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Devon Group a summary of our 2014 events

Following another successful annual January dinner at The Countryman Inn which was well attended by members,  February, March and April we continued to hold our monthly meetings at the Claycutters Arms and enjoyed the lovely food and good company.  These were well attended and popular meets whilst we waited for the season to start.

May saw our first Standard get together at Buckfastleigh railway with the Devon Vintage Car Club this was well attended by Standard cars, including our own, Ray and Julie Horne’s Phase II Vanguard, Steve and Sue Troake’s Standard 8 Goldstar , Steve and Karen Lovegrove in their Triumph TR7, and Derek Palmer in his Flying 14. We also attended a meet at Morewellham Quay which was supported by several car clubs from the region.

Also in May we were at Killerton for the first official Standard stand.  Again it was a well attended event, with the ever popular club gazebo with tea making facilities and we were pleased to see Elspeth and John in their Standard 8 Tourer.  John had managed to resolve some running issues with his car and enjoyed his journey down to this lively show.

July we held our usual stand at Powderham Classic Car Rally with 19 cars on display, on both days. Steve Smeltzer from Bristol joined us for our Friday night chip run and our popular dinner get together on the Saturday evening.  

Following Powderham we decided to extend our planned visit to Bocconic Steam Rally on the following weekend and turned it into a mini break for the Devon group.  Sharon and Geoff Cattermoul in their Standard Vanguard Vignale and Mitch who came in his Phase III Standard.  We enjoyed some scorching weather, with Steve and Sue making the most of the steam engine lessons on offer and we all enjoyed a lovely evening in Looe for a fish and chip supper looking over the beach.

August saw a small group of us at the very popular Torbay Steam Rally.

September three Standards attended the Country Life Museum at Sandy Bay and enjoyed a lively day out.

In October we restarted our monthly informal meets and were pleased to welcome our two newest members Lee and Natalia at our dinner.  


The Devon Group’s Annual Dinner

Thirty two people enjoyed a Carvery at The Countryman Inn, Sampford Courtney on Sunday 25th January.  Members attended from all over.  We were also pleased to see one not so local member, who took the opportunity to combine coming to our meal whilst sourcing rare spares from Devon, for his latest acquisition.

It was a lively lunch with lots of chat, loads of advice being shared and some good old fashioned banter.  Unfortunately the forecast for the weather meant that a lot of people didn’t use their classic cars, but this gathering is more about a chance to meet up over the winter months and stay in touch.

Further meets will take place on the third Wednesday of February, March and April at The Welcome Stranger, Liverton at 8pm for something to eat and a chat.

Chris & Linda Bowden