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From the Secretary
Heavy rain, high winds and cold temperatures signal that winter is upon us and most cars of the marque are safely tucked up until better weather in 2019. This also means that there are only the festive and formal events of the 2018 season to come, namely the Christmas Event in December and the AGM in January 2019.
I tried to book the Christmas event at the begining of September for our normal meeting night in December only to find that I had been beaten to it by another booking and our booking could not be accommodated that night. Our booking is now for Thursday, 20 th December 2018, and un-daunted by the change in meeting night, we will have 37 people at this event. To avoid the same difficulty next year, I have already made a provisional booking on our normal meeting night in December 2019!
The diary of events last year was busy but with very few events organised by the RREC NE Section for RREC NE Section Members. Your Committee agreed at their meeting in November that every Committee member should organise at least one such event to take place in the 2019 year. The programme is incomplete at present and will remain an ongoing piece of work in progress.
My attendance at events this year has been almost non-existent for both health reasons and having no car. My Bentley Arnage has been on consignment for sale with a well known dealer since February 2018, however, older Bentley models with the Volkswagen W12 engine are now in the same sort of price range slowing Arnage sales, or so I have been advised. I have previously commented that what appears to be a choice between the power and performance of the W12 model and the lines and presence of the Arnage. I prefer the latter.
Late summer saw agreement reached for me to acquire a 1954 coach-built Silver Dawn which had been agreed in principle for some time and would allow me to attend the Section weekend in an appropriate vehicle. I thoroughly enjoyed that experience of driving a car from a different era with the big steering wheel generating memories of the Rover P4 models I drove from around 1970 to the early 1980’s.
I remember standing before the showroom window of the Bentley and Rolls-Royce dealer in my home town of Halifax as a teenage schoolboy gazing at mainly new or nearly new Bentley S models and Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud models ranging in price from £3,500.00 to £5,000.00 and saying one day, I will have one of those, though my preference has always been the Bentley R Type or Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn because of the lines of the bodywork.
To illustrate relative prices at that time, an over 18 labourer for a building contractor in 1964 earned 4/10d per hour, just under £2.00 per day or £10.00 per week which is around £500.00 per year for 40 hours per week. Beer was around 1/8d per pint, 12 pints for £1.00.
2018 for me has meant the ambition of Rolls-Royce ownership of my preferred era has been achieved even though a long time after standing in front of that showroom window.
This year’s section weekend we were based on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. Cottage Lea's Hotel is set within its own beautiful private grounds just 3 miles from the market town of Pickering. On arrival, we sat down for a wonderful cream tea, allowing time for us to catch up on the gossip. After our evening meal we retired to the lounge bar to enjoy the delights of a log burning stove. On Saturday we visited Castle Howard were the cars were briefly parked in front of the house for a photo opportunity. Some members decided visited Eden camp and others The North Yorkshire Moor Railway in Pickering. It was their Steam Gala Weekend with guest steam locomotive 92 Squadron a Bulleid Battle of Britain' class pacific locomotive Nº34081being the main attraction.
On Sunday we had a scenic drive over the North Yorkshire Moors to Ruswarp just outside Whitby meeting up at the Riverside Cafe for tea, coffee and a scone. By mid afternoon members started to drift away on their homeward journeys. A good weekend was had by all.
The last section event of the year was our Christmas Party at the Old Mill at Metal Bridge in Co Durham. The Old Mill started its life in 1813 as a Paper Mill. It later became a joint Corn Mill and Paper Mill until 1890 when its business was transferred to a nearby village. From 1890 the building has had a range of uses, latterly as becoming a pub. The Old Mill is one of our favourite venues and once again produced an excellent Christmas Fayre to some 30 section members. The staff did a great job as usual, the food was hot and professionally served and all of excellent quality. There seemed to be plenty of vegetables and lashings of gravy. Judging by the comments received all everybody enjoyed their meal. It was good to see so many members and quests enjoying a relaxing time in a very festive setting. Thanks go to Rod for organising yet another superb Christmas event.
Section Weekend at Pickering
Christmas Meal at The Old Mill Coxhoe