So, we come to the end of the year which sees us having the busiest and best supported number of meetings ever.
With 19 events and an average of 20 cars at each event we had over 260 cars attend in the year, a record for the club. Starting in April and ending in October the venues ranged from Yorkshire to Cornwall. Of course, the firm favourites of Duxford and Blenheim Palace were there with a new very well supported event in Christchurch. As usual there was a mix of venue types from Stately Homes to Museums and Car Shows, so something for everyone.
The main event of the year, the Winter Warmer, was held on December 3rd at Witney Lakes Resort when we had our Christmas Lunch at this new venue. And what an event it was…. over 70 people attended and the club was treated to a fabulous Christmas meal in a private room which was decked out in black and gold along with Club banners and balloons. So successful as it was we are already booked to return in 2018!
Our membership continues to grow to almost 300 paid up members and 600+ on our mailing list. Unfortunately, we said goodbye to a few members over the year as they sold their cars for a variety of reasons but a big hello to many new members during the year.
So, to next year. Well it is an important year for the car as it will be the 15th anniversary of the first registered Crossfire in the UK and we will be marking this anniversary with a special meet in October. Full details will be sent out in the Spring and we hope that as many of you can support this milestone and beat the 48 cars that made the 10th anniversary event in 2013.
The meeting calendar is being finalised and will be published in January to give you plenty of time to put dates in your diaries. And we are planning some new venues along with our firm favourites.
The club is also being featured in Classic Car Mart magazine in the March edition, although it will be available to buy in December, so make sure you get a copy of another milestone for the club and the car. Perhaps the world is beginning to realise what an iconic car the Crossfire is. We look forward to the opportunity to further obtain editorial space for the club over the years.
On behalf of my fellow committee members can I wish you and your family and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and a huge thank you for your help and support during the year.
Chairman, UK Crossfires Club