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Update 18/06/2020

The International Rally 2021

Lakeland Motor Museum Ulverston Cumbria. https://www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk/ 10th & 11th July 2021

Update 24/03/2020

The International Rally 2020 is CANCELLED

The following report was omitted from the June Old Faithful magazine.

The committee of the PVHCC has been looking at possible options regarding the viability of holding this event at the Lavender Line on 4th/5th July 2020.

In the light of Government restrictions regarding movement and gatherings, uncomfortable decisions have to be made.

At this time, the venue has closed temporarily, and we need to be mindful of the health and well-being of the population in general and Humber owners in particular.

In this respect, as Chairman I have the overall responsibility of the committee, Club and members alike, and with the committees agreement I have taken the decision to cancel this year’s gathering.

Keep safe out there, and use the time to make your Humber’s better for next year.

Chas Thompson

Update 21/03/2020

While the Coronavirus (Covid 19) situation develops, we will do all we can to run the club in a normal and safe footing, basing our decisions on official Government advice. We will be monitoring the situation as it develops and as Government advice changes, we will re-assess. The health of all our club members is of the utmost importance to us.

The 2020 International will still be planned towards. We are all optimistic that the current Coronavirus situation will have “blown over”, but clearly as it is, the venue may be guided not to accept us as we get nearer the date, and the situation is not resolved, we may have to cancel at short notice.  We will keep you updated as best we can.

All the best to you all in these difficult times.


The following report was omitted from the April Old Faithful magazine.

2020 International Rally - Lavender Line, Uckfield, East Sussex 4th/5th July

The Lavender line is a small preserved Railway running through the beautiful east Sussex countryside. It runs a selection of Steam and diesel electric trains that run on the two-mile round trip between the village of Isfield to Worth Halt in the parish of Little Horsted.

I have heard several reasons why the “Lavender line” is so called. The amount of blue/lavender coloured flowers that bloom along the track side. Someone suggested it was that they once transported large amounts of lavender from Sussex to London. The real reason (according to the website) Is due to the activities of a local businessman A E Lavender, who ran his coal merchant business from a building next to the crane dock at Isfield Station. (I prefer the blue flowers story myself).

The line boasts an original Victorian station and signal box. As an ex railwayman I can assure you that signal boxes can be very atmospheric places! There is also a buffet, and a gift shop on hand as well as picnic area and a five-inch gauge small ride on train, which operates on many Sundays during the summer. And for those of you with bigger ideas, a “driver experience” is available. If like many, you grew up wanting to be a train driver, here is your chance. The Lavender line offers several options to drive a full-size ex BR diesel electric train. You will need to contact the Lavender line directly for details (01825 750515).

The Rally itself will be held in a field adjacent to the Station and follows our tried and trusted format. Members will arrive on Saturday morning, an informal start with the chance to catch up with friends old and new. Although informal, you will need to book in at the marquee, this gives us a record of attendees, which we need to meet the requirements of our Public Liability insurance policy. There is invariably members selling those hard to find Humber bits, so get there early to find the treasure!

The AGM will be held in the Station buffet from 2pm. Its your chance to meet the committee and listen to what we have to say about the last 12 months of club activities. It also gives you the opportunity to ask questions and give us your feedback (good, bad or indifferent).

Members start to leave the site between 4 & 5pm giving them time to get ready for the Rally dinner. At the time of writing I am waiting for more information for a venue for the Rally dinner. It’s an informal, very friendly evening, another chance to get to know people, the meal is always well received and enjoyed by all that attend. I will not be producing a full menu in the magazine, however please contact me if you wish to reserve your place or ask for a copy of the menu which I will send out as soon as they are available.

Sunday is again judgement day!

Members start to arrive, and park up, please be aware of other people when moving your Humber around the Rally site. Members are asked to book in again, not only for insurance reasons, but for the judging of your car.

Again, judging is a relatively informal process, with members choosing the cars they like, for whatever reason. It’s not a concours d'elegance event, you do not need to crawl underneath to check the quality of the weld lines (unless you really want to) you don't need a vast knowledge of the specifications of the cars. You don't even need to tell the difference between a Hawk and a Super Snipe, or a Sceptre and a Pullman. The whole system is colour coded and numbered, which will be explained on the front cover of the judging booklet, and I will be there to answer any questions you might have. (perhaps that should read “try” to answer) In my experience it makes for a pleasant afternoon, wandering around checking out the cars, meeting other members and enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. It is obvious from the body language that some take the task more seriously than others, but when all is said and done, you simply pick the car you would like to win, for whatever reason. There are several classes, which I will list before the event.

It is a reflection of the quality of our cars that many of the classes are very closely contested, often resulting in a tie. Last year in fact one class had a three-way tie. This can sometimes stretch the clock a little, but we will do our best to make the prize giving as smooth and friendly as possible. At various times on Sunday, I am sure (at least I hope) you will encounter someone trying to extract cash in exchange for raffle tickets. Please support them if you can, otherwise it makes the raffle draw, a bit of an anti-climax.

I will be on site on Friday putting up the marquee and setting out the field, anyone wanting to help will be most welcome.

Finally. As I have said, I will be on site on Friday, if anyone would care to attend an International Rally Noggin and Natter please let me know asap and I will put something together for the next issue of Old Faithful.

Many thanks

Allan Barnes


Accommodation List

Buxted Park Hotel, Uckfield,  4-star hotel, 01825733333

East Sussex National  Hotel, Uckfield, 4-star hotel, 01825 750581

Buffalo Bill’s Hotel & Resturant, Halland  (on the A22 road), 01825 840456

The Blacksmith’s Arms Inn & B&B, Halland (on the A22 road), 01825 840304

Old Copwood B&B, Uckfield, 07889 272560

Old Farmhouse B&B, Isfield, 01825 750749

The Cowshed B&B, Ringmer, 07876 220568

Little Norlington Barn B&B, Ringmer, 01273813321

Stephen Lewis

Humber Super Snipe Mark IV