It is with sadness that we record the passing of Jack Fletcher, a vice-president and founder member of the Club, at the age of 98.
Jack joined KLDMC way back in 1953, so was a member for 69 years! He served as Treasurer in 1956, Secretary from 1957-59 and Chairman from 62-64. He was later elected President from 1968 to 73 when Hugh Piggins, who also died recently, was twice Chairman. Jack then spent almost 50 years as one of our honorary VPs, last journeying south from his home in north west Scotland, at the age of 78, for our 50th Anniversary Dinner in 2003.
Jack was a regular competitor in the 1950s and 60s when he competed with many of his contemporaries such as Derek Thrower, Anthony Proctor, Frank Smith, Ron Howe, David Cave, Dian Catcheside, John Mawby, Tony Longmate, Ivan Cunnington, John Clarke and his brother-in-law Hillebrand Bos. His memory will remain at KLDMC through the cup he co-presented to the Club with Derek Thrower. The Fletcher-Thrower Trophy is still awarded annually to the clubnight champion driver.
Our sympathy and thoughts are with his wife Edwina, who survives him, and their extended family.
We are sad to report the recent death of Hugh Piggins, a former Chairman of the Club, at the age of 81
Hugh and his wife Joy, who survives him, were enthusiastic members in the 1960s and early seventies.
Hugh served two periods as Club Chairman: initially for 1968 & 1969 and again from 1973 to 1975, as well as a short stint as Treasurer in 1970. He was a long-standing Committee member from the early 1960s through to the 1980s.
He was well known for campaigning an ex-works Mini, often with Eddie Markham alongside on the maps, on many Club and regional events winning the KLDMC Challenge Trophy for Champion Driver on rallies every year, bar one, from 1966 until 1972 inclusive.
Hugh & Joy presented two trophies to the Club:
The Hugh & Joy Engagement Trophy, on the occasion of their engagement on New Year’s Day 1964, for the best performance in a BMC Mini.
The Hugh & Joy Wedding Trophy, donated a year later, for the Off-the-Road champion driver.
Hugh’s funeral is on Friday 1 April at Gedney church at 11am. Our thoughts are with Joy, and Hugh’s family & friends, at this difficult time.
Thank you to: Adrian Cunnington for organising Jennie & team at Runcton Holme Social Club for the use of the premises & food at the finish and the marshals Peter Horsburgh Duncan Russell Steve Tilburn Dave Bowman Jody Wilson Andy Congreve Dave Sooley Simon Leonard Greg & Judy Bates Dave Pollard Nick & Megan Way Nigel Mann Richard Leggett Liz Jordan
Our 43rd Annual Classic Car Rally, run by KLDMC in aid of NARS, ran on Sunday 4th July 2021, with over 80 entrants of classics spanning 75 years of motoring from 1930 to 2005… The Club was delighted to be able to make a presentation of £1000 to NARS, raised at the 2021 event.
Car of the Day, voted for by all entrants, was won by Harvey Death’s 1934 Bentley Blower
Winners of the ACA trophy for Car with Popular Appeal (selected by NARS’ representative) was a 1965 Mini Traveller entered by Peter & Spencer Horsburgh, seen here at the Lynford Hall control point
2021’s award winners are listed in full below.
Thanks to everyone who supported the day. The weather did its best to spoil things but well done to everyone for sticking with it and the sun came out again, eventually!
The event was kindly sponsored by Anglia Car Auctions of King’s Lynn with additional support from Ottoway Carpentry of Dersingham, Bennetts Estate Agents of King’s Lynn, Bearts of Stowbridge, Steve Cato Classic Cars & Restoration from Tottenhill and Downham Home & Garden.
1st Paul Smalley / Matthew Smalley 0F 1M Expert
2nd Jack Matthews / David Smalley 0F 4M Expert
3rd June Pollard / Ian Pollard 1F 5M Expert
4th Mark Shefield / Shaun Hannon 11F 20M Expert
5th Mick Beauchamp / Mark Banham 0F 6M Novice
6th Matthew Mantle / Diane Mantle 1F 10M Novice
Organisers: Paul Haylock & Edward Haylock
Marshals: Dave Sooley, Andy Congreve, Steve Tilburn, Harry Tilburn, Jody Wilson, Peter Mears, Kyle Williams, Ed Bennett, Nick Way, Megan Way
Carl Dunnatt, Richard Felton, Guy Farnbank, David Bell, Ian Doble, Dan Wheatley, Dick Lines, Dave Hunt, Robin Lines, Dave Pollard.
Many thanks to everyone who came out to compete or marshal. Sorry there were not as many competitors as we usually have but that’s something beyond our control. I think all the competitors enjoyed the event, the marshals all got to where we wanted them and we had no complaints! So despite the low numbers it was a successful rally. Thank you all very much.
Please be available for David Smalley’s rally next month.