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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 39 - Autumn / Winter 1980

Vintage Car and Motor Cycle Rally

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J R Fairman - 1st Prize for the Model T' Ford

Now a well established favourite feature of August Bank Holiday Mondays at Quainton, we had another marvellous collection of vintage cars and motor cycles this year. There were 28 entries altogether - 6 motor cycles and 22 cars. Our grateful thanks to Ted Rogers for organising the event and to Mick and Bev Sell for marshalling the vehicles in the up yard and taking part in the judging of the cars with Mr Fennell. Our thanks also to Alan Vessey and Ray Seymour for picking the winners from the motor cycle entries.

Ted made a very pleasant speech of welcome to the participants and thanked them for taking part. Every entry has received a modest engraved plaque as a memento of the day, but the prize winners also received a tankard. These were presented for the first time by David Potter, who expressed his pleasure in doing this little chore which we keep for our Chairman.

The Wallace Collier Motor Cycle Trophy was won for the second year running by Ray Newall for his beautifully restored 1921 BSA Combination. Ray's repeated success prompted Ted to suggest that he might be considering the trophy was his by right of long ownership, but we feel sure he will have some more rivals next year. The top marks for the Vintage Cars went to last year's second prize winner, Mr Lloyd, for his lovely old Model 'T' Ford pictured above. What a superb car this is! My memory of the presentation is the sounding of the Ford's bulb horn with a big 'honk' just as the Beattie tank and Del's Peckett gave 'pips' on their whistles as they left the station. Nostalgia indeed!

Second prizes were awarded to one of our regular exhibitors in the motor car section, Mr Selby-Lambs for his Austin Saloon, YY 1640. For the motor cycles Mr W J Plowdrey gained the No. 2 spot with his 1925 Douglas - a real classic of its class. Best congratulations to all the winners, including those who were 'specially commended'. We look forward to even more entries in 1980 to this delightful event in our calendar of special Quainton attractions.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1980 and so does not reflect events in the 34+ 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 Car and Motor Cycle Rally - Quainton News No. 39 - Autumn / Winter 1980

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