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 2020

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.

2020 social event reports will appear here as they happen. All our events are now booked and confirmed. Please go to "All 2020 Events" to see the 2020 Events Calendar.

Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park, Breakfast Meet - 16th February 2020

The arrival of the new year in 2020 kicked-off a new decade, and the first event of our programme was our visit to the Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park for a Breakfast Meet. This has been a popular location due to the fact that it offers a great combination of an ideal site to display classic cars, a restaurant which provides an excellent and good-value breakfast, and the chance to see a number of steam trains in operation on one of the UK's leading preserved railways.

Unfortunately, the day coincided with a visit from storm Dennis, and the day dawned with strong winds, heavy rain, low cloud and mist. Nevertheless there was a good turnout of members, but many had chosen to bring a modern car, instead of their classic.

The Triumph fraternity showed their fortitude, Richard was there with his Vitesse and there was also a Spitfire. Alongside there was your reporter's Scimitar SS1, and a Vauxhall Cavalier Estate. A later arrival was a Riley Elf Mk 2. There were also two Land Rovers (probably ideal for the weather!). In the more "modern classic" category, there were three Mazda MX-5s. See the photogallery for more photos.

Having parked, most people quickly sought out the welcome warmth of the Bessemer Arms, for a welcome and delicous breakfast.

Then, as proceedings drew to a close, some people, including your reporter, returned to the station to enjoy the railway facilities like the museum and the engine shed, and to photograph some steam trains! - the drama of the occasion being enhanced by the mix of hot moist steam, and cold damp air.

The Bessemer Arms restaurant served up a warm welcome and a great breakfast, and attracted plenty of customers. We would like to thank the management and staff for their friendly, helpful service, and delicious food & drink. Also thanks to the management of the Bluebell Railway for their help and generosity in arranging access and helping to make the day go well, in spite of the weather. Also Richard for organising the event, and to all who brought cars.

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