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Meesage from the New Chairman

As you may be aware Paul Newsome has stood down as club chairman, though he remains on the committee as a member without portfolio and as a director of the Standard Motor Company Limited. The committee had to appoint a replacement and I

was duly elected until the next AGM of the company when my appointment will require ratification by the membership.

All except recent new members will recall that I was chairman from 1992 until 2010. My successor, Paul, went on to provide sound leadership of the club through some of the most momentous changes since it was founded, namely its incorporation and

registration for VAT. We are still, however, a relatively small club and so we are reliant on a hard-working volunteer committee, all of whom put in long unpaid hours for the benefit of members.

Paul has handed over a club in good shape, with one major exception, namely apathy, highlighted by Malcolm Graham's letter in the last Review and the phrase ‘same ol' faces’. Events reveal a similar apathy. Ian Leggett reported in the last Review of a

superb Drive It Day event for the Anglia Central Group but only three Standards attended. As for the West Midlands Rally, not a soul responded to the website notice so Mike Wilkes abandoned it in despair. I had a little more success with the event the

club attended in its place, Coventry MotoFest, but it was only by emailing, ringing round and cajoling people that I finally persuaded eight Standard owners to come along. All seemed delighted to meet other members and share tales of their cars with them. Trevor Walker brought his 1957 Super Ten all the way down from Bradford and Ian Leggett from drove his 1955 Phase II Vanguard over from Bury St.Edmunds.

At least this year's International Rally will be very well attended, but even then under ten per cent of the members will be there. I hope that every one of our one thousand or so members will remember that this is your club, run for your benefit to enable you to restore, run and enjoy your Standard cars. If you sit back, do nothing and go nowhere you will derive less benefit from the Club. Please try to get to events in your locality. Contact your area group organiser. If there is no group in your area why not consider getting one together? Could you help us to run the club?

I hope that, if nothing else, I can improve the situation of the club's apathy in my new role. I look forward to seeing as many members as possible at the 2014 International Rally whether over the whole weekend or just for a day. As I hope I've shown above distance should be no deterrent: one member is coming from the south of France, so come along, support the club and show your face - you'll be made very welcome!

Peter Lockley,