Being able to take your classic or retro car to a local meet in the evenings or at weekends has to be one of life’s pleasures. Big national events are great too, but being part of a local automotive community, with people you can meet up with regularly and cruise with to shows is something we should all feel grateful to have.
Let us introduce you to the Box Motor Club
The Box Motor Club held their first official meet on the 3rd July 2012 at Woodville Box Club. It was because of this venue that the name Box Motor Club originated. The club now organises over 24 regular local meets and, is geographically, one of our closest vehicle clubs. It’s not unheard of for one of our team to pop along to one of their meets on a Sunday for a catch up and a look around the cars.
With at least two meets a month, when you are a member of the Box Motor Club there is always somewhere to take your classic car.
We caught up with Graham Foster, Club Chairman, to find out more…
Tell us a bit about the club?
I started the club as a local group for car enthusiasts to share their passion for all things automotive. The club started as a group of people with a common interest. This has now grown to an online community with a social media profile and website. We have over 700 members on our Facebook group, which is run by myself.
Membership is open to all vehicles and people with an interest in cars. We do a yearly membership fee (of £12) for members that wish to go to shows and be a part of the Box Motor Club stands, as well as attend our fortnightly meets. This fee also gets you in to Box Motor Club run events for free! You also get the opportunity to purchase a Box Motor Club T-Shirt or car stickers.
The meetings are friendly and informal and usually involve a bit of banter!
Graham, how would you describe ethos of the club?
Friendly, Diverse, Fun.
How many people are there in the team who run the club?
The club is run by a handful of members. We have a committee made up of Chairman, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Event Organisers.
For those that might not know, tell us a bit about the vehicles that are covered by the club?
The club is open to all vehicles. We have a nice mix of classic and more modern cars ranging from Riley Kestrels and Triumph Heralds to VW Golfs and BMW Z3 and Z4s.
How about you Graham, how long have you been involved?
I am one of the founder members of the Box Motor Club, so have been involved from the start – since 2012. I own a Triumph Herald, MK II Golf GTi, Mazda MX5 MK I, Mini Copper and an Audi 80 cabriolet. CL: That’s a great collection you have Graham!
Money no object?
Money no object, my dream car would be a Lotus Cortina MK 1. CL: The ultimate nostalgia car!
Do members receive benefits for being part of the club?
Benefits with club membership include 24 meetings a year, free entry to club run events as well as 15% discount from ClassicLine Insurance and discounts with Viking Tyres.
Tell us about your club meets…
During the winter months, we meet on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month from 2pm at The Halfway House in Donnisthorpe.
From April, once the nights are lighter and the weather is better, our regular meets change to Tuesday evenings.
We also run a monthly car meet from April to September which is open to everyone at Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park. This takes place the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6pm. It’s a great atmosphere and a lovely setting next to the canal with a huge variety of vehicles attending from motorbikes and classic tractors, to modified and supercars.
Do you attend other shows as a club?
The club attends local classic and race events throughout the year. All the events are put on our calendar which can be found on the Box Motor Club website, which is looked after by Neil.
Tony, our Event Organiser, usually deals with the booking forms and organising the club stands.
What are your must do shows throughout the year?
One of our ‘must do’ shows of the year is Donnington Historic Festival, it’s a great event. We have a stand for club members only, which entitles you to half price admission.
What makes you proud to be a member of the Box Motor Club?
It has to be our monthly meetings at Moira Furnace throughout the summer. The money we collect is donated back to the charity to maintain the grounds and extend the canal further.
What is the Box Motor Club looking forward to in the future?
It’s important that as a club we are trying to attract younger members to our events to try to help keep the future of the classic car scene alive.
Looking forwards to the summer, as the Box Motor Club supports Moira Furnace Museum and Country Park, we are planning to organise a Sunday event at the venue. The Furnace is working to extend the canal on which it sits and are also raising funds to have a defibrillator installed so we would like to support these causes. Details are still to be confirmed, but we will publicise them on our website and Facebook page.
Anything else that you’d like to mention?
We would like to take this opportunity to thank ClassicLine Insurance for their continued support of the club and the events we run. CL: Thank you Graham!
So, these are the people behind one of our favourite clubs. Working hard behind the scenes and trying to create a club that’s is like one big family. Box Motor Club, thank you for being our club of the month.
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