...a local club for local enthusiasts, since 1946

All events run within the Hants & Berks Motor Club rely very much on our members’ time, dedication and commitment and the Club welcomes any member who wishes to organise, support or suggest an event, meeting or activity which may be of interest.
We would also be happy to hear from external event organisers who require assistance or support from our Club for local car shows, rallies or other such motoring activities.
Please contact a member of our Club Committee to discuss any proposals.

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Classic Car Events…

The Hants & Berks Motor Club first ventured into classic car events back in the early 1990s. At the time a national slump in motor sport events resulted in the Club having to expand its interests and with several members already being involved with their Classic cars it seemed the most natural progression.

The resulting gamble paid off and now the Club is seen as a strong element of the local classic car scene organising and supporting numerous classic car events locally and regionally. By not focusing on one particular era or manufacturer we have been able to welcome a broad range of enthusiasts and expertise into our Club.

Our Classic Car scenic tours are one of our most popular events and are very well supported by our members, although we heartily welcome non-members who also wish to participate, the basic idea being for classic car owners to take their pride and joy out on the open road.
Participants get individually flagged off the start line before following a leisurely pre-set route, usually 70 – 100 miles, along quiet roads and through scenic villages and countryside.

The tours are designed to allow participants to arrive at the finish destination in good time without having to rush; the finish being part of the day’s experience and traditionally held at an appropriate transport collection, military museum or heritage attraction.
Although the events are primarily designed for vehicles built more than 25 years ago we also accept other more modern vehicles of interest.

In conjunction with our tours the Hants & Berks organise and support a number of static classic car shows during the year, ranging from informal gatherings outside a public house to large public displays. Our major Classic Car Show takes place each year on the second Saturday in June when we take over a large area of Woodford Park in the centre of Woodley for our annual vehicle show.

We understand that not everyone who enjoys heritage motoring has access to a classic car of their own, so we like to encourage all our members to support us in some way, whether as a participant, marshal or just spectator.

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Rally Marshalling…

In the early 1980s the Hants & Berks began to pull together a group of members with the purpose of creating a competent marshalling team, the intention being that the Club would be in a position to organise and run a motor rally special stage, or event, using marshals from within our Club.

Since then we have provided support and management on over 100 different local, national and international status motor rally events, including the British round of the World Rally Championship, the British Rally Championship, the Flying Scotsman, the South of England Tempest, Carfax, Get it Sideways, Wyedean and Rallye Sunseeker.
From management to organisation, the Hants & Berks is now recognised as one of only a handful of clubs in the South of England that can offer a complete marshalling package for rally stages and events.

We welcome anyone who wishes to join the Hants & Berks in-house marshalling team, those who do can expect to receive full MSA training, professional qualifications, work alongside fellow motor sport enthusiasts and get close to all the day’s action, so much better than just watching it from afar or on television.

Working in all weathers, individual duties and responsibilities could include timekeepers, start/finish controllers, sector marshals (who manage groups of marshals covering several junctions), stage safety officers, deputy stage commanders or even stage commanders. Marshals may also be required to assist with stage clearance, setting up signs, barriers and equipment, organising competitors and spectators, and clearing up at the end of the day.

If any member is interested in joining the Club’s marshalling team, or wishes to learn more about what’s involved, then do contact Bill Bonney, the Club’s chief marshal, for further information.

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Social Activities…

As a Club we understand that the provision of regular social meetings and activities is a key attraction for its members. The opportunity to get together with fellow members, family and friends on a regular basis and in informal surroundings always proves popular.

Members of the Hants & Berks Motor Club pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of annual social activities for members. At the end of most months the Club hosts an evening gathering where members are free to come along to socialise, be entertained, enlightened or just have some fun.

Hosted by invited guest speakers or voluntary members from within the Club, these evening meetings last around two hours and are held at either our regular meeting venue (details at bottom of webpage) or at another location, depending on the event type.
Not all of our meetings take motoring as their subject: talks, presentations, quizzes, team competitions and film shows are just some of the themed meetings.

For those members with freedom during the week we also regularly organise a monthly lunch gathering held at various public houses and restaurants across the Berkshire and Hampshire region, another ideal opportunity for Club members to get together, dine and socialise.

Along with our in-house meetings, members can also benefit from a variety of daytime activities and competition events that occur mostly during the weekends. These include fun and competitive navigation rallies, nostalgic classic car runs and shows, a skilful summer gymkhana with barbecue and occasionally, if demand dictates the Club may arrange additional weekend breaks away and tours around transport related institutions, collections or factories.

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The Raven Hotel, Hook.

Located in the Hampshire town of Hook, the Raven is a modern establishment with a large bar and restaurant area serving a variety of pub-based meals, ideal for those members who wish to dine and socialise before a Club meeting begins.

With several function rooms available for hire, each with flexible seating and modern facilities, the Club uses the venue for its in-house activities, natters and meetings; for details about the next Club meeting at the Raven please see our Events Calendar page.

The Raven is located directly opposite Hook railway station and just a few minutes’ drive from the M3 (Junction 5) and the A30, there is plenty of car parking available.

The Raven Hotel in Hook

The Raven Hotel, Station Road, Hook, RG27 9HS

(MR 186/725540)

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