AROC Kent & East Sussex, Report for October 2017 Driver Magazine.
The Whitstable Classic Music and Motors Show on 16th July attracted the usual large entry which filled the whole of the Tankerton Slopes area, this is a nice setting being right next to the sea, but good weather is needed, which we were blessed with on the day, an excellent show with many makes and models on display and a great day was had by all.
A small number of our members went along to the Lydden Racing Circuit on 12th August to check out their Classic Car event, the reports were good and we will probably include the event for next year.
Brands Hatch Italian Festival was again an excellent day, I was unable to go as I was on holiday, but all reports say it was as good as the previous year with even more cars.
Rye Classic Car & Country Fair attracted good attendance from our members and John Third has sent me the following:-
Herne Bay Air Show had a few planes missing from the display, with the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane being grounded, but a good show was put on by the Red Arrows and other planes.
Herne Bay Classic Car Show on 20th August attracted many entries and stretched the whole length of the sea front road, Dover Transport Museum, helped by our own Ali Jarman, were selling raffle tickets for a Ducati Super Sport at £1 each, Paul Newberry unfortunately dropped his car keys down the drain, but a couple of guys came to the rescue and retrieved them with a small fishing net, he bought them raffle tickets to win £1,000 as a thank you.
There were 4 Alfa’s from our section displayed at the Crystal Palace Sprint Meeting on the Sunday of the August Holiday weekend, I did hear that this event was not as good as in the past and not so well attended, but perhaps it will improve next year.
The Dover Transport Museum organised an excellent show on Marine Parade, Dover, on August Holiday Sunday, many classic vehicles were on show and there were rides for the children on the ‘merry go rounds’ also plenty of food and drink to buy, we certainly needed the gazebo to protect us from the very hot sun, this show was part of the Dover Regatta and we had entertainment from singers on stage, rowers on the water and the Lifeboat gave us a demonstration, well done Dover Transport Museum, a great day for everyone.
The Grand Hotel, Folkestone put on an excellent show on The Leas for Holiday Monday, we have been attending this “Old Timer Rally” for some years now and are invited for Bacon Rolls, Tea /Coffee at Sharon & Keith Barker’s house before the show, many thanks to them for their hospitality, the weather was great and we again needed the gazebo shelter, as well as many vehicles from both clubs and individuals, the Arras France Club bring over their cars every year and this year they displayed more cars than usual, many thanks to Michael who owns the Grand Hotel and organises a great show.
The Sandwich Classic Car Show clashed with the above event, so only a small number went to Sandwich, reports were good and perhaps it won’t clash next year.
St Michaels Hospice held their Classic Car Extravaganza on 10th September, I was unable to go as I was attending my Nephew’s wedding in Northampton, but Paul Newberry supplied a write up on the event and Philip Healey sent me photos.
All will be less hectic now the winter approaches, but I think we have had a good selection of events.