The Group Diary

10th July 2019 – Sussex RSOC Monthly Meet

The sun was out and it was dry, which means expectations of a good turnout were high, and we were not disappointed.  The Sussex group is going from strength to strength with what must have been our busiest night yet.  

As I pulled into the car park I was greeted by the regular cars to the meet and some I hadn’t seen before.  There was so much to look at from mk4 turbo charged cortina’s ( not seen this set up before! And was very nice ) to a concourse RS3100 Capri and RS2000 and an extremely rare concourse 280 Brooklands Capri that has a fantastic story to tell, I’m sure if you ask Glenn he will only be too happy to explain.   

The evening was a fantastic summers night and allowed us to stay in the car park and spend time looking at all the cars.  As I was last months ‘car of the night’ winner it fell to me to join Serena to pick July’s ‘car of the night’. Now I hear the words “it was a close run thing” and “tough to choose” but honestly it really was a tough decision.  Serena and I narrowed it down to 2 cars and then, more or less a flip of a coin, we agreed it. Wayne’s gorgeous RS3100 Capri was the car of July’s meet – congratulations to Wayne.

It was a great evening speaking to you all and I must end by saying a massive thank you to everyone that attends our monthly meeting, we can’t do it without you, and Serena Stone (SAS Valeting and Detailing) for your continued sponsorship of the Car Of The Night award.  

15th & 16th June 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends Groombridge Place for Fathers Day Weekend Special.

An early start for this event meant that we all met at the McDonalds in Maresfield at around 7:45am for a spot of breakfast before the convoy through the Ashdown Forest. Groombridge Place is a truly beautiful venue situated right on the Kent/Sussex border, and other than a strong breeze the weather was doing it’s bit to help enhance the beauty of the place. For Mikey in particular, this was a very special day; as it was the first time ever, that he’d had the opportunity to drive an 800hp RS200; however, just like Mikey; the temperamental old girl was showing her age and wouldn’t start so poor old Mikey had to make do with just steering while we all pushed her into place. After the cars were all set up, cleaned and gleaming; we all set about enjoying the beautiful surroundings, some were happy just to kick back and do a spot of sunbathing; whilst others preferred to take a walk around the grounds; the really brave amongst us tackled the treetop walk. Our little RS-ettes had a whale of a time on the climbing frames and swings, and at midday we watched the Birds of Prey display; which was very good up to the point where the Eagle flew off over the woods and out of sight.

Our Chairman & Treasurer had agree to attend both days of this event so the Sunday involved an equally early start at Maresfield. Unfortunately the weather decided not to play ball and rained all morning up to lunchtime. We’re all hardy old bunch some a bit of rain didn’t dampen the spirits; brollies out whilst we set the cars up; a quick wipe over to make them presentable and off to the restaurant for a cuppa was the order of the day. Eventually, the weather perked up and the motorcycle stunt team started their display; so all was not lost.

There were some wonderful cars on display at the event but I have to take my hat off to the members of the Sussex RSOC who’s efforts really made our club stand out above all the others in attendance at the show; and the crowds that came to our stand said the same. A great family event that we will happily be part of for the years to come.

12th June 2019 – Sussex RSOC Monthly Meet

Following a very wet day, the evening did brighten up for our meeting. Around 20 cars turned up but many of our regulars arrived in their daily drivers rather than their immaculate RS’s, and several new faces which is great! We also welcomed back as some members who we haven’t seen since last summer. Colin Knight won the SAS Car of the Night Competition with his beautiful Sierra Cosworth; judged by Serena and last months winner Joe Dale.

27th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends Motorsport at the Palace in Crystal Palace as guests of the Kent Group

We had six cars confirmed to attend; Shaun’s 3dr Cossie, Jason in his Saph Cos, Mikey’s Escort Cossie, Dave in his Mk3 Focus, Phil, Mk3 Focus and me in my 3dr.  An early start was planned, to meet up at the A23 service to make the hour trip into the big smoke to Crystal Palace, pleased to report that the journey at 7am was easy.  Unfortunately, Phil had to cancel last minute due to enjury while tinkering on the car.  The 7am meeting was great timing and we joined the Kent group as they pulled into the grounds of the palace.

The event is an established racing event that saw some meticulously prepared cars to take on the short, but very technical, sprint around the picturesque grounds.  With plenty of old school fords; Mk1 & 2 Escorts, Sierra Cossies and early Formula Ford cars all competing.  It was the Escorts that really entertained as they loved to go sideways around the corners, that’s not to mention the distinctive induction and exhaust noise, it really took me back to the ‘good ole days’ when these cars were a common sight on our roads…

Fortunately, the weather was kind to us, although it threatened all day to rain, but thankfully it held off with just a few spots early afternoon. The Kent Groups gazebo was welcome shelter from the sun and was eyed-up by Mikey when we thought the rain was coming, he suggested everyone vacated and he parked his car in there, not sure we would be that welcome… however it did also start some interesting gazebo envy and future plans were discussed for Sussex RSOC’s own one. 

Journey home was equally as easy as the journey in, with minimal traffic, this meant when we hit the A23 we had some fun and stretched the legs of the RS’s, the site and sounds of Sierra’s and the new Focus together is such a fantastic view and reminds me of how great these cars really are. We would like to, again, thank the Kent group for the invite and for making us feel very welcome. We will no doubt have a long and enjoyable relationship with our regional neighbours.

26th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC attends Cars & Coffee at The Plough Inn, Plumpton

We all met at a civilised 10am at The Plough Inn, which is home turf for the Sussex Group. We were expecting lots of people so we had arrived early give us time to set up on the grass at the front of the pub. It seemed many others had also had this idea as by 10:05am the car park was almost full!
With 10 members cars on display and claiming our patch early we also had the opportunity to use our group flags and banners provided by our sponsor Birchwood Ford. Greeted by tony the event organiser on arrival to assist with ensure we had the space we needed, this successful monthly breakfast meet was on this occasion attended by 98 cars and over 150 people. It was a very friendly atmosphere with some stunning cars, and we were able to speak to so many people as well as managing to recruit 3-4 new members to the Sussex RSOC. We all thoroughly enjoyed this meet and I can say with confidence that we will continue to frequent this meeting.

16th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC visit Birchwood Ford in Hastings for the reveal of the Mk4 Focus ST

We were very pleased to be invited to come and see the new ST at the Ford Store in Hastings. Our sponsors Birchwood were (as usual) very accommodating and stayed open late in the evening to give us all time to make the journey once we had all finished work. We were all quite surprised at how large the car seemed in comparison to its predecessor. It was a very well appointed car with some similarities to the Mk3 and of course some obvious improvements too. We were all very happy to hear the pops and crackles from the exhaust is a feature that has been carried over from the Mk3.

8th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC Monthly Meet

As usual we met at 7pm on what was a dry, cool and windy evening. Around 25 cars turned up and about 40 people. We held the first SAS Car of the Night Competition which was won by our social media co-ordinator; Joe Dale with his spotlessly clean Mk3 Focus RS.

6th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC visit The Holbrook Club in Horsham for their annual Family Fun Day

We met at midday at Pease Pottage Services on the A23 (apart from our Chairman who was half an hour late, heavy traffic, apparently!) We convoyed a short distance to the venue; our biggest concern being the kerb we would have to get up to gain access to the field. As it turned out, the only problem was getting past the stack of Harley Davidson motorcycles which had also turned up to support the event. Upon arrival we received complimentary food vouchers which we wasted no time in spending. We gorged on burgers, hotdogs, chips, all topped off with ice cream and candy floss. Our little RS-ettes had a fantastic time on the bouncy castle, the funfair rides and of course the face painting. It was a very enjoyable day with a relaxed family atmosphere, and we very much hope to be asked back again in the future. A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this day.

4th May 2019 – Sussex RSOC visit Birchwood Ford in Hastings for a meet & greet with our club sponsors

Our generous club sponsor; The Birchwood Group, provided our club with flags and a banner to use at all the events and shows we attend. Once we had taken delivery of the items, we were invited as a group to visit the Birchwood Ford Store in Hastings for tea and coffee.

We all met at a very civilised 9am at Light Bites Bistro in Polegate for a bacon sandwich and to distribute the new group clothing which arrived the day before (just in time!). Then we convoyed through Hailsham, Boreham Street, Battle and Johns Cross to pick up the A21 for the mass arrival at Birchwood. We received a very warm welcome from all at Birchwood, the coffee and the chit chat flowed very easily. It gave us the opportunity to look at all the new Ford’s in the showroom which included a 5.0 Mustang, and it gave the Birchwood staff a chance to look at all our cars too. A really enjoyable morning was had by all and we feel it has been a very positive start to the partnership between The Birchwood Group and Sussex RSOC. A big thank you to everyone who was involved in this day.

27th April 2019 – Our Chairman travels Castle Combe Circuit to attend Pure Ford as a guest of
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