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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 33 - Winter 1977 / 8

Vintage Vehicle Rally - Ted Rogers

After a week of inclement weather Monday dawned bright and fine, and the sun shone warmly all day which was a great relief to the Rally staff.

Entries were slow to arrive in the morning, but around lunchtime a flood of arrivals gave me and son David a hectic forty -five minutes before more marshals came on duty - Mick and Bev Sell, Graham Cripps and assistant, Joanne Tayler. By the time judging began we had an impressive array of fine vehicles shining in the sun.

The oldest vehicle present was a 1910 Scott motorcycle entered by Mr G Chambers of Hemel Hempstead, pre-dating a Model T Ford by five years. Side by side and presenting a striking contrast between British and American styling, were a Rolls Royce and a Buick Limousine, both of 1937 vintage. Much smaller was a 1935 Morris 8 Saloon restored by 18 year old, David Miles of Potters Bar. Every entrant had its own points of interest, as the judges soon discovered.

This year's judges were our old friend Wallie Collier, Les Sherman, Mick Sell and myself.

Anyone who believes that judging is easy should have a word with one of the above. The standard of mechanical condition and appearance was so high it was almost impossible to decide on the first and second in each class. So much so that the judges gave special "Highly Commended" placings to Mr C F Bryant's 1933 Morris Cowley, and Mr W J Bowdrey's 1925 2¼hp Douglas.

First and Second awards for motorcycles went to a 1927 AJS owned by Mr A King of Burnham, and a 1933 Morgan entered by Mr Whitehead of Harefield.

The Model T Ford owned by Mr R Lorch of Cuddington won the second prize for cars. First prize for cars and the Quainton Trophy itself, was awarded to Mr Neville Falkner of Bedford for his Rover "Blue Train" Light Six.

In the unfortunate absence of our Chairman, Peter Clarke, due to illness, Roy Miller, making a quick change from footplate overalls to a lounge suit, stepped into the breach. He thanked the competitors for their attendance and presented the Trophy to Mr Falkner and inscribed pewter tankards to each of the winners, before a large crowd of entrants and visitors.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1977 and so does not reflect events in the 38+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Vintage Vehicle Rally - Ted Rogers - Quainton News No. 33 - Winter 1977 / 8

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