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#101 Stephen W

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 09:05

Dan - no problem I'll pick you up at the pub on the corner of the Ormskirk road (don't have too much to drink!) I'll be there about 7:15.

 

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#102 Slurp1955

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 09:25

Dan will be there in his Tardis :smoking:



#103 Alan Cox

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 10:58

The last two posts have left me a trifle confused. I thought the meeting was last night - Any reports of proceedings?

#104 Slurp1955

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 11:19

It was Alan, I wondered who would be the first of us to start down the path......



#105 Slurp1955

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 12:39

In the absence of Time Lord Wilkinson, here's a bit of what went on. Roll call, Mallory Dan (hitch-hiked from Rufford), Eeyore48, Paul Hurdsfield, Roger Clark, Sean and Tom White, Slurp1955 and a big welcome to RS250, a pleasure to welcome him to his first meet.

 

Topics, not in table order

 

Sean's new pub "The Victoria" in Aspull, Wigan. He's looking to refurbish it with Motor Racing memorabilia, so if anyone has anything suitable post details on here. Sean suggested a possible buffet and pint night nearer Xmas at the pub - sounds good to me. He and Tom left a little early to take delivery of some guest ales.

Nigel Robuck at The Swift Gallery on 29th September

The Pie and Quiz night at The Swift Gallery on 20th October

Tom White's Historic FF2000 campaign, one round to go and he could finish 2nd in the Championship

David Coulthard

Max Mosley and the McLaren Fine

Ian Shelbourne's Ensign LNF3

Briatore The Cheat and my proposed class action against him after Singapore GP 2008

Jochen's 72 wreck, its location and part restoration

Lotus at Oulton

Paul's trip around circuits in France in his Westfield

The Allied advance, from Normandy to Twente Enschede

FOOTIE - United's poor form, Norwich's earth shaking win at Goodison Park, and some stuff about West Brom

Irony Section - Leicester and Hull as UK Cities Of Culture

 

Really good night, and mates were missed too, JohnP :cool:  


Edited by Slurp1955, 24 September 2016 - 08:20.


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 19:24

Sorry I missed it- must try harder.

 

If any of you are at a loose end on Saturday 1st October; Andrew Swift has sent out an invitation- the Gallery will be open and there will be an informal Classic Car Show; Fenton's answer to run what ya brung. There is some mention of a Concours prize (if there is a category for most cow-**** on a Lotus, I'll enter).

 

Sounds like an ideal opportunity for those who can't get there on a Thursday.

 

£5 donation to the Surtees fund, light refreshments available.

 

Also...  you photographers, check out the Open Photography Exhibition; a chance for you to be well-hung in Stoke; our humble snaps alongside the world's best.

 

http://www.theswiftgallery.co.uk/

 

See you at the Roebuck event on Thursday?

 

Cheers,

Pete.



#107 Stephen W

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 06:44

Ooops! Sorry Dan got overtaken by events and completely forgot it was last week.

 

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#108 Mallory Dan

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Posted 26 September 2016 - 11:33

No probs Steve, though we were all a little concerned re your absence. Sean's new venture sounds great, and a pleasure to meet RS250. One or 2 very interesting tales he told, concerning Sid Taylor and the Brummie Racers mafia, and, separately, Mr Senna....   



#109 Alan Cox

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 08:28

Another of Andrew Swift's superb evenings at the Swift Gallery in Stoke last night. Principal guest was Nigel Roebuck, making a return visit while Simon Arron was making his first visit and joined Nigel to answer questions and to discuss their views on the state of GP racing, Oulton Park, Chris Amon and other topics close to their hearts.

Quite a few TNFers past and present joined the large audience and it was nice to see Ted 'Ferret' Walker and Jeff Bloxham in their midst.

Andrew really knows how to make everyone welcome and if you haven't yet taken a look at this superb gallery, do make the effort.



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Posted 01 October 2016 - 18:13

I heartily endorse Alan's praise for the gallery, the host and the evening itself. Andrew's guests are also an interesting. knowledgeable and varied bunch. Do join them if you can - a good time would be on Quiz 'n' Pie night (details for which you will find on the gallery's website). 



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Posted 16 October 2016 - 12:04

A final heads-up for the Annual Quiz and Pie Night at The Swift Gallery, this Thursday, October 20th from 6 p.m. in sun-kissed Fenton. Andrew has introduced Rule 917k for the evening, aimed at breaking up the little coteries of TNF participants and other bandits for the Quiz. It will still be great fun, and the last special event as the Gallery closes for the winter next week. Heaven knows what Mr Swift will come up with next as the place just gets better every year, JohnP :cool: (who still owes Mr Clark for his supper last time out!)


Edited by Slurp1955, 16 October 2016 - 12:06.


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Posted 24 November 2016 - 23:16

Cough...

The Swift bash was splendid, as usual. TNF photographers please send in your entries in for the "Reader's Wives" wall. Andrew told me there is no minimum standard, so I'm looking forward to Instamatic snaps of family days at the track booting out arty-farty masterpieces.

Um.. actually arty-farty masterpieces welcome too.

 

So; chaps, where re we going to meet up, pre-chrimbo?



#113 eeyore48

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 14:02

If there is to be a pre-Xmas meet should we make an effort to support Sean's venture?

 

As for the TNF Readers' Wives wall I should point out it will be the wall in the executive loo. Polaroids as well as Instamatic snaps may be submitted. Allegedly



#114 Slurp1955

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 15:32

Hi Ian, what night should I arrange for Jane's TNF photo-shoot? I've been vigorously buffing up my selfie stick in anticipation, and tell her not to worry about my Congleton Magistrates Court thing, people should forgive and forget. I fancy a trip to Sean's pub too, a pie and pint with the genuine Pie Eaters - either that or it's Pete, you and me at The Carters in Wilmslow - great pies there and "dog-friendly" too. At least that's what the Korean landlord told me. :cool:  



#115 elansprint72

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 19:37

"Sean's venture"? :confused:



#116 eeyore48

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 20:16

Pete, I understand Sean has become the landlord of a public house. An establishment serving decent ale in a town famous for its pies. What's not to like?

John, I regret to say that despite today's session in an expensive spa (no not in Belgium) madame does not feel quite ready for public exposure - flattering as your offer is. As for  the Carters - beer IS good but the Labradoodle and potato pie is crap. You're barking up the wrong tree there. 



#117 Slurp1955

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Posted 02 December 2016 - 21:39

Pete, see the first line of my notes in Post #105. Sean White's tavern in Aspull, in the very heart of Pie Eater country. He's refurbishing it with a motor racing theme, and may even hang a FF2000 from one of the ceilings. :)  



#118 Stephen W

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 10:53

Sounds like a plan; does Sean have any preferences with respect to day of the week or date for the foray into "The Pie Country"?



#119 elansprint72

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Posted 03 December 2016 - 19:31

.............., and may even hang a FF2000 from one of the ceilings. :)  

Best thing to do with them. That or fit a roof and passenger seat. :smoking:

 

I'm still looking after Mrs T, who continues to improve on a daily basis but at the moment, I'm a definite maybe.


Edited by elansprint72, 04 December 2016 - 20:33.


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#120 elansprint72

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 20:29

So;



#121 alansart

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Posted 28 April 2017 - 21:22

So;

Yes!



#122 Stephen W

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 07:19

What was the question again?



#123 Roger Clark

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Posted 29 April 2017 - 08:20

They're probably referring to another northern meeting which we discussed at David Beard's funeral. I spoke to Pat about it and she would like to attend. I suggest we wait a couple of weeks and check her availability.

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 09:20

I have a spare ticket for each of the days at the VSCC Loton Park week-end 27th & 28th May.

 

Please PM me with your address if you would like to go. One ticket per person so state preferred day.

 

First come first served.

 

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#125 Stephen W

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 06:53

I have a spare ticket for each of the days at the VSCC Loton Park week-end 27th & 28th May.

 

Please PM me with your address if you would like to go. One ticket per person so state preferred day.

 

First come first served.

 

:wave:

 

Sunday Ticket taken - Saturday still available



#126 Stephen W

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Posted 31 May 2017 - 09:42

The Swift Galleries latest upcoming event:

 

An Evening with Jeff Bloxham - Thursday June 8th 2017 at  7pm

 

£10 admission

 

Any interest?



#127 Mallory Dan

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 20:03

I've tentatively arranged a David Beard Memorial TNF meeting. Thursday July 6th at the Eagle & Child - this was where I first met David in late 2003. We both thought it'd be an idea to have further Northern TNF meetings, which followed from 2004 onwards. Pat Beard's free that night, I've told her I'll try to get a good turnout of David's TNF mates, so hope the usual suspects can make it! 



#128 Stephen W

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 11:49

Thursday 6th July OK by me.



#129 elansprint72

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Posted 06 June 2017 - 15:03

Perfect- we are back from Bretagne on the 5th!



#130 Pat Clarke

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Posted 07 June 2017 - 14:16

Heavens, on July 6th, even I might be able to make it! :-)

 

Pat



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Posted 07 June 2017 - 20:01

And I will be in Thailand most of July :(

Have a good one chaps.



#132 Alan Cox

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Posted 08 June 2017 - 12:18

Count us in, Dan, please.



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 07:22

OK, table for 10 booked at the Eagle, Thursday July 6. That's, I assume, Pat, Jayne & Me, Alan & Pat, Steve, Roger, Pete/elansprint and Mrs PES, Pat C (?). Anyone else?



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Posted 14 June 2017 - 08:16

Unfortunately I'm working that Thursday evening chaps so have to give my apologies once again. I'll be thinking of you, Pat and David especially.

Rob

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 13:42

Heavens, on July 6th, even I might be able to make it! :-)

 

Sadly, a change in my flight out of JFK means I will be at 30,000 feet while you guys are meeting.

Maybe another time

 

Pat



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 14:06

OK, table for 10 booked at the Eagle, Thursday July 6. That's, I assume, Pat, Jayne & Me, Alan & Pat, Steve, Roger, Pete/elansprint and Mrs PES, Pat C (?). Anyone else?

Only just spotted this. Add me to the list Dan :wave:



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Posted 20 June 2017 - 14:20

Add me to the list too Dan, although I may have to have an eye operation in the meantime (Yikes!!!) Hopefully I'll see y'all there, with both eyes :cool: JohnP  


Edited by Slurp1955, 20 June 2017 - 14:20.


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 16:53

Please could you add eeyore to the list . Mrs eeyore is currently unable to say if she intends to accompany me but has not entirely ruled out the possibility. I hope that is definite enough for you , Dan.

 

:clap: On a different matter...could I ask everyone to consider attending the evening at the Swift gallery on Thursday 29th June. Details ,as ever, are on the Swift website and it would be good to have your interest registered as soon as possible. Thanks.



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Posted 27 June 2017 - 12:19

Table now extended to 12. Pat Beard, Dan x 2, Mr & Mrs Cox, Roger, Steve, Eeyore, Slurp, Pete T, Alan R, 11 in total. Anyone else?



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#140 Mallory Dan

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Posted 27 June 2017 - 18:46

Adam F too, Dan. Ok Dan, thanks. Fool....



#141 Mallory Dan

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Posted 28 June 2017 - 19:20

2 more I gather now, it'll be like the Old Days



#142 Alan Cox

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 21:24

Just returned from another very entertaining and informative evening at the Swift Gallery in Stoke-on-Trent. The presentation was given by Don Wales, grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell and nephew of Donald Campbell. He told of his own interest and efforts in the world of record-breaking with steam-powered and electric cars (and lawnmowers!), and also of his famous forebears, accompanied by some great photographs and film footage.
The next talk is scheduled for July 20th and will be by Michael Harre, the man responsible for engines and gearboxes at Mercedes GP

#143 Roger Clark

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Posted 29 June 2017 - 23:28

I have to endorse what Alan says. Don Wales is a very entertaining entertaining speaker with a wonderful, if ultimately tragic, tale to tell. I was lucky enough to speak to him after the main event and his Jerry Hall story is something else.

Thanks as always to Andrew Swift for the venue and the event.

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Posted 04 July 2017 - 18:49

Table for Thursday now confirmed for 14. This is Pat and Craig, the Coxes, the Mallory Dans, Roger, Adam, Steve, Pete T, Alan R, Phil R, Eeyore, and Slurp. Not missed anyone have I. And we can't have the upstairs room I'm afraid, some Grumbling Old Farmers in there. I shall I have to prepare a Table Plan at this rate.... 



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:01

Have a good one tonight chaps, sorry i can't be there. :wave:



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 08:29

A splendidly convivial evening at the Eagle & Child to remember our very good friend, David Beard. It was lovely to see Pat and David's son-in-law, Craig (aka 'Matthew Norton' TNF badge no.26 to TNFers), who had travelled over from Wakefield to join us, and who had some splendidly affectionate stories to tell about David and how he passed his interview to join the Beard family. Sorry, but I have no idea what the far end of the table was talking about but no doubt Sergeant Wilko will be along soon to fill in the details.

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 09:16

A splendidly convivial evening at the Eagle & Child to remember our very good friend, David Beard. It was lovely to see Pat and David's son-in-law, Craig (aka 'Matthew Norton' TNF badge no.26 to TNFers), who had travelled over from Wakefield to join us, and who had some splendidly affectionate stories to tell about David and how he passed his interview to join the Beard family. Sorry, but I have no idea what the far end of the table was talking about but no doubt Sergeant Wilko will be along soon to fill in the details.

 

Great to be back with the North West chapter of TNF after missing the last couple of events. Part way through our meal Roger proposed the toast to David.

 

At the Western end of the tables the discussion kicked off not unsurprisingly with .....

 

The Queues on the M6, Roadworks and alternative routes to the Eagle & Child

 

Moving on to ....

 

1) Bound volumes of Autosport & Motoring News and the lack of value in single copies of the magazines.

2) Mr Rear's new set of wheels (it's a Merc drophead!)

3) Oulton Park

4) Harewood hillclimb

5) MSV Hire Charges

6) Cholmondley

7) Historic racing

8) Driver's with a peculiar bent!

9) Sponsorship in motor sport and the rising costs

10) Formula Talbot

11) Local Newspapers (Manchester Echo etc)

12) Murray Walker

13) Jaguar E Types - lightweight or heavyweight

14) Goodwood - then & now (Both the FoS & the Revival)

15) Back to the HSCC and their varied programme at events

16) How Historic FF1600 races are as good if not better than in period

17) Toleman F2 and F1

18) Bolton's Maurer connection

19) Cibachrome

20) Five F1 Drivers who bear Scottish town names (Phil "Costa" Rainford's attempt at humour as Ayr Town Centre counts as one!)

21) King Canute

22) The Jam (my favourite is cherry)

23) VSCC Hillclimbs

24) Football - sorry David!

 

After several of the attendees had left there was a heated debate between an ex-pat Yorkshireman and a native of Northamptonshire about the relative distances between Kettering, Northampton, Silverstone and Watford Gap Services! The rest of us were somewhat disinterested but played along!



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 09:23

Here is the post when Craig ('Matthew Norton')was 'outed' by his father-in-law
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Posted 07 July 2017 - 09:59

A splendidly convivial evening at the Eagle & Child to remember our very good friend, David Beard. It was lovely to see Pat and David's son-in-law, Craig (aka 'Matthew Norton' TNF badge no.26 to TNFers), who had travelled over from Wakefield to join us, and who had some splendidly affectionate stories to tell about David and how he passed his interview to join the Beard family. Sorry, but I have no idea what the far end of the table was talking about but no doubt Sergeant Wilko will be along soon to fill in the details.

 

As always I thoroughly enjoyed it, good company etc. even though the nature of the tables split us into two groups. A good turnout, much like the old days.



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 11:09

As Alan and Alan have said, a very convivial and enjoyable evening at the Eagle and Child in memory of David.

A very nice obituary of David from Historic Lotus magazine was circulated - he was in good company, with Sir John Whitmore being given 'equal billing' on the facing page.

It was lovely to see Pat and talk over David (and Pat)'s Bucks/Oxon connections.

 

Thank you, Dan, for inviting me and for ensuring the food DID arrive just before my early enforced departure, for which I apologise.

 

ADAM