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Starting This Sunday 3rd October at 10.30am. The meet will be held on the forecourt at Reliance Garage. 1 Turnlee Road, Glossop, SK13 6PW.

We are hoping to hold this event first Sunday in each month. This will be subject to no other GVEC event on the first Sunday of any month. It has been some time, since I have the opportunity to reflect on a number of events. However as some normality has recently returned and amid the background of some current restrictions we have been fortunate to take our Pride & Joys out to shows and events. We have also been blessed with some good weather. August & September have been a great period for getting out for drives and car shows with only minimum government restrictions.

The first event for GVEC after the GVEC show at Manor Park was Bank Holiday Monday at Capesthorne Hall. GVEC had a good turnout for this event and I am pleased to say that one of our members Becky was Runner Up For Pride of Ownership Award – Well Done Becky and well deserved.Becky who has been a GVEC member for over 3 years has now entered into Formula Women’s, which started in September. There are thousands of entries from all over the UK.

After several rounds of testing & qualifying there will be a section of 16 finalists in the winter of 2021 / 2022. A selection of just 6 of the finalists will then be trained and coached between February and April of 2022. At this stage it will then be a fully sponsored Formula Women’s McLarenGT4 race cars. They will then compete to be crowned the Champion. Becky has to fund this herself to the final stages. We are asking members if they can help with a any amount of money, to go to Becky’s GO FUND ME Page, every little helps. If you are able to help can I ask members to go too https://gofund.me/86ff8322

I have been informed that Becky has now done the first part of the trials and await the results.

There was a rescheduled car show organised by Cheshire & Heswall Rotary club. A number of GVEC members booked on to this event on the original date. Some members were able to attend on the rearrange date. I don’t have any feedback on this event, but from previous years experience it usually a well attended show.

The GVEC Wales weekend away was put together by Scenic Car Tours, we have used this company in the past, the last time was when we had our trip to the Isle of Man and earlier this year we had booked a trip to Ireland with them but due to Covid the Ireland event was cancelled. Some GVEC members did the Scotland route 500 with the same company.I can only describe the Wales tour as average and the hotel was well below average, the meals were appalling. I have wrote to Scenic Car Tours detailing out the issues and I have also sent pictures of the dreadful meals we were served. I have held a long conversation with Scenic Car Tours and I have sent them a detailed letter, I have had an acknowledgement email back I am now awaiting for a response to our complaint. Some GVEC members took the Scotland 500 route tour with Scenic Car tours and had a great time.

Below is a report by Richard Lomas

Planning our holiday was not too difficult, eight of us booked through a travel company to make it easier. The only thing to plan was what to take, clothes and car spares etc.

We started out meeting at Morrison’s at Bredbury, our first leg was around 260 mls to Lanark great Hotel an old Woollen Mill, on the way we called at the Falkirk Wheel and the Kelpies well worth a visit, then to Inverness around two hundred miles, and the NC 500 start, from here we had less mileage.

The east coast of Scotland is rugged being the right word, it’s been known as the last real wilderness in the UK , John o Groats is as far as you can go north, we then drove across the top of Scotland a A road with passing places, great fun but beware the Camper Vans.Our Hotels being very well run and some great local food, the West coast is the most scenic of all and stunning ranging from Mountains to forests and mountain lochs, our weather was mixed but generally dry, warm enough to have our tops down.The last leg is a very scary road approx 30 miles of single track road with passing places, a very long climb to the top testing your driving skills, again beware the camper vans. Andy Dutton told us later that the previous day there had been a 4 hr queue because two vans got stuck side by side. There are stunning views and on to Inverness to our last hotel. We travelled on to Carlisle for our final stop. We booked a Premier Inn to break up our journey home.I can recommend you do this and add it to your bucket list, a lot of driving 1434miles in fact over 7 days but a trip of a life time. Thanks to Andy, Sharon, Ian Irene and Neville and Pauline of making it a fantastic holiday. On a motoring note out four cars two Mercedes, an MG and a Rover performed without fault.Report by Richard and ElaineEvents

October / NovemberOur next event will be our Halloween Drive FANCY DRESS ENCOURAGED. Dressing up your car is also encouraged. The details for this event, which will be held on Sunday 31st October are. The drive will be from the Fickle Mermaid Pub Car Park Chapel en le Frith SK23 0RB. Meeting at 10 am for 10.30 start. We are going to Denby Pottery Outlet Village DE5 8NX. A tulip map for the drive of approx 1hr30 to 2 hrs. There is free parking available, there are cafes and shops. Put the date in your diaries.

Our event that follows the Halloween event is on Remembrance Sunday this year on the 14th Novemeber. We will be meeting in Glossop at the cenotaph at 10.30 / 10.45am, where GVEC will present a wreath on behalf of the club and members, then we will be taking a scenic drive to Barlow Woodseats Hall in Barlow for lunch. We have visited this site on a couple of occasions and it has become quite popular with members. We are required to inform the owners at Barlow Woodseats Hall, how many for Sunday Lunch. This is a set dinner there will be a vegetarian option. Can I ask you to email us if you would like to join us for lunch It will be served at approx 2pm

The car season is now coming to the winter months when some of us put our pride and joys to bed till spring. GVEC does not stop for the winter, whilst we don’t have as many activities we still try and plan something for each month. Just come along in your every day car and join in. We will of course keep you up to date with all activities planned.Your committee are now looking at our annual evening club dinner, which will be held on a Saturday evening in late February early March (date to be confirmed). Unfortunately we have not been able to hold one since before the Covid outbreak. We are hoping to hold this as usual at the venue “ Peruga at Woodheys Restaurant” Glossop Road Marple Bridge SK6 5RX.We would ask if you are interested can you please let me know so we have some idea of how many places to hold at the restaurant. We don’t have a costing but it is usually around £35 / £40 per person This includes a 3 course meal and entertainment.Now that we are able to get together again we will be holding our clubs AGM in March 2022. We will let you know the date once we have it confirmed by the venue.

We have sadly lost a member David Bowden last month who passed away after a short illness. Most of you will remember David who was always at the entrance to the car park start point of the H&H Peaks & Dales run in Marple, with his tall Irish hat and a big smile. David always had time to chat with everyone. You will be missed David RIP.

Well those of you that are still awake and reading this newsletter well done,That’s all for this month, thank you for your valued support.

Mike Radcliffe
Club Chairman

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