For the first time this year SXOC had a stand at the Festival of Classic and Sports cars which is held every year at Helmingham Hall just north of Ipswich. There are a wide range of cars on show both on club stands and as individual exhibits. Other clubs included Pistonheads, Jag XK Enthusiasts Club, Mustang Owners Club and BMW OC. If you add to this the individual exhibits which included a Ferrari 458, Old School Fords, a Vintage Bentley and a few Nobles it made for a very interesting show.
The club made a good effort with 5 S Bodies on show and also showed off our new flags, hopefully in the future the attendance from members will grow as this has the potential to be one of the club’s main attractions.
What makes this show a little different from the other static shows is that they have a Concours area but twice during the day the owners get to show their pride and joy off, by driving it up and down the main drive of the hall which is around 200m long. This breaks the day up nicely and is a great photo opportunity.
We are already looking forward to 2015 and hopefully the club will have a bigger stand. One last thing, the pulled pork burgers are to die for, but you need to get in early
All photos are used with the kind permission of www.markwardmedia.co.uk
Sunday saw the first official SXOC Ireland meet of 2014. We decided to run it alongside the well established monthly Cars & Coffee meet, organised by Backroads.ie, in Cherrywood industrial estate. The event always yields a good turnout, with a quality mix of cars from Japanese to US muscle, supercars to classics, and everything in between.
There were four S-Bodies present on the day, which is about 4 more than are usually in attendance! The Irish S-Body scene has unfortunately dwindled massively in recent years. The combination of lack of work, owners emigrating, rising tax, fuel, and insurance costs, have largely forced the majority of cars off the road. Consigned to sheds or trailers, they have been a rare enough sight out and about over the past while. However today has shown that things are perhaps not as bleak as they were, and that the 200SX is alive & well on these shores. With some familiar old faces, and welcome new ones turning out, it was a great day.
Can’t wait for the next one. It’s on the first Sunday of every month, so come along and GET INVOLVED!
Let’s see if we can’t double our numbers next time!
Stevoc’s stunning Autech S14a
Love it or hate it, the spoiler definitely makes a statement!
Check out the thread here for more pics from today, and to keep in touch about the next meet!
September in the West-country area means only one thing to our local SXOC’ers and the one thing in question is the “Forge Summer Performance Car Action Day” at Castle Combe.
The action days at combe have been well supported over the years by our west-country area members and this year was no exception with some stunning cars both on show and pounding around the infamous Castle Combe circuit, most of which enjoyed the Subsidised track time and entry from the SXOC!!
For those that don’t know the Forge Action days they are basically a Japfest style event held twice a year but one where every performance orientated car is welcomed. This makes for an extremely good varied show with something on show for all tastes from Peugeot 205 gti’s to Mercedes Black Editions and Mk1 Escort Mexico’s!
This year saw more track time for the drifters with several BDC drivers in attendance as well as a few from the retro drift championship which put a new slant on things and added to the action!
The SXOC will be attending both of the action days again next year so keep your eye on the Westcountry area on the
forum for details.
So the weekend that was. After the success of previous Weekenders there were some big shoes to fill to ensure the ongoing success and growth of the event. This year we were at the fabulous Anglesey race track in North Wales. The weather in the run up to the weekend was great and didn’t disappoint when we invaded.
After the frivolities of Friday night arrival and a quiet drink, we awoke to glorious sunshine on Saturday morning. As the cars lined up for their sighting laps, we were GO!!!!
The day passed almost entirely without incident on track and everyone, novice and track veteran alike, had a great day. Few notable highlights were Ken trying to set fire to his car (a power steering fluid leak dealt with quickly and expediently by the marshals) and Anthony Rickson (aka Giblets), in his mental Westfield, trying to kill the yours truly!!! Other track antics to note were a certain black S14a who had obvious ‘issues with grip’ as he spent a large portion of the day sideways with smoke billowing off his tyres, and a certain MR2 driven by what we can only assume was a blind hooligan. But most importantly everyone had a ball and the marshals were delighted by the driving standard and track etiquette.
That leads us onto the Saturday night. First off , the team competitions. Algie had organised it’s a knockout style competition for some prizes. As usual everyone got into the spirit of the evenings entertainment and got stuck in. Later in the evening in true SXOC fashion, we partied and we partied hard. Smoke machine, laser show, cocktail bar, live DJ set, naked dancing, streakers and general banter. Everyone had a ball, got involved and had a laugh.
Sunday morning/afternoon and it’s chillout time Sundays are always seen as a relaxed slower paced day and with the beautiful scenery and sunshine everyone was in great spirits and had a smile on their face (or maybe still a little drunk??). As usual we had our charity raffle on the Sunday, which raised £570 for race to recovery. This was only made possible by the generous support of our traders and all those who donated prizes which could only be matched by the generosity of the members who bought tickets.
For those who travelled farthest or have been doing this longest the traditional Sunday nights are a good time to catch up and chill out to a camp fire and some music. The usual suspects (and antics) ensued and it capped off a memorable weekend. We all headed home on Monday with some epic memories of a smashing track, a fabulous track day and as usual night time activities, which always leave an indelible impression. If you don’t mark 2014′s event on your calendar as a must do, you’re an idiot! See you there!!!
Thanks to all who helped make this happen and to my lovely wife for all her help and support!!!!
Trophies went to…
Best S Body awards
1. Mapboy for his stunning Sil80 – The attention to detail!
2. LED Sandwich for his beautifully turned out RS13 200SX
3. Jon for his daily driven 210k S14. A real testament to the marques durability and how to make it work for you.
Best Non-S Body Award
Clive’s V8 powered S14 drift car
Legendary Giblets for outrageous drunken behaviour in the face of common sense
Stig Of The Weekend
Kieran O’Quick for pushing his almost standard S14a to its limit all day.
Full features on all the trophy cars coming very soon to these pages!