Club affairs , February 1953

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The new address of W. A. Martin, Hon. Secretary of the Berwick, Lothian & Hawick Motor Clubs, is Bleachfield, Ayton, Berwickshire.

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The Alvis Owner Club is holding its S.F. Section Chiltern Rally at 1.30 p.m. on February 1st. It starts from the Crispin Inn, Birmingham.

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The Foreign Car Club of America has been established for those who own one or more foreign-made cars (cars not made in U.S.A.), who collect catalogues, photos, and other “automobiliana” pertaining to these cars, and who are just interested in foreign cars. Details from: Edward A. Moran, 3629 Oxford Avenue, Riverdale, New York.

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The Northern Section of the V.S.C.C. meets every second Thursday evening at the “Wheatsheaf,” Baslow, Derbyshire. At the last meeting the Castrol film  “1952 Rally of Great Britain” was shown.

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The Vintage S.C.C. will hold its Hammersmith Film Show at the Town Hall on February 11th, doors open at 6.30 p.m. Admission by supper tickets, 5s. each, from the Secretary. Apply before February 5th. The Club now has regular “second Thursday” meetings at the Bull Hotel, Wrotham, Kent. The season starts with a Rally at Slough on March 8th, and members of the Light-Car Section are asked to advise A. Jeddere-Fisher immediately if they propose to support a vintage section of the M.C.C. Land’s End Trial at Easter.

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Chelmsford Coronation celebrations will include a Concours d’Elegance on May 31st, with classes for modern, vintage, veteran and amateur-bodied cars. Details from R. A. Gammons: Civic Suite, Public Library, Duke Street, Chelmsford.

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The B.A.R.C. is holding its inimitable Midnight Matinees at the Curzon Cinema, W.1, on February 6th, 11th and 13th. The show starts at 11.15 p.m. and will finish about 1.30 a.m. — so make sure the girl-friend has her latch-key with her! Tickets, price 7s. 6d., must be applied for on the appropriate B.A.R.C. form.

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The Vintage Motor-Cycle Club will hold its annual Brains Trust on February 19th at the Crown Inn, Broad Street, Birmingham. Unlike most of the events announced here it is open to all-comers. Details from J. G. Boulton, Bridge House, Wombourne, Staffs.

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The A.G.M. of the Veteran C.C. will be held at the Waldorf Hotel, W.C.2, at 1.45 p.m., on February 7th.

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The Lancia M.C. has its prize-presentation and will show that very excellent Shell film of Le Mans, 1952, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Kidmore Road, Caversham, Berks., on February 13th.

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The Half-Litre C.C. has its annual dinner scheduled for February 27th at the Park Lane HoteL

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Barry Eaglesfield, the Old House, Akeley, near Buckingham, asks all Bugatti owners who have not yet done so to provide details of their cars — engine no., chassis no., registration no., year, body, modifications, history and whether the owner has an instruction book—to him for inclusion in the Bugatti O.C. Register.

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The Sunbeam Register is receiving a healthy stream of applications for membership from owners of pre-Rootes Talbots and an inaugural combined meeting is planned early next month. John Bland is a supporter.

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R. Laskey, who owns a 1929 Morgan, hopes to form a Cyclecar Register. He is fully aware of the fact that the Light-Car Section of the V.S.C.C., the Vintage Motor-Cycle Club and the Morgan Three-Wheeler Club cater for cyclecars, but visualises a register of the really early types, three and four wheel. Those interested are invited to contact him at 11, Highview Avenue, Wallington, Surrey.

(If this catches on I suggest an inaugural run over the test-route in Surrey devised in 1919 by The Light-Car and Cyclecar, I shall be glad to divulge details and ask Eric Findon to act as observer – Ed.)

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On February 8th The Sporting Owner Drivers’ Club is holding driving tests, followed by a film show, at the London Gliding Club, Dunstable. Activities commence at 2.30 p.m. No Competition Licences will be necessary for the driving tests, which will include a hill-climb and various parking and manoeuvrability trials, and saloon cars will receive bonus marks. Entry forms available from H. J. Bayliss, 30, Olma Road, Dunstable. The Club also wish to announce their Annual Dinner and Dance to be held at The Bell Hotel, Aston Clinton, on Friday, February 13th. Tickets at 25s. from Downs Garage, Tring Road, Dunstable.

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The Peterborough M.C. is holding its Annual Dinner-Dance at Peterborough on February 5th, when the Motor Sport  Clubs Trophy will be presented, and a Night Navigation Trial on February 14th/15th.