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THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND RALLY, CRANLEIGH SCHOOL, SURREY
Sunday 12 May 2013

An enthusiastic return to this delightful venue with its lovely parkland and impressive buildings. Entries came in a little slowly at first, perhaps because of our bad weather, perhaps because of the economic climate - however as the weather cheered up further entries were received, taking the total to over 150 motor cars.

On the Saturday Nick Stow and helpers erected his marquee and the car lines were set up. Early Sunday morning saw road direction signs and field directions all set up. All the trophies and raffle prizes were on display, the jazz band set up inside the marquee and, most importantly, the ice cream van arrived! South Eastern Section members manned the entrance gate and Surrey Section members marshalled the car lines. A steady stream of motor cars began arriving soon after 10am including an additional forty-five unbooked entrants. A Phantom from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars was displayed and also several 'old timers' belonging to Cranleigh School staff.

The morning progressed according to plan with lots of meeting 'n greeting. The new Club Chairman arrived as did two other Management Committee members and several other past chairmen. Raffle ticket sellers and trophy judges all commenced on their allotted tasks - and the band played on!

Just before the appointed hour of 3pm the five trophy winners assembled their motor cars in front of the marquee for a photo call and the trophy presentation by local dignitary Mark Evans (TV Vet and car enthusiast). Following on, the raffle draw was called and this brought the day to a close.

Although we had had no rain, by mid-afternoon the wind made it feel somewhat chilly and so the field cleared of members' motor cars extremely quickly. The organisers cleared the car lines etc, the marquee was taken down and by 4pm when the rain came, the field was clear and clean.

Many thanks to Rosemary Tween, Robin & Carol Brailey, Kate Meachem and Meinir Morgan (from South Wales Section) for selling the raffle tickets. To Peter and Morris (from RRMC) for bringing the Phantom and helping with the marquee. To Martin Coomber and the South Eastern gate marshals, Mike Tanner and the Surrey field marshals and last but by no means least, the Secretary of the Meeting for organising the Class judging.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary


Rally field overview   Part of the display
Rally field overview with school buildings as backdrop.   Part of the display.
Jim Denne's Phantom III by Gurney Nutting   Detail of 1920 Silver Ghost
Jim Denne's Phantom III by Gurney Nutting - its first outing since 1966! Detail of 1920 Silver Ghost.
Photos: Andrew Honour