Latest news and stories from the British Hotchkiss Society

 

 

Thursday, July 01, 2021 – an important date for your diary

We are sincerely hoping, Covid restrictions allowing, to hold our first Opener for 2021. Details regarding the event are still being finalised, but please make a note of the date – we want to see you!

 

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Provisional Date for your diary, August Pub Meet, 15 August

David and Erica are hoping to arrange the August Pub Meet at the Bull Inn, Standford Dingley, on 15 August (a provisional booking has been made) and continue to liaise with the pub regarding numbers and any Covid regulations. Two Hoots would also be open for tea and cake afterwards! More information will follow at a later date.

 
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St. George's Day Get-Together - 23 April

Lockdown restrictions having been eased a bit, a small group of BHS members thought it would be good to take advantage of April's balmy sunshine. So, at very short notice ten of us met at The Bear of Rodborough Hotel on the western Cotswolds near Stroud for coffee and a light lunch. The Vichy of Tony Curtis, La Baule of Douglas and Kathleen Crowther and Modane of Michael and Helen Scott parked alongside the very attractive Riley RME tourer of Alan and Shirley Newbery. Secretary/Editor Michael Edwards and John Hewitt nipped across from Boars Hill. Sadly George Rilon had to leave the Hotchkiss Jeep at home due to mechanical malfunctions.

We parked ourselves at two adjacent tables in the Hotel's impressive sheltered garden - over coffee, drinks and lunch, the conversation flowed - so good to see friends and fellow enthusiasts once more! Everyone enjoyed themselves and vowed to get together again soon. 

 

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Unveiling Evesham, 25 – 27 June 2021

Sadly, your committee decided that this event must be cancelled, in the interests of the safety of our members and friends. Our hotel bookings have been cancelled and the deposits paid to the Club by participants will be refunded by Sandra, our treasurer.

 

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29th AGM, 14 March 2021

15 members linked into the Zoom meeting, including Barry & Sandra Stapleton and Eric Nicolas from France and Don Harrington from Australia. Once the meeting had concluded, there was plenty of time to chat and to raise a glass to Hotchkiss. Minutes of the meeting will be included in the April newsletter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Future Events

Please keep the date 10 October 2021 in your diary, as we hope to hold the Autumn Closer then if circumstances allow. As Covid restrictions gradually ease, we are also hoping to hold some ‘pop-up’ events during the summer. These will be arranged at fairly short notice, so please continue to check ‘Meeting Point’ on the website on a regular basis for details.

 

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New Member
 

We are pleased to welcome to the Club Jennifer Stothert. Jennifer lives in Worcestershire and is restoring a 1926 AM2. Jennifer was able to meet some of the Club members when she joined in the AGM meeting.

 

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BHS Shop

The BHS Shop now has its own tab on the website. A list of examples that are available (with photographs) and a price list are included. Any purchase will help to raise funds for the Club.

 
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TALCY - Sandra Stapleton

Eric said, “come to Talcy on Sunday 27th September”.  Barry and I thought “why not?”  Since confinement in March and the long hot summer we have not had the chance to use our Hotchkiss much.   We decided to make a long weekend of it, and I found an excellent hotel in Meung sur Loire (Best Western – recommended!) which not only had off road parking but was also dog friendly.   The hotel was only half an hour’s drive from Talcy.  We travelled on Saturday in brilliant sunshine with the hood down.  A bit cold, but nevertheless a very enjoyable drive of approx. 2.5 hours.   We found Meung sur Loire to be an interesting place to walk around and had a very good dinner at the hotel.   Sunday was a different matter – still cold, but rain, rain, rain. Undeterred, with the hood up now, we set off to meet up with Eric and other Hotchkiss members at Talcy. An interesting chateau, not so well-known as other Loire valley chateaux, but well worth the visit.   At 12.30 in biting cold and driving rain and wind we set of for Beaugency for lunch approx. 20 minutes away.  Eric had chosen a very good restaurant, and we enjoyed a great meal with plenty of conviviality.   We returned to the hotel for the evening – no need for an evening dinner as we had been well replenished at lunch.    Monday morning for our return, started out damp, but less than halfway home, we stopped to put the hood down again, and returned home in brilliant sunshine.   Thank you Eric for your proposal. We look forward to the next.

 

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AM80 High Ration Crown wheel and pinion

Mike Tebbett is investigating getting a new high ratio crown wheel and pinion made by Guest Gears for my AM80, just like the batch organised many years ago by Peter Nunn.

The ratio will be 12/48 or 4.1 and I think they will surely also suit the AM2?   I shall order one set for my car but of course, if we can get a few more made then the price is significantly reduced.

e.g. for two sets £1175.00 or for three sets, it is £900.00. Plus VAT and carriage. Let me know if you are interested.  m.tebbett@tiscali.co.uk 

 

Clos(er) ratio gearbox

Peter Nunn tells me that many years ago he organised the manufacture of nine sets of close-ratio gears for the AM2 and AM80 gearbox. Does anyone still have an unused set still on the garage shelf?

 

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Two Interesting links.

http://www.histomobile.com/are-vintage-cars-just-as-culturally-important-as-vintage-films/

http://www.classiccarsforsale.co.uk/hotchkiss

 

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For Sale

The website now has  'Spares' and 'For Sale/Wanted' tabs in the members' section. If you wish something to be added to either of these tabs, please contact Peter or Pam.

 

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Images needed.

The website can only be as good as the images we have on it. If you take any photos while out with your car, let's share them.

We need them as big as possible please so send them in at the largest file size your camera or phone allows. And don't forget, the pictures don't have to be from an organised day out. Any lovely pictures help make the site great for all.

Thank you