In 1969 a group of PWA7C members in Lincolnshire approached “Head Office” to explore the possibility of creating a Local Group. This had never been done before.. The proposal was readily accepted. Gerry Morris was the first Group Secretary and continued in the role until his career moved him to Bedfordshire. Whilst there he continued with his pioneering and formed the Bedfordshire Group. He then moved again but sadly the Bedfordshire Group fell into decline some time later.
In 1970, Ron Smith, another of the original members, became the next Secretary until he was posted by the RAF for six months in 1971.
Paddy Malone took on the job as “Caretaker Secretary” in Ron’s absence but, on Ron’s return, found that the “Caretaker” adjective had somehow been dropped from the title and he was Secretary from 1971 until 1984!!
From 1984 until March 1988 Paul Bradley was in charge and then Ron Smith was once more at the helm until Ian Bancroft took over in January 1995. As the years went by the role was becoming more demanding and in December 1999 it was suggested that the tasks be shared. In January 2000, therefore, Ian, supported by an enthusiastic Committee, was able to continue as Secretary until December 2004
In January 2005 until March 2010 Edwin Davies, supported by the Committee, ran the show until he moved down to Gloucestershire. Then Peter Rowlands took up the reins and, with the help of his experienced Committee, is still leading this dynamic Group in 2015.
Throughout its history the Lincs Group has enjoyed a very varied. and often innovative, programme of events. Too numerous to list fully, here is but a small sample: Club Runs and Treasure Hunts, Mystery Runs and Cultural Visits, Autotests and initiating the Arena Games at Auotokarna, The Lakeland Raids, arranging Talks and Demonstrations, providing Pit crews and Drivers for the 10,000 mile Record attempts, Six Hour Relays, Mille Miglia, Le Mans and Targa Florio. In addition they have organised the Fulletby Trials, the Mud and Mitre Rally and Trial, the Archway Trial and so on.Members have taken part in Racing, Sprints and Hill-climbs with some success. Barbecues, Picnics and Christmas Dinners feature regularly. but the Camping Weekends seem to have lost some of their appeal in recent years!! For the last twelve years they have organised the much praised “Sevens to the Sea Run” and re-enacted “The Jinks Run” in 2012.
Uniquely, they built the Group Club Car for use by those who do not yet have a car, or are temporarily without a suitable car. The plan was to encourage intrepid youngsters to take up our absorbing hobby.
Over the years many epic journeys have been undertaken to and in many countries, including; Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, Scandinavia, the Arctic Circle, Spain, Austria, Germany, South Africa plus Tom Newsome’s little trip from Melbourne in Derbyshire to Melbourne in Australia in his faithful Ruby (Egbert)
The Lincs Group is not insular, however,and has provided a National Chairman, Treasurer, Valuation Officer and DVLA Authentication Officer, all of whom have all given service to the Club on the National Committee over the years.
Here’s to the future!
The above photos – Show an early Group Meeting in 1969. Taken outside the first Meeting place, The Aston Arms at Market Rasen , they show, from left to right, Albert Ostler, Nobby Franks, Stuart Ulph, Gerry Morris and Dave Chappell as Gerry’s passenger.