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  September 2004    No.20 Equipo Doretti
 

 

Icomb Place was again the setting for the 50th Anniversary meeting of the Swallow Doretti Register. Located about two miles south of Stow-on-the-Wold on the A424 Burford road, a left turn towards Icomb village soon brings you to a magnificent 14th century manor house.. The house stands in an enormous garden that features woodland walks through mature and young trees in an arboretum, hydrangeas, rhododendrons and azaleas in season, a grotto, pools, stream and a water garden; and a sweeping driveway flanked by an extensive lawn.

Just before noon on Friday 23rd July cars started to arrive. One after another, Doretti followed Doretti until there were twelve lined up besides Jill Royle's Mark II Sabre. Amongst the more familiar cars were a few vehicles that had not been seen before at our meetings.

After luncheon in the great hall, for drivers and their passengers, all the cars were arranged on the lawn for a photo shoot. The surroundings combined with the perfect weather ensured that many pictures will remind all those present of a fitting celebration of the 50th anniversary.

Once again, our thanks go to Tim and Jill Royle for their hospitality and for opening their home to us.

After a late afternoon run to Malvern and settling into their chosen accommodation, Friday evening was spent in renewing the acquaintances of more owners. Saturday and Sunday were of course going to be the public's chance to see probably the greatest number of Doretti sports cars in one place at the same time. The two days at the Three Counties Showground, with an indoor display of cars and Doretti memorabilia, and even more cars joining in the activities proved to be an outstanding success.

An award for "the Doretti you would most like to take home with you", kindly made by Tom Householder, was won by Russsell Crawford with Peter Lockley a very close runner-up. Judging was done by John Sykes of TR Bitz, who confessed that he had a difficult time in making his final decision. A special 50th commemorative award, also from Tom Householder, went to Helen Rainbow who was unfortunately not well enough to attend.

I extend a special thank you to Paul and Yvette Webb who were instrumental in bringing No.1087 (609 CRF) and owner Albert Norrington and his wife to Malvern. Albert, who is 91 years young, still drives his car and is just as enthusiastic about it now as when he bought it as a young man.

Otto Arwed, with what I thought was an outstanding car No.1011 from Germany, and Andries Kuipers, with his beautifully prepared No.1068 from Holland, are always welcome guests at our meeting and I hope that in the future that they will be joined by more Doretti owners from mainland Europe.

Saturday evening saw 37 Doretti enthusiasts sit down to a celebratory dinner at the Foley Arms Hotel, Malvern and listen to some informative and amusing after dinner speakers with their accounts of Doretti purchases and experiences. I am sure an enjoyable time was had by all.

Barbara Pechal again worked extremely hard making a record of all the events - if anyone is interested in a copy of her video please contact Barbara via e-mail: barbara@theyogibar.freeserve.co.uk

Over the three days we saw twenty road legal Doretti's and No.1209 (RLT 59), Richard Larter's recently acquired Ghia coupe which requires serious attention after its long hibernation. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to join us at Icomb Place and at Malvern and made the weekend such a success. I hope that the turnout has encouraged more owners to complete their cars and make future year's meetings even better.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the Swallow Doretti Page, or news and/or information that you want to pass on to me or other Doretti owners then please contact me by snail mail, e-mail or telephone. Could I also ask all owners to send me a potted history of their car and a photocopy of their old log-book.
 ... Ken Yankey



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