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DEWS AGM & Awards Evening

2011 DEWS Speed Series     Awards presented

      CLASS  1       THORNFALCON CLASSICS           1st          PAUL HOLLOWAY
      CLASS  2       MINISPARES                                      1st         MIKE MARK  
      CLASS 2        MINISPARES                                      2nd        BARBARA ALEXANDER-MARK
      CLASS 2        MINISPARES                                      3rd         LEE KESSELL
      CLASS 3        SWIFTUNE                                         1st          PETER KNIGHT
      CLASS 4        DEWS                                                 1st          STEVE HARRIS
      CLASS 5        DEWS                                                 1st          CRAIG PESKETT
      CLASS 6        HARRIS MOTORSPORT                  1st          DEREK KESSELL
      CLASS 7        DEWS                                                 1st          ALISON LOCK
      CLASS 9        MANIFLOW                                        1st          GORDON ILES

      LADIES AWARD                                                ALISON LOCK
      CHAIRMANS CUP                                             TONY FREEMAN

Back to Downton Day 30th April 2011

    I have been fortunate to be present at every event held at Downton since 2008. This year I think there were more cars than ever at the D.E.W.S event which also coincides with the 35th anniversary of Harris Motorsport which is run by Steve & Brenda Harris.


    Steve Harris was a Downton employee from 1964 until 1971 & again1975– 1976 , when Downton Engineering closed he set up his own business and over the years has had a very full & successful competition calendar each year. He now helps organise the DEWS Hillclimb Sprint Speed Series which mainly takes place at venues in the South West at the moment . 20 Mini owners have already signed up for the series which is a very friendly way of having fun.  Check out the website at to Downton day. The weather was perfect for the show which was not just Mini as the organisers had assembled a large collection of classic cars including MG's, Porsche, Hillman, Ford , Austin and many Mini variants including a few competition cars.

    As usual there were two awards on the day.  After a great deal of thought & deliberation with so many nice examples to choose from the winners of the awards were "Best Downton Car" MGC with very original Downton Triple Carb conversion owned by David Benwell and "Car of the Show" 1965 Morris Cooper S owned by Terry Hart also a DEWS member. 

    During the day a competition was run to guess the number of balloons in Alan Booth's lovely Mk 2 S. The winner was a very young lady Olivia with a guess of 90 balloons  ,who became very shy in her father's arms when receiving her prize of £50. The Dews F1 Silverstone challenge run by David Frampton was won by Karl Chard but he kindly allowed his trophy to go to Oliver Booth who was the closest junior using an easier programme. It has been decided for next year to have 3 classes. Refreshment were served during the day by Nicola Harris, Barbara Mark, Peter Styles also lent a hand later in the day after he had organised the display of all the cars on show. John & Sue Frampton ran a Tombola stall in the marquee, Nigel & Stuart Samson were kept busy all day serving up delicious beefburgers & sausages baps.

    The MG car club very kindly presented the club with a limited edition drawing by P Wilford. It is nice to see so many MG’s turn up to support the DEWS event each year . We hope to see even more of you for 2012. 

    The next day the “Fovant Badges “ car run took place of approx 53 miles starting from the Downton Sports Centre ably led (!) by Nigel Samson taking in some of the best Wiltshire & Dorset countryside . Fovant Badges in the hills of Wiltshire , including the challenge of Zig  Zag Hill in Dorset  Finishing at Nine Yews (Harris Motorsport) where refreshments were provided & delicious cakes made by Kate Crouch, where sitting & chatting went on for some time, a good time was had by all. 
    Plans already underway for 2012

          Cliff Porter ( DEWS Member )

DEWS AGM & Awards Evening

Class Awards were presented to:Paul Holloway, Steve Harris, Peter Knight, Vince Stone, Derek Kessell, Gordon Iles, Mike Mark, Barbara Alexander Mark, and the Hedley Hutching Novice shield went to Adam Gallaway.

Nicky Harris collected an award on behalf of Alan Peskett as he was unable to attend. Chairman's cup was awarded jointly this year to Sue Frampton & Brenda Harris for all their hard work during the year. 

The awards were presented by Jerry Sturman the voice behind the Speed Scene , followed by Jerry reflecting on his time not only as a competitor & engine building /car preparation, but also his later years as a commentator which was well received by all. 

A buffet was served after which followed a very competitive knockout skittles match, eventually won by Ian Hunt who kindly donated the winnings to charity. Throughout the evening Sue, John & David Frampton ran a Tombola , everyone tried to win the de-icer ready for the trip home!!  

Many thanks to everyone for making it such an enjoyable evening.

Updates for 2011 will be on website soon .

Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, Dorset – Car Show hosted by DEWS Club

Big thanks to all the people that turned out on a wet morning at Highcliffe Castle , although it started off that way it eventually cleared for a better afternoon . We all made a most of our intimate gathering & the children & Tim ! enjoyed the beach .

Castle CombeMini Action Day

Thanks to all the members displaying their cars on the stand .. Peter Knight , Terry Hart , Phil Thompson , Paul Folkard, Steve Harris , Stuart Samson , Nigel Samson , Dr David Blacklidge , Iain Martin , Lee Kessell , Glen Seabright Len Gibson .

Nice turnout & lovely weather.


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