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The Devon and Cornwall Lunch

Devon and Cornwall Group Standard Motor Club Annual  Lunch

Flying 8 Saloon plus Ensign 16Hp at The "Royal Standard"

Chris and Brian would like to thank everyone who attended the annual club Sunday lunch on 25th January 2009 at the Royal Standard Inn. We were expecting thirty three for lunch and were delighted when everyone turned up despite the awful weather forecast for the weekend!!

We were also flattered to see people from as far away as Wales, Bristol, Cirencester and Somerset – or is because they will travel anywhere for a cooked lunch!!

Not only did everyone make the effort to attend but we had a lovely display of vintage and post vintage Standards lined up in front of the Royal Standard Inn.

Thanks go to all those who brought along their wonderful vehicles to what has become an annual event for the Devon and Cornwall section. Peter and Lyn Hallam who came in their 1930’s Standard 16, Steve and Karen Lovegrove with their 1934 Standard 10, the whole of Colin Fry’s family in three 50’s Standard 8’s and 1934 Standard 10, Peter and Perry Starbuck in their 1950’s 10 and a special thanks to Steve Smeltzer and his very capable co-pilot Len Barr, for making the journey from Bristol in Steve’s lovely 1920’s V4 Open tourer. It is certainly worth noting that they did not raise the hood once, even in the changeable January weather, proving that they are definitely not fair weather motorists!!

In fact we meet Steve and Len at Moretonhampstead in the morning of the dinner and travelled together across the moors to the venue. The weather was kind and we had a pleasant run deciding just before Tavistock to take a shortcut down lanes that would bring us out opposite the pub. Well that turned out to be a bit of an adventure, as we encountered quite a bit of standing water at times, making the shortcut a lot more interesting than was planned. We hoped to get some good pictures of Steve splashing his way through the water but he was just too quick!!

Thanks also go to those who decided to make a weekend of it and join us for lunch, Bob and Val Richardson and Dennis and Shelia Brown.

It was a lively group who sat down for lunch, with lots of natter and quite a few photo’s doing the rounds on projects and wannabee purchases. All in all a great success and one we hope to repeat next year.

Thank you to everyone who attended including Lynda and David Swallow our newest members who have recently found a barn fresh 1937 Flying 10.

Linda Bowden

Below: The V4 following the Flying 8

Below: Devon and Cornwall members and their guests tuck into lunch (photos: Brian Murrish, Peter Hallam

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