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From the Secretary
Turmoil at the hunt house. With their letters of resignation, staff changes and acrimo-nious board meetings. Let’s hope that Ian can restore order and enthusiasm as we adapt to the digital age we now live in.
Returning from Swainby the Rolls ran intermittently, slightly rough. Removing the valve cover revealed a broken push rod on No 3 cylinder exhaust valve. The broken rod managed to prod the exhaust valve open at slow speed with no damage done. It has been an interesting exercise making a new one using the original ball and cup ends. Now all is well. This is the first broken or failed component that I have had in 60 years and 70,000 miles of ownership. ‘They don’t make them like that anymore’
The season is well underway with the RREC National Rally having taken place last weekend, but may well turn out to be a “dead rubber” for me as my car, a Bentley Arnage, is away from home and up for sale.
This decision comes as a conse-quence of deciding to take up an offer to buy a 1954 Silver Dawn which has none of the electronic complexities of the modern car but no doubt a different range of eccentricities.
The Proprietor of the business selling my car was taking a short break cruise from Newcastle the weekend after I contacted him and offered to examine and collect the car on his return. He concluded the car was in excellent condition with a very good history and was therefore one that he did not think that he would have difficulty in selling, and off he went with it.
The car is correctly priced compared to the profiles of similar cars up for sale, but remains unsold as another factor perhaps comes into play. That is the price of the VW Bentley Continental GT produced from 2003 to 2011. The price for early models is now £20,000.00 or less thus proving a stiff price competition for Arnage models of the same era.
Market forces rule and would suggest a price reduction of my Arnage is required but that would, in my opinion, amount to giving it away and is therefore a less than welcome option. A dilemma – What next??
The lines of a car are what appeal to me and the lines and road presence of the Arnage to me are far superior to that of the VW offering, but the performance of that offering with its 6 litre W12 engine is significantly better than that of the 6.75 litre V8 of the Arnage.
That then is the choice - Presence or Performance?
I would say Presence in what for me is a car that would not be a daily driver, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and as they say in York-shire – It takes all sorts!
Gordon Blacklock stood down from his role as President of the RREC NE Section at the Committee Meeting immediately following the Section AGM held on 14 th January after 32 years of service in that role.
No arrangements had been put in place to mark that service by the Committee at that time other than a vote of thanks and so it was decided to organise a Presentation Evening for Gordon which took place at the Old Mill Inn on Wednesday 20 th June, where the Section meet on the third Wednesday of every month.
The arrangements were kept secret from Gordon, though his wife Margaret was involved with them, however, he must have realised that something was afoot when he was collected from home to be driven to the event by Geoff and Sheila Mansfield in their 1978 Silver Shadow II saloon rather than the usual chauffeur in his daily driver. 26 people had assembled in our allocated room when Gordon made his entrance to a chorus of “For he is a jolly good fellow” which must have confirmed that whatever was going on had something to do with him.
The Old Mill provided an excellent well cooked meal of quality and quantity before our new President, Derek Moss, called the company to order and requested Ian Hick, RREC Chairman, to make the presentation to Gordon.
The presentation consisted of a round wooden base carrying a standing Spirit of Ecstasy sourced from a Rolls –Royce 20/25 model covered by a glass dome carrying an inscription. The base also displayed the 20, 30 40 and 50 year badges marking the years of RREC Membership of Gordon.
Congratulations to John Harrison. John one of the sections hardest workers receiving is 20 year membership badge from Ian Hick, the Chairman of the RREC
Nick Clark re-uniting a painting of a 20 Horse Power GUK19 to the current owner Elaine Pickett, after hanging on his wall for over 20 years.
The water colour was painted in 1967 by John Appleyard from Eaglescliffe. At the time, the car was in the showroom of Breckonhill Motors Martin Road Middlesbrough.
Tom Horner one of our new young enthusiastic members stood next to his excellent 20HP.
The future of the club is reliant on encouraging young enthusiasts like Tom to join the club.
Tom enjoying the sunny day at Harewood House.