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A Club Welcome
With a new year underway, there are already a host of motoring events and activities on the Club’s calendar. For the Club’s Annual Motoring Open Evening which took place on Wednesday 29 January, over 150 Club members and guests gathered to learn about what events and services are available to car enthusiasts and Club members. Present to chat to guests throughout the evening were members of the Motoring team, Motoring Committee and Club Chairman, Ben Cussons.
The evening began with a lap of the room by the Club’s Head of Motoring, Jeremy Vaughan who introduced the seven tables and had a short interview with those behind them. The tables represented the Club’s Library and Archives, Motorcycling at the Club, the Veteran Car Run and the Regent Street Motor Show, the Club’s Young Members’ Committee, HERO Events, Club Motoring Events and Club Driving Tours.
After the lap, Ben Cussons introduced several of the Club’s trophies which were on display for the occasion, including the Dewar Trophy, the British Grand Prix trophy, the Segrave Trophy and the Simms Medal.
Among the newest areas of the Club to be represented at the evening were the Young Members’ Committee, the Club’s Driving Tours and Motorcycling at the Club.
Young Members’ Committee
With a host of motoring enthusiasts among them, the Young Members’ Committee have already enjoyed a memorable driving tour in 2019 and are setting plans for another in 2020. Committee member Ross Lima was present at the evening to introduce the activities which his committee is planning for all members aged between 18 and 40.
Club Driving Tours
Driving Tours now form an important part of the Club’s offering following the resounding success of the Spring and Autumn tours in 2019. The Spring drive to St Mawes in Cornwall gave members exclusive access to the wonderful boutique hotel ‘The Idle Rocks’ for a weekend, whilst the Autumn Tour took members from Woodcote Park to Beaulieu via scenic New Forest routes. Club Motoring Committee member Peter Ratcliff manned the Tours table to chat to members and guests about the upcoming Spring Tour to Scotland which includes a final dinner on board the Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as other future tours planned for this year.
Motorcycling at the Club
Another addition was a ‘Motorcycling’ table, manned by Motoring Committee member Jeremy Dodd who spoke about the rich mix of events available to the two-wheeled enthusiasts of the Club. Jeremy‘s highlight from 2019 was the Annual Motorcycling Dinner with several TT legends. He also spoke about plans for next year which includes an exclusive visit to the WorldSBK stage at Donington Park in July.
RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
The Club’s event partners Goose were in attendance to talk about the renowned RM Sotheby’s London to Brighton Veteran Car Run with guests. Interest was high for the 2020 event as well as the 2021 Run which will mark the event’s 125th Anniversary.
1000 Mile Trial & RAC Rally of the Tests
HERO, who had crowned their classic rallying champions at the Club just a few weeks prior, were geared up for the 120th Anniversary instalment of the 1000 Mile Trial in 2020. Featuring some truly stunning routes that will take participants from Preston to Edinburgh, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience. Alongside this HERO are busily planning for the next RAC Rally of the Tests on what will no doubt be a bumper 2020.
Library and Archive
Trevor Dunmore, the Club’s Librarian, was present to talk about the Club’s rich collection of motoring books which live in its library and its archive, which contains an array of items dating back to the founding of years of the Club. Among the table’s display was one of several Stirling Moss scrapbooks owned by the Club and housed in its Library. Available to view by library visitors, it features numerous clippings taken from Moss’s race reports, bringing his racing pursuits to life. Also present was an archive album containing stunning photos of former pioneering Club members and their motoring adventures dating back to the turn of the 20th century.
Two simulators were also set up for the evening with the driving seats rarely staying free for long as members and guests battled it out for the fastest times on the board. The winner was Club member Jonathan Fenning who did well to not spray the bottle of champagne he won.
The Motoring Open Evening once again proved the perfect evening for both regular attendees and new guests to learn about what’s new on this year’s motoring calendars.
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