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Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd July 2022 MECUK Northern Meeting - - Great North Classic Car Show

Following the short notice cancellation of the 2021 event the Club has decided to attend the 2022 event.  The arrangements will remain the same, as shown below.

Saturday 2nd July
- Great North Classic Car Show. Black Horse Beamish, Red Row, Beamish, DH9 0RW.
Club members exhibiting their cars have free entry with two occupants per car. Others will need to pay the £10 entry fee. We will have a dedicated space on the show ground in ‘The French Quarter’ to include MECUK, SIMCA Club UK, Renault Alpine Owners Club, Renault Classic Car Club, Club Alpine Renault and a possible new A110 from a local dealer amongst others but members’ cars will need to arrive before 10am to take advantage of the free entry. There will be an after show party at the end of the afternoon with music, food vendors and BBQ.

How to book free entry to the Great Northern Show- The organisers require us to estimate the number of show cars we will be bringing to the event. Our space will then be allocated and free tickets sent out to the club organiser (Titus) for distribution. So far we estimate 10 cars but we need to know from you if you would like to attend to gauge that number more accurately. PLEASE CONTACT TITUS BY END OF APRIL TO CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE. If we book 10 free spaces and fewer turn up, then the organisers can accommodate that. If more than 10 turn up on the day without pre-booking with Titus then those extra will not be able to park in ‘The French Quarter’ but will still be able to park up with the general public and will need to pay the £10 entry fee.

Sunday 3rd July- Bangers and Cash Motor Museum, Pickering Road, Thornton Le-Dale, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7LH. Subject to them reopening after Covid lockdown and no conflict with their auction programme.
Accommodation- As we need to be in place for 10am at the Great North Classic Car Show (and this area of the country will be heavily booked for much needed holidaying) then for those of us travelling up on the Friday for an early start on Saturday we suggest The Premier Inn, Newcastle (Team Valley), Maingate, Kingsway North, Team Valley Trading Estate. SAT NAV NE11 0NU. 20 minutes from the show ground. Book now from £60 for two nights. It will sell out fast. We plan to hold the usual Matra dining club here.

CONTACT: PLEASE NOTE I have computer problems with receiving gmails. If you have a gmail address please call me on 07770 931 811 or 01242 222290. I will always reply to your email so if you don’t get a reply then please call me.

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Sunday 12th September Simply French at the National Motor Museum Beaulieu

Join club members and members from the Avantime Clubs for a grand day out

Tickets are limited so better to book early @ £13.00 per person – please note: These tickets are only valid if arriving in a French marque vehicle.

Set in the parkland of the National Motor Museum, the rally is open to all ages and models of French marque vehicles, and is a welcome return to the events calendar for its second year.

As well as being an opportunity to see an array of French vehicles, there is also the opportunity to enjoy all that Beaulieu has to offer.

Entry will include admission to all the Beaulieu attractions including the National Motor Museum, Little Beaulieu, World of Top Gear, Palace House and Beaulieu Abbey. Please note indoor spaces will have a limited capacity.

There will be a dedicated Avantime gathering in the New Forest on Saturday 11th.  All are welcome to join in.  For details of the events and the event hotel please email

28th and 29th August 2021

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Club Bank Holiday Weekend

The Hotel for the weekend is the ‘Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel’ 52 London Road, Hindhead GU26 6AG.

Saturday, visit to the ‘Tangmere Military & Aviation Museum’, Gamecock Terrace, Tangmere, PO20 2ES. The plan is to meet at 0945 in the Tangmere Village Car Park, Malcolm Road. At the A27 roundabout, from the east, take the 1st exit, from the west take the 3rd exit and from the north take the 2nd onto Meadow Way, at the ’T’ junction turn right onto Tangmere Road, take the first on the left into Malcolm Road, car park is on the right after the Co Op shop. the museum staff would like us to enter together, so that we will be able to park inside the grounds of the museum. Saturday evening dining at the Devil’s Punchbowl Hotel.

Sunday, visit the ‘Weald and Downland Living Museum, Town Lane, Singleton, Chichester, PO18 0EU. Leaving the hotel at 0945, those not staying at the hotel should to wait in the car park for us to arrive, as there is no suitable lay-by for us to meet nearby. It is hoped that we can park inside the grounds. This is the place where ’The Repair Shop’ BBC television series is filmed. In the grounds are a collection of old houses that have been saved from the bulldozer, they have restored them to create rural life from 1300 to 1910.

Please book your own hotel and dining requirements by email to Leanne at quoting The Matra Enthusiasts Club, Leanne knows that some members my also wish to stay Friday night, also please inform Greig Dalglish so that he can pass numbers on to our two events at

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MECUK AGM Weekend, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, Friday 13th August to Sunday 15th August 2021Amendment

Chesterfield Town Council have decided to move the date of the car show to Sunday 15th.  Our revised programme will be as shown below. We apologise for any inconvenience this change may cause.

Please feel free to pick and choose which of the following you would like to attend.

Friday 13th. Arrive late afternoon to book into our hotel for the weekend. The Olde House, Loundsley Green Road, Chesterfield, S40 4RN. Book directly with them using their booking system.
This is where we will hold the AGM on Saturday 14th. If The Olde House sell out of rooms before you book then you can try the Ibis or Premier Inn hotels in Chesterfield as an alternative. May be cheaper too.

Saturday 14th.
 We will visit The Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Museum, S43 2PR. Built in 1870, Barrow Hill Roundhouse is the last surviving railway roundhouse in the United Kingdom with an operational turntable.   Then at 4pm our AGM at The Olde House followed by dinner in the restaurant. Any member wishing to propose an item for inclusion in the AGM agenda or nominations for any of The Club Officials should do so in writing or by email to The Club Secretary, Titus Taylor, by the end of July.

Sunday 15th. All French Car Day'  will take place At the 'Olympia House Antiques centre' (space for 200 cars) near to the railway station, town centre and 'CrookedSpire'. Food and drink available, Antiques Centre open. From 09.00 with our SIMCA, MATRA Talbot etc display as a major attraction. Various other french car clubs/owners have been contacted and interest is encouraging at present. Autojumble will be there too. I can book a covered stall area for members who have parts to sell/swap if enough demand.
If you intend to bring a car please let me know as it will give an idea of the space we require. Mick Ward email or tel 01246 200045 If undecided, just turn up on the day, there will be space.
I'll have a route from the Olde House hotel to give out at the AGM.

Contact: Please let Titus know if you are joining us for the AGM and dinner. He will need to book you in with the hotel for dinner. Still having problems with receiving Gmails so please call mobile 07770 931 811 instead.

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th June 2021 Practical Classics Restoration Show at the NEC

The organisers have decided to cancel this event due to continued uncertainty caused by the pandemic.  The next event will be held in March 2022  The Club will be attending on the revised date.  We will post updates when the information becomes available.  All tickets already booked will be transferred to the new date.  For further information please visit 

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