Southern Classics Society is a friendly and informal, all-marque club for classic vehicle enthusiasts in the south of England

Meet the Committee

In the background to every successful club there is a hardworking set of people called 'The Committee'. They are often not seen but without them our Club would not exist. They volunteer their time so you have an active club.

After loyal and much appreciated service to the Club, most recently as Chair, 2018 saw the retirement of John Albon, along with his wife Barbara (Regalia Secretary). The committee offers them its grateful thanks, and wishes them well in retirement.

In 2019, Ted Preston finally decided to step back from the limelight, after a great many years of involvement, including in the role of Chair. In recent years he has achieved fame as the organiser of the Society's Christmas Dinner, always a successful and enjoyable event. Thankfully, despite retiring from main committee duties, Ted has promised that he will still organise the dinner. the committee offers Ted our thanks, and wishes him and Barabara well in retirement.

Below we show you the people of the current committee, and a bit of a story about what they do - come and say hello when you next see them.

The position of Chair is currently vacant. Richard Long (see below) is currently standing in, but we would really like a permanent occupant for the position. If you think this might be the position for you, and would be interested in hearing more, please speak to a Committee member.

Robert Spence is the man who keeps us financially sound - our Treasurer, the one to whom we grovel for cheques. After a number of years editing our newsletter, for 2017 he has been promoted to the world of finance.

Robert has a 'Post Modern Classic' - an 1999 Alfa Romeo Spider 916 (in red of course).

Richard Long is our Events Co-ordinator and is reponsible for all the show bookings and promoting our club with other clubs, magazines and other classic car groups. He is always on the lookout for new ideas and show venues. If you have ideas let him know.

He is also the organiser of our 'Drive It Days' and is always on the look out for new venues we can drive to. Watch out for new ones this year.

Richard has a 1971 Triumph Vitesse Mk2 CV , and 1968 Daimler V8-250 saloon.

Phil Webb is our Newsletter Editor. Please help Phil in this important role by sending him interesting articles for publication.

His garage mates are a 1984 Panther Kallista 2.8i and a 1961 Austin A40 Farina.

John Place is our Membership Secretary who will help you in all membership questions. He is always a busy man and if you want to speak to him at shows - he will often be in the blue gazebo.

John is big fan of short wheel based Land Rovers and owns a 1951 ex RAF 80 Series 1 model

Martin Burnaby-Davies joins us for 2019 as Regalia Sec. You'll often find him in the gazebo at shows, tempting you to indulge in examples of the Club's range of merchandise.

He has a liking for V8 engines - he has a bright yellow/green Scimitar GTE, a Rover SD1, and a Range Rover all powered by examples of the Rover V8.

Roger Pennington is our Webmaster. He is the one who reminds the Committee of the electronic world we live in. Any suggestions for the website - please send him an e-mail (see Contact Us)
He's also a photographer, so will often be seen with a camera at shows and events, taking photos for the website.

Roger also takes classic car ownership seriously as he uses one for his daily driver - a white Scimitar SS1. He has never owned a new car, after starting with old Fords, his first Scimitar GTE was bought in 1983, and he still owns it today, A second one followed in 1996 and the SS1 joined the stable in 2002.

Dave Tristram joined us as a General Committee Member in 2016 and, like John Place, has been an active supporter and helper at club events.

Also, like John, Dave has a penchant for old Landies, currently owning nine! Dave's daily drive is a 1955 Series 1 SWB Land Rover. He now also has a 1993 Mercedes 190E.

Tim Stables has joined us as a general committee member in 2017. He will be familiar to many members from our shows and events where he has been a regular participant, and always willing to help the other committee members, in times of need.

He is most familiar for his superbly-presented and beautifully sign-written green Ford van. which is regularly seen at our shows. In the past he has also had a V8 Bristol

Paul Cripps has joined us this year (2019) as a General Committee Member. He has been a regular participant at our shows and events in recent years.

His interest in classics started with a Triumph Herald convertible and an MGB. Following a break to raise a family, he has returned to classics with a JBA Falcon kit car. Having rediscovered the joy of open-top motoring he has now also aquired a Mazda MX5.

Tony Thornton has also joined us this year (2019) as a General Committee Member. He has been a regular participant at our shows and events in recent years.

Tony has always been attracted to classic cars with long bonnets, large wings and big headlights! He has built a reasonable alternative in his '76 Cortina based JBA Falcon. He still has fond memories of his old 1939 Austin 8 convertible and a left-hand drive Ford Zephyr 6 Mk3 with a low compression engine (which his wife hated!).

Dave Parker has joined us this year (2019) as a General Committee Member. He will be familiar to many members from our shows and events where he has been a regular participant, with vintage and classic Dodge cars, amongst others

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