|THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND RALLY, CRANLEIGH
Sunday 16 May 2010
|This year's main event in the south was held for the first time in the grounds of Cranleigh School in Surrey, on a slightly chilly but mostly dry day. This pleasant venue, on the southern edge of an area of outstanding natural beauty known as the Surrey Hills and close to the West Sussex border, was first recommended by long time Section member John Bray. John first attended the school in 1944!
The school has an imposing red brick fašade with gently sloping well-tended lawns in front and it was here we held the rally with cars parked in gently curving rows facing towards the main building to get the best of the view. Our thanks to Trevor Yates and Surrey Section for the field layout and marshalling. With nearly 200 cars entered in advance this number rose considerably with additional cars turning up throughout the day, so the attendance was more than satisfactory. Our thanks to Martin Coomber and SouthEastern Section for the gate marshalling.
Attractions included the Club Shop, which put on a splendid and varied display of stock, the Spares Stall manned by the Middlesex Section, an ice cream vendor and the brass band of the Sussex Royal British Legion from Horsham who entertained us throughout the day. Our regular raffle, with some excellent good quality prizes, was organized by the Central Southern Section. Our thanks to principal ticket sellers Jean Taylor and Kate Meachem. We record our thanks to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd, to Jane Hutchinson (who produced the book on the history of Windovers) and others for their generous donations of valuable prizes for the raffle.
The awards and raffle draw were preceded by an address by our Life President Lt Col Eric Barrass OBE, who for the first time in several years was able to attend this South of England Rally and both entertained and inspired us with his own inimitable way of speaking. The awards, which are always of a light-hearted nature and judged by ordinary members (if I may call them that) with the 'Best Motor Car of the Show' chosen by hosts, then followed. The winners were:
Best Pre-War Car (judged by Mr Len Horn) Entry No 78 - 1939 Bentley 4╝ Sedanca by Thrupp & Maberley, Reg No FXM600, owned by Mr Roger Felton.
Best Post-War Car (judged by Roy Richardson) Entry No 37 - 1984 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit Saloon, Reg B41GGR, owned by Mr Peter Robinson.
Trophy of Elegance (judged by Rob & Jane Pedler) Entry No 103 - 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by Barker, Reg No PL452, owned by Mr Julian Hirst.
Best Car in Show (judged by Mrs Julie Cooke, Cranleigh School Foundation Company Secretary) Entry No 34 - Bentley MK VI Sports Special, Reg No FCX110, owned by Dr D K Potter.
Our thanks to our hosts, Cranleigh School, who supported our event so enthusiastically, and to everyone from the organizing Sections who helped to make the day such a successful and rewarding rally.
Andy Courtney - Secretary of the Meeting Ted Meachem - Clerk of the Course
|Some of the arriving Club motor cars.|
|Cranleigh School as backdrop to numerous Club motor cars.|
|Winner of Best Pre-War Car belonging to Section member Roger Felton's 1939 Bentley 4.25 litre.||Ghostly sight! Three versions, from left to right, 1924 (Andy Courtney),
2010 (RRMC) and 1914 (Ivan Odds).
|Photos: Andrew Honour|