View Full Version : New Years Day Classic Car Meet at the Elsted Inn

04-01-2010, 03:44 PM
As in previous years, I went to this out-of-the way pub for their New Years Day classic car meet. The difference this time was that I was there in the Green Machine!

There was a light dusting of snow to start with, and temperatures stayed close to zero (Celsius) all day, but there was still a good turn out. I even manage to convince Sean to dust off the Javelin and give that a run too. As always there was a fantastic diversity of cars from all eras, ranging from a pre-WW1 Stanley steam car, 1920s Buggati Brescia, Type 28, low-chassis Invicta, Lagondas etc. through to Alpine-Renaults, TRs, big Healeys etc.

Green Machine was the only kit car this year. A journalist from Classic Car Weekly took a picture of me and the car, and I gave him a brief description of what it was, so you never know - there was a double page article in last years January issue.

None of my pictures are available yet, but Sean did find some images posted on this site which sets the scene...


I think that gets the 2010 show season off to a start!


04-01-2010, 08:40 PM
Nice one Lauren......... is that captain sensible taking a gander at your car??? :tongue:

04-01-2010, 11:00 PM
Where do you find these great obscure meetings?

05-01-2010, 08:32 AM
Nice one Lauren......... is that captain sensible taking a gander at your car??? :tongue:

Well it was cold... and my furry hat didn't match the rest of my outfit. So my Captain Sensible beret came out :clapping:

I've always been a big fan of the Damned :D


05-01-2010, 08:36 AM
Where do you find these great obscure meetings?

Hearsay in this case! The Elsted meet has been going for at least 5 years, although this is only the 3rd year for me. There were several other events locally on New Years Day but this one was closest, easiest to get to in mildly tricky conditions, and is always consistently good.


05-01-2010, 12:26 PM
I'm glad I didn't know of this meet otherwise I'd of been misted up there instead of Chichester great piks on site. I noticed your bonnet scoops face the other way to mine is that for cooling or just style.

05-01-2010, 01:10 PM
Radiator cooling, most definately!

Stylistically, the scoops do more to break up the otherwise featureless bonnet area if they face forwards, as Richard Oakes designed them. Turning them round allowed me to retain the design, and get the radiator cooling I needed (they work as hot air extractors, the intake is under the nose), but from low frontal angles the vents are all but invisible, making it look like a Mk2!

And yes, it was desperately cold!


05-01-2010, 04:00 PM
There is another meet near to us Lauren on boxing day it's in wickham square you get cars bikes and trikes. I went down this year but not in the nova, tho will do if weather permits along with demisting capabilities next year. Although I expect you already know of this meet? Bit of a wait tho 345 days but who's counting

06-01-2010, 06:30 PM
Hi Matt - yes I do know about the Wickham meet, its got really big in recent years. From what I have heard you have to turn up early to bagsey a space and you're blocked in for the day, but I will have to try it sometime!

21-02-2010, 11:53 AM
Right, here's the pictures I took on the day with my trusty commiecam! Sorry its been a long time, but thats the thing about 35mm film :wink:

So, moving swiftly along...


Here's the starting lineup, with Sean's Javelin and a Volvo interloper (who later moved on).


Sean's Jav, the Green Machine, an early bird Daimler V8 and an enthusiastic MGB owner complete the early morning lineup...


The Daimler is of course related to the Jaguar Mk2, but equipped with Daimler's own 2.5 litre Hemi V8 - nice engine, although a little underpowered in this application...


Crazy contrast - 1970 Javelin headlamp in the foreground, 1978 Nova and Model A Ford parked at a jaunty angle on the banking...


AC Greyhound - a coupe derivative of the AC Ace, which in turn caught the eye of a certain Texan chicken farmer, who shoved in a Ford 289, followed by a 427 and in so doing unleased hundreds of thousands of Cobra replicas on an unsuspecting public... :giveup:


Neat Alpine Renault A110, in full competition trim turned up in the company of the surprisingly quick, but brick-in-your-face-ugly Renault 8 Gordini behind. I love the exotic look of 3-stud wheel fittings, but I accept their mechanical inferiority :D


Fabulous inter-war Invicta Low Chassis had an Austin Chummy and two moderns parked behind it. Looks better after a make-over in Photoshop, although the edges are a bit rough - there's a limit to what you can do in half an hour...


Tickford Healey? I think...


You can just imagine this HRD blasting down the B-roads around Elsted and Midhurst back in the '40s :clapping:


Sean's brother mentioned the Elsted meet to the owner of this splitty van, and he came along, together with...


...Some friends of his in a Stanley Steamer, very much the oldest car there, which sat and... well, steamed all morning. You have to keep the boiler stoked otherwise there isn't enough go to get you home!


Lovely condition Austin-Healey - I can't recall if it was a 100/4 or a 100/6...


The owner of this Alfa 6C 2600 prepares to head home...


Imposing radiator grille of an early Bugatti, a late '20s Brescia I think...


Caramel brown Lotus Elan on one side and Morris Traveller on the other - is it 1968 all over again?


Is it a Type 28? I think the T35 had the cast alloy wheels, so I am going with the T28. I was the real deal though!


Finishing lineup - the Daimler left, was replaced by something else (can't remember now) and finally by this beautiful Jaguar XK140 roadster. Then it was back home for a nice warm cuppa and try and get some feeling back in my toes!

I believe I did get my picture in Classic Car weekly the following Wednesday, but by the time the snow had abated and I could get into my local CCW stockist, it was 2 weeks later :cry:


21-02-2010, 01:00 PM
Awesome photos!! Need a drooling emoticon for the Alpine though. lol

22-02-2010, 05:53 PM
i love the last picture
the jag looks amazing just like the javelin
theres a javelin for sale i want to get in GA but the wife says no...
i just have to talk her into it being good for the baby or atleast better then the mercedes she wants.

23-02-2010, 09:34 AM
Hi who do we contact about the show in Kent in april as I would like to go! If it's sunny I'll take the nova if not my normal car as my nova leaks like a gooden :thumbdown:

sorry wrong place I'll repost it