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From the Secretary
Many thanks to Martin and Tony for organising our section weekend in Northumberland. I know the hassle involved to achieve the smooth running (which it did) of such an event. Great company and great motoring.
I have done nearly 1500 trouble free miles in the Phantom this year, it has used very little oil (perhaps 2 pints), and no water. It is now time to put it up on blocks and do some light maintenance, namely remove the road wheels and grease the hubs, change the oil and filter and check the chassis lubrication system. This is a job I have been promising to do for many years, there are, I think, 43 drip plugs on the system, each to pass between 1 and 5 drops/minute.
The starting line-up for one of the heats of the 1962 VSCC Pomeroy Trophy (described as the one hour blind) consisted of three Rolls-Royce motor cars: D Machillen 20/25 Cabriolet, R Hall PII Saloon; D Fitzpatrick PI Supercharged Tourer.
To achieve maximum points according to the Pomeroy formula, I had to average 56mph, I think I achieved 53 mph. Did we have a racing License - No; did we have competition licenses - No; were we racing - Yes!
This all took place at Silverstone in late February. How motoring has changed.
The weather is colder as the nights draw in and the only events remaining for this event year look like being the day trip in November to the NEC Classic Motor Show organised by Jim Clark, (If that takes place. Ed) the Christmas Event and the AGM.
The Christmas Event this year will be on Wednesday 20th December at the Old Mill, Metal Bridge in Co. Durham, where we have our monthly meetings. There is a booking form elsewhere in this Newsletter, and a provisional booking of 25 places has been made, but because the date is quite close to Christmas I would ask for prompt responses in returning the booking form, because there is no guarantee that it will be possible to increase those 25 places. The booking form indicates a subsidy of £7.50 per Section Member household making the cost £15.00 for a single householder and £37.50 for a householder couple.
The size of the subsidy for the Christmas event indicates that there has only been one event eligible for subsidy organised in year by the Section for Section Members, with others either cancelled because of lack of support or because of delays in finalising arrangements – sometimes for reasons outside the control of the organiser.
This observation does not mean the Section has been inactive because what we are seeing is an increasing involvement in events organised by others including the MGOC rally at Corbridge, the Swainby village fete and most recently the Beamish Museum event organised by NECPWA, to name just three.
The main event of the year was the Section weekend at Doxford Hall at the end of September attended by just 16 people as two parties did not attend, one through ill-health, the other because his car of the marque “failed to proceed” en-route to joining the event.
The last Section weekend event was in 2013. This year’s event was organised by Martin Vinson and Tony Henfrey, and thanks go to them for organising an interesting but demanding itinerary, greatly appreciated by those participating in this successful event, which is reported in more detail elsewhere in this Newsletter.
The AGM this year will be held in January 2018 and papers will be circulated to Section Members in due course and in line with the timetable set by the RREC.
I attended the RREC Annual Conference earlier this year at which it was announced that the current Rules for Sections were to be reviewed. These Rules provide the regulatory framework within which the RREC expect a Section to manage its affairs. There are some fundamental issues that have to be resolved in that the current Rules adopted by the Board make it absolutely crystal clear that it is the Section Committee that is responsible for determining the criteria for Section Membership. However, the criticism of the current rules is that they facilitate the creation of a club (the Section) within a Club (the RREC) and it is clear that some RREC members would prefer to have more open arrangements in place under the umbrella of the RREC.
Our Section Membership numbers have declined over the last three years, largely due to an increasingly elderly membership, and members selling their cars, but has prompted discussion at our most recent Committee meetings about what options there might be to improve active membership numbers going forward, and I am of the opinion that those options will need to be discussed at the AGM.
The bottom line is that the section exists for the section membership who elect a Committee to manage the affairs of the Section, and prepare a programme of events. The expectation then is that the membership support that programme, and if that does not happen, the question that begins to raise its head is whether the numbers of active Section Members are such that the Section is viable, or not.
There have been two vacancies on the Committee throughout this year and I would welcome nominations to the AGM to join the Committee from the Section Membership to fill those vacancies, and perhaps bring in new ideas and a fresh perspective on Section activity.
Martin Vinson gave notice, some twelve months ago, that he would be standing down as Newsletter Editor after completion of this edition, and, to date, I am not aware that a replacement has come forward. The consequences of the present situation may mean that this Section Newsletter will be the last to be produced.
Martin has been a pillar of this Section for many years with two stints over 7 years as Secretary and 16 years as Newsletter Editor as well as an organiser of events comprising this year of our only Section event to Ormesby Hall, and the Section Week-end event with Tony Henfrey.
My thanks to Martin on behalf of myself, the Section Committee and Members for his varied and significant contribution over the years to the activities of the Section ably supported by Jackie. I am sure that I would not be alone welcoming a continuation of involvement from Martin and Jackie going forward.
Where we are going
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.
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.
Annual Rally 2018