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 2022

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.

2022 social event reports will appear here as they happen. All our events are now booked and confirmed. Please go to "All 2022 Events" to see the 2022 Events Calendar.

Shoreham Airport, Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, Breakfast Meet - 8th May 2022

A full report of the event will be appearing soon here, as soon as your Webmaster has written it. Watch this space! In the meantime, the full set of photographs can be seen in the Photo Gallery page on the following link:

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National Drive-It Day - Run to Penshurst Place, Kent - 24th April 2022

More warm sunshine for Drive-It Day

The sun was out once again on the day of our run to Penshurst Place. Due to a conflicting arrangement the Bull was not available as our rendezvous for the start, so instead we met at the Chalet Cafe, just up the road. Members gathered in the sunshine for the usual banter and breakfast. A number of other groups seemed to have also picked the Chalet as a meet up point, so as well as our cars, there were a number of others, as well as a selection of motorcycles.

After breakfast refreshments had been consumed in the sunshine, and the participants had all been booked-in and briefed by Phil, we embarked on the route. This proved to be the usual challenging selection of main roads and winding narrow lanes, which in the case of the lanes in particular, went uphill and down dale through the scenic woodland of the Weald. There were even some fords (of the watery, not Dagenham, variety!), to add interest!

The cars covered our usual wide variety, as you'll see from the photos. One of the most well represented makes was Triumph, with representatives of Stag, GT6 and Vitesse. The weather was warm and sunny, and as might be expected that favoured the convertible cars, with a number of them represented in the attendees. A couple of notable open cars were the Ginetta, a very rare car but a make which has been around for a long time, and the Lotus Elan, a car which is a powerful reminder of the purity of Colin Chapman's minimalist, lightweight principles. In the closed category, the Alvis was a fine example of the grace and elegance of its era, while the Osca Fiat 1500 displayed the Italian 1960's flair for design, with its balanced lines.

Finally, there was Penshurst Place itself to visit. The house had some interesting parts to see, the rooms and their occupants having been involved in many key moments in history. Outside, the house looked magnificent in the sunshine, as did the gardens, which are divided into a number of sections, each with a different emphasis. The apple orchard was particulary noticable, as the trees were in bloom, and the buzzing of the bees was quite intense.

A big thank you to the staff of the Chalet Cafe for the breakfast refreshments, and to the staff of Penshurst Place for making the arrangements and accomodating us. Also to Phil for handling the organisation and planning, and everyone who took part, for bringing your cars!

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The Old Barn Garden Centre, Worthing Road, Dial Post, Breakfast Meet - 10th April 2022

Another Sunny Day at the Old Barn Garden Centre Breakfast Meet - by Robert Spence

A glorious, if a bit chilly, early April Sunday morning found us at our first visit of two this year at the Old Barn Garden Centre, near Dial Post on the A24. And in many ways, it was a continuation of our last 2021 breakfast meet held at the venue, with the weather, huge free car park, classic vehicles (more of them this time!), restaurant, food and service being exceptional. If there was ever a "win win" breakfast meet for both the club and venue, then this must be it.

In the region of 60 members and non-members' cars came and went throughout the morning, with many being new to one of our breakfast meets. There are far too many to list, but all ages, from the 1940s to the 1990s, were on show, with British, American, Italian, German, French and Asian makes at least represented. Please do have a look at the club's website for a comprehensive photo gallery of the vehicles on show. Given the sheer number of cars present it is always difficult to pick out favourites, but for me it would be two cars at opposite ends of the size and manufacturer spectrum. A lovely diminutive 1966 Austin Cooper Mini and member Alan Madge's majestic and stately 1950/51 Armstrong Siddley Hurricane. If something special caught your eye, please do drop Barbara Albon a line. Also, any feedback on what you thought of the breakfast meet is always appreciated.

There was an extra bonus for visitors to the garden centre in the form of a military vehicle group that had also booked a breakfast meet at the Old Barn GC. They not only used the location to enjoy the excellent breakfast service, but also as a meeting place before heading south to a military vehicle show. Around 10, mostly 2nd World War American Style Jeeps and a British Land Rover provided a great bolt on to our event. The Land Rover owner was fascinated with Dave Tristram's Land Rover Fire Tender, particularly its opening wings!

As mentioned earlier, the morning could not have gone any better and a big thank you to Tates for allowing us to use their premises and Karin and her team for looking after us so royally. Needless to say, we look forward to being back at the Old Barn Garden Centre on Sunday 6th November.

(Your webmaster's thanks go to Robert who has kindly provided this report, due to my absence elsewhere. Also to Paul Cripps who has provided the excellent photos.)

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Hillbarn Golf Club, Worthing, Breakfast Meet - 20th March 2022

Well, that was more like it! After February's storms and wind, March was a complete contrast, and we were greeted at Hillbarn Golf Club by clear blue skies and warm sunshine. The car parking was on the grass of the practice and putting area, and it proved a very satisfactory venue. A steady flow of cars quickly started to appear, and we were soon onto our second row. This continued and in the end there were just over sixty cars present, an excellent turnout. (see photos in the Gallery).

The cars covered a very wide range of ages and types. As is often the case with our shows, the selection was very diverse, starting with early cars like the Morris 8, Rover, and Alvis and moving on through the decades up to some striking "modern Classics" like the Ultima CanAm and the McLaren, the Ultima in particular having a particularly striking colour scheme!

It was nice to see a Lotus Europa, they are a rare sight these days on the roads, rather than the race track. Another rarity was the BMW Z1, notable fot it's disappearing doors. Early Series 1 Land Rovers were well represented, with three examples present. Daves fire engine is always a centre of attention, especially with it's opening front wings for easy maintenance.

Our thanks go to the staff at Hillbarn Golf Club for the food and service and for welcoming us to their venue. We look forward to returning again in the future. Also we thank the car owners, for bringing their cars and making the event a success.

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Carat's Cafe, Southwick, Breakfast Meet - 20th February 2022

2022 kicked-off on the scheduled date with the breakfast meet at Carat's Cafe, on the seafront at Southwick. It's often a very pleasant place to be, next to the beach in the sunshine. On this occasion though, the weather conspired against us; two major storms, with high winds and rain, made getting to the event rather more of an adventure than was necessary. Your reporter found his normal route blocked by a fallen tree, and the coast road to the cafe was covered in pebbles where the sea had thrown them across in the storms. (see photos in the Gallery).

However, the enthusiasm of a number of hardy souls was undimmed, and from 8:30 classic cars started to gather in the car park of the cafe. The wind was still pretty strong, so most people sought sanctuary in the cafe, where there was the prospect of a hot drink and a cooked breakfast, to Carat's usual high standard.

In the end there were about 14 classics and their crews, and it was great to see people again after the winter lay-off. Everybody deserves a big round of applause for comming out, and all the cars were worth seeing. An E-Type will always attract attantion, and the red 1965 4.2 litre example was a particularly striking example. The Bond Equipe is an even rarer sight on the roads, so it was great to see one at the event. Richard, enjoying his newly retired status, came along in his Vitesse, which he drove top-down. The more modern classics were also represented, the red Lotus Elise being a particularly nice example.

As always, our thanks must go to the staff at Carats for the food and service. We look forward to many return visits in the future. Also we thank the car owners, who braved the weather to make the event a success.

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