Roger Hunt kept the members enthralled with his presentation covering the Peking to Paris rally. Starting with a short video showing the harshness of the terrain Roger continued with a short talk. Following a short break the evening continued with a slide show (magnificent photographs) with Roger talking over the sound track. The duration of the rally is around eight weeks and is a very hard trip. Very few and far between are the hotels, mainly the competitors slept under canvas at the side of the road. Food was supplied by a team of caterers, many of them Russian. Roger related one particular story of one driver having many breakdowns and shipping in spare parts to the original value of his vehicle. It was apparent to the members in the room that you needed extremely deep pockets to take part in this event. A most interesting presentation.

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Roger Hunt describing driving through Mongolia


 
Our big charity day, again held at Athelhampton House in really good weather was a great success and provided a great opportunity to meet old friends and make some new ones. The atmosphere around the grounds was brilliant with the New Forest Dixieland Jazz Band playing for us. We thank our trade sponsors for their support and I never forget those club members who give their time to organise and run the day. The Octagon club arrived in force and parked their cars in the carriage circle directly in front of the house and as always looked pristine. On the day we had examples of many of the MG models produced and the “Car of the Day” was awarded to Bill Rockstro for his superb SV. Our two current charities, Macmillan Caring Locally and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance benefit from the proceeds of the day and we are able to present £1000.00 to each of them again this year. We thank Patrick and Andrea Cooke for again allowing us the run of their house and gardens; they provide a superb backdrop for our charity day.

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Bill Rockstro with his award for Car of the Day


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June 6th - Club Night - Race Night. Another opportunity for members to choose and support a horse. We ran eight races and the evening provided a lot of sometimes noisy fun with very vocal support, by the members, for their chosen horse. We will almost certainly run another race night next year.

June 18th – Simply Classics & Sports cars at Beaulieu – Club Stand. Another opportunity to visit Beaulieu at a much reduced admission. As an exhibitor you receive half price entry with complete access to all of the attractions. We erected our event shelter and many members gathered underneath it with tables and chairs in evidence ready for an alfresco lunch. The selection of cars on show was very interesting with many of the vehicles being seen for the first time. This event has now become a firm favourite in the 1020 calendar and I look forward to next year.

July 4th – Club Night – Pride of Ownership. Our first event of this type and the response from members was extremely encouraging. We had a reserved area of the car park for us to display our cars and we had to expand beyond that area. Members were asked to vote for the car ‘They would Most Like to Take Home’ – the winner with most votes was Colin Sexton for his Connaught Green MGB GT. Colin received a tankard which will be engraved for him, held for one year and then competed for again in subsequent years.

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Colin Sexton receiving his Pride of Ownership award


July 10th – Morris Minors – Classics in the Forest at Burley Park. 1020 received an invitation to join with the Morris Minor club at Burley Park and a group of members attended setting up a club stand. Although the weather started not too well it improved later and an enjoyable day was had by all. We thank the Morris Minors for their invitation to a very good venue.

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Burley Park with the Morris Minors


July 17th – Classics & Supercars at Sherborne Castle – Club Stand. We had a large stand at this show, space for 24 cars and our event shelter; we were joined by two non-members who helped swell our numbers. This show has gone from strength to strength over the years and next year they are looking at around 2,000 car exhibiting. The choice of exhibits ran from the usual club stands to pure exotica including McLaren, Aston Martin, a wide range of Supercars and the Tesla car, arguably the best electric car in the world. The show ground was enormous and the overflow exhibitor car park was larger than some of the car shows that I have attended. There was however a downside, the entrance to the show was too limited to accept the influx of cars and some of our members queued for 45 minutes. We have heard that next year the organisers hope to open up an additional entry gate.

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Sherborne 2016

Eighty plus 1020 members and guests assembled at the premises of Phoenix Classic Cars at Holton Heath for a coffee start prior to the run. The weather was very cold and the tea, coffee and pastries provided by John Copleston and his family were most welcome. Members drifted off from around 11.00 am to start the 57 mile run which ended at Pamphill Parish Hall. The run passed through some of the picturesque side roads of Dorset, many of them lined with bluebells. On arrival at the Parish Hall, members were greeted by the sight of a pop up gazebo which housed a wonderfully presented hog roast. The food was superb, prepared and presented for us by John's younger son Ryan and his partner Tamzin. As you can see from the picture, the weather had warmed up enough for members to enjoy eating outside the hall in the sun. Phoenix Classic Cars provided the coffee start and the hog roast for the club as a celebration of being in business for two years since taking over from Roger Taylor. We thank John, his wife Karen and their family for their hospitality and hard work on the day and wish them continued success. We must also thank Pat Lodge, Gillian Hales and her friend Shirley for providing endless cups of tea and coffee and Tony Hales and his friend Trevor for parking cars as they arrived and Dave Bailey and George Parrott for planning another excellent route. Thank you all - without you it would not have been possible.

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Hog Roast in full swing


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June 6th – Club Night – Race Night. Another opportunity for members to choose and support a horse. We ran eight races and the evening provided a lot of sometimes noisy fun with very vocal support, by the members, for their chosen horse. We will almost certainly run another race night next year. June 18th […]

Eighty plus 1020 members and guests assembled at the premises of Phoenix Classic Cars at Holton Heath for a coffee start prior to the run. The weather was very cold and the tea, coffee and pastries provided by John Copleston and his family were most welcome. Members drifted off from around 11.00 am to start […]

This was a very well attended event organised by 3CVCCC as the holders of the trophy, with I believe 12 teams taking part. 1020 were represented by two teams, each of six players. Our “A” team were George & Sue Parrott, Tony & Sue Cheyney and Pip & Ursula Bonner, our “B” team players were […]

The annual skittles challenge between Dorset Historic Motor Club took place on Thursday 17th March at Hamworthy Sports Club. This event is organised each year by DHMC and always proves to be a fun event. I must report however that once again 1020 were not successful on the evening and that we lost by a […]

Our guest speaker this evening was Chris Piercy and his presentation was “The Fastest Steam Car in the World”  Chris started off with a brief verbal introduction to the program, following this with a DVD which some more of the background, building and record breaking attempts which took place on Edwards Air Force Base in […]

Canford Magna Golf Club was again our chosen venue for the dinner dance; unfortunately for the last time as the golf club is closing at the end of March. 59 members and guests attended and enjoyed a superb meal produced by the catering team. Music on this occasion was provided by our club member Shaun […]


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