Hello. This Newsletter being sent a bit earlier than usual as I have received news of a proposed club stand on the 30thJune and a visit Castle Coombe in October.

Please though if you are interested in attending any of these events PLEASE reply to the person shown. NOT me. A similar request following info on the President’s Picnic to reply to Mike Lavers resulted in me receiving about a dozen replies!

Richard Wood tells me that this year marks the 80th anniversary of Ferne Animal Sanctuary, Wambrook, Chard, TA20 3DH an animal sanctuary (registered charity number 1164350) working to rescue, rehome and provide refuge for animals throughout the South West. Founded at the beginning of World War Two, Ferne has been working with animals in need for 80 years. In 2018 they rehomed a total of 464 animals, mostly cats, dogs and horses and took in another 108 to bring the total number of animals we care for here at the Sanctuary to over 300.  More details atwww.ferneanimalsanctuary.org/

For their 80th celebrations this year they are hosting a Summer Fete and BBQ on the 30th of June from 11am – 4pm. There will be a number of activities and sights to see, including live music, a BBQ, baking competitions, dog competitions and activities, craft stalls and table-top games.

As we are limited to  12-15 cars on hardstanding, please let Richard Wood know by email on cbcceditor@gmail.comor call him on 01404 871699 as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

The following from Mike Dalby. I am considering organising a CBCCC trip to the Castle Combe Autumn Classic racing day on the 5th October 2019.

Last year there were seven races in the afternoon each of about 20 minutes, after 15 minute practice sessions in the morning. The first race was for pre-war sports cars including some fabulous MGs, and others, Reilly, Frazer Nash, Lagonda’s, Bentley and three wheeler Morgans.

The next race was for pre 1966 Jaguars, then a race for Formula Junior race cars followed by an Austin Healey race. These were followed by the 60 minute GT and Sports Car cup race with Lolas, MGBs, Big Healeys and Morgans with some E type Jags and Ford Mustangs for good measure.

The last race was the touring car challenge for saloon cars such as the Mustangs and Falcons with Lotus Cortinas and Mini Coopers.

A great day when one can wander the paddock and talk to the drivers and where there are ‘star’ cars to view. Last year there were five GT40s and a 1969 Porsche 917 in Gulf colours.

So, there is plenty to see all at the very reasonable price of £10 for the day.

The circuit is about 100 miles from Exeter, so it may mean an early start, but as you can see from last year’s programme then a super day out with all the excitement and nostalgia that one can wish for!

Please let Mike know if you are interested and he will tell you what to do for tickets, for the last time for entry is early September. Mike Dalby (01884-840063 or mikedatum@sky.com )

Now info on other upcoming Club events.

Monday 1st July is Club Night at the Ruffwell Inn, Thorverton and will include a talk starting at 8.00 pm by Paul Gerring who gave a fascinating talk, a year or two ago, at the Twisted Oak Ide about the construction of his fabulous racing Triumph TRS. Since then it has raced on three occasions at the Le Mans Classic. This talk continues the story from construction to competing in the most famous classic car race in the world. If possible, Paul will bring the car to the Ruffwell Inn.

Sunday 7th is a ‘Drop In’ (That is no booking required) Club Stand from 10.00 to 5.00 in connection with the Teignmouth Air Show Weekend. Please note this club stand event is definitely still on despite there being some doubt now regarding Saturday’s event. Contact Mike Fenner on mykalfenner@yahoo.co.uk

July 8th to 12th is ‘Powderham Set-Up week’ followed of course by our Historic Vehicle Gathering on 13th & 14thJuly. Contact Richard Nunn, Rally Chairman on rnunn8007@aol.com

COGS Lunch on Wednesday 17th is at The Smugglers, Dawlish. Contact Mike Fenner (email above)

Thursday 1st August is a Club Stand at Honiton Agricultural Show. Contact Mike Lavers (mike@mikelavers.co.uk)

Monday 5th August is Club Night at The Ruffwell with our annual BBQ

More details of these events can be found on the back page of the Magazine or on the Club Website.

And a reminder that if you wish to go on the Club’s Winter Weekend Break 24th – 26th November you should contact the hotel direct on info@hopecove.com or contact the organisers Roger & Maureen Stone at rogerstone@uk2.net See also page 7 of the current magazine.

I made a plea in the last Newsletter for some help with the web admin for our two websites. Much to my surprise and delight, several club members responded. So, I have been in touch with Doug Perry in Torquay and Steve Dinsdale from Taunton. We have gone through many of the basics regarding the website admin but there is much to explain (Some of which I had forgotten myself!)

But with a few more ‘tutorials’ I think my concerns over there being no one knowledgeable enough to take on the ‘work’ in case of an unforeseen problem, can be put aside. Both Doug & Steve I’m sure will keep the ball rolling. So, many thanks to them and the other members who contacted me. One of things we are looking at is to re-launch a ‘News’ page on the Club website. Still very much ‘work in progress’ so when its ready will be telling you more.

We have been contacted by Club Member, Barbara Jackson, whose husband is John is not well, as they are looking to sell their 1930 Ford Model A Roadster. Should you be interested please contact Barbara on 01566 86948. 

Best regards

Steve Day

Web Admin