February news

Chairman's Message and list of future events.

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Hello Essex Thameside Members.

It is not too long now until the car season drives off.

In the meantime, we have arranged a Sunday lunch on 16th February at the Top Meadow Golf Club, North Ockendon. We have up to a maximum 30 spaces available—deposit £5 per person—and I hope that members will be able to join us and have a relaxed lunch with their friends.

As we have had a good show of interest from our members, we are going ahead and arranging our day out on the Epping & Ongar steam railway. The day will include a fish and chips lunch on the steam train. We looking to book the day for Saturday 4th April and further details will be given once the event is fully booked.

In this month’s newsletter you will find two car stories: the second part of Neil Shanley's article 'Parked in Palm Springs', and Gary Mitchell's article 'In quest of a dream'. I am sure that some of our other members must have an article in their heads, along with some photos that they could share with our members. Why not share your car stories with us? You will find some suggestions for what you could write about or include in your article under “Members’ Cars: yours could be here” on page 17 of this newsletter.

In our region’s website we have a gallery of our members cars. A few photographs are there, but we would like to update the page and expand the gallery to include your car(s). If you are happy for us to include yours, please send a photo of your car with a short description of the model and your name to Richard Gibby or myself.

We still have some rooms available at the Makeney Hall Hotel, Milford, Belper, for our Peak District tour between Friday 4th and 7th September 2020. The cost is £279.00 per person for three nights, based on two persons sharing; £558 per couple. Please see my earlier emails for further details.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our next club night meeting at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday 4th February, at Langdon Hills Golf Club. On this evening one of our members, Hilary Cameron, has kindly offered to entertain us with live music; she will be performing jazz, accompanied by two of her musician friends.

Indeed, we are hoping to arrange some more talks and entertainment for other club evenings this year.

In March, we will be joined by Matthew Overall, the Head of Business at Grange Jaguar, Brentwood—one of our region’s longest-time sponsors—who will give a talk about things Jaguar, and will also bring with him a nice example of current Jaguar models to view.

Then, for our club night evening on 2nd June, we have invited Richard Milner to give us a talk on a “Ford v Ferrari” theme, with emphasis on the Ford GT40. Richard was involved with Bernard White Racing back in the 1960s, Bernard being a long standing friend whom Richard had met when racing a Lotus XI. In 1966, BWR entered GT40 chassis P1001 and Ferrari 250LM chassis 5907 in international sports events and BRM 261 chassis 5 in Grands Prix.

Richard will travelling all the way from Humberside, (although possibly not in his own replica GT40, built in the 1980s) so please do give him your support and appreciation.

In the meantime, happy Jaguar motoring!

Graham Cook
Chairman, JEC Essex Thameside region
07767 888 040


Forthcoming events in 2020

Tuesday 4 February - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club, with live jazz music

Sunday 16 February - Sunday lunch at Top Meadow golf club (booking required)

[Thursday 20 to Sunday 23 February - London Classic Car Show, London Olympia]

Tuesday 3 March - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club with guest (car and) speaker Matthew Overall of Grange Jaguar, Brentwood

Tuesday 7 April - Club night meeting and AGM, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Sunday 26 April - ‘Drive It’ Day: driving from the Museum of Power, Langford, to Sutton Hoo, plus lunch in Suffolk

Tuesday 5 May - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May - National JEC Summer Jaguar Festival, Newby Hall, Ripon, N Yorks, HG4 5JA. https://events.jec.org.uk/even...

Sunday 17 May - Rickinghall Classic Car Show, Suffolk (organised by JEC Suffolk and Essex Borders region)

Tuesday 2 June - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club, with speaker Richard Milner on Le Mans racing in the 1960s with the Bernard White Racing team of that era.

Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July - National JEC package tour to the Le Mans Classic 2020 in France. See: https://events.jec.org.uk/even...

Sunday 5 July - The Maldon Motor Show: "Classics on the Promenade"

Tuesday 7 July - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Friday 31 July to Sunday 2 August - National JEC stand at the Silverstone Classic 2020

Tuesday 4 August - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 1 September - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 6 October - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 3 November - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club

Tuesday 1 December - Club night meeting, Langdon Hills Country & Golf Club