RREC Central Southern Section
Past Events

Rockingham Castle near Corby, Northamptonshire - 18-20 June 2010

The first year at this new venue proved to be a success with acres of English parkland generously laid out for a large number of member's motor cars, trade stands, Bonham's Auction marquee and all the other administrative aspects. There was rain on Friday evening, a sharp breeze (no sun) on Saturday and a glorious Sunday afternoon. There will, no doubt, be a full report and photographs in Bulletin 301 but I recall a few informal items that might be of interest to CS members.

Some restored faith in human nature. There were quite a few Club members staying at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel (just a quarter mile from the venue) over the weekend which hosted a wedding reception for 120 and a football gathering for 400 on the Friday night. Saturday night was a little quieter but during the late evening a Silver Cloud III was damaged by a hotel guest's car. The driver immediately reported the accident to the hotel reception and left his name and address!

I showed some interest at the Easyrider Company stand and was warmly greeted by their representative. I explained that the filling in one of the front over rugs in my motor car was in a poor state. Immediately he offered to take the rug, refill it overnight and return it to me the next day. This he duly did and when I collected the rug he declined any payment! What fantastic service.

Bonham's Auction. Automobilia sold well but a number of motor cars did not reach reserve, notably the very fine 1934 Barker bodied PII Continental restored by Section specialists Taylor's (guide £250K to £350K reached £170K) and Derek Harris's 1932 Barker bodied PII Sedanca (guide £110K to £130K reached £88K). During the Friday evening Reception (which raised £3,000 for charity), a nameless 'gentleman' tried to relieve your Section Secretary of his RR umbrella (one of a pair) and even denied it when confronted. Fortunately a couple of eagle eyed members spotted the umbrella tucked away in the back of an auction motor car (owned by the same 'gentleman') and restored same to its rightful owner. Incidentally the Club shop reported a reduction in theft for the second year running. You just cannot trust some (Club) people?

Entertainment. During Sunday a very competent six piece Jazz Band was playing at the end of the refreshment marquee. The music was great and considerably added to the whole ambience of the day. Around three o'clock the band leader announced that they would play any request submitted on a twenty pound note, if they failed they would forfeit ten pounds (not sure about the economics of the gesture). Our gathered party (Central Southern and South Eastern members) raised the required sum and within twenty seconds of receiving the twenty pound note with a request for 'Ace in the hole' they were in full swing and played to the delight of all around. On being congratulated it transpired that the trombonist had played with the legendary Acker Bilk. I approached Keith and asked him if he had played at the Crown at Morden with Acker. He replied "Yes in 1957", I replied "I was there as well!"

Well done to David Gray who won a rosette and a rally memento in the Touring Class with his Silver Dawn and to Geoff Allo (from Jersey) who won the 20hp Best in Class Silver trophy, rosette and a rally memento.

All in all an excellent rally with thanks and appreciation to all the organisers, stewards and helpers.

Ted Meecham - Section Secretary

The jazz band.              Photo: Ted Meecham