|After a few 'hick-cups' at Hickstead which included a tour of the back-of-house stabling we eventually found the River Lawn. Fifteen club cars braved high winds and torrential showers confident that the Secretary's promised 'absolutely glorious' weather would materialise, which of course it did albeit in very short bursts between showers.
Of all those fifteen brave and committed owners particular mention should be made of Ron Hazell who had driven all the way from Somerset in his 2010 Ghost, Mark Tidy in his beautifully restored 1933 20/25 Vanden Plas three-position drophead and the very original 1936 Hooper-bodied Bentley 4¼ Sports Saloon of Peter Bull.
We are again most grateful to the Bunn family for inviting us to display our cars on River Lawn and within very easy walking distance of the course. The feature class on Saturday was the LED Sport Europe Speed Derby with the fastest horses in the country pitted against each other and the clock. But for many of us the real spectacle was the scurry driving, precision control of two perfectly matched little ponies pulling a carriage with such enthusiasm at break neck speed through a very tricky obstacle course. Fantastic!
The retail village that encircles this world-renowned course really does cater for all tastes, from ice-cream, hot dogs and Pimms to everything that the avid horse and hound owner could possibly wish for. Even down to cutting edge high fashion with a matching zebra 'onesy' for the horse and its proud owner.
Peter Allchurch - Section Committee Member