Midsummer Drive-In - Event Review

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Despite rain earlier in the day and some ominous clouds, the wet weather held off for yet another of the Club’s Midsummer Drive-In.

A total of 84 machines graced the Cedar Lawn, from Capris to campervans, Rileys to Rickshaws, Ford Mustangs to Ferraris, and everything in between. A brass band provided the soundtrack for the evening whilst members and guests enjoyed drinks on the lawn, admired the display and chatted with vehicle owners.

Guests were also free to wander up to the Motor House where they were hosted by the Club’s Heritage Manager, Jane Holmes. There they could enjoy exploring the historic building containing the Club’s heritage fleet.

A highlight for many owners, the Midsummer Drive-In Concours was tightly contested across all classes. The judging panel was comprised of members of the Club’s Motoring Committee who included; Duncan Wiltshire, Peter Ratcliff, Jeremy Dodd, Gareth Williams, Graeme Hunt, Chairman Peter Read and special invited guest for the evening, Rachel Morris.

After the judging had been completed, it was time to move onto the dinner and prize giving in the Cedar Room. With so many amazing cars and bikes on display, there were some exceptional winners. The vehicles and owners who trumped their classes were as follows:

Pre-War Category Winner
Geoff Peters – 1930 Buick 60 Series Sport Roadster
‘Believed to be the only one of its type in the UK.’

Post-War Category Winner
Dr Stephen Hammerton – 1953 Jaguar XK120
‘Initially sold to the Chairman of St Helier’s Garage. The Rolls-Royce and Jaguar dealers for the Channel Islands, it was kept until it came to England in 1977.’

Modern Category Winner
Arthur Way – 1979 Ford Capri GL
‘Has been in the owner’s family since 1979, and remains completely unmodified.’

Bentley Centenary Category Winner
Jane Ratcliff – 1997 Bentley Turbo RT
Featuring the long wheel-base and a 408 bhp V8 Turbo engine, it is one of only 252 models ever built.’

Chairman’s Choice Category Winner
Gareth Williams – 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale
‘Sprint Speciales used Alfa’s 1290cc Twin Cam engine which produced approximately 100 bhp. It’s drag coefficient of 0.28 was not surpassed for more than twenty years.’

Best of Show Winner
Jack Henley – 1947 Bentley MK VI
‘Only three Bentley’s were made with this body coupe by Freestone and Webb. It’s first owner was actor Stewart Granger.’

After dinner, members and guests departed up the Captain’s Drive following another memorable Midsummer Drive-In event. We’re already looking forward to our Autumn Drive-In which takes place in just a few months.

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