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The Surrey Classic Vehicle Club On-Line Magazine

July 2024

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It is always nice for the club to do other things apart from just 'car shows' and sharing our cars with certain members of the community can be very satisfying.  With that in mind, the club was contacted by Broome Park Nursing Home in Betchworth to see if we would bring some cars for the residents to look at.  And, in return, we will be fed and watered!  It is a well known fact that classic cars can help trigger memories for people with certain illnesses. 

This is a midweek visit.

For more information please see the Update from our Events Organisers or contact me.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Club members have been to a few shows in June; Farnahm Festival of Transport, Ashtead Village Fete, Denbies Vineyard and Danefold Market Classic Car Day.

If you go to a show and take some photos, please send them to me and I will include them in the next update.

Club Night will be on Friday 12th July.  If thew weather is good, bring your classic!  If you wish to eat, it's best to get there for around 6:30 pm.  The meeting starts at 8:00 pm.

Lindsay Armstrong




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From our Events Organisers


With July, we have St. Swithin's Day (or more properly, Swithun). Swithun was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester where legend has it, that as he lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried out of doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to remove his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. However, according to folklore there was a heavy rainstorm either during the ceremony (or on its anniversary), leading to the old wives' tale that if it rains on St Swithin's Day (July 15th), it will rain for the next 40 days in succession, and a fine 15th July will be followed by 40 days of fine weather. Or, as the weather-rhyme says:

St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain

For forty days it will remain,

St. Swithin's day if thou be fair,

For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.

According to the Met Office though, this is nothing other than a myth. It has been put to the test on more than 55 occasions, when it has been wet on St Swithin's Day and 40 days of rain did not follow. Let’s not put anything to chance though, and all cross our collective fingers for good weather on July 15th.

Now, with that out of the way, let’s get on with what’s happening on the ground!

Godalming Classic Car Show – July 7th.

Held on the same day as the Godalming Food Festival, there will be a concert on The Bandstand, with the organisers hoping to attract some 150 vehicles to Burys Field in Godalming. Registrations should have been received by the organisers by 31st May, so if you are going, have a great time.


Claygate Flower & Village Show – July 13th.

Flower & Village Show held annually on the third Saturday in July with 5,000 to 6,000 people attending. This will be the 117th Year and over 50 Classic Cars are expected. (Note that this event clashes with the Tilford Village Fete). Further information is available at:

Tilford Village Fete – July 13th.

Small number of vehicles can be accommodated (due to space) but this is a very friendly event with several stalls and events happening around the field. (Note that this event clashes with the Claygate Flower & Village Show). There are still a few spaces left, so if you are interested and have not already told us, please let Phil know (

Warlingham Rugby Club Classic Car Show – July 14th.

This is a fantastic day for everyone with over 600 cars & bikes on show with trophies awarded to category winners. In addition, there is live music, food, bars, side stalls and children's entertainment. Registration is now closed and there is no facility to pay on entry, but if you are going along, then have a great day.

Fawley Hill Railway & Museum – July 28th.

The Fawley Museum is a private museum established in the 1960s by the late Sir William McAlpine at his estate near Henley on Thames. It hosts a fine collection of memorabilia and models relating to railways and other forms of transport together with a working standard gauge railway operating on the steepest gradient in the country. If you have registered your interest, then you will have received details of how to pay for entry and will need to do this directly to the venue (Note that this event is on the same day as the Newdigate Village Day).

Newdigate Village Day – July 28th.

Newdigate Village and Classic Car Show is held in Newdigate Village (4 miles south of Dorking) with classic cars (with Club Areas), kit and custom cars, motorbikes, scooters & tractors, a flower show, craft stalls, a dog show and other village events. (Note that this event is on the same day as Fawley Hill Railway & Museum).

Looking ahead into August:

Collectively Camberley Car Show – August 10th.

Registration is now closed, although the lively event showcases over 250 vehicles and a host of free entertainment and live music.

Cranleigh Car Show & Auto Jumble – August 11th.

Club bookings are now closed. You can still register as an individual exhibitor, but sadly if you have not registered as being part of the Surrey Classic Vehicle Club, you cannot do so now. I am sure that if you do register and go along, you will find us somewhere in the Clubs Section though.

Phyliss Tuckwell Motor Show – August 11th.

Held on private land owned by Robert & Tanya Lewis with a magnificent collection of over 60 pristine classic cars in Robert & Tanya’s collection together with over 100 petrol pumps and thousands of pieces of memorabilia. Registration is still open at £25 per car – further information and registration details at:

Capel Village Car & Bike Show – August 17th.

We have been advised that that registrations are now at more than 75% of capacity. As a club, , we have a very good level of interest in this event with the organisers already expanding our allocation twice so far! There is still time to register though, and you can still select that you are part of the Surrey Classic Vehicle Club so that you can park up with us. Please note that you only get the option to select that you are registering as part of a club when you ‘Check Out’ of the registration and pay the registration fee.

Egham Royal Show – August 25th.

Visitors can enjoy the finest of competitive floral arrangements and buy a special basket of flowers to take home. In addition, there are Punch and Judy shows and other things for the children, steam and traction engines, an horticultural show, a crafts marquee, bar and food and of course cars (NOTE that only cars registered up to 1989 are accepted). Registration is still open at:

And how about something new……

There is a new show that has come onto our radar – The Floral Fringe Fair held over two days Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September from 10:30am to 5pm on each day. This is a ‘Quirky, Quality, Friendly Event with a Vintage Twist’ held at Loxwood Meadows, Loxwood, West Sussex RH14 0AL.  Further information and registration (for Cars Pre-1978) is available at: A registration fee of £8 is payable on registration and is applicable for each day (or if you fancy it, you can register for both days for £8 – buy one get one free).


Broome Park Nursing Home, Station Road, Betchworth, RH13 7DF – 14th August

Broome Park Nursing Home has asked f we would like to bring some classic cars to their Home on Wednesday 14th August.  They will supply us with tea and a light lunch.  The event will run from 10:30 am to about 2 pm.  If you fancy this midweek outing, please reply to Lindsay via email by 26th JULY as there are only 14 spaces available. 

Finally, did you know that VW sells more sausages than cars? No, we're not joking, and we haven't been drinking. Car maker Volkswagen is also a sausage maker by the same name – Volkswagen. It may not be the most obvious pairing of products from a single company, but it has worked out very nicely. VW has been making its critically acclaimed currywurst sausage since 1973. As well as being highly rated by sausage experts, the product is an excellent seller and VW now makes more sausages than cars. If you feel like trying it yourself, order VW part number 199 398 500 A. And yes; that really is the VW part number – go on Google it, we know that you will!


Jeannie & Phil

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