Latest Update : Pictures and reports from Detling Heritage Show, Spring Lunch and Drive It Day now available in Events Reports section.
Unfortunately the organisers of the Cavalcade of Transport at the Pestalozzi Village in East Sussex have had to cancel this event this year, and we are considering going to the Darling Buds of May event instead. Watch this space.
Posted Tuesday 24th April 2018
Our members are still talking about the evening we spent in November at our Area meeting when we had Norman Dewis OBE to give us a talk on his life with Jaguar cars. For further details see Events Reports tab, 2017.
Our Area club nights at the Dog & Bear Hotel at Lenham (ME17 2PG) have been excellent this year. The first was on Monday 19th February when our Committee member Alan Kay gave us a talk about his professional life of about 50 years as a London Taxi Driver. He gave us a bit of a history of the taxis, and the models past and present, with an insight of how they will look in the future. It takes 2 - 3 years to complete 'the Knowledge'. He also had some fascinating tales to tell. We all thought he should retire from driving and become a speaker!
On Monday 19th March Neil Arnold came to entertain us on the subject of Spooky Kent. Neil has written several books on the subject and has done much research into the reported sightings, trying to uncover the truths and the urban myths. He kept the evening light hearted and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We will all be a bit dubious still travelling to Pluckley, or up Blue Bell Hill on a dark and stormy night..... All agreed he must come back to tell us more.
As April is a busy month for the Area, our April meeting on 16th was simply a 'natter evening' with no speaker. We still had a large turnout with our members enjoying a chance to meet up.
Our summer season of car shows has begun with the Heritage Transport Show at Detling Showground on Saturday 7th April, which as always was a good event with bus rides around the ground to save our legs. See photos in the Events Reports section.
This was followed the next day, Sunday 8th April, with our annual Spring Lunch, once again at Cobham Hall, near Gravesend. The mansion is beautiful, and the surrounding parkland is always full of daffodils in April. They really looked after us there again - it seems better each year! We were joined by six returning members from Essex Area 33.
Sunday 22nd April was the National Drive It Day when owners of beautiful cars are encouraged to take them out onto the roads. We sent our members out at a few minutes interval from the car park of the Dog & Bear Hotel at Lenham, for what should have been about a 75 minutes drive through some beautiful lanes of rural Kent, but unfortunately first there was another car club coming in the opposite direction, and then there was a St George's Day parade through another village High Street which had been closed for the occasion! Everyone found the venue, and many of the cryptic clues along the way. Our venue was spectacular, and we sat in the glorious sunshine watching fields of horses, while eating a huge buffet we had provided ourselves. (Each participant had brought a dish for the buffet for all to share, and there was twice as much as we needed!) Our display of Jaguars was wonderful, with examples from the 1960s to the present day.
Our next event is the Eastbourne Show on Sunday 6th May, and we are hoping to be able to join up with the Sussex Area. Our chairman might be able to squeeze you in at this late stage if you are not already booked in and wish to join us.
Our May meeting will be our annual talk from Carl Gannon with Q & A. His knowledge of Jaguars is wonderful and he is a most entertaining speaker. This is combined with our annual Pudding Competition, and once the judging has been completed we will all have a chance to taste the exhibits and see if we agree with the judges!
Our June meeting will be again food orientated with a talk from Adam Whitehouse from the East Malling Research Station when he will be giving us an insight into 'Breeding Better Berries' and may bring some for us to taste!
Our Webmaster is always most happy to have contributions of photos and items of interest sent to him, and we would be most grateful if anyone can fill in any of the gaps in our Club History (see Club Archive tab).
Please don't hesitate to contact me or a member of the committee if you have any queries about the Kent Area or wish to book into any of our events. New members always most welcome - see Contact Us tab.
With best wishes
Jaguar Drivers' Club
Kent Area 4