East Anglia

H.C.V.S. East Anglia Area Meetings 2017.

Area Secretary. Mike Hickford, 3 Ashen Road Clare, Suffolk CO10 8LQ

Our social meetings will be held on the Second Thursday in each month at Christ Church Hall, School Street, Sudbury,Suffolk at 8:00pm. Unless otherwise stated.

For more information please contact Area Secretary, Mike Hickford. 3,Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk.CO10 8LQ.

A warm welcome awaits everyone. Visitors and guests are most welcome.

Phone on 01787 277963 or email sue_hickford@yahoo.co.uk

Area focus


Unless otherwise stated, social meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at Christ Church Hall, School Street, Sudbury, Suffolk. 7.45 for 8p.m. A warm welcome awaits everyone. Visitors and guests are most welcome.  

April 23rd              10.30 a.m.Drive it day. Road run, approx. 26 miles leaving Wormingford Hall at 11.30a.m. and finishing at a pub for a meal. Please confirm attendance to Mike or Stephen if you require a meal at the end.

April 30th              Trip to Lodges Coaches at High Easter. Please book your seat with Mike or Stephen.

May and June     Trips will be arranged and announced at a future meeting or ring Mike for details.

July 23rd                A road run is being organised by Pam Turner. Starting at Long Melford Green. Details to follow.           





Haverhill Historic Transport Rally and Road Run
Organised by the East Anglia Area HCVS.
Sponsored by Haverhill Town Council

Sunday 9th July 2017




East Anglia Area
March meeting
Our March meeting on the 9th was a wonderful talk by one of our members, a sprightly 87 year old Tony Melia who related in great detail his working life at Crossley Motors. Over the years he had worked in many different departments from training apprentices to testing bus and coach chassis, mainly across the north off England and including the infamous Snake Pass.
Tony’s memory for detail is incredible as is his knowledge, in fact everyone was so wrapped up in what he was saying that no one spoke during the talk, which must be a first.
There were some very cold winters during and just after WW2, but these vehicles, which later included the Salamander Armoured car, all had to be road tested with the driver sitting in the open.
We do thank you most sincerely Tony for your wonderful enlightening and amusing talk and we hope you can give us another talk on the restoration that you and John Jackson have just completed on two Crossley double deckers.
Mike Hickford

East Anglia Area Annual Haverhill Rally
The East Anglia area once again combined with Haverhill Town Council on Sunday 9th July to hold their Annual Rally on the car park at the rear of the Arts Centre.
The weather was kind to us although cloudy at times but luckily no rain.
Entries arrived thick and fast. A few didn’t turn up but with late entries arriving our total number exceeded 150, from motorcycles, including a rare Scott water-cooled, to an amphibious DUKW.
Commercial entries were up on last year and together with various stalls selling models, tools, bric-a-brac and general useful items, helped this to be one of our most successful shows yet with confirmation from the Haverhill Town Mayor that the show will go on again next year.
We are very appreciative of the Town Council letting us have the use of the car park and the Arts Centre and we thank them most sincerely.
At 11.30 around 30 vehicles left on a 25 mile road run round the local villages, returning about an hour later.
From 1.30p.m. various buses and coaches took rally goers on trips around the town. They were kept busy all afternoon with extra buses added as the queue lengthened.
Inside the Arts Centre a brisk trade was done in the bar and the Bistro. In the theatre bygone transport films were being shown all day for those wishing to rest their feet.
Judging took place during the afternoon and at 4p.m. the Mayor kindly presented the prizes.
Class A for Light Commercials was won by Laurie Cook with his 1941 Morris Z
Class B for Medium Commercials – Stephen Peck’s 1947 Sentinel
Robert Wells to the prize for Class C – Heavy Commercials with his 1972 ERF after travelling all the way from Amersham in Buckinghamshire.
A 1959 Daimler Ferret owned by Tony Brown won the shield for Class D - Military vehicles.
Class E – Buses was won by a 1946 Crossley double decker brought along by Tony Melia and Garry Sharpe.
There were no entries for Class F this year.
John McGlade and his 1956 Thornycroft took the prize for Class G – Recovery vehicles.
Class H - Stephen Golynia won the Phyllis Beeston Shield for Best Bedford vehicle with his 1947 Bedford OB .
Oliver Wilson took the Pre War Car Shield – Class J for his 1932 Sunbeam.
Class K for Post War cars was won by Mike Dawes with his 1970 MG Midget.
The overall winner of the show was Stephen Peck with his 1947 Sentinel and the Runner up was Robert Wells for his 1972 ERF.
The Richard Payne  cup for the Vehicle in Everyday Use Condition was won by Chris Sampson with his 1968 Bristol Rell.
Once again another highly successful day and we look forward to doing it all again next year.
Mike Hickford