The South Cheshire Collectors Car Club was formed in the late 1980s by a group of classic car enthusiasts in the Nantwich area. Although most were already in marque-specific clubs, many of these tend to be national and can lack support for local events and shows. So the aim of the club was to be a local meeting place for owners and enthusiasts of any make or type of vehicle.

A regular monthly meeting in a local pub was quickly established, with earlier meetings being held in the Farmers Arms (Ravensmoor), followed by the Peacock in Nantwich, the Rising Sun on Middlewich Road in Crewe, The Elephant in Shavington, The White Lion at Weston, The Star in Acton until it closed, the Boars Head at Walgherton until the landlady retired, and our current location The Sacred Orchard in Nantwich. The format of the meeting varies, usually including a short speech from the chairman, a raffle and perhaps a quiz. Summer meetings would bring out the classic cars for all to look at.

As well as pub meetings, the club rapidly gained a reputation for putting on a well-stocked and varied display at classic car shows, including those at Tatton Park, Cholmondeley Castle, Tern Valley, Audlem and others.

From time to time an additional social event has been held, including bowling nights (both crown green and ten-pin), skittles nights, boat trips and car journeys.

Throughout the history of the club all of these have been continued in one form or another, with details being published in the regular newsletter which is sent by post to all current members.

Early Publicity

Long-time member Ron Skellern recently found this copy of a photograph which was published in the Crewe Chronicle back in 1989. It features a photograph of the club stand at Oulton Park Classic Car Show from that year, featuring Rons Riley (in the left) and an MG owned by another member. Also shown are many of the club members from that time. If you were the photographer who took that photo for the Chronicle and could supply us with a better copy of it, please get in touch via the Contact page.

Early photo of the club

During a tidy out I found this article, printed in a publication called "The Nantwich Post" in 1989. At this point, the club has just celebrated it's first anniversary, and moved from its first monthly meeting venue to somewhere with more space.

Nantwich Post article

For those of you who can't make out the text, this is what it says:

In last months issue of the Nantwich Post, we featured Shavington-cum-Gresty Horticultural Society - whose only problem seemed to be to find a venue large enough to accommodate all its members at meetings.

This month we turn to another club that has outgrown its meeting place just 12 months after starting up.

The South Cheshire Collectors Car Club celebrated its first anniversary this month and this event had to be marked by a change of meeting place (as well as a small celebratory dinner). For the past year the club, that started as in informal gathering of friends who shared a common interest, had been gathering at the Farmers Arms at Ravensmoor on the last Monday in the month - but from now on will meet in The Peacock on Nantwich Road.

The SCCCC is one of the busiest groups of enthusiasts in the county and now boasts a membership of 90. The group was started by friends who shared a love of collecting, driving and even renovating rare and sometimes not-so-rare cars in their spare time. These founding members were Dave Parsonage, Duncan and Mary Lees, Colin and Pam Garnett and Linda and John Barker.

The decision to form an organised club was taken when they began to get together more regularly and to take part in rallies and runs.

"But we never expected in our wildest dreams that we would create so much interest and gain so many members," explains Mrs Linda Barker.

"We expected to attract about 20 new members - but never 90 and we are still growing!"

Members cars range from small and sporty such as MG P Type, TVR to the exclusive Rolls Royce classics and to veteran 1905 Delahaye.

It really doesn't matter what model or car you have, as long as you believe it is a collectors item.

Mrs Barker has an MG Midget and her husband, director of Whitacres Coachbuilders in Hanley, drives a TVR and is actively restoring a 1950s Austin Healey along with fellow club member Colin Garnett.

"During the year members attend and organise runs throughout the region. The aim of the club is to encourage social gatherings with local people and promote awareness of our motoring heritage," adds Mrs Barker.

There are plans to put together an even bigger programme for 1989 and new members are always welcome at club meetings.

This years schedule includes a Classic Car Show at Oulton Park (May 6th and 7th), Classic Car Spectacular at Tatton Park (June 3rd and 4th) and the Donnington International over the weekend of July 29th and 30th when the club will also play host to a French Car Club arriving from Limoges with 12 cars. The French party will stay with members and visit Donnington where they have hired the track for a special show.

Anyone interested in joining the club and swelling numbers even more are invited to attend any meeting, or to telephone Mr Barker (number deleted) or Mr Parsonage (number deleted).

From the start of the club, the monthly newsletter has been an important method of keeping members in touch with each other, especially important during the winter months. Here's a couple of early ones, one from 1990 and the other from 1995.

Newsletter from December 1990

Newsletter from August 1995

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