JEC South Lincs. - Annual Review. A view from the driving seat.

2019 was very positive for the South Lincolnshire Region of the JEC with membership stabilised and club meetings well attended.

A view from the driving seat.

2019 was very positive for the South Lincolnshire Region of the JEC. Club meetings were well attended and we had a very enjoyable weekend away in Warwickshire following in the footsteps of William Lyons. The tour put together by Phill and Sue Thomas assisted by Paul and Wendy Quemby ensured we saw the best bits of the area and allowed us to discover that Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts are, on the whole, older and larger than Jaguar Enthusiasts.

Closer to home, we were blessed with good weather for our Leicestershire Drive it Day, the Region's BBQ and even the Stamford car show. As ever, our thanks go to Davina and Neal Mugglestone for organising a great BBQ. The impromptu run to the Ship Inn, which had never seen so many people turn up for a drink unannounced, was enjoyed by all. Our end of season Treasure Hunt, brilliantly organised by Sue Jervis ensured that the roadsters and convertibles were worked hard.

It was rather wet for our visit to the Cadwell Park Vintage Festival weekend but inspite of this some of us still got a lap in behind the safety car. Although the weather wasn't ideal we also had an enjoyable day and a half at the Sywell Props and Pistons festival.

Our Regional Day, held as usual at Woodland Waters, was a great success. Jaguars and other classic cars were coming and going all day and at times we were stretched to find somewhere to put them all. Owners were very generous and the proceeds allowed us to donate £1000 to our charity; the Grantham Branch of Parkinsons UK. It was a great team effort and my thanks go to everyone who helped on the day, collecting and counting money, directing cars, making tea and converting water into wine! It was hard work but we made new friends and did some good. The 2020 Regional Day will be held at the same venue on the 6th of September.

Membership numbers were stable but there was some turn over. We were sad to say goodbye to a few members who decided that full JEC membership was no longer for them. Fortunately our Regional Day did help us to attract new club members. Of course it is always sad to see friends leave, for whatever reason, therefore the committee continues to strive to seek out ways that we can be welcoming to all regional members.

This month's AGM gave me the opportunity to thank past and present committee members for their hard work and also to welcome Chris Clark onto the team.

I am pleased to report that our 2020 programme is looking healthy, and we hope to get out in our cars very soon. Highlights include visiting speakers, Drive it Day, lunch on the Great Central Railway, evening drives outs, the Club BBQ, a trip to Mallory Park, Regional Day and our Christmas dinner. Full details can be found on the website and also on our Facebook page.


Yours Aye ( Neil )

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