Chairmans Chat for June 2021
These months are flying by and from June 21st we are now hoping that the government will continue with the easing of lockdown and we will be able to start attending more Car Shows. It is now 16 months since we were able to attend car shows without any restrictions. There have been some car events, which have been well attended by our members but to comply with all the restrictions placed on public events car shows, it puts a doubt on if it will go ahead or not.
Most car events are for the pleasure of petrol heads to take to the road and to park up for the day and talk to like minded people about their vehicles, but just as important they are held to raise funds for charities, and the cancellation of the events has had a major impact on charities. Now that restrictions are slowly being lifted we should be able to get back to some normality soon.
Nearly all events at the moment are asking for details so that organisers can comply with the requirements to satisfy the local councils or private owner venues request. In most cases we are asked to provide your telephone number, e-mail, and car details. Each organiser has different requirements.
When you book for events via GVEC we do not retain your information after we have processed the event in question. Each event that asks for the details you are required to send the requested information to them to gain entry to each show. I have recently had members send me their application for an event and said “I have already sent you my details for the last event just use those”. That may be so, but I do require your details each time we request them. To comply with Data Protection we do not retain your personal information for events. Your cooperation in this is much appreciated.
The resent GVEC event to the Great British Car Journey (Museum) Derbyshire was extremely well attended by GVEC members we had 52 members apart from clubs shows at Manor Park this is a record. I was hoping to attend this event but as the visit was rescheduled for 2pm I was not able to attend. The feedback from the members that attended was very good. We will be looking at another trip to this venue in the future.
Further ADVICE on Car Insurance
One of our members Tony Welch contacted me after last month’s Chairman’s Chat Regarding Car Insurance Please read his interesting experience and advice.
I don’t know as yet how many GVEC members take their car abroad as I do, but a timely warning regarding ‘agreed valuation’.
I usually pay for European Cover within my Insurance Policy, but as I fairly recently bought my car for a figure of £1500, I have since spent 10 times that on a major ‘refresh’ of all parts hitherto not replaced in the last 33 years to ensure I don’t breakdown abroad.
On checking with the insurance company it backs up your comments and here is my ‘must note’ point.
European insurance cover within a policy normally includes breakdown and road side assistance. If irreparable and recovery back to the UK is required, this will ONLY be carried out if the cost of doing so is LESS than the market value (insurance company calculated) of the vehicle.
Having once had a car recovered from the South of France, I was informed that it cost approx £3000!
I had AA 5 Star European Cover at the time on a more expensive vehicle, so I decided to buy the cover again for my 2019 trip to Holland.
The AA and RAC, both declined the vehicle recovery element of the insurance, Green Flag refused any insurance.
The only way I was able to get cover for my current vehicle was to take extensive photographs and submit copies of all the invoices to the
SAAB Owner Club Valuer who then agreed that £9500 was about all he could see an insurance company accepting, even though my spend was now north of £15k. This was eventually accepted by my current Insurers and I had them get confirmation of guaranteed recovery in writing from their underwriters. (which I would certainly carry with me)
Having had 2 European trips postponed for 2020 and one already this year, I am optimistic that my 1st October trip will still go ahead, but even so it guarantees I stay with my current Insurer!
June 6th Settle Fish & Chip Drive
June 27th Club drive to be agreed soon
JULY 15th to July 19th Celtic Irish Trip has now been cancelled due to restriction on large numbers in Ireland.
JULY 15th to July 19th has now been re-arranged to a trip on the East Coast of Yorkshire. All members should have received an e-mail with some brief details of this event and how to book. I will be closing applications for this event on Friday 4th June.
Details for the East Yorkshire Weekend Away July15th to the 19th We will be staying in the beautiful town of Beverley for our base. Day 1. Arrival day, the time is yours after check in. I will be arranging a dinner locally in the town for the evening. Day 2. We will be taking a scenic drive to Whitby for Fish & Chips and day in Whitby. Day 3. We will be travelling to Scarborough in the morning then onto Bridlington for the afternoon Day 4. This day will take us to Hornsea and Withernsea. A farewell dinner will be arranged for the evening. I am looking at arranging some visits in each of the towns. Once I have been able to verify the venues that are able to accommodate us, I will add these to the itinerary. I will let you have more information on the trip when I am able to finalise the details.
2022 Holland Trip June 2nd Returning June 7th
Bookings now being taken for this trip
Return P&O Crossings from Hull/Rotterdam (02 June 2022 outward | 08 June 2022 inbound docking back into Hull AM 08 June 2022) | Alternative routes available on request at the time of booking and may incur an additional charge
• Private Inside cabin accommodation included in each direction
• 5 nights 4* Hotel accommodation, at the Lakefront Fletcher Hotel Loosdrecht
• Breakfast included at the hotel each morning
• 3 x course evening meals included at the hotel each evening***
***Please note that in order to ensure a good level of service for the meals, the hotel may opt to provide a fixed menu or a limited choice. Please ensure we are aware of any dietary requirements/allergies in advance so we can inform the hotel prior to arrival
• Comprehensive and Tailored tour route guides – 1 included for each car which will feature attractions / places of interest details & maps to assist your daily drives/excursions
• 1 commemorative tour rally plaque included per car & will be tailored to your specification
• 24 hours out of hours telephone helpline, whilst on the tour if required
• Full financial protection via ABTOT – we are ABTOT registered number 5405
We are currently looking at events for August and we will get back to you once the clubs who organise the events notify us that we can attend as a club or individual applications.
SEPTEMBER Wales Trip 16th September to the 20th September There are still a few rooms available on this trip, Please let me know if you are interested and I will send you the details.
REFUND for Holyhead
I am working with Dave on trying to get a refund for the Travel Lodge which was booked for a 1 night stopover in Holyhead, when we were travelling to Ireland. As soon as we can we will let you know the outcome.
Sunday saw some GVEC members attend the classic show at Capesthorne Hall. Over the years GVEC have had a GVEC stand on many occasions at this event. I do hope you had a good day, the weather was most certainly good. We have been to this show as a club many times but the weather has been very wet and this had implications on the ground with parking. For those who can remember this is the home of the “SHE WEE Members video” Please don’t ask I may be tempted to reveal all.
Gawsworth Young Timers Show
I was surprised how many of our members qualified for this show, but I was informed by certain members it was the age of the car (ha ha). I then understood the popularity of the event. Once again it was a great day for a car show with a sunny dry day; it was great to report once again a great attendance from GVEC members.
Committee Meeting held on the 7th May at About Thyme Coffee Lounge.
I did follow up to the members on an e-mail the details of the meeting; I asked if they were any issues arising for the meeting to let me know. I have received no e-mails or other communication regarding any issues relating to the committee AGM meeting. Therefore I will now ask the club secretary to process the minutes, which will be able to be viewed on the clubs web page. Your committee send their thanks for your confidence in them and look forward to continuing to run your club for the next 12 months.
Once again thank you for taking the time to read my ramblings
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