Phil Homer, reports, together with an extensive range of images from the day:
This was the fourth year of running of the Picnic, organised for the Standard Triumph Forum by Martin Johnson-Howe of the Pre-40 Triumph Owner’s Club. The Forum is a loose organisation that brings together all the Clubs that represent the marques of Standard and Triumph. The venue is the quite delightful grounds of the Mercure Walton Hall Hotel in deepest rural Warwickshire, a couple of miles from Wellesbourne. The hotel is a country house overlooking an extensive lake.
All the participating Standard Triumph Clubs gathered on their well-cut lawns. There was no entry fee for participants as the ground rent had been covered in advance out of Club funds. There was no element of competition, the purpose was purely to roll up and meet friends for a glorious day in the sunshine. And of course, the majority brought a Picnic, though those that didn’t were catered for by a hog roast and an Ice Cream Van.
Malcolm Graham's Standard Super 10
John Jenkinson's 6 cwt Plumbing Van
Ivan and Dot Hancox brought along their 1936 Standard Flying 12
Chris McKein's Standard 10
.....inside the engine bay.
Andy Brayne's Standard Ensign
Nigel Woodward-Sheath's 1950 Vanguard
Alan Gosling's Postwar Standard 12 Drophead Coupe. As of May 2022, this car is for sale.
, KennilworthMore images from the day are below:
Whilst every Triumph Club was represented amongst the 242 cars that were counted as attending, your Club fielded just 18. For those of you that could not attend, I have photographed the vast majority. This only serves to highlight the variety of cars that this Club caters for, from the earliest in the form of Robert Browett’s V3 Kenilworth of 1924, right through to Andy Brayne’s Ensign of 1960.
It was particularly good to see an increasingly rare early Vanguard brought to the meet by Nigel Woodward-Sheath from Henley in Arden. Chris Muckian demonstrated his highly modified Standard 10, though everything has been done to keep its appearance in keeping. His latest modification is the addition of Rack and Pinion steering, which Chris advises me is a very worthwhile improvement.
If there had been a prize for the longest distance travelled to the event, then it would have been awarded to John Jenkinson, who brought his Standard 10 Van from Manchester, a repeat of the trip he made last year.
By contrast, Colin Clatworthy was the least travelled, his 2-mile outing from Wellesbourne being the shortest journey of the day. Phil and Lynda Homer brought their Standard Super 10 the 200 miles or so return from St. Albans. Ivan and Dot Hancox are becoming very regular attendees in their Big bodied 1936 Flying 12. Peter and Jo Spencer brought their 1939 model Flying 12. I can’t mention you all but thanks for sharing your day with us.
I hope that you will all be able to join us at the International Rally in June.
Please persuade as many of our 1000 friends as possible to join us.
A V3, Kennilworth owned by Robert Browett
1936 Standard 10 - Len Barr
Colin Clatworthy's Teignmouth
The famous Vanguard Estate belonging to our Chairman, Peter Lockley
SLO4 Charlcote Coupe - Paul Newsome
Peter Foster's Vanguard Vignale
Mike Andrew's Big 9
Standard 10 - Norman and Pam Smith
Standard Super 10 - Phil & Lynda Homer
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