March 22nd. to 24th. NEC Birmingham.
Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery.
We will be in Hall 5, stand 5-660. Guy’s newly restored Bagheera will take centre stage after an epic Weldathon! We’ll try freeing up a seized 2.2 Murena engine and mechanically investigate John’s 2.2S to include checking on his clutch cylinders, inspect for wear in bearings and bushes, fit tank straps and repeater lamps. The Club’s Technical Advisors will be on hand to help throughout the weekend so if you have any maintenance, restoration or technical questions then this show is a must for you. It’s ‘hands on’. Some of us prefer it to the main one in November.
Use our club ticket discount code in the Members’ Only Area when booking.
Our hotel is the town centre Premier Inn, Solihull, B91 3AB. A 10 minute drive from the NEC.
April Sunday 28th Bicester Sunday Scramble, Oxfordshire, OX26 5HA.
“A PETROLHEAD’S PARADISE… DEDICATED TO THE FUTURE OF THE PAST” – Oxford Mail
Tickets for pre-1990 cars £5.82. Post 1989 cars £8.94. Per person.
NB: This is a pre-booking event. Tickets will NOT be available on the day so book yours now through the Bicester Heritage website,
A few of us attended this venue in January. It was so good that we are doing it again for those that may wish to attend this time around. We won’t be booking a club stand as that will probably mean we’ll all have to park in the out fields. We’d rather take our chances of parking amongst the technical buildings. To do this we will gather at a club member’s car park at 8.30am sharp and drive in convoy to the venue (only 5 minutes). Parkland Place car park, OX26 6UH. Only pre-1990 cars are allowed in the technical area.
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!
June Sunday 16th Santa Pod.
Another chance to test your metal down the World famous strip for little cost. If there’s enough interest Mick Ward will book us a stand. Use the Tech & Spares contact page here to register your interest with Mick.
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 www.newarkairmuseum.org 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. www.gcrn.co.uk
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. email@example.com
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. www.unexceptionalcars.co.uk (See Clive’s article in the Nov. mag.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org we can arrange to meet and enter and park together.