An outstanding September Gathering

Written by  on November 14, 2019

Historically, the September Gathering has been the one where we expect a lower attendance and fewer vehicles to admire. In the previous 4 years we have had poor weather and our best vehicle attendance had been a combined number of 230. Over the 4 years we had an average at our September Gatherings of 139 vehicles. However, this time, with the most glorious weather you could have wished for, and considering how the nights draw in so early now, we had a staggering 589 cars and motorbikes turn out. Wow! With passengers and walk-ins, the number of people in attendance was probably over 800.  Yet, despite appearances, this Gathering ranked as our 3rdbest attended this year and since the Gatherings started in 2014. 

The Gathering continues to gain momentum, as the element of surprise seems always to be with us. The number of “not previously seen” vehicles always creates an element of excitement as to just what may turn up and it reinforces the fact that the reputation of the Gathering spreads further each time. As is now our custom, we won’t be putting out a list of the fantastic marques that we are able to attract, but if you are interested, intrigued or just fancy an evening out, then come along to the next meeting (on the 21stMay 2020) to see for yourself – or look at our website. 

We look forward to seeing you there in May 2020, and again “Thank You” for your continued and valuable support. 

P.S. We shall announce our donation amount to the local Air Ambulance just as soon as we have worked out what it is to be!

An August Sunshine Sandwich

Written by  on September 17, 2019

You would hope that August would be a good month to hold an outdoors event, wouldn’t you? After all its traditional holiday time and we head off in search of sunshine….and whatever else you fancy. So, we look at the August Gathering and feel assured that it will be a warm dry day for the event. However, global warming and other world activities (excluding Brexit!) have an effect on our weather and it threatened to be a washout at one stage. What we did get was a day of heavy rain before; heavy rain on the day after; but a warm dry and partially sunny afternoon and evening on Gathering day. Yes – a sunny day sandwiched by rain.

The turnout was magnificent, with a record breaking 155 motorcycles turning up – our best yet. The number of cars attending was around 400 – which surprisingly is our lowest turnout this year. However, with the number of classic vehicles attending seemingly increasing each meeting, we are seeing that the word is truly spreading to more distant places. This increase in the number of classics is supported by the number of cars that are now parked in the “overflow” car park 

Yet again we were blessed to have some outstanding and rare vehicles on show. Not just old but rare more modern classics. As is now our custom, we won’t be putting out a list of the fantastic marques that we are able to attract, but if you are interested, intrigued or just fancy an evening out, then come along to the next meeting (on the 19th September) to see for yourself – or look at the website.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Where do they all come from?!

Written by  on August 12, 2019

In the words of the famous song “Eleanor Rigby” the verse goes “All the lonely people, where do they all come from?” but I am quick to change one letter so that it reads “All the lovelypeople, where do they all come from?” Yes, we had yet another massive turnout for our July Gathering and we do ask ourselves the question. It’s so cheering to meet all of the attendees – you are all so keen, friendly – and welcome! We reckon it just about matches our most successful meet so far which was in May of this year. Yet again we were blessed with dry, and sometimes a little cloudy, weather; bit it never threatened to rain. It was warm and a little humid.

The turnout was just about as good as our best Gathering yet. We estimate that there were over 500 cars visited us this time (with well over 100 classics), and about 115 motor bikes (of which over 30 were classic bikes). The variety of vehicles that showed up continues to amaze us. There are the faithful regulars who come whatever the weather, those that come when it’s fine and those that come for the first time (All the lovelypeople, where do they all come from?) 

Yet again we were blessed to have some outstanding and rare vehicles on show. Not just old but rare more modern classics. We continue to be astounded by what comes in through the gate each month – a real feast of quality, rarity and dedicated enthusiasm. As always, if you are interested, intrigued or just fancy an evening out, then come along to the August meeting (on the 15th) to see for yourself.

We successfully utilised our overflow car park again and having got a few teething problems sorted for the marshals, we believe we have it working well. 

A big thank you goes, as always, to all who helped with the organisation and running of the Gathering, but of course all who attended and supported us. 

If you wish to contact us you can email us at greethamgathering@mail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there in August.

Martin Fairbairn

June – Little Sun but a great turnout!

Written by  on July 16, 2019

The Gathering is so dependent upon the weather that we always kick off with a discussion on that aspect of the day. After all being British we are expected to do that! Well, the weather forecast said “dry but cloudy” and for the Gathering that proved to be spot on. However, there were lots of showers on the area and a number of people mentioned they had come through rain to get to the Gathering – and this may well be the reason the numbers were not as we had hoped. Having said that this was the 3rdmost attended Gathering ever!

Following on from a great turn out in May, we extended the area used for classic and vintage vehicles. That meant reducing the public car parking space which had the consequence of us using, for the first time, our new overflow car park. With over 440 cars turning up the overflow car park was brought into play and had in excess of 80 cars in it at one stage. The motor bikes numbered around 85, with over 30 being classics. 

We continue to be surprised that so many previously unseen vehicles attend each month. Also, the distance that people are prepared to travel to come to the Gathering.  It’s so satisfying as this demonstrates the fact that the Gathering message is out there.

We were also able to present a cheque to the Air Ambulance for £2400.00, from our 2018 Gathering takings. Yet again an increased amount over the previous years – and we could only do this thanks to your generous and continuous support. 

After May’s successful meeting we made sure that there were enough cakes and extra effort was put in to ensure the hot food was delivered fast and efficiently. 

A big thank you goes to all who attended and supported us. 

We look forward to seeing you there in July.

May – Yet another Gathering success!

Written by  on June 15, 2019

The weather was mainly warm and dry with a forecast for it to remain so; the grass was cut on the field; cakes, coffee, teas and hot food were all ready; and car parking space fenced off ready to go. Oh, and we have an overflow car park should we need it. All we needed was the sort of turnout we had for 4 Gatherings last year. We waited, ready, and were not disappointed. The vehicles started arriving at a trickle, then a faster flow and finally what seemed like a continuous line arriving at the gate. 

The turn out was just about as good as our best Gathering yet which was in June last year. We estimate that there were around 480 cars visited us this time (with well over 100 classics), and about 140 motor bikes (of which over 50 were classic bikes). The variety of vehicles that showed up never ceases to amaze us. There are the faithful regulars who come whatever the weather, those that come when it’s fine and those that come for the first time. We always get surprised by the last category as it seems there are still loads of vehicles out there we haven’t seen at Gatherings before. Long may it continue that they arrive and surprise us. We’d love there to be so many that we spill into the overflow car park!

To list the vehicles that caught the eye would result in a pretty large write up – and deciding what would fall into this category is a personal choice, so we aren’t listing any vehicles in this report. As we’ve said before over the last 5 years of the Gatherings (Yes – we are in our 6thyear now!), if you want to know about or see these beautiful vehicles then make the effort and come along. You won’t be disappointed. You can also see a fair number of them on this website.

Such was the success of the evening that the cake stall sold ALL of its cakes (that’s never happened before) but we do plan not to run out again.

A big thank you goes to all who helped with the parking of all the vehicles, the food crew with Andy Saunders, the kitchen and cakes ladies, and of course all who attended and supported us. 

We look forward to seeing you there in June.

September Surprise

Written by  on October 15, 2018

We have had an outstanding summer when it comes to the weather and we have benefitted with some record breaking attendances at the Gathering. That summer has kept going into September, but it chose the day of the last Gathering of 2018 to remind us that we are heading into autumn. The forecast leading up to the Gathering was not good. Rain virtually all day was what we were told. It encouraged us to think there would be more volunteers (getting wet) at the event than visitors. However, in the mid-afternoon it actually stopped raining and the high winds started to dry the ground. As the afternoon progressed it remained dry, and we started to see a trickle of visitors coming through the gate – and we were delighted. Any number of visitors would have exceeded our earlier expectations but by the end of the Gathering we had over 40 display cars and the same sort of number of visiting cars – and the weather remained dry. Understandable, the number of motorcycles that turned up was just 8 – and that’s 8 more than we were expecting a few hours earlier.

As far as vehicles go we had the usual mix of some of our regulars and some “first timers” as well. We were delighted that so many people braved the weather and took the gamble to come along; as it paid dividends. Take a look at the pictures to see them.

A big thank you to all you supporters of the Gatherings. You have made it a record year for us and we are looking forward to seeing you in 2019. We shall be posting details of what we are able to donate to the local Air ambulance, plus updates on the 2019 season in due course. Keep looking here at our website for updates.

August was just quality!

Written by  on September 4, 2018

We never expect the August Gathering to be as well attended as June or July, and this year this was no exception. In fact, the August Gathering was the least well attended of the year (to date), yet it was still heaving with a fabulous number of supporters. With the weather forecast of rain until about midday, and sunny intervals for the rest of the day, we were all confident that people would come along, and they did. The afternoon was dry and the roads and the field were dry, so it was “business as usual”.

In the motorbike park we had fewer bikes than last month – rough estimate of about 75 of which around 30 were classics. Again it was good to see some new first-timers as well as some of our regulars. We had 2 speedway bikes and 2 Royal Enfield sidecar outfits, along with some BSAs, Nortons, BMWs, Velocettes, Guzzis Hondas, Triumphs, a Suzuki, a Laverda, a rare motobecane and some nice Lambrettas.

The classic cars and other vehicles had some real high class (and price?) vehicles. These included a number of Mustangs, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Jaguars, Rolls Royces, Rovers, Triumphs, Mazdas, Land Rovers, Volvo, a Lancia, Maserati, Lotuses, TVRs, Sunbeams, a Dodge, VW’s, Nissans, Chevrolet, Vauxhall to name more than a few!! Oh and TWO Mclarens! It was nice to see some former everyday cars like a Hillman Imp and an Austin 1100. Some quirky cars like a Bond 3 wheeler, a Messerschmittbubble car, and a 1936 Ford Cabriolet Custom car – a real eye catcher. There was also a Gibbs Bentley Special which looks like a 1950’s racing car – fabulous!

Another great evening; so roll on September for the next Gathering on the 20th, which will be the last Gathering of 2018. Please note that we now have an email address if you wish to contact us. It is greethamgathering@mail.com.

Finally – a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped us on the day, whether before, during or after the event. Whether marshalling the vehicles, collecting gate money, selling raffle tickets, selling hot food, cakes or teas and coffees, and of course the Rutland First Response team, we thank you for your continued support as the Gathering just wouldn’t be what it is today without you!

July was a scorcher!

Written by  on July 31, 2018

With the current run of hot sunny weather, we had no worries that the weather at the July Gathering was going to be perfect. Perfect weather means lots of people coming to enjoy the event – and that’s how it turned out. In fact, the weather was probably a bit too perfect as the heat was affecting everyone – but we are not complaining!

Nice weather means a nice turnout, and yet again the “Gatherers” turned out in volume. As the Gathering season moves on through the year, you might expect the numbers to continually increase. But that has not been the case in the past. June is the peak month and July tends to be a bit less – and so it was this year. School holidays and people away are the probable reasons.

However, we may have been down in quantity, but not quality! We had some amazing vehicles turn out – many we have not seen for a while and many we were seeing for the first time! This applied to both cars and motorbikes. We estimated that about 145 bikes turned up – again with over 50 being classics. Among those were classic Moto Guzzis, Bultaco, Honda, Yamaha, Harley Davison, BSA, Norton, Arial, AJS, Triumph and Suzuki to name just a few.

On the brown, parched, sun-bleached display field we had an equally impressive array of classic cars – numbering around 190. To name some of those included: a Maclaren (P1), Lea Francis, Singer, Jaguar, Lotus, Porsche, Triumph, Austin, Ford, Volvo, Mercedes, Morris, Vauxhall, Renault, and our faithful VW Campervan and Land Rover supporters. Take a look at the photos for a better appreciation of some of the vehicles that were present.

One of the things we do at each Gathering is hold a modest raffle. It’s only £1 a ticket and the raffle is a major contributor to our profits and thus the Air Ambulance. We consider that the Gathering is good value for money (after all its only £1 per vehicle to come in) so spending a £1 or so on raffle tickets does support the Air Ambulance. Please do support it. Oh, and one last plea to attendees – no more euros or out of date old £1 coins please. A few got past our money collectors this month and whilst it is possible to get them cashed it would be better for us if you did it, so thanks in advance for your consideration.

Finally – a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped us on the day, whether before, during or after the event. Whether marshalling the vehicles, collecting gate money, selling raffle tickets, selling hot food, cakes or teas and coffees, and of course the Rutland First Response team, we thank you for your continued support as the Gathering just wouldn’t be what it is today without you!

Gathering 2nd Annual Run-Out 15th July 2018

Written by  on July 16, 2018

On Sunday July 15th 2018, the Greetham Gathering held its second annual run-out. A number of Gathering regulars attended at the start point – Greetham Community Centre, where they were able to enjoy bacon sandwiches and tea/ coffee before setting off. At 11:00am they went on their way; 18 classic cars of varying ages, some modern cars, and 1 classic motorcycle.

The route was planned to take them around some of the picturesque and interesting parts of the mighty county of Rutland. The route took them from Greetham, around Exton, Empingham, Normanton (passing Rutland Water), Edith Weston, Wing, Glaston, Harringworth, and a stop in Lyddington.  After a break (and some refreshment) the group went off again to Stoke Dry, Stockerston, Uppingham (with an unplanned stop here!) and back to Greetham via Ayston, Riddlington, Brooke and Oakham. The journey ended at the Wheatsheaf Inn in Greetham in the early afternoon. All agreed what a good day it had been and so it’s again likely that something like this will be organised again.

Our thanks go to all who participated, supported and organised this successful and fun event.

Yet another record breaking Gathering

Written by  on July 11, 2018

Such is the nature of the Gatherings now, that we become very confident of a massive turnout when the weather is fine and dry. That was the case for our June Gathering on 21stJune. June has historically been a good month for the Gatherings, so we were confident and prepared. You did not let us down and we again surpassed our best previous record for attendances.

Having been a little surprised at the numbers that showed in May, we decided to adopt a more compact parking regime for cars and bikes, and it seems to have worked as we had more vehicles than in May but still had capacity in reserve. Let’s see how that aspect turns out in July!

We had about 150 motor cycles turn up. Quite a few more classics than usual and supported by a large contingent of more modern bikes. Again we are seeing some great machines that have not visited us before – and long may it continue.

We had similar parking considerations for the number of cars that attended. We counted over 450 vehicles into the car parks – and that does not include motor bikes. More of the cars that turned up this month were classics and we estimate that there were nearly 200. Besides the usual array of rare, interesting and sometimes spectacular cars spanning all the way back to the early 1900’s, we were graced with the presence of 2 American Tractor trucks. These were of great fascination for many junior Gatherers and the sheer size of them (see photos) left us wondering just how they managed to actually get in through our width constrained gates – but they did and we are pleased.

As regards the vehicles there are just too many to call out for a mention, but take a look at the pictures. Come along to the next meeting on July 19thand get a first-hand view of the vehicles. Come early as it does get a little congested – but we’ll get you in.

One of the things we do at each Gathering is hold a modest raffle. It’s only £1 a ticket and the raffle is a major contributor to our profits and thus the Air Ambulance. We consider that the Gathering is good value for money (after all its only £1 per vehicle to come in) so spending £1 or so on raffle tickets does support the Air Ambulance. Please do support it. Oh, and one last plea to attendees – no more out of date old £1 coins please. Quite a few got past our raffle seller and whilst it is possible to get them cashed – we’d rather you did it, so thanks in advance for your consideration.

Finally – a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped us on the day, whether before, during or after the event. Whether marshalling the vehicles, collecting gate money, selling raffle tickets, selling hot food, cakes or teas and coffees, we thank you for your continued support as the Gathering just wouldn’t be what it is today without you!