_Club News and Jottings 2020

MARCH 2020

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Greetings all

Owing to the lock down caused by the Corona Virus we are unable to proceed with the 40th celebration as planned for this year.

I have however been in discussion with Kirsty Westmacott at the Mercure Hotel and it has been agreed that the Club can postpone the event until 2021 upon the same terms as already agreed without penalty for early cancellation.

This means that all room bookings remain in place as does the plans for the Gala buffet dinner.

There are 2 possible dates available (unfortunately the equivalent June dates in 2021 are already booked up) .The dates are ;-

1. The 6th to the 9th of May2021 and

2. The 1st to the 4th July 2021.

The May date avoids the 2 Bank Holidays in that month but may impact on any half term breaks .

The July date misses all those possibilities . It is still intended to visit the British Car Museum and Warwick Castle as originally arranged .

However I would be grateful for your feedback either way as I have to let Kirsty know as soon as reasonably practical.

Please therefore let me know by email ASAP your preference and I will go with majority.

My email address is:- robwenrj@btinternet.com

Keep well all of you.

Regards Robert.

 

As a result of the worsening situation surrounding the spread of the coronavirus and measures taken by governments to control the disease some events may be postponed At the we do not know if the AGM or Belgium meeting will take place but will update this page with the latest news

John Wallis Chairman

 

 

The Borgward Drivers Club A.G.M. is POSTONED UNTIL 2021

 

February 2020

 

POSTONED Click here for more information

January 2020

It is with sad news I have to report that Gordon Hobb dies Saturday 25th after a short illness.

Remembering Gordon

In June 2013 Rita and I went to Canada to see some friends of Rita’s.
We had long been promising to go as they had been asking us to go and see them for some time.
So we booked to go, they lived in a town called Kitchener, Ontario.
You can imagine my surprise when chatting to Norman, he tells me that a club member Gordon Hobb lives in Kitchener.
Before departing I contacted Gordon by email with a view to calling to see him.
he replied immediately with a very warm email saying he would look forward to our visit.
Arriving at our friends it turns out that they had booked various things for us to do :- Niagara Falls, CN Tower and a couple of trips out meant being out of Kitchener for part of our holiday.
Any way after contacting Gordon by phone we finally agreed a day and time to see them.
Lunchtime.
22nd June our wedding anniversary for which our friends had booked us in for a slap up meal in a local restaurant.
You can imagine our surprise on arriving at Joan and Gordon’s which was only about 4 miles from our friends to see that Joan had prepared a really superb spread of food.
We did our best to eat as much as we could but really did not do it justice.

After the meal Gordon then showed me round his garage along with his Coupé which was complete but in need of some work, he thought that it needed a re-spray which was probably about right.
The car also sported the American bumpers, over riders and rails which are quite popular over there but I am undecided myself.
The best was still to come, the first floor above the garage was completely shelved/racked out and full of Borgward parts.
I particularly remember 3 brand new Solex carbs.
Gordon told me an interesting story that many years ago the local Borgward dealer phoned him to say that they were closing down and were having a sale of parts and was he interested.
He went down by arrangement and bought all the parts he thought would be useful. Leaving loads of body parts trim bumpers etc.
A few weeks later he learned that they were all taken to the dump and buried.
His only comment was “if only I had known”

After spending several hours with them both looking at all the literature/pictures that he had and eating far too much food we left to go out with our friends for a meal.


Our over riding memories of them both is of a lovely couple who made us very welcome and to say that both Rita and I were very sad to hear of Gordon’s passing.



Colin and Rita Fortnam.

 

Gordon and Colin Fortnam in Canada before restoration work stated on Gordon's Coupé

Gordon's car ready for reassembly November last year.

 

First, on behalf of myself and the members of the Committee and other members Happy New Year.

Our celebration weekend is only 6 months away on the 12th to 14th June at The Mercure Hotel and you will recall that Colin Fortnam sent an email about the event together with a tariff as regards the rooms.

Normally you would hear direct from Colin but unfortunately he was taken ill just before Christmas and admitted to hospital and at the time of sending this he is still there however on talking to Rita it appears that the prognosis is good and hopefully he will be discharged very soon.

I appreciate that it is difficult to plan so far ahead for some but if at all possible I would be grateful if you would please making your Hotel booking as soon as you are able such booking to be made direct with the Mercure Hotel (the Club contact is Kirsty Westmacott).

Would you please let me know by email once your booking is made so that I can keep a record of numbers.

Looking forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, if you have any queries please let me know.

With kindest regards.

Robert Richmond-Jones (President)

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