Kennet Valley Group Social Scene 293
Hello everybody, ten members attended this year's IWE held at Lincoln. As this was a change from Harrogate & Malvern, members, particularly those camping, were unsure just what the facilities would be like. I am glad to say the reports have been very positive as feedback has been good. The general view was it was a very pleasant venue with a lot to see in the area. Everybody had a good time and to add to this our GL, Phil Horsley won the Pride of Ownership with his 250. Since completing its restoration last year Phil has been regularly using his 250, must be the sound of the straight six, so well done Phil. With the Red Arrows base just up the road the IWE had its own air show as the they practiced their displays. A number of members, including, Mike and Linda Field, made a week of it enjoying the local attractions. Finally, thanks must go to all those involved in organising the IWE.
Moving on to more local activities. Three KVG members had an enjoyable time at the Notcutts event. Our big local event was Newbury Classic Car show which took place on 14th August in aid of Bloodwise. This has grown over the years with 900 classic cars last year. Unlike the past few years the dates didn't clash with the IWE and as a result we had a good turn out with sixteen cars from TR 3 to TR7. A couple of cars on the stand attracted a lot of interest. The first being Stewart's latest acquisition a Lightening which is based on the Lotus Super Seven design. The second was Eddy's racing TR6 which is a well-known car on the track.
Next we move onto future local events in October. The first is the Shalbourne Classic on 2nd October. This is a very traditional country car show and no booking is required. However, get there early as it now gets packed. What must be the last local show is the Thatcham Classic on 8th October which is organised by Martin Port of Classic and Sport Car Magazine. This is held in aid of the MacMillan trust. The car show forms part of the Thatcham Festival held in the town. So if you get bored looking at the cars take a walk to the town and have a look at the stands.
Following an enjoyable summer season its time to look forward to our Christmas bash. After the success of last year's KVG Christmas party members have asked to return to the Wroxton House Hotel, near Banbury. Though the main bash is on the Saturday evening why not make a weekend of it by arriving on the Friday afternoon and leaving on the Sunday morning, 20th to 22nd January 2017. By the time you read this Karen Woolnough will be taking £50 deposits. The Saturday 21st – 3 course meal, wine, coffee, disco and B&B on the Sunday 22nd morning will cost £149.50 per couple. If you include Friday 20th, no evening meal but B&B on Saturday morning, the total will be £226. Executive rooms subject to availability are +£10 per night. Book now at the October meeting, don't miss the party.