Coronavirus and Events (updated 18 March 2020)

 

The BHS Committee has taken the very difficult decision to cancel our June Run, due to the severe coronavirus problems
of which you know. You may already have heard from the hotel with notification of that cancellation.

 

You will have paid a deposit to the Club, which we have banked. I’m discussing this with Sandra very shortly and shall
contact you again about it.

 

It goes without saying that every member of the committee is extremely disappointed that this action has been necessary.
Let’s all hope that things return to normal in the not too distant future so that we can meet and enjoy each other's company
once more.

 
 

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Obituary

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!”

 
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June Run 2020 - 12th-15th June

We are 30 next year. 30! And our Thirtieth Anniversary June Run will explore the very attractive Vale of Evesham. You know where to look for more information. And if you don't, go to Future Events.

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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!

 

Most of our merchandise with the BHS logo is sourced from Embroidery Unlimited, a company we have worked with for many years. 
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 at
www.embroideryunlimited.co.uk .   If you are thinking of buying a new sweater, 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 on sandra.barry@sfr.fr or 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
(by cheque or bank transfer).

 
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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.
 

 

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Do you have a spare rear leaf spring?

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

 

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Dates for your diary

 

AGM 15 March 2020

Spring Opener 19 April 2020

30th Drive 12 - 15 June 2020

Annual Pub meet 09 August 2020

Autumn Closer 11 October 2020

 

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La Vie en Bleu - Prescott, Gloucestershire - 25th/26th May 2019.

 

Always a colourful event, for many people a social rather than sporting one, this year's "La

Vie" saw the Bugatti Owners' Club celebrating its 90th Anniversary Year with a wonderful

gathering of the iconic marque. The organisers hoped for 90 Bugattis and it seemed they'd

achieved this, as they processed up the Hill. Not seen in England for 60 years, the works 1930

type 59/50B monoposto driven at Prescott by Wimille in 1939 was the star of the Museum's

display, on loan from the Schlumpf Collection, Mulhouse, France.

 

The BHS displayed cars in the Paddock on both days, including Doug Crowther's AM2 La

Baule, Tom Roberts' AM2 Monaco, George Rilon's Hotchkiss Jeep from the 1950s , Tony Curtis's

Vichy (driven by Wes Twinning on Saturday) and the Scotts' Modane. Ian Beattie's ex-

Buckmaster 1939 Modane competed. And a stylish Gregoire was parked in the Orchard on

Saturday (could this be the ex-"Automobile" car now owned by new member David

Widgery?)

 

The Can-Can girls danced, the Hot Club Quintet played beguiling jazz and the "gendarmes"

kept us in order. Despite somewhat mixed weather, it was all really good fun!

 

Click here for some pictures

 

Michael Scott.  

 

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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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Who fancies a project.

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

 

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Car List

A printed copy of the car list is now available for anyone who wants it, please contact Pam Walton for details or further information.
 

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Oil Spill Kits for sale.

Please see the For Sale section for details.

 

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Head Gaskets for AM80 686 and AM2 cars

Peter Nunn has now handed over the responsibility for obtaining the above gaskets to Tony Curtis. Please see the Spares tab in the members’ section for more details.

 

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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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Car Records

The Club is currently updating and amending its records of cars owned by members, so, if your car details i.e. model, chassis number and registration, are not correct or are not included on the list on the website, please inform Michael Edwards.

 

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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.

 

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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