CLUB ACTIVITIES

Below you will see all the activities the club is currently involved with, as well as other local monthly meeting contacts at the bottom of the page.

If you want more infomation on any of the activities or meets please use the contact page, or to get in touch with specific members mentioned, their details are in the pasSPort document.  You can find out how to get one on the pasSport page.

If you would like to publicise an event even if it is only your local fete, or a Daimler SP250 related activity on the website please use the contact page to provide full details.

35th Anniversary of the NEC Classic Car Show

 

8th – 10th November 2019

 

‘That Was the Show That Was’

 Featured in the November issue of the Driving Member XHP 438 was the star exhibit on the SP250 Owners Club Stand at the NEC. Thanks to Tony Merrygold at Jaguar Heritage Trust not only did we have this earliest SP250 in existence we also had the Titosky brothers and their family from Canada who had owned the car for the past 30 years.

Strangely this year not only did I have a link with the prototype, also on show was my previous SP250 (reg no 4068 WK) now owned by Rob Newman who kindly volunteered his services over the weekend. Considering I restored this car some 27 years ago its current custodian deserves praise for keeping the car up to show standard. Thanks must also go to Robert Grinter for bringing 472 SF his newly restored SP250 and Graham Watkins for exhibiting his car TCP 891.

Chris Dalton brought the Felday race car kindly loaned by Ron Walsh that carries an SP engine and the Jaguar Heritage Trust provided the V8 engine for exhibition which currently resides at the JHT Museum at Gaydon.

As always a huge thanks go to the club stalwarts who continuously answer the same questions over the weekend for their spirited enthusiasm in supporting the club and without whose help in organising the stand there would be no club presence at the show.

If you feel that you missed out, then the date for your New Years Diary is 13th-15th November 2020.

Claude Kearley

,THE BIG ONE – 60th ANNIVERSARY

14th – 15th June 2019

2019 sees the 60th Anniversary of the launch of the SP at the New York Motor Show and, will be celebrated in an appropriate fashion.

The Program

Friday 14th June 2019

Celebration Dinner in the evening at the St. John’s Hotel, Solihull. Speakers at the event are expected to include Quentin Willson, the well known writer and broadcaster who is also a SP250 owner.

Use the contact page if you require up to date information, booking form etc. There may still be hotel room availability. Alternatively contact Glyn Overy.

Saturday 15th June 2019

We hope to have the biggest SP250 gathering ever, exceeding the 200 cars that attended the 50th Anniversary rally at Gaydon.
This will be at Ragley Hall, Alcester, B49 5NJ
Please book in advance, use the contact page and a form will be sent or emailed to you.

Week preceding the Dinner and Rally

Run from Peebles to Solihull. Fully booked but reserve list started. Contact us to check if availability.

WELL THIS IS NOW OVER A, GREAT SUCCESS AND CREDIT TO THE ORGANISING TEAM OF GLYN, BARRY AND TONY.

The Dinner attracted no less than 250 guests, with speeches from David Manners, Gillian Goldsmith, John Symes and Quentin Willson.

Despite the weather on the Saturday not being especially helpful, approximately 140 SP250s attended Ragley Hall.

We welcomed guests from Australia, the USA, France, Germany, Belgium.Switzerland and the Netherlands as well as from the UK.

 

 

 THE SPA CLASSIC IN BELGIUM

22nd – 24th May 2020

Following the great success of the 2019 trip, Alan Mason is organising a return to the event in 2020.

Use the contact page if you require further information or contact Alan Mason.

2019 was a great success. Photos are now on our Gallery page and videos links are on our forum.

 

FRANKIES CLASSIC CAR AND BIKE FEST

1st September 2019

The Essex section of the SP250 owners club have been heavily involved with this charity event since its inception in 2012. They have formed the bulk of the organising, marshalling and judging teams. Over the last seven years in excess of £125,000 has been raised for Saint Francis Hospice.

The team were delighted and somewhat surprised to receive a special commendation at the Classic and Sports Car Magazine Club awards at the NEC Classic Car Show in November 2018.

This was in the ‘Contribution to Charity’ section. The judges commented that this was “a fantastic effort from such a small club”.

Alan Mason and Tony Cartwright – A well deserved award

The 2019 event is on Sunday 1st September at Ford’s Dunton Technical Centre. We would appreciate any offer of help for the event. Your attendance would also be appreciated.

Follow the link for further information:

https://www.sfh.org.uk/frankies-classic-car-fest

Well this is over for another year. Alan and his band of helpers have raised an unbelievable £30000 + for St. Francis Hospice.

THE SP NORFOLK SUMMER WEEKEND

Planning in progress for July 2020

This Annual event has now taken place in 2019, and once again it was a great success, enjoyed by all. At various times during the weekend we had up to nine SP250s and with one exception the weather was kind enough to allow hoods to be down.

The weekend was based at a hotel just outside Norwich. We met Friday lunchtime onwards with a group dinner in the evening. Saturday morning was taken up with a run around Norfolk with the route devised by Alan Mason and Tony Cartwright. A route book was provided with only simple navigation skills required. On the run we were joined by two local SP250s, the first crewed by Robert and Margaret Briggs and the second by Dennis and Mary Rowe. Coffee and lunch stops ensured that we were all refueled.

Part way through the drive we manged to run into rainfall so heavy that Noah would have converted his SP into an ark. When we reached the lunch stop the occupants had mainly dried out and simple removal of the rubber bung in the floor resulted in the SPs draining.

On Saturday evening we were joined for Dinner by Robert and Margaret Briggs and a good time was had by all.

On Sunday morning we departed the hotel and drove to the Suffolk coast for lunch at Thorpeness, from where we left for the journey home.

If any SP250 owner is interested in joining us in Norfolk in 2020, I hope this event will be repeated.

This is a very informal and friendly weekend.

Use the contact page if you require further information or contact Stewart Amos.

Thorpeness – Journeys End

KOP HILL CLIMB FESTIVAL – PRINCES RISBOROUGH,  BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

 SATURDAY 19th and SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER 2020

This is an excellent well organised event with lots going on apart from the obvious attraction of the Hill Climb. For full details visit the website:
www.kophillclimb.org.uk

We usually have a good SP250 presence, further details to follow.

 

 

 

 Stewart Amos on the start line at the 2018 event.

 

LOCAL SP250 MEETINGS

These can vary from monthly meetings to informal, ad hoc get togethers.

Currently in the UK there are meetings in:

Essex: Contact  Laurence Jones

Hertfordshire: Contact Michael Gallagher

Surrey: Contact Barry Thorne

There are also very active SP250 clubs and groups in:

Australia: New South Wales – Alan Hunt, Victoria – Digby Smith, Western Australia – Steven Seddon

Holland: Contact Joep Osendarp

New Zealand: Contact Peter Altmann

Switzerland: Contact Pascal Berset

Contact details for the above are all in pasSPort, or please use our contact page.