Annual Gathering at Ripon
A trip to Oulton Park with a run around the circuit
The Gate Guardian at Elvington Air Museum, York
Sisters at Malton
The wall plaque in the Eastleigh Airport Terminal
The Cars assembled at Hinton House
40 Gordon Keebles, driven to Southampton
& duly assembled for their Aerial Photograph
All set for the Grand European Tour - 10 cars took part
Destination reached - Keil on the Baltic Sea
Lands End on the Cornish Summer Tour
Tregenna Castle provided our accommodation
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
Re-fueling in France
A Tour of the West Country in the Forest of Dean
Abbey-cum-Hyr Museum near Llandrindod Wells
Fortinettes Canal Boat Lift, Northern France
Gordon Keeble Cars assembled at Southampton
Eastleigh Airport to celebrate its Centenary
Jim Keeble’s Alter Ego - this glass-fibre Trike
Aboard the National Trust Steam Yacht on Lake Coniston
Resting at Wast Water, having traversed
all the Lake District’s High passes
visiting one of the large French Chateaux
Calling at the Engine Museum in Northern France
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
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.
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
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.
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
Finally, a celebration Cake to round off the day
the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the N E C in Birmingham
Chassis No 81 - newly repainted from red to dark green.
Chassis No 93 - previously regarded as the best preserved and most original Gordon Keeble
A Visit to Wellington college, West Berkshire in April
A visit to Port sunlight, the home of Unilever in The Wirral, Cheshire
The NEC stand attracted a large amount of interest and attention
particularly the chassis view even though still incomplete
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
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
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.
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.
April: A visit to Nuffield Place, Oxfordshire, home of Lord Nuffield.
A National Trust house now. Good weather always helps at this time of the year. The cars
arranged in the car park attracted the attention of a Mr & Mrs Keable and their son Gordon !
this was followed by a home visit by our Chairman to give Mr Keable a run on his 75th
June: Our summer week-end. This year saw us staying at Wroughton, Wiltshire with close access
to the Avebury ancient sites and surrounded by white horses of various kinds - some mobile.
A light-hearted competition was organised to see just how many there were. The ancient
rings were a big attraction as was the village of Laycock near by.
August: Our Club Member in North Germany once again organised a week-long trip to North
Germany. 4 Gordon-Keebles made the trip supplimennted by a BMW, a Jaguar V12 and
a Jenson CV8 carrying 17 members and friends to join Gerd with 3 further GKs joining in
from Germany GK making 7 in total. Visits to a local Prototyp Museum (no photography
allowed) , a miniatur Wunderland which was absorbing and lasted 3 hours or so. The next
day, there was a trip to the Airbus factory on the outskirts of hamburg where body
sections of the A320,A350 & A380 are built before shipping-by sea -to Toulouse for final
assembly, later being flown back with UK built wings attached to Hamburg for the
finishing touches. The next day saw a trip around the harbour and the Maritime Museum
with some retail therapy and finally a visit to one members private car collection of
English and German luxury cars to rival any museum collection.
September: The first ever Annual General Meeting to ratify the Club’s New Constitution.
The following week there was the gathering of Former Employees of the GK Factory
with more former employees and their families being located and attending. the
David Wansbrough trophy was presented to Simon Wormall for outstanding support.
November: We did not get a spot at the Classic Car Show this year. We are hopeful for 2018.
Getting ready to leave the Hotel.
Mike W. at work photographing the cars from a suitable vantage point - aided and abetted !
The nearby village of Laycock - full of charm and parked cars.
Derek Baker reunited with members of Jim Keeble’s family
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