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.
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 Chesterfield North, Tapton Lock Hill Chesterfield, Derbyshire S41 7NJ.
Contact Mick Ward for further details: email@example.com
Saturday and Sunday 28th & 29th September
The Club has been invited to a French themed classic car festival at Reepham, Norfolk.
'Now in its sixth year, the Reepham Classic Car and Bike Festival has become one of Norfolk’s most successful and attractively located shows, with over a hundred Classic cars and motorbikes displayed in the beautiful Georgian Market Square. Taking place on Sunday 29th of September, between 11am and 4pm, it will be focusing on French classics to feature the glorious history of these, sometimes eccentric but always innovative, vehicles.
French manufacturers have a tradition of developing distinctive designs for mass manufacture - the Citroen 2CV and DS, Renault 16 and 5, Peugeot 404, and Simca 1000 are well loved examples. There were more exotic and rare cars too, such as models from Bugatti, Delahaye and the Facel Vega. While the French motorcycle industry never achieved the success of rivals from Germany, Britain, and Italy, it developed the iconic Velosolex, ‘the one with the engine mounted on top of the front wheel’.
The Club intends to make a weekend of it. We will meet at a suitable hostelry for lunch then continue to the Muckleburgh Collection, a museum of armoured military vehicles, then stay overnight at the Norwich Airport Premier Inn, before travelling to the show.
If you wish to take part, please email Peter Chaloner at firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name, vehicle details and registration number to enable your pass to arranged.
8th - 10th November
The Club will be exhibiting at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show at the National Exhibition Centre. Come and see us on stand 5-470. If you visit our Members' area, you can get a code which will enable you to buy tickets at a discount. Click on the banner to visit the show website