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#1151 glyn parham

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:24

I can only echo everything that the posters above have said, it really was another great day, Mick and John complemented each other under the careful guidance of Graham perfectly.
Well done Richard and all the team for a great day, see you all in January.

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#1152 Odseybod

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 09:48

Fully agree with all the comments above - a great day. The revalations about the GT70 (which I'd previously rather fancied and wondered about, especially as a road car) were an eye-opener - a pity we didn't have time also to evaluate the RS200. And it's a complete mystery to me how Charlie Martin learns those long French hillclimb course in such limited time - about the same length as a rally special stage but with no navigator reading her pace notes (unless she has one hidden in the footwell, but it didn't look that spacious).

 

Thanks as always to Richard and the team.



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Posted 18 October 2015 - 10:51

And it's a complete mystery to me how Charlie Martin learns those long French hillclimb course in such limited time - about the same length as a rally special stage but with no navigator reading her pace notes.

I, who came with a confusion of serious navigators (Willy Cave and David Kirkham), said at the time that I wouldn't like to take those roads at that speed without one of 'em on the maps.

 

Yes, and thanks again, Richard and team


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Posted 18 October 2015 - 15:17

As ever, a terrific and such a varied day's entertainment.

The morning's rallying segment as interesting as usual...GR such a good interviewer and presenter.

Robert Cooper was most illuminating on Vanwall history; on a personal note I had no idea of Tony V's Talbot/Brooklands background and will do some research of my own.

Charlie Martin was a revelation....as Alan says above she has an amazing ability to learn those LONG hills and drives with obvious gusto and skill...good for her!

 

Thanks all FoH for a super day.

Well done.

 

Stephen



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Posted 18 October 2015 - 15:55

Yes, a great effort to throw together yet another entertaining day after the late mishap to Rosemary Smith.

 

You could well understand Mick Jones's comments about the GT70 after seeing the retracted headlights flapping up & down in the breeze!

 

And can anyone explain why, almost exactly 30 years to the day after I last drove a racing car in anger, I suddenly have the urge to do the French Hillclimb Championship.....



#1156 RTH

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 19:30

Many thanks indeed to all of you who came yesterday and made it so enjoyable. Our guests Mick Jones, John Griffiths, Graham Robson, Willy Cave, Robert Cooper, and Charlie Martin were all quite superb and very special thanks to all of them ... and to the regular crew without which we could never do it.

Chiefly thanks to yourselves for contining to support the show  - without that it would all stop quite quickly. So my thanks.

photos will follow.

Anyone else who took photos please kindly post them up or send them to me .

My thanks.



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Posted 18 October 2015 - 21:23

...

 

And can anyone explain why, almost exactly 30 years to the day after I last drove a racing car in anger, I suddenly have the urge to do the French Hillclimb Championship.....

 

Chasing Charlie?



#1158 RTH

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Posted 21 October 2015 - 06:16

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John   Griffiths                                                    Graham Robson                                                     and Mick Jones

 

What is especially pleasing is that over the last  7 years and 20 shows it has grown primarily  into a meeting place of good friends with a common interest who see each other  3 times a year to catch up . To  enjoy a meal and nostalgia plus  some behind the scenes stories and intrigue never revealed before and some often ancient films. We now have 400 on the newsletter database  almost all have attended some shows - and just a handful of stalwarts  who have not missed a single one  - my special thanks for your loyalty and support.

 

 

 

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Posted 23 December 2015 - 12:19

Kind wishes here from all of us to you for Christmas and the new year.

 

Thank you to all who have supported the film shows since 2009 by attending and to anyone who has not yet been - you will find a warm welcome in January , May and October of next year.

 

Our next gathering will be on Saturday 30th January 2016

 

Details and bookings will open just after Christmas.

 

All keep safe and well next year

 

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#1160 RTH

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Posted 02 January 2016 - 10:15

Happy safe and healthy new year to you all.

 

Our next meeting is  4 weeks today on 30th January

 

Details and bookings open tomorrow 3rd Jan for  those on the email database

 

If you would like to be added to the newsletter circulation just email me back with your email address and you will then get all the info first.



#1161 RTH

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 15:04

Our guest speaker on Saturday 30th January in Hertfordshire will be Dave Brodie

 

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 16:01

Still plenty of places available at the moment  so email me to book your requirements with family and friends too if you wish.

 

In this part 2 we will get Dave to talk about times with his good friends Ronnie Peterson, Piers Courage and Frank Williams amongst many others.Plus we will have film from the time.

Have a look here 

http://davidbrodie.co.uk/  

 

At Dave's website and read some of his unpublished autobiography and then do come along and ask him any questions you like at the Q&A session at the end .

We will also hear about rescuing Run Baby Run and its total restoration currently in progress.

He is always a most entertaining teller of tales I feel sure it will be a fun day.

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#1163 RTH

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 13:42

10 days to go there are still places available email or pm me if you would like to be in the audience.

 

It is a warm modern  hall with 80 or so friends food & hot drinks all day , motor racing  talks, fun ,laughter, quiz and some lovely old films . plenty of secure off street car parking . in East Herts  38 miles north of the centre of London  equidistant from the A10 and the M11  8 miles west of Stansted airport.



#1164 RTH

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 13:37

Still time to book in.



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 11:49

Many thanks to all of you who attended yesterday ( our 21st such gathering) and to our special guest speaker  Dave Brodie who was hugely entertaining and amusing . His detailed  recall of people and events from right down the decades even to the 1960s  was quite phenomenal and a delight to listen to.

Great to see him looking so well and with his trademark sharp wit and most remarkable story telling throughout the day  all contribute to making him an ideal speaker.

Great thanks of course to Jane & Bill  to Christine , Geoff& Doug ........ and especially to all of you who stayed behind to clear stack and put away all the tables and chairs - which is a massive help and we very much appreciate your effort.

Photos to follow. Our next meeting here will be on Saturday 7th May when the main theme will be   all things  road and racing connected to the MG Car Company  with guest speaker , films and a display of cars on the lawn with an out door barbecue.Do hope you will all come.Thanks again for your support which keeps it going.



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Posted 31 January 2016 - 13:11

A great day Richard, thank you! Lovely way to spend time, meandering back to trackside at Brands in '69 watching Dave Brodie in Run Baby Run win so many races.Great company, food and guest, excellent!

Long distance traveller? Christer from Sweden, bravo! Good to see you again and quiz winner? Tony Pashley with Mick Jones and John Griffiths, amazing score.....must try harder!

Good result Tony!

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Posted 31 January 2016 - 14:22

This just in from DB - I had to publish it in full I am sure he will not mind ....

 

Dear Richard

Thank you for your email and images.

First my apologies for not thanking Christine, Jane and Bill for the great food again, and only remembering and hour out that I had not said goodbye to them.  Will you please do so with my best wishes.

If you are ever passing this way, please do call in.

I have to say, speaking at your venue is my favourite, as I seem to get back not only interest, but a lovely level of affection from the audience, which is nice, and meeting the brother of Gerry Marshall was a real treat.

 

Wishing you all well and all the best for the year.

 

Brode.

 

Dear Richard and family, I would like to thank you for looking after David (and my friend Gina) so well.  David arrived home very elated, and full of more stories, such a memory.    Hopefully we may be able to attend together at the next event  if we can promise DB to be very quiet for the sake of MG guest speaker.

 

With kind regards

 Peggy



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Posted 01 February 2016 - 09:08

Presented to Dave on Saturday, Rod's latest

 

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Posted 01 February 2016 - 23:28

Another memorable day. The stream of anecdotes was a wonderful mix of information and entertainment with the stories telescoping into each other throughout the day. The choice of films, the organisation and food were up to their usual high standard and the quiz suitably fiendish. Well done, as always, to everyone involved.

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 10:08

Many thanks all for the kind comments.



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Posted 03 February 2016 - 16:42

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#1172 RTH

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 16:51

Put Saturday 7th May in your diaries now.

A day themed MG Car Co, and BLMC Competitions dept with guest speakers expected Mike Allison  from MG, Graham Robson author & broadcaster  and Peter Browning BRSCC, MG Car Co, and BMC competitions manager. BBQ, car display and old MG  films



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 11:35

Another enjoyable day out, as ever. Food was (predictably) lovely. Thank you to all involved.

 

Such is David Brodie’s endless supply of anecdotes and entertaining diversions, there was no real time for ‘Qs and As’*, but that was of no matter. His tales span the technical, personal, insightful, scurrilously funny, self-deprecating, justifiably proud and with an indearing sensitivity to the feelings of others (witness the boxing tale from his youth, when he was painfully aware that an opponent was being bullied into the activity by his father - somehow made me think of 'karting dads' I've seen, but with perhaps more danger).

 

*However, if his friends Sir Frank and Claire had been able to join us, as it seemed they had wished, we may not have had time for the films either…!

 

I thought the quiz was fairly tough and was expecting to finish mid-field, so was surprised at the outcome. If we hadn’t talked each other out of a few correct answers we might have done even better, but ever was it thus! Good fun, as always.



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Posted 26 March 2016 - 13:53

Very pleased to announce that our next film show event will be on Saturday 7th May and our theme for the day  is

 

 The MG Car Company History  

Road and Racing+ Abingdon Competitions and Special Tuning Dept.

Our  guest speakers on the day  are         Mike Allison   Bill Price and Graham Robson

 

All the days usual features  an outdoor Barbecue  on the terrace overlooking green fields at lunchtime, the quiz, afternoon tea and cakes and 3 hours of lovely old archive films illustrating MG history  and more 

 

 Mike was offered a job at the MG Car Co Ltd at Abingdon,- there  during the 1960s and 1970s  eventually becoming a specialist in the field of automotive emissions, and setting up their Air Pollution Control Centre, testing production cars for emissions.   He was promoted to be Chief Quality Engineer on the retirement of Reg Jackson.  From there further promotions took him  first to Cowley and later to Coventry where he became Quality Facilities Manager for British Leyland, with special interests in the field of computer controlled inspection devices, then a very new area of work. Mike then set up and ran his own garage business in Leamington Spa. – and an MG restoration business.

 

Fascinated in the early history of the MG Car Co. Mike has written 4 books on the subject and is probably the leading living authority on the company  in the period 1923 to 1980. For many years he raced his own Supercharged MG NA was a founder member of the Triple M register for pre war Midgets Magnas and Magnettes and remains active within this branch of the MGCC as their president- Mike truly has a wealth of knowledge of the company and its people and will be talking to us about his life in MG and will take your questions in the morning session.

He worked mainly in the MGA MGB and Midget era – but  he still has a passion for the pre-war cars and the controversial  mid 30s reorganisation at Abingdon and the characters involved.

 

Bill Started at BMC Competitions Department as assistant to Marcus Chambers in 1960 and was deputy Competitions Manager under Peter Browning when Department closed in 1970 by Lord Stokes.

He returned to Abingdon in 1974 as Special Tuning Workshop Manager. Then  appointed manager of Leyand ST in 1976, then Competitions Manager of BL Motorsport until closure of MG factory in 1980.

 

Bill can tell all you want to know about that BMC &  BL era. Bill wrote the definitive book on the subject .  

 

 

Graham-  A design Engineer at Jaguar, and at Triumph Motor Co.  where he too was competitions manager and at Chrysler in the West Midlands  with a passion for Rallying became organizer on the World Cup Rally then , motoring writer, journalist ,broadcaster, historian  and author with 160 + motoring book  titles to his name. He will talk with Mike &  Bill about their lives and work. Graham is great at teasing out those behind the scenes stories in car manufacturers past. Graham also has written several books on MG.

 

 

Rally co-driver Willy Cave will be here – he had his first factory co-drive  in 1955 in an MG ZB Magnette – and is still a regular competitor on historic rallies including the Monte Carlo and super enthusiast with a vast history in BMC cars in particular.

 

 

Member & supporter Michael Hipperson will be on hand with copies of his about to be launched autobiography in cars.      

http://letthemstare.co.uk/  

 

 Roger Smith has a newly updated version of his book will be  here with copies – ‘All the Races’ 3rd  edition

 

plus all the day's usual features.

 

pm or email me back to book


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#1175 RTH

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Posted 05 April 2016 - 14:55

4 1/2 weeks to go let me know if you would like to attend.



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 11:04

Just over 3 weeks to go. Do get in quick now if you would like to come on 7th May here in Herts Films guest speakers and a lunchtime barbecue.



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Posted 04 May 2016 - 07:01

Last chance to book for this coming Saturday 7th May.



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 08:31

What a great day yesterday.

 

Well-informed clearly spoken speakers, a good choice of films (albeit with a wacky commentary in one case), an interesting car park to have a wander round and excellent food and drink.

 

Well done Richard and all the team.

 

P.S. Why can't I add the little man applauding?


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#1179 RTH

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 15:56

Thank you all very much for coming yesterday. It was a packed programme. Sure you are all pretty tired. Put 15th October in your diaries for Rosemary Smith.

Photos to follow.

Many thanks to  Alec Poole, Mike Allison,Bill Price, Hugh Chamberlain,  Willy Cave and Graham Robson  - who all entertained us so splendidly . All the owners of the beautiful MGs on the lawns and chiefly yourselves for supporting these events with such loyalty.



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 16:17

Well done Richard et al; another splendid day...packed with entertainment as per usual.

As an MG man some year's past (clue is in the nom de plume) I was fascinated by the archive film (including interesting stuff on the 'R' Type) and Mike Allison's tales of typical BL nonsense and Stokesian mis-management.

Thanks all..especially the catering corps as ever.

 

Stephen



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Posted 08 May 2016 - 16:22

Another day to be added to the growing list of memorable events. Congratulations, as always, to everyone involved in organising, managing and catering.

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Posted 08 May 2016 - 17:55

Excellent day and I sold a few books as a bonus !



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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:14

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Posted 09 May 2016 - 11:22

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Bill Price                           Willy Cave                       Mike Allison                  Graham Robson

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Posted 08 August 2016 - 18:39

If you have not attended one of these wonderful events, shame on you! They are great. Richard and the crew do a wonderful job! I am looking to returning to Hertfordshire in the not too distant future.



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 09:21

Many thanks Don for such kind remarks. It was a great pleasure to have you here to talk to us all last year. Do hope retirement and  a move are now completed and you will have more time.

Just as  a glimpse to all of what we have planned over the next  6 months.

 

Sat Oct 15th  Rosemary Smith - so international rallying and racing in Hillman Imps, Tigers,Cortinas Sunbeams,Maxis and much more behind the scenes on London to Sydney and London to Mexico rallies - she is a delight to listen to and is flying here from Dublin just to talk to us.

End of January  Innes Ireland's daughter Christianne  will talk about her father's racing  career with supporting film and photographs

Robert Cooper will review the history of the original Silver Arrows in the 1930s and 50s and  how it all came about.

 

The 1st Sat in May next year a day devoted to Jaguar and  an illustrated talk by Neville Swales about his astonishing XJ13 project  plus lots more.

Do hope you will all be able to join us.



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Posted 17 August 2016 - 18:44

It looks as though the next three events are going to be well up to the exacting standard that you have set for yourselves Richard.

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Posted 17 August 2016 - 19:31

Many thanks Frank as one of our most loyal supporters - this next  will be Film show  23



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 19:55

Bookings now open for Sat all day 15th October  for  a day with Rosemary Smith international rally driver from the 1960s - 1980s outright winner of the 1965 Tulip Rally best known for her successful exploits in Hillman Imps but drove many different types of car all the Rootes range plus Lotus Cortina , Maxi, Mini, Escort, Porsche 911 etc etc  and a finisher on both the London to Sydney in 1968 and the London to Mexico in 1970.

She is lots of fun, loves a good laugh and has endless  amusing and revealing stories.

plenty of seats at the moment but book soon by emailing me. All the day's usual features.



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Posted 20 September 2016 - 14:17

Please book me a seat Richard, looking firward to listening to Rosemary's stories from events such as the London-Sydney and the World Cup Rally, it would be great if somebody could bring a nice Mk 2 Lotus Cortina to compliment Imps and what have you.

Another film show day eagerly awaited.

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:00

We still have places to meet Rosemary Smith and listen to her life and times as an international rally driver in the 60s 70s & 80s plus period films and  French & Swiss  speed hillclimbing feature in the afternoon.All day , catering included. email or pm me for details or to book your places Sat 15th October in Hertfordshire

 

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Posted 15 October 2016 - 21:28

Another terrific day at the film show, Rosemary was in fine form (and skillfully guided by Graham Robson) and told some great tales of her time behind the wheel.
Catering was magnificent as usual and it was good to meet Peter Darley amongst the many old friends attending today. 23 shows and counting thank you Richard as ever for all your hard work.
Glyn

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Posted 16 October 2016 - 09:52

Many thanks to all who attended yesterday. Rosemary,  although still recovering from a bad cold , came to see us especially from Dublin. She was on great form, full of stories about a lifetime in Motorsport  and a delight to listen to and very amusing , many of her stories related to the women's point of view, not least the practical safety purpose in wearing false eyelashes.

Much thanks to Michael Hipperson for so kindly volunteering to collect Rosemary from the airport  and his family's hospitality for the night and running her around in his lovely Lotus Evora. To Charlie Martin for her  film and talk about  speed hillclimbing in France and Switzerland this year.

Of course to Jane, Bill, Tom, Will & Alex  for some lovely catering ( more dumplings anyone !)To Christine for her customary efficient organisation, Gyln for yet another superb quiz.To Graham Robson for his   professional touch on the microphone.Nice to see Andy Kitson who very much helped us start back in January 2009 and was a clear winner of the lunchtime motor sport history  knowledge quiz.

But chiefly yourselves for continuing to support us now for 8 years  , we could not do it without you.



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Posted 16 October 2016 - 12:28

A truly fascinating morning listening to Rosemary !

She has a Rallying CV to die for and didn't hold back on her observtaions about the 'gentlemen' drivers of the day !

It was a pleasure to be her manservant during her short visit to our shores.

 

It has to be said that my driving come in for some 'constructive advice'

(Rosemary runs a driving Academy for youngsters in Dublin)

 

My first error was to hold the steering wheel while potterering along at twenty five to five ( like all men apparently)..should be held at quarter to three

My second error whilst approaching the Much Hadham traffic lights ...before the queue I flicked it into neutral and coasted the last 50 yards.

 

I will of course never repeat the above again !!

 

Speed and hard acceleration were enjoyed however

 

What a joy she was and I hope we meet again, so does our dog, Bailey, who found a kindred spirit

 

Photos on my book Facebook page  'Let them Stare'


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Posted 16 October 2016 - 18:17

Funny that, Michael, as I was taught to hold the wheel at "ten to two" and to change down as speed reduced towards a light-controlled stop (so you would be in the right gear if the lights changed and you could pull away rather than stop) and those habits (and others which are bad, no doubt) are still with me. I can't have been taught much before you but I got a lot of unsupervised practice during the test-free first half of 1957 so who can say how I was taught what by whom!?

 

As already said, Rosemary gave us a very interesting morning and again we older folk can wonder what today's WRC people would make of one night's sleep on a five-day event, not to mention the relatively standard cars that competed and won those seriously rough rallies.



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 15:28

Yet another well organised day of fascinating films, informative speakers, good company and belt busting food. Well done as always Richard and everyone in your team.

 

On the subject of driving instruction, my formal lessons were once a week in a Hillman Imp. Between lessons however I was regularly driving a well used and abused ex Army Land Rover on site. The controls on the Imp, particularly the clutch, were far lighter than the Land Rover and the first ten minutes of each lesson were taken up with the instructor berating me as I adjusted to the different feel.



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Posted 17 October 2016 - 16:46

Graham Robson talking to Rosemary Smith

 

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Posted 17 October 2016 - 16:51

A quarter to four was time for tea and cakes

 

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 14:06

Cartoons presented to Rosemary

 

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 18:24

Christianne Ireland , Innes Ireland's daughter   has very kindly agreed to come and talk to our motor racing film show here in Herts on 28th Jan Saturday all day about the life and times of her father with films and slides.Anyone who would like to come along message me with your email address for all the details. In the afternoon Robert Cooper will give an illustrated talk about the pre war Silver Arrows Mercedes and Auto union teams. All the days usual features as well.