An authentically decked out 1950s diner was chosen as the venue for the SGMW Christmas lunch
Our search for a motoring- themed venue at Christmas time brought us to the fabulous 7 Hotel & Diner. Located in Polhill, near Halstead in Kent, it’s got a real 1950s American diner theme, with vintage Coca-Cola machines, handmade furniture and a great ice cream parlour.
A special seating area was set aside for the SGMW – yes, even the venue recognises we are special! – so our impressive complement of 15 writers, plus partners and even the odd offspring, could celebrate in comfort. We were also delighted to welcome Cathy Rogers to the lunch – great to catch up with all her news. Stuart Bladon also arrived with a box full of his new book, “No Speed Limit: Sixty Years of Road Testing Classic Cars.”
Sadly the December weather hit in full force, and the heavy rain dissuaded almost everyone from bringing along their beloved classics. Great shame – I was very much looking forward to seeing Tom Scanlan’s new (well, old actually) Ford Fairlane. That meant the area prepared for our motors in the diner car park was actually populated almost entirely by test cars.
After some cracker-jacking, Christmas hat-donning and general joke-groaning, the gathered cream of motoring expertise were subjected to a ‘fun’ quiz that had been prepared by the committee. This was far from an easy test, as it turned out.
Congratulations to Kevin Haggarthy and Charis Whitcombe, who won joint first prizes of chocolate goodies. The conversation in Charis’s car on the way home may have been interesting, though: her partner, Tony Dron, got the wooden spoon for the lowest score.