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Weekend commencing Friday 8th October 2021
Club Weekend in France

Owing to the present uncertainty and the possibility of continuing restrictions on foreign travel, the committee has decided to provisionally postpone this event until the above date. Further updates will be posted if and when further details become available.Friday 8th - DFDS Newhaven to Dieppe. Morning - Check in closes 08.30, dep 10.00 arr 15.00
Evening - Check in closes 21.30, dep 23.00 arr 04.00
If travelling via the morning crossing arrange your own accommodation in France.
Saturday 9th - Meet at Le Mans Museum, travel time from Dieppe 3hrs 40 mins 267 km, the drive to Romorantin, 2 hrs 20 mins 154 km. Stay 2 nights at La Pyramide Hotel.
Sunday 10th - Morning, visit the Matra Museum, afternoon,visit the town.
Monday 11th - Drive to Chateau de Chambord, then drive to Forges-les-Eaux, stopping at Vernouillet, Dreux for a comfort break. The hotel at Forges-les-Eaux is the Restaurant Hotel La Paix. Mention the Matra Enthusiasts' Club when booking.
Tuesday 12th - Drive into Dieppe, visit the castle and lunch in the town before checking in at the ferry port. Last check in 16.30 dep. 18.00, arrive Newhaven 21.00 All times local.
You are advised to check that you have the correct documentation, as this will have changed following Brexit, before travelling.
Contact: Please express your interest to Greig Dalgliesh so that we can finalise the convoy. greig.dal@btinternet.com The final itinerary will be communicated by a group email.  The event will only take place provided that any travel restrictions in the UK and France are lifted.

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 sales@devilspunchbowlhotel.co.uk 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 greig.matra@btinternet.com

Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th July 2021 MECUK Northern Meeting

Saturday 3rd 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. www.greatnorthclassiccarshow.com

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 4th 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. https://mathewsons.co.uk/
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: titustaylor1@hotmail.com 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.

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 https://www.necrestorationshow.com/faqs 

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