On a bit of a sad note some of you will know that long time member Eunice Creed (wife of Brian) is seriously ill. We are all hoping that Eunice makes a full recovery and they will be both out and about at shows this year. Thinking of you Eunice !
Now by the time you read this the committee has held it's annual meeting and included various subjects bought up by you through the show season last year. Copies of the meeting minutes will be available at the AGM. Now talking of the AGM please note we have a new venue this year at the Northey Lodge Touring Park in Peterborough. We had to change because Wicksteed Park has put up the price for the hire of rally field from £60 a day to £700 a day ! So Bye Bye Wicksteed. The good news is Northey Lodge don't charge for the rally field and the camping and caravan charges are cheaper. There is a full page ad on page 6 giving all the details and I hope to see many of you at the AGM. Last year was an excellent year for the Guild with the record breaking price ever paid for a Mk1 Granada and we had several rare Consul's out for the first time after a very long restorations. Of course not forgetting the Guild 25th anniversary. "Keep your granny alive" is our trademark moto and that's what we do best out and about on the car show scene. THANK YOU.
25 years is a very good record for a car club especially the Granada being a specialized subject. We are now down to only a few hundred left of each model from the Consul up to the last of each of the Mk2's and some models don't make double figures anymore. So it's important we keep them going for another 25 years. We are also struggling to get the younger drivers coming into the Granada scene. The main reason being the insurance cost. The insurance boys will not insure them until they reach 25 and by that time they are into something else. But we must keep flying the flag and hope this will tempt them into the Granada scene.
If we get a summer like last year the classic car show grounds will be full so you will have a busy season, UK and abroad. Talking of which I'm just waiting to see what happens with this Brexit business as I want go to Belgium this year to the Old Timer Ford show. So I'm hoping that the scare mongering about passports and driving permits is just that. At the time of writing the customs at the French ports are playing up again so I shall watch with interest. Also a big thank you to you all for renewing your membership on time as it keeps our secretary JK very happy and can we run the club more evenly. Well enjoy yourselves out there and I hope to see you all soon.
The committee would like to thank you all, including the ladies, for the behind the scenes work and your continued support . This has meant that the public see the Gulild at our best and provides them & us with a good day out. By the time the Mag is printed the Lincolnshire area would of had the annual Christmas dinner (2nd of December ) and 23 of us in total enjoyed the sunday afternoon lunch which was organised by Jason Davies (committee member & area rep). Thanks to Jason & Karen for a wonderful day and meal which was absolutley brilliant. We trust you had a very merry christmas and a we look forward to seeing you all in 2019.
Take care, and "Keep your Granny alive" !
Your Chairman - Bryan Stone
For the benefit of our New members
Write ups for the Mag and the Guild Website please we need your input of shows, restorations, bits & pieces, pictures, etc. We are touching the 200th member now so there's got to be something happening out there, not everybody is into the Facebook pages and I know it's full of bits of info, evan if its retro ads & pictures send to the Mag Editor John Kempson. The Guild Magazine is very expensive to produce so we need to get our monies worth out of it. I know you might think that im always moaning but its my job and the committees to keep the lights burning in the Guild window as many people follow us from the distant corners of the globe as you know, so keep up the very good work that you do, promoting the Guild in your own way.