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Are you interested in cars and motoring?

This group was set up in 2016 and had a good year visiting several places of interest including tours of the JCB and Toyota factories and the Motor Museum at Gaydon.

The group determines its own interests and organises activities to appeal to anyone enthusiastic about cars and motoring - covering vehicles of all ages and types, three, four or more wheels, whether powered by petrol, diesel, steam or electricity, historic, classic or modern, sedate or sporty. It is a truly broad church (or should that be Garage?).

New members are very welcome.

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Cars and Motoring meet on the second Friday of each month and the venue is dependent on the activity planned for the meeting.

We meet in a room at the rear of the Remarkable Hare on Dale Road, Matlock. There is no charge as the landlord, Simon, allows us the room for free providing everyone buys a drink of some sort from the bar. Coffee and tea will be available as well as a fine selection of beers.

Non-members of the group are welcome to join us - please let Hartley Jenkinson know if you wish to attend.

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Image courtesy of Hartley Jenkinson

2017 has been an excellent year with a diverse agenda of visits and activities to suit all our members - see below!

Having set the bar so high yet again in 2017, we aim to continue in a similar vein into 2018.

All suggestions welcome!

Image courtesy of Nick Binns

2017 Recap by Hartley Jenkinson

January started with our first meeting at our now regular venue, The Remarkable Hare in Matlock.

In February, we hosted a presentation by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (now known as IAM Roadsmart). At least one of our number subsequently took and passed his advanced driving test.

March saw us visit the Bentley Motor Cars factory in Crewe. A magnificent tour (3 hours long!) which left us puzzling how on earth to afford even the least expensive product (a feeling which we would experience again before the year was through!). We also visited a private collection of fantastic pristine race cars from F1 to Indycars.

May’s road trip was to see the Lancaster bomber in Lincolnshire, and with superb timing the engines fired up as soon as our group arrived! The Bicester Sunday Scramble was also attended, and Bicester Heritage is well worth a visit to understand how a disused ex USAF base can be transformed to preserve our motoring heritage and also allow new businesses to develop.

We hosted a consultation with Derbyshire County Council’s Roads Consultation group in July. It was useful to have our say on the state of the roads in the county and hear from those responsible for managing them. Silverstone hosted their annual Classic event which some of us attended and we also visited Wirksworth to see the McLaren film.

On a roll, film wise (no pun intended, honestly!) we went to Belper for the Williams film in August, and also had a run out to the Hope valley in an eclectic selection of our cars.

The success of the Hope valley run resulted in two more excursions in September, one to discover Derbyshire’s motoring heritage, and the other to explore the McLaren and Tesla showrooms in Knutsford, followed by lunch - the usual format for such outings.

October saw us head to the Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnall, where rare and slightly less rare Astons were to be found in profusion. Several ultra-rare models, and the odd Royal connection all helped to form a memorable visit. Another example of us not being able to afford even one model between us!

November continued with exotica in the form of a very popular visit to a local Ferrari specialist - we didn’t reduce their stock list either! A visit to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC rounded off the trips for the year, all of which have been enjoyed by those partaking.

Many thanks to all those who organised, helped organise, or just came along and enjoyed the activities and made it all worthwhile.

The group’s coordinator is Hartley Jenkinson, who can be contacted by e-mail, by clicking on his name, or by telephone on 01629 582777.

Last updated on 9 November, 2017
© Matlock Area U3A, 2017 - Registered Charity Number 1161704