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Events

Friday March 24th to Sunday March 26th 2023 The Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show

We will be on stand 5-588 and will be working on cars.  We will be joining forces with the Simca Club to create a large open stand
Matra will be showing - Series 2 Bagheera, Murena 2.2 and a Rancho to tie in with the Simca stand theme
Matra specialist Roy Gillard will be holding a series of workshops to include rebuilding electric window operators.
Simca will be celebrating all things 1100 with a 1204 Special and a recently restored VF2 pick-up truck – used as the basis for the Rancho.
Lastly – This marks our club 40th year anniversary. Founder and many past members have promised to join us on the stand for a champagne celebration on Saturday. Members can visit the Members' Only pages for a reduced ticket price.  Our preferred hotel is:Premier Inn, Solihull Town Centre, 68 Station Road, Solihull, B91 3RX

Sunday April 23rd Scramble at Bicester Heritage

https://bicesterheritage.co.uk/events/april-scramble-2023  Tickets £20, early booking advisable

Sunday May 1st Gawsworth Hall Classic Car Show, Macclesfield Cheshire

https://gawsworthhall.com/classic-car-show/  Must be pre-booked.  Car & driver £5  organiser tim.simpson70@gmail.com

Friday May 26th to Monday May 29th 2023 Romorantin Weekend 

The Matra Enthusiasts' Club, in collaboration with Avantime Owners UK will be spending a weekend in Romorantin to coincide with an event the French are organising to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Matra factory closure.
The Itinerary:
Friday 26th-Cross the Channel from and to ports of your choice in the UK and France and drive down to Romorantin. The organisers' preferred route is DFDS Newhaven Dieppe as this appears to be the cheapest option. This is so as many of us can travel down to Romorantin in convoy as possible. It's all part of the fun. If you take the overnight ferry from Portsmouth-Caen, or the overnight crossing from Newhaven-Dieppe that depart on Thursday night, you may want to visit the Chateau Chambord or Beauval Zoo on your way to Romorantin. Approximate driving times to Romorantin are:  from Cherbourg 5 hrs, from Caen 3hrs 30 mins using toll roads, from Dieppe 5 hrs.  If you find the ferry costs prohibitive then we advise sharing a car and costs. We expect to arrive at the event hotel, La Pyramide, in Romorantin, by 19.00 where dinner and drinks will await. This hotel can be booked on booking.com.
Saturday 27th- Sunday 28th-We will attend the commemoration event organised by the French. The itinerary is:A visit to the fantastic Matra Museum,
An afternoon visi to the Musee of Blues (Blues Music Venue) https://www.lamaisondublues.fr
An excursion to the Caves des Roches (Mushroom caves) https://www.le-champignon.com/Visites
In addition, a selection of Matra cars will be displayed at La Fabrique Normant, one of the former Matra/Normant production/weaving halls that is now an exhibition space on the old factory site. 
A dinner will also be held at this venue.  http://www.lafabriquenormat.fr/
The organisers say they have a surprise in store, more details later
We will also visit the other Matra related sights in Romorantin and enjoy the town generally.
Monday 29th- We will make out way back to the port of entry, possibly stopping at either Chateau Chambord or Beauval Zoo, on route. It is essential that you book your ferry and hotel accommodation as soon as possible. This will ensure you get the best prices and avoid possible disappointment. Please ensure that you make cancellable/amendable/refundable bookings in case your circumstances change. For further information email Simon Farmer at simon.farmer@hotmail.co.uk

June 20th - 26th Tour of Wales

Please register your interest with Greig as soon as possible
Greig.matra@btinternet.com

Tuesday20th (PM)
Meeting up at the Two Rivers Hotel, Chepstow.
Wednesday 21st
Drive to Merthyr Tydfil for a ride on the Brecon Mountain Railway, then drive to Brecon via a scenic route, night stop in Brecon at the Old Castle Farm Guest House.
Thursday 22nd
Visit town before a Canal boat ride, after drive to Cenarth waterfalls on route to Machynlleth, night stop here at The White Lion Hotel.
Friday 23rd
There is an option of visits, Corrie Mine, Falconry or the town. 2nd. night stop here.
Saturday 24th
Drive to Portmeirion, (where the Prisoner was filmed) day visit before returning to Machynlleth for 3rd night stop.
Sunday 25th
Drive to, Pontcysyllte Aqueduct via Bala, stop here for a tea/coffee break at a cafe next to the lake, afterwards drive to Welshpool staying in Wales and not taking to shortest route through England, night stop at The Royal Oak Hotel.
Monday 26th
Visit Powis Castle (National Trust).
End of tour.

The Two Rivers Hotel offer 20 per cent off food if booked direct (Marston’s Inn). There are a number of other hotels, guest houses and b&b’s in the night stop towns above. Both the mountain railways and the canal trip require pre-booking, I would appreciate it if you would let me know if you will be joining us, we may get a discount for a group booking. Venues may have to be changed if we are too late in booking.

Greig.matra@btinternet.com

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th July AGM Weekend

This will be held in Suffolk this year.  On Saturday there will be a visit to a local attraction (details later) followed by the AGM.  On the Sunday the Club will have a stand at the Culford Classic Car Show http://www.theclassiccarshow.org.uk  This has to be booked in advance and there will be a fee of £10 per car, with all proceeds going to East Anglia Children'r Hospice.  To register an interest, please email matraweb@btinternet.com, members will have already received an email about this.

Sunday 27th/ Monday 28th August Capesthorne Hall Classic Car and Motorcycle show

https://www.capesthorne.com/event/classic-car-show-14/  Tickets £10 in advance, £12 0n the day, organiser tim.simpson70@gmail.com

Sunday September 10th 2023 Simply French at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu

This will be a joint meeting with the Simca Club.  Tickets £14 inadvance, £16 on the day, More details to follow. organiser Clive Nelson clive @automatra.com

Friday 10th - Sunday 12th November Classic Car Show at the NEC

The Club will have a stand there. more details to follow.  organiser Clive Nelson clive@automatra.com

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