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Quainton News archive - Quainton News No. 36 - Autumn 1978

Vintage Cars and Motor Cycles

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J R Fairman - The Motor Cycle Trophy

The Rally on August Bank Holiday Monday was held under ideal weather conditions and there was enough space for the entries to display their vehicles to many admiring visitors and members. Mick and Bev Sell and others were soon marshalling the arrivals as they came into the up yard soon after lunch and the judging by Ted Rogers was no easier than last year. The standard of finish and mechanical condition was extremely high and our Chairman, Peter Clarke, in his welcoming address said that he hoped our standard of locomotive and carriage restoration would be to the same standards!

This year there was a new award for motor cycles which was won by Mr Newall with a beautifully preserved 1927 BSA sidecar combination. Second prize was awarded to Mr Shave for his 1934 Matchless and third prize to Mr Williams for his 1913 Triumph. The trophy, which I am told is a carburettor is shown below [above] on the sidecar of the winner.

The Chairman made the presentations in front of the station booking office before a large crowd of visitors and he gave an inscribed pewter tankard to the three prize winners in both classes. The outright winner for vintage cars was Mr Grant for his immaculate 4½ litre Bentley. As Peter said in his remarks, the judges found this entry irresistible both for quality and for historical appeal. Mr Grant received the SR whistle trophy and his tankard with applause. The second prize went to Mr Lloyd for his wonderful old 1915 Model T Ford and the third prize was given to Mr Anderson for a beautifully restored 1927 Austin 7.

We all enjoyed having these old cars and motor cycles at Quainton. At the May Day Holiday we held our first Historic Commercial Vehicle Rally and the Chiltern Branch certainly provided a splendid array. The bus and coach entries included two Airline buses, a Guy Special, a Crossley coach and no less than five ex-London Transport buses. To keep the railway atmosphere there were three types of Scammel mechanical horse including one owned by QRS member Ivan Start.

For the record, the prizes on Mayday were awarded to an SS Jaguar as the best car, to a Dennis Ace Fire Engine from Wiggins Teape for the best commercial vehicle to an AEC bus from Cobham for the vehicle from the furthest distance and to another Dennis Fire Engine for the Lucky Dip prize.

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J R Fairman - ... The winner Mr. Grant (4½ litre Bentley)

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1978 and so does not reflect events in the 36+ 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 Cars and Motor Cycles - Quainton News No. 36 - Autumn 1978

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