Dorset Group 2022 Diary

The start of 2022 has been very quiet for the Dorset Group. With the threat of COVID 19 still very much in everybodys thoughts. Things are very slowly getting back to normal. A few of our Members did attend the New Year's Day meet at Haselbury Mill. Unfortunately the weather wasn't it's best and many regular attendees were put of from going. I beleive that a couple of Group Members also attended Classics on the Quay in Christchurch. Unfortunatley no photographs from either event. 

Our AGM, that was due to be held in January, had to be postponed. Rob had sensibly decided not to risk meeting during the current pandemic. 

Dorset Group 2022 Meetings

A very informal meeting was held at Hamworthy Club, Tuesday 15th March 2022. A smaller than usual turnout for the first meeting of 2022. Rob outlined a few events that had been attended during 2021. Rob announced that due to ill health, Stan has stood down as vice chairman. We wish Stan well and hope to see him and Marilyn out and about again soon.  Len Jeanne has also stood down as the membership secretary. Derek Lewis has very kindly stepped into this role. The rest of the committee have been voted back on en-masse. Some will know that Derek has had to have quite major surgery. We are pleased to announce that all went well and Derek is recovering well. Keith Bennett has also spent some time in hospital. We hope all is well and look forward to seeing you again at club meetings. Finally, John Bellows very sadly lost his mum a few weeks ago. Mrs Bellows always enjoyed joining John at various club nights and even attended quite a few international Rallies. Our thoughts go out to John and his family at this sad time. Lastly Rob highlighted quite a few events that are due to be taking place this year. More details will follow, both here and in the Dorset Express. The evening was finished off with a game of skittles. After 5 hands Kim and Janice were both tying on 40 pins each. Kim finally took the honors, hitting 46 pins to Janice's 45 pins. As for the rest of us........ Well practice makes perfect. But I must say well done to the ladies who all beat their male counterparts. 

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Dorset Group 2022 Events
Sunday April 3rd 2022. British Made Car Club run

20 British made classics and 2 modern vehicles turned up at Cadnam Cricket Club car park for the annual British Made Car Club run. A cold start for many but it turned out to be a beautiful, bright, sunny , spring morning. The event was celebrating it's 35th anniversary. Apart from missing 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak and the previous 2 years due to COVID19 restrictions the very first run was in 1987. Kim had very kindly taking on the task of organising the route and what an interesting route he chose. At least one 1:4 hill and several fords to navigate. Luckily the fords were dry, but the hill did posess a problem for one or two vehicles. Especially when someone decided to travel in the opposite direction. A welcome coffee break and lunch stop at the Fighting Cocks Inn proved to be very popular. 

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Please click the image above for a slide show of the run.

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Austin A30 A35 Owners Club 50th Jubilee Rally Tewkesbury Rugby Club June 2nd - June 5th 2022

Finally, after 2 cancellations due to the COVID 19 epidemic, the 50th Jubilee International Rally was able to be held. And what an event it was. Held in the beautiful town of Tewkesbury in Gloucester the Rally team managed to pull out all the stops and made a superb event for many visitors from the UK and beyond. Below are a few photographs. I'll not put too much detail here for now, as the next issue of Spotlight will hold much more information.  It was great to catch up with a few old faces and meet a few new ones. It was also lovely to see Stan and Marilyn. Stan standing in as his usual post of cheif judge in the dog show. Frankie's Ice Cream Van also stood out and made a lovely exhibit. Many thanks to all involved. 

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2022 Events Calender
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July 9th - 10th 2022

Pilford Heath Transport and Heritage Show. Wimborne.

Classic cars, motorbikes, steam, commercials, arena events, rural crafts, evening entertainment

A club stand has been booked. Please let Rob know if you wish to attend ASAP so that your details can be passed on to the booking team. 

July 19th 2022

Purbeck Run

Starting from Whitecliff car park at 7.15 p.m. (Would anyone like to organise a route?)


Above: Luke Godfrey's beautiful A35 on the 2019 Purbeck Run

July 22nd - 24th 2022

Netley Marsh Steam Rally

Bookings available online: Please click here for the website

August 5th - 7th 2022

Gloucester Steam Rally

More details to follow. Please click here for the website

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Above: One of the many Austins on the Group stand at South Cerney 2019

August 25th - 29th 2022

August 14th 2022

Great Dorset Steam Fair

 Please click here for the website

Provisional Date only

Joint road run with the South West Group. More details to follow

September 9th - 11th 2022

Classic Steam & Vehicle Show. Harman's Cross,  Swanage. 

Waiting for confirmation of having a club stand for the weekend. 

September 20th 2022