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THE BRITISH JUMPING DERBY MEETING AT HICKSTEAD
Saturday 16 August 2003

On a somewhat warm but dull day our members arrived at the Showground to be greeted with the stirring martial music associated with showjumping. They parked on the River Lawns specially reserved for the Club cars. Yet again Ted Meachem was otherwise engaged with his 20/25 but, true to form, he had arranged with Daisy Bunn, Showjumping Secretary, provision of an excellent picnic area. Each member was offered the facility to sit in the grandstands. What better value could one ask for - £8 per car - for a superb day out?

There was an abundance of stalls selling not only riding equipment but a wide range of gifts, including clothing. Several members returned to their cars laden with horsefeed and Panama hats!

In addition to some spectacular showjumping, there was exciting scurry driving and the world-famous spellbinding Lusitano working equitation carousel. The stands were crowded with spectators watching top class showjumping - all being televised by the BBC. Paul Capper, who at the last minute was unable to join us, telephoned Simon's mobile phone saying "the next time the camera swings round to the Rolls/Bentley cars, be sure to smile!"

We welcomed an interesting selection of club cars, including Peter Seamer's newly acquired 1992 Bentley Turbo R (lovely colour 'graphite' Peter), Maurice Pitchford's 20/25, Keith Jay's splendid 1927 20hp Cabriolet, and John Young's 1938 Bentley 4 1/4 two-seater etc.

Unfortunately, due to a very full programme, Hickstead were unable to find a slot to parade our cars. There will be other years.

Amongst the stalls offering excellent food and drinks there was one called the 'Parson's Nose' selling free-range sausages! (Several members speculated as to how you rear free-range sausages).

Ann Windows - 'Chief Marshall'


Hickstead lineup   John Young's Bentley
Interesting motor cars on display included one of the best looking Bentleys, John Young's completely restored
1938 Bentley 4 1/4 two-seater by Greenfield, Ch No B194LS, Reg No KVB 101.     Photos: Andrew Honour