Speaker meeting 15th February 2016
Linda Jenkins and Ian Viles

The Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed two speakers, Linda Jenkins and Ian Viles to their meeting on Monday 15th February at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook.

President Linda Jenkins thanked by President Tony Beenham

Church Wilne President Tony Beenham thanks Ian Viles

Linda, who is the President of the Rotary Club of Long Eaton Dawnbreakers, gave an overview of one of their club's community projects which is "Acorn" and is for children in Ilkeston. It is for under privileged children referred to the club by teachers at local schools and once a week they meet for 2 hours for food, games with transport also provided.

Linda gave several examples of the help given to the children and last Christmas they all received presents from the Club.

The Club along with the Ilkeston Rotary Club raise the finance to cover the weekly cost of £50 and they are now looking for extra donations so that they can open twice a week.

President Tony Beenham thanked Linda for her talk and hoped the club could help in the future.

Ian Viles then followed by talking about "My Classic Car Life" and his understanding wife.

His first car was a mark 2 Mini and for its renovation he rented a garage in Ilkeston and it took all of two years to restore the Mini. Twenty years later he then bought a TR6 in Leicester which again took 2 years to renovate and he ran it for 10 years.

Ian's next project was to restore a Hillman Avenger Tiger which he located in Nuneaton. He restored the body work and the 1500cc engine but the car had an awful reputation for its fuel consumption. This car which came with alloy wheels and a spoiler as standard had left the showroom in 1973. But the big problem for Ian was getting new parts which he had to search the Internet for them. Ian located the original owner of this car and he took it to Atherstone in Warwickshire to give him a ride but on the way home the car broke down. It was also awarded the restoration car of the year.

Ian with the restored Hillman Avenger Tiger and the many awards

Future projects included the 2.5 litre Triumph Saloon, a Triumph Stag and a TVR Chimaera 4 litre V8. The TVR had no driver aids and was a scary car to drive and Ian kept it for just a year before moving onto his next challenge of a classic 1963 Vauxhall VX4/90 1,500 cc which at new cost just under £700.

Ian spoke abut the Rally driver of the late 1970s, Tony Pond, who was one of the countries top rally drivers and his car was a TR7 V8 with a fuel consumption of just 3 MPG.

Ian's TR7 V8 in Tony Pond's racing colours (plus a tractor)

Throughout the presentation Ian showed photographs of his many restorations from location to completion.

For the past three years Ian as been instrumental in organising the Ilkeston Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show on the Ilkeston Market Place and last year there were 250 vehicles of cars, motor bikes and buses from 1920s to 80s and over 4,000 attended.

Thanks to donations they managed to cover their costs and £750 was also raised for the Air Ambulance. The date for 2016 is Sunday 14th August.

The Ilkeston Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show on the Ilkeston Market Place

The Club's vote of thanks was given by Derek Sheehy-Smith who thanked Ian for his natural passion for the restoration, the time and money needed and said without such people our heritage for cars would vanish.

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian John Astell at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne


8th February 2016

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