Drive it Day 26th April 2015

This year Drive it Day is 26th April and the LL Club have arrange an event at The Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire. PO12 2AS. We will meet in the car park at 11am, there will be an roped of area for the “LL” club to dispaly their vehicles,
you may also come along in your modern car if you wish to join us for the event. The cost will be £8.00 per person, we need to know numbers so please contact Martin West on 01730 815301 with your name, membership number and the number of people that will be coming. For payment please make cheques out to The Double LL Club and put your name and membership nmber on the back.



Featured Members Exhibit

In our newsletter “Mechanalia” our back page is given over to our members and we have a Featured Members Page, this is where any member can send in a picture and a breif history or story about there Exhibit. The exhibit can be a car, tractor, motorbike, stationary engine, steam engine or a collection of bygones. Its always interesting to see what others collect.

Here is one of our members who featured on the back page recently…

Here is a breif history and some pictures of a Healey ‘Sprite’‘Mime
Built by Healey Marine Ltd who were part of the Donald Healey Motor Co. Best known for Healey and Austin Healey cars, this Sprite was one of the last boats built by Healey Marine c1961. During the ‘50s and very early ‘60s Healey Marine made around 1400 boats although exact numbers are not known. Powered by inboard and outboard motors all were
capable of towing a water skier and are much sought after boats now both by boating and classic car enthusiasts.
The Healey Sprite is 13ft 6 inches LOA…Beam 6ft 2 inches…Draught 6 inches approx. Weight 385 lbs.
Cost new £275 plus engine of choice.

2015 Club Nights

Here are a list of the next few club nights for the LL Club, this takes us up to July for confirmed events more will be added soon

February18th  Auction Night at The Grange, Midhurst
March.18th     Magic lantern show.
April. 15th       Talk on world war one.
May.20th          Arundel Museum. (waiting for confirmation from the Museum).
June. 17th       Walk round the Chichester Walls. 7:30pm start. Meet in the Festival car park.
July. 15th         Skittles night. 7:30pm
We have the rest of the year planned but not confirmed so they can go in the May edition of the news letter

Articles for the Newsletter

Less that a week before you need to get your articles to the editor for the latest Mechanalia newsletter (18th Feb). Come on members of the “LL” club lets fill that newsletter up with all your news and views…

Hello Harry!

Taken from our November/December Machanalia Newsletter

I don’t know how many of you took up my suggestion to watch the free track practice for the Goodwood Revival, without any entry charge, but I didn’t see anyone there I recognised. There were hardly any onlookers in fact, and it was a novel experience to stand beside the deserted pits exit and chat to the drivers waiting to be released out on to the track. Most of them were very willing to talk about their precious machinery; among the “specials” there were several references to the “Short block Chevy” – apparently the easiest way to cram a useful 350 horse-power under a limited bonnet!
We had visitors from Norway staying with us at the time – my wife’s sister and her partner Dag, who was really excited to be close to many priceless cars. Dag used to race in a national Speedway team in his youth, then he set up a thriving Ducati dealership from which he has just retired. Now he enjoys international touring on both two and four wheels.
When the eleventh hour came around I felt the need for my usual morning coffee, so we all visited the adjacent flying club’s excellent café. While sitting outside, I thought I spotted through my binoculars two Spitfires outside a distant hangar. Asking one of the members whether they were likely to take off, he said he thought that they would if I waited for half an hour or so; so we walked across and took some close-up photos of the splendid aircraft while waiting for something to happen.
Suddenly, out from the hangar beside us walked several men wearing overalls, one of them a confident-looking ginger-head young man carrying a pilot’s helmet. I thought no more about it, but it was my wife who said “do you know, I think that’s Prince Harry”. And so it was! They all fussed over him a great deal, strapping him into the nearest aircraft. Eventually both the Merlin engines were started up with a tremendous roar and blast of air; after a while the two aircraft started taxiing on to the runway and immediately took off. Needless to say my trigger finger was snapping like mad, even though I only had a little pocket camera with me.
It must have been the 30th birthday experience that Harry had always promised himself, a purely private visit and hence no press in attendance. When he landed, half an hour later, he taxied back past me with the aircraft canopy pulled back; with a beaming smile he gave me a wave before coming to a stop. What a great guy he is.

After I returned home, I emailed various newspapers and eventually received an enthusiastic call back from The Sun, who printed two of my pictures the following day. They then asked me if they could act as my agent, and now I am told that three of them have also appeared in Hello! Magazine. It all goes to show how important it is to carry a little camera (or a mobile with camera if you have one) at all times – you never know what may happen right in front of you!

Alec Fry

The new season ahead

So hear we are at the start of 2015, as I write this outside the ground is covered in snow and it’s freezing

We look forward to a lovely warm sunny spring and summer for us to enjoy our vehicles and collections.
The website has been a bit quite over the last coule of months, thats probley due to the winter and lack of events but now the nicer weather is cming I am hoping mnay more poeple wil get in touch and send in stories and pictures for us to post. So come on all you Double LLers lets get writing!!!