Central Area Report – July 2016

Central Region Report.

There have been several events in the area which require reporting and others which are scheduled for later in the period.

Firstly, an excellent event at Churchill in Oxfordshire which always attracts a huge selection of cars from all ages and this year was no exception. Two pre-1940 Triumphs attended this time, David Wood in his Super Seven special and yours truly in the Dolomite , Weather was kind with bright sunshine throughout the day.

The second ‘Flywheel’ event at Bicester Heritage was another fantastic show with cars, aircraft and military vehicles on display with aerobatics by a P41 Mustang WW2 fighter aeroplane most spectacular and WW1 dog fights – amazing. Bicester Heritage has been well advertised but some may not know of its origin or intentions. Briefly, it is an attempt to encourage young people to take part in our hobbies, whether it involves cars, aeroplanes, military and commercial vehicles or motor cycles and to gain experience in the restoration of these. So far, many of the buildings have been carefully restored to their original appearance and this has encouraged specialist traders to open business on the site. The Club was represented by three members, David Wood (Super Seven ), Rob Green , with his latest creation, the Dolomite fixed head coupe and Sally & me with the Dolomite two seater. All attracted much attention.

As far as competition is concerned , I have yet to hear how David Rider and Peter Howat are doing this season with the VSCC events. Curborough Sprint is the first opportunity for these members to show their metal, closeley followed by Wiscombe Park Hillclimb and more recently, Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb. I hope to have results later. Meanwhile we have Cadwell Park on 24th.July and Prescott to visit on August 5th. to 7th. Any members interested in the sport should make their way to these two venues.

Another important event in Central Region is Kop Hillclimb. This has is become a popular event for allcomers, it’s not a speed event but a chance to take the car up this once famous hill, not used for many years until resurected by a group of local enthusiasts. September 17th & 18th. is the date. A number of our members always attend.

It’s great to see one of the Dolomite Straight Eights in action again after many years of inactivity. New owner Jonathan Turner is not letting the cobwebs establish themselves by racing at Goodwood and Silverstone to good effect. Donald Healey would be delighted I’m sure and it is now confirmed that the second Sraight Eight is also back in the U.K. ! How’s that for a pleasant surprise ?

Regards, Derry.

Derry Aust – Regional Reprepentative for the Central Region