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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.

New members are welcome - please contact the coordinator,Hartley Jenkinson, if you are interested.

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Image courtesy of Hartley Jenkinson

2018 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 2018, we aim to continue in a similar vein into 2019.

All suggestions welcome!

Image courtesy of Nick Binns

2018 Recap by Hartley Jenkinson

January started with a visit to the classic car mecca – Bicester Heritage. A small band braved the chilly conditions to see a very respectable turnout. Return trips were made to Bicester throughout 2018 for many of the Sunday Scrambles and also the Flywheel Festival.

A group of us enjoyed the Ferrari film at the Wirksworth Cinema, followed by a trip to The Autosport Show at the NEC, always a good start to the year for pertolheads!

February saw a trip to Race Retro (The Racing Car Show) at Stoneleigh – more fun in the cattle sheds! Some of us independently visited the Ferrari exhibition at the Design Museum in London.

In March, we went to Donnington for the launch of the 2018 British Touring Car championship and had some close-up views of one of the UK’s closest racing series.

May saw a visit to David Brown Engineering at Silverstone, the first of many trips to small specialist car manufacturers/restorers during the year.

June featured a visit to The Flywheel Festival at Bicester Heritage. Pure Magic! We also visited the Classic Car night at The Carpenters Arms and The Oil Can Café in Holmfirth, all of which will warrant return visits next year!

We visited Jensen International in Banbury in July. Who doesn’t like a Jensen? They buy up old Interceptors and FF’s and re-invigorate them with new 6.2 ltr General Motors powerplants and other upgrades such as aircon. This doesn’t come cheap and no-one in the group has one (yet!).

We also went to the Oakamoor Hillclimb, between Ashbourne and Cheadle. Dating back to the early 1900’s but unused until about 5 years ago, this is proper old school motoring fun and will return next year!

The summer months saw us visit The Hurt Arms classic car show on several occasions. The thought that a classic car show at a pub might attract 30 to 50 cars was quickly dispelled when we found in excess of 200 cars in the field behind the pub! Not only that, but their advertisement for the next event featured a picture including several of our own vehicles. We also had several scenic runs, mainly in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside but also forays into South Yorkshire and Staffordshire. The usual format is a route of 50-70 miles with a coffee stop and lunch forming a central part of the day’s entertainment.

October included a visit to Eurocarparts for a conducted trip around their warehouse. With nearly a million square feet of spares, enough to build a car or two, it is a recently built state of the art facility with an impressive amount of automation.

The November Classic Car Show at the NEC is a staple in the calendar and this year seemed to be busier than ever.

The year concluded with a film night in one of the members’ houses and a visit to a local car collection followed by a meal in a local pub.

Thanks to those in the group who organised, made suggestions, or just came along and made the day enjoyable by their company. We hope to maintain these standards and values in 2019.

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.

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Picture Quiz: This picture was taken during one of our outings this year.

What is the numerical relationship between the 4 vehicles in the picture? (no, it’s not that they each have 4 wheels!).

Picture Quiz Answer:

The numerical relationship between the cars is, from left to right, 2,4,6,8 (the number of cylinders!)

Image courtesy of Hartley Jenkinson

Last updated on 15 December, 2018
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