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JACK FLETCHER

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.

HUGH PIGGINS

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.

December clubnight

KING JOHN RALLY

December 1, 2021 7:15 pm – 11:00 pm

Organiser: Adrian Cunnington.

CarClassDriverNavigatoro/aClassFailsMins
1EJohn
Peterson
David
Smalley
33315
2EHarvey
Steele
Martin
Pitt
22124
3EEd
Haylock
Paul
Haylock
11120
4EPaul
Smalley
Matthew
Smalley
55524
5EJune
Pollard
Ian
Pollard
44422
6SENeil
Peterson
Will
Brown
72425
7SEMarc
Sheffield
Shaun
Hannon
83532
8SEMick
Beauchamp
Mark
Banham
6124
9NJonathan
Simper
Gary
Zoller
91112
10NRob
Palmer
Ben
Jones
102431
11NJohn
Setchell
Will
George
113114
12BHarry
Wade
Danni
Quadling
DNF

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

Classic Car Rally

STOP PRESS: For information about of this year’s 44th Annual event, on Sunday 26 June 2022, please see our Events page.

Regulations and entry forms are now available. 

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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. 
Cheque presentation
2021 chairman Ed Haylock hands over a cheque for £1000 to NARS’ Paul Strutt, alongside KLDMC members, representatives from our generous sponsors and, of course, a trio of classic cars

 

Car 1 takes to the road: Colin Shinkins flagged away Terry Cook’s 1930 Austin, driven by Terry’s daughter Lisa Elliott, from the start at Downham Home & Garden.

 

Car of the Day winner

Car of the Day, voted for by all entrants, was won by Harvey Death’s 1934 Bentley Blower

 

ACA trophy winner

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.

The event was again run in aid of the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS).  It started from Downham Home & Garden on the edge of Downham Market.

start venue aerial
Classic cars gather at the event start at Downham Home & Garden

 

picnicking at Lynford
Forestry England Bull Ride picnic area at Lynford                                            

 

Lunch was at Lynford Hall Hotel and we secured permission from Forestry England to use the adjacent ‘Bull Ride’ areas for picnics. Our finish was at Ickworth House in Suffolk.

Thanks to all our entrants, venues, marshals and sponsors for your support.

We hope to see you all again in 2022. 

ENTRIES:

Vintage & PVT (pre-1950)
1930 Austin – T Cook
1934 Bentley   –   H Death WINNER CAR OF THE DAY
Car of the Day
1936 Ford – N Smith
1936 Fraser Nash  –   B Riches WINNER VINTAGE & PVT CLASS
1947 Riley – T Cook
Historic Classic (1950-1971)
1953 Riley   –   A Gidley
1953 Austin   –   N Williams
1955 Austin Healey – T Sprosson
1958 MG – D Stammers
1959 Standard   –   P Foster
1960 Austin Healey – I Wilson
1960 Jaguar   –   G Dale
1960 MG – M Sheridan
1962 Ford   –   W Firth
1962 Triumph   –   D Russell
1964 Triumph   –   B Aistrup
1964 Riley – W Brown WINNER BEST DRESSED CREW

1964 Sunbeam – G Glover
1965 Jaguar   –   P Connor WINNER HISTORIC CLASSIC CLASS
1966 Jaguar – P Clarke
1967 Morris – A Burbridge
1967 Austin Mini – H Hardiment
1968 Triumph   –   D Bowman
1968 Triumph   –   J Corn
1968 Lotus – G Hodgkinson
1968 Triumph   –   D Dawson
1968 Triumph – J Oram
1968 Jaguar   –   A Stephenson
1968 Triumph – D Solomon
1969 MG   –   J Hesketh
1969 Mini   –   D Taylor
1969 Morris – T Peacock
1970 Mini   –   P Horsburgh WINNER ACA/NARS AWARD FOR
CAR WITH POPULAR APPEAL
1971 Lotus   –   M Mantle
Post-Historic Classic (1972-1986)
1972 Rolls Royce – T Sverdloff
1972 Triumph – M Grange
1972 Porsche – P Hernaman
1972 Lotus – T Gostling WINNER POST-HISTORIC CLASSIC CLASS
1972 Lotus – T Wales
1972 MG – R Ford
1973 Triumph   –   M Baker
1973 Volkswagen – N Parsons
1973 MG   –   C Shallice
1974 MG   –   H Haylock
1974 Triumph – C Anderson
1974 MG – B Gilham
1978 Porsche   –   R King
1979 Ford – C Bos
1980 Mini – R Lines
1981 MG   –   N Daubney
1983 BMW* – Adrian Cunnington
Modern Classic (1987-2006)
1988 BMW – J Wilson
1988 Mercedes   –   C Cornish
1988 Porsche   –   N Mann
1989 Fiat   –   T Overson WINNER MODERN CLASSIC CLASS
1990 Jaguar   –   H Churchill
1990 Lancia   –   J Read
1991 Porsche   –   C Sutton
1991 Mazda   –   B Wright
1993 Vauxhall   –   A Beesley
1993 Jaguar   –   D Sutton
1995 Porsche – S Cook
1999/64 AC – G Divey
2000 Alfa Romeo – B Gaskins
2000 Porsche – K Hodgkinson
2000 Porsche – J Setchell
2000 Subaru – C Blyth
2001 Citroen – G Collier
2001 Jaguar – M Forsdike
2002 MG – R Gormley
2002 Mercedes – R Thompson
2003 Mini – A Collier
2003 Mercedes – H Bradley
2003 Mercedes   –   M Vawser
2005 Smart   –   C Griggs
Other
2008 Aston Martin* –   J Skuse
2015 Mercedes GT* – Adam Cunnington
posted 5 July 2021 Photos by Nick Way, Paul Smalley, Adrian Cunnington & Ed Haylock

Curry Night

Mathew Smalley is organising a curry night on Wednesday 16th October at Voujon in Kings Lynn

There are already enough people coming to mean the meal can go ahead, but the more the merrier! So if anyone wants to come then let him know by email

From looking at their menu their banquet meal is currently priced at £12.95 and we will be looking to meet around 7.30-8pm

September clubnight results

4th September: 12-car rally

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.

Paul & Edward