It was pleasing to see another healthy turnout of members and friends at this month’s Dinner Meeting, despite a blast of wintry conditions.
Bill Formby brought along his unrestored, brown and gold 1976 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and managed to navigate it into the dining room without too much trouble. Bill has only owned the car for a few cars, having seen it advertised on CarSales.com whilst he was recuperating in hospital. He discovered later, that the original owner of the Roller was an American film producer named Albert Broccoli who worked mainly in England and was responsible for the 16 James Bond movies made between 1962 and 1987.
The Rolls is adequately powered by a 7-litre V8 driving through a turbo-hydramatic transmission. A beautiful car to drive and the steering is very nice, according to Bill, but it’s not the best in the world. The Cadillac is quieter.
Following the buffet meal, those present formed up into teams with around half a dozen people in each to contest Ian Maud’s Trivia Quiz. It was an entertaining and enlightening event covering everything from Bikinis to Dodecagons. Over five rounds of questions, the lead swung back and forth, but ended up as draw between the two top contenders each scoring 20 points out of a possible 32.
Thank you to both Bill and Ian for the efforts they both put in to the evening’s presentations, it was a great night.