Southern Classics Society is a friendly and informal, all-marque club for classic vehicle enthusiasts in the south of England

Social & Drive It Day Reports 2016

In addition to our formal shows we hold various social events and Drive It Days. Below are reports of these events hoping you will see how much more belonging to Southern Classics Society means. >

AGM & Drive It Day - 16th Oct 2016

It has been observed that in most of our reports the weather is often mentioned, and also observed that often the weather the day before an event can impact the turnout even more than on the day of the event.

Well, for the AGM Drive It Day, the weather was threatening to be horrid!

The Saturday was rain, and a lot of it, and the forecast was for more of the same for the Sunday. So it was a rather plesant surprise to wake on Sunday morning to find no rain and looking much brighter with even a hint of blue sky.

So it was great to see over 20 classic cars arrive at The Bull for the start of the drive. After coffee and biscuits, the first cars started off following a well-documented route guide on a 25 mile drive around the Sussex countryside.

Now I was born in the Sussex countryside and this run took me down roads I have never seen before. The sun even came out, no rain was seen on the whole drive and everyone agreed it was an exceptionally good drive to end the season.

We look forward to the start of next year with another set of Drive It Days so keep an eye on the events calendar.

Now of course the purpose of the Drive It Day was to lead to the AGM and over 40 members attended. The Bull fed us well with a wide selection of pizza's and snacks before the meeting started. The AGM was chaired by our temporary Chair John who kept us all under control and a report will be published in the Newsletter.

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End of 2016 Breakfast Meet - 25th Sept 2016

A first and a last: The first time we have met at Harveys Brewery in Lewes for a breakfast meet, and the last breakfast meet of the year. The yard we where given by Harveys was a great venue and the space quickly filled up with both regular and new 'breakfasteers'.

There was lots of chatting and swapping of car info and stories and also we had people from outside wandering in to have a look. A good spread of cars were on view, with a couple of Rover P4's, a rare Citroen Bijou, two Austin 35's, a Renault Caravelle and a Lomax which was driven to the meet as the first outing of the new owners.

Unfortunately, Harvey's itself was not open as it was a Sunday (but perhaps it was too early for a beer), but the High Street was but a few minutes away with a good selection of Cafés to choose from and many took the opportunity to continue 'classic car' talk over healthy (and less healthy) breakfast's.

So whilst this was the last breakfast meet for this year, plans are already underway to find venues for next year. Many thanks for everyone who attended and made it a good last meet. Look forward to seeing you next year.

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25th Anniversary Hog Roast - 31st July 2015

As it was a special year we held the 'annual' BBQ on a Sunday lunchtime this year, expanded it up to a 'hog roast' and had a Jazz Band to provide entertainment. The weather was slightly cloudy to start with but soon became clear and sunny (and very warm).

We arrived to see the 'hog' slowing roasting spreading a lovely smell to make us hungry when it was nicely cooked. The Fox did us well again with the food and some had seconds (there was a a suggestion that some had 3rds but we were not counting !)

To follow the 'main course' as this was a special event we also had an anniversary cake made for the occasion (OK two - one sponge and one fruit cake to cater for all tastes)

To continue the afternoon, there was a prize for the favourite classic - won by a Jaguar XJ6 Coupe, in a very outstanding yellow. And as tradition for a BBQ there was 'the quiz' - held annually at the BBQ - we are split into teams and our brains are challenged - its all fun and no team were seriously embarassed by their score!

This was the first time we have held the annual BBQ at a lunchtime on a Sunday and a lot of people said they preferred it to the Friday evening, therefore we will be considering this for next year so a Sunday BBQ may become the new annual social event.

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Drive It Day to Rural Life Centre - 3rd July 2016

Yet again nearly forty SCS members, with twenty plus classic cars, took to the roads of Sussex and Surrey in early July for destination Rural Life Centre (RLC) in Tilford Surrey.

With beverages and a few bacon rolls consumed at our start point, in Bramber, we were soon under way heading for our halfway stop: The White Hart in South Harting, a lovely pub with very social opening hours commencing at 8am !!

As is the enthusiasm and interest with the SCS Drive-It Days we were joined by additional club members at the location. For those who undertook stage one of the thirty-three mile drive, a top-up of beverages and the opportunity for cake or biscuits was not to be missed.

The array of classic cars always makes such driving days a constant topic of conversation with those attending and also passers-by viewing the lovely classics.

A leisurely hour at the pub and stage two of the drive was upon us with only twenty-three miles to complete this time around. All of the SCS DID's range between fifty and seventy miles, so plenty of beautiful scenery to observe whilst negotiating the off-the-beat small country roads.

With the midday sun making an appearance the cars rolled in to the RLC with allocated parking set aside for our club to display its presence.

The Centre is a very interesting venue and to conclude the drive here made the "run" even more enjoyable. Within minutes of the drive being completed many members were setting up their picnics and ready to enjoy the beautiful afternoon.

Great to see and here to the next Drive-It Day !!

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Drive It Day to Tangmere Aviation Museum - 8th May 2016

On what was the best day of the year so far, we were back at The Old Tollgate for our second Drive-It of the year. It is fair to say that the April drive set a pretty high bar, but the May one took it to a completely new level.

In total for the day 48 cars and close to a 100 members and friends took part in all, or part, of the drive. Some members commented, that although they enjoy the static vehicle shows, it is the Drive-Its that they enjoy the most. And let's face it, it does not get much better than to jump into your classic, meeting up with like minded people and driving to delightful places, along roads that most of us didn't know existed in the stunning countryside of Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire.

Click here to see the great collection of classics that took part. If you would like to be part of this have a look at the rest of the site for details of membership or come along to one of our shows and see what a friendly bunch we are.

National Drive It Day to Penshurst Place - 24th April 2016

The club's first Drive-It of the year, in support of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) National Drive-It event, attracted over 30 vehicles and 60 members and friends. The nationwide event had an estimated 250,000 classics and historic vehicles taking to the roads in support of our hobby and it is satisfying to know that we, along with other local vehicle clubs, were part of this countrywide once in a year activity.

Our day started off at The Old Tollgate in Bramber with tea, coffee, biscuits and one or two bacon rolls and was an opportunity to catch up with some members for the first time this year. In addition to some old hands, we also had a number of new members in their magnificent Morgans and one in a stunning Marcos doing an SCS Drive-It for the first time.

Suitably fed, watered and fully briefed, it was time to set off on the first leg of the drive from Bramber to Scaynes Hill. Weaving our way through the South Downs and pretty Sussex villages is a very pleasant way to spend a leisurely hour's drive in the company of wonderful and varied cars.

Mid-morning found us at The Inn on the Green, where a number of members were waiting to join the main group for the second leg of the drive. And of course, more tea, coffee, biscuits and even bacon rolls were available! We do like the finer things laid on for our Drive-Its! With pub staff thanked for their excellent service, it was time to set off for our ultimate destination, Penshurst Place and Gardens near Tonbridge.

Although there was an estimated 250,000 classics on the road, for most of our drive we had not seen many, if any other classics doing their bit.

However, we need not have worried. As we approached the end of our trip, a fleet of Triumph sports cars passed us on the other side of the road resulting in much waving and horn blowing !

By 12.30 we had all arrived, bar one, at Penshurst Place and were parked up in a dedicated area alongside a magnificent garden wall. We were joined by a number of members from the Karmann Ghia club who added another 9 extraordinary cars to the SCS display.

The club would also like to extend its thanks for their help to; Debbie and her colleagues at The Old Tollgate Hotel, Wendy Warshafsky and her colleagues at Penshurst Place & Gardens and the management and staff at The Inn on the Green.

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Start of 2016 Breakfast Meet - 20th March 2016

The first car event of the year saw around forty cars turn up for the March Breakfast Meet at Carats Cafe at Shoreham Harbour. The club had advertised the event in a number of Classic car publications resulting in around a quarter of the vehicles belonging to first time visitors to a Southern Classics event.

Judging by the number of people directed to our Membership Secretary, it is fair to say that a good number have, or will soon, join the club! All eyes, and vehicles now heading West to Chichester on the 17th April.

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