was presented by Nigel Cox, Proctor's Head Detailer. With many years of experience in bringing customers' cars back to shining glory, Nigel was full of advice on techniques, good practice, best products and useful gizmos to be employed on old and new cars.
Another significant event this last month was the Derbyshire Dales' Post Christmas Bash. Attendance was good, despite the weather; the Derbyshire Peak District had been going through a phase where it had just about snowed at some point in the day every day for the last couple of weeks. Fortunately the snow was melting as it came, so none of this was sticking to the main roads. Once again this event was held at the White Hart, Moorwood Moor, where a fine time was had by all. As usual we had a good sprinkling of visitors from other Groups, the furthest travelled being our regular Norwegian visitors Bjarne and Tove Refsnes. We also had a good representation from TR Enterprises, and lively entertainment was provided by The Pitz. Unfortunately, once again, I failed to get a sharp-enough photograph of Dave Worne on the dance floor. Does anyone have a very fast Olympus 4/3rds camera lens they could lend me for next year?
Edit by Alan Jones - I think that you are being too modest about your camera skills Alan, these are proof enough!
Up and Coming Events:
Sunday 18th March
-Pre-Season lunch - The Blue Bell Inn, Tissington, organised by Dave Worne.
Friday 6th to Sunday 8th April
–National Spring Ball, Casa Hotel, Chesterfield – If you have not already done so, please book soon. This very popular event is always subject a high demand!
Wednesday 11th April
-Club night at The Amber Hotel, Oakerthorpe, nr Alfreton
Sunday April 22nd
-Drive It Day organised by David Sygrove
Wednesday 23rd to 24th May
– Run to Elgood's Brewery with an overnight stay at The Rose & Crown, Wisbech, organised by Maggie & Peter Sloss.
Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June
- Derbyshire Dales Peak Weekend, Alison House, Cromford