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Roger’s Ramblings
Ariel, Scott, Matchless, Norton, Humber, Triumph, Velocette, Sunbeam, AJS all British motorbikes owned by members of the Vintage Motorcycle Club at their meeting recently at Sutton Bank Gliding Club.
These members were all 60+ the camaraderie, exercise, and mental agility needed to use these machines must contribute greatly to the wellbeing of the rider.
What has this to do with the RREC? Not much, except as an example of how to remain young and active. Can I request a 1924 AJS as a Motability scooter?
It seems that every weekend event, charity, gala, show etc. has to have a classic car attraction. Our members are often involved or pressed to attend.
This means that unless it is a major RREC event like Harewood or the National, members who are actively using their cars are unable to attend section events in the numbers to make events viable.
Is it not time for the RREC to fund sections out of the annual subscription on a per capital basis on section allocated members, instead of a section membership subscription? Just a thought.
From the Secretary
I think that the RREC Northern Rally at Harewood House is the premier event for owners of cars of the marque in the North of England and the fact that entry was free of charge this year perhaps contributed to a good turn-out of cars on display – and the weather was pretty good too.
I did not get to see many of the cars on display as I had put my 2001 “Y” Plate Bentley Arnage Red Label into the selling plate, and naturally spent most of the day with my car responding to the interest that it attracted, though it remains unsold at this stage. Enquiries from anyone interested in purchasing the car would be welcomed as I am looking to acquire an older vehicle. Additional information is included in this Newsletter.
A visitor to the rally owning a Bentley Arnage and living locally explained that he was neither a member of the RREC or the BDC and expressed his surprise at seeing so many Bentley cars at what was billed as an RREC event. I found the experience interesting in that it reinforced the acknowledged need by the RREC Board to better promote the RREC as a club for Bentley owners, as well as for the owners of Rolls-Royce motor cars.
I have been watching the Womens’ Rugby World Cup competition, which does not appear to have received a great deal of publicity, even though some good stuff is being played, and England have done well so far, and are through to the semi-finals. Apparently, the contingent of North Wales players in the Welsh squad travel four hours each way to Cardiff for training three times per week. What commitment! That really does make the invitations to our members to infrequently travel to meetings or section events in terms of commitment pale into insignificance.
Having said that, the second Committee Meeting of the Section to be held in the North of the patch in recent times took place earlier this month at the home of our Vice-Chairman in Gateshead who provided first class hospitality which was much appreciated by a full turn-out of Committee Members. The Section Newsletter Editor has made it crystal clear for some time that he is stepping down from his role at the end of the year after some 16 years of service. There have been no volunteers to take the role forward so far. However, there was some indication at this meeting that a willing and able replacement has been identified. Whether this translates into a light of salvation at the end of the tunnel or an express train coming the other way in the form of the arrangement falling through is currently an outcome to be awaited.
The Committee had some interesting discussion around risk assessment at events and membership arrangements, which probably tie in with the review of the “Rules for Sections”. The RREC Deputy Chairman in Annual Conference earlier this year stated that this review would take place. Some of the points raised had arisen from discussion with RREC members from other parts of the country at the Annual Rally and at this stage, all of this might just prove that as things move forward, we will find ourselves living in interesting times!
This event is open to all pre 2000 model cars; i.e. no new style number plates, which will be sent to the main entrance.
Please do not arrive before 09.00, but if possible not later than 11.00. The event exit gate will not open before 16.00.
On approach, please prominently display your NECPWA annual car member, or guest, pass, for free entry, or pay £6 per person at the show gate.
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Roger’s Ramblings
NEC Classic Car Show - 10/11/12 November 2017
This is the last call for members to show an interest in travelling to this very popular event. By the time the next newsletter comes out it will probably be too late to book a place.
We need members to show interest in going, so that I can arrange transport subject to numbers etc.
It may also help if any another car club is running a bus to the event.
This year’s event  is being held from Friday 10thNovember  to Sunday 12th November. I propose that we to go on Saturday 11th November as this the best day to hire a coach.
As a contingency plan if we end up with only seven people, or less, we could go on either the Saturday or Sunday.
Beamish Open Air Museum - Sunday 24 September
Save the date:
The 2018 Annual Rally & Concours d’Elegance will be held at Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June 2018.
The annual is a great event to meet up with friend, find that illusive spare part, attend seminars and look at and admire some of the most beautiful Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars. Make a note in your diary, an event not to be missed.
Annul Rally 2018
Peter Kitching has obviously fallen on hard times and has resorted to busking at Newby Hall, to support the upkeep of his 25/30!
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