The LFOC Annual Rally -9 & 10 June 2018

The Club’s main annual event is held in June based in the area around Broughton Castle near Banbury, with a run or other event on the Saturday followed by the Club’s annual dinner and then an assembly with a concours and a driving test on the Sunday.

Main Annual Events

This year the weekend’s events will start with a lunchtime meeting from 12 noon, at The Great Western Arms, Aynho, Nr. Banbury, OX17 3BP.

This year there will be the option of competing in a Scatter Rally on Saturday afternoon. This will start from The Great Western Arms and finish at The Holt Hotel (Oxford Road, Bicester OX25 5QQ ). The rally will involve using basic navigation skills and an OS map to identify and drive to specific locations, where you will need to find the answers to questions to earn points. There will be different classes for Experts and Novices and for Lower Ford Street and Much Park Street cars. To take part in the Scatter Rally you will need to be an LFOC member and register for the event in advance. Please email the Chairman at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and you will be sent the initial instructions and an Entry Form. As a minimum requirement, you will need to have a a map, a navigator and motor insurance that covers you for such competitive events.

All cars should be at The Holt Hotel by 4pm and we will hold a much shortened AGM at 5pm. The format of the AGM will be somewhat different from previous years with Club office holders providing a written report in the June LeaFlet. At the AGM members will be provided with a summary of the state of the Club, including the latest Accounts and Membership numbers, elect the committee and discuss key matters of interest and answer any questions raised. If there is a particular item that you would like included on the Agenda for the AGM, please could you notify Stephen Chittock, our Club Secretary, in advance if possible.

Following the AGM, and pre-dinner drinks, we will move into the dining room for our dinner during which we will hand out the prizes for the Scatter Rally. There will also be an opportunity to vote for the winner of the Bill Boddy Trophy. This is awarded annually to the writer of the LeaFlet article deemed to be the best by the members of the Club from a shortlist produced by the Editor.

On Sunday 10 June we will, as usual, be based at Broughton Castle Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 5EB, where there will be the usual concours, driving tests and prize giving.

Main Annual Events

The Lea-Francis Owners’ Club is registered with the MSA for the purpose of holding competitions.

The Lea-Francis Owners’ Club AGM 2018

As detailed above this will be held at 5pm on Saturday 9 June 2018 at The Holt Hotel, Oxford Road, Bicester, OX25 5QQ immediately before the Club dinner.

The Annual General Meeting

As detailed above this will be held at 5pm on Saturday 9 June 2018 at The Holt Hotel, Oxford Road, Bicester, OX25 5QQ at 5pm immediately before the Club dinner.

If you wish to ask a question of the Committee at the AGM it would be useful if you would let the Chairman know in advance: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Autumn Tour

Cotswold Villages & Rolling Hills of Wiltshire

14-16 September 2018 LFOC Autumn Tour —Cotswold Villages & Rolling Hills of Wiltshire

This year’s Autumn Tour will be based just north of Royal Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, giving access to the beautiful Cotswold villages and some of the famous, and not so well known features, in the rolling hills of Wiltshire.

The ***Marsh Farm Hotel is set within its own delightful grounds, though just minutes from the historic market town of Royal Wootton Basset and the M4 (junction 16) Motorway. It has good car parking and we have negotiated the use of an overflow car park area, still close to the accommodation, where a section will be reserved for our cars and trailers. This area is out of sight of the adjoining main road.

Participants should arrive on the afternoon of Friday 14th September, and there will be full-day tours on the Saturday and Sunday, with participants departing on the Monday. If there is sufficient demand, a short tour will be organised on the Friday afternoon and similarly on the Monday morning, finishing at lunchtime.

For details of this event, please email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Autumn Tour

Images from the 2016 Autumn Tour

Regular Social Meetings

On the second Wednesday of February, April, June, August, October and December at lunchtime at:

The Cat and Custard Pot

Shipton Moyne


Organising member

Rod Holt, Tel: 01453 520092 Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Regular Social Meetings


New Year Meeting

Shardlow, late January, early February

Regular Social Meetings

Above: This now traditional New Year gathering at the Clock Warehouse, Shardlow, Derbyshire, has proved popular with North Midlands members. The 2017 meeting was held on Saturday 11 February with a very good number attending for lunch. The picture shows Peter Cork & Anne Croasdell standing in front of their wonderful newly restored LeaFabric saloon P Type which they had battled over from Bakewell on a bitterly cold day.

VSCC and other events

Lea-Francis drivers have enjoyed considerable success in recent years in all types of competition, especially trials, navigational rallies and speed events.


VSCC and other events

Graham White and his 1929 P type trials car, now supercharged, have been the most successful Lea-Francis combination recently. They are seen here (above) on the 2015 VSCC Herefordshire Trial.

Navigational Rallies

Members and their cars often compete in VSCC rallies. Below: Here Allan Lupton (1938 12.9hp Corsica) navigated by David Kirkham is seen on the VSCC Spring Rally in 2016. Allan came 2nd in the Expert Class.

VSCC and other events

VSCC and other events

Above: Also on the 2016 Spring Rally, a 95 mile run in Surrey, Hampshire & Sussex held on 16th April 2016, and newly promoted to the Expert Class, are Colin & Sarah Poynter in their 1928 Hyper which was the practice car at the 1928 Ulster TT, won by Kaye Don in Hyper 14053, now in the Coventry Transport Museum.

Speed Events

VSCC and other events

Above: The famous supercharged Hypers feature prominently in vintage speed events. Here is Jeremy Brewster’s very fast example at Chateau Impney on July 11 2015. Photo: Peter McFadyen.

VSCC Prescott Vintage Speed Hill Climb, run at the beginning of August each year, is a favourite venue for Lea-Francis owners. The pictures below are all from the 2015 meeting.

VSCC and other events

Pic1: Colin Poynter, the Club’s Registrar for Pre-1937 cars, storming the hill in perfect conditions for a best time of 53.59 seconds in his un-supercharged Hyper Ch:14056. Pic2: Peter Tierney made the ascent in a best time of 52.72 seconds in supercharged Hyper Ch:14175 which he has recently acquired from Charles Cook. Pic3: Hypers in the paddock preparing for their runs, Richard Houlgate’s on the left and the Delaney car shared by father Geoffrey and daughter Lucy on the right. Pic 4: Simon Bowyer at Orchard in his 1928 P type. Pic5: Many interesting cars also park in the Orchard. This 1927 M type, one of only four in the Lea-Francis Owners Club, belongs to Dr Mark Jackson. Pic 6: The VSCC Prescott event also includes a ‘Long Course’ Hill Climb, which includes Ettores Bend, held on the Friday. Here Colin Bullock sweeps through the Esses near the top in his Aero-engined Lea-Francis Cirrus Special.