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February 2017

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Devon Area Report
February 2017

A shorter than usual report from us this month as our January run takes place right on the copy deadline. Our own cars have been cooped up for too long this winter and we cannot wait to get them out and about - sometimes living in the depths of the country really does have its drawbacks - never thought I'd yearn for the clean streets of suburbia.

We have loads of events planned for you this year, and particular thanks to Nigel Kenneison who has spent many hours pouring over his computer to compile a very comprehensive list of shows taking place around Devon this year. Most of these please enter as INDIVIDUALS unless otherwise stated. Powderham in July is one for which we produce our own Club entry forms, which must be returned to us by 5 May to ensure that you can join us on the Area stand at our biggest event of the year.

If you are coming to the Isle of Wight at the end of April you need to think about booking with the campsite now if not already done. Similarly with the West of England Gathering at Martock at the beginning of June, which looks like a really good new event organised by Somerset Area. 

Our first foray out in January was Jackie & Allan's run on the 8th. Meeting at Exeter Services, we followed a very scenic route which included moorland views, around the reservoir lakes, down the Teign Valley and along the Teign estuary. 45 miles in all finishing at the ever popular Smugglers Inn where 27 people sat down for a superb lunch. Nice to see so many there, with Debbie and Steve back, Janet & Eric from Chard, and young Ruby Jean joining big brother Robbie and Mum & Dad. Only 6 Triumphs out but a nice mixture - 2 Spitfires, 13/60 estate, 1 Stag, 1 Vitesse and Dan's 2.5pi.

COMING UP IN DEVON

February sees a mass of birthdays in the Club, amongst them Dan who traditionally celebrates with our February run and lunch. On Sunday 5 February therefore, we will have a run around the South Hams countryside, meeting at the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh at 11.30 am and finishing for a carvery at the popular Sportsmans Arms at Capton near Dartmouth. As usual, we MUST have numbers a week beforehand. If you'd like a coffee at the Railway before we set off, the cafe opens at 10 am.

Note that the publicised run from the House of Marbles will now be our March run on 5 March and will finish at our regular meeting venue the Claycutters Arms where they do a great carvery.

Club Nights in February are N Devon on Thursday 2nd at the Crealock Arms, Littleham near Bideford, and the Devon Club night is Wednesday 15th at the Claycutters Arms at Chudleigh Knighton. These evenings are getting really popular and the pub is very welcoming.

DEVON DIARY

Thursdays 2 Feb & 2 March - North Devon Meeting at the Crealock Arms, Littleham

Sunday 5 February - Meet 11.30am S Devon Railway for run to Sportsmans Arms

Wednesday 15 February - Club Night at the Claycutters Arms

Sunday 5 March - Run from House of Marbles to Claycutters Arms

Sunday 2 April - 8.30 am start Exeter Services - Haynes Museum 

 

NORTH DEVON

I need to start with a couple of apologies for typos in my last report, I managed to put the wrong month and change Andy's surname from Luckhurst to Huxtable. Due to the dates of the meeting and the Courier deadline being very close to each other, I normally have to write them early morning or late night to get them scribed in time, that's my excuse anyway! I did ask for volunteers to do the write ups for me this month, but strangely nobody volunteered!

The January meeting brought together many of the regulars, with Alan, Janet & Dan Brace, honorary North Devonians Mike Hadley and Hugh Read up from the south, Andy Luckhurst, Malcolm Huxtable, Simon When mouth (who was the only one in a Triumph) and new arrivals to the area Ann & Bob Meller. It's good to have Ann & Bob join us up here in North Devon, as ex-AO's of Derwent Valley I'm sure their experience and enthusiasm will be a great asset to our group.

It's a rare occasion for my Herald not to be at the Club Night, a gearbox failure during 2016 being the only other time it's not being present. This time is because it's coming towards the end (I hope) of an EFI conversion, everything is bolted on, just need to figure out how to make it all work! If successful then expect an article in the near future. I would like to thank Alan Brace and his lad again fpr helping me with the frabrication of the manifold for this job.

Alan & Dan have been doing a gearbox swap and tidying up the bulkhead over the winter on thier lovely white MK3 Spitifre. It's back together now, just a few ancillaries to bolt back on and it should be on the road. Malcolm's Spitfire was due to be back with him around Christmas after its respray, but the bonnet wasn't in as good condition as hoped. Shotblasting revealing that it needed a new wing and wheel arch, so this has held things up a little. He hopes to have it back in the next couple of weeks so he can then start the refit.

I'm not sure how Simon managed to get permission to come out given it was his wife Max's birthday, but seems he'd promised her a day out the next day to make up for it. Simon's Stag was the only Triumph present, started first time after a month's inactivity but has developed a hesitation when you try and accelerate with any enthusiasm, any ideas?

Mike was trying to banish the memories of all the recent Christmas dinners with his choice of food for the evening. Possibly the most surprising food decision of the night being that of Janet who didn't have a desert, though she did disappear for a little while saying she went to the ladies, but I think she had a crafty Banoffee Pie at the bar!

Ann & Bob were asking if we do any camping events in our area, which we don't at present. The North Devon area was initially set up just to provide an opportunity for those in the area to meet up regularly. Time constraints for me means I struggle to commit to doing much else, but of course Sue & John in the South have a very full calendar which any of us can take part in, plus this year there's the West of England Camping Weekend at Martock in June for those that like sleeping in tents & caravans.

Our only real event last year was a very successful Drive it Day run up to the Kings Arms in Georgeham, this is a great pub which is run by TSSC Member Steve Cave. The drive was in splendid sunshine if a bit chilly, finished off with some great food and hospitality. We hope to do a little more this year, so anyone with ideas of a destination and formal please do get in touch.