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Year: 2023 (Page 1 of 2)

NEC Classic Car Show Discount Code

The organisers of the November NEC Classic Car Show have released the code via which club members can access discounted tickets. Unfortunately this came just after the latest magazine had been sent for printing, but it has been included with the copy of the magazine emailed to members.

If you need to see a copy of it, it’s been added to the ‘Members Only‘ area as an item in the ‘County Counsel’ archive. If you haven’t yet requested your member’s password for the archive, please email me and I’ll send it to you.

I’ll also include a copy of the flyer with the Sept/Oct ‘County Counsel’ due out in late October.

ACCC Annual Rally 2024 – First details

The ACCC Annual Rally will take place on Sunday 16th June 2024, and will be held in the New Forest area of Hampshire.

As with previous rallies there will be activities, including a club meal on Saturday 15th, throughout the weekend.

Further details will be published in ‘County Counsel‘ nearer to the date.

Excellent Annual Rally Weekend at Crich Tramway Village

The club held its Annual Rally on Sunday 18th June at the Crich Tramway Village, preceded by a Peak District road run on Saturday 17th, which took in such attractions as The Great British Car Journey, Dave Kingerley’s Longbridge Motor Spares premises, and some very scenic roads (with some challenging gradients!) .

The weekend was greatly enjoyed by all those who attended – whether they were there throughout the weekend at the Makeney Hall Hotel, where a thoroughly enjoyable meal was held on Saturday night, or came along for the main event at Crich on Sunday.

Our thanks must go to John and Elizabeth Reed whose hard work and organisational skills made the weekend the success that it was.

A full report will appear in the next issue of ‘County Counsel’ together with a list of all the prizewinners.

Club Success and Press Coverage at NEC Show

The latest copy of Classic Car Weekly newspaper has some excellent coverage of our cars at the NEC Classic Car and Restoration Show on the weekend of 24th – 26th March.

Our cars and Club have 3 separate mentions in this issue alone.  You can see snapshots of the articles below.

They are namely the editors snap shot choices at the show – with John Reed’s Car;

John’s Hereford featured again in the Award Winners’ Section and with a team shot;

Finally, a fantastic picture with a large write up on Dave Whyley’s A90 Atlantic on the ‘Lancaster Insurance pride of Ownership’ stand chosen by Nick Larkin and taking the main two pages.

I can see no other club in the paper getting 3 separate article of coverage as we have.  So this really is a huge success for us as a Club.

Thanks to all involved and for supplying cars for the weekend.

As a further note, the Counties range was well supported at the event, not only with our Club display, and David’s Atlantic Convertible, but with an A40 Somerset on the ‘Stourbridge Pre-war Car Club’ stand and a second A90 Atlantic Convertible on the ‘Enthusiasts of British Motor Vehicles Built before 1985‘ stand.

New Benefit for Current Club Members – Online Access to Archived Copies of ‘County Counsel’.

Members can now access every copy of ‘County Counsel’ from Issue 1, back in August 1975, through to Issue 278 (Nov-Dec 2021). Further issues will be added to the archive from time to time. Members can also get an email copy of each magazine, as well as their printed copy. Please let me know if you’re not currently getting your emailed copy but would like to.

In order to gain access, members will need to be given a password to the pages containing the archive – please email me here if you’d like a password.

The link to the list of available magazines is here. You can also access it via the ‘Members Only Page’ link in the menu above.

We hope members enjoy this new facility – there’s a wealth of club history there for you to see!

NEC Classic And Restoration Show to Feature a Member’s Restoration on its ‘Pride of Ownership’ Stand

A reminder to members that the the NEC ‘Practical Classics’ Classic Car and restoration and Restoration Show takes place over Friday-Sunday 24th-26th March.

A leaflet with a code allowing members to buy tickets at a discounted price was sent out with the Jan/Feb issue of ‘County Counsel’.

An added attraction this year is that Dave Whyley’s recently-restored A90 Atlantic Convertible (above) will be amongst 20 cars on the show’s prestige ‘Pride of Ownership’ stand. Attendees will be able to vote for their favourite from amongst the 20 whilst at the show.

Do come along if you can – we’d love to see you there!

ACCC Anual Rally 2023

The Club’s Annual Rally this year will take place on Sunday 18th June 2023, at the Crich Tramway Village in Crich, Derbyshire.

Set in the picturesque Peak District, this historic venue is home to the National Tramway Museum, a superb recreation of the tramways of days gone by, with many historic trams for visitors to ride on offering an authentic experience of travel by tram.

The museum also includes a living historic village, including a pub, a tearoom, an ice cream parlour and an old-fashioned sweetshop.

As usual, the club has also organised other events, including hotel accommodation and a Saturday evening meal as well as an optional visit on Saturday 17th to the Great British Car Journey, a car museum at nearby Ambergate.

Club members are entitled to a discounted entry fee to the Tramway Museum, and will be able to display their vehicles on the streets of the historic village.
The latest issue of ‘County Counsel’ contains a leaflet with an entry form and booking details for the Saturday evening meal. You can download a copy here .

The leaflet also contains contact details for this year’s Rally Organiser, John Reed.

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