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SOUTH OF ENGLAND RALLY, CHARTERHOUSE - Sunday 20 May 2001

We are most grateful to Charterhouse School (and to Simon Fielder of their Motor Club) for hosting this event and especially for their efforts before, during and after the event.

Over two hundred Club motor cars had pre-booked and on the day, when the weather was very kind to us, another one hundred Club motor cars paid at the gate. Those two stalwarts, Philip Francis and Tommy Welham manned the gate again (with the help of their good ladies); it must be fast approaching two decades of service!

The Field and surrounding grass was immaculate (a cricket match having been played the previous day) and the marquee was in place.

Doug Groves and Dick Lees were on duty early setting up the Spares Stall, Clifton and Isabel Spencer were putting out the raffle prizes, and the large van arrived from Hunt House with some of the Club Shop stock. Broughtons of Surrey parked up their new Bentley Continental R Mulliner opposite the Founder's statue as did the two Silver Seraphs from Rolls-Royce Direct. Marshalling was in the dedicated care of Ron Keylock, Jane Pedler, Rob Pedler and David Oxford; many thanks to them.

The large turnout of motor cars ranging from AX 201 right through to the present year was extremely varied and made a splendid display. Club motor cars up to 1964 made up almost 40% of the gathering.

The School students voted, as usual, for the various categories in the light hearted judging contests. Prizes were presented to winners at the end of the day in the Founder's Court.

The usual raffle included a generous prize of a 6,000 mile service donated by Shadow Motorcars of Gillingham (won by Rod Goodall). The prizes for the special second and third raffles were generously donated by Broughtons (the use of a Bentley for a weekend, won by Mrs Spencer Jnr) and by Rolls-Royce Direct (the use of a Silver Seraph for a weekend, won by Mrs Ann Windows). We are most grateful to Broughtons and Rolls-Royce Direct for displaying their new motor cars and also for their sponsorship. Thanks to Clifton for organising the raffles and to all the ticket sellers.

The Spares Stall had a very successful day with takings of £750, our thanks to Doug, Dick and the other helpers. Our thanks to Sue Slinn and numerous members of the Baines family who sold around £2,800 of goods from the Club shop.

A really splendid event planned by that notable Clerk of the Course, Gordon Connelly, who clearly arranged the ideal weather that makes all the difference to this type of event.

Ted Meachem - Secretary


Charterhouse   Charterhouse 2
Charterhouse, in its beautiful country setting, once again proved the ideal venue for the Five-Section Rally.   This year's event, thanks to the good weather, saw over 300 Club motor cars on display.
Paul Capper's Phantoms   Paul Capper
Paul Capper's newly acquired 1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom Sixes. The limousine was built for Sorya Khashoggi. It carried HRH Prince Charles, William and Harry from the royal train to Althorp for the interment of Diana, Princess of Wales, 1997. The hearse was built originally as a limousine for DJ Rowland Esq of Grosvenor Square, London. It was converted to a hearse in the late seventies/early eighties. Ironically it carried Earl Spencer to his grave. Most recently both cars were used for the funeral of Cilla Black's husband Bobby. Photos: Ian Burt
Cake
The iced fruit cake won by Andrew Honour in the 'Guess the weight of the cake contest',
with Paul Capper's Phantom VI and Simon Buck's Corniche, at the South of England Rally. Photo: Ted Meachem