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THE RREC THIRTY-THIRD CLUB CONFERENCE - 15-16 March 2003

Around one hundred Delegates and Observers gathered at the Hunt House for this year's annual Conference with our Section represented by Tony Leach, Ted Meachem and Ian Burt. Members are asked at the end of the previous calendar year to submit topics for discussion, unfortunately this time only a couple of topics had been put forward. It was therefore decided not to divide up into the usual discussion syndicates but to increase the number of presentations.

John Clough took over Chairmanship, as Brian Bilton-Sanderson was unwell. After registration and coffee the meeting commenced in the Charles Rolls Wing with a welcome by our President, Eric Barrass, followed by a report from the Club Chairman, Eri Heilijgers. Richard Shaw, our Ombudsman, gave a short briefing on the possible financial pitfalls of Club car repair and restoration. Adrian Hallmark of Bentley Motors Ltd gave an excellent talk on the progress and plans of the now Bentley only Crewe factory but not forgetting support for Crewe built motor cars through Crewe Genuine Parts. Ian Rimmer and Paul Farnill gave details of the proposals for the UK centenary celebrations and events in 2004. Derek Harris, assisted by Jeff Booker, gave details and proposals for improving the Club Website bearing in mind security, copyright and trademark aspects.

After lunch in the Conservatory and Dining Room the Website presentation continued back in the Charles Rolls Wing and later on the Continental/Nordic Sections left for a separate meeting with the Club Chairman.

Accommodation had been booked at the nearby Whittlebury Hall Hotel and after some lively discussion in the bar, dinner was served at 8pm.

The Sunday session commenced with an excellent presentation from Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd by Chief Engineer, Tim Leverton, and Marek Djordjevic from the design team. Tim and Marek then invited questions from the floor. Just before 1pm we were all invited out into the Courtyard to see the new Rolls-Royce Phantom driven up to the Hunt House by Tim. The rest of the day was taken up by side meetings of the Continental/Nordic Sections, South of England Rally Sections, Registrars, visits to the Club shop and free association (which is a valuable part of these meetings).

Sunday night accommodation had been arranged for the Continental/Nordic representatives at the Hilton Avisford Park Hotel and on Monday morning they toured the new Rolls-Royce Manufacturing Plant at Goodwood.

Ted Meachem - Section Secretary


New RR Phantom at Hunt House New RR Phantom
Interesting engine
The new Rolls-Royce Phantom displayed in The Hunt House courtyard attracted plenty of interest.   Photos: Ian Burt