Welcome our new Club Vice President

Our new Vice President with his KR200, presentation mat and card.Our new Vice President with his KR200, presentation mat and card.

O
ur Club Treasurer of more than forty years standing, finally managed to retire at our last Club AGM, held at Fend House, Pebworth, on the 26th October 2019!

To mark the occasion and his forty two years continuous service to the Club as it's Treasurer, Graham was presented with a brand new Messerschmitt floor mat and a card signed by all those present. It was a remarkable day for many reasons and not only the fortitude of those who made it along, including Graham, who battled through severe flooding, often needing detours to avoid the deepest flood water and blocked roads, around Pebworth, just to be there!

We were delighted that having just 'retired', Graham agreed to be co-opted back on to the Committee and therefore able to support the rest of us with his wise council. Initially 'without portfolio', following a poll of Committee Members, we are pleased to confirm that Graham has agreed to become our Club Vice President, something of a new position in the Club, and which still needs to be defined, although the Secretary has promised Graham will not be at all arduous, nor carry any particular expectations! Graham with his KR200, a keen supporter of Drive-It Day, will continue as the Club's 'Nominated Contact' for the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC).

Graham's departure from the rôle of Treasurer has left a vacancy on the Committee, which it was was agreed that the Secretary, in an acting capacity, would take on until a suitable candidate comes forward.

If you need more details, click Tony Yates (Honorary Secretary) or e-mail Tony at Secretary@Messerschmittclub.org and don't forget, if you would like to purchase a mat of your own, follow the various links to spares that you will find in KaRoscene, to place an order!


Members' Contact Details

H
i everybody! Our current Membership list has been running for about 13 years now and we have become increasingly aware the some Member's contact details, may have change in that time, and we haven't been informed!

Recently, Member Kimberley Bryce, who lives in California, has been in touch requiring assistance with a Messerschmitt KR175. Kimberley used the web-site contact form, but unfortunately, her contact details, stored on-line, appear to be out of date and our reply to her message was rejected!

If Kimberley and anyone else who thinks their contact details (e-mail, postal address and 'phone number) may now be different to those that they registered when the first joined, could get in touch and give us their updated details, we would be grateful. Making sure that your contact details are up-to-date will ensure that you don't miss out on Membership mailings and also, that you can still log-in to the Club web-site, should you wish.

In addition, please get in touch if you are not sure whether you are still a Club Member or not, and we will check with our database. This would be useful since Club Membership has continued on a rolling basis, without requiring annual renewal, for several years now!

To get in touch, click here: 'Tony Yates (Honorary Secretary)' and leave a message or e-mail Tony direct at KaRo.Club@Outlook.com.


Coronavirus (COVID19)

A
s a responsible, Historic Vehicle Club we are committed to following and passing on the latest UK Government advice and regulations concerning events and public gatherings, pertinent to our members. Current government and public health advice states that all, non-essential social contact, with other people should be avoided for foreseeable future and people across the UK are being urged to stay at home and only leave their house for essential supplies, to care for others and for one form of exercise a day. At the present time, these restrictions may also be enforceable by law. Although the latest list of Club, Microcar and related Events for 2020 has been published in KaRoscene (click on Diary link above), you will note that it ends with March! The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) has advised all clubs, that in addition to their monthly meetings, to cancel or postpone and events for the foreseeable future, in line with government advice. At present, FBHVC has recommended the cancelling of all events and meetings for the months of April, May and June 2020 and as volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision. If in doubt, please contact the person listed in connection with the Event or Pub Night, that you are interested in.

Should restrictions be updated or lifted, we will be adding events and revising details of existing events, such as September's National Microcar Rally, as necessary, during the course of the year, so do come back and check from time to time. If there are any errors or if you know of or are involved in organising any events that would interest MEC members and are presently scheduled to take place then please let us know (e-mail editorial@messerschmittclub.org or send to Mark, Tony or Alan).

Considering other services offered by or through the Club, at the present time, we understand that Schmittparts continues to operate as normal and that the Club's Messerschmitt floor-mats, which are in plentiful supply, along with steel floors, manufactured and marketed on behalf of the Club, can be ordered by clicking on https://schmittparts.myshopify.com/. Please check with our Parts Manager, Rylawyn, who operates Schmittparts as a private venture, regarding details and any current restrictions concerning delivery or collection.

Finally, we would be delighted to share any stories or photographs that you might have though KaRoscene, to help brighten these dark times. Please e-mail them to editorial@messerschmittclub.org or send directly to Mark or Tony.


The *NOSH* Lewknor, 12th January 2020

*NOSH* January 2019*NOSH* January 2019

H
ere we are again the New Year has just begun and weather permitting, time for the Club's Annual 'Curtain Raiser'! As ever, we will be gathering at 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' Lewknor, for our traditional, post-Christmas *NOSH*, lunchtime, Sunday, 12th January 2020!

'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' is located at Lewknor, on the borders of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and finding your way there could not be easier! Look for Junction 6 of the M40, at the foot of the Chilterns and head towards Watlington on the B4009 (that's heading left after leaving the motorway, coming from London, or right, coming from Birmingham). The first turning on the right after leaving the motorway, takes you into the village of Lewknor and to the door of the 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel'. Try and arrange to arrive at around opening time (12 noon) to have the best choice from the pub's excellent menu and a comfortable seat (go to http://www.theleathernbottle.co.uk/ for more information and to view a 'sample menu'!).

I have had a look at the sea weed by the back door, dusted off the crystal ball and peered into its foggy innards to see what the weather has in store for the next week or two. At present, the relatively mild spell in the south looks like continuing, much like it was 12 months ago! The local, Lewknor forecast for the 12th January, suggests light cloud; a possible glimpse of something sunny; a temperature of around 8°C; a chance of rain early on and a gentle south westerly breeze – also much like last time! Whatever the weather, it should be a perfect day out, and we are usually lucky!!

If you need more details, click Tony Yates (Honorary Secretary) or e-mail Tony at KaRo.Club@Outlook.com. If you get lost on the day, 'phone Tony on 07973 448 023 or the pub on 01844 351482.


<< 2019 Club AGM - Saturday 26th October 2019 >>

M
embers are cordially invited to attend the Club Annual General Meeting, to be held on Saturday 26th October 2019 at Fend House, Pebworth, Worcestershire, CV37 8XQ, home of the Messerschmitt Foundation of Great Britain (MFGB).

Following last year's successful format, our plan is to start the AGM at 10am, with the intention of having the more 'formal' proceedings first, taking any Reports, reviewing the Club Accounts and electing a Committee to see us through the next twelve months. We will then take Any Other Business, so please let our Honorary Secretary, Tony Yates, know of any items that you feel should be brought to the AGM.

One Committee change that we are obliged to notify you of, is that our long-serving HonoraryTreasurer, Graham Taylor (over 40 years in post!), will be retiring this year. We are actively looking for his replacement and accepting nominations to this important position on the Committee.

The meeting is expected to end by lunchtime, but if you wish to stay on, I am sure that less formal discussions will continue and of course Fend House has a fascinating archive, as well as a number of cars and other exhibits, on display. Please bring along your own lunch if you wish and note that Fend House has a fully equipped kitchen, including a microwave oven. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

If you need more details concerning the AGM, the Club, or have any other queries and indeed, if you would like to join the Committee and help in any capacity, please let our Secretary, Tony, know as soon as possible (by e-mail to secretary@messerschmittclub.org) or 'phone 07973 448023.

Furthermore, if you wish to attend the AGM, also please let our Secretary, Tony, know so we can look out for you on the day and indeed, if you are unable to attend, so we can record your apologies in the Minutes. Hopefully, the late October meeting will benefit from reasonable weather as well as a lighter evening, immediately before the end of British Summer Time!

As last year, we will not be asking for subscription renewals for 2019/20 until after the AGM and only then if recommended by the Treasurer and agreed. The last time we requested subscription renewals was at the beginning of 2012 and Club Membership has continued on a rolling basis ever since!


Schmittparts

W
e are pleased to announce that the Club has formed a partnership with Schmittparts a private venture set up by our Parts Manager, Ryalwyn Garner, to advertise and market a growing range of specialised parts that he has sourced privately, for your Messerschmitt. Ryalwyn will also list parts that have been exclusively developed, sourced and manufactured by and on behalf of, the Club, on Schmittparts, which can be reached by clicking on https://schmittparts.myshopify.com/. Leading the way, naturally, are the rubber Messerschmitt floor mats for which the Club has become renown. With a recent change of manufacturer, the mats are lighter, easier to handle and have already met with customers' approval. You will find the ordering process on Schmittparts simple and easy to understand and with PayPal offered as standard, payment and delivery becomes straight forward.


>> NOSH - 6th January 2019 <<

*NOSH* 2017*NOSH* 2017

I
t is that time of the year and as usual, weather permitting, we are aiming to gather at 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' Lewknor, for our traditional, post-Christmas *Nosh*, lunchtime, Sunday, 6th January 2019!

'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' is located at Lewknor, on the borders of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and finding your way there could not be easier! Look for Junction 6 of the M40, at the foot of the Chilterns and head towards Watlington on the B4009 (that's heading left after leaving the motorway, coming from London, or right, coming from Birmingham). The first turning on the right after leaving the motorway, takes you into the village of Lewknor and to the door of the 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel'. Try and arrange to arrive at around opening time (12 noon) to have the best choice from the pub's excellent menu and a comfortable seat (go to http://www.theleathernbottle.co.uk/ for more information and to view a 'sample menu'!).

I have had a quick look at the weather trends for the next week or two and the present, the relatively mild spell in the south looks like continuing. The local forecast for the 6th January suggests light cloud, a temperature of around 8°C and a 20% chance of rain. Whatever the weather, it should be a perfect day out and we are usually lucky!!

If you need more details, click Tony Yates (Honorary Secretary) or e-mail Tony at KaRo.Club@Outlook.com. If you get lost on the day, 'phone Tony on 07973 448 023 or the pub on 01844 351482.


<< Club AGM - Saturday 15 December 2018 >>

M
embers are cordially invited to attend the Club Annual General Meeting, to be held on Saturday 15th December 2018 at Fend House, Pebworth, Worcestershire, CV37 8XQ, by kind invitation of the Messerschmitt Foundation of Great Britain (MFGB).

We plan to start the AGM at 10am, with the intention of having the more 'formal' proceedings first, taking any Reports, reviewing the Club Accounts and electing a Committee to see us through the next twelve months. We will then take Any Other Business, so please let me know of any other items of business that you feel should be brought up at the AGM. We will probably be discussing possible projects that will extend our Parts Service and I expect, whether or not we will ever be publishing TAKE-OFF again! We may also discuss events that we might hold, support or participate in during the coming year.

The meeting is expected to end by lunchtime, but I am sure that less formal discussions will continue. Please bring along your own lunch if you wish to stay on and note that the Fend House has a fully equipped kitchen, including a microwave oven! Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

If you need more details concerning the AGM, the Club, or have any other queries and indeed, if you would like to join the Committee and help in any capacity, please let our Honorary Secretary, Tony Yates know as soon as possible (by e-mail to secretary@messerschmittclub.org) or 'phone 07973 448023.

If you wish to attend the AGM, it will be helpful if you could let us know so we can look out for you on the day. If you are unable to attend, please let our Secretary Tony know so we can record your apologies in the Minutes.

As last year, we will not be asking for subscription renewals for 2018/19 until after the AGM and only then if recommended by our Treasure and agreed. The last time we requested subscription renewals was at the beginning of 2012 and Club Membership has continued on a rolling basis ever since!


Events 2018

T
he new list of Club, Microcar and related Events for 2018 has been published (click on Diary link above). We will be adding and updating details of events during the course of the year, so do come back and check from time to time. If there are any errors or if you know of or are involved in organising any events that would interest MEC members then please let us know (email editorial@messerschmittclub.org or send to Mark, Tony or Alan).


The *NOSH* 7th January 2018

A
nother New Year and as usual, weather permitting, we are aiming to gather at 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' for our traditional, post-Christmas Nosh, lunchtime, on Sunday, 7th January 2018!

'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel' is at Lewknor (on the borders of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire) and finding your way there could not be easier! Look for Junction 6 of the M40, at the foot of the Chilterns and head towards Watlington on the B4009 (that's heading left after leaving the motorway, coming from London, or right, coming from Birmingham). The first turning on the right after leaving the motorway, takes you into the village of Lewknor and to the door of the 'Ye Olde Leathern Bottel'. Try and arrange to arrive at around opening time (12 noon) to have the best choice from the pub's excellent menu and a comfortable seat (go to http://www.theleathernbottle.co.uk/ for more information and to view a 'sample menu'!).

I've had a quick look in the crystal ball (otherwise known as the Met Office UK Outlook for Thursday 28 Dec 2017 to Thursday 11 Jan 2018) and the weekend of the 7th January 2018 appears shrouded in uncertainty! However, it is suggested that a generally more settled spell of weather could become established and this would likely bring a mixture of colder and drier conditions with brief interludes of milder, wetter and windier weather. Snow is a possibility, although perhaps not towards the south, as well as an increased likelihood of overnight frosts. Whatever the weather, it should be a perfect day out and we tend to be lucky!!

If you need more details, click Tony Yates (Honorary Secretary) or e-mail Tony at KaRo.Club@Outlook.com. If you get lost on the day, 'phone Tony on 07973 448 023 or the pub on 01844 351482.


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