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From the Secretary
Time passes quickly and the Events Season is well under way with the summer solstice fast approaching after which the nights begin to draw in again.
I have only managed two events so far this year but it worth saying that my 65 year old Silver Dawn has per-formed faultlessly on both oc-casions, with performance feeling as though it improved as the distance travelled in-creased.
I represented this Section at the RREC AGM and Annual Conference in April this year with the former much more fiery than most. The RREC Board were quite correctly under fire over the Accounts for the Year which showed a huge loss for the RREC without giving any insights as to how that had been incurred.
The newly appointed Board Director responsible for Finance came under fire for what I thought was unjustified personal criticism for shortcomings before his time and had stepped up to the mark to sort the mess out by first and foremost putting control measures in place which should already have been there. Spot on, in my opinion. An undertaking has been given to provide a more detailed financial picture of the last financial year and it is awaited with interest by many.
The NE Section Committee meet quarterly and a request was received to move the Meeting forward – ie: earlier - by one week which was agreed – Simples! I was therefore surprised to receive an apology for non-attendance for a date one week before the revised agreed date.
No names, no pack drill – but how does something as simple as a change of date create so much confusion?? I guess “That’s Life”.
As you may have read the articles in the Foundation News section of Spirit & Speed regarding the long-term restoration of Michael Forrest’s 1925 Phantom 1 chassis 37LC.
Due to Michaels passing his family decided to sell the car to someone who is prepared complete the restoration project. After lengthy discussions with Michaels family Tom Horner is now the proud owner of 37LC. As you can see from the pictures, Tom is one Happy Chappie.
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 recognis-ing the problems.
Tom Horner becomes the custodian of Michael Forrests 1925 Phantom 1 - Chassis No: 37LC
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....................