Tuesday 1st January New Years Day run from Writtle Church (park in the grounds of the church) where many people turn up to see our cars on this annual event. We will be there by 10.00am or earlier before departing for a run, leaving at 11.00am. For those having dinner at our destination in Bocking, we are expected to arrive before 12.30pm. The distance and route will be planned to enable this provided departure from the church is prompt. (NB. booking for dinner is now full and no more places are available. No limit on participants for the run however.) Contact Peter Lawson for run information. Wednesday 2nd 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Tuesday 15th Committee meeting. Wednesday 16th 7 pm Club Night. Put your thinking caps on for our Quiz Night. General knowledge and a few Austin 7 themed questions. Little Channels Golf Club, Back Lane, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PR. Sunday 27th Lunch run, Details to follow. Contact Bill Preston or Peter Lawson.
Wednesday 6th 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Thursday 14th Valentines Day run. To cater for some of our more northern members we are organizing a run and light lunch in the Colchester area. Meet for the start at 10am at the Barn Garden Centre Café, Turkey Cock Lane, Stanway, Colchester, CO3 8ND. A run of about 25 miles through beautiful countryside will finish at Fillpots Nurseries Café and Restaurant, Straight Road, Boxted, Colchester, CO4 5RB. Contact Peter Lawson. Saturday 16th Workshop Day. From faulty fuel gauges to irritating indicators and hapless horns, let ‘Doc’ Spearman try and sort out your electrical eccentricities. Plus whatever else crops up on the day. Usual time – 10am. Usual place – Pete’s Garage. Wednesday 20th 7 pm Club Night. Valentines photo quiz. Bring along a wedding photo and another of the car you owned at the time and let members try and pair them up. A fun night for all. Little Channels Golf Club, Back Lane, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PR.
Wednesday 6th 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Tuesday 12th Committee meeting. Sunday 17th Sunday Run and Pub Lunch. Join us for a run of about 30 miles starting from Blake End Craft Centre, Rayne, CM77 6RA to to the Bell Inn, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3EJ Meet at 10a.m. for a 10.45 start. Note, the pub does not do traditional roast dinners but normal pub grub. Please check their website to see if the menu is to your liking – http://www.hedinghambell.co.uk. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to come, and if you want to eat, so that we can inform the pub of expected numbers. For further information contact Peter and Marion Lawson Wednesday 20th 7 pm Club Night. Annual AGM. Little Channels Golf Club, Back Lane, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PR. Sunday 24th Lodges Coaches Classic Car Show Day. High Easter. From 10 a.m. All classic, vintage and veteran vehicles welcome. Bacon rolls and refreshments available. Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th NEC Birmingham. Practical Classics Restoration Show. B40 1NT – Barn Find to Concours
Wednesday 3rd 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Wednesday 10th Mid-week run of about 30 miles (for all you retirees) Meet 10 a.m. at Blackmore Tea Rooms ending at garden centre cafe in Brentwood area. Contact Peter Lawson. Saturday 13th Workshop Day. Gearbox strip down. Usual time 10a.m. Usual place, Pete’s garage. Sunday 14th Colne Valley at War Event. The steam train museum at Castle Hedingham will be transformed into that of a small country station during wartime. Help recreate the atmosphere with your Austins and period clothes too. Steam train rides and free entry for exhibitors. Open to the public from 10.30a.m. but we can arrive from 9.00a.m. onwards. There will be a remembrance service at 3p.m. attended by the Royal British Legion and the deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex. The last train ride will be at 3.30pm so members are asked if they can try not to leave before the train gets back (about 4pm). Free teas and coffees for members from the staff room. Light refreshments and food available from the dining car or bring your own. There is a new gate for visitors but member are asked to use the old gate where you will be directed in. Contact Peter Lawson or register with your details to firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND NEW VENUE FOR CLUB NIGHT FROM THIS MONTH
Thursday 18th 7 pm Club Night. FILM NIGHT. Please note new meeting venue. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham. Next door to the White Hart pub and restaurant. To mark the evening we will be having a film show of old black and white Austin Heritage movies. Stall and circle seats all the same price! Sunday 21st Easter Sunday Vintage Fair. Battlesbridge Showground, Maltings Road, SS11 7RF. A family fun day featuring music, jive dancing, pony rides and other exhibitors. Free entry for vintage cars arriving between 9 and 10a.m. but you are asked to stay all day. Confirm attendance by calling 01268 769000 or 07788 555565. Sunday 28th National Drive it Day where our Essex members meet up with their Suffolk counterparts for a drive bordering our two counties. Meet 10am at the Lamarsh Lion community pub, Bures Rd, Bures, and return to the pub for lunch. Contact Peter Lawson for further details and to book for lunch. Tuesday 30th Committee meeting.
Wednesday 1st 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Sunday 5th Ipswich to Felixstowe Old Vehicle Run. This is the 49th time this event has run and is extremely popular. Apply early as entry numbers are capped. Entry fee is £17 and forms are available from https://www.ipswichtransportmuseum.co.uk. Sunday 5th Ongar Town Festival. Bring your vintage and classic cars to show as part of the town’s festival which last year attracted over 3,000 visitors. The showground area will be the Rugby Pitch at Ongar Sports and Social Club, Love Lane, CM5 9BE. To be part of this great day, reserve a place by contacting the Ongar Town Festival Co-ordinator on 07711479724. Sunday 12th Vintage and Classic Car Meet. From 10am. Lodges Coaches. The Garage, High Easter, Chelmsford, CM1 4QR Tel 01245 231262 Thursday 16th 7 pm Club Night. Roger’s ‘Feely Bag’ competition and other games. Please note new date and meeting venue. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham. Sunday 19th Clacton Classic Car Show at Plough Corner, Little Clacton, CO16 9ND. Sunday 19th Wings and Wheels at Stow Maries Aerodrome. This highly popular event returns to Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome for its 3rd year. A fun day for the family that marries our favourite aircraft with cars! Everything from classic and vintage four-wheelers, motorbikes and coaches to vintage aircraft. A total celebration of vehicles from both land and air. Not to mention our 3 exhibitions, Mess and Shop. The Stow Maries trademark BBQ will also be in full swing. We will also be welcoming some fantastic air displays, weather permitting. e-mail email@example.com 16th to 20th Molentocht Rally. Goes, Netherlands. Saturday 25th Little Totham Classic Car Show. A fun day out with tombola, refreshments and barbecue on the village green at Little Common, The Street, Lt Totham CM9 8LB. From 11.00 to 4.30. Contact Peter Lawson for the organiser details. Sunday 26th “Cars On Bardwell Village Green” Bardwell, Suffolk. IP31 1AW. Monday 27th Classic Car Show and Family Fun Day at the 5 acre site of Roundwood Garden Nursery, Church Street, Bocking CM7 5LJ. Plants, food, refreshments, beer tent, craft stalls and more. Please support this community based garden centre and cafe, which as part of a Work Based Training scheme offers a safe environment for adults with learning disabilities to gain new skills and opportunities.
Wednesday 5th 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Saturday 8th Workshop Day Gearbox rebuild. Come and see the gearbox that was stripped last time reassembled. Usual time 10am. Usual place, Pete’s garage. Saturday 8th to Sunday 9th Aldham Old Time Rally. Closing date for entries is 6th May. Forms available from http://www.aldhamrally.co.uk Thursday 20th 7 pm Club Night. Guest speaker. DICKY HOWETT reveals working in the fascinating world of TV and MOVIES and some of the many PROPS he has supplied for productions including ‘Call The Midwife’, ‘Dr Who,’ ‘Stan & Ollie’, ‘The Crown’,‘The Hour’, ‘Cilla’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘The Royal’, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Inside No 9’, and many others. Please note new date and meeting venue. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham. Saturday 22nd Panfield Village Fete and Dog Show. The Bell Inn. Kynaston Road, Panfield CM7 5AG. 12pm to 4pm. In aid of Little Havens and J’s Hospice. If you’d like to display your car then please arrive 10.30 to 11.00. Contact The Bell on 01376 324641. Sunday 23rd Farleigh Hospice Vintage and Classic Car Display and Open Gardens in Little Waltham. Contact Hazel Clements for further details. Sunday 23rd Blackwater Country Show, Maldon http://www.blackwatershow.co.uk Saturday 29th Gt Totham Car Show. Held on the cricket ground. To book, contact Gt Totham Garage 01621 891264 Sunday 30th Vintage Fair at Cressing Temple in aid of the Helen Rollason Charity. Contact Richard Bohannan for your passes. Sunday 30th Classic and vintage vehicle show at the Millennium Hall, Great Saling, near Braintree. The show is combined with a traditional village fete which offers a wide range of entertainment and refreshment to suit everyone. Gates opens at 1300 hours but vehicles are welcome to arrive (and leave) at anytime during the day, there is no requirement to book nor an entry charge for classic & vintage vehicles and their passengers. We previously have had around 100 vehicles attend and our aim is for everyone to enjoy a relaxed and fun afternoon at the show. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 3rd 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ
Sunday 7th Display your cars at Great Leighs village hall and grounds for a German Shepherd Dog day. Contact Les Morley.
Sunday 7th The 57th National Austin 7 Rally at Beaulieu. Entry forms available from March onwards at http://www.750mc.co.uk
Saturday and Sunday 6th & 7th. Epping Automotive and Aviation Revival. North Weald Airfield. Complimentary entrance for club members Wednesday 10th Midweek Run Meet 10 to 10.30 at Rayne Railway Station for 11.00 departure to Spencers Farm shop and cafe in Wickham St Paul. About 30 miles. Contact Peter Lawson.
Saturday 13th. Workshop day. Clutch overhaul plus removal of gearbox from a Pearl to change the release bearing. Usual time 10am. at Pete’s garage. Contact Peter Lawson for details.
Thursday 18th 7 pm Club Night. Taking advantage of the light evenings we are having some traditional outdoor games such as croquet, horseshoe throwing etc. Please note new date and meeting venue. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham.
Sunday 21st ‘Time to Remember’. Gardens of Easton Lodge are organising a WW1and WW2 day. 11.30 – 5pm. A chance to display your car and your period clothing. Contact is Brian Jenner.
Sunday 21st Ingatestone Classic Car Show. Ingatestone Hall, Hall Lane. CM4 9NR
Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th BrakeHorsePower 2019. Chelmsford City Racecourse, Great Leighs. Sharon Dunster Foundation – raising money for Mucosal MelanomaResearch. Attractions at the event over the two days:- Dealer stands / Trade Stands / Custom Cars / Supercars / Vintage cars / Classic cars / American cars / Modified cars Race Cars / Military Vehicles / Motorbikes AND ANYTHING ODD. Demon Drome Wall of Death – The oldest Wall of Death in existence. Rolls Royce are bringing a display of cars through the ages. Sporting Bears Dream Rides – Rides for Charity in a large range of cars from Sports Cars to Supercars. Moto Gymkhana – Motorcycle skill riding with accurate control, bursts of speed and ruthless braking. Essex Police will be bringing a 4×4, Motorcycles and their Subaru Police car fitted with a driving simulator + the Police Drone Team. Rolling Road Power Runs – See how powerful your car really is! Flying Birds of Prey in the Main Winners Enclosure. Rocket cars for children to build and race on site. Farmers Market with fresh food. Massage and pampering area. If you would like to display a vehicle or reserve a space for your club, please contact Steve using the details below. Please include details of the vehicles or club you wish to register. Please note that display tickets are only available for pre-booked vehicles and cannot be bought on the day. Car Clubs & Traders Please Contact: Steve Dunster Sharon Dunster Foundation 27 Gilmore Way Great Baddow Chelmsford Essex CM2 7AWTel: 07831 429451 Email: email@example.com Sunday 28th CLUB EVENT Visit to Essex Police Museum, a tour of the Old Edwardian Headquarters, a look in on the Essex Control Room and tea and biscuits. £3 per head. Contact Dave Sabel. Dave will be organising a route beforehand from the Ongar area, with some historical tales to tell, and then arriving together at Springfield, Chelmsford for the visit. Afterwards we will drive to a suitable venue for Sunday lunch. There is a limit of 24 people allowed in the museum so if you are interested don’t delay in reserving a place. Many strings have been pulled to arrange this visit as it never normally opens on a Sunday
Sunday 4th CLUB EVENT The Five Parishes show at Fingringhoe Ranges, Langenhoe. Join us at this lovely country show where you show your cars off driving around the arena and then later give rides to the children in the audience where they can wave to their mums and dads. A very enjoyable experience. Contact Peter Lawson. Wednesday 7th 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ
Saturday 10th. CLUB EVENT Writtle Village Fair. Contact Bill Preston.
Sunday 11th CLUB EVENT Picnic and barbecue with our Suffolk members at Gallowsfield near Needham Market. (Barbecues provided but not the food so bring your own!) Essex members wishing to take part please contact Peter Lawson for possible joint journey and route. Thursday 15th 7 pm Club Night. “No rules” concours competition. Bring your Seven along for judging by Roger on unknown criteria. (For example, last year a prize was awarded for the most bullshitted wheels because they were too clean! Please note new date and meeting venue. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham. Sunday 18th CLUB EVENT Hyde Hall Grand Car Show. Please be on site by 9.45. or you are likely to be refused entry. Ensure you have a pass, available from Richard. Please note that cars will be ‘locked in’ until 16.30. For further information contact Richard Bohannan.
Sunday 18th Picnic, fun and games with our Austin 7 cousins from Suffolk, Norfolk and beyond. Kindly hosted by Dave and Karen Witton in Bardwell, Suffolk. Thursday 22nd Wattisham Families Day. Wattisham will be hosting another Families Day on Thursday 22nd August 2019 to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of the start of WW2 (plus the distinction of being the base from which aircraft conducted the first raid on Germany on 3rd September 1939). The ‘general’ theme will be WW2 but displays will cover the entire period including Cold War, with static displays from our museums Phantom, Lightning and Hunter Jets. There will clearly be guest appearances/displays from the Apache, Chinook, The Blades, RAF Falcons, Blenheim, Mustang and AAC Historic Flight! There will also be a Glenn Miller-style Swing Band and 40’s Singers plus Victory Tea Dance, so shapes up to be a very good ‘do’. Further information contact Peter Lawson or Richard Bohannan and we will forward the organiser’s details. Monday 26th CLUB EVENT Countess of Warwick Show at Little Easton. Probably the largest gathering of our club’s cars in our yearly calendar. Opens to the public at 11.am. but as an exhibitor you are advised to get in before 10.30am. Earlier is better as it can get a little congested otherwise. Contact Brian Jenner or other committee member for passes.
Sunday 1st Classic Car Show at Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens in conjunction with CL Classics. Gates open from 7.30 to 9.45 am. Public opening times 10.00 to 16.00. Braintree and Bocking Gardens Trust. Tuesday 3rd Committee meeting.
Wednesday 4th 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Saturday 7th. CLUB EVENT Workshop Day. Overhauling the 3 speed gearbox. Plus whatever else crops up. Usual time 10a.m. at Pete’s garage. Contact Peter Lawson for details. Sunday 8th Vintage and Classic Car Meet. From 10am. Lodges Coaches. The Garage, High Easter, Chelmsford, CM1 4QR Tel 01245 231262 Sunday 8th Donington Park summer festival race meeting and display and parade. Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the last Austin 7 manufactured and the 80th anniversary of the 750 Motor Club. The aim is to have 80 Austin 7s on the track. Turn up in an Austin 7 and you can join in. Contact the 750 Motor Club Wednesday 11th CLUB EVENT Teddy Bears Picnic Run. Meet 10-10.30 at Hanningfield Reservoir near the Cafe on the Water (not the Wildlife Trust point) and depart for a run with a coffee stop and return to the reservoir for a picnic. Bring your picnic, chairs and of course your teddy bears. Contact Peter Lawson for details. Saturday 14th CLUB EVENT Essex Police Open day and Passing-Out parade. The Club has been invited to display their Austins at the Police Headquarters, Sandford Road, Chelmsford, on Saturday 14th September 2019 from 1pm to 4pm after their Passing out parade. The event will be supported by displays from the Dog, Mounted and Motor cycle display teams, together with Specialised vehicles and equipment. Stalls will also be present for the benefit of Charity fundraising. A fun packed and interesting afternoon. In order to accommodate us and reserve the necessary space, they will need numbers by 7th September. Meet at Writtle Green at 12.30pm. Please contact Dave Sabel if you would like to attend. Thank you.
Sunday 15th Stebbing Village Fete. Starts at 1pm. Display your car amongst others at the village fete held on the Sports Field, Mill Lane, Stebbing.
Thursday 19th 7 pm Club Night Please note new date and meeting venue. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham.
Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd Salute to the ’40s. Chatham Historic Dockyard. Kent. For more details and application forms, visit www.thedockyard.co.uk/salutetothe40s Sunday 29th Autojumble at Battlesbridge. No car show any longer. OCTOBER 2019
Wednesday 2nd 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Saturday 5th CLUB EVENT Cider Run. Meet Appletree Cottage 10-10.30 for coffee and cake. Depart for a run then return for a picnic in the garden followed by an apple pressing session to make next year’s cider. Contact Peter Lawson for details. Saturday 12th CLUB EVENT Workshop Day. Inspection of a rebuilt Chummy magneto engine, transfer of accessories from donor engine and hopefully a fire up and test run. Plus, if time, a recap on breakdown diagnoses if you get stranded by the roadside. Usual time 10.am. at Pete’s garage. Contact Peter Lawson for details.
Thursday 17th 7 pm Club night. Guest speaker to talk about the making of the 1936 film ‘Night Mail’ followed by a screening of the film. Please note new date and meeting venue. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham. Sunday 20th CLUB EVENT Visit to P & A Woods. Meet 10 am Tesco’s Gt. Dunmow. (NB. FULL , unless you have already booked with the contacts below.) Contact Brian Jenner or Richard Bohannan. Sunday 20th Vintage and Classic Car Meet. Lodges Coaches. The Garage, High Easter, Chelmsford, CM1 4QR Tel 01245 23126
Saturday 26th CLUB EVENT Annual Awards Luncheon at Weavers Restaurant, Bocking. 1.00pm. £22 per head. Contact Richard Bohannan.
Wednesday 6th 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ Sunday 17th CLUB EVENT Run and lunch organised by Bill Preston. Meet 10.00 at Tiptree Tea Rooms in Writtle followed by run to White Elms Garden Centre, Bicknacre for lunch.
Thursday 21st 7 pm Club Night. After last year’s successful event you have another chance to build and race your own model Austin 7. See August edition of Chassis for criteria and rules. Please note new date and meeting venue. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham.
Saturday 23rd CLUB EVENT Workshop Day. Overhauling a rear axle. A club member will be bringing his Big 7 rear axle that he has already taken apart and it will be inspected and rebuilt. Usual time 10.am. at Pete’s garage. Contact Peter Lawson for details.
Wednesday 4th 7pm Suffolk club night, The Greyhound, Ixworth Suffolk IP31 2HJ
Saturday 7th Suffolk club’ s Christmas dinner at The Greyhound, Ixworth.
Tuesday 10th CLUB EVENT German Christmas Market Run. Probably the last run of the year.
Meet at 10am. Olivers Nursery, Maldon Rd, Witham CM8 3HY. Depart about 10.45.
Destination is Meadowcroft garden centre Woodham Rd near Battlesbridge, SS11 7QU. Enjoy all the Christmas decorations and German delights at this authentic market and perhaps warm yourself up with a Bratwurst sausage and a glass of gluhwein. Note: it may be rather crowded so if it turns out to be too busy for lunch we’ll drive the short distance to Buckhatch Nursery, Rettendon. Contact Peter Lawson for any further details.
Thursday 12th 7pm Christmas Party. Little Waltham Sports and Social Club (Tufnell Hall) The Street, Little Waltham. Note; this is the 2nd Thursday in the month, not the 3rd. Fish and chip supper and ’60s themed dress.
Sunday 26th Boxing Day Vintage and Classic Car Meet. From 10am. Lodges Coaches. The Garage, High Easter, Chelmsford, CM1 4QR Tel 01245 231262
JUST ANNOUNCED – Dates for TOTIE 3, The Only Tour Is Essex (and Suffolk) June 7th to 12th 2020. Contact Peter Lawson. FULLY BOOKED – Waiting list in operation.
WEDNESDAY JANUARY 1st 2020 NEW YEARS DAY RUN FROM WRITTLE CHURCH. About 30 miles finishing back in Writtle for lunch at the Chequers pub.