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Next section meeting - Thursday 31 August at The Bull Hotel, Bull Lane, Wrotham, Kent, TN15 7RF.

Rye Classic Car Show - Saturday 15th August 2015

We had a small but distinguished members gathering in a field near Rye, Ray, Colin, myself and, eventually, Giovanni all turned out in red cars which made the small Alfa display very conspicuous. There were probably about 150 cars there but no particularly well represented single marque (apart from MG’s of course but I don’t count those). The sideshow entertainment was good featuring kids (and some adults too) trying to get their dogs to jump over low fences, run around poles and run along tunnels. The dogs were having a whale of a time doing very little of what their owners wanted them to do. The one with the waggiest tail won a prize. There were also small, and some quite big, ponies doing their thing in an adjacent field and exhibitions of bloodhounds, owls, ferrets (my favourite). One can only imagine the entertainment and chaos if they all got to do their thing at the same time in the same arena!

The onsite catering was good and there was one very friendly woman selling home made ice cream in a multitude of flavours.

The sun shone for most of the time and Ray and Colin spent a very happy few hours discussing Spider issues. I met an ex-Ightam resident who was formerly one of my friend’s neighbours and he had brought along a “C type” Jaguar which had been rebuilt just around the corner from my house. A very special car as you can see below. A feature of this show was the friendliness of the exhibitors and the mixture of classics. In the background to the Alfa picture below you will see a Ferrari 456 parked next to a Morris Minor. That is a rarity because at most Ferrari infested events the owners normally demand every other form of vehicular transport be parked in the next field!

We met two East Sussex Alfa Owners Club members (one with a battered 164) and there was a theme to our conversation. They both missed out on the monthly meetings because of the distance required to get from the South Coast (Bexhill area) up to Wrotham. Perhaps we might consider a “roving” commission next summer and see if we can find a couple of “one off” venues somewhere in the country closer to the coast. A good reason for doing this is there are some quite pleasant driving roads in the Southern part of the county.

On a final note, Ray and I had a very pleasant drive to and from the Rye show exploring some of the back lanes. Ray caught the attention and softened up the clientele outside a couple of pubs we passed with his beautiful and undoubtably very classy Spider then I blasted through with the GTV6 at maximum howl, blowing crisp packets off the tables, frightening the animals and setting the dogs off. What fun!

Summarising, a great day out and well worth considering as a “section event” next year. Una buona giornata

John Third

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