Oulton Park Gold Cup – August 30th 2020
East Anglia – Lockdown 2020 Special Edition!
Finally Wolseley Register East Anglia Does Something ! !
Quite a striking headline but there is no “fake news” here. Our little group finally got the cars out on the roads for the first time this year and what a joy it was!! At the kind invitation of one of our members, Andy Brown, a few of us drove over to his barn near Spalding where Andy takes on restoration work and stores his private collection. Although the parking was a little tight there was plenty of room inside the barn for everyone to keep the correct distance apart. Andy owns 3 Wolseleys (including a red 1300 automatic which was not on the Register’s List of Recorded Vehicles!), a wonderful 15/60 sofa and also he was working on a customer’s 4/44.
Talking to the guys on Sunday there seemed to be a feeling that, although badly attended, the Zoom meeting was a bit of fun and should be tried again. There also seemed to be interest in meeting up in a pub beer garden so I am proposing to do a virtual meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and a Beer Garden Gathering on the 4th Tuesday provided I can find a suitable venue. Please let me know your feelings about these suggestions and also if you know of a pub that has re-opened, that has both car park and beer garden and isn’t too far away from Guyhirn.
I’m looking forward to the day when we can restart our regular meetings at the Oliver Twist and that might be sooner than I thought. A friend who runs Alvis “Noggin and Natters” has read the guidance given by the government website and. Although he found it “unintelligible, confusing and contradictory” he has concluded that it is OK to start meetings again. I will check with the “Oliver” and can give you as much warning as possible as to when we can safely and comfortably gather in the restaurant again.
NW meet at the Archive Centre – June 25th 2020
Note from our new SE Rep – Stewart Payne
The South East Region had planned to mark the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs “Drive It Day 2020” on Sunday April 26th by attending the Kent Car Enthusiasts rally in the beautiful grounds of Aylesford Priory. An area was to have been set aside for us to display our Wolseley cars together. Quite a number of SE members had said they planned to attend and my wife Mary and I were looking forward to the day and to meeting up with everyone, my first opportunity to do so on becoming the region’s secretary.
Sadly, it was not to be, and we must hope that we can try again next year or maybe meet at a rally later in the season, as and when Coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
It seems that resourceful SE members did manage to mark Drive It Day with some activity related to their Wolseleys. For my wife and I it was a case of getting our 4/44 out of our barn and driving it 50 yards along the lane outside our house to park it in our drive. We then sat out in the late afternoon sunshine and enjoyed a drink with the car in the background.
I shared a photograph of this with SE members and linked it to a notification from the FBHVC, which is requesting that classic car owners send in a photograph or two of how they marked the day, despite “lock-down” restrictions, or memories of previous Drive It Days. It has created a special website for this – http://www.driveitday.co.uk – where there is a wide selection of photographs, including some Wolseleys.
This email prompted quite a few replies from SE members; some lamenting that they were unable to do anything on the day, some saying they had at least managed a polish on the the drive and others detailing what maintenance work they have underway in time for summer saunters – if restrictions have been lifted.
Our best hope is that the National Rally in Norfolk can go ahead in August. Planning for this must be a major headache for the organisers and we appreciate the work that goes into this. We will be there if it happens.
East Anglia – March 2020 newsletter
The colder winter weather was still with us at this month’s meeting so there was no sighting of the “First Wolseley of Spring” in the “Oliver’s” car park although I’m sure that the rising temperatures will soon encourage one or two cars to leave their winter roosts and put in an appearance. This weekend the Wolseley Register AGM is at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum in Leyland Lancashire and, hopefully, the East Anglian area will be represented by Paul, Jackie and Andy.
I must start off by issuing an apology. In the events list attached to my last email the 9th August static display during the Wolseley Register National Rally weekend is given as being at Houghton Hall. I’m sure Houghton is a very nice hall but it is NOT where the rally is. The Sunday “Shine and Show” is at HOLKHAM HALL just up the road and an even nicer hall.
The first outing of 2020 is Drive-it-Day on April 26th. This year we are joining with the Wisbech & District Historic Vehicle Club to visit the Bubble Car museum at Clover Farm Langrick, Boston. The museum has over 50 microcars many posed in period displays. They also have scooters and some later cars such as the Bamby made in Hull in the 80’s. The museum also has a row of period shops showcasing 50’s memorabilia including Bakelite and chinaware. After the museum we are considering stopping at the Ivy Farm Swineshead for a Sunday Carvery. If you’d like to come along and join us please give me a ring on 01945 587004 or come along to the next meeting. I’ll sort out a detailed plan of the route we are taking ready for our next “Noggin” and I’ll also attach it to next month’s edition of this illustrious tome!!?
Our “group” meeting for May is John and Janice’s “Park up in a Brewery” at Elgood’s in Wisbech on Sunday 3rd which is always a great informal start to the show season (especially if the weather is kind) and it would be nice if we could organise a decent display of our cars.
The promoted meeting for June is likely to be the Crowland show on the 27th but if you happen to know of a show that might welcome a few old Wolseleys that month please let me know via the usual channels.
July sees at Parson Drove show where, with luck, we’ll be able to link on to the W & D.H.V.C. stand again. Also in July I am determined to attend “Thurningfest” on the 25th which is organised by Register member Derek Capps. This is a venue where we might get a chance to meet up with some of our friends from the Midland area of the Register.
Roger is doing a great job keeping our events list up-to-date with all these changes but he has managed to get “Events List Version 2.1” over to me and it is attached to the covering email.
The warmer days will soon be with us (honestly they will!) and before you know it we’ll be tootling down the highways of England at a sedate and steady speed much to the annoyance of other motorists!
East Anglia – February 2020 newsletter
The colder weather was still with us this month so I’m afraid there were no classics to be seen in the car park of the “Oliver Twist” but hopefully the dark winter nights are at an end and some of our good-looking cars could perhaps put in an appearance next month.
Despite Storm Ciara still shaking the trees, a hardy band of Fenmen were gathered at the “Oliver” although our numbers were a little down as Roger had decided to throw himself across a guitar case and break a rib! The first item for discussion was the Wolseley Register AGM at The British Commercial Museum in Leyland Lancashire on Saturday March 14th. This is quite a long haul from East Anglia and I don’t suppose that many members from our area will be making it this year. If I do go it will be in a modern and staying overnight. If there is any matter you would like brought up at the AGM please let me know and I will make sure your voice is heard.
The traditional season opener is Drive-it-Day which this year is on Sunday April 26th. For once we are actually ahead of the game and The Bubble Car Museum at Langrick is our destination where, I’m pleased to say, we will be joined by our friends from the Wisbech & District Historic Vehicles Club. I suggest we stop at “The Ivy Farm” Swineshead for a carvery Sunday Lunch on the way back as I have had some good reports about the food there. Before next month’s meeting I will put together a road run with starts at both Wisbech Football Club (if it’s still there after Storm Dennis has a go at it) and Long Sutton Services so we should have all the ingredients for a “cracking good day out Grommit” . Make sure to make the necessary entries in your diary before you forget!
Now on to Sunday May 3rd and our group will be supporting John and Janice at Elgood’s “Park up in a Brewery”. This is a show we have enjoyed for quite a few years now so just cross your fingers for good weather as it makes such a difference (photo of last year’s show with the cars basking in the glorious sunshine).
We were joined around the table by our old friend Guy Mackenzie who was trying to drum up trade for a Road Cruise to the Hydro Hotel at Peebles south of Edinburgh for the 5th-8th June. It would be a long run but we might be able to help the Scottish group hit their target of displaying 30 Wolseleys on their 30th birthday. Guy promised more details as they became available.
Also, perhaps in June, we could visit The Grange Collection which is a little nearer being at Palgrave just outside Diss. There seemed to be a bit of interest in this trip so I will make some more enquiries and, hopefully, update all at the next meeting.
Saturday 25th July is Saint James’s Day which means there will be a feast in the village of Thurning. Last year I missed this event, organised by a Register member, so I am determined to make it this year and, hopefully, drag a few of you along as well. Again more details will be available later but please note this date in your nice new 2020 diaries.
That’s about it for this month. I should have details of the Drive-it-Day route at next month’s meeting so why not pop along to the “Oliver Twist” (PE13 4EA) for 8pm on Tuesday 10th March.
Calling all South West Members!
Would you like to exhibit your car on the Wolseley Register Stand at one of this year’s prestigous shows? Our SW representative, Geoff Bennett, is looking for cars to join the stand at either the June Bristol Classic Car Show (20-21st June) or the November Bristol Restoration Show (07-08th November).
If you would like to get involved, Geoff would love to hear from you, (contact details in Wolseley World). The weekends can be a lot of fun, and you get to meet many other enthusiasts! If you haven’t been to one of these shows before, then just click on Footman James 19th Classic Vehicle Restoration Show or Footman James 40th Bristol Classic Car Show, (both are last year’s shows), to see what you have been missing!
We look forward to seeing you there!
East Anglia – January 2020 newsletter
Despite storm Brendan howling across the chimney pots and lashing rain against the windows I was very pleasantly surprised at the number of faces around the table for a January meeting. You really are a hardy bunch of enthusiasts!! Another year over…a new one just begun and planning for 2020 seemed to be the main subject of discussion amongst the motley crew that fought their way to the “Oliver Twist”. Roger has kindly agreed to produce our events list again this year and as soon as his latest edition is available I’ll e-mail it to everyone perhaps alongside “The Times”. At this time of year Roger is becoming aware of more and more events and their confirmed dates keep changing so this list will be out of date before the ink is dry, Therefore he is considering waiting a few weeks until things settle down before sending out the first list.
Drive-it-Day this year falls on Sunday April 26th and is the traditional season opening event. Roland suggested we took a look at the Bubble Car Museum at Langrick just north of Boston. The museum is closed until the 4th April so I’ve sent them an email to check it will be OK to visit and I’ll report back when I have more news. The museum does cups of tea and cakes but does anyone know anywhere we can all get together for a Sunday lunch on the way back from Boston?
Our May outing will be the “Park up in a Brewery” at Elgoods which we have attended for the last few years. This year it falls on May 3rd and I’m sure John and Janice will put up with us for another year. We can only hope they manage to conjure up the same ovely weather as they have done recently.
I think it will be a nice idea to keep on having a day out together once a month this year and so, with April and May accounted for, I am open to ideas of were to go in June. If you have any ideas please get in touch and I’ll see if I can put something together.
The Wolseley Register National Rally 2020 is going to be held at Holkham Hall over the weekend of the 6th and 10th August and I am sure that we are all going to be asked to lend a hand in one way or another over this long weekend.
Please get out your new 2020 diaries and fill these dates in before anything else turns up.
An item turned up in discussion at the meeting that I could do with a bit of more info on. Roland mentioned a Riley version of the Austin 3 litre which I thought he had confused with the one-off Wolseley 3.5 litre model. Well: ‘No’, as this photograph proves. Does anyone have any more details about this car? Did it have the Rover V8 engine like the Wolseley or was it just a case of sticking a radiator grille on an Austin?
Well that’s it for another month. Warmer days will soon be with us (honestly they will!) and before you know it we’ll be tootling down the highways of England at a sedate and steady speed much to the annoyance of other motorists (particularly Jeremy Clarkson, apparently tee-hee).
News from the East Midlands – January 2020
9th December 2019 Christmas Lunch:
Twenty- six members and friends attended the Christmas Celebration Lunch held at The Welby Arms, in Allington. The pub is a favourite eating place with members and we were certainly treated to an excellent meal. Most selected the traditional turkey with all the trimmings but there was a wide choice of dishes on the pub’s Christmas menu.
There was only one Wolseley in the car park – the 15/60 brought from Nottingham by Geoffrey Taylor and it was appreciated by members.
5th FEBRUARY 2020 NOGGIN AND NATTER
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark. Those wishing to dine before the meeting contact Stuart Nell beforehand
4th MARCH 2020 NOGGIN AND NATTER
Held at the Lord Nelson, Winthorpe near Newark. Those wishing to dine before the meeting contact Stuart Nell beforehand
For further details of the above events please contact Stuart Nell (01949) 844870 or Nev Holmes (01522) 703045
East Anglia – December 2019 newsletter
Not too much about cars this month. It was hard to tell if the Wise Men (and women) of the East were, indeed, wise or not as the latest meeting was our Christmas dinner so most had their mouths too full of turkey and the trimmings to pontificate over very much at all.
Everyone seemed to get what they had ordered and the credit for this must go jointly to the staff at the “Oliver” and Terry who put together the choices on a single list and produced place cards to remind those who, like me, take ages to choose these things and then immediately forget what they’d ordered! This meant that the meals arrived without delay and the portion sizes seemed more than adequate so a second round of applause to the staff at the pub. Paul baked the cake for this year’s festivities and Terry iced it and decorated the top with a raised ‘100’ to celebrate the fact that this was the one-hundredth meeting of the East Anglian Branch of the Wolseley Register. Topping the cake where 2 model Wolseleys looking suspiciously like a white 15/50 and a black 4/44. Now who might own these 2 in real life I wonder???
To continue commemorating our 100th meeting; rather than put together another silly game I put on a parody of “This is Your Life” (complete with red book and fake Eamon Andrews voice) to give all a chance to remember the many things we have got up to as small group of classic car enthusiasts over the last 8 years.
The other matter of note at our Christmas gatherings is the handing on of the “W” we started to make at the Chain Bridge Forge during a “Morton” run in 2014. This item is not just decorative as one valley can act as an office “in tray” and the other valley as “out tray”! It was Andy’s turn to decide who to pass this award on to this year and, for keeping the events list up-to-date and for attending meeting 1 and meeting 100, Andy felt it was time to honour Roger with this prestigious award.
I’m sure Roger’s diary for 2020 is a little empty so far but that situation won’t last too long. I’ve started to think about the outing for Drive-it-Day on April 26th but I’m very open to any suggestion so, if you have a venue in mind, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The only “do” that is confirmed at the moment is the Wolseley Register National Rally which, next year, is being held at Holkham Hall near Kings Lynn on the 7th to the 9th of August. Andy is the main force behind this but I’m sure our help will be needed more and more as we get nearer the date.
As you will. I’m sure, have noticed this edition of Wolseley Times is a little late mainly due to this being a very busy time of year. This has had one fortunate outcome in that I can make you aware that Eric has been rushed in to Peterborough City Hospital with some ailment that starts ‘osteo’ and then goes on for quite a few more letters. At the moment the diagnosis is not finally decided so Eric’s future treatment has not been finalised but I’m sure that you, like me, wish him well and hope that he can persuade the escape committee to let him go “over the wire” at least for Christmas. If you would like to ring Eric I’m sure he’d be glad to hear from you so contact me as I think I’ve caught his mobile number.
SE Region – Christmas Lunch – Sunday 8 December 2019
A party of thirteen sat down to a splendid meal to end our year’s activities. And it was a party – the company was on good form and all agreed the choice of the new venue, The Duke’s Head, Tadworth, was an excellent one. We even had four lovely Wolseleys in the car park.
We were all so pleased we are going to hold our first meeting of 2020 on Monday January 13 at The Duke’s Head too, with a view to making a permanent switch from the Kingswood Arms.
(Photos – courtesy of Nelson Ferreira )
East Anglia – November 2019 newsletter
Once again the wise men and women of the East assembled at our own version of Camelot (Guyhirn and a square table first in the bar then in the restaurant). Terry, Roger and I squeezed another run out in the 15/60 to get there before the council start throwing salt about but I guess that will be it for another decade.
The first item on the menu (clever link here) was our Christmas Meal next month. 21 members have given in their menu choices and 2 more have shown an interest in attending this annual extravaganza but, if you’d like to join us, we’d be happy to extend the table size. I will need to know your menu choices by Friday 6th December as I’m going over to the “Oliver Twist” to finalise things that weekend. You can get hold of me either by e-mail or by phone.
Again this year we will see the presentation of the wonderful “Winged W” that we started to create at the Chain Bridge Forge in Spalding on our “Morton” run 6 summers ago. This will be presented to a Natterer who has shown “conspicuous efforts to promote all things Wolseley” (or any other reason come to that) so it will be well worth finding out whose mantelpiece it will next adorn (My pint of beer is only there to give a sense of scale – honest).
Since the last meeting some of us have enjoyed our own “end-of-season” run and very enjoyable it turned out to be. Unlike the run to Heacham on the Sunday before; the 20th was dry, mostly sunny and with light winds. 6 cars assembled at the Guyhirn cafe for a coffee stop before a very enjoyable run through the mountainous terrain to the south of Peterborough before crossing the A1 and entering some lovely forested areas in Northamptonshire en route to the King’s Arms at Polebrook. Here we were fed and watered most royally (well it was the King’s Arms) and we had a long table set up in the conservatory that had been reserved just for us. After lunch some headed home and some just drove around Oundle and the surrounding countryside just for the heck of it. A very enjoyable day and a great way to bring the curtain down on the 2019 season.
Andy very kindly brought us up to date with what had been going on on the Register stand at the NEC last weekend. The surge in membership is very encouraging indeed and we must all be doing something right.
For yet another year Roger has kindly agreed to look after our calendar of events and we started to talk about where we would be going next year. I feel that one event per month where we make a special effort is the best way but, if you feel we should do more or less please let me know. Some months sort themselves out with Drive-it-Day in April and the National Rally in August but that still leaves many clear months to fill up. After my “no show” at this year’s Thurningfest I am very keen to push this event for next and try and make amends for the work that the organisers had put in to accommodate us.
Well that’s about it for another month. 2019 is drawing to a close but 2020 is going to be full of interest in Wolseley Land. It was yet another enjoyable meeting with friends of a like mind so, if you’ve never been to one of our meetings, why not make a date in your brand new diaries for the second Tuesday of every month as a Guyhirn away day before anything else gets booked in!
The next meeting is the Christmas bash on December 10th (nosebags on at 8 o’clock) and I really hope I see as many of you there as possible.
Restoration Show, Stoneleigh Park – 27th October 2019
The Midlands Region staged a club stand at this popular Restoration Show where trade stands offered many opportunities to plan winter projects. Two local Wolseleys were exhibited which both aroused much interest from the public.
1965 Wolseley 24/80 – rare UK example of the Australian version of the Farina model. This car has recently had the rear springs re-tempered. A British brake servo was fitted to upgrade the car after a 12-year period of being off the road.
The full range of club merchandise was on sale and experienced club members were on hand to answer questions from visitors to the stand.
Wolseley Weekend in Wales – 4-6th October 2019
Thirteen people in 5 Wolseleys participated in a weekend excursion to the Llangollen area of North Wales. Midlands Members were joined by representatives of the South East and North West Regions of the Wolseley Register.
Those who set off on Friday gathered at Chirk Castle (National Trust) for the afternoon before driving a few miles further to the hotel where a local Register Member joined them for dinner.
The Chainbridge Hotel just outside Llangollen at Berwyn had been chosen as the base for the weekend. This hotel is nestled between the fast-flowing river Dee and the Llangollen canal, overlooking the first station on the line of the only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales which runs from Llangollen to Corwen.
On Saturday morning, following a short walk to the Horseshoe Falls, a very scenic route was navigated to Carrog Station, Corwen currently being out of service. Additional Midlands Members and a 1936 Wolseley Hornet assembled at the station where everyone boarded the train to Llangollen for an afternoon exploring the market town. More Members arrived at the hotel in time for dinner making a party of 10 for the evening.
Sunday started with a visit to the Llangollen Motor Museum before driving up to the Ponderosa Café on the Horseshoe Pass.
The group divided into three for the afternoon with two cars continuing to Erddig (National Trust) near Wrexham, another pair heading to the Cae Dai 1950’s museum in Denbigh, which housed a Wolseley in Police livery, while the third group who had missed Chirk on Friday opted to visit it on their return south.
Everyone enjoyed the full and varied programme of activities and look forward to further inter-Regional excursions.
East Anglia – October 2019 newsletter
As usual when the “Wise Men (and women) of the East” gather the conversation is not only wide-ranging but also very interesting and this month we covered as many, if not more, subjects than usual. The time flies by and I would really recommend you find the time one month to come and join us…..you won’t regret it!!!
The first items on the “menu” were both end-of-season Road Runs. We were invited to join the WDHVC on the Paul Cousins Memorial Run on Sunday 13th and a small band of Wolseleyists swelled the numbers which were a little depleted due to the lousy weather. I think the attached photo gives an idea of the conditions with the cars parked down the “deep end” of the car park. Nevertheless it was an enjoyable morning with the rare treat of a Full English at the end of it.
This coming Sunday, the 20th, is our group’s season closer with a run out for Sunday Lunch at the King’s Arms Polebrook. I have booked for 9 ‘definites’ (Paul & Jackie, Rob & Debs, Kevin & Bridget, Chris & Terry and Brian) and 5 ‘possibles’ (Tony & Edna, Roland & Sheila and Michael). If any of the ‘definites’ can’t make it or if any of the ‘possibles’ would like to join us (or anyone else for that matter) please could you let me know by email or by phone on 01945 587004. The run will start from the garage at Guyhirn (loos and coffee available) with a view to getting underway at 11 o’clock. After 26 miles we should arrive at the King’s Arms at about 12.30 with a meal at 1 o’clock. If you weren’t at the meeting and you would like a menu I can easily forward one and I would like your choice before we start out so I can phone it through to the pub making their job a little easier and the service a little slicker. As you can see from the forecast on my phone there is a good chance the weather will be a little kinder than it was last weekend. I hope you can make it and Terry and I look forward to seeing you there.
We would also love to see you this coming Wednesday the 16th at the quiz night in Leverington Church at 7 o’clock. We might try and field 2 teams so, if you would like to join in, there are bound to be some spare seats. Please give me a ring on 01945 587004 if you are coming
Another evening that has arranged is our Christmas Meal which will be held, instead of our usual meeting, on Tuesday 10th December at the “Oliver”. On the right is the menu so that you can make your selection and we can pre-order the meals as we did last year. Please let me know if you can make it to our Christmas bash and what you would like to munch in 1 of 4 ways. Either at the Quiz Night on Thursday, at the next meeting, by email or by phone on 01945 587004.
So that’s about it for another month. The days are drawing in, the cars are heading to their garages and the winter jobs and projects are about to start….it never stops does it?
The next meeting is on November 12th at the “Oliver Twist” PE13 4EA starting about 8 o’clock and then, of course, it’s our Christmas Extravaganza the following month where the new recipient of the Chain Bridge “W” will be announced.
East Anglia – September 2019 newsletter
There was not too much to get through this month as the season comes to a close and this small amount was reduced further when I managed to leave my notes at home!
I had been away for the “Park-up-in-a-Brewery” at Elgood’s Brewery (1st September) but Roger mentioned he was pleased with the turnout. This is good news because numbers of cars at this autumn event have struggled in previous years.
The next item on the agenda was to consider whether we should embark on any further outings this year. Roger has agreed we can join the W.D.H.V.C. on their traditional season closing run to the beach café at Heacham. This run, now named the Paul Cousins Memorial Run, is on Sunday 13th October and sets off from the Wisbech Football Club Car Park on the Lynn Road at 11 o’clock so it is probably best to arrive about 10.30 latest.
I have agreed to see if I can sort out a Road Run to Oundle on the following Sunday and I will bring details of what I have managed to arrange to the October meeting so long as I remember to bring my notes this time!
Andy and Elaine arrived claiming they were suffering from a dose of “Beaulieuitis” but updated us with plans for the 2020 National Rally. They confirmed that the Coke’s family residence Holkham Hall is going to be the centre of attention for the static display on the Sunday.
I was certain there was a link between the Coke family and agriculture in Norfolk and indeed Thomas, 2nd Earl of Leicester, is credited with introducing the 4 crop rotational system although this is disputed. Other venues are being finalised including Sandringham. Engine Farm, The Burrell Museum etc. and I’m sure we will get roped in to help out sometime in the near future.
There is normally a Wolseley Register committee meeting between now and our next get together so if there is anything you would like me to bring up on your behalf please don’t hesitate to drop me a line or give me a ring.
At the end of the meeting, before the crowd headed out to untangle the parking in the car park, we arranged with the Oliver Twist that our Christmas Dinner will be on December 10th in place of the usual meeting. The special Christmas Menu is below and I will need to know who is coming and what they would like to eat by about the end of November. If you would like to come along to our Christmas Extravaganza please don’t forget to let me know.
Finally, before you put your diaries away, we have an invite to make up some teams for Terry’s Quiz in Leverington Church on Wednesday, October 16th. Roger, Paul and their wives are going to make up a winning team (again). Terry and I hope to head another team and as usual I’m happy to have a go at Transport especially if railways or canals are involved but we will need all the help we can get especially if you know anything about TV Soaps, Films or anything not mentioned on QI.
WR / Gartcosh Classic Car show – 15th September 2019
Thankfully the rain stayed away for this year’s Classic Car show in aid of CHAS (Childrens Hospice Association Scotland) at the Gartcosh Works Social Club, near Glasgow, organised by Joe Kelly. A mix of vehicles, including some light commercials, spanning from the 1930s to the 2000s. There were nine Wolseleys in total; a pre-war 12hp, a 6/80, two 4/44s, three 1500s, a Landcrab 18/85 and a Wedge.
Beaulieu International Autojumble 7-8 September 2019
Beaulieu’s most famous motoring event, the International Autojumble is the biggest outdoor sale of motoring items this side of the Atlantic.
An impressive line-up of classic cars celebrated the Golden Age of Motoring in a brand new Golden Oldies display. More than 50 enthusiasts brought historic motors from the 1920s – 1960s for the display, which included 3 Wolseleys. Meanwhile, 33,293 event-goers snapped up bargains from 2,176 stands packed with motoring spares, accessories and automobilia.
Driving more than 1,000 miles from Sweden especially to take part in Golden Oldies was a 1954 Wolseley 4/44. Sold new in Sweden but off the road for three decades, the car had been renovated by Nostalgia Magazine to tackle the gruelling trek across Europe. With rust repairs completed and brakes and carburettor rebuilt, it was given a full service ready to motor back to the country where it was originally built.
Also displayed were two Wolseley 1500’s, one of which has been owned and loved by a local Register Member.
The Wolseley Register stand was erected on the regular double-pitch in the Red field. Many members and visitors, including several from overseas, were welcomed with technical and membership advice being provided by stand personnel. Club merchandise and a small selection of spares were available to purchase and hospitality was offered to club members.
For more than 50 years, the Beaulieu International Autojumble has been an unmissable date on the classic car calendar for enthusiasts to track down elusive spare parts to keep their cars on the road. The 2020 International Autojumble dates will be announced on the Beaulieu website at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events where more news from the 2019 AutoJumble can also be found.
Jenny & Graham Ryder
East Anglia – August 2019 newsletter
I must start with an apology regarding the lateness of this month’s issue. I have had “issues” of my own with 2 grandsons popping in to this world within a week of each other resulting in trips to Norwich and Chessington rather than time at my keyboard. I like my Wolseley but family always come first which meant I also missed a National Rally for the first time since I joined the Register. I missed the opportunity to meet up with fellow Wolseley enthusiasts but I’m really looking forward to next year when our area is hosting this event.
Since we last met, our cars have been seen at a number of local events and 3 of them are worth a mention. On Sunday 21st July we had a stand at Parson Drove show and 4 Wolseleys (along with a few other spotted during the day) looked very well indeed. I think this must be one of the first outing for Jacky and Paul’s 15/50 and both car and owners were made most welcome.
The following Thursday four of us had intended to go to Thurning to an event run by a Register member. Whilst Rowland and Kevin’s Wolseleys got there with no drama, Terry and I only got as far as Ramsey. With the temperature in nearby Cambridge hitting 1010 Fahrenheit I couldn’t keeping the cooling of the 25 under control so we decided to let cars and drivers cool down and head for home. Rowland and Kevin both confirmed we had missed an excellent event and that the Register member, Derek Capps, had really gone out of his way to make us welcome. Again I can only apologise to all concerned but, in our defence, I reiterate that Terry and I did try to get there. Given the reports of how good this event is I think we must try again next year when the Feast of Saint James falls on a Saturday.
The middle of summer is always a busy time and fairly shortly after Thurning some of us were involved in Wisbech & District Historic Vehicle Club’s annual Road Run. The weather was sunny resulting in a larger than normal turnout with Wolseleys well represented. Whether or not they won any awards is a little hazy as the heavens opened in the afternoon resulting in the prize giving having to be hastily cancelled. Ah the vagaries of the Great British summer.
By now the Wolseley National Rally at Lytham Saint Annes will have come and gone. A report on the Register’s website show a number of Wolseleys basking in glorious sunshine so it looks as though it all went very well. I look forward to chatting to any of you who did make the journey to Lancashire to hear your personal experiences.
Looking to our own events list I can see that we don’t have anything planned for September or October. If any of you know of any events this autumn that are worth considering please don’t hesitate to get in touch either by email, phone or coming along to the next meeting at the “Oliver Twist” Guyhirn (PE13 4EA) on September 10th.
So until we meet again…….
Drive Wisely–Drive Wolseley
A date for your diary:
On Wednesday 16th October there is a chance to prove how many useless bits of information you’ve hoovered up over the years by forming a team at The Quiz in the Church.
Teams of to 6 @£3 per person
Buy the odd answer from the vicar.
Eyes down at 7.30pm
Wolseley Register members attend the Camerton Gathering – 11th August 2019
Register Members attended the Norton Radstock Classic Vehicle Club “Camerton Gathering” on the 11th August. This is a free just-turn-up event a few miles south of Bath, and attracts up to 600 cars each year. Wolseleys present included a 1927 11/22 and a 1969 Snowberry White Wolseley Hornet.
NW region attends the Lytham Hall Classic Car Show – 4th August 2019
The NW region plus guests were at the Lytham Hall Classic Car Show on Sunday 4th August – another great event as is usual here, with a great variety of vehicles ranging from pre 1st World War cars to ‘modern classics’ from the 90s on. Despite the recent thunderstorms, the ground was firm & undamaged so we are hopeful for our National Rally on the 18th. See you there!