Latest news and stories from the British Hotchkiss Society



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.
















Dates for your diary

Your committee were very pleased to have a meeting on 07 September – our first since February! We all felt very sad that all our events have been cancelled this year (including the Autumn Closer planned for 11 October), but we are looking forward to 2021 and have arranged (provisionally!) the following events:

i) AGM 14 March 2021

ii) Spring Opener (around Burford) 18 April 2021

iii) 30th Annual Drive (based in Evesham) 25 – 27 June 2021

iv) Summer Picnic 25 July 2021

v) Annual Pub Meet possibly in August

vi) Autumn Closer (possibly at St Cross, Winchester) 10 October 2021.


Please put these dates in your diaries – and keep your fingers crossed!





Hotchkiss Picnic, 27 August 2020

15 of us met up at Yew Cottage, Old Boars Hill, to join Michael and John for, what was meant to be, a picnic in the garden. As usual, the talking started as people arrived and continued throughout. Clive and Toddy arrived in their Hotchkiss, and they were joined by their friends Chris & Meryl Daniell in their Delage. Hilary carried out her usual role of providing coffee for everyone. 


Several people were able to admire Michael’s cars all lined up in the garage before the rain arrived! Everyone decamped inside and spread out safely over two rooms to partake of the picnic lunch they had brought with them. By mid-afternoon it was all over and most of us had a horrible journey home in torrential rain – but it was worth it to meet up with Club friends. Our thanks go to Michael and John for hosting the event.





















Prescott Drive Thru - Sunday, 02 August 2020

On a warm sunny day, Helen and I took our 686 Modane to Prescott Hill Climb for this unusual Event, hoping to meet other BHS members.  But tickets were in short supply, and were surprisingly sold out before anyone else could book.


Prescott looked beautiful, green and peaceful, but without that unique atmosphere normally brought about by the Vintage Sports Car Club, which always takes over Prescott in early August for its "flagship" social weekend. So we almost had the Orchard to ourselves, picking a suitable spot for our picnic lunch.


Duly fortified, we drove to the Start line and waited for the lights to change from Red to Green. Then we were off! None of this "procession" nonsense, we had the fully-martialled long hill to ourselves! The first thirty yards in second, then the rest in third, with care on the corners as Helen was taking photos. 


After the finish line, 10 mph. down the Return road, which our written instructions warned us was a "Bridal Way" - sad to say, we saw no wedding ceremony!


We'd enjoyed the climb so much, we immediately did it all again, before parking in the Paddock for a look-round. A few vintage cars, notably a pair of road-equipped Brescia Bugattis parked side by side, but in truth we were disappointed that the organisers had severely limited the number of participants. Overall, it was great to take part, and we must thank the Bugatti Owners Club, and all their helpers, for putting on a really enjoyable day.


Michael Scott


Mini local Hotchkiss adventure

Friday 31st July saw 12 good men (and women!) true meet for lunch at the Thameshead Inn, just outside Cirencester.  This event was organised by Michael Scott, who managed to reserve the prime spot in dappled shade under tall trees.  Just as well, as it was one of the hottest days over the last 30 years!


There was plenty of room for social distancing and table service for excellent pub food.  The cast consisted of: George Rilon and the Hotch jeep, Michael and Helen Scott in their Modane, Doug and Kathy Crowther in their AM2, Tony Curtis in the Vichy with Ian and Elaine and Michael Edwards and John in the modern – and of course ourselves.


The cars were, as always, much admired by other visitors.  The only other car of note in the car park (apart from our Riley RMD) was a very pretty 2CV owned by a Belgian who is evidently a regular visitor to the UK and was most impressed with our cars.


So, we few, we happy band of brothers (and sisters!) hope to meet again in the not too distant future.  If anyone else would like to suggest another get-together, please feel free to speak with any committee member.


Alan & Shirley Newbery



















Annual Pub Meet, 09 August 2020

Despite some pubs gradually opening, we have had to cancel the Pub Meet this year. It is just not feasible for us all to meet up in a restaurant while keeping our distance. Thank you to David and Erica for offering to arrange this for us in the first place, and we look forward to visiting Bucklebury in the not-too-distant future.




Beaulieu International Autojumble, September 2020

The difficult decision has been made to cancel the 2020 International Autojumble. It has become increasingly apparent with social distancing requirements and the quarantine on international travel that holding large events like the International Autojumble will not be possible this year.




30th Hotchkiss Drive

Who knows where the time goes?


 Here we are in the month of June when we were due to meet in North Gloucestershire to begin our 30th Hotchkiss Drive - "Unveiling Evesham". We were looking forward to enjoying visits to places of interest, to driving our cars through very attractive countryside and, above all, to be amongst good friends. Such a shame that, for the first time in 30 years, we had to postpone our event, hoping that it may be possible to stage it when our country finds itself in happier times once more.


It won't surprise you to know that the BHS Committee has not met recently to discuss the way forward, but we'll remedy that as soon as we can. We hope we can hold our annual Pub Meet on 9th August but shall take a final decision in mid-July. Our Autumn Closer is planned for 11th October, perhaps incorporating the AGM which we were unable to hold in early March but, again, we must take a final decision nearer the time. Sadly, our 30th Hotchkiss Drive will almost certainly have to wait until 2021.  Please check the Club website for news of future events.


Meanwhile, can Helen and I say "Hi" to all of you who had planned to participate in the "Unveiling Evesham" Drive. Our very best wishes to everyone, hoping you're all safe and well and looking forward to the days when we can take to the roads together once more.  Here's to the future of our Club!



Michael Scott.





Daniel Mosselmans, 15 April 1942 – 23 November 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce that Daniel passed away in his sleep at home in November. Daniel had been a great supporter of the British Hotchkiss Society for very many years and joined us on many occasions here in England. His commitment to the BHS was never more evident than when he drove from and to his home in Belgium in one day to join us for 30th anniversary celebration in May 2018. We were lucky enough to see him twice in 2019, at our Drive and, accompanied by Sonia, at our Autumn Closer. He will be greatly missed. As Sonia so rightly said “he was a great fan of Hotchkiss!”

Regalia/BHS Shop

After many years raising funds for the Club by the sale of merchandise, Peter Nunn has handed over the reins to Sandra Stapleton.   At the same time, it has been decided to rename this area of our Club.   Thus the BHS Shop has been born!


With a small club like ours, it is not economically possible to keep a stock of items, so have a look at their on-line catalogue
Most of our merchandise with the BHS logo is sourced from Embroidery Unlimited, a company we have worked with for many years.




T-shirt, anorak, scarf, fleece, body warmer etc
why not buy via the BHS Shop and help raise Club funds at the same time?  There are no prices available in the on-line catalogue
but be assured they will not break the bank.    If you find something you would like to buy, email Sandra onsandra.barry@sfr.fror telephone: 0033 247 955652 and she will get a price and a delivery time for you.  Your payment will be to the BHS in the normal manner If you are thinking of buying a new sweater, (by cheque or bank transfer

Autumn Closer  2019
Wasn't it a lovely day to be caught in the rain - to misquote Irving Berlin. The wet stuff descended in stair rods on the beautiful Test Valley, making old car motoring more "testing" than the organisers had planned - but, undeterred, we all had a great day anyway!
See past events for the full story.



Do you have a spare rear leaf spring?

See the For Sale/Wanted section in the 'members' area if you can help!




Dates for your diary

Autumn Closer 11 October 2020 - TBC




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. 


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?



Who fancies a project.

Tony Cutis has a 1934 Monaco for sale. But that's not all.  Click here for details



Oil Spill Kits for sale.

Please see the For Sale section for details.


Two Interesting links.



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.




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.


Videos can be accommodated as well.


Thank you






Happy News

Many congratulations to Grace Hotchkiss, who celebrated her 100th birthday in February. We received this happy news from Toby Collins, who’s in touch with the Hotchkiss family.


For many years, Grace and Hotch were very active and important members of the BHS, coming over from the States to participate in our Rallies. This photo shows Grace standing on the running board of Peter Nunn’s AM80, with Hotch taking his ease in the passenger seat. 


We hope you had a very Happy Birthday, Grace - we all send you our best wishes!   



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