RREC Central Southern Section
Past Events

Sunday 16 May 2004

Around two hundred and thirty cars were pre-booked for the rally. The Charterhouse Motor Club students were out in great force on the Sunday morning marshalling the early birds. Fortunately the day was dry, bright and warm. You never can be sure of good weather in the middle of May, in England! A marquee had previously been erected to house the Club shop, from Hunt House and the Spares Stall, run by our very own Dick Lees and Doug Groves, and others. The other marquee was for our sponsors, Montague & Co, who supported the rally again with a vast amount of stock and motor cars for sale. As the weather was so nice, and improving, the raffle prizes were displayed outside by Tony and Daphne Leach who sold tickets, ably assisted by Jean and Ralph Taylor and Betty Plant. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd brought a new Goodwood Phantom, which was on display all day. South-East members manned the gate and members from Middlesex and Surrey acted as parking marshals. Around one hundred and twelve motor cars paid on the day (including quite a few non-club cars). During the day there was lots of activity in all the elements of the rally as well as the light-hearted car judging by the same Charterhouse students. As the afternoon wore on it made a splendid sight to see the complete spectrum of the marques from Silver Ghost to Continental GT all sparkling in the sunshine and to such a wonderful backdrop. The raffle was drawn mid afternoon followed by the judging prize awards in the Founder's Court presented by Club Chairman, Jane Pedler.

Our thanks to Charterhouse School for the venue and to all the RREC members who devoted a great deal of time and effort and made the rally run so well.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary

Charterhouse School
Three Phantoms - PI, PII, PIII   The Violet Ghost
Some of the more colourful motor cars on display included three beautifully prepared RR Phantoms owned by A Andreadis; a 1929 PI Springfield-Brewster Tourer, a 1934 PII Gurney Nutting Sedanca and a 1938 PIII Hooper Tourer. A 1914 RR Silver Ghost Barker Cabriolet, owned by A Odds, had been authentically restored to its original violet colour. The first owner was a lady in the Suffragette Movement.
Photos: Ian Burt