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From the Secretary
I watch RFU games played with the oval ball with great interest and the referee is often heard to call to the team in possession “USE IT” and if they do not, they lose that possession.
It was that thought in mind that around two weeks ago I approached my 1954 car which had been standing for the best part of six months with a degree of trepidation about whether it would start or not. I wanted to give the car a short road run before the first event of the season.
The car fired up immediately and a road run was successfully undertaken without any issues arising. I guess that outcome is in part due to the car having no electronic gizmos to drain the battery whilst standing.
The first event of the season was a road run to Hawes for a lunch at the Simonstone Hall where a plaque now marks the spot in the bar where Jeremy Clarkson committed the indiscretion which resulted in his dismissal by the BBC. Attendance by me meant a round trip of around 160 miles and the car performed faultlessly and arguably with a better performance as the distance travelled increased.
A number of attendees came in cars of the marque several did not no doubt in some cases for very good reason but if cars are not used and left to stand they will deteriorate and then require perhaps significant expenditure to restore to a roadworthy state. An observation that perhaps brings to the fore the phrase of “Use it or Lose it”!!
This is the second time the section have visited Simonstone Hall Hotel, the first being in 2016. The hotel is privately owned and is a beautifully kept country house hotel overlooking the village of Hawes with views over the Wensleydale moors.
The land upon which Simonstone Hall stands was once owned by the Abbots of Jervaulx. They used the land to graze sheep and breed horses on the land.
Lord and Lady Wharncliffe are descendants of the Stuart family who resided at Simonstone Hall for many years using it as a hunting lodge.
During the Second World War the British Armed Forces occupied the Hall.
This is also the location where Jeremy Clarkson ended his BBC Top Gear career back in 2015.
I have just read the email ‘message from the chairman’
This is the first good news I have received from the hunt house for many years. If the RREC can now start operating as a well run small business responsible to its members that would be great.
Well done Ian for making a start by recognising the problems.
Visit to Simonsone Hall in Hawes
The 50th. Year Anniversary of the section
Our section was formed in 1969 and has been in existence for 50 years this year.
Back in 1969 the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club had only 1200 paid up members.
One of the first mentions of the section was written by the club secretary, Lt. Col. E.B. Barrass OBE.
He wrote in Bulletin No.50, 1968 the following:
“On the subject of sections, I hope in the next issue to list them all as by then we may well have the membership list in print, which will make it much easier for people to contact each other, as it is being produced territorially. Peter Knighton of Whickham near Newcastle-on-Tyne, who owns two PIIs and a PI chassis, is prepared to have a stab at getting something going in the north-east next year. Meanwhile he is busily getting married and wants to get sorted out first.”
Fifty Five years membership of the RREC
This year Gordon Blacklock will be celebrating fifty five years as a member of the RREC. When Gordon joined in 1964, the membership fee was only £1. He is in an exclusive Club of 77 life members. (That means, people who have been members for over 50 years). He is the 25th longest serving member. (As of January 2019). In 1969 The RREC North East section was formed. Although Gordon was not on the committee, he was a very active member. In 1978 Richard Harrison along with help from Gordon produced the first ever North East Sections Newsletter. To read the full story go to page 8 of the Newsletter....................