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Enthusiasts' Club UK

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June Sunday 9th. Glebe Farm, Boughton Monchelsea, Maidstone, ME17 4HS.
Stuart and Guy from The SIMCA Club invite us to attend their biennial treat of all things SIMCA but so much more. Other than the line-up of almost every SIMCA and Talbot ever produced there are cars of all eras and marques kept in various states of repair under tarps, in sheds and barns. Seeing is believing. An invitation not to be missed!


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June Sunday 16th Santa Pod.
Test your metal down the World famous strip for little cost. A chance just to show off your car or ‘give it some exercise’ on the dragstrip or free to enter autotest. Let Mick know if you are interested. We’re promised SIMCAs & MATRAs in action on the ¼ mile dragstrip. We now have a stand for 12 cars+..??

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th July AGM Weekend
The AGM will be held at 4pm on Saturday 6th at The Sysonby Knoll Hotel, Asfordby Rd, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0HP
Phone: 01664 563563. Sysonby Knoll Hotel

Why not come along to have your say in the running of your club? A provisional agenda will be published in subsequent club magazines. Any member wishing to include items on the agenda then please contact the Club Secretary by email or in writing.

We plan to make a weekend of it. Prior to the AGM, on Saturday we will visit The Newark Air Museum followed by lunch at The Riverside, Farndon, Newark, NG24 3SX.
Then on Sunday 7th we will join The SIMCA Club UK for their National Meeting at The Great Central Railway, Ruddington, Notts.

Accommodation. Some of us plan to book Friday and Saturday nights in the following hotels: With the AGM being held in The Sysonby Knoll Hotel you could try them first stating you are with the MATRA Club but rooms are limited. Double rooms to include breakfast and dinner cost from £145 per couple, singles £100. The alternative is a 10 minute walk away at The Premier Inn, 5 Norman Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 1JE. Both days’ club dinners will be at The Sysonby Knoll Hotel.

The AGM will be followed by dinner at the Sysonby Knoll. If you want to join this dinner you MUST contact Philip. Menus will be circulated two weeks before the event and the system for making your choice will be explained. Places for dinner will not be available on the night.

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Saturday 20th July  
The Festival of the Unexceptional
Claydon Estate, just south of Buckingham.
Entries to the Concours De L’Ordinaire will open in January whilst the limited number of entry tickets for the event will become available in the spring time.
Whilst our cars are anything but ‘Ordinaire’ and unlikely to be accepted (Clive’s Rancho was invited a few years ago but, although appreciated, judged not to appear boring enough).
It’s a great day out with an excellent mix of oddball classics in the surrounding parking.
The chosen few in the display are not only pristine examples of a lost cause but very often have a fascinating back story with their owner’s families or friends dressing to the period and displaying the sort of fare that only Tesco in the 70s could muster.
Book early because this event is becoming a victim of its own success; - Oh, and bring a picnic. (See Clive’s article in the Nov. mag.)

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Sunday 21st July
The Club has had an invitation to the Amberley Museum's Classic Car Show.  It is open to all vehicles from 1955 to 1993, although they may accept the Avantime.  You can download an entry form from their web site, Amberley Museum, a West Sussex Attraction  Early booking is recommended.  When you've booked, if you contact Greig Dalgliesh we can arrange to meet and enter and park together.

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August Sunday 18th.
Chesterfield Motor Fest. Derbyshire, S40 1AR.

The Chesterfield Motor Fest returns to town this August.
There will be over 70 stalls in the Market Place selling a range of auto jumble goods including engines, machinery, parts, tools, accessories and much more. (Right, a SIMCA at last year's event.)

Mick has booked us a joint MATRA/SIMCA club stand slap bang in the middle of the town centre and participation is free so let’s hope for a good turnout with something available to interest all members and theirfamilies. i.e. a cracking car show in an historic town centre and whilst seeing the crooked spire (above), shop, eat, drink and make merry.

If you don’t have your MATRA on the road and still wish to attend then please do so by parking outside the designated areas. Better still, Mick is offering you the chance to park up at his house, only a short distance from the town centre, and to drive one of the many cars in his collection to the town centre. Now that’s an offer well worth taking up! Thanks Mick.
Nearby, one of the main car parks will be turned over to a local Motor Club for an autotest/slalom type competition. Mick will have ‘the racer’ down there for a possible entry. MECUK members will also be able to take part as your club membership entitles you to participate under our MSA membership. Just another benefit of being a club member!

Accommodation: Premier Inn Town Centre, Elder Way, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S40 1UN.

Contact Mick Ward for further details:

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