Dorset Group 2021 Diary

Well here we are at the start of 2021 and it looks like this year could be very similar to last year. With all of the uncertainty with the ongoing effects of COVID19. Many shows and rallies are already being cancelled or postponed. This year's International Rally has been postponed until 2022. The International Rally Committee have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event for the second year running. Please visit the main club website for more details by clicking this link

Because of the ongoing situation it has been decided that it would be unfair to charge the Dorset Group Members the annual  membership fees. Therefore, all fully paid up members will not be charged for the 2021 subscriptions. Anyone who has already paid will be eligible for their membership to be carried over into 2022. It has also been decided that due to not being able to hold a Group A.G.M. that all committee members would be voted back on via an online poll. Most members seemed happy to continue this way, but if you haven't let either Rob or myself know that you are happy to carry on this way then please get in touch. As already stated some shows have already been cancelled or postponed. If you know of an event that has been cancelled then please let us know. I will list the events on here as soon as I hear anything. So far these events have been cancelled.  

Important Update; As from the end of January 2021 Bull Motif have stopped selling parts for our vehicles. Below is a statement from Bull Motif



Dear Valued Austin A30 and A35 Customer

At the close of business today the 28thJanuary 2021 Bull Motif Spares will no longer be supplying Austin A30/A35 Parts. We have decided the time is now right to sell the entire stock and tooling of the Austin side of our business to ESM Minors. This is very, very positive for the future of the baby Austin’s. Graham Clayton and his team at ESM are huge Austin A30/A35 enthusiasts and actually own a couple of vehicles themselves.

ESM are an extremely focused company, providing an exceptional delivery service and first class customer service. They plan to add an even greater range of new products to compliment those already available. I am delighted they have decided to take over our Austin business as it will be in very safe hands. We at Bull Motif would like to wish them every continued success if the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every customer that has purchased Austin parts from us over the many years we have been trading. Your custom has been so very much appreciated. Unfortunately, due to regulations regarding contacting customers without authorisation we have not been able to advise anyone before this time about the sale.

All of our existing Austin links and domain names will now link to their new website. The Austin parts business will trade as part of ESM Morris Minors Ltd with the website under the name of Clayton’s Austin A30 and A35 Spares.


They can be contacted on telephone number 01580 200203



Bull Motif will now continue to focus on our extremely successful and growing classic mini spares business and as well as developing other avenues of business.

Kind Regards Mark

MD. Bull Motif Spares


Click the image above to link to the new website

Netley Marsh Steam Fair Cancelled

Netley Marsh Steam & Craft Show

Message from the Organising Committee.

It is with heavy hearts that we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Netley Marsh Steam and Craft Show.

The Working Committee take our duty of care for the public, exhibitors, volunteers, and committee members seriously, and due to the current coronavirus pandemic, we feel we have no alternative but to cancel the Show. We must of course follow the government guidance, and do not wish to put further strain on the NHS and other frontline services.

We look forward to welcoming you all to our next show, to be held on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th July 2022. Cancelling this year's show will give the committee time to prepare a bigger, better show for you.

We thank you all for your support you have all given us over the years. Your continued generosity has allowed us to donate to local charities, thanks again to all our friends far and wide and of course the local communities who have made this show what it is today.

Finally, we would like to thank the landowners for their understanding, along with all our suppliers and the entertainers.

Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza

A statement by Martyn Slater, Chairman

Dated: February 2nd 2021

2021 Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza SHOW CANCELLED

It is with great sadness to report that we feel it necessary to cancel the 46th annual Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza which was due to be held on 6– 8 August 2021. This is one of the hardest decisions that I have had to preside over as Chairman and one that we have not taken lightly. The show normally takes at least 10 months to plan, and with time marching on, we have had to make the decision now. We are all hugely disappointed, as I’m sure many people will be, and feel it necessary to provide several reasons to justify why this decision has been made.

Gloucestershire Vintage & Country Extravaganza is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best Steam, Vintage and Countryside events in the UK which attracts over 20,000+ visitors from across the country. It is staged on part of a live military base at South Cerney Airfield.


The Duke of Gloucester Barracks have been on complete shutdown and out of bounds for some time now. They have been deployed on various duties connected to the pandemic since the outbreak, and at this time there is no guarantee that the show could even be held on their airfield.


Although we have plenty of exhibitors wanting to attend and a lot of volunteers wanting it to happen, it’s unclear whether the public would have the confidence in attending a large-scale event. The show already costs £200k to stage* and relies heavily on a good gate/public support. The show would incur additional costs in order to comply with the pandemic regulations. It is imperative to protect the financial wellbeing of the club in order for it to sustain for many years to come. The risk is far too great. * We could put on a smaller ‘cheaper’ show but after some deliberation it was decided this was not a satisfactory solution.


Social distancing and face coverings are still likely to be required at the time of the show. The World Health Organisation predicts that social distancing and the wearing of masks will continue until at least next winter. It would be impossible to steward this on such a vast site. Unfortunately, some members of the public (albeit a minority) become difficult and even abusive at the best of times when asked to comply with simple rules. I do not want any of our volunteers to be put in this situation.


As responsible event organisers we do not want to put anyone’s health at risk including our volunteers, exhibitors, contractors or indeed members of the public and we will not stage a show until it is safe to do so. To host such a large show requires a large provision of emergency service cover, and a lot of assistance from the military base, both of which would drain their much-needed resources. It’s impossible to know what the pandemic will be like in August with the ever-changing situation.

The vaccine is encouraging and the best news that we have had, but with so many people saying that they will not have it, the fears over the interruption of supply, the new variants that are evolving and even efficacy in some age groups; we feel the risks are far too great to proceed in such uncertain times.

I would to like to take this opportunity to apologise for the disappointment that this announcement will undoubtedly cause, but if it’s any consolation we hope to stage some outdoor events (road runs, barbecues, etc.) throughout the year for club members and these will be published in the club newsletter.

Thank you for your understanding, stay safe!

Martyn Slater

Chairman, Stroud Vintage Transport and Engine Club

South Cerney Country and Steam Fair Cancelled

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Purbeck Rally Cancelled
2021 International Rally has been postponed until 2022
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The Great Dorset Steam Fair Postponed till 2022
Update. May 17th 2021

We are delighted to announce that the Bridge House Hotel have confirmed that our first club night back with them will be Tuesday 21st September from 7.30pm. It would be lovely to see you all. 

Rob has also put out a few ideas regarding future events. The Purbeck Run being a definite possibility. This may be changed to a weekend run though. As soon as more details are released I will post them here. Hopefully, fingers crossed things have finally started getting back to normal. Please all, take care and stay safe and we look forwards to meeting you all again soon. 

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The Practical Classics Restoration Show cancelled

Below is a statement that was posted on Facebook. 

Sad sad news... we really tried, but the world got in the way.

The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show has been postponed again.

The show was scheduled to take place on June 11-13 after moving from its usual March dateline. However, the recent announcement of Covid restrictions means the show cannot be held at that time. The next live outing of the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show will take place in March 2022.

Event Director Lee Masters said: 'We understand this will be as big of a disappointment to our exhibitors and visitors as it is to us. We have all been very much looking forward to getting back to some form of normality and ‘business as usual. We are truly sorry that we have had to make this extremely difficult decision and thank all involved for their continued patience, understanding and support in these ever-changing times.'

The organisers are not planning on letting the occasion go unmarked though and are putting together an Online Edition, to be held on Saturday 27 March 2021. Celebrating all the great elements of the show, the classic car community will be invited to share their restoration stories, advice and projects through the show’s social media channels.

Danny Hopkins, Editor of Practical Classics, said: 'Our first thoughts are with all the clubs and specialists who work so hard to make the show what it is - the friendly show. We are also mindful of all of the real world enthusiasts who come along and support it every year. It’s bad timing and we are all gutted about it. Last year was Practical Classics' 40th anniversary year and we had some pretty ambitious plans, all of which stayed in the PC workshop.'

'Despite the disappointment, we know that this is the right decision. Being cautious about coming out of lockdown is one of the things that makes it unlikely that we will ever have to go back into it. Next year we will make sure the show is better than ever... that's a promise..

Classic Car Auctions is hosting its Spring Live Online sale on Friday 26 March, with the Silverstone Auctions Race Retro Sale taking place the following day. The Practical Classics Classic Cars and Restoration Show Auction will take place on 11-13 June 2021.

Lee added: “We have confidence that come the autumn, life will have returned to a more normal rhythm and we are planning the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery as usual for November.”

Tickets already purchased will automatically be carried over to the same day next year. Visitors also have the option to move their booking to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show (11-13 November 21) or Reis Race Retro (18-20 February 22). Please use the SEE Ticket contact form with your request.

All exhibitor and trader stand bookings will be automatically transferred to the 2022 event. Exhibitors with specific questions please contact the sales team directly.

All clubs will be invited to apply for stand space in the usual way to allow updates to any anniversary plans, etc. Clubs with specific questions please contact Car Club Co-ordinator Alison Judge.

Announcement From Wdvtsec Committee!!

This week the committee have made the hard decision to cancel the 2021 West Bay Vintage rally, due to the ongoing situation with Covid-19

Trying to organize an event in these uncertain times is impossible!

We would like thank all our club members & Exhibitors for their continued support, which as a result , the club has been able to donate over £62,500 to local charities and community Projects over the last 40yrs..

We are very hopeful for 2022

Dorset Group Car Run. Sunday August 15th 2021.
Jeff Carter

Sunday August 15th 11.30 a.m. Top 'o town car park. Dorchester. Everyone is invited to join us on a mid morning run through some of the West Dorset countryside and venturing into Somerset. Culminating in a picnic at Chard reservoir. Please bring along your own picnic and accessories. Plenty of breaks will be provided along the route for toilets and a chance to stretch your legs. If you would like to join us then please let me know via: Some of the South West group are going to be joining us and we hope to have a good number of attendees. We look forward to seeing you all there. Of course the sun will be shining. 

Time for a change: Rob Stanley

After a lot of thought  I will be stepping down from my position of Dorset Group Chairman at the end of this year. It’s a position I have very much enjoyed holding throughout the past five years, with some memorable moments too. However now is the time for me to step down from this role and also from arranging the events. 
Teresa and I are planning to move down to Cornwall in just a few years time and we will now be spending more time sorting things out here in preparation for it. This will hopefully include trying to get my vehicles in a far better condition than they are currently ready for transportation as I couldn’t imagine the Cornish allowing a load of scrap cars crossing the Tamar Bridge! We now also couldn’t guarantee that we would be able to attend as many club events as we would normally. So I feel that someone who has more time and availability for the role or roles would be better suited now.
I really wanted to thank everyone of you along with my committee for making our club run so smoothly with always very happy and positive attitude. This is what makes our group stand out so much and highly regarded by Austin owners around the world. 
Our Jurassic Rally for me was our finest moment so far and the enthusiasm and hard work of you all will stay with me forever. However, you certainly won’t be seeing the last of me. I’m happy to continue with the supporting role of newsletter production with Jeff and I will continue running the Dorset Group Facebook page. Besides all this I will always be a Dorset member even when we no longer live in the county
So finally..
Would anyone be willing to step into the role of Chairperson or Events  Secretary from January 2022? Straight away for events if you would like? I thought by giving six months notice we could get potential replacements lined up ready. 
If you are interested in either of the roles please let me know and we can go from there.
Take care and thank you to you all.