Meet in the hotel bar from 7.30pm on the 2nd Friday during the 'closed' season, October until April, at the Bedford Hotel, 1 Plymouth Rd, Tavistock PL19 8BB Phone: 01822 613221.
Parking at rear of hotel.
Area 12 covers the South-West of England, with members from the counties of Devon and Cornwall, although members from Somerset and further afield often join us.
The Area always has a full calendar of events throughout the year.
The Area started about 25 years ago when I bought a 1.6 Kallista (which needed a lot of renovation).
I was put in touch with other members in the region and we started meeting monthly. We tried several venues in an effort to reduce the driving distance to the meet.
Over time however our membership base has moved Eastwards and once again to reduce travelling time and distance we moved from the Arundel Arms in Lifton and relocated to the Bedford Hotel in Tavistock. This hotel provides good food and atmosphere.
Contact: Andy Graves on 01752 778415
Area 12 and all members.
Noon July 4th. Assemble at Louis Tea Rooms, Callington, Cornwall PL17 8AX. For a coffee or light lunch, then drive through Tavistock and over Dartmoor, stopping at a well known view point before passing the Merrivale Quarry which supplied a lot of cut granite for London’s buildings and the memorial on the Falkland Islands to those that fell in 1982. We then drive behind the infamous Dartmoor or Princetown Jail, built in 1809 and housed French POW’s from the Napoleonic War and American POW’s from the War of 1812, before descending to Dartmeet. From here we go to Ashburton, pick up part of the old A38, then the A385 and head for Totnes (Sandal City). From Totnes we either follow the road to Paignton or Dartmouth to use a ferry across the River Dart – this will depend on the accessibility of the ferry with its loading ramps.
Following Les Miller we head to Brixham ( a famous fishing town) and the Berry Head Hotel for a Devon Cream Tea – Clotted cream on first in Devon. Contact Andy Graves so he can book in the numbers.
Our first 2019 Area 12 local visit is to Castle Drogo EX6 6PB on the 12th.May. Gather at the ‘Hog & Hedge’ A30 Whiddon Down Services EX20 2QT for 10.30am Castle Drogo is a 1930’s Lutyens design, National Trust owned, and has just completed a multi-million pound renovation to keep the rain out. The countryside around here is beautiful Springtime Devon. The castle has several walks down to and along the River Teign.
Contact Andy Graves 01752 778415.
9th. April Finch Foundry, Sticklepath, nr. Okehampton.
The foundry is a National Trust property, but admission for non-NT members is free for Panther owners on this day.
7th. May. Eden Project. Rendezvous at Nile Bakery and Cafe, 100 Holmbush Road. PL25 3LP for 10.00am latest
This visit has reserved parking. Then we travel to the home of Geoff and Sue Booth for a ‘not to be missed’ barbecue.
B&B is available at the Copley Arms, Hessenford (tel.01503240209)- a 3 mile drive from the BBQ.
17th. July. ‘Wheels’ at the Royal Cornwall county Showground.
Please register on email@example.com
7th. August Mount Edgcumbe American and Classic Car Show, Torpoint Cornwall. Entry fee of £5.00 payable on entry or by pre-booking. I’ll again bring the motorhome.
Prize for ‘Best Panther’.
Please register via the web address below where you will find the entry form.
29th. August Bank Holiday Monday. Aveton Gifford Classic Car Show. This is a small show in a village and we have been there since its inception. Registration essential as numbers are limited. Booking form will be on the Aveton Gifford Classic Car Show webpage when date is confirmed.
Please contact Andy Graves for all of the above
Area 12 Christmas dinner, disco B&B at the Hotel California, Newquay, Cornwall. December 5th.
Cost is £49.90 per person. The hotel has an indoor pool and a four lane 10 pin bowling alley.
Telephone the hotel on 01637 879292 and quote Panther Car Club when booking.
A £20.00 deposit per person will be required.
Please inform Andy Graves on 01752 778415 if you’ve booked.
This is AREA 12’s Christmas Dinner and Disco.
The venue is the New Continental Hotel, Millbay Road, Plymouth. PL1 3LD.
Hurry Up and Book:
I’ve provisionally reserved 16 places for Sat.6th. under my name/Panther Car Club. The weekends after are booked up already. There’s a few more places available if we go over the 16.
I have to confirm the numbers within 7 days when a deposit of £10.00.per person will be asked for. I can pay this on your behalf if required. Alternatively you may book direct with the hotel 01752 276797/276783, let them know it’s with the Panther Car Club and please tell me.
For those wishing to book accommodation phone 01752 276798 or 220782 - option 1.
This is £75.00 for a twin/double and includes full English breakfast or £55.00 room only.
So far 10 of us are already up for it.
A scan of the menu is attached, please keep a copy of this as they will probably ask for your menu choice nearer the day.
Mt.Edgumbe Show, near Plymouth on the 3rd.August.
The last winter meet for Area 12 is on 12th. April at the ‘Arundel Arms’ Lifton
The first 2013 event for Area 12 is to the Finch Foundry in Sticklepath on April 20th. Meet at the ‘Little Chef’ Sourton Cross for a coffee and in time to be at the foundry for 10.45am.
Sunday August 4th 2013 - Castle Hill in North Devon
The Castle Hill Car Festival will be staged within the magnificent parkland grounds of Castle Hill, the home of The Earl and Countess of Arran at Filleigh, in North Devon. The festival will play host to over 1,000 historic and classic vehicles and over 10,000 visitors during the weekend event.
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I just need the details for each one of us attending and the relevant fee from you. I assume we will be going for the one day – the Sunday. I’ll fill the form in and send it off along with the fees.
Area 12 Christmas Lunch.
1st. December at the Arundell Arms, Lifton. 12.00 for 12.30. £28.40 inc Vat. pp.
Glass of bubbles on arrival.
We are limited to 16 places due to a Christmas Fayre taking place in the main restaurant - You may find a present or two.
Contact Andy Graves via email please.
Area 12 Events in 2012:
I’m holding the last ever ‘Workshop Day’ at my garage premises on Saturday 7th. April.
Although it’s in Area 12 the workshop is open to all members.
I just need to know who’s coming for catering purposes.
The workshop is at 12 Kay Close, Plympton, Plymouth. PL7 4LU. 01752 348811
It will start at 9.00am and finish at 4.0pm.
Saturday 14th. April. Finch Foundry, Sticklepath.
Meet at Little Chef. Sourton Cross for 10.00am.
There’s a good pub (the Taw River) across the road where we had an excellent cream tea after going to the RHS at Ringmoor.
April 22nd. As part of 'Drive it Day' we have an invitation to 'Drive Cornwall' with Truro Rotary. Details to follow.
May 27th. Tamar Region Jaguar Day at Buckland Abbey
We have been asked to be the guest car club at the Tamar Jaguar Enthusiasts Club Show at Buckland Abbey. Last year it was Aston Martins - our profile is rising, so let's have a good number.
They have room for about 10 cars, in a special display area.
A BBQ and a bar will be operating.
June 10th 2012 - TAMAR VALLEY MG OWNERS CLUB RUN
The Tamar Valley MG Owners Club takes pleasure in inviting you to the “PEOPLE& PLACES RUN” to be held on Sunday 10th June 2012 starting from National Trust,
Saltram House, Plympton (car park, just follow the signs) Although not essential, it may
prove useful to have Ordnance Survey Landranger Map 201 to hand in order to get an
overview of the route, which is approximately 80 miles.
June 17th. Devons’ Dartmoor. Picnic lunch and a cream tea cruise. Meet in the car park behind the High Moorland Visitor Centre, Princetown for 10.30.
Route is being devised. Contact Andy Graves if going as lunch (if picnic not preferred) and cream tea has to be reserved.
25/26 of August. Cornwall Festival of Speed
The club visit is for the 26th. This is taking place at Pentillie Castle on the banks of the river Tamar, it’s near the St. Mellion golf course. As soon as we have the full details we’ll update this item.
One of the organisers, a Panther Kallista 2.8 owner, has reserved us 10 display spaces for the Sunday. It is a first in the region and there will be plenty of media coverage. Let's do our very best to support him and the event.
9th December. Christmas Lunch
It’s at the Arundel Arms Lifton and the table is booked from 12.30pm. A menu will be sent out later for you to choose, if possible, your preferences.
We have been offered the private dining room were we can converse (and throw bread rolls?).
Those of you who don’t want to drive there and back in a day can book in for the Saturday evening – ring 01566 784666 to book in. dinner bed and breakfast is very good, ask Geoff Booth, but not cheap.
This is the Christmas Menu (>>> more), please make your selections in time and phone it directly to the Arundel Arms.
Their phone number is 01566 784666. don’t forget to say it’s for the Panther Car Club Xmas Lunch.
Make a note of your selection and take it on the day – just in case you can’t remember what you ordered.
They have given us the private dining room as there is another group in the main dining room.
This Lunch will also be instead of our usual Friday meeting.
Geoff Booth has kindly offered to collate all the menu choices. He can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please forward your selection to him asap and he will liaise with the Arundel Arms.
It seems they were not able to receive menu requirements from individual members as they phoned in.
They would like all menu orders in ten days before the day.
Geoff will do it all in one go - as before please keep a list of what you ordered and take it with you.