Past Events

2002

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Annual Gathering at Ripon

A trip to Oulton Park with a run around the circuit

2003

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The Gate Guardian at Elvington Air Museum, York

Sisters at Malton

2004

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The wall plaque in the Eastleigh Airport Terminal

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The Cars assembled at Hinton House

40 Gordon Keebles, driven to Southampton
& duly assembled for their Aerial Photograph

2005

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All set for the Grand European Tour - 10 cars took part

Destination reached - Keil on the Baltic Sea

2006

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Lands End on the Cornish Summer Tour

Tregenna Castle provided our accommodation

2007

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Tour of the Fortified Churches in Northern France

Assembling at the Slieve Donard Hotel prior to
starting the tour of Northern Ireland to Donegal Bay

2008

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Re-fueling in France

A Tour of the West Country in the Forest of Dean

2009

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Abbey-cum-Hyr Museum near Llandrindod Wells

Fortinettes Canal Boat Lift, Northern France

2010

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Gordon Keeble Cars assembled at Southampton
      Eastleigh Airport to celebrate its Centenary

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Jim Keeble’s Alter Ego - this glass-fibre Trike

2011

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Aboard the National Trust Steam Yacht on Lake Coniston

Resting at Wast Water, having traversed
      all the Lake District’s High passes

2012

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visiting one of the large French Chateaux

Calling at the Engine Museum in Northern France

2013

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Touring Western Belgium - Dinant on the Meuse
          with the citadel overlooking the Town

the annual visit to the National Exhibition Centre at Birmingham.  The Secretary welcomes a new recruit

2014

The year of the Gordon Keeble Half Century

The principal event for the year was the 50 year celebrations that took place at Eastleigh, Southampton.  They commenced with a guest appearance at Beaulieu on the Friday beforehand.    The cars arrived at the Potter’s Heron from Thursday onwards. Unfortunately the pre-arranged 50 cars was not to be with one not leaving Holland, another arriving on a Trailer from Yorkshire after a Herculean  effort by the owner.  A visit to The Vyne near Basingstoke, a National Trust Property,  had been arranged for the early arrivers.
Friday morning, dull and overcast but not raining, saw the cars assembling on the roof car park at Eastleigh Airport with the Press in attendance.  Leaving the Airport precincts, the convoy of Gordon Keebles travelled to Beaulieu to line up in the grounds next to the National Motor Museum there.
Saturday morning had a visit to Mottisfont Abbey followed by an assemblage of all the cars in front of the Southampton Civic Centre for the benefit of the Southampton population. This was rewarded by great interest in “their local car”.
On Sunday morning, the cars were taken to Winchester for the morning - again much local interest was generated. After lunch the procession moved to Eastleigh High Street which was filled from end to end with 47 Gordon Keeble cars making a stunning and memorable sight and sound.

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A representative selection of cars in front of Lord Montague’s Beaulieu Palace House.  Lord Montague, whose interest in Motorcars of all ages is well known, appeared to do a tour of inspection

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The cars being assembled at the Southampton Civic Centre.  As the cars arrived from the morning activities, there reached a saturation point and there was only just enough room to display them all.  Attracted by the noise, there was a large crowd of onlookers showing considerable interest and knowledge of the cars.

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On Sunday Morning, Broadway in winchester was closed off and the cars were arranged
     echelon fashion in front of the Civic Building.  the considerable interest from the
       assembling crowd and the Cathedral bells ringing close by  created a memorable
                                                                    experience

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Finally, a celebration Cake to round off the day

the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the N E C in Birmingham

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Chassis No 81 - newly repainted from red to dark green.

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Chassis No 93 - previously regarded as the best preserved and most original Gordon Keeble

2015

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A Visit to Wellington college, West Berkshire in April

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A visit to Port sunlight, the home of Unilever in The Wirral, Cheshire

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The NEC stand attracted a large amount of interest and attention
        particularly the chassis view even though still incomplete

2016

2016 Bletchley

 

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A most interesting and moving exhibition about the war-time code breaking that was undertaken here at Bletchley Park. There is a working decoding machine and also information about the main characters in the unfolding drama as the secrets of the Nazi war machine were laid bare. The skill of the staff in the early mathematical solving of the codes is quite astonishing and the working conditions were primitive by current standards.

        April 24th. Visit to Bletchley Park, Hertfordshire.
7 Gordon Keebles with drivers and guests were present

July: The annual Gathering for the Club on Saturday at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb,
            and on Sunday,  a trip to Coughton  Court and Croome Court in Worcestershire

The 1938 Auto Union V16 rear engine Racer brought to Shelsley hill climb by the son of the original driver-Hans Stuck

 

2016 Auto-Union Racer

An amazing home made hill-climb special with 4-wheel drive and intriguing turbo technology. This car took nearly 1 second off the record and was over 2 seconds faster that formula 2 cars

 

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2016 Croome Court - building

On Sunday morning, there was a run organised by Paul Thompson around the Malvern Hills.
 calling at several attractive villages on the way to Croughton Court

          This was followed by a visit to Croome Court - a large country establishment
complete with RAF restaurant for lunch. Fine examples of Robert Adams internally
                    and Capability Brown in the gardens made for an interesting day
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November.  Return visit to the Lancaster Classic Car Show at the N E C, Birmingham.
This was a magnificent display , even larger than last year.and extending over 5 Halls with the motorcycles in a further adjacent hall. The Gordon-Keeble stand was in Hall 3 and owing to the non-appearance of the adjacent tractor stand, our stand was off-set with space for all to see. 3 cars on view made a great spectacle. A nice touch was the enlarged photo of a GK surrounded by small photos of the employees of the factory who were able to attend the ex-employees function earlier in the year.

The final highlight of the year was the Survey undertaken by the Practical Classics Magazine.  The results showed, unsurprisingly, that the first 3 places were taken by the Morris Minor, the E type Jaguar and the Morris / Austin Miini.  What did surprise us was that the Gordon Keeble was promoted from 84th place last time to 20th this time.  As a small Club of 70 members and a base of only 99 cars manufactured over 50 years ago, we were amazed.

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