September news

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Hello Essex Thameside members and welcome to our latest newsletter.

We still have a long way to go back to life as we knew it before Covid-19, but restrictions have generally continued to ease and I am pleased to report that, in the last month, our club members have managed to meet up a few times.

We held our first Covid-19 club night meeting at Langdon Hills Golf Club on 4 August. It was more an opportunity for members to meet and catch up than a typical club night meeting—low key and attended by 17 members, many of whom took the opportunity to have a meal and a drink with friends.

We are holding our next club night meeting on Tuesday 1 September, starting at 7.00 p.m. (i.e. one hour earlier than usual). To comply with the government’s safety restrictions, Langdon Hills Golf Club advise that we are now allowed a maximum of 40 members in the function room. If you would like to come along, please email me accordingly so that we have a record for ‘track and trace’ purposes.

I want to thank Lester Magness for kindly allowing us the use of his garden for a club meet with cars on Sunday 16 August. You will remember from Neil’s article (in April’s newsletter “A Look Round Lester’s”, also available on our website) that Lester himself has an outstanding collection of cars. Most are French classics from Citroën and Renault but his collection includes a Rover P5B, MGB, a 1968 Mini Cooper, Ford Thames van and, of course, his early Jaguar Mk2. He had brought out a Renault Dauphine and two Citroëns (Traction Avant and 2CV) to display in addition to his Jaguar, and they were supplemented by three very rare and unusual cars brought along for the day by some other friends.

The weather on the day before was awful—it rained all day—and the forecast for Sunday suggested that we would be treated more of the same. However, we were in for a surprise and the weather remained dry from midday until 4pm when we decided to end as a light shower began. 26 members were able to enjoy meeting in a relaxed safe environment and you can read more about the event in this newsletter.

We also attended a car meet at North Weald airfield which was organised by the Jaguar Drivers Club as a replacement for the cancelled Hyde Hall show. We were invited along with other car clubs to attend. It was a little windy but remained dry. On the airfield they had a red bus selling snacks and drinks. I reckon that close to 20 cars from our club attended amongst around 120 cars in total.

In case you are not aware, there is a big Jaguar Forums UK event coming up on Sunday 20 September at Denbies Vineyard in Surrey. Doug Warren has booked a place via the XK8/XKR Enthusiasts Club (XKEC) and will be on their stand. The event starts by meeting at Pease Pottage Services off the M23 from 8.30 to 10.00 a.m. Before driving in various convoys to Denbies, the largest vineyard in England. The cost is just £5 per car, but there are limited spaces now available so, if you are interested, I suggest you book now. See details at the following link:

Congratulations to Ray Oliver who was the winner of last month's Caption Competition with: "The new air bag did not come with any fitting instructions". Well done Ray and the prize (an Essex Thameside cap) is on its way to you.

I look forward to seeing some of you at our club night.

Graham Cook