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Formed initially from a group of like-minded people 15 years ago the informal club became official in October 2006.

Many members of the Club have a long history of competing in motor sport events, with members competing at a high level in Hillclimbs, Sprints, Autocross, Autotests, circuit racing, Rallies, and Navigational Runs. It aims to be encouraging to new members to start competing and then providing the stimulus for them to further develop their skills.

If you are interested in finding out more then come down to one of the events in our calendar, or our monthly 'first Friday' meet at The Old Colonial, Dunbottle Lane, Mirfield, WF14 9JJ just off the A62 or the A644 at Mirfield (M62 - junction 25 eastbound or J27 westbound.. You can then meet the members of the friendliest motor club in the North, or apply for membership by either downloading the membership form or by e-mailing membership@northernroadsters.co.uk
for details of how to join by snail mail.

Check our calendar page for details of our forthcoming activities.

Meeting History

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Delicious Decadent December Dinner and lots of Christmas cheer with 17 attending.  Sec of course maintained the 100% Yellow Car Club tradition of being dressed totally in the canary kit, even with yellow socks and flip flops.  A warm warm warm room with fine fayre, fine folk, fine food and fine chat..
Crackers cracked and some decided to be avant-garde with alto hat style wearing, groanworthy jokes performed with the most apt being 'why did the mechanic sleep under the car - cos he wanted to get up oily in the morning'.  So much fun and happy banter was had, that the evening soon evaporated and the clock watchers amongst the throng were surprised that baby sitters were now on overtime rates.  The ladies present thought 10 pin bowling a good idea for the 2014 social calendar and an ice cream parlour rendezvous would certainly do well. Fencewrecker is plotting a party/bbq in the York area but York Area Man doesn't yet know this.  The remainder left just before the witching hour happy and full.
So th..th.. that's all folks for 2013.  Only job now is to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.  See you all First Friday in 2014 and we can compare notes about what DVD’s and widgets Santa brought for those of you that were good boys.

Dazzling December with Christmas decorations aplenty. But not a Carol in earshot only retro rock from the 70's, 60's, 80's 90's..............   The eight that came had a roundabout recommendation from Mr. `Polish about roundabouts in a non roundabout sort of way, and he will continue to round up more bits like Nitron dampers and ECU's to replace MEMS, especially after Bill waxed lyrical about the Emeralds electrons Guru Dave Walker’s flatliner torque talks extracting 185 BHP from a wheezer 135 block.  CD2 has uprated the bathtub with some new headlights and yet more wax.  General worries about what Kit Car shows will be on next year as so far only Stoneleigh is listed. We all want Newark, we all like Newark.  Sec told us of his tyre history and lack of traction being 2 seconds off the pace up the hill so, upgraded to some new List 1 tyres and got 2 more seconds. How cool is that, except all the others got a sniff of regs changes and bought List 2 rubber got 4 seconds. Status Quo maintained.  Speaking of which Mr. Polish is blobbing Christmas Dinner to see this Zimmer Frame rock set but 14 others are playing out.  General ‘Soap Box’ discussions this month centred on speed humps on corners, lane discipline on motorways, driving tests and F1 2014 which may be interesting than 21003 although  DTM/Formula Ford/TOCA seem more entertaining. 
Sec reminisced about 'muffology' & velcro sideburns before turning to his Red Coat Butlins days in the 60's flower power era and how he had to take several 'Duvet Days’ with that particular new fangled invention.  Nearly ‘Finished’ him off !!  Tim brought out his ‘special’ onions which were hot hot hot and got a few to cry in pain.  Then the dogs arrived & rounded us up so it was time for home.

November Night Nine tin toppers rolled up at the Old Colonial and spent a few hours talking the usual scribble. OGL’s absence was accepted with little or no discussion of the proffered excuse, we just couldn’t be bothered. ( ah a good night with Live Wire and lots of ACDC ringing in the ears). 
Dinner details were settled – menu choices now due! – even though a couple wanted a dance option out of the drafts !? It was Clive’s moving in day – he’ll have no excuses to miss the December meet and those beyond.

Intimate October (or should that read inmates)..  SEC sent apologies as he was propping up a bar in Homeland Town so everyone could take off their sunglasses because of an absence of blinding yellow clothes.  Seasick P also had a bye as it was “She who thinks she should be obeyed’s” birthday. CD1 also had the work excuse but where was CD2? Maybe signing autographs after all that after fame with the bath tub in total view in Total Kit Car Mag with OGL's lurking behind. So only six this time but that didn’t stop the banter and tales.  Corgi Bill had petrol tank woes but liquid metal saved the day until the rear of the car comes off to access the colander tank but don't mention the Demon Wiring !! Lights just coming on & off but not when he wanted or, needed them to. Science followed with lessons on galvanising vs. paints on chassis. Short tales (from Fencewrecker) & long tales (from Mr. Tango)!! - Fencwrecker told us of ski holiday limbo dancing, criss-cross crashes with Clive and administering an ad-hoc appendectomy on an unsuspecting Austrian sunbathing.  OGL regaled past times of 'surfs up' and windsurfing in force 8's (with Mr. Tango asking why?) then tales and bumping into Hilly Willshebe of 'The Voice' fame without even realising who she was. A star struck showbiz stalker he ‘aint.  Fencewrecker has met Keira Knightley although OGL thought she should be called Keira Daily and live up to the name!! Blyton Live show tales were told with the Lotus fire at the end for those who hung on long enough.
Nights are drawing in so, those with square eyes like Strictly and everyone has their favourite but newsy Susie Reid gets the most votes. The pubs retro background music is fab but worryingly Whippersnapper Albert knows them all. Along with EVERY episode of Southpark.  Current news reading naffs us all off as there are no presenters any more, just reporters who add way too much comment. Oh, and why send a crew to stand outside the closed door of an empty house!  OGL is vexed that it is all speculation these days not news (past tense). But don't mention the weather ‘forecast’ that tells us what happened earlier.
However the curmudgeons liked the Americas Cup and the bonkers boats. What a spectacle.  Topho Ben.  As we're all getting old we all like Radio 4 cos it has it all - news summaries, debates, gardening, books, farming and the best comedy around but being old we decided it was time for bed so off we went till next time - maybe the Oil Can Café

Bloomin’ Good Blyton A great event where the sun shone and seven thrill seekers filled the paddock for fearful rides in furiously fast fabulous cars. Fencewrecker and Sec were nominated drivers. With old friendships rekindled with Paul and the superb Vectis – only 1400cc !! Unbelievable.  Racing Paul brought ‘The Beast’ and had a track day on Friday and camped over for another track day on Sunday. The show was well attended with loads of  manufacturers (AK, AB Performance, Buckland,/Penguin, Fury, FRS, Gardner Douglas, GBS, GKD, Grinnall, Mach#1, MK, MEV, MNR, MEV, Raw, Road Runner Racing, Vindicator, Westfield, , etc. the list was probably more than this plus Engine and spare bits suppliers also turned up. Apart for a lunch break, several bonkers cars were tried all day such as the Z-cars minis, Buckland, MNR’s (MBE & Mazda engined) and Sec’s star of the show the MEV MBE Trike.  But where did the hollow tube with the nut on the end found on track come from? Nobody laid claim.  Overall a fantastic day for the first airing of this show, with a unique flavour of try before you buy.  Cars were getting faster and faster all day as drivers danders raised and track knowledge was gained.  Mark N took the LMP for a shakedown before Snett next month. The day was too short and we all had to go home but with happy memories of a grand day out.

A Soggy September so nine (plus mum) turned out in tintops with only one hoodless to be entertained by the Bonny Band in the room next door.Sec looking dapper in a gingham check shirt, all yellow of course, but no CD1 and no Mr Polish who was camping in the sun soaked – well the predictive text message couldn’t spell soaking rain.  Summer holiday discussions varied from Bill having a sophisticated holiday in Verona watching 6 hours of Aida in the culture vulture sweat bowl, Spain/Italy and Italian Lakes hailstorms damaging cars BIG time (alternative panel beating), Johnnypetrolhead visiting a shooting range in good ol’ US of A and dyslexic gunslingers firing at picture of Bed Linen, to Mike who went to a family party in a forest with pop bands aplenty. He said it was like ‘Kidstock’ but OGL thought that sounded like a tasty stew or soup !!  Other tasty nuggets of chatter ranged from Donington Speed of Sight Claire & the other ‘Claire’ with anecdotes of pre-change days.  Johnnnyredmist then remembered a 6'4" work colleague in size 12 stilettos but didn't notice the change, Mike L loves Ribblehead Scotland and Wales roads ‘cos they don’t resemble Port Stanley runway after a bombing raid.   CD2 has some new car highlights - a set of headlights. We don’t like car spaghetti wiring or reuse of old looms especially when all wires are black with no colour. Makes for difficult building!! We had two geography lessons firstly, where is Montenegro that England were playing and secondly the Lapland quiz - where actually is it ??  Bill thought Lapland was next to flipperland or was is Norwayland or Swedenland or was it Russsialand? OGL was visiting the Oil Can Cafe in Hepworth for Sunday breakfast for any followers of fashion to turn up.
Next event is the Blyton Kit Car show followed soon by a HMC Blyton Track day on October 7th.  The Christmas dinner was booked 7.30 pm but with no numbers yet for 14th Dec. Camping is optional at Fencewreckers if required.
There was a quick age competition that embarrassed all before we all said our byes to the barmaid beauty; off to Liverpool for her studies then, it was the wet drive home.

Donington 13  Naff rain started the day and hence, convoys were delayed. Fencrwecker set the pace with texts all round which caused consternation with OGL as he thought the event was Sunday/Monday!! So most set off in parallel to improving conditions and got to the show in good time only to find Mr. Tango had already pitched camp!! The rest did the same and viewed the racing that went on until 7pm. OGL in the meantime finalised Saturday commitments and threw kit ‘n caboodle in the Yellow Peril and arrived in time for tea with his own Spam & rice.  Better late than never. The music tent next door was entertaining and seemingly a ‘Claire’ stole the show with the voice of an angel !!  8 camped over with chatter, ale, Spam (had to be explained to the young-uns and the oldies all did the Python chorus much to their amusement), and burgers. A few went down memory lane of childhood TV programs with nonplussed looks again from the whipper-snappers. Sec regaled more tales of past employment and this time it was the relining of the Glasgow sewers that enthralled those listening.  The general flying curfew brought peace apart from rain and the 1.30 & 3.30 cargo planes taking off plus the rush hour six planes at 6am the cue to put Ernie on the stove for the first brew! Sausages, bacon and tea munched before helping the voice of an angel singing ‘just shuvv it in’ pack away a 10 second pop up that took half an hour to get down. Cries of ‘
Eleven turned out fro Sunday in 9 cars.  Track action was entertaining and the show had expanded from last year but needs more support to get back to the good old days.  Another brew before packing and with Paul driving up into the back of the van this was the catalyst to set to and go.

Heisser August Regennacht or put another way - A hot, warm rainy August night saw 15 turn up in 7 cars. with the omission of Sec in a tintop (noted) but still dressed all in yella.  CD1 was absent again – a wedding this time so maybe excused. OGL has put the old trailing suspension arms back on with to allow a bit of twist to stop the bushes from going oval.  Two new bods didn’t show. But Mr Clive is moving up t’t north once garage with house attached is found.  The road outside the meet venue was mad with max powers sprinting up & down. Not good for the neighbours. Seasick P announced he is selling & OGL has first dibs. 
Talk and general babble was of a new potential three wheeler for Sec and ALG still wants a car. Johnny Petrolhead and OGL were unknowingly in the same hotel at the same time but never saw each other. F1 cambers and tyres, rose jointing live axles a definite no no for the road, kit planes and kit plane shows & is PPC getting scarcer in the shops?  Donington plans were set with a meet at Woolley Edge 9-9.30 with camping & the usual sausages but Mr. Polish is off for a proper fry-up though. Rain abruptly stopped play and boy what a thunderstorm on the way home. Took a week for the car to dry out.

A Balmy July evening – brought balmy talk from fourteen balmy members with 8 balmy cars, .primarily yellow keeping up club standards.  Midges & flies added to the protein content of the ales.  Sec dressed totally in yellow: flip flops, hat, Mr. Happy T-shirt, yellow shorts and unfortunately we all found out about the yellow boxers too. !!.  Nearly made Corben, resplendent in a bright blue top, red shorts, and green ninja socks drop his Superman car – his ‘kit car’ made of Lego !!  A best shorts competition started and the winner was Mr. Polish who won on account of his proper ones being packed for jollies to far flung shores.  So to make up for his loss took Mrs. Seasick P for a joy ride and paler than a very pale thing she was when she got back.  Probably still trembling now !!
CD2 attended but the original CD1 was absent – probably using the ‘I’m working’ alibi again.  Fencewrecker brought a mate who may be buying a Fireblade Mach#1.  Hereford beckons. A mid meet interlude ensued whilst we watched an horrendously massive barn fire on horizon.  Then Johnny Petrolhead regaled tales of poisoned blood and hospitals,  
Newark nuggets  - Seasick P loves the Vectis but no doors yet.  Who said practicality was needed, but looks are ace though and he thinks OGL should get the Buckland B3. Petrol; tanks (or really petro; colanders), fuel senders, gauges and dipsticks were discussed along with tyres on the MR2 different being awkwardly different sizes.  Bionic Man wants to tour to see the family grave he didn’t know he had in the land of the Kelts
So, Blyton & Donny shows left this year – more camping frivolity to be had.

And So To Newark.
At the appointed hour, Mr. Polish, Sec, Dave W, Mr. Tango, Seasick P and CD1 in a tin top, rolled out of Woolley Edge and arrived at Newark just after 10.30am. Paul insisted on continuing his habit of scenic detours by turning right at the first A17 roundabout but made it none the less.
Under the clear blue sky, flags & tents were erected, and ERNIE placed atop the gas ring for the all important cuppas.  The crowd was thin early on, and defied expectations by remaining so as the day rolled on.  Many areas allotted to clubs remained devoid of cars while a number of non-kit car clubs had been invited to cover some gaps.  The Opel Vauxhall Drivers Club featured many a de-badged Corsa!
Although the Hall held a varied selection, there were notable absentees, Sec thinks a MEV tR1ke could be his next toy.  The prototype Vectis, already moved on to a new owner, was on display and looked good with the MG donor wheels. After a good tour around, we returned to find the pitch bolstered by John R, Bill &Lou and Chris D2 together with a couple of Westiboys. Touring, buying, and chatting to visitors filled the afternoon.
In the evening, the happy band split – half ventured into town for a curry, others visited the MNR BBQ to be slagged off as usual.  It was then on to Bar where the DJ, Band, and the inevitable empty beer glass tower building competition kept us royally entertained, and put Stoneleigh deep into the shade.  The late evening can, bottle & natter session split at around 11.45pm when the delicate flowers hit the sack, and the “I’m not drinking too much” faction carried on the banter and worse ‘till around 2.30am.
Sunday’s dawn chorus started on cue at 4.30am and the early risers were up and about by 5.30/6.00.  The giant breakfast and more from ERNIE set us up well for the day.  The grass areas were generally filled, and the crowds came in respectable numbers.
The sun shone all day.  The sweep-stake on what time will OGL arrive? was declared Null & Void when he failed to turn up at al!!. Later investigation showed that he suffered undue delay unto infinity when shopping for a new Excuse Book.  After a final wander around the stalls to pick up those not to missed bargains, some Fathers left early for Special Day duties, and the rest were away by not too late afternoon for the chase north – All arrived home safely.
Roll on Donni for more Sun n Fun!

Just Jolly June  A nice set of 11 cars filled the car park with 15 behind the wheel. There were more chips chips than Paulo Conte. Wonderful !  Jim is having fun with his carbs (petrol not starch) so had some chips to quash the sorrows.  Jonny bought a chip round and Steve has chips on the wheel arch.  Suitable news re new sticky tyres – Yoko are upgrading the A008’s to a new Y043 nicely E-marked and suitably grooved for lightweight roadsters.  Seasick Paul (remarkable resemblance noted) had a throng inspecting the latest work on the Fury and all 6’3” of Johnny Petrolhead tried to squeeze into the drivers chair asking ’does my bum look big in this?’  He may be ‘wearing’ a Cossie powered Fury at the next meet  Bracey is still ;hunting for a bargain kit car and ALG still hasn’t got the go ahead yet from her who thinks she should be obeyed.  Albert needs to bring bruvver to a meet in the recently restored Fraser Nash.  A few more dates of note discussed namely Cholmondeley POP, Blyton Trackdays, Oulton Touring Cars, Classics at Cadwell,  Newark ahoy with a meet set at Woolley Edge leaving at 9.15 prompt for those wanting to ‘convoy’.  Fencewrecker is taking Fencewrecker Junior as it is Fathers Day and he can do what he likes.  Mr, Polish announced plans to dine ion fine style in the hall and Johnny Petrolhead is going to find a corner to pitch away from the main snorers.  Well that’s his side of the story, – the rest are avoiding his Richter Scale after effects of a curry !!

Scorching Stoneleigh - the sun shone (for once) and on a Bank Holiday too!  So, the RV at Woodhall set off at a sizzling pace with a few from Squires assisting.  No dramas with the trip and camp was set next to the Scorpions.  The Squireboys peeled off and 18 of us came with 9 cars.  My stars of the show were Buckland B3, J15 Vectis that Jeremy drove down, Triking, Heeley Design’s modern retro MX5 based take on an Austin Healey 3000 that should have been an MG but never was when the Chinese got their hands on the assets of Rover, a sumptuous Ultima, Hawks Cobra and GD’s fabulous droolworthy offerings.
The Kaipan Club of Czech r hosted us warmly whilst we looked around their new Skoda based car with very sound engineering, before we sauntered over to MNR with Fencrwrecker’s strange sausages and ‘quality’ budget gritburgers, which were unanimously rejected by the Haut Cuisine MNR chef who lent the BBQ space but our hungry mob still scoffed them.  An interesting Speed Six engine squeezed into an extended MK proved a talking point.  Night time saw a balmy evening with a bar, band, banter then bed.
Next day saw more fine weather and Mr. Polish bought yet more Auto Glym, Jonny Petrolhead was chuffed to blazes to sell the four bands of black stuff and a Haynes book which he brought all the way only top sell it to his camping neighbor.
Another lap of the show before 6 set off home in convoy with the rest following on later.  So Newark next.

Merry May  Di Sociieta Auto Giallo Settentrionale (that’s Yellow Car Club to you and me) saw 5 cars turn out with 11 happy souls.  Talk soon turned to meals on wheels (aka cooking as you motor), tent frames and tarpaulins cobbled up as makeshift garages and OGL has had plenty fun playing with magnetic bendy things to assist in fuel tank woes  Stoneleigh plans were set but with no support vehicle space is at a premium this year, so the man with the Eliseything was ‘volunteered’ for space for the bread.  The rendezvous set at Woodhall to leave prompt 9.15 with the back road route in to the show set.  Food sorted –or else it was home cooked rats or fish n chips for fourteen !!.  Steve wants to take half a ton of Lyons Fruit Salads –well it is part of your 5-a day isn’t it?  Half of the attendees had new mobiles so nobody had anyone else’s numbers so those that hadn’t had a testing time taming their telecom technology. 
Sec awarded himself the ‘Best Yellow Dressed Man’ award and announced he now has yellow tiles in the garage floor. Fencewrecker is improving his Feng Shui and weighing in loads of garage crap (oops I mean scrap) ‘cos it ‘didn’t come in useful some day’. Some Blaster Bates tales with the naming of Knicker Brook and other antique notable comics from the same era were recollected by the ‘elders’ as Mr. Tango looked on perplexed as he was not even a sparkle in his ma’s eyes in that era.

April Meet Only 2 RED cars at the Yellow Car club but 10 chaps to tell tales. Sec caused a stir as he ordered a plate of bangers & mash with garden peas - and ate the lot!  As the evening settled down, he struck again trying to juggle the table on his knee, only to succeed in pouring a perfectly good pint of dark mild down Dave P’s leg!  There was much talk, but not a lot of clear planning for Stoneleigh beyond general agreement that camping would be the done thing.  OGL was absent yet again, and there were muttering that a delegation (hit squad) would be sent round.

The Ides of March hath come
whence AGM & officialdom
with speedy deft agenda done
then ale and sac was quoffed by some
15 in all involved their time
but some arrived just after nine
two new chaps with new budget build
came to join and with beer they filled
T'was the first Friday and Spring p’chance come
winters dark is 'ere now done
all met in pubbee of fine ale
Sec as yellow as a mustard pale
Revelree ‘bout love of horses,
nonetheless ney not of courses
but contained in compound of block & head
and put to speed on the strip of tread
Hopes of summers wished for hence
hot escapades may abound whence
birds of song and eves of long
may rubber and oil in wake doth pong
Check water brimmed and full to line
the stick of dip at same time
Juices of pump fill to lip
cough to life revs first sip
Man of no fence after blow
travelled to popular TV show
Hammond, Clarkson & the May
said he had an enjoyable day
Nubile beauties at the bar
set fair for night in limo car
a buxom bunch of landlord’s staff
off to casino for staff night laugh
Man of sparks tried to trade
with balsam Glym of hood he’d paid
but interest nay but sell he might
when king of fridge attends next night
Mr Brace with pockets deep
bartered for membership cheap
short arms in pocket kept hold of coin
was cajoled to join less lose his groin!!
So April beckons with emotion
and warm days, what a potion
polish metal with some  lotion
don't let showers dampen motion
Cars now awakened from snowy slumber
with visit, perhaps to land of Clumber
hopes of roads that are empty
of course with corners more aplenty
Badge of brand car named a flower
with wondrous roar unleashes power
hugs the ground  like on rails on track
with rubber matching toffee black
Hopes of plenty new happy miles
of course with grins and  many smiles
rush past greenery in fresh air
leave till last the tidy of hair

Jonny Redmist eventually makes it to the Nurburgring !!!!  “I didn't realise how hilly the track was..... Some of the bends are awesomely scary.  I left Karlsruhe early (40 miles from Switzerland), passed Hochenheimring 20 minutes later, could only manage 132 mph out of my trusty Seat.... need much much more power, so got to the ring 2.5 hours later 240 miles away.  Cruising at a gentle 125mph ain’t the autobahns awesome!!
Investigated the important things, found gas station, and bars, then found the Dorint hotel where all the rooms overlook the start and stop line.  What an alarm call, cars racing past your room at 7 am.  Nice bar, sauna and steam room, followed by a nice dip in the pool followed by food and vino.
Three pubs opposite selling top notch Germany beers plus the only downside, German food....  - not the best.
Come and join me in the summer........ There are also several campsites situated next to the track to cheapen costs down."

Fun Filled February Feast of First Friday Frivolity Two cars ventured through the salt and rain to join up with the other seven members.  Jonny Petrolhead however was loving the Frankfurters too much so couldn’t make it.  Sec was letting standards slip being only half in yellow.  Someone mentioned a prized delicate aroma with an archetypal English sweet temper, savory and affable with a scent of sweet citrus fruits and nectarous flowers.  We thought it was a description of CD Mark One but no – just the tasty East Kent Goldings single hop beer!!   
News is that there is a Blyton Kit Car show (see calendar) with on track manufacturer piloted action rides to rival the Donny car show maybe
another camping opportunity.  Mr. Polish is itching to organize a Wales rush bash dates to be announced.  A Lakes trip was also muted.  Long distance member joined again so ta to Mr. Sarff.  Fencewrecker is teaching anti--bully tactics to Fency Junior plus he’s splashing out on a new hairdryer after only 20 years.  Mrs. Fencehairwrecked WIIL be pleased !!  Leccoman compared some grandiose houses of workmanship with OGL before announcing he still holds a grudge to Toyota garages from a useless salesman over 20 years ago !  Have Orange gone all Yorkshire?  Mr. Tango may become a governor & Fencewrecker is one but only to control the neighbours.  Mr. Polish, now a Lotus flower wants to contend the ‘European Polish League’ since the bath tub had been sold.  Stepping up a gear or two he has bought all the latest chemicals for the new buff-up.  We wait to see the action of this skirmishing talk.  Top gear is a must view 17th Feb to see our man hiding behind the friendly buxom blonde just to try to get some TV fame for five minutes.  Soap Box racing was raised and - maybe we should form a team (Eee Baa Gum Racing) but OGL was the ‘butt’ of some jokes for not being able to fit in the seat.  Then it was decided the new Orange network surely must be a Yorkshire based network called EE thaa can mayke a call reet crackin’ tha nos?  Leccoman & OGL both agree that 3D TV’s – aka CRT’s are so deep from front to back that they are 3D. But they are better than fancy fangled modern Plasma & LED/LCD stuff.   

Opposition to the Mayan end of the world saw a January 2013 meeting albeit with some Norovirus revenge so 11 bods all wrapped up warm came in tin tops except brave Banzai Bill calling the rest if us 'wussess'.  Mr. Tango sent his apologies but gave no clues to his whereabouts.  We all wondered if he had got the BIG Noro so were glad he stayed away as diarrhea in a spacesuit is NOT funny (well it is if you're watching) !!  Sec arrived in full yellow regalia again – sporting a new yellow jacket – a 'steal' from Ivor, and he says he only bought it ‘cos they supply in yellow bags.  Anyway after japes and jesting it was announced he is a grandpa so he must be safe!  A few plotted a fully yellow meal for Stoneleigh. - maybe a custard, turmeric, lemon and yellow pepper soufflé – let's wait and see……  Christmas notes were compared – OGL went 'Tap Dancing', ML went everywhere in the new MR2 Jonny Petrolhead went to Blyton but danger loomed all around so retired before the grim reaper took over. Paul was singin' the blues – a ditty called “Ma Brakes a Weepin an I ain’t had chance to fix 'em”. 
Plenty discussion about floods and rain and drains and recent stats and who has a car that can survive these modern times – why are air intakes mounted so low on cars these days. 
Fencewrecker may turbo the Mazda MNR I suspect to keep up with Mr. Fastidious who has three A4 sheets of IVA amendments to please the audited auditors auditing the assessor. A few remembered the good ol' days of SVA and indemnity periods of build. Jonny Pertrolhead is plotting a business trip to 'The Ring' with the boat anchor trailered behind but is tyred of Pollysports poor pick of surface scrubber. So let’s hope this new Mayan period includes some solar rays with some consistent consecutive desiccated days of dry

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16 attended the festive friendly feast and a few frothy firkins of fine ale were quaffed.  Bill turned up on crutches having rehearsed his own version of Bambi on Ice with her Ladyship having also tried a version as well.  And a few others admit to having taken part too.  Fencewrecker even tried to view the underside of his car from afar.  Sec, in full yellow attire including yellow socks (must be cold !) and coordinating flip flops gained the ‘Bracey Snaffle Award’ for waste not want not from Her Ladyship’s platter.  Jonny Petrolhead having only just arrived back home from Krautland earlier in the day amused all with Frankfurter Haut Cuisine recipes but how we all laughed when he announced his favorite show of all time was the Chuckle Brothers.  Fifty Shades of A.L.Grey came well dressed for the occasion but how the black stripes tuned pale when Gail announced a love of Audi A4 Cabriolet’s.  OGL of course entertained with a few jokes in the fancy Ralph Lauren Polo shirt with the ‘tomato sauce’ stain on the breast pocket.  After the food fair a few left to reunite with Babysitter Reunited whilst the rest reclined to the sumptuous sofas to reminisce about TV programs of childhood and frighteningly Mr. Tango announced that whilst Fencewrecker was learning a new job in the 80’s he was learning to write.  We stayed with cosy chit chat until the lights went out and Tim (not Zebedee) said ‘Time for Bed’. 
Th Th That s all Folks.  Merry Christmas to you all.  Hope Santa brings you all the shiny bits you crave for. See you all in 2013.   

17 Days To The Big Ho Ho Ho
Who was the stranger?  A gate crasher? No it’s OGL returned from travels only to find Mr. Polish has a new car with no airbags, no engine space, no sheen yet but it has a heater!!!  Then Mikey L has a new car with no engine space and double lined hood and it has a heater. !  They’ve both been tooooo busy driving their new prides of joy. ALG however hasn’t got a car yet but suggestions to tempt Gale were made a plenty. Bracey is looking for a car with no heater and hasn’t found one yet but has been to the Mexican and had a chicken ‘forheater’ instead.  CD Mark 1 was missing still injured and hasn’t met the rebodied CD Mark 2 yet.  Sec turned up half tailored in yellow in practice the Christmas dinner next week. OGL has made the press again with another letter in PPC so tacho talk ensued  and cries of why repair just get a new ETB 80mm or DigiDash.  Then Race Technology digital dashboards were mentioned. Research to be conducted.  A ‘Calendar Boys’ charity calendar was muted which could warm the heart of some cockles but frighten off most,  The relative merits of TV’s, 3D TV’s, Flat Screen TV’s, Augmented Reality TV’s and CRT TV’s.  How good noise cancelling HiFi earplugs are for roadsters and reminiscent tales of past Ribble Head.trips.  Fencewrecker admitted to now being lactose intolerant after devouring about a gallon a day for his past life but Mikey L says no buts if it’s butter. . 

November  'Twas a wet & windy night when many tin-tops rolled at the Old  Colonial - the BFG was absent again (insert an excuse of your choice) but the gang included Chris Downes owner of a Turquoise Striker!  Confusion and hilarity was resolved as it turned that this Chris - yes there is another one (beware of a Cloned Take-over from within – ed !), hailed from Manchester, and he had been shopping for a Kit-Car and ended up in Harrogate & bought the shiniest Raw in captivity, so welcome home to the Turquoise Terror.  The pub has won yet another CAMRA Award, and there was a supper to celebrate.  The tasty repast cheered those who have wisely signed up from the Christmas bash on Sat the 15th Dec. - no further delay if you don't want to miss out, connect the Sec asap (or else !).

A Grand Day Out.  The sun shone bright on a small market town in Lincolnshire to transform the town into a mini Monaco for the day.  The evocative roar of Formula One cars from an age when form and function combined to produce truly beautiful cars made a wonderful cacophony of sound echoing between the tightly packed buildings fronting the main street with a perfume of Castrol R wafting in the air encircling the large crowds that turned up in their thousands (estimated at over 25,000 !).  The event was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BRM Team, which was based in Bourne.  Their collection of trophies and heritage are celebrated in a small museum just away from the main street but this pageant was special – VERY special.  OGL’s favourite, the P15 V16 BRM turned it’s tyres again generating 600bhp from a meagre 1500cc engine and a Rolls Royce centrifugal supercharger.  The sound from this engine caused the hackles to rise and a chill to shoot down the spine and was worth attending the day for this sound alone !! 
The day started with a recreation of a 1962 street scene with cars and wagons from a Heartbeat set.  Damon Hill, Sir Jackie Stewart, and several others were there at very close quarters.  Damon drove his late father’s car sporting the
London Rowing Club helmet whilst, Sir Jackie also took to the wheel sporting his famous tartan strip.  A fabulous succession of BRM Grands Prix cars were present and being driven, some with gusto and showmanship leaving streaks of rubber on the tarmac and spitting tarmac off the tyres others with rather a lot of TLC. The turning circle for the track was the former BRM base which is now the Delaine Bus Garage and Richardson’s Auction Room and it was here that OGL could get within six feet of the action and some pretty good pictures too.

Oct: Short on cars and numbers, what's his name was missing again (see report above – OGL), as was Dave Polish and Jonnie was as a foreigner.  Treasurer Chris was presumably counting his (our) money!  Never the less, once we'd put the world and 'the young people of today' to rights, we moved on to the really big decision - Christmas Dinner!  To cut a long tortuous tale short, we are to stay at base and sample the chef's best at the Old Colonial, Sat 17th December - Be There!

September Standoff - The Old Colonial car-park witnessed 3 Red cars lined up opposite 4 Yellows, with a single green machine ‘skulking’ off to one side, when the boys came out to play. Johnnie's boat anchor bolstered the Yellow team, having gained an MOT without a question! Once settled inside, Mike fired off a deep discussion around his search for a new steed following his write-off brush with the 'Wild woman of the Dales'. Who was missing? .....OGL, can't say we noticed!  (Ah,  sunning himself in sumptuous sandy southern seashores in Morocco      ).

Dry Donington At last a fine weekend !  The convoy cavalcade commenced from Woodall at 9am prompt with not many frights en route. The club plot was found and a flag raised before hurriedly finding a camping spot where another flag was raised (still the brightest on the park).  The tent circle was erected around the Glampervan before scooting back to the display patch. Then OGL arrived but where was Mr. Polish?  Sevens alive – he’s bought an Elise – but sec says 'he did it first'. Then Mr. Polish's  protégé arrived in the gleaming green machine.  So onto the show to look around.  Ten minutes later we returned having seen it all !! Outside the Westie boys were burning rubber and making clouds of smoke giving scare rides to those who crossed their palm with silver but were eclipsed by the fabulous displays of the Autotest boys next door.  They were burning even more rubber and making bigger clouds of smoke with spectacular displays of car control with a finale of four cars (briefly) do doing doughnuts around a cone (three were easy).  Another 10 minutes to walk around the hall with a pit stop to talk to our mates MNR before hitting the infield to view the 750 MC racing.  Plenty of action and bent metal was viewed from the ‘Esses’ with whoops aplenty.  After the final race we went back to base camp and the barbeque with the CKC Unplugged playing next door.  Then, Sec entertained us with his ‘racy’ videos in comfort and copious cups of beer (and tea).  Blyton looks a good circuit to drive.  Then a HUGE spectacular firework display commence d somewhere near Burton which was helped musically by the nearby rock concert music wafting on the evening air.  Then to bed. Then the noise as one plane took off at 3am.  Then another at 4, then 5, then 6, then 7……… Camping under a runway has its charms ! Breakfast of sausages, followed by sausages and more sausages washed down with copious gallons of tea set the morning before packing the gear away. Then we went to look around the show for 10 minutes but with a few bits bought this lap before filtering off to the race meet again.  More 750 craziness was watched before the gang dissipated mid pm for home.

Gold (car), Sylvas and a Bronzed Bruce celebrated the Olympic night meet.  Sec, showing off the ‘Bradley sideburns’ dressed in yellow shirt (and yellow car and yellow shoes…) claiming ‘I did it first’ looked remarkably like a leprechaun.  The individual medal for the best polished car heat is being hotly contested by the newcomer with his featured driver in Kit Car Mag.  Mr. Polish is claiming him to only being his apprentice and he taught him all he knows.  Zen Man Jim brought man’s best friend who looked longingly towards the kitchen all night hoping for a chip or two.  Donington was ‘sorted’ –we all bring sausages - again!  Meet at Woodall 8.30 for bacon sustenance before convoying to the show.   Will we all dress in turquoise?  Camping maybe inside the circuit or, outside, nobody knows…. Jonny Petrolhead will bring the ‘garage’ and the event tent should be replaced by then.  OGL has a misfire at 5k+ caused we thought by the tacho failing or could it be the dizzy cap, or the coil, or the rotor arm, or the sparky spaghetti………?  To be investigated.  The weather this year has caused Mr. Polish to announce that Toyo 888’s have a tendency to give you a twitch in the chinos in the wet & Jonny Petrolhead to consider packing the loofah and Lux whilst driving in the yellow ‘bathtub’.  The night ended with Fencewrecker taking his time to get home as he had come such a long way !!

‘Pluit Felis Et Canis Iterum !!’- or, to put it another way that’s Latin for ‘Raining Cats & Dogs Again !!’.  Eight of us canoed through the floods to the Saturated Sodden July Colonial meet and two of the more easterly members chanced it in the drying conditions. Most of the westerly roads were running as rivers.  Two members have their cars featured in this months KC Mag - Mr. Polish (the star with a reasonably bright car) with the sun reflecting off some shiny bits (his teeth behind the Cheshire Cat grin) & a turn of the page sees Howard & son with an equally big smile.  Next month is Andy’s turn to buy your copy early.  Bill has some new wheels & rain tyres but it’s too wet to put them on but he set a conundrum, with a question about which engine V4/V6/V8 of equivalent capacity produce the most torque/power.  Talk of stealth planes, model planes, stunt plane rides, helicopter rides and tanks ensued.  Soggy Newark joy was re-told with hopes that Donington will be kinder & dryer (camping plot and stand booked).  Fencewrecker and OGL talked of happy farming tales, and Glassboy did a tekky feature on strand mat production.  The event tent needs some TLC & sec is bidding for bits and bats.  Cholmondeley POP sounded wet but good and the historic BRM Celebration Day Sunday 7th October is added to the calendar.  OGL is going just to hear the V16 1500cc run !!  Anyone wanting to join forces to assault the Old Colonial Wednesday Quiz (every week) talk to Fencewrecker and a posse could well be mustered.

Old Colonial Meeting Yes a massive club turn out !! Sec and Fencewrecker, but we had the flags out on the new stand bases.  The weather wasn’t the best so not the ideal, however the fort was held by one until Lotus man in the yellow peril arrived dressed all in green this time.  He was speechless (unheard of before) when asked by a busty “young” lady: “did the car come free with the tee-shirt?”  Tim at the Colonial was pleased we had gone and looks forward to seeing us at the next meeting.  Two new sports car nuts with Porches may have been recruited. They will come to the Augusts meet.  So all in all not a bad day, with a free lunch.

Nasty Foggy Muggy Windy Coldy Rainy Newark The weather on Saturday was sooooooo foul that only two cars were brought.   Sec was off at a ‘POP’ show elsewhere double booked.  Jonny Petrolhead’s is off the road so he has an excuse.   Last years stand record wasn’t in danger of being beaten.  Turnout for the show was poor & stands were closing from 4pm onwards.  Jeremy P called to the stand but nearly drove right on by as he couldn’t see anything through rain covered specs in the J15 (beautiful).  OGL went ‘maximal camping ‘Glamping’ this time in the ‘campervan’.  Amy proved herself to have hollow legs tucking into tucker every ten minutes.  The event shelter went up then had an ‘event’ of its own.  On the show front Hawk & GD had nice cars on the stand, MNR were well represented and a nice new MX5 based tourer was shown on the MEV area.  Thanks go to Justin at the Robin Hood SCC for feeding us pork, pork & more pork from their hog roast.  Good hospitability and gleeful tales of going sideways on roundabouts at 20mph !!  That did astound the striker boys somewhat.  The party in the pavilion went well and then the party continued on for some until unheard of hours in the morning.  .  Sunday dawned bright & the cars turned out for the better day with well attended stands.  Fencewrecker smelt the sausages cooking and turned up just in time only to run a few oily errands before tea and sausages galore.  All in all Sunday tuned out to be a fine day.  Maybe next year the sun will shine. 

Jubilant June The ‘team’ met at the Old Mill as usual and then a treasonable faction requested a run out to hunt cheaper ale to quaff.  So, following manic calls and texts to the stragglers and late arrivals (with apologies to the ones missed as we didn’t have all the numbers) 11 of us set off in a seven strong convoy of ‘Sevens’ to the The Old Colonial, Dunbottle Lane, Mirfield WF14 9JJ Tel 01924 496920 where Tim Wood made us very welcome.  OGL won the closest to the wall competition with only 5mm gap from bonnet to brick.  Mr. Tango finally found us and pulled up in a flurry.  Lots of interest from the yokels with many questions of ‘what issit mate?  Banter of bikes jet cars- especially Bloodhound the land speed record hopeful, jet bikes, white army diffs, bikes and aerodynamics ensued.  Loandycost wants a bike, OGL wouldn’t trust himself on one, Sec doesn’t like then and Johnny Redmist had his head turned by one once…..  Newark is looming so plans were formulated for the anticipated attendees. Sec is double booked at Cholmondeley POP, Donnington Show ids booked with displays inside the circuit and camping outside (pressure on the tunnel me thinks !).  //+Everyone attending like the place so much it was decided to meet here again for the next meet and also for the Old Colonial Army Day on June 30th at 12.30.   Oh and bikes were mentioned ? 

Stoneleigh 2012 On Wednesday before the show our man Mr. Polish enquired of the organisers– “All OK?” “Same as last year” was their reply.   On Sunday, our happy convoy rolled down the triple carriageway south & the Westieboys peeled off to their allocated pitch.  Our frozen bunch plus the stealth camper arrived to find the Cattle Ring with gates all locked to protect the ‘paddy field’ – well not quite all, there was one round the back, and our frozen heroes provided a splendid 7 car display, not forgetting as ever  the ‘ Best Flags in the Park.. Sunday saw a bright, dry but chilly day with a reasonable attendance considering austerity times or a dread of the weather forecast with a good collection of exhibits, but a not so large crowd show?  We liked the new Gardner Douglas GD T70-moda.  Lots of bits were bought and compared but Mr Polish is into wrap now to keep his cool.  Then just as he said his farewells the clutch cable snapped on the blue bathtub. So off he trotted to The AA (we thought it was Alcoholics Anonymous) whilst the rest set to and repaired it.  So by the time the fourth emergency service even had time to turn on the amber light all was well for his journey home.  Jonny Redmist had a matching bathtub blue coat & chairs.  A new event shelter and four sides was purchased for the club at a ‘steal’  The non camp convoy set off back with those remaining setting camp inside the sheds now designated ‘Area 59’ although string a plenty had to be used to tie up tents .to cars, beams pillars, etc..  At least it would be warm with a dry pack up as the forecast was for more torrential drought.    Sec gave a guided tour of the campervan before tripping off to the MNR party for an evening of food and frivolity.  Monday dawned and after a leisurely luxury breakfast aboard the Sec’s camper.  A second tour of the Exhibition Halls had our boys buying shiny bits and yellow belts (guess who!), before an early run north starting as the forecasted rain arrived just after 10.00am.  We outran the wet stuff north of Leicester and arrived back just as rain was again threatening.  Mr. Tango admitting to baling out at Woodall for a Pee !!!  Roll on Newark & hopeful wall to wall sun & warmth.

May May May stop raining & get warmer soon !! Six cars braved the arctic night.  Chris arrive looking like Huggy Bear in a rather fetching hat, Bill announced Milly is 20 years old, Fencewrecker put on the new windscreenless hood but where was OGL’s car?  He wussed it as the Yellow Peril had only been back on the road all but 1 day (MOT passed though) and had driven 10 miles without using a horse trough full of water.  Sec arrived in the ‘stealth’ campervan which was filled with all things needed for the show ‘cos his car has engine swap clutch woes.  Andy showed off the new aero upgrades, Paul the side vents Mr. Polish stood guard.  Sec mentioned a blow up mistress with real vibrating bits – or was it a mattress?  Jo regaled tales of mad cows and some toreador tales whilst we all looked at Corben Button control tail end skids on the pedal trike.  Johnny Red Mist wants the tuned ‘boat anchor’ when it is relisted back on the Bay of E.  We talked of ‘why a women’s physiology means the men get the cold buttock treatment 2 degrees early, homing snails’, deep fried slugs, dripping sandwiches, squirrels with good PR making tasty burgers that taste of chicken – oh and spring rates and anti-roll bars.  The night went fast and after the coin history lesson, an early ETA set at Woodall Services for the convoy (along with the Squire Westieboys) to Stoneleigh………….

Après Avalanche April  8 bashed through the post drifts & rain to make the Easter Friday meet, several off on holiday jaunts.  Stoneleigh plans were set and Sec is having the stealth support vehicle this year.  Winter refurbishment plans are coming to fruition with garage activity having been done.  Paul made a wish & the wishbone is back on, OGL’s car heads off to more overheating so, off came the head, then on, then off again and is now trying another head hoping this one won’t be hot stuff like the other, Fencewrecker has a new diff, Mr. Tango is stopping the tiger in his tank from smashing up to the bulkhead & Sec’s new yellowmobile is immobilised but not for long.  Absent Mr. Polish has probably added another loving coat of Waxyweight to the Raw bathtub.
Bills car celebrates 20 years of worldwide potholes having covered over 60,000 miles.  Jeremy Phillips builds ‘em well.  Jonny Petrolhead told us fables of string theory – not quantum physics, but physical teamwork between passenger and driver used once to make windscreen wipers tied up with cord work after failure.  Babble topics this month:- “What is the future of automotive power” we asked, - debates of electric motors vs. LPG vs. Hydrogen vs. diesel.  Water gas came out on top but SEC thinks diesel is approximately about 20% a ‘cracking’ fuel.  We like the helmet cams on the F1 coverage, Emerald vs. DTA ECU’s with the former winning cos we like backup over tech which led to bike throttle bodies & potentiometer chatter and finished with a side pod heat exchanger idea for a Fury – good until the exhaust blows !!  We all departed pretending to be meeting in a month but the secret 60th party looms on Easter Sunday.

March & AGM No OGL  – but this time he had a good excuse, and he supplied an inspiration address along with the apology.  Sec & the Treasurer held it all together and the Treasurer gave all present a great lesson in reading the Finance report to the end before asking questions!  The team was re-appointed, things must be going OK, and the meeting closed quickly to allow the important business of planning for the shows – and buying a round – to get underway. Not many cars, but next month the Tax discs will had been bought and numbers will surely be on the up.

F F F Freeeeeezing February saw 13 make it and Sec brought the new yellow S1 and took a double take as he parked next to a yellow S2 that was nothing to do with us.  Dressed all in yellow, ‘King Custard’ challenged everyone to a ‘hop in & out’ competition with the hood up.  Bill came last but has a good excuse with ‘the leg’, ALG claimed a bad back & OGL amused the crowd by extracting bum first whinging that his shoulders were larger than the available exit hole.  Double takes took another twist as Johnny Petrol Head is the twin of Michael Rutter (autograph hunted to prove it). Jo brought all her gloves firmly secured on a lead whilst Paul still only has three wheels on his wagon. Talk of attaching paintball guns to ‘splot ‘annoying cars raised a titter or two but nitro glycerine balls were deemed a bit unfair. New member Clive will attend events driving all the way from Londinium Town..Mr. Polish extracted a pair of new gurney wings calculated to make actual downforce, rather than the usual ‘7’ style nonexistent downfarce. But debate raged over the angle of the dangle.  Fencewrecker was bidding for a spare car on EeByGum Bay. All three major shows are booked and debate of pub first followed buy run out or, run out followed by pub solicited 13 individual preferences.  The karting challenge vs. the Squire Boys raised it head again – date & venue to be fixed. Finally Bracey showed off his classic Christmas pics of ‘Lucypoohs’ embarrassingly sent in error to the whole family !!

New Year, New Venue, & a new car for Sec – yes, yellow of course and a new engine too.  11 of us agreed Christmas was good to us all – we all got the ‘Senna’ movie & Sec got two so, if anyone else wants a copy…….
Jo believes in love for all, well the T-shirt said “Ja” anyway. Still she does have a soft spot for Guy Martin.  Mr Tango was “sans sling”’ at last so, ought to be in the one piece contraception suit & driving soon.   Next meeting there will be a run out to find another watering hole. OGL has one in mind next to some water. The Stevio Pass was mentioned but it could take a mortgage or two in fuel just to drive there !! Jeremy P has a couple of Riots for sale. ALG has no car yet but two garages (one a double).  Johnny Redmist wants to do the coast to coast on a bicycle, ALG offered to follow (in the car). Stoneleigh and Newark are all booked. Now what about Donniy Park with some trick track time anyone?  Andy T showed us his fins – an extra 10kg downforce for a mere 2” of Ali winglet at the front. 
Torque talk followed & Paul described changing wishbones from inside the car upside down.  Nobody likes the Top Gear Christmas show. Too much of the same old same old so we’re switching to 5th Gear But a debate of which is the best Stig, the middle Stig and the new Stig – who is it this time?.  There’s maybe a party (BBQ) at Johnny’s in April, the traditional ‘summer’ before the rainy season.  We don’t like train fairs but a cheaper route was sorted by buying tickets in stages. . Mr Polish has been at it for a month now and has finally got to the sides now.  So only another three panels left before the flies spoil it all again.  

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The anticipation of festive food and feeling (only a fortnight away) boosted the expectation of our yuletide bash. It didn't dissapoint. Christmas dinner was enjoyed by the 18 attending.  SEC was adorned in yellow from head to toe in support of the ‘Yellow Car Club’.  Only one hiccup on the night – the “Yellow Peril” had ticked two meal boxes wrong but The Mill came to the rescue with two ‘chosen’ meals rustled up in good time.  In fact we enjoyed it so much we are moving back to The Old Corn Mill (Wakefield Rd, Brighouse, HD6 4HA 01484 402161) for the January meeting onwards.  A mass barbeque was muted for April since the weather will be better than the summer no doubt.  Much jovial chitchat and banter helped pass the evening all too quickly and as the midnight hour approached we all set off for home in happy spirits.  See you at the Old Mill on January 6th folks !!

Dark, Dreary Damp but Decent December & 11 chums are looking forward to the Christmas party. Sec & Andy ‘the loners’ were deciding who should wear a dress. Bracey can’t go - the babysitter is otherwise employed but we will send him pics of the dinner so he can share!   OGL’s Head is OK it’s just the gasket maybe a tad too wide for the water jacket/union.  ALG has no bits yet but a MX5 is the preferred route.
Mr. Polish now has a young contender to the cleanest car on the grid so let competition begin.  Round1; Mr. Polish opens with wheels off and brakes & wishbones getting some shine, Andy raises him with a polished the undertray. . Although Sec & OGL think that too much shine slows the car down with talk turning to hydrodynamics and aerodynamics.  The consensus is that the Ratt approach makes for faster laminar flow with micro adhesion of air to a rougher body promoting frictionless air flow over the panels (a.k.a. golf balls and America Cup yachts !!  Jonny Petrolhead has spotted a K-Series bargain and may replace the boat anchor Pinto.  Andy prefers the bulletproof C20XE.
Traction topic of tyres and track abrasion – soft vs. hard ensued but Bill doesn’t care with the black stuff standing at just £10 a corner.  Stone chip plates made from ‘helicopter rotor tape’ sound feasible.  Mr. Tango was still in the sling so couldn’t bring the car which meant he didn’t have to put the space suit in half an hour before closing.  Then an interesting discussion of what constitutes ‘drunk in charge’ with references to campervans and key swapping tales and entry only (non ignition) keys ??  Finally Stoneleigh is booked.  Donnington is back (with a track day) & hopefully a Westy Weekend at Blyton in July as well.

Naughtiness Night November  12 made it for mischief night but the deluge at 7.15 meant that all cars stayed tucked up in nice warm garages. Even John’s who was itching to show off his new 20v pride & joy Striker (yes another yellow car to swell the custard colour ranks). Mr Tango turned up with his arm in sling this month now wanting to be outdone by Mr. Polish last month. Hope it recovers quickly Steve). ALG turned up clasping ‘The Book’…….. - How to Build a Sportscar Volume 2 !). Talk soon turned to Christmas and the entourage decamped to the Corn Mill to reserve a festive soirée on the 10th (see forum for details). Once happily booked,  Johnny Petrolhead wants a Zetec SE  to swap for the boat anchor, he talked about  torque and Scooby Bashing at Anglesey, Mike has some cheap track day offered, Bracey’s hungry for a R1ot so, decided to scallop out some chicken sticks to cool the hunger pangs helped by’ Twin Brother’ Fencewrecker.. Bill likes bonkers blowers but prefers turbos to chargers ‘cos the ‘force’ is free and blowers bash yer fuel budget to bits !! Oh and we may now be the owner of a spare set of striker body panels sourced from the Bay of E.

Orthodox October - 12 merry bandits and 3 cars were briefly joined by OGL on yet another curfew enforced by friends imminent arrival.  Johnny Red Mist regaled old tales of Pinto Woes & Breakdowns, Sec showed us he was a ‘union man’ by wanting some ali welding on the two parts of the oil cooler outlet  We all agreed that Bill will bend it when he does it.   We discovered that Mr. Tango’s car has a VERY long accelerator movement, so much so to become quicker the best route to take is to drive in clogs.  Mr. Polish with arm in sling now plus needs to get his bearings as he has gone very wayward at the rear of late.  ALG is finally into some serious heavy metal and eyeing up single donor vehicles like MX5’s but its BMW that gets his juices flowing.  OGL’s car is in dry dock following a water works problems but it’s not the pump, gasket or blockage, so he’s off to the Boggs for bike carbs on the spare.
Christmas dinner will be the 9th or 10th December with the venue to be decided (and sorted).

Swan Song September 10 cars and 19 lucky lads ‘n lasses pilgrimaged to a warm and entertaining night at ‘The Nuns’, but Sec let the side down & didn’t bring his car – “time ran out was the excuse !! Ranks were swelled by a few from the RHOC who turned up for our meet. Thanks to Justin for organising it. When his Robin Hood arrived Mr. Polish was heard to say “LOOK HOW SHINY THAT CAR IS”. (Jealousy is mirrored stainless steel). OGL Newlywed ALG wants a GTM Spyder & may get it past ‘The Mrs’s scrutiny.  Bill was checking camber angles & OGL was checking fresh arrivals tyre temps before announcing he is going to put a header tank on the Yellow Peril,.  Lou is looking forward to all the legs on show at the rugby, Jo thought her clutch was “too ‘ard” especially after the fifth attempt at parking bay juggling & lost her ‘dongle’ in the process only to be found in the air intake!.  John was astounded at the price of VW anti-glare mirrors with cries of “£83 for the glass - OW MUCH’.  Bracey was into his Zombies on the phone, Jonny Redmist’s car twinkles more than a Christmas tree in a shopping mall with all the reflective stickers blathered all over it. Chatter turned to dream cars - Ferraris to Smart Roadsters, and then K-series engines before Mr. Tango made the first move to get ready to leave, applying the space suit before being the last to finally go !!!

August 10 cars – including Jo in her new sumptuous GTM Spyder, complete with Corburn’s seat, pram & nappy rack! ALG was insanely jealous & may have found a route to automotive harmony at last !! OGL turned up in a tin-top, accompanied with Minder Rachel, to ensure he left early on yet more ‘Family Business’ only he spelt it ‘Rugby @ Twickers’. After much chattery, and a thorough inspection of the Spyder, our happy band melted into the night. Sec left in a cloud of rubber smoke – 'Boy-Racers’ indeed, it’s the ‘Old-Man Racers’ you have to watch.

Balmy July 12 cars (¾ Sylvas) & 17 bods turfed up. Clive now holds the award for furthest club commuter with a record 200 miles although we all thought it was to collect the £5 Fencewrecker owed him! Jim drooled over Paul’s carbs. ALG drooled generally as always. Jo re-evaluated Corben’s birth and is considering a Dickie Seat but may make do with an adapted rucksack strapped to the rollbar ! OGL showed off his new budget sticky tyres shine wheels and Jonny Redmist wants some but couldn’t hear from where they were sourced because he saw Metallica the night before. TT talk made Jo swoon every time Guy Martin’s name was mentioned. A competition was held and the sparkly cars drew with the ‘rats’ - 6 all. We all had some extra camping snippets to tell. ML told tales of the latest Cadwell adventure and how ducting out under-bonnet air has given 10mph more !  Bill is really perplexed by computers but could ‘Pad’ his way to surf to the bay of E. Treasureman has hazardless hazards - well unless one flash is counted - to be sorted soon. Sec really wants a Riot. Mr. Polish wants to glisten at a few local car shows so look out for him at the events on the calendar………

Notable Newark 2011 Over the weekend 28 mad men & women used the stand with 11 cars but notably the ‘Westie Boys’ wussed out because of a possible shower ! Camp was set with the brave (or deaf) pitching next to our newest member (1year old). Ernie made his first outing and was immediately put to good use. Jeremy Philips made time to come & see us all & so we descended on his stand where we swapped consultancy ideas. Sec fancies having a Riotous time with ‘The Pure Essence of Driving’. Mr. Polish was caught caressing a full bag of new sponges, Treasureboy found his indicators. Fencewrecker split allegiance and took the MNR to sit with its friends on their stand for a while. The weather was fine apart from one very heavy downpour for 20 minutes late afternoon but it dried as fast as it soaked. A few sought out a curry nest the other half had a BBQ. A few tried the band in the pavilion and swiftly retuned. Bill suffered badly with hay fever. Jo was inventing new avatar names for all. New member Corben went for a drive and eventually fell into the land of nod and slept well for his first camping trip. A bit of drizzle in the night but no leaks then Sec called Reveille and set up Ernie. Sausages, more sausages and yet more sausages were scoffed, then bacon, then beans then some 5 a-day finally say daylight. A few left early to appease their Daddies Day obligations. 750 Dave dropped by and regaled tales of this years circuit antics - always good to hear. A few more shuffles around the stands then slowly we decamped and set off home with happy memories of our best show yet.

Jolly June 11 came in 7 beasts. We were missing the ‘Gruesome Twosome’, both on holiday. Mr Polish was presumed sourcing new supplies from sunny Cyprus.
Sec related more tales of Scammonden build, bridge theory and testing times. Even fence theory came up with possibly the best job in world. Newark Show was thrashed out with possibly 14-18 camping (weather dependant !). There was a lot of food indecision with who takes what. After 5 tries it was still undecided so, sausages all round again eh chaps?  The convoy setting off from Woolley Edge on Saturday morning (see Forum) with the Squires Westy Boys tagging along. Ebay has provided a kettle - called ‘Urn’ in view of it being the size of a water bowser! Tin top support was sorted, or is it?  - Bracey is looking to escape from Birthdaymania for the weekend but ALG is trapped by Daddies Day. Corben will make his camping debut. Bracey showed everyone his best screw yet (self drilling and self tapping in one go for metal). Mr Treasurer’s car is nearly reintroduced onto the highway – hopefully in time for the show weekend  Stveie W’s tyres are now pointing all the same way - at last so that should help the cars driving somewhat.. Jo relived birthing moments & Paul still rues missing the British GP start !
The midges moved in on us so, we swiftly moved off. See all you folks in a few weeks.

Moonlit May 9 cars brought 11 people. Sec just came straight from the vets (cheaper than the doctors these days so it seems). It was a warm night. Dave P got a fly on the bonnet so out came the polish – pics on the gallery page. Those that went reminisced about Stoneleigh for those that didn’t go. Then pleasure rides ensued for the friends of Captain Lisa Head (Charlie, Dolly, Hannah, et.al.) up for her funeral. It is a tribute to her character and the high regard her friends and colleagues held for her as most had come from all over Europe to attend. A sad and untimely demise from this world for someone who must have been an EXTREMELY brave woman, who lost her life in the duty of saving others. All enjoyed the rides and a few may become converts from bikes to Sylvas/Raws, etc. We are looking forward to the favours exchanged one day chopper chappies and chapesses. Good luck to Hannah on your next unique tour. Then the tech talks started as follows :-  
Rear diffusers - those that haven’t got one want one especially as they increase top mph by up to 5-10mph.. Compressed air cars
! Diode talk on OGL’s new alternator that may be malfunctioning. Tyre pressures affecting temperatures. Harewood meet up. TOCA travel plans. Llandow day – Jon wants to go. Mike L has already done a Cadwell this year. F1 Flexi wings are actually a flexi-nosecone giving Red Bull the edge. Brabham fan cars had large engine cooler not a ground effect – still banned anyway. The meet disbanded and certainly the downpour of rain caught up with both Sec & OGL flying in formation convoy on the way home.

Sundrenched Stoneleigh Two ‘teams’ set off in glorious sunshine from separate meeting points to effect a pincer attack on the show from two sides. One the direct motorway route the other the scenic drive over the Peak District. Sec stated ‘I know the way’ but still nearly going wrong – twice, OGL had half pint bladder syndrome and two ‘pit stops’ were required en route. One was a duel fuel stop and we witnessed a fine crash in the garage – probably as the driver was rubbernecking our cars rather stupidly using the car in front as a brake!. The drive down was a tad windy but warm. Camp was set with ‘pitched and gone’ tents such was the gale blowing across the park and the gazebo made an effective ‘sail’, The show was well attended with clubs especially Caterhams(now Lotus again) as usual, with plenty lovely Cobras and Ferrari replicas to drool over.  Few new things but the two stars were a ‘fold down’ trailer in aluminium that was really a very clever piece of design, and chrome coloured powder coating on the Gardner Douglas stand. Once again those that camped palled up with the kind hospitality of MNR (many thanks again lads). We partied the night away with them until time to say bye bye, and our night cap this year wasn’t in arctic sub-freezing conditions.
Breakfast next day was ‘sausaged’ out with enough brought for lunch too! Copious gallons of tea was drunk (urn needed to keep up!). Better co-ordination needed next time chaps else the chant ‘all for sausage and sausage for all' will become a new motto! A few more looks around before packing up to head home in convoy with only one traffic jam en-route. Roll on Newark.

APRIL. Andrew T in his immaculate Locost one the star of the 4 cars who made it, along with 9 members. Steve W. was aboard his tin-top, with a boot full of 2 smashed Alloys courtesy of the potholes we all love. Sec arrived with tales of midnight taxation - but NO car - "I'm going on elsewhere, Honest!" Notable absentees were OGL & JR, but an enjoyable natter non the less. Thoughts now to turn to tents at Stoneleigh over the Bank Holiday - Be There.

March Forth to hopes of summer sun. 14 merry members, 3 hardy souls in cars (Steve in the snazzy rubber luge suit) made the meeting. OGL rattled through the AGM (maybe in record time?) with committee re-elected & requests for a ‘TalkTales’ Scriber. The idea of a club ‘Tools Resource Guide’ was considered and Jon will compile the list. This years calendar has more events already posted with Track Days, inter club karting and camping also yet to be confirmed. 
Chat turned to oil (getting too complex for old engines), aerodynamics, ‘end plates’, under trays, ‘Gurney flaps’, windscreen theory (or to be more precise laminar flow over scuttles to permit no windscreen. This meant that Steve at least is safe from contracting washer bottle Legionnaires. Bracey thinks that an Arial Atom beats both Botox and face lifts for keeping that yoof-ful thin look. Andrew thought the future was orange when he painted his nose cone so everyone can now see him coming. Jon has polished his car (so he says), Dave is getting nervous his shine title may be slipping and Bill has washed his car – it’s yellow !!
We all tutted at numpties that purchase houses next to known noisy locations that have been there aeons (churches and race circuits), subsequently complaining and the law siding with the post traumatic stress activists spoiling everyone’s fun. Whatever happened to Caveat Emptor?

January - 11 made the New Year meeting but OGL was laid up on the sick bed with Man Flu (or was it Swine Flu as he had Rashes all over his body).

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Whiteout   Six members, no cars, no OGL, terrible weather, empty pub with most of the lights out - so with thoughts of the upcoming Christmas Dinner to sustain us, the get together closed at the unbelievably early hour of 10.30pm!

Remember remember the 5th of November………
Whoosh, Fizz, Weeeee………………  Phut
and that was just SEC’s car trying to start before the meeting !! 9 dragged themselves away from bonfires. The countdown to March 1st begins now as most cars are off the road tucked up for winter whilst we dream up another 1001 excuses to go and buy a pencil so our cars can be used. Those that went on the curry night reminisced about it. A potential new member came along with pictures of a very tidy Locost C20XE. Fencewrecker has contemplated an ‘F Duct’ on the car – we all thought it was to let the trouser air out! The Christmas dinner menus were chosen. Next years trips wish list were muted and TOCA, Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Festival of Speed, Nurburgring, Circuit Historique de Laon & Spa came high up on the priorities. SEC gave us a corner by corner blow of Cadwell, Oulton, et al. News of Raw having been sold to Bulmers brought images of cars named on apples – Katy or powerful Cox all driven by Granny Smith or a Pink Lady.!! 
ML has got his car back on the road two days before the tax ran out. Good timing! ALG has found a chink in the missus’ armour and may get to even consider buying a car. Jon still thinks diffs are definitely different so sec will send a different differential list to defy disbelievers.

‘Orrible October 11 bods but no cars as torrential rain again stopped play again!! Banter was lively with Rick L still thinking the Sonic is a tonic, Jon wants a MBE Riot with push button gear changes, OGL wants a VVC K-Series engine & DW was talking Double Dutch - that’s Ackermann theory to you and me although his tyres are still like a 50p piece following SVA brake testing. Bracey showed his ‘half shaft’ video off to one and all & sec his bent wishbone. Sec then found some MGB’sters, showed them his bent wishbone then  chatted the night away, Dave P is contemplating polishing the undertray to gain a nano-fraction of extra acceleration. His 20v plans are on hold as new bits are now wanted to make the blue bathtub more menacing. These include some new cams for the 16v to rev more and a new diff from a Sierra P100 pickup. However, different diffs divulged different opinions on pinions & duff ratios so he might get a 20v instead!! Bracey build days are over now the newest cost centre is starting to eat Farleys Rusks so he’ll only buy ready mades from now on, hence he’s selling the tool cabinet. With family fortunes featuring high on some frolickers’ agendas, extra seating capacity is required and 4-seaters are now needed. Consensus is that Vindicators will not be allowed though. Quantums will.  Talk switched to Gas guzzlers & ALG got excited, then realised it was only about suicide pacts on the news.
Stafford got DP vexed and discontent about inconsistencies of entrance payment to get, especially as we boys who take their cars to the show are the show.
The curry night is set for the 16th, Christmas dinner will probably be at a new venue – the Gomersal Park Hotel. Karting vs. the Westie Boys from the café - TBA.

Sylva September - Only 8 came but 5 luscious Sylva cars. OGL’s car was dribbling at both ends but the  tank was patched up enough to make it. Paul came without our latest member Corben – no dickey seat fitted to the Fury (yet!) but it has had the Dennis Vessey treatment. Bracey has also produced other new member – Lucy Jane – congratulations to both mum & dad.  Jon said his car was in dry dock to fix the wayward steering column – we all thought he drove like that anyway!!   General triviality included: 1001 uses of rhubarb, Squires Café tales, Nitrous injection is easier if you are a BOCM employee, Gortex sleeping bags being  the answer for the kit car shows, next years Nurburgring trip, a curry night date to be set, Xmas dinners at the Ceder Court is full so alternatives to be sought & OGL held fort with jokes aplomb. Mr Polish was on call so couldn’t come however; he was last seen fervently polishing away filling in time waiting for a job. Steve has a new tent therefore we have 5 star dining at Stafford – but no chandelier this time?? Excuses galore were made for Stafford – probably only 3 to attend (DW @ wedding, Sec @ Harewood, etc. etc…..)  By the end of the night we reminisced about EeByGum Racing (the one that nearly managed to take ovva Brawn fur a quid. We considered developing next years car but weeill ‘av to ‘Twock’ one reight quick to gerr on wit gerrin it reddy furt t’ start next year tha noss.  This led to inventing new Olympic events for our 2012  games with the ’Fencing’ event - moving on stolen goods in a pub in Liverpool, 100m hurdles - a dash over 10 back gardens in Rochdale carrying a stolen Plasma TV under one arm. If they pass it on then this forms the basis of 100m relay event.

Average Aug – Twelve members but only five cars made it as OGL, Sec & Paul admitted fears about the dreaded torrential rain (again) stopping a possible total of eight machines. Bill came in the remapped car - now driveable. ML in his car now with engine bay under tray. C Downes brought some glittering, lights sooooooo dazzling they needed safe keeping in a briefcase!! The Committee quickly determined that as a consequence of leaving the MSA, our membership of the ANCC should lapse. The mid meet rainstorm saw a few dashing for cover, some home. ALG went along for a ride to recharge his yearning for a car. General discussion revolved around renewed Stafford KC Show & plans with the hardy wanting to camp. It was then that tales of tents/vans & holidays with sump busting ferry trips were regaled. DW told us of his dry slope skiing antics in his ‘yoof’, in a car,  at Scarborough, DP of his bonnet aerobatics, OGL plied the remaining with memories of this years Cholmondeley Pageant of Power and such beasts as a 120mph JCB GT and 24cylinder Bentley. Sec gave us a history lesson of BMW & Micro Cars. But the limelight was dominated by the banning of the Teutonic Terror from F1 (the one that talks cobblers like his namesake) – perhaps the devil incarnate as well as Webber’s impressive Olga Korbut impression.
On the social front a curry night was mentioned and early planning for the Christmas Festivities (Cedar Court this year).

July Japes- Only six members and three cars attended as the rain arrived with excellent timing just before all were due to set out to the meet. An evening which featured Joy rides for a couple of guests. DW’s MNR was over its Newark return traumas, and  talk turned to Stafford in mid September.

Newark 2010
18 people and 12 cars this year - a record for us. The Toyota Twins, Kent Boys and MNR Man stopped to endure the cold night. Last years dog kennel brought by OGL proved the butt of everyone’s jukes but this year nearly all had event tents! Imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery. The biting north wind kept Saturday cold. The clouds went as the sun went down so it got colder. Then it got colder and went very cold. So we gravitated to the MNR Party which drifted towards the event function which, was sooooo exciting we decided there could be more fun at a morgue. Brasso Inclutcho Intacto was hailed to protect our wallets (well we are from Yorkshire) so we went walkabout, looked at some Yank tanks on display, and then re--joined forces with our best mates MNR and partied the night away being blinded by a laser show.
Sunday brought warmth and overdue sunshine, Breakfast was the usual 20 gallons of perpetual tea (urn required) followed by half a ton of sausages. Sec couldn’t get his pop-up tent to pack down – half an hour for three people ! – still saves on the gym fees.Howard came with his son and announced that the new MK with GSXR power was ready for IVA. DP’s bonnet was looking sad after making a bid for freedom on the motorway,  (polish won’t cure that) A few Lieges were parked on top of s mound, a fantastic Leyland tuck special pulling a cute 2CV based vintage Renault lookalike. Triking seem to be making a comeback with a vested interest for one member as a sibling has one in storage.A few enquiries and interested parties took membership details. Jon got a fan and was jibed as it is the only ‘fan’ he has….. PG’s Nuts are considering selling 10mm stainless steel following so much demand from one member over the years !!
DW had dramas on the way home with the car’s first outing as a water pump came loose taking out the timing sensor but a quick foray to find glue sorted it and the convoy wend it weary but happy way home.
Roll on Stafford

June Jamboree
Well not such a Jamboree, No OGL – yet another excuse! Only three cars; Sec - with the hood up, a visiting Marlin also with the hood up, and Steven W (for WET) because of course he has no hood – or windscreen, or side screens. DP was late home and the rain came as he was about to set out & so he whimped out into the tin top. Even Bill arrived under a metal lid!  Ten hardy souls in all, so a jolly chin-wag if not a Jamboree.  Dave Wright’s MNR sits it’s re-test on Tuesday after attention to front brakes & a diff change (probably), so he should be OK for Newark.  Paul & Jo arrived along with a detachable racing seat, occupied by our newest member – Corben, all 8lbs 11½oz of him at just 2 weeks & 4 days. Never have so many nappies & sleepless nights tales resounded around the Nuns!  Plans were laid for Newark, details will doubtless pop up on the Forum.

Freeeeeeeezing again. It rained – light showers were promised and we had just one – all day! 8 made the pilgrimage.  It was cold there, then it got colder, then it got colder still, then it got VERY cold! Many thanks to MNR for the use of their marquee, fire & BBQ – fine Hosts.  We all felt very old as a couple of 17 year old showed us round their cars. My show highlights were a 358kg track day MEV motorbike mid engine in a Mallock format – stunning! helmets, racing harnesses.  We all wondered if Autoglym were visiting DP to see if he could return some polish as a wholesale supplier!  Evening banter included a potential Raw merger with Manor GP renaming it ‘Ee Bar Gum Racing’ (EBGRac).
Sausages sausages and more sausages  - good food planning for brekky by all although we thought we had the best tent around with our chequered tablecloth and candelabras. OGL finally sold the Dampers. He only came to look at DW’s wheels and left with pockets full of Spax.

May Medley,
Election Fever came and went with a well hung parliament and talks of possible October elections (that’s more elections than a Chinaman on his honeymoon night!). All party’s attended and red, blue, yellow, green cars turned up.  Two new potential members with good talks of engine types to use, bike vs. car, Kent vs. Duratec, etc, Family Fortunes followed– good luck Jo & Paul.  A few mentioned a MNR Track day (£80) & a low cost Lowcost day – see their forum.  DW has only 1 week to IVA.
We reminisced of camping days and nights at Stoneleigh where DP dreamt of polish stands.  Talk of trailers, Sheep chicanes, 2 wheels bad, 4 wheels good and one member working on the toilet with the laptop!!. We thought he had piles of work and needed it to work out his logs. We all thought he looked a bit flushed and wiped out.  

April showers bring forth May..............hopes that the rain will eventually stop and we can take our cars out at last!!- 12 attended  another drenched Bank Holiday Friday evening so no cars.  However, next meet should see almost a full compliment as Mike L nearly has his back on road, Bill A the same (now he is not legless), Sec after leaving his mark or two in a roundabout sort of way OGL in a taxing way, DP (having a weekend off from polishing his car) and Dave W having finalised the build – it’s nearly ready hence: 
Formula for Fun (FF) =  DW + MNR x (IVA)/3 weeks x 2 pie.
Discussion centred around;
Bill A needing a map – not an OS one but an Emerald one to let the new throttle potentiometer do the talking so the .driver doesn’t need to do the walking, brakes - Mintex vs. Green Stuff, Volvo to Ford to Mazda and Triumph to SAAB to Omega conversions – this had Jon perplexed,  DW is ‘Tyred’ out buying  wheels. Tales were regaled of the years first camping outing to a sub zero Ribble Head.  So much fun some a re retuning next weekend! Jon has bought a new pop up tent after popping in to a camping shop.  Jo has nearly produced our newest member – due at the KC Show 
F1 – Australia was much better – however we have a split decision  - Hammy or Button, which is de man?  Concensus was we all like 8am starts as they don’t corrupt the day. Our advice to Virgin/Manor re the small fuel tank – we reckon a shot of ‘coal tar’ in the tank to be a dense enough fuel to get t’Timo overt finish like tha noss.
The next official trip s the PPC in the Park followed by the Stoneleigh weekend. See you all there.

March Expectations - The saying goesMarch winds and April showers bring forth May~~be able to use our cars this year if weather allows’ doesn’t it?  Anyway Chris D is considering converting his car to a boat in keen anticipation of another globally warmed summer !! Tales of adventures were told, with lore of ambition winning over adhesion in a ‘roundabout’ sort of way.  Hence talks led to traction control theory on the cheap without the need for ABS.  Paul is into electric cars (not Scalectrix) and wants to build one – we say battery theory hasn’t kept pace so he will need a very long lead. Better use Hydrogen engines AKA ‘bobms’.. ALG will carpet the house so gaining brownie points for a car budget. DP is to swap a 16v for a 20v and upgrade the Omex 300 to 600, the clever self learning type.  The first camping foray is in the planning stage and it was decided the only thing needed to bring is …………..a sleeping bag and booze .! 

ALG desires a car, wants a car, needs a car. !3 of us agreed !! But he knows that he wouldn’t know how to fettle it, but we all know that he doesn’t need to know because he will know somebody who may know and failing that they can get in touch with a knowledgeable bod who will know.  Freezing February got off to a lively start. . Sec seconded several subscriptions.  Merry japes about road kill and poaching laws, stray wagon wheels (not the chocolate ones), fireproof helmets, track days, tyres, Spax damper length and ride height made.  Steve is preoccupied about his wedding tackle whilst driving – or is it that the ride height is just too low for West Yorkshires finest speed attenuators.  Mikey has a new project – Fiat X19 – that may get finished ………… sometime !  Bill thinks a concrete car is the new medium for a shapely body cast.  Another F1 team may be up for grabs after we missed out so narrowly last year with Brawn GP.  If bought Campos will be relocated to Holmfirth hence renamed Compos.  New rubber would mean wellies for the pit crew - well fed on fish ‘n chips..  The competition from the new teams is patchy with Virgin F1 probably pulling out after the installation lap with worries that the fuel may be put in the wrong hole!!  Anticipation of warmer weather for the coming year abounds and a few are already getting ready for March when the roads beckon once more.

Snow Snow Slip Slip Snow for our January Japes meant only 6 managed to get to the meeting especially as it started with more of the fully white stuff falling at 7pm!  OGL braved it from moorland heights but where was Sec Stu – skidding in a snowy Slaithwaite stuck in a slow snake of stopped traffic?  Tales of the weeks weather was followed by various incidents of red mist road rage.  Paul has chosen some wheel deals & Jo announced she has broken the cat flap – we recommended using the door next time and they both now need a three/four seater kit car.  DP mentioned in passing that he hasn’t had time to polish the car yet this year (only the 8th) – we were aghast.  With this years calendar penned talks turned to tents. Big ones to act as garages as well as holiday homes. DP reckoned it would keep the rain off the Blue Beastie.  We all reminisced over past owned cars and DW explained how to rally drive a Mini with hydrolastic suspension.

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Ho Ho Ho ! Several staunch members braved sleet, snow and slush to grace the 2009 Christmas Party at the Stansfield Arms. Sauvignon, Santa, scoff and singers provided the usual fun filled festive frolics. Good food was enjoyed by all whilst an excellent singer ‘Nat King Kong’ lamented us with ‘lurve songs’.  Jon was awarded ‘brownie points’ for blagging an extra half of turkey, acre of veg and Christmas pud.  OGL found a secret ‘cheese mine’ and brought several slabs to the table.  Andy demonstrated giving birth to a ‘baby’ balloon then Jo got broody and practised cradling and feeding it !!. The dancing started and the ‘yokels’ whisked us off to the floor one by one starting with OGL (aka ‘Milk Tray Man’).  The girlies danced round a handbag or two until the midnight hour then the stoic bade cheery farewells with good wishes and there goes another year !!

December - Ho Ho Ho it’s nearly Christmas !!  A resilient 13 attended and talk of MSA reg changes lead to discussions of new tyre lists, FR Helmets, overalls, gloves, shoes and HANS (whoever he is). A brave few organised a Saturday morning run out to North Yorkshire Tales of ‘Ribble Head Lore’ ensued.  Attention turned to aerodynamics and it was decided that apart from the usual winglets and side skirts the extra speed wearing a 60’s plastic hair band acting as a canard wing over a baldy head would add a further 10mph ! We then discoverer we are all ’saddos’ as all bar one have photos of their jalopy on their mobile phones. Nik has sold ‘The Black Beast’. Mike L described the Holme Moss fountain - to be avoided we believe.  Dave W has bought some new shockers (bounce & rebound) but only for the Mountain Bike.  All offered Jo birthing advice & a special offer of 3 packs for £18 was misunderstood by Jon as thought it meant Stella but  Jo was talking Pampers!! The Christmas party looms on the 19th, the outline 2010 calendar was set and the next meeting will be Jan 8th as New Year day s the first Friday.

Remember remember the First Friday in November a Standard number came and the night set off like a Rocket. Where was Sonic Sec? Following OGL’s lead and escaping for a weekend away. Bracey was off playing at Will Hoy on the new wheels. A few ideas were Fused and a bit of Flare was discussed. Bill brought a home made Air Bomb (intake scoop) and Dave P (Sparkler man) said it needed a polish. Jo Barraged Rick with questions about his truncheon and hat - the world is now legally her toilet. Darrel has found a home for his Star, Fencewrecker has put some time into the garage and the new car is ready to test the Traffic Lights. The Christmas party was deliberated and the menu went round as many times as a Catherine Wheel before courses were chosen. Discussion turned green and it was decided that we are all ‘enviro friendly’, by recycling an old Banger into a Black Cat (Caterham). Jon regaled tales of maintaining the entente cordiale by joining Friends Disunited in a French restaurant in Germany, getting a meal ordered in ‘charades’ lingo. Then someone must have lit a Jumping Jack as we all leapt up and flowed out of the pub like larva from a Volcano into a Snowstorm (well a rain storm really).

Ribblehead Camping Trip No disasters! Dave & Jon have tales of a boozy camp fire session and windy Saturday night with 2 Para in the bunkhouse at Ribblehead.Was that a ghost ? No just a sleepwalker ! Sec joined them at 10.00am Sunday up in the damp clouds - their other oppos having departed. 3 intrepid Strikers set off for Hawes, crossing with 6 kit cars coming the other way. Much waving! Fuel up, with locals taking photos! then over Buttertubs at 526 mts to a drier Muker in Swaledale for a pot of tea beside a real coal fire in  Secs’ mates teashop. Once more the cars attracted a family with 2 young lads who enjoyed a sit in Jon's motor. Then it was back over the tops to Askrigg, and a spirited run along the high level yellows of Wensleydale to find the sunshine in Leyburn. Stop for chat and to remove scarves and Woolley hats, then we turn south through Middleham heading for the Ice Cream shop in Ripley. Beyond Ripon we crossed again with some 12 or more kits going north - even more waving! In Ripley it was Vanilla or Banana dipped in Hot Chocolate, and a chat with a chap lamenting the Westfield he had enjoyed in earlier years. On to Harrogate, where Dave and Jon struck west to Wetherby and the A1 (after a play, or was it a missed exit? at the roundabout) while yours truly kept on for Leeds and home. A great round trip of 150 miles - we should do it more often, forget the weddings and other complications (-noted OGL !!).

Tin Top October Time meant that the weather has broken and most cars are now tucked up in a warm garage – except Steve who braved the rain with no screen !! (he’s emulating Bill for outright hardiness.  11 attended the meet but where was our little treasurer? Hunting Rhinos again. Tales regaled of monthly daring and deeds.  Mr Polish and JR went out for a run and both suffered a breakdown within 100 yards of each other. Paul & Jo are expecting a junior member to arrive in May next year – congratulations from all. Christmas dinner is confirmed – see the calendar page. Mr. Polish has been hunting Gelert outlets to join the ‘Fancy Pants’ team but hasn’t struck lucky yet and Andy seems keen to join the hardy campers. Talk centred around JR bartering MFI wardrobes whilst ‘Sec’ bothered MI5, Customs and Excise interference. OGL can’t access his clothes because of a handbag and shoe wall. Tyres, Carbs, TB’s, Lambda’s, ECU’s and all things electronic and mysterious.

September First Friday saw 11½ (is that a future new member Andy?) attend with cars a plenty. Nobody heard OGL arrive with the new quiet silencer! DP was on holiday in Spainland checking out polish stocks in Benidorm. Andy still can’t decide which car is best and Rich wants a Sonic. OGL’s bushes squeaked more than a set of mice in a Monty Python sketch – time to crack out the silicon lube. JR’s car was ‘tyred out’ after a fabulous day at Anglesey and Mr. Mikuni was restricting him playing out. Rain abruptly cane and filled up the cars so Sec hastily drove his bathtub home. OGL chivalrously mopped his car out so ‘Er Indoors’ could be seated in more of an unsaturated style.

August Meet. A dry evening, 6 cars, several tin-tops, and a strong member turnout.  OGL left early – family business.  While the cat was away, the mice did not particularly play, they were too busy soaking up Dave & Jon’s tales of Scooby bating. Oh how Dave has changed – apart from the silly grin he can’t shed – he hasn’t polished off the trackday rubber and wears it proudly. When are we going again? he muttered all evening. Bill has 2 knees now – get back in the Striker soon mate.

Track Day Ty Croes Anglesey - Strikers 2 : Scoobies 0  Two members, DP &  Jon "red mist" Read set off for Anglesey on a Thursday evening, driving along the great roads of North Wales. Camp was set at 10pm next to the opposition all lined up in formation (about 20 hot Subarus. (A David & Goliath scene pictured here) In the face of adversity JR’s words were" Dave we are f####d". Next day pre start nerves weren’t helped when ,JR took his silencer of his car for inspection when comments could be heard from the "Scooby mob", "the exhaust has fallen off already".
DP’s first track day started well, getting used to the circuit, braking & turn in points etc. making a few mistakes in the morning stint, J "red mist’ R was off showing a clean pair of heels to the "Scooby boys" demonstrating what these Strikers can do on a track.
400bhp scoobys that had mods were overtaken - they could not keep up on the bends and we pulled away on the straights. There was only one scooby we let pass and that had 500bhp running on race fuel. Later in the afternoon a jealous Scooby owner came over to enquire what engine was in JR’s car? Jon replied "It’s a Cortina ". Brilliant! JR took his now best mate Tim out for a blast on track for a few laps and he came back singing from the Strike Hymn Sheet. “Respect, come round tonight with us for a pint".. A few pints of lager in the bar and then all sat outside till 1am,chatting had a great time made new friends and hope to meet up again at a future track day. The experience and atmosphere of the track day was fantastic. The marshalls and the people that we met were fantastic. Look out for the next track day hopefully with more people from the club.

3 Nuns July Friday, only 2 cars - Sec & Howard - then Howard disappeared, only for fuel, he soon returned.. Best not to forget after a night of jolly banter. 10 bods in all, all happily searching through another goody-bag from Jon. Post-it notes and pens were found by a plenty, then Bill dug deep and brought out a gem of a mini LED torch "How did we all miss that?" Jonathan had finally got his Striker back from Boggies, only to be out of MOT, and Dave was absent preparing (polishing) for a track day at Ty Croes. by the way where was OGL – sweltering in Frog-land we were told ....

Newark 09 - 14 attended with  only 5 cars, JR’s in dry doc, Bill for knee reasons DW building his, still!, Chris fro Credit Crunch savings, Dave B couldn’t bring the Marlin as the Webbers were making a bid for freedom ! OGL brought his car even with cracked wishbone so the rest of the troop were singing ‘three wheels on my wagon’. New member Steve with a tidy non yellow striker 20v Toyota – Mmm yummy, The weather was fine at last (for a change over the past two years) except just as OGL arrived the heavens opened at the A1 roundabout & filled the car upnicely. .Three hardy campers stayed over DP pitched his tent inside out, and also got the inners and outers order mixed up,OGL slept in an event ‘Dog Kennel’ that took 30 seconds to pitch. Then the fancy pants emerged Stu first then OGL and DP feeling left out borrowed a set.. Tea beckoned and a hunt for pies ensued. Melton Mowbray Pies are now much richer. Doughnuts, Dodgems, Discos, Dodgy Wine & Drooling over some Gargantuan American Tin Types finished the night. Day 2 - DP found the polish stand & started to quiver with excitement until he saw some fluorescent braces.! Richard wants a Sonic, OGL still wants a Liege, and we all like the new Sylva Spectre.

Cadwell Park 750 Motor Club Car Championships held on Sunday 10th May allowed a few to support Rob contestinmg in a Raw Striker. Haute Cuisine (Namely Bacon Butties) was provided by the Cordon Pink caterers (namely Rob & nik) from the 'Corporate Hospitality Suite' a.k.a. Campervan. A grand day out was had by those that attended

The Stoneleigh Kit Car Show officials waved us through and we set camp. OGL felt outdone by the Westfield demo scare rides so did a couple of doughnut demos of his own. 16 bods and 5 cars (a few in dry dock for various reasons) attended with 4 hardy souls camping – more of that later. Dave P made a beeline for the polish stand and wanted to buy some more. The rest bought more sunglasses!  Some nice new cars there and Dave P wanted a few – well actually most ! Jon & Dave were despatched to forage for tea and came back about two hours later with fish & chips (brought from Grimsby??). Merriment and boozy banter ensued – especially regarding Jon's choice of sleeping bag colour.- actually the same as Daves '60s Bath Blue' car - still they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Then it got cold. Then it got colder.  Then it got seriously cold so we all huddled into one tent. Mmmmm cosy ! There was ice on the tents at 3am !! Two went hunting chocolate and log fires. Reveille at a damp 7am, with a big fry up warming us up. Then it rained. Then the tin top types arrived to boost the ranks. Jon kept pulling the bonnet up to show off the new ‘shiny bits’. Andy thinks he may have found a car for Gail. OGL found a cracked wishbone probably after an West Yorkshire potholing adventure.  The weather improved so tents were packed away and the cars loaded up. Dave P needing bungee cord to strap on the potential car brochures and extra polish bought ‘just in case’. The convoy set off home with one last doughnut. With a dry (ish) uneventful trip home. Roll on Newark !!

Consensus was we are pig sick of hearing about Swine Flu – the news is becoming a bit of a boar! 14 members and 5 cars made the May assembly. Notable exceptions being the ‘Turquoise Rash‘ (so kindly named by Jon) because it was in the final stages of polishing! We will let Jon off for not participating in his car as it was in dry dock having the direction changer sorted. (is that the tiller then?). Pat & Tom turned up in a nicely refurbished MK and Mike L in the modified asymmetric with a grin bigger than a Cheshire cat recounting tales of the Harewood School Day  Fencewrecker has nearly finished the new car but thinks the new ‘D-shaped wheels may catch on.. Plans were hatched for Stoneleigh and the hardy two (OGL & Sec) persisted at persuading the hesitant to join in. and general banter about roundabout prowess ended the nights fun.

The Derbyshire Dales run out day started with cars amassed at OGL’s house prompt at 8am on a cold and damp morning.  The convoy set off with hails of ‘I know the way’ from Sec. Two miles later up the wrong road a hasty U-turn was made. The sun reflected strongly in Dave’s gleaming, recently polished car causing the rest to wear very dark shades to stop glare!!! The view from the top of Holme Moss was spectacular as was the look of fear from Tail End Charlie who popped over the crest into a set of stationary sight seekers.  Through fine empty country lanes occasionally stopping to admire the view, put Dave’s rear light in, re polish the horse poo off the wheel arches. Onwards through Deepest Dales with the occasional Mexican Wave at traffic lights. Sec then led us astray again so Tail End Charlie let the Sat Nav do the talking only to loose the new rear gunner who went metal detecting. We re-grouped and OGL got us ot the Kit Car Show albeit in a round about way!

‘April Showers’ brought 6½ cars & 14 bods to the first spring airing (Bracey turned up in the new tin top diesel– hence the ‘half’ but we will forgive him because is it such a good value beast). Andy drooled over the yellow cars again & Darrel arrived at finishing time..
Howard admitted he has stopped smoking – that’s the car not him – the new ZX9R engine sounded wonderful and has stopped pumping out the blue stuff !!
Jon has his back on the road with bike carbs, LSD and soft springs and admitted to Déjà-vu around a roundabout a several times!!. Still wondering how to leave the turquoise ‘trailer’ behind though. This years designer accessory must have is COSHH earplugs on a string.  Talk turned to the usual banter such as exploding plods, and what has F1 given us? Conclusions included adaptive suspension, telemetry, ABS, Traction Control, cheating, lies, steward enquiries…………..
Some lamenting that we didn’t get Brawn racing especially with a 4 second per lap advantage we reckon we could all have a go and still win.  Diffusers are definitely ‘Confusers’ but now available for .reasonable spends for the striker (contact Mike L for details). Runs out were discussed – with a Sunday ad-hoc coast blast, Boggs Bros. end April, MK in May, and Stoneleigh (including beans around the camp fire)…

The AGM managed to pass through swiftly –albeit starting a bit late due to OGL’s need for feed and Mr. Secretary stopping to view the scenery at every traffic light in town.  Hopes for better weather in 09 abound so we can all enjoy our club more.
Feelings of devastation ensued on the news that our £1 offer for Honda Racing was not accepted – still it must have been a close shave!!  Anyway what do a razor firm want with F1 ? Serious gold star points are awarded to Mike L for arriving in the Blue Striker in near freezing conditions. Andy has the hots for a fast Fiat Turbo Coupe that Bill may be selling unless someone tells Bracey first.  Dave W has been heard making ‘Brum Brum’ noises in the garage as his new builds progresses.  The wheels are tuning, well one was changing hands in the car park.  Jonathan wants to emulate Ferrari and put a plastic see through cover in the bonnet of the refurbished striker to show off Bogg Brothers best manifold welding & Carbs.  Cold March means deferring the two planned runs to April and then it will be Stoneleigh again

February Fling.
Where is he? – He didn’t ring me – I couldn’t ring him - He never said anything.  The text an hour and a half into the evening finally settled the speculation. OGL stranded in Norfolk. (building snowmen & Igloos In deepest darkest rural Norolk - OGL). Only half an answer, but enough to allow the real business of the evening to continue – Paul admits he slept through January but is now back in the land of the living. Jon has spent his beer tokens on a Diff, all he needs to do is fit it. Stuart explained, again, about the Sheep-v-Snow fences on the M62. The AGM will be at 8.00pm on 6th March, and rumour has it there’s enough in the coffers to continue – of course we will be on firmer ground when all subs are paid! (hint hint !). Come back OGL, all can be forgiven.

Millers Oils Night 22 enthusiastically attended the very interesting presentation by Millers Oils at Raw Striker North (many thanks to Rob & Nik for allowing us to use their premises.  A joint meeting with HMC (thanks to their members fro showing interest).  A great insight was given by Mike Fenton into the technicalities of stopping metal grinding away metal in a nanosecond inside the various components of our cars.  Oils have come on a long way since some medieval bod found out that when he ran over a beast of burden and the exuding animal fat slopping onto the axle made pushing his cart easier and faster ! Then crude oil was discovered and we never looked back.  Questions came a plenty - once the discussion finished with modern synthetic oils.  Some ‘tyre kicking’ ensued with the cars Rob had on display before some sojourned to the pub.

January The ‘Hardy Eight’ made it to the first meeting of the year. Honda hasn’t rejected our 1p takeover bid - yet !! Jon reckons that we will come up against some stiff competition - and we thought maybe Dave Richards or Eddie Jordan too. DW regaled us with how he led the Burmese Liberation Front over the border into Thailand. We all decided North Vietnam has good roads but ‘Ruff’ food.
The New Year brings new forthcoming activities like a run out to Boggs Bros. was discussed for early next year & a potential trip to Donington Park Motor Museum penned (see the calendar page) We have the potential for a trip to France later in the year (best not go at a snails pace eh !) and Jon’s experience at maintaining the ‘Entente Cordiale’ with Mini driving natives could come in useful. DW wants to compete in his new car, but only next year as it will take some time to unravel the spaghetti wiring from the kitchen table! Rick wants another car and Andy is still working on his negotiation skills..

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Yuletide scoff time otherwise known as the Christmas Party at the Stansfield Arms provided lots of fun as usual. Lots of people trekked to the team ‘tent’ where we were placed at a table by the wind machine – or was that the door !! This was always left open by any passing people so a force 10 gale kept blowing Stuarts wig off !  Choruses of “Dooorrrrr” “Dooorrrrrrrrrrrrr” to all that left it open went unnoticed by most except one fair maiden lady gave us  “the look” -  and we assumed she thought we were shouting “whore”!
The menu of choice was the high rise pork steaks but those without their doggy bags have increased weight by about half a stone! It is amazing how a Dioxin conrtamination can make meat treble in size. Bill stoically managed to come almost straight from the operating table (a true grit spirit) but looked & was vey sore – never mind we can wait until next year for the dance routine.  Bracey enjoyed everything twice as much as anyone else apart from OGL who helped a bit with some turkey. Jo led the girls in a dance line locomotion showboat, Rick showed us he is a Disco Diva and Jon strutted his stuff in the designer wear. Paul talked about his fantasy garage but then we realised he was discussing his musical tastes.!

The Ginetta Trip to the impressive LNT group building on Tuesday 9th was an eye opener. A joint meeting with HMC, 27 turned up in all.
It was impressive informative, interesting & impeccably clean. An insight was given about the whole LNT group structure & function then onto the juicy bit – the cars!
We were shown cars from 1400 & 1800 G20’s to the all singing & dancing G50. Some bare chassis – some ‘clothed’. The new road car was there as well as a few special prototypes including the 107mph electric car.
We sojourned to the local for a sarnie, pint and some chatter. Plans were hatched that when we buy Honda F1 we will rent out the wind tunnel for a few quid to recoup our investment costs.

First Friday December – a chap arrived in a Pilgrim Bulldog and was promptly descended upon by four regulars only to find out he was waiting for his blind date to arrive & nothing at all to do with the club. Poor chap probably thought he was about to be mobbed!  She arrived in a spotty yellow car & we bid a hasty retreat.. the usual merry chit chat ensued and we decided we could put in a bid for the Honda F1 team calling it T.N.R (Three Nuns Racing). We will run on alternative fuel –chip fat collected from the locals, hydrogenated & chemically enhanced by Dr. E Bygum run in an engine developed by Willy Eckerslike. Pit stops could take a bit longer through the 4-Star nozzle but heck, with the rotation of some of our talented willing drivers through the season we’ll wing it OK.
Jon gave us a fashion parade with the new designer Packamac, Stuart gave us an excellent class on Dam construction.  Mikey tops the road kill league table (so far) with a kangaroo, OGL coming second with a dairy cow. Oh, and there was a bit of discussion about oily bits and carbs as well as the costs of repairing “The Ring” after some Volvo drivers demolished a Porsche, Transit and a corner, too !!
A ride out to Boggs Bros. was discussed for early next year & a potential trip to Donington Park Motor Museum penned.

November First Friday - Twelve people and three cars attended even though it was about minus 5 degrees !. Stoic some of our members you know ! Frivolity was, as usual high with indoor helicopter battles taking priority over the evening. Christmas Dinner was finalised as were numbers and confirmations for the Ginnetta trip in early December. OGL was off ill in his death bed with ‘Man Flu’  – but was heard to have commented that at least it isn’t Bird Flu…..

First Friday October - 12 cars again came for the outing.. Stuart led Bracey all the way to the venues he needed to visit!. A few attempts at overtaking were expertly blocked by Stuart but it just seemed the new engine just couldn’t keep up !! Someone commented it wasn't as quick as the old engine but Bracey countered saying in it's current state it is just as slow! Never mind – it was only a burst water pipe and nothing too serious ! Hopefully the pipe will be mended and it will be back on the road soon.
First Friday September -
For the first time EVER no cars turned up – the weather was soooo bad,.if any cars had tried they would have floated to the meeting Bracey’s car is still off the road but getting close to being finished. We heard tales of him sitting in the ‘office’ chair in the garage late at night making ‘brum brum’ noises. Much discussion took place about what would go into everybody’s fantasy garage and car wish lists generally.  Dave P told us of his video again but I doubt it will be released in time to hit the box office… A couple of members are on holiday - how dare they be away on a club night !! Mikey’s Mini is just about done so look out . Usual merry banter and lots of discussion about bike carbs as a few are going /have gone down this route. We have turned the corner towards Christmas

First Friday August - Eight cars and fifteen members turned up – but a lot of different ones to last month. A nice Striker with a Vauxhall XE that got Bracey’s juices flowing when it set off back home. Mikey‘s Mini finally made it !! It’s on the road. The underlying trend of membership is up as 8 cars and 15 people came which to say that one car is being rebuilt, one is having an engine change, two were on Holiday, one was at a leaving party, two didn't come because they were working, and two usual attendees weren’t there which would have made 15 cars - a club record.

July First Friday - Fifteen bods and eight cars braved the elements – not bad to say Bracey’s car is off the road and a few are on Holiday. New showing for a nice motorbike engined Fury (ZX12R) as well as a welcome return for a nice very tidy Robin Hood. Mikey announced his Mini will soon be actually on the road!! Dave P enlightened us of his impromptu ‘video’ - maybe appearing on U-Tube soon if a copy can be released! The usual merriment and diverse banter took place and we are all hoping for a decent summer to be able to use the cars.

Newark Show was a bit wet for a June Saturday when four cars made it to the powerwash. Refuge and a warm brew taken from the kind people on the JPSC Club stand right next door. If the weather could have been nicer the plot would have been ideal. Good to see we had the same turnout as the JPSC..
The show outside was quiet - understanderbly! Bruce sorted the suspension out (his car now has some !!). Stuart made a beeline for
the PG`s Nuts stand only to find they were the edible sort. They didn't sell M10 Nylocs ready salted so we moved on !! The exhibition halls were quite busy (rain shelter). Two new cars on display were the Great British Sports Cars trike, the Bullet and the Mills Extreme Vehicles Trike. There was a nice looking GT 40 replica from Speedwell Replicas . Michalak Design (German) were there with their very stylish Michalak C7 based on a Smart. Quantum Sportscars were celebrating 21 years of their cars and there was more talk of diesel options (BMW doner) for the Extreme. Alloy Racing Fabrication had some very good value fuel & oil tanks. Just outside the hall enterance was a very clever Toyota Prius converted by a genius & powered by a set of batteries producing 240V DC with over 3000 charge cycles available - that's about an 8.5-9 year life and enough umph in the 'tank' to commute properly and quickly. That sums up what's good about Newark - outstanding individual innovative engineering all on display.
Sunday saw the rain disappear but the winds come. Two cars made it. The marquee on the JPSC stand was last seen flying to Lincoln for its own adventure and Bill nearly lost his wig, which shows how windy it was because he doesn't wear one !    

So to the annual pilgrimage in May to the National Kit Car Show at Stoneleigh.
Fourteen members and 5 cars made it to the show, OGL didn’t take his still protecting the Eyeballs
We were notified at the last minute that our pre-booked pitch had become a paddy field due to the persistent precipitation (I like alliteration) so we were moved indoors to the shed furthest away from any action or activity. In fact the last in line of about twelve!  There were some good points and some bad points;
It made it good in case the weather was inclement and we would be dry in the forecast rain (which never seemed to materialise, difficult to have a barbecue without gassing everyone else in the shed out. It was a tad difficult to push the new (and impressive) flags (size does matter) into the concrete when we only brought spikes for soft ground so, Bill magnanimously found a convenient hole to stick them in.  That turned out to be connected directly to the sewage system, which proved interesting at packing up time. Nice perfume on the journey home !!  At least we didn’t need the binoculars to see them this time!!
Several cars were drooled over and coveted.  Good to see that the roots of the club are still being upheld - Jonathan fell in love with a MBE Sylva Rio with an R1 engine to take him back to his yoof but in comfort. Dave P wants a GKD G27 Evolution and would have probably bought the one on the stand had we not dragged him away.  Nice car & silver in colour so keeping up the ‘Sylva’ theme.
OGL fancies a Quantum with a BMW Turbo diesel engine for touring in comfort and economy.  It has a nice lockable boot with enough space to keep a squashy bay or three and the dog too !  But then he tried a Liege and fits in it so, wants one of those, but then again he wants a Marlin or a Troll T6 for possible off road production sports car trials, oh and an SSC as well - choices, choices…..
Bracey took to cleaning his car on the stand (about time) with a very nice aluminium polish – should be finished in time for Newark.
No one camped over this time – difficult pitching a tent in a shed or floating it in a paddy field so the convoy set off at 6 pm to wang their way home. A nice day had by all.

May 'First Friday. Seventeen members and seven cars braved the slightly cold evening of the yellow car club meeting (80% yellow turnout, is that a record !??). There was a particularly nice red & white Evo attending and thanks to Chris and his family for coming along – we hope to see you again soon.
The chairman left his yellow car at home a/. because it was out of MOT and b/. “The eyes have it” at the moment.  One car is off the road in bits (a blue one !) and another (yellow) was also awaiting the DVLA’s “suitability for use” inspectors.
Usual banter ensued, a few ideas for some trips out proposed and Bracey may have found a source of sticker manufacturers that are cheap enough to finally allow us to supply club logos for the cars. Plans for Stoneleigh were finalised.

Cars In the Park A few water loving members went along to see what it was all about. More will appear later on this event.

Off we go to Donington Three cars made Saturday, with ten in all attending, - some without cars -- OGL thought it would be prudent to check his sight with a gentle first Motorway trip in a tintop before committing to the harsh ride of the racer, Fencewrecker also (for obvious reasons) came in other transport but spent the day buying bits for the new project. In all 9 made it in three cars for the pilgrimage south on Saturday & 5 turned up in two cars on Sunday. Was the show good? In a word - no. The event in my opinion has gone seriously downhill, the 'club' area has now been colonised by the airport as an overspill car park so all the cars on show were strung along what seemed like a hastily erected fenced in compound right next to the dusty entrance road so everyone (& their cars) got filthy. The show was lack lustre with fewer manufacturer stands than last year. The track was booked by an historic race meet (some fabulous cars) so there wasn't even the usual opportunity to watch some of the kits blasting out on the track giving scare rides to the brave hopeful buyers. There wasn't even a small viewing platform to see the old cars racing round the track either. For any non kit car public bringing their family along for a day out - there was nothing to entertain them - even Newark manages a funfair, fun rides and displays from police/fire, etc. . However, we met with the Chairman of the recently formed Jeremy Philips Sportscar Club and a useful partnership may ensue here.

September ‘First Friday’ 13 members & 8 cars met at the Manor Golf Club. James brought his car along having finally got it registered after a frustrating wait. One attendee came with a repmobile due to an earlier appointment with a hedge in his kit car (good luck with the new build). A motion was proposed to get the cars actually in motion so a blast commenced back to the old venue. Hence, 8 + 1 cars (not as many yellow ones now though) high-tailed it in convoy. This was led for a short time by Stuart (handicapped by carrying the extra bulk of a nearly recovered OGL) until bravado surfaced and a few others took over. A few tours of the J25 roundabout proved entertaining for some. Banter then continued in the usual manner and the evening drifted away in conversation with the usual variation in various topics. Christmas dinner was discussed – same venue as last year proposed, probably early December (time TBA). Next meeting Oct 5th at the MGC with a likely blast onto another watering hole (in cars for those bold enough to brave the cold). Donington Kit Car Show next weekend, see you all there. Anyone going contact Dave P regarding meeting and possible convoy down.

June 'First Friday' The meeting was held on a lovely balmy night - though many were on holiday or otherwise detained. You will notice the new photo lower down on this homepage to prove what a great venue we have.

June 'Cadwell Park' The inaugural 'Northern roadsters Trackday' was not so well attended. Many many bonus club cudos points to Nik, Rob and Mick for actually bringing a car out to play. Excuses were varied from those who had threatened to come: 'Too poor', 'Too scared' and 'Trackday, oh, err, yes...'. Well, you all missed a great day and some of the greatest driving seen since Fangio, Clarke and Hill passed on... (I'm talking about Nik, Rob and Mick OK!). See the gallery page: CLICK!

So to Stoneleigh. We had a great stand which was until midday on Sunday populated by one caravan-cum-truck (OK so my camper is ugly - but it was popular - see later...). Eventually after various adventures members gathered and by mid afternoon we were nine! Bruce's excuse was his wing fell off and the farmer it landed near wouldn't get his brother to weld it back on until they had discussed milk pricing and Tesco's part in it's downfall. That'd be why you were 5 hours late then Bruce!

The feather flags looked quite corporate, and since a man had some huge roach poles for sale - and someone handed over some membership money - the secretary was able to fly them at a cruising altitude of 6 meters. Great weather on Sunday saw members sat under the club e-z-up and roasting over the club bar-b-que in the sun. Perfect.

By evening only Stuart and Bruce had pitched tents to camp overnight. Rob was sharing Nik's camper - we don't do basics! A quick tally-up revealed we only had breakfast things - enough between the 4 of us for a feast. It was decided this was best left for breakfast - so we adjourned to the only open on-site pub. This had all the ambience of a Kwit-fit - with slightly worse food. The 3 Guiness were poured in less time than it takes Bruce to say 'who's round is it?', but Nik's Jack and Coke had practically a full bottle of Jack in it - result! A further bottle of coke was purchased and I had a pint of Jack and Coke! After a quick drink and to save Bruce asking who's round it was again we decided to search for real food.

A quick saunter around the show revealed some nice cars but no-where open. Nik saw an ice-cream stand being packed up and suggested Bruce ask for directions to somehwere to eat. 'Are you local?' asked our glorious leader (OGL)'Where can we eat?' Now I'm sure the girl said 'byaet bawnm kpyrom noka*' but we were all pretty sure she wasn't in fact local! When we'd got up off the floor and stitched Stuarts sides up from the effects of our leaders glasnost we set about ringing for Taxis to the local indian. The first was busy. The third said 'He's out at the moment' (Well duh!), the fifth had 'stopped doing taxis about a year ago' (Well stop advertising yourself as Kenilworth cars then!), the seventh could come about 10:30 to collect us (OGL looked worried at this - surely he'd have to buy a round before then!) but on I kid you not call number 9 (all numbers supplied via sattelite link back to her indoors on Google - technologhy eh!) we got a taxi. Unbelievably he was at the main gate before we were despite the fact we were on main street heading for the gate when we called him! What a nice young man. He dropped us at a better indian than the one we'd googled and gave us his card so we could get back just as quickly as we came.

After a really good meal OGL called the cab. I saw him looking a bit perplexed and said 'will he be long?' OGL replied that 'He wasn't in but I left a message'. 'A message!... for a taxi?' I replied. A quick squint at his phone revealed OGL had left a message to some guy in Watford to pick us up asap from the indian edge (5*'s btw!) in Kenilworth! The right number got our man in 2 ticks and we back by 11 drinking OGL's red wine under the club shelter. Fortunately we all fell asleep before Stuart could find his 96 page photographic history of everything he has ever done with his Striker starting with the visit to the factory for a test drive. Ask yourself this: Who takes a picture of their road car in an industrial estate just in case they order a kit and decide to record the build and every hillclimb etc, and need a good 'starting' photo? You are a sad man Stuart!

Overnight rain saw Stuart 'up at 6 as always' and very keen to join us in the camper when Nik surfaced at 8ish. That kind of drizzle that wets you to the bone didn't dampen spirits though - a monster fry up by Bob set us all up for the day ahead. CLICK! By packing up time the weather was glorious and the trip back was a pretty happy affair for all! Roll on the next overnighter. I wouldn't miss it!(*prize for translation)

May meeting had yet another new member - welcome Howard! Now i'm not saying his exhaust is noisy, but having just explained to Stuart that Howard lives only a couple of miles away, I was then able to say "Oh, that sounds like him setting off, turning out of his drive, heading up the road... Drigh' traffic lights, didn't heel and toe... oh here he is look!" Actually it's one of the quieter bike cars I've heard - and now Rob has set it up it's one of the best handling! Howard just has what we call in the trade a 'lead foot'! Howards yellow (!) car was followed by 4 more! In a tragic turn of events the 6th car was blue so no record there then. Who says car clubs are dull! Plans were made for the Stoneleigh show and then - er... bar!

Early April was duly the inaugural Manor meeting. Arriving first Nik was greeted soon by a Yellow kitcar. Then another yellow car arrived - and another, and a 4th, 5th and sixth. My Red Mk1 MR2 was looking like it was only red at the embarrasment of not being yellow! The turn out peaked at 12 cars - and we adjourned eventually to the bar where we could talk rubbish at one another in peace. Great idea 'The Manor'... who suggested that? ;-)!

The March meeting saw hardy souls standing round 4 cars in the carpark wondering 2 things...'Why is my car at home in bed?' and 'Why am I chatting in the cold and smelling someones petrol leak when I could be in a warm pub? In the warm pub the momentous decision was taken to relocate from April onwards to The Manor Golf club at Drighlington on the A650. A private room and quiet car park in lovely surroundings are the reason!

The Old Corn mill was alive with merriment on February 2nd when The Quiz exercised member’s minds. There were six rounds of 10 questions – Supercars, F1 cars, Rallying, Classic Cars, Films & Cars, and Cars & Stars. Eight 2 person teams (three of which had 3 members!!?) puzzled away. First with quiet concentration, more latterly with jovial banter turning to open warfare when discussions over schemes of marking caused a deal of confusion. There were six rounds and a good night was had by all. 

5th January: regular meeting saw over 20 members attend. Everyone had a copy of the Club championship entry form and calendar. Entries would be lovely at this point - make your organisers think you are looking forward to some fun!

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20th December: Christmas dinner was attended by 26 members and friends. Dave cleverly managed to blag an upgrade. Good time had by all!

25th October: The 2007 event calendar was added to the site.

6th October: Meeting at the Old Corn Mill decided on Club name, elected a committee, and drank some beer. Someone wore a flat cap and came in a car older than most members (but not the driver).We are a ‘Broad Church’ car club for all types of hand-built cars. Our car membership currently includes the following makes; Striker, Fury, SSC, MK, SSC, Westfield, Vindicator, Dax, Locost. Mini, Mk2 Escort, Austin A40, etc. Whilst most cars are purely for the road some are specialist competition cars such as hill climbing or auto-testing.

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